Hickey claims top spot in Muskerry
By Niall O’Shea
Cork’s John Hickey won the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday with an excellent two under par score for his two rounds. The young Cork golfer took the title by one stroke from the field. There was a full field and waiting list assembled on Saturday morning as 70 of Cork’s top golfers too to the course. Hickey along with Lee Valley’s Pat Power led the first round with a two under par 69. Gary O’Flaherty and Cathal Butler were one shot off the lead while Keith Crowley was next on 72. Scoring was slightly tougher for the second round with Fota’s Sean Barry posting a 69.
Hickey covered the second loop in a level par 71 which was enough to win the competition by one shot. Keith Crowley added a fine 69 to give him a one under par 141 finish. Gary O’Flaherty went around in level par to take third spot, also on 141. Niall Gorey took fourth place with the best of the 145’s, Conor Riordan and Donie O’Donovan also finished on 145. The net prize went to Shane Whooley (Muskerry) while Padraig Turner was second net.
The next event on the Senior Scratch Cup schedule takes place in Lee Valley. The 54 hole event takes place on the 12th & 13th April and the closing date for entries in 2nd April. Anyone interested in entering should contact Vincent Drinan in Lee Valley. The Lee Valley event takes place a week before the first national championship of 2014, the West of Ireland. The draw was released earlier this week and Cork is very well represented with ten golfers making the cut. A further five Cork golfers have made the qualifier list. Ninety golfers will battle over 18 holes for one of the six championship places on offer. The event gets underway on the 18th April and runs through the Easter weekend.
The timesheet for the qualifiers of the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy will take on the 4th & 5th of April, the time sheet is now openand already there has been lots of interest. The top 64 qualifiers will go on compete in Munster’s toughest matchplay competition over the Easter weekend. The 64 hopefuls will be whittled down over six challenging rounds.
Patrician Academy Mallow and Kinsale Community school are both in action next week in Nenagh as they compete in the Munster semi-final of the Irish Schools Championship. Mallow beat Millstreet at the quarter final stage and Kinsale accounted for Presentation College Cork. In the semi-finals, Mallow will face Rockwell and Kinsale take on De Le Salle Waterford.