McLaren wins Ulster U16 Poc Fada title

Sean Og McLaren of St Paul’s won the Under 16 Ulster Poc Fada at Glenarm on Tuesday evening, just edging out Shea Pucci of Ballygalget and Down by 21 meters to take the crown. On a beautiful Mid Summer’s evening on Gowkstown Hill, Feystown, the 14 years year old turned in a remarkable achievement for Sean Og, who won his Antrim title at the same venue three weeks ago. Both players took 28 strokes to complete the course, which is just three more than the senior winners, but Sean Og won by just 21 metres.

The senior men’s title went to Pearce Smyth of Portaferry, Co Down who beat Cormac Gough of Ballinascreen on count back after both finished on 25 pocs, while Rossa’s Philip Creen of Rossa was just a stroke back on 26. Philp stepped in to represent Antrim after finishing second in the Antrim final, behind winner Donal McKernan of Sarsfields, who was ruled out through injury. Great disappointment of Donal after he completed the course in 23 pocs to win the Antrim title 3 weeks ago.

The Ladies title went to Catherine Muldoon of Eglish, Co. Tyrone who completed the course in 36 pocs to beat Ciara Devlin of Armagh and Laura Bambrick of Cavan who took 37. Cushendall’s Sarah Kane finished in 5th place.

Tierna Kelly of Ballinascreen, Co. Derry won the Under 16 Girls section with 38 pocs, just ahead of Naoise Hughes of Armagh, who also took 38. Dunloy’s Mary McArthur was two pocs further back on 40 to take fourth place.  

A big shout out to the host club Glenarm who once again did a great job in organising the event. Tuesday evening’s event attracted the biggest crowd ever to this venue and thanks to the great work by the Shane O’Neill’s club everything ran like clockork

Competitors and spectators bow their head for a minute’s silence in memory of Tyrone great Damian Casey who tragically passed away last weekend.

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