Jordan McKeown injury hurts Ulster's hopes of lifting Senior Inter-pro crown
Ulster's chances of lifting the Senior Inter-provincial title for the first time since 1983 have been dealt a huge blow with confirmation that Jordan McKeown has been ruled out of the tournament.
The recently-crowned Ulster Senior Open champion will also miss the Under-18 competition, which starts today in Cork, after picking up an injury to his lower back.
The rules dictate that a player who misses one inter-pro has to sit out the other, if selected for both, and Windsor's Anton Robb steps into the junior line-up with Donaghadee's Aaron Stubbs filling the breach at senior level.
McKeown's coach Paul Watt said: "Unfortunately, Jordan got an injury in his lower back while training and the problem was that he could feel it in his leg which required physio.
"He will be okay in a couple of days and he would have been fit to play for the senior inter-pro team but sadly this is not an option now.
"As Jordan is the Ulster senior champion, he is hugely disappointed as it would have been some good match-play for him and a great experience leading into the Irish Junior Open next week."
Meanwhile, Karola Bejenaru has missed out on a place in the main draw at a $25,000 tournament in Surrey.
The Windsor player went down 6-1 6-2 to Croatia's Ana Vrljic in the final round of qualifying yesterday.