Michael Ryan wins the Kerry Boys Championships
New Ross Golf Club’s Michael Ryan Jnr held off some very strong competition to be crowned Kerry Boys Champion for 2013 at Ballybunion last week. The event, which has been run since 1985, attracts a very strong field from all over Ireland. Previous champions include Europro Tour player Tim Rice and South of Ireland winner Mervyn Ownes. It is open to under 18s and consists of an 18 hole qualifying round with the top 32 progressing to the matchplay stages.
Michael qualified with a steady, if not spectacular round of 79, but did not look back from there, reeling off a string of impressive wins in the match play rounds to capture the silverware. The 2 handicapper beat John Kerrisk (Kilarney), Shane Kenny (Ballybunion), Nick Moore (Monkstown) and Cathal Philpott (Lee Valley) to reach the final, and had the comfort of winning all these matches without going up the 18th.
Michael continued this run as he saw off Brian Cassidy (Dromoland) in the final with an excellent 4&3 win. Michael (16) has another two years in the “Boys” ranks and will be back to defend his title next year. In the meantime, he is beginning a National Diploma in Sport at the Darren Clarke Academy in Antrim where he will be able to combine his studies with his golf.
The win was no more than Michael deserved for the hard work and effort he has put into his golf over the past number of years. He has been flying the flag for New Ross Golf Club in events all over the country this year and presented the trophy to Captain Seamus McGuinness over the weekend. Well done Michael – keep up the good work!