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Campbell edges out McLarnon to win Dundalk Scratch Cup

September 18, 2017

Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Dundalk Club Captain, Mickey Coburn, presenting the Dundalk Scratch Cup to Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell produced a superb second round to win the 36 hole One Finance Dundalk Scratch Cup at Dundalk Golf Club.
The 30-year-old Irish international shot a five under par 67 to pip Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon on countback after the two Ulster players were tied on 138, six under par.
“It was a good battle coming down the last few holes with Tiarnan and I just pipped him,” said Colm.
“I feel I have robbed Tiarnan a couple of times in Scratch Cups at this stage.”
Defending champion, Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, finished two shots further back in third.
The three internationals played together in the marquee group and were in contention after the opening round. Rafferty and McLarnon carded two under par 70s while Campbell was a shot further back.
Slieve Russell’s Seamus Cullen led after the opening round, signing for an excellent four under par 68 which included five birdies. Another Dundalk representative, Eoin Murphy, was in second place, one shot back after signing for a three under par round of 69.
Cullen was unable to keep the momentum going and dropped out of contention after a second round 76 while a lost ball off the 15th tee saw the end of Murphy’s challenge as he faded to a 77.
It was another Dundalk player, a former winner and course record holder Aaron Grant, who set the early clubhouse lead as he added a three under par 69 to his opening 73 for a two under par total of 142.
Cairndhu’s Ryan McKinstry, who started the second round at level par, got to six under with three to play but he then double-bogeyed 16 and bogeyed 17 to finish on three-under.
He held the clubhouse lead momentarily as the top three were in the group behind and were producing fireworks of their own with McLarnon eagling the par-five sixth to go to four under.
Back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th plus a birdie three on the 14th got him to seven under while Campbell was on six under at that point after five birdies of his own.
Not to be outdone, Rafferty had thrown in four successive birdies from the sixth but back to back double bogeys at the 11th and 12th ended his charge.
A bogey at 16 saw McLarnon drop back to six under while a birdie two at 17 got Campbell to six under and in the end it proved decisive as Campbell’s second round 67 was enough for him to pip McLarnon’s 68 on countback as they both tied on 138.

1 Colm Campbell Jr.  (+3) 138 (71/67)
2 Tiernan  McLarnon (+3) 138  (70/68)
3 Caolan Rafferty (+4)  140  (70/70)
4 Ryan McKinstry (+1) 141 (72/69)
Best Net:  Brendan Lawlor (2) (Ardee) 144  (73/71)

1st 18  Gross: Seamus Cullen  (0) (Slieve Russell  68
1st 18  Net:     Eoin Murphy (1) (Dundalk) 68

2nd  18  Gross:  Aaron Marshall (0) (Lisburn) 67
2nd  18  Net:     Gerard Dunne  (+2) (Co.Louth) 69

1st  Round CSS 73
2nd Round CSS 73

Thanks to Gerry McDermott


Fairweather bounces back from North of Ireland defeat to book place in NI Open

July 19, 2017

Paul Hughes, Captain Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Valerie Penney, Specsavers Ballymena, Colin Fairweather, NI Amateur Open champion 2017 and John Carruthers, Honorary Secretary Galgorm Castle Golf Club

Knock’s Colin Fairweather came out on top of a three-way playoff to win the 36-hole Northern Ireland Amateur Open sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena.
The 26-year-old birdied the first extra hole at Galgorm Castle to beat Thomas Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown) and former winner, Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene GC).
In doing so, the 26-year-old, earned a place in the field alongside the professionals at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open, Presented by Modest! Golf (Aug 10-13).
“I just wanted to win. I wasn’t really thinking about the chance of playing in the NI Open,” said Colin who lost out to Rowan Lester (Hermitage) in the final of the North of Ireland Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.
“I didn’t get it last week, but I got that winning feeling again today. It didn’t matter where it was or what tournament it was in. I just wanted to win something, especially after last week when I finished runner-up at Royal Portrush.

