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Irish Intervarsity Match Play Champions 2016
David Flynn March 11, 2016

Irish Intervarsity Match Play Champions 2016

Ulster University captured their third Irish Colleges Match Play title in four years in a nail-biting finish against UCC at Woodbrook.

Ryan Gribben, the Ulster team captain, holed the winning par putt at the 19th hole in partnership with James Lindsay against Bill Murray and Paul Tobin for UCC.

Before the climax, Ross Dutton had defeated Ben Murray by a margin of 2/1, giving Ulster first blood, but Greg O’Mahony struck a blow back for UCC with a win of his own against Neil McKinstry, also at the 17th.

UCC had led the foursomes match playing the last, but failed with a 15-foot par attempt to win the match, and after both sides struggled slightly into a stiff breeze on the long first hole, it was Gribben and Lindsay who fared better with a winning par, the UCC pair narrowly failing to get up and down from 25 yards.

Woodbrook Golf Club had been an oasis of green grass in the middle of the snowstorms that engulfed the greater Dublin area in the morning as UCC and Ulster University (a) advanced from the semi-final.

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