Ulster’s Small and Cunningham return home with inter-provincial highlights

Tandragee captain Hammy Loney offering his congratulations to the club's two Ulster representatives ahead of the Inter-Provincial Championships. From left to right are David Cunningham and William Small.
Tandragee captain Hammy Loney offering his congratulations to the club's two Ulster representatives ahead of the Inter-Provincial Championships. From left to right are David Cunningham and William Small.

Tandragee teenagers helped Ulster home as runners-up on two fronts in the Inter-Provincial Championships.

William Small, the Tandragee junior captain, was selected for the under 18s - with David Cunningham representing Ulster across the under 16s.

Both enjoyed wins around the Athlone course, with the pick of Small’s appearance the singles success over Leinster’s Eoin Leonard.

Other highlights for Small came in the foursomes alongside Peter Kerr against John Molyneaux and Joseph O’Neill of Munster plus Connacht’s Devin Morley and Michael O’Farrell.

Small lost out in the singles to Molyneaux and Connacht’s Louis O’Hara. Small and Kerr suffered a foursomes defeat to Leinster’s Conor Purcell and Alan Fahy.

Cunningham enjoyed two wins in the singles for Ulster under 16s to see off Edward Walsh of Munster and Connacht’s Liam Power.

He teamed up with Ronan McCambridge in the defeat on the final hole to Leinster’s Jack Doherty and Charlie Denvir.

“It was a brilliant experience and great credit to everyone at Tandragee Golf Club,” said Cunningham’s father, Paul. “Credit to the boys and everyone connected to the junior scene, especially club professional Dympna Keenan for such tireless commitment.

“David really stepped up and rose to the occasion following his call-up for Ulster.

“He played some fantastic golf, from tee to green.

“His putting was excellent and to finish with two wins out of three appearances is a great run for his Inter-Provincial Championships debut.

“He really loves the team aspect of it all and just enjoyed the whole experience.

“David did not really show any nerves, just produced some solid and consistent play.

“Naturally, he did tire a bit towards the end of the competition but that is expected for his age and the schedule of practice rounds as well as so many competitive holes.

“Those results can only give David a boost now moving forward.

“It was a wonderful bonus for his form this season and now it is about building on that whole Ulster experience.