“It took me a wee while to get over that so it was great to bounce back so quickly. I’ve always wanted to play in the Challenge Tour event as well, so this win meant an awful lot to me.”

Thomas Mulligan

Colin was leading by one playing the final hole when he lost his ball off the tee. He eventually made a bogey six at the par-five to force his way into the playoff alongside McLarnon and Mulligan.
“It was really tough today, even though the weather was perfect. They have let the rough grow up with the Challenge Tour event in mind,” added Colin.
“I felt I had the advantage on the hole because I was the longest off the tee. I was determined to stay aggressive, you only have one shot at a playoff.”
The trio went back down the 18th and Colin didn’t make the same mistake in sudden death, hitting a long drive down the fairway before firing a seven-iron onto the green to set up a two-putt birdie from 20 feet.
McLarnon missed a five-footer for his birdie, while Mulligan lost a ball off the tee, and though he still managed a par, it was Fairweather who took the spoils.
While Mulligan lost out in the playoff, the 17-year-old had already secured the second NI Open place up for grabs courtesy of Modest! Golf’s invite for the leading under-18 player.
“It’s great, I came here to secure the under-18 invite and massive thanks to Modest! Golf for the opportunity,” said the Leinster player, who also represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy in 2016.
“I had a poor second round but am delighted to have earned my place in the NI Open and I can’t wait to play here again in a few weeks.”
Entry to the NI Open is free, simply register online at
This year’s event introduces the exciting new Shootout Sunday knockout format, which is sure to provide plenty of drama for the players and spectators.

Modest! Golf invite secures spot in NI Open for leading U18 player at NI Amateur Open

May 7, 2017

Cormac Sharvin

Two places in the NI Open are up for grabs at this year’s Northern Ireland Amateur Open at Galgorm Castle.
The winner plus the leading under-18 player will qualify for the NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf, as the golf management company extend their support of the NI Open.
The Northern Ireland Amateur Open, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena, has become one of the province’s standout amateur championships since its inception in 2009 and this year promises to attract another quality field, especially with the added incentive of competing against Europe’s leading professionals from August 10-13.
“Last year we enjoyed a dramatic sudden death playoff before Warrenpoint’s Jamie Fletcher overcame local favourite Michael Reid from Galgorm Castle to add his name to the illustrious list of champions,” explained Galgorm Castle’s Ross Oliver.
“Walker Cup player Cormac Sharvin won in 2012, Ireland internationals Reeve Whitson (2010) and Tiarnon McLarnon (2015) also feature on the roll of honour, while Ballymena’s current shining light, Dermot McElroy, won in 2013 and went on to finish tied ninth at the NI Open and finish as leading amateur.”
Former winners such as Sharvin and McElroy will return to Galgorm to compete as touring professionals, illustrating the role tournament golf at Galgorm plays in the development of Ireland’s young amateurs and professionals.
This year’s Northern Ireland Amateur Open will also guarantee a place in the NI Open for the leading under-18 player, courtesy of an invite from Modest! Golf, as they continue to provide playing opportunities for young amateurs just like they did by inviting Tom McKibbin to play in the 2016 NI Open.

Niall Horan, Director of Modest! Golf, said: “We are excited to be involved in the Northern Ireland Amateur Open and are delighted to extend an invitation to the leading under-18 competitor. These guys are the future stars of the game and we want to support this next generation of talent.”

