Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifier

After 11 qualifying competitions and entries from all over the country, 33 golfers will do battle today in Fota Island to try to win a place in the Irish Open Pro-Am.  The weekly qualifying competition has been running since March and each week the top three golfers qualified for the final.  Qualifying scores ranged from 37 points to 43 points and the handicaps ranged from scratch to 19.

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Shane Lowry looking forward to return to Cork

Shane Lowry looking forward to return to Cork

By Niall O’Shea

 

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 Shane Lowry winning the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup in 2009

Former Irish Open Champion Shane Lowry is looking forward to returning to Cork next month as Fota Island plays host to the Irish Open.  Lowry won on his last two occasions playing competitive golf in Cork.  In 2007 he won the Irish Close at Cork Golf Club, beating local hope Niall Turner.  In 2009 he won the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, the first year it had been expanded to a 54 hole competition.  The Lee Valley was Lowry’s final won as an amateur in an amateur competition. Continue reading

Dublin’s Anderson wins Munster Strokeplay

Dublin’s Anderson wins Munster Strokeplay

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By Niall O’Shea

The Munster Strokeplay took place in Cork Golf Club over the weekend and all 75 golfers were challenged by both the weather and the course.  A new name was added to the trophy as Royal Dublin’s Barry Anderson won the title by a single stroke.  Although the weather was a disappointment to both golfers and spectators, the course was very well received by all the competitors.  The perfect fairways and slick greens provided Ireland’s top amateurs with a challenge, as did the punishing rough.  At the halfway point of the 72 hole competition, Dundalk’s Aaron Grant.  Local hopes rested with Cork John Hickey who was just one shot off the lead.   Mark Shanahan, Dave O’Donovan and Eoghan Murphy were all in the hunt and Gary O’Flaherty was also in touching distance although he was six shots back.  Holder Kieran McCarthy missed the cut, a 79 followed by an 82 saw him finish five shots outside the cut mark. Continue reading

Munster Strokeplay 2014 Final Results

1 Barry Anderson  72 74 72 71 289
2 Gary O’Flaherty  75 74 67 75 291
3 Richard Knightly  73 73 72 73 291
4 James Fox  74 70 76 73 293
5 John Hickey  72 72 75 74 293
6 Keith Crowley  76 76 76 68 296
7 Chris Carroll  77 75 74 71 297
8 Simon Bryan  76 74 76 71 297
9 Mark Shanahan  70 78 76 73 297
10 Dave O’Donovan  75 73 72 77 297
11 Daniel Holland  76 70 72 79 297
12 Jeff Hopkins  73 72 78 74 297
13 Pat Murray  74 73 75 76 298
14 Ronan Mullarney  76 79 77 67 299
15 Niall Gorey  81 73 73 72 299
16 Darragh Coghlan  78 76 73 72 299
17 Eanna Griffin  78 76 72 73 299
18 Rowan Lester  77 73 74 75 299
19 Marc Nolan  73 76 76 74 299
20 Aaron Grant  72 71 82 74 299
21 Alan Thomas  73 78 75 74 300
22 Pat Lyons  77 73 74 76 300
23 Sean Barry  78 77 78 68 301
24 Stephen Healy  77 76 75 73 301
25 James O’Mahony  73 78 75 75 301
26 Eoghan Murphy  71 74 82 74 301
27 Emmet Leahy  75 79 76 72 302
28 Ian O’Flynn  80 74 75 73 302
29 Stephen Walsh  77 72 76 78 303
30 Mark Collins  83 72 73 76 304
31 John Greene  79 76 79 72 306
32 Brian Kelleher  74 75 79 78 306
33 Cathal Butler  77 75 75 80 307
34 Ronan Twomey  78 75 77 78 308
35 Evan Farrell  77 78 75 78 308
36 Colum Kenny  73 81 77 80 311
37 Kieran Lynch  77 76 78 80 311
38 Shane Whooley  78 77 83 79 317
39 Shane McGlynn  75 77 79 — 231
40 Shane Hogan  70 82 — — 152
41 Andrew McCormack  81 75 — — 156
42 Paul O’Hara  80 76 — — 156
43 Stephen Loftus  75 81 — — 156
43 David McCarthy  78 78 — — 156
45 Fergal Deasy  82 75 — — 157
46 Conor Coyne  80 78 — — 158
46 Eoghan Long  79 79 — — 158
48 Niall McGlynn  78 81 — — 159
48 Declan McInerney  80 79 — — 159
50 Eoghan O’Donnell  80 80 — — 160
51 Gavin O’Connor  82 78 — — 160
52 Thomas Fay  81 79 — — 160
53 Ben Best  77 83 — — 160
53 Daniel Brennan  83 77 — — 160
55 Edwin Hannon  83 78 — — 161
56 Kieran McCarthy  79 82 — — 161
56 Mark Richards  82 79 — — 161
58 Alan Harrington  82 80 — — 162
59 David McMahon  81 82 — — 163
60 Tristan O’Rourke  85 79 — — 164
60 Darren O’Sullivan  86 78 — — 164
62 Darragh Burke  83 83 — — 166
62 Darragh Hogan  81 85 — — 166
64 Ian Spillane  81 — — — 81
65 Patrick Neville  83 — — — 83
66 Sean Poucher  86 — — — 86
– Tom Cleary  79 NR — —  NR
– Barry Daly  78 NR — —  NR
– Bill McCormack  87 NR — —  NR
– Anthony McDaid  77 NR — —  NR
– Sean McSweeney  76 NR — —  NR
– Patrick Neville  — NR — —  NR
– Paul O’Connor  82 NR — —  NR
– Jonathan O’Sullivan  74 NR — —  NR
– Ruairi Kennelly  79 — — — 79  DQ

