Munster Country Clubs – 1st Round Results

Munster Country Clubs – 1st Round Results (Cork Clubs)

At Skibbereen Golf Club 26 April
Dunmore bt Glengarriff 5.5/1.5
At East Cork Golf Club 26 April
Frankfield bt Lismore 4.5/2.5
Quarter Final (TBA)
Dunmore –v- Frankfield
At Blarney Golf Club 27 April
Doneraile bt Lisselan 4.5/2.5
At Doneraile Golf Club 13 April
Raffeen Creek bt Templemore 6/1
Quarter Final (TBA)
Doneraile –v- Raffeen Creek
Semi Finals & Final take place in Spanish Point on Sunday 10th August 

Sugrue romps home in Munster Youths

Sugrue romps home in Munster Youths

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By Niall O’Shea

Mallow’s James Sugrue blew apart the field in the final round of Munster Youths in Dungarvan on Friday as he finally claimed the title he narrowly missed out on in 2012.  Sugrue had a one shot lead going into the final round and he added a four under par 68 to have a winning margin of seven shots.  Sugrue was one of only two players to break par on the final day, all of his main competitors finished over par to give the Mallow man the generous winning margin Continue reading

Con on the Course – Fota Island Irish Open

Con is in Charge in Fota

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By Niall O’Shea

Walking around the Fota Island Resort this week, you’d be mistaken for thinking it’s just another year at the prestigious Cork golf course,  The pro-shop is busy, as is the clubhouse, a society prepares to head out and there’s about six people practicing in the Academy.  All in all it’s pretty standard for the championship resort.  But Fota is right in the middle of preparations for the Irish Open which take place from 18th to 22nd June.  While it’s business as usual as far as any of the golfers are concerned, the course staff are busy working with a plan to deliver the course in perfect condition for the tour professionals in June.  It’s 12 years since the European Tour event last took place in Cork and for many of the professionals that were in tour in 2002, they’ll notice a few additions.  While the Deerpark course is still the same, the hotel and lodges are new, the additional nine holes are new and the Academy is now.  All of the developments were opened between 2006 and 2007 and now Fota Island stands out as the premier golf resort in the south of the country. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Irish Open

Volunteers Needed for Irish Open

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By Niall O’Shea

Staging the Irish Open is a huge task, and up to 400 volunteers will be needed for the event which will be held in Fota Island over five days from Wednesday, 18th June.  The man responsible for the volunteers is Chief Marshal Ray Cawley.  The Corkman was appointed to the position a few weeks ago and has hit the ground running as he builds a plan which will be implemented gradually over the next nine weeks.  Continue reading

Castlemartyr focuses on Junior Golf

Castlemartyr focuses on Junior Golf

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By Niall O’Shea

Castlemartyr Golf Club are joining the growing trend of boosting juvenile members and have recently focused on building their numbers of junior golfers.  Over the past 18 months the club has made junior golf a key priority and this year Club Captain JP Twomey is actively developing their juvenile programme.  Continue reading

Mitchelstown’s Maguire wins in Muskerry

Mitchelstown’s Maguire wins in Muskerry

Ford Muskerry Junior Scr 2014

By Niall O’Shea

Mitchelstown’s John Maguire added his name to the prestigious Ford Junior Scratch Trophy at Muskerry last weekend.  As most golfers were sitting down to their Easter Sunday dinner, John was facing his sixth round of golf.  He faced Muskerry’s John O’Mahony in the final of the unique matchplay competition, as the pair were the last men standing from the 64 matchplay starters on Good Friday.  Continue reading

West of Ireland 2014

There were a large number of Cork entries into the West of Ireland Championship at Co Sligo this week, although only five golfers qualified from the strokeplay stage.  Unfortunately none of the qualifiers made it past the first round, ending Cork interest.  Lee Valley winner Rory McNamara also made an early exit.

Strokeplay Scores (Q):

144 John Hickey (74,70)
144 Mark Shanahan (69, 75)

146 Eoghan Murphy (74, 72)

147 Kieran McCarthy (72, 75)

148 Keith Crowley (76, 72)