Tom McKibbin

Fellow Modest! Golf Director Mark McDonnell commented: “We hope this invitation to the leading under-18 player will encourage more applicants from this age group than ever before.
It’s a great platform to test and improve their game and we must thank Galgorm Castle and the European Challenge Tour as always for supporting our values and vision.”
The prestigious 36-hole strokeplay event holds a key date in a busy summer schedule for the game’s elite amateurs.
The Northern Ireland Amateur Open doesn’t clash with other championships and is expected to attract a strong field, not only for the chance to win but for the opportunity to compete in one of the best professional events on the European schedule.
Amateurs competing in the NI Open will also have the opportunity to earn ranking points in the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman, but before that, all focus will be on becoming the 2017 Northern Ireland Amateur Open champion.
Entry forms can be downloaded at or
The closing date for entries is Monday July 3rd, 2017, entry is £35/€45 and includes lunch. For further information contact the Galgorm Castle Professional Shop on +44 (0) 28 2564 6161.

Info courtesy of Paul Gallagher

Flanagan putts McLarnon to the sword in North of Ireland Amateur Championship final

July 17, 2016
Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship with Eamonn O'Connor (Chairman Ulster Branch GUI) at Portrush Golf Club, Portrush on Friday 15th July 2016. Picture: Thos Caffrey /

Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship with Eamonn O’Connor (Chairman Ulster Branch GUI) at Portrush Golf Club, Picture: Thos Caffrey /

There’s still something in the old golfing adage that you ‘drive for show and putt for dough’.
Maynooth University student Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo) put on a putting masterclass to beat Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) 3&1 in the final of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush.
Two up with seven to play the 20-year-old came under pressure from McLarnon, the reiging Irish Close Champion, but kept him at bay by holing vital putts at the 14th, 15th and 16th to earn his first major amateur title.
“If I missed those three putts, I was one down playing 17. It would have been a different story then,” said Sean.
“If I play well I’d like to think I’m confident with the putter and definitely that is the reason I won this week – it saved me.
“When I saw it was wet and breezy today it didn’t phase me. It played into my hands a bit.
“It reminded me of playing in the West [of Ireland Championship]. I knew I didn’t have to play flashy golf and par golf would be good enough. It was a bit different in the final, par wasn’t
“It’s a massive victory and a huge stepping stone for me. Hopefully I will be in the mix for the Home International team.”

McLarnon grabbed an early lead, winning the second with a birdie after Flanagan found a bunker off the tee but the Co Sligo man rolled in a 20 footer on the third for birdie to level things.
Both golfers missed the green at the sixth but while McLarnon failed to get up and down, Flanagan holed from 15 feet for a winning par.
Tiernan levelled matters at the seventh after Flanagan lost a ball off the tee but he fell behind again on the eighth, losing the hole to par.
Another missed par putt from McLarnon on the ninth saw Flanagan take a two hole lead at the turn and a McLarnon concession extended it to three holes at the 10th.
The Irish Champion fought back by winning the 11th but that was as good as it got. Flanagan holed crucial putts – all from outside 10 feet – at 14, 15 and 16 to stay out of reach.
“The reading of the greens as well was massive. I had Dec (Declan Reidy) on the bag and when we agreed on a point, it made it a lot easier to commit and see the ball go into the hole,” added Sean.
“I was seeing the break but just to have it confirmed to me makes it easier to commit to the line.”

When McLarnon’s tee shot at the 17th plugged in the face of the famous ‘Big Nellie’ bunker it signalled the end. Forced to come out sideways he finally reached the green in four and when his par putt from 18 feet missed, he conceded the match.
“I just didn’t get the putts, he putted better than me,” said McLarnon.
“He holed three 12 footers in a row. I could easily have been one up with a couple to play.
“It was a tough day but I will come back again.”
In the morning semi-finals Flanagan beat fellow Maynooth University student, Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 4&3 while McLarnon saw off Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) 3&2.
The winner was celebrating on the double as he became the first Co Sligo player to succeed at a championship since the great Cecil Ewing.

Tiarnan McLarnon bt Dermot McElroy 3&2
Sean Flanagan bt Jordan Hood 4&2
Sean Flanagan bt Tiarnan McLarnon 3&1.

