East Cork beak Cobh hearts

East Cork beak Cobh hearts

By Niall O’Shea

East Cork broke Cobh hearts again last weekend as they progressed from the Pierce Purcell qualifiers at Mahon.  On Saturday they accounted for hosts Mahon and on Sunday morning they beat Monkstown.  On the other side of the draw Cobh beat Castlemartyr, Fermoy and Mallow to advance to the venue final.  It was the same match up as the Bruen qualifier two weeks ago but Cobh started brightly and held the advantage through most of the afternoon. Continue reading


Mardyke Arena to Host Golf Seminars

As the build up to the Irish Open continues, Cork’s Mardyke Arena have announced two golf seminars that will take place in June.  On Tuesday 17th June the Arena will host a conference focused on fitness in golf, and a large number of amateurs, professionals and coaches are expected to attend.  The seminar is being run by the newly formed Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the European Tour Performance Institute and the Mardyke Arena UCC.  The CGI is a new body made up from the GUI, ILGU and the PGA.  Junior Golf Ireland has been subsumed into the new umbrella body and their key objectives include increasing participation and driving elite performance in both amateur and professional codes. Continue reading

Gorey wins in Castletroy, Updated GUI Order of Merit

Niall Gorey went one better this week and took the winners spot in Castletroy.  After a mixed start to the season the Kildare native took second place in Ballybunion last week and signalled a return to form.  He posted two 71’s to finish two under par and five shots clear of the field.  Muskerry’s Sean Barry took third spot and Cork’s John Hickey took the gross prize for the 2nd round. Continue reading

CGN Senior Scratch Cup Order of Merit

Senior Scratch Cup Order of Merit after 6 Events
Rank Player Total
1 Gary O’Flaherty 150
2 John Hickey 90
3 Barry Anderson 80
4 Rory McNamara 80
5 Keith Crowley 70
6 Sean Barry 70
7 Alan Thomas 65
8 Mark Shanahan 65
9 Eanna Griffin 50
10 Dave O’Donovan 45
11 Alan Moriarty 40
12 Ian O’Flynn 35
13 Pat Murray 35
14 Richard Knightley 35
15 John O’Brien 30
16 Kieran McCarthy 30
17 Niall Gorey 30
18 Ray O’Sullivan 30
19 Jeff Hopkins 25
20 Nick Moore 25
21 Brian Kelleher 20
22 Conor Riordan 20
23 Donie O’Donovan 20
24 Mark Collins 20
25 Pat Power 20
26 Seamus Cronin 20
27 Ronan Twomey 15
28 Shane Whooley 15
29 Cathal Butler 10
30 Christopher Murphy 10
31 Eoin Murphy 10
32 Greg O’Mahony 10
33 Pat Lyons 10
34 Ciaran McKenna 5
35 Cillian Moloney 5
36 Davey Barry 5
37 Derek Byrne 5
38 Gavin Young 5
39 John Reynolds 5
40 Padraig Turner 5
41 Paul McCarthy 5
42 Paul Tobin 5

O’Flaherty wins in Ballybunion

O’Flaherty wins in Ballybunion

Golf_Gary O'Flaherty_April 2014

By Niall O’Shea


Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty won the Ballybunion Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday, beating a strong field in windy conditions at the famous Kerry course.  O’Flaherty has been in fine form over the past three months, he recorded top three finishes in Cork, Lee Valley, Muskerry and Douglas but the win had eluded him until last weekend. Continue reading

Lisselan and East Cork through to Bruen Final

Lisselan and East Cork through to Bruen Final

Golf_Jimmy Bruen_Cobh_Mark Purcell & Alex Walsh_May 2014

By Niall O’Shea

Cobh and Kinsale played host to the Jimmy Bruen Shield area matches over the weekend as the AIG Cups and Shields got underway.  The wind blew hard on Saturday and the elevated nature of both courses tested all players.  The conditions were not ideal but it provided all teams with a requirement to think their way around the course.  Although conditions were a bit better on Sunday, the weather helped to set the scene for classic matchplay, whoever made the least errors would progress. Continue reading

Cleary wins Munster Seniors

Cleary wins Munster Seniors

By Niall O’Shea

Tom Cleary (Cork) gd

(Pic, Jim Finn, Thurles via GUIMB)

Cork’s Tom Cleary captured his second Munster Seniors Amateur Open in Thurles today, although it took a seven hole play-off to separate the top three.  Although he won the title in 2009, Cleary suffered a play-off defeat last year as Arthur Pierce won when the championship was held in Cleary’s home course of Cork GC.  Continue reading