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Smith helps fire Leinster to Inter provincial hat-trick

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Eugene Smith (Ardee) during the first day of matchplay at the 2015 Irish Amateur Close Championship at Tramore Golf Club. Photo Credit: Pat Cashman.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee’s Eugene Smith helped Leinster to a third straight Interprovincial Championship at Carlow Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ardee Golf Club member was once again a member of the 10-strong Leinster team and they retained their title. They beat Munster, Connaught and Ulster on successive days Monday through Wednesday to complete a memorable hat-trick in the most comprehensive fashion.

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On Monday morning, Smith paired with Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty to beat Munster’s John Murphy and James Sugrue before Smith saw off Jack Pierse in the singles .

Smith and Rafferty saw their match against Connaught’s Devin Morley and Jack McDonnell halved before they were both successful once again in singles competition. Smith beat Sean Flanaghan 3&2.

Leinster only need to halve with Ulster on Wednesday to ensure victory and the Co. Louth duo got Leinster off to a flyer with another foursome success – beating Kyle McCarron and Jordan Hood. Wins for Conor Purcell, Jonathan Yates and Mark Power helped the reigning champions power to a 7-4 victory.

Smith, a Maynooth University student, finished with a personal haul of 4.5pts from 6 available.

His participation in the win comes just under a year after he helped Leinster to 2016 success in the Interprovincials. Last year, he took part having been a late introduction to the team, replacing the injured Alan Lowry of Esker Hills. He impressed sufficiently to be brought back into the fold of Seamus McParland’s team once again.

Last year, he competed in the Flogas Irish Amateur Championship in Dublin in May, fresh from a victory at the Irish Intervarsity Series a month earlier. He also was among the six-strong panel selected to represent Ireland at the World University Championship in Southern France. Smith and his team finished second at that prestigious event.

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