NI Strokeplay winner to earn place in NI Open field

May 12, 2016
The 18th at Galgorm Castl

The 18th at Galgorm Castle

There will be added incentive to win this year’s prestigious North of Ireland Amateur Open Strokeplay title at Galgorm Castle as the winner will also book their place in the Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at the same venue.
The North of Ireland Strokeplay, sponsored by Specsavers Ballymena, takes place at the renowned Ballymena venue on Tuesday 28th June and entry for the 36-hole tournament is now open. One month later the lucky winner will return to Galgorm Castle to compete alongside the professionals in the European Challenge Tour’s record-breaking NI Open from July 28-31.
Galgorm Castle has always proved a great test of tournament golf and the North of Ireland Strokeplay tournament has produced some great champions over the years. Local favourite Dermot McElroy won in 2013 and went on to compete in the inaugural NI Open when the Irish international finished tied ninth on six-under 278 behind winner Daan Huizing from The Netherlands. The Ballymena amateur was joint leading Irishman alongside Jonny Caldwell that year.
Former Irish internationals Reeve Whitson (2010) and Cormac Sharvin (2012) are also included on the North of Ireland Strokeplay roll of honour. Sharvin was part of the ‘Famous Five’ Irish contingent who won the Walker Cup representing Great Britain and Ireland against the Americans at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2015.
Like a number of Ireland’s top amateurs, Sharvin (2015) and Whitson (2014) joined the professional ranks in recent years and the NI Open will be a great opportunity to see these players in action as they make their way in the paid ranks.
Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon won last year’s North of Ireland Strokeplay by three shots after rounds of 68, 69 gave him a five-under 137 winning total.
Several key improvements have been made to the course over the last 12 months. The championship tee at the second has been extended and a new bunker complex added along the fairway to further enhance this risk, reward par four. The championship tee box at the eighth was also extended on a course that now measures over 7,100 yards.
Entry for the North of Ireland Strokeplay is £35 (€45) and includes lunch. The closing date for entries is Monday 13th June. Download the entry form at or for further information contact the professional shop at Galgorm Castle on +44 (0) 28 2564 6161.

copy via Galgorm Castle

McLarnon ready to get his teeth into Ireland opportunity

November 8, 2015
Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) with the 2015 AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship trophy after his victory at Tramore Golf Club Picture by Pat Cashman

Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) with the 2015 AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship trophy after his victory at Tramore Golf Club Picture by Pat Cashman

The debate about who should or shouldn’t have been named on the GUI Irish panels remains a hot topic but the inclusion of Irish Close champion Tiarnan McLarnon sends out an important signal.
While reinforcing the position of the Irish Close as a significant Championship, it also proves that Irish amateur golf is not simply the domain of the ‘full-time’ amateur.
Last year, Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell made the difficult decision to take a year out from his career to follow his golfing dreams. Campbell, currently competing at the second stage of European Tour Q-School, admitted that it had been difficult trying to compete at the highest levels while working full-time.
McLarnon is currently holding down a job as a dental technician in Armagh. For the last three years he has been mixing working responsibilities with his golfing aspirations while commuting to and from his home in Antrim. The 23-year-old Massereene golfer is delighted to get his chance with Ireland but, he has made it clear that at this stage, he has no intentions of quitting his job.
Tiarnan is one of six new names on the 18-man national panel and has been joined by Rosslare’s Gary Collins, Jeff Hopkins from Royal Dublin, Waterford’s Eanna Griffin, Conor O’Rourke from Naas and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell.
Walker Cup stars Gavin Moynihan, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley have left the amateur ranks to pursue their careers in the professional game as has Stackstown’s Richard Bridges.
There are seven players named on the GUI’s development panel including three from this year’s Irish Boys’ squad: Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush), Devin Morley (Oughterard) and Cathal Butler (Kinsale). Jonathan Yates from Naas, Galway’s Ronan Mullarney and Neil McKinstry from Cairndhu are the three other new names in addition to Co Sligo’s Sean Flanagan.

