Irish School Junior Golf Championship 2018

Having won the Ulster Schools Junior Golf Championship our team of Jude Devlin, Max Carson and Lewis Gowdy travelled to Monkstown Golf Club outside Cork to represent Ulster in the Irish Schools National Final.

On a windy day, with the course wet from heavy rain the previous day, Jude’s birdie on the first set us off on fast start. In fact, at the half way point of nine holes it felt we were comfortably in the lead. Jude had 20 points, Max 18, and Lewis 16.

The back nine was a more difficult part of the course and a combination of the course and some poor shots saw our scoring deteriorate. As it transpired later on though, we were very much still ‘in the hunt’ as the competition, and the winning team, was decided on the last hole from the last group.  Our final best two combined scores totalled 64 points.

The competition was so close that only two points separately all four teams before tie break rules were applied, unfortunately we finished two points behind the winners.

All three boys can be proud of how they competed, and how close they were to the eventual winning team. They produced patches of excellent golf and looked capable of becoming Irish champions. This time, however, is was not to be.