Superb back nine secures Cochrane Cup for Byrne

Martin Byrne (14) needed a superb back nine to capture the Cochrane Cup on Sunday after he and Neil Mullooly (8) shot rounds of 40pts.

Byrne had returned 16pts on the front nine where he had three point pars at the third and ninth but blanked the par three fifth and only managed a single point at the sixth and eighth.

A further four points followed from the 10th and 11th before his round exploded into life and he reeled off four successive three point holes from the 12th to 15th before settling for a two point bogey on the 16th and then finishing with pars on the last two holes for six more points.

His 24pts down the back nine was two better than Mullooly who took second overall while Colin Roche (7) with 33pts was the winner of the Gross Prize. Billy Curran (12), Frank Keys (15) and Sean Gallagher (21) were the Category winners. Conor Murphy (15) was the Juvenile winner and Eamonn McEneaney recorded an ace at the par three 17th

Sunday, July 30 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Byrne (14) 40/24pts, Neil Mullooly (8) 40/22pts. Gross: Colin Roche (7) 33pts. Category 1 (0-12): Billy Curran (12) 39/22pts, Fergal Harte (6) 39pts. Category 2 (13-18): Frank Keyes (15) 39/20pts. Brendan Reilly (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Sean Gallagher (21) 37pts, Hugh Reilly (21) 36pts, Juvenile: Conor Murphy (15) 34pts. CSS: 36pts