GUI National Panel 2015-16: Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Gary Collins (Rosslare), Robin Dawson (Faithlegg), Colin Fairweather (Knock), John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Stuart Grehan (Tullamore), Eanna Griffin (Waterford), Jeff Hopkins (Royal Dublin), Jack Hume (Naas), Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock), Rowan Lester (Hermitage), Paul McBride (The Island), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), Tiarnán McLarnon (Massereene), Conor O’Rourke (Naas), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass).
GUI Development Panel 2015-16: Cathal Butler (Kinsale), Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush), Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo), Neil McKinstry (Cairndhu), Devin Morley (Oughterard), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Jonathan Yates (Naas).
Boys Development Panel 2015-16: Sean Desmond (Monkstown), Harry Gillivan (Westport), Ross Kelly (Tuam), Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick), Jack McGarry (Rosslare), Joseph O’Neill (Tralee).
Boys Under-18 National Panel 2015-16: Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), Owen Crooks (Bushfoot), Alan Fahy (Bray), Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass), Jack Hearn (Tramore), Kevin Le Blanc (The Island), Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu), Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle), Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth), John Murphy (Kinsale), Mark Power (Kilkenny), Cameron Raymond (Newlands).
Boys Under 16 National Panel 2015-16: John Brady (Rosslare), Sean Carroll (Castle Dargan), Charlie Dawson (Faithlegg), Charlie Denvir (Milltown), Jack Doherty (Carton House), Sean Doyle (Black Bush), Ian Halpin (Cahir Park), Allan Hill (Roscommon), Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Luke O’Neill (Connemara), Edward Walsh (Mallow).

Info courtesy of GUI

Mooney and Hughes locked together at Castlerock

March 13, 2014

David Hughes

Damian Mooney and David Hughes matched the hot sunshine at Castlerock to split the professionals’ top prize at the final qualifying round for the Conor Mallon Trophy in the Ping PGA Ulster Grand Prix series.
Mooney was the steadier of the two on his way to a four under 69, with his five birdies offset by just one bogey, a four at the short 14th where he missed the green and failed to get up and down.
A pair of birdie twos on the front nine left him turning in 34 (two under), having rolled in a 20-footer on the fourth green, after a six iron from the tee. He used the same club at the ninth hole and rifled the ball to three feet.
He picked up another birdie at the 10th where he chipped from 25 yards to three feet and at the long 15th he was on the green with a drive and four wood with two putts for his four. An up and down from 70 yards gave Mooney another birdie four at 17 for a two-under-35 back nine.
Hughes shot eight birdies but also recorded a double-bogey and two bogeys as he joined Mooney at the top of the leaderboard. He birdied the second and third but then knocked his tee-shot into sand for a bogey four at the fourth. He picked up a birdie at the sixth but missed the green and fluffed his chip,  resulting in a double-bogey five at nine to reach the turn in level par 36.
A lob wedge to two inches gave him a birdie three at 10 and he was on in two for birdie at the long 11th. The Massereene pro three-putted the 12th but bounced back at the short 14th and followed that up with birdies at the 15th and 17th for a homeward run of four-under-par 33.
Foyle plus-one handicapper Kealan Quigg won the amateurs’ top award on 72 which he shared with Tiernan McLarnon, taking the No 1 spot on the back nine, 21 points to 18.
Michael Alexander (Galgorm) won the nett award while pro David Hughes and amateur Tiernan McLarnon (both Massereene) clinched the team prize with 44 points.
Meanwhile, Portstewart head professional, Neil Graham, won the Ping Ulster Grand Prix outing at Ballycastle GC with a five under 66. Brian McElhinney carded a 69 for second spot, one stroke ahead of third placed Damian Mooney.
The final of the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy will be played at Ballyliffin on March 19th.

