Sean Desmond who helped Monkstown to two wins today
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
Mairead Martin (Kanturk), Photo: Pat Cashman
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
Mairead Martin, Kanturk. (Photo: Pat Cashman Photography)
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 PGA Professional Cian McNamara pictured with PGA Tour member Seamus Power on a visit to Monkstown Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea
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.
John Murphy, Pic: Tristan Jones
John Murphy and James Sugrue are set to make the Munster senior debuts next month in Carlow, they are two of three new caps to be named on the Munster Senior Interprovincial team. Both Murphy and Sugrue have represented Munster at Boys level and are set to join the senior ranks in a new look team. Captain Phil Cooney has named Murphy, Sugrue and Dublin based Jack Pierse in a team that see’s four changes from last year. Waterford’s Eanna Griffin has also been named in the side that see’s four changes from last year.
It’s the biggest shake up in several years, although all eight golfers were the form players over the past few months, they took the top eight spots on the qualifying order of merit. Cooney along with selectors John Carroll and Michael Coote had four picks to make after Peter O’Keeffe, Robin Dawson, John Murphy and Continue reading
David Whyte and Michael Ryan have announced dates for their summer golf camps taking place in July and August. The three day camps take place on the 24/25/26 July and again on 22/23/24 August The camps are open for boys and girls aged 7 – 13 and all levels will be catered for. The camps take place at the Golf Academy at Frankfield Golf Range and are run by experienced PGA Professionals. The golf academy has recently been upgraded and golfers will benefit from learning and practicing at the top qualify facility. Further details and bookings can be made by contacting David or Michael.
Pictures from the I Need Spain, Irish Mixed foursomes at Monkstown this morning: Continue reading
Karl Bornemann had a very good final round in the European Seniors in Spain today and claimed a spot in the top ten at the Golfclub Schloss Schönborn in Austria. The tree-lined parkland course proved a tough challenge for the elite amateurs, there were just five sub par rounds over the three days. Windy conditions also added to the challenge on the par 73 course. The Douglas man opened with a 77 on Thursday and finished in the top 30. He followed with two round of 75 which saw him over into the top ten after 54 holes. Bornemann took third place in the event last year and was happy with his performance considering that he admitted that he didn’t have his A game. “It demanded precision and afforded few opportunities” said Karl. “There was lots of slope and grain on the greens so made it tough to convert the opportunities that did come. If you pushed too hard, disaster awaited.” Karl has had a busy year, he’s Captain in Douglas this year which has limited the amount of competitive golf that he can play so a top ten finish is a very positive reminder that he can challenge at the top level. It’s also a timely boost as the AIG Senior Cup and Barton Shield qualifiers approach. Mallow host the Senior Cup while Macroom is the venue for the Barton Shield in three weeks time.