CBS Roscommon became the GUI Irish Senior Schools champions in Macroom on Tuesday as they were impressive 4-1 winners over Royal Belfast Academical Institute in the final.
Having seen off the challenge of local Cork side Coláiste Choilm from Ballincollig in the morning semi-finals, the Roscommon lads came up against formidable opponents in Royal Belfast Academical Institute in the afternoon. The Ulster side had ousted Blackrock College from Dublin earlier in their semi-final.
Cian O’Connor was the standout player for CBS in the semis, ending his match with Jack O’Keeffe on the 10th green with a monster 9&8 win.
That spurred the team on with Thomas Higgins adding a second point, beating Stephen Riordan 2&1 with Fionn Hoare ending his match early against Luca Rickard with a 6&5 win.
In the afternoon final Hoare put a point on the board early on for Roscommon, with another 6&5 win, this time over Michael Glasgow. Alan Connaughton added a second point with victory over George Craigan 4&2 while wins for Simon Walker over Darcy Hogg (19th) and Cian O’Connor (2&1) on Robert Craigan closed out the victory by four matches to one.
Mark Hodgkins, Golf Co-ordinator at Roscommon CBS, was delighted afterwards and credited the success of the team to supportive parents and Roscommon Golf Club.
“There’s a big sporting tradition in our school, between football and lots of other sports. This has come on a long way in the last few years and obviously golf has become really successful in the school over the last four or five years. We have to credit the parents really and the local club for the success that the team has had,” he said.