Ping PGA Ulster Grand Prix Qualifier for the Conor Mallon Trophy at Castlerock.
Professionals:69 (-4) – D Hughes (Massereene), D Mooney (Ballyliffin).
70 – B McElhinney (Foyle).
71 – N Graham (Portstewart), N Murray (Massereene).
72 – P Collins (Galgorm Castle).
Amateurs: Gross 72 – Kealan Quigg +1 (Foyle)
Tiernan McLarnon +2 (Massereene)
76 – P Rafferty 5 (Carnalea).
Nett 36 pts – Michael Alexander 5 (Galgorm).
35 – Phil McKeown 5 (Greenacres).
Team: 44 pts – Pro David Hughes & Tiernan McLarnon +2 (Both Massereene).
Ping Ulster PGA Grand Prix at Ballycastle
Professionals: 66 (-5) – N Graham (Portstewart).
69 – B McElhinney (Foyle).
70 – D Mooney (Ballyliffin).
71 – G Graham (Groomsport).
72 – DP Jones (Bushfoot), D McEvoy (Ballycastle), D Allen (Roe Pk).
Amateurs: Gross 69 – Kealan Quigg +1 (Foyle).
70 – Simon Erwin 2 (Holywood).
74 – Ian Smyth 4 (Clandeboye).
Nett 38 pts – John Higgins 5 (Ballycastle).
35 – Philip Gibb 2 (Massereene).
Team: 45 pts – Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin) & Kealan Quigg +2 (Foyle).
copy courtesy of Tony McGee

Mooney back in the prizes at Ardglass

December 18, 2013

Damian Mooney recovered from a disastrous start to his back nine to post a four-under-par 66 and win the PGA Ulster Grand Prix round six, at Ardglass.
Mooney grabbed seven birdies in total, beginning with a three at the par four third hole where he chipped to one foot followed by a four at the long ninth, where he was only four feet from the flag with a drive and eight iron but took two putts to get down.
He missed the green at the 10th hole finishing with a bogey four and then added an ugly double-bogey seven to his card at the 11th when he fired his second shot into the sea.
That didn’t faze the winner however, as he hit the birdie trail from the 13th where he got down from eight feet after a three wood and pitch to the green. At the 400 yard 14th he drove the green downwind and got home in two putts before reaching the surface at the long 15th with a drive and wedge for another birdie four. His approach to the 16th finished just an inch from the cup for yet another birdie and he polished off his birdie blitz with a three wood chip and putt at the last.
Ulster teenage inter-pro player Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) won the amateur’s gross prize on 38 points and he also combined with his club assistant pro Noel Murray to post a winning 45 points in the team event.
The next Grand Prix will be at Ballycastle on January 14. The Ulster Golfers’ Alliance members will return to Ardglass for their outing on January 7.

PGA Ulster Grand Prix Rd 6 at Ardglass
Professionals – D Money (Ballyliffin).
68 – G Wardlow (Queen’s).
69 – P Collins (Galgorm Castle).
70 – N Graham (Kirkistown Castle), G Graham (Groomsport DR), N Murray (Massereene).
72 – D McEvoy (Ballycastle).
Amateurs: Gross 38 pts – T McLarnon -2 (Massereene).
36 – J Owens scr (Bangor).
35 – A Goodrich 3 (Galgorm Castle).
Nett 35 pts – M Alexander 5 (Galgorm Castle).
34 – Fionnuala McGrady 5 (Dunmurry).
Team: 45 pts – Pro N Murray with T McLarnon (Massereene).

Info courtesy of Tony McGee


McLarnon and Sharvin primed for Interprovincial bow with Ulster

July 20, 2013
Valerie Penney (Specsavers Ballymena), Dermot McElroy, winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Strokeplay event and Ivan McCappin, Captain Galgorm Castle

Valerie Penney (Specsavers Ballymena), Dermot McElroy, winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Strokeplay event and Ivan McCappin, Captain Galgorm Castle

ULSTER have named two debutants, Irish Close champion Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) and Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), in their squad for the Interprovincial Championship which will be held at Lee Valley GC, Co Cork July 23-July 25.
The 21-year-old McLarnon will be making his first appearance at any level for Ulster and is relishing the opportunity to test his game against some of Ireland’s best amateurs.
“I’m absolutely delighted. Hearing the news helped to offset my disappointment at losing to Shaun Carter (Stackstown) in the opening round of match-play at the North of Ireland,” said the UUJ student.

