Mallow’s Adam Boland shot a one under par 71 in Castletroy yesterday in the opening round of the Irish Boys Open Championship. Fresh from a positive weekend with Mallow’s Senior Cup team, Boland bogied the 3rd hole but followed it with three birdies on the back nine to turn on -2. He opened the back nine with two bogies but got a shot back soon after and signed for a 71. That has him in 8th place, four shots behind defending champion Mark Power who’s in the lead on -5. Sean Leonard and Jack Egan will need to improve today if they are to make the cut. Both are on +6, and Kanturk’s Daniel Continue reading
Jerry Crean and Donal O’Donovan are tied for fourth after they both shot opening rounds of 76 in the Leinster Seniors Open at Dun Laoghaire. Kinsale’s Crean had a tough start with bogies on the first and second, and a double bogey on the ninth meant that he turned on +4. He made the trip back in level par though, and that saw him finish in a tie for fourth place. Donie O’Donovan had a better start with a birdie on the 2nd, but a few dropped shots saw him turn on +2. He followed that with eight straight pars but a mistake on the final hole cost him two shots and he also signed for a 76 (+4).
Holder Micheal Quirke is one shot back alongside Tom Cleary on 77, both are in a large group that are tied for 10th place. Both are six shots off the lead and still in with a chance of challenging in tomorrow’s final round. Fota’s George Mellerick is back in the pack after a disappointing 85. Dun Laoghaire Golf Course proved to be a very testing challenge for the players at the Leinster Seniors Championship today despite the very benign conditions. Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown) leads Continue reading
Mallow pulled off a great win today in the AIG Senior Cup, defeating Cork on the final hole in the final match. Brian Attridge won the 16th and 17th to move from one down to one up and he held his advantage on the par three 18th to record a memorable win at home for the North Cork club.
Earlier in the afternoon, Paul McCarthy led out the side against Cork’s John Hickey. Hickey won the 1st and held onto the lead after the 2nd, but that was the only time that he would be ahead. McCarthy won the 3rd and 4th to take the lead and although Hickey levelled it twice, McCarthy took the lead back. He was two up on the 17th tee and although Hickey won that hole, McCarthy halved the 18th to secure the first point for Mallow. James Sugrue added the second point soon after. Like the first match, Cork had the early advantage with Ian O’Flynn holding Continue reading
Pictures from this morning’s matches in Mallow: Continue reading
Sixteen teams started out in Mallow this morning and now just four remain after a bumper day of golf in North Cork.
Munster Champions Monkstown advanced this morning with a win over Muskerry. This afternoon no less than three matches went to the 19th before they overcame Muskerry in a thrilling match. Monkstown face Cork tomorrow, the reigning Barton champions saw off Castlemartyr.
Kinsale’s young guns are still in the hunt, they had two good wins, accounting for Mahon and Bandon. Hosts Mallow were expected to play well and they obliged with a win over Fota Island although Fota made them work for their win. This afternoon they faced Lee Valley who beat Douglas in the first round this morning. The hosts prevailed this evening to set up at match with Kinsale tomorrow morning. The first match gets underway at 9am tomorrow.
Full Draw & Results: AIG Senior Cup :: South Munster 2017
Cork interest in the Irish Womens Close ended today as all five Cork golfers lost out. Top qualifier Mairead Martin lost to Irish Strokeplay Champion Maria Dunne. There were also losses for Sara Byrne and Rachel Thompson as the competition reduced from 16 to 8. Valerie Clancy made it through to the quarter finals but lost out to Ciara Casey from Hermitage.
There was no joy either for Paula Walsh in the Ita Wallace Plate competition. She lost to Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan in the quarter Continue reading
Top qualifier Mairead Martin won her first round match at the Irish Womens Close in Mullingar today. It was a north Cork battle as Karturk’s Martin took on Doneraile’s Walsh.
Martin faced 2017 Munster Women’s Champion Walsh in today’s first matchplay round and got off to a good start, winning 3 of the first 6 holes. Walsh steadied the match but the deficit was too much for her to fight back and the game finished on the 16th green, 3&2 to Martin. Martin now faces Irish Womens Strokeplay Champion Maria Dunne who’ll be looking to complete a rare double. Walsh goes on the the plate matchplay where she faces Shannon Burke tomorrow.
It was a good day for Cork golfers, and the 17th was the hole where the other four Cork matches finished. Sara Byrne had a 2&1 over Alice Hutchinson and Rachel Continue reading
Kanturk’s Mairead Martin led the qualifiers at the Irish Ladies Close in Mullingar yesterday and now faces Doneraile’s Paula Walsh in an all-Cork matchplay clash. Martin won the Leitrim Cup after finishing the 36 hole qualifier on level par, one ahead of the field. Martin was not affected by tough windy conditions in Mullingar and her second round 73 included 4 birdies at the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 14th. “It was very tough in the blustery conditions, the wind kept changing direction all day. I putted very well this afternoon which was the key and kept my score going,” said Mairead, “I played well last week at the British Amateur in Wales and I got Continue reading
Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was tied second in today’s Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am in Moyvalley. McNamara has been improving steadily in the early part of the season, last week he carded a final round 69 in the PGA Professional Championship to claim 6th place. The event was held in Lutrellstown Castle which featured 150 PGA professionals from all over the UK and Ireland.
Today he followed up with another solid round in Moyvalley in the pro-am on the eve of the the 72 hole Irish PGA Championship. The Limerick native was second, two shots off the lead set by David Higgins.
Moyvalley is a course that McNamara likes, he finished in the top ten last year and he’ll be hoping to challenge at the top of the leaderboard and add his name to the famous trophy. Davey Barry (Douglas) also finished in the top Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe had a slow start to the British Amateur yesterday as a wide range of scores were reported on day one in Royal St Georges. O’Keeffe is the only Cork golfer in action and he signed for a three over par 73 on the par 70 layout. O’Keeffe was one under through nine, he responded to an early bogey on the third with two birdies on the 7th and 9th. The back nine was tougher though and the Douglas man ran up five bogies and one birdie to come back in 39 strokes. O’Keeffe is just inside the top 200 and has a lot of work to do today on the Princes course. He’ll need to get under par to have a chance of making the top 64 and get through to the match play stage. Princes played somewhat easier yesterday with 18 of the top 20 scores coming from that course. That included a course record -8 by Iceland’s Gisli Sveinbergsson. Qualification is definitely possible for the big hitting Irish Amateur Open Champion. He’s in a good vein of form after winning in Tralee last week and a good start is all he’ll need to mount a strong challenge for qualification.
Robin Dawson is the best placed Irish golfer, the Munster golfers shot a four under par 68 on the Princes course to lie tied for 20th place after the first round. Fellow Munster golfers Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierre are both outside the top 200 and qualification for the match play stage is unlikely.
O’Keeffe tees off at 10.45 this morning while Dawson is out on St George’s at 8.50.