O’Donovan’s China Challenge

Bandon’s Brian O’Donovan is a busy man, building his career in China.  Having moved there a few months ago he popped up on the PGA Tour China last weekend.  The competition was the Buick Open, and  Brian made the entry list thanks to a qualifier earlier in the week.  He travelled from his base in Shenzhen to Guangdong to try his hand on the Asian arm of the PGA Tour. Continue reading

William Dwyer Inter-Society Trophy 1943-2013

Winners since 2000:

Year Winner Venue
2013 ESB Wilton Douglas
2012 Mactoums Cork Golf Club
2011 ESB Wilton Monkstown
2010 wilton Traders GS Douglas
2009 Lada Tour Society Cork Golf Club
2008 DePuy Harbour Point
2007 GLAXO SMITHKLINE Monkstown
2006 Midleton CBS PPU Douglas
2005 Bowen Group Cork Golf Club
2004 MILLSTREET G.S. East Cork
2003 ESB MARINA Monkstown
2002 MIDLETON  C.B.S Mahon
2001 GLAXO SMITHKLINE Cork Golf Club
2000 SIFCO Douglas

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Sugrue & Tobin in Fairhaven Trophy

Sugrue & Tobin in Fairhaven Trophy

By Niall O’Shea

James Sugrue and Paul Tobin represented Ireland last week in the Fairhaven Trophy with Sugrue leading the Irish charge.  The competition is one of the leading international scratch competitions for juniors and attracts a field of almost 150 golfers from across Europe.  Fairhaven is a championship links course next to the Open Championship venue, Lytham & St Annes. Continue reading

Updated Order of Merit

Right folks, the updated CGN Senior Scratch Order of Merit after the fifth event in Cork Golf Club this weekend

Top Ten

Senior Scratch Order of Merit after 5 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

(remember, it’s just a bit of fun – I don’t have a budget for prizes and not enough power for inter-pro places)

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Munster Strokeplay Scores after Rd 2

39 Golfers made the cut which fell at 155

143: Aaron Grant

144: James Fox, John Hickey

145: Jeff Hopkins, Eoghan Murphy

146: Daniel Holland, Richard Knightly, Barry Anderson

147: Pat Murray

148: Dave O Donovan, Mark Shanahan

149: Stephen Walsh, Gary O Flaherty, Brian Kelleher, Marc Nolan

150: Pat Lyons, Rowan Lester, Simon Bryan

151: James O Mahoney, Alan Thomas

152: Cathal Butler, Chris Carroll, Keith Crowley, Shane McGlynn

153: Ronan Twomey, Kieran Lynch, Stephen Healy

154: Niall Gorey, Ian O Flynn, Eanna Griffin, Darragh Coghlan, Emmet Leahy, Colum Kenny

155: Mark Collins, John Greene, Sean Barry, Shane Whooley, Evan Farrell, Ronan Mullarney

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