“Playing in the Interprovincials is the best way to test my game.

“I was happy with the way that I played in the strokeplay stages of the North.”
McLarnon, who finished inside the top 10 at the North of Ireland Strokeplay event at Galgorm Castle on Tuesday carded rounds of 66/69 in qualifying at Royal Portrush to finish top alongside Brian Casey (Headfort) and Ben Best (Rathmore) on 135.
However, he admits that he still has plenty of room for improvement when it comes to the match-play form of the game.
“I probably need to talk to somebody about that but the Interpros will be a chance to learn,” added McLarnon who won the individual title at the Irish Intervarsity tournament in 2011.
“I’m delighted to be up with the big boys. It’s going to be great experience and if I get a good run there who knows what might happen.”

Ulster: Harry Diamond (Belvoir Park), Aaron Kearney (Castlerock), Nicky Grant (Knock), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), Tiarnon McLarnon (Massereene), Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park), Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass). Reeve Whitson (Mourne).


Ulster branch officials battling to get North of Ireland Championship back on schedule

July 11, 2013
Sea mist envelopes the putting green at Royal Portrush

Sea mist envelopes the putting green at Royal Portrush

ANOTHER day of disruption has left Ulster Branch officials facing something of a scheduling nightmare as they try to get the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship back on track.
The stubborn sea-mist that caused play to be halted on Tuesday, returned on Wednesday evening, forcing play to be abandoned at 7.35pm with a number of round one games still to be completed.
Branch officials had hoped to get 40 match play ties completed on Wednesday in a bid to ensure the final would be played on Friday but there is a genuine possibility that the tournament could be forced into an extra day.
Approximately 90 players returned to Royal Portrush on Wednesday morning to wrap up their second qualifying rounds. Overnight leader, Ben Casey (Headfort) was eventually joined on the leading 135 mark by Ben Best (Rathmore) and Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene). The cut fell on 147, with 10 players missing out on that mark.
Casey won the silver medal as best qualifier courtesy of a better back nine and he continued his positive form by brushing aside the challenge of Eugene Smith (Ardee) in round one of the match-play. The 22-year-old was four up against Smith inside five, birdied the 12th to go five up and wrapped things by halving 13 and 14.
He was followed into the second round by Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park), last year’s beaten finalist Michael Sinclair (Knock) and Harry Diamond (Belvoir Park) also a beaten finalist in 2011.
“I got off to a fast start with a birdie on the first but after that it was steady golf,” said Diamond who will face Francis McGinn (Ballycastle) in round two.
“I had three birdies in total and only dropped one shot in the round.”
It was a long day at the office for many of the players including McGinn who had to return to complete his second qualifying round and was then taken to the 19th by Gareth Bohill (Co Louth) before winning his match
He was relieved that play was finally called off for the day before he could start his second round match as was Irish international Simon Ward (Co Louth), who played 28 holes on Wednesday.
Ward completed the final 10 holes of his qualifying round in the morning to make it through to the match-play stages right on the 147 mark and was then taken to the 18th by John-Ross Galbraith (Whitehead).
“I struggled through qualifying on day one but felt my game improving as things progressed today,” said Ward. He will face Ben Best who continued his fine form from qualifying with a solid 5&4 victory over Ally Purdy (Shandon Park).
Irish Close champion, Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) progressed with a one-hole win over Stephen Speirs (Brunston Castle) and will face Ryan McKinstry (Cairndhu) who beat Joe Timlin (Dungannon).