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WORLD CUP - Ireland crowned champions

The sun shone at Royal Meath and the large gallery enjoyed an entertaining and sportingly contested World Cup final. Morning play was very tight and only final green birdies by Ray Murphy in the foursomes and John Walsh in singles gave the home country a 2-0 advantage. Ray Murphy was always in command against Brendon Underwood in the afternoon and won by 7&6. John Ross Crangle gradually overcame the spirited challenge of Tom Rickitt. John Walsh triumphed on the final green against Aussie icon James Rogerson to complete a 5-0 success for the Irish. Netherlands finished third, beating Norway 4-1. Catalonia overcame an opening session deficit to defeat Switzerland 3-2 and place 5th. Galicia beat GB for 7th slot.

The 4th World Cup of Pitch and Putt was held at Royal Meath course, Clonee, Co. Meath, Ireland, and was won by the team from Ireland. Final Placings:

1st Ireland
2nd Australia
3rd Netherlands
4th Norway
5th Catalonia
6th Switzerland
7th Galicia
8th Great Britain
9th Andorra
10th Germany
11th Chile
STROKEPLAY QUALIFYING ROUNDS
team player rank player 1st 2nd total
IRE 1st John Walsh 50 44 94
IRE 2nd Ray Murphy 49 48 97
AUS 3rd James Rogerson 50 48 98
CAT 4th Marc Lloret 51 48 99
IRE 5th John Ross Crangle 53 47 100
CAT 6th Fernando Cano 51 52 100
NETH 7th Rolf Kwant 52 53 103
AUS 8th Brendon Underwood 53 51 104
NETH 9th Patrick Luning 55 51 106
GAL 10th Juan Carlos Iglesias Surribas 55 52 107
GBR 11th Steve Deeble 52 55 107
AND 12th Pablo Perez 51 56 107
GBR 13th Ron. Cope 54 54 108
AUS 14th Tom Rickitt 56 53 109
SWI 15th Ueli Lamm 56 53 109
CAT 16th Antonio Penalva 56 53 109
GAL 17th Peter Mervin Henry 53 58 111
GBA 18th Jamie Deeble 56 56 112
NOR 19th Jon Hovind Djup 56 56 112
GER 20th Manfred Kolvenbach 53 59 112
NETH 21st Marcel Ahuis 60 53 113
AND 22nd Pepe Garcia 54 59 113
NOR 23rd Bernt Kristiand Nerland 58 55 113
GER 24th Claus Mandalka 56 59 115
NOR 25th Anders Langeland 62 54 116
SWI 26th Silvano Umberg 59 57 116
GAL 27th Enrique Rama Rivera 57 60 117
GER 28th Harald Brinkmeyer 58 62 120
SWI 29th Helmut Roth 63 58 121
CHI 30th Javier Condon 61 64 125
CHI 31st Enrique Desmaras 71 62 133
AND 32nd Francesc Perez 70 67 137
CHI 33rd Pablo Caviedes 69 68 137

Typical Irish summer showers did not a large attendance from enjoying the Opening Ceremony of the 4th World Cup of Pitch and Putt at Royal Meath on Thursday 23 August. PPUI President Myles McMorrow welcomed all the teams and spectators. Other speakers were Frank Smith, President of FIPPA and Chairman of the host club, Pat White. The Blanchardstown Brass Band (one of Ireland's oldest bands) entertained the gathering with some rousing tunes and then played the national anthems of the competing nations as former PPUI President (and championship referee) Eamonn Birchall raised the flags.

The draw for Friday's Strokeplay qualifying took place after the Opening Ceremony. Click here to view..

Ireland produced a team total of 32 under par 238 to finish as No. 1 seeds after the Strokeplay qualifying round at Royal Meath. John Walsh fired a brilliant 94 for 36 holes after a second round 44. Ray Murphy finished on 97 while John Crange scored 100. Crangle's opening 53 was the discard 18 and Ireland finished 26 shots clear of Catalonia. Catalonia just pipped the impressive Australians for second slot by a single stroke. Marc Lloret and Fernando Cano fired 99 and 100 respectively for the Catalans. The irrepressible James Rogerson carded a fine 98 for the Australians, which was ably backed-up by 104 from Brendon Underwood, returning to Royal Meath 17 years after he represented Australia here in 1995. Holland finished fourth on 262 and the main World Cup Matchplay flight is completed by Great Britain, Galicia, Norway and Switzerland.

Matchplay: Ireland v. Switzerland; Catalonia v. Norway; Australia v. Galicia; Holland v. GB.

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Holders Ireland will face Holland in the first of this afternoon's World Cup semi-finals. Ireland completed a 5-0 victory over Switzerland in the quarter-final while the Dutch defeated GB 4-1, Steve Deeble's Saturday win over Rolf Kwant the sole British success. Shock of the championship was plucky Norway's 3.5 to 1.5 matches quarter-final success over 2004 and 2006 World champions Catalonia. Anders Langeland defeated Marc Lloret by 1 hole for the second successive day. John Djup also won on the last green against Antonio Penalva while Brent Kristland Nerland halved with World Strokeplay champion Fernando Cano. The jubilant Norwegians will now face Australia in the last four. Australia were 4-1 victors over Galicia in the other quarter-final.

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Second Flight Round Robin details..

Ireland and Australia will contest the IV World Cup final at Royal Meath, their first international Pitch and Putt encounter since Glenville 1997. In sometimes miserably wet conditions on Saturday afternoon, the Irish and the Aussies qualified for the final with 3-2 semi-final victories. Ireland overcame the Dutch despite the heroics of Rolf Kwant, who in one day claimed the considerable scalps of both John Walsh and John Ross Crangle. Inspired by James Rogerson's two singles wins, Australia beat Norway, who had earlier eliminated former two-time winners Catalonia. Catalonia will play Switzerland for 5th/6th place after beating Galicia. The Swiss victory over Great Britain was another (albeit slight) surprise.

Semi-Final details here..
Second Flight Round Robin details..

The sun shone at Royal Meath and the large gallery enjoyed an entertaining and sportingly contested World Cup final. Morning play was very tight and only final green birdies by Ray Murphy in the foursomes and John Walsh in singles gave the home country a 2-0 advantage. Ray Murphy was always in command against Brendon Underwood in the afternoon and won by 7&6. John Ross Crangle gradually overcame the spirited challenge of Tom Rickitt. John Walsh triumphed on the final green against Aussie icon James Rogerson to complete a 5-0 success for the Irish. Netherlands finished third, beating Norway 4-1. Catalonia overcame an opening session deficit to defeat Switzerland 3-2 and place 5th. Galicia beat GB for 7th slot.

Final scores here..
Second Flight Round Robin details..

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