Munster U13/U15 County Competitions

Munster U13/U15 County Competitions

Wed 2 July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Ross GC                                                      9.00am/5.00pm
Mon 7  July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Lahinch Cst Course                               9.00am/12.30pm
Mon 7 July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Adare Manor GC                                    9.00am/11.00am
Tues 8  July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Cahir Park                                                9.00am/12.30pm
Wed 9 July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Charleville                                                  9.00am/2.00pm
Mon 14 July Munster U13/U15 County Competition at Faithlegg                                                  10.27am/12.06pm

CGI/Mardyke Arena Golf Club Seminar at Lee Valley Golf Club

CGI/Mardyke Arena Golf Club Seminar at Lee Valley Golf Club

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By Niall O’Shea

The newly formed Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) were out in force last week at the Irish Open, giving over 800 free lessons in their customised driving range at the Irish Open.  The CGI were also in Cork earlier in the week to host a business planning seminar for golf clubs.  The event was jointly hosted by the CGI and Mardyke Arena UCC and it took place in Lee Valley Golf Club. Continue reading

Fota beat Mahon in tight Fred Daly Match

Fota beat Mahon in tight Fred Daly Match

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By Niall O’Shea

The final second round match in the Fred Daly took place on Tuesday with Fota Island and Mahon playing in Cobh.  Fota were missing Jack Howard who was competing in the Irish Boys Open in Thurles, but other than that they fielded a strong side.  Fota had an advantage in terms of handicaps but Mahon put it up to Fota and every match went as far as the 16th at least.  Fota’s Paul Twohig and Ronan O’Connell Continue reading

Irish Open Pictures

A selection of shots taken at the Irish Open in Fota Island 18th-22nd June 2014

Golf_Irish Open_ProAM1_Oisin Hassett_Wed 18th Irish Open Pro-Am Fota Island Team – Thomas Levet

IMG_2166 Irish Open Pro-Am – Golf Digest Ireland Team

Golf_Irish Open_ProAM1_Seamus Leahy_Wed 18th Irish Open Pro-Am – Fota Island Team – Paul Casey

CGN IORC 19th June 2014_21 Irish Open Practice Round – Robbie Cannon

CGN IOCMN 19th June 2014_43 Irish Open 1st Round – Cian McNamara

CGN IORC 19th June 2014_01Irish Open 1st Round – Robbie Cannon

CGN IO_DS 20th June 2014_01 Irish Open 2nd Round – Danny Sugrue

CGN IOCMN 20th June 2014_11 Irish Open 2nd Round – Cian McNamara

CGN GH 22nd June 2014_10 Irish Open 4th Round – Gary Hurley

IMG_3228 Irish Open – Volunteers, Staff & Spectators

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Pro-Am Delight for Amateurs

Pro-Am Delight for Amateurs

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Oisin Hassett putting on the 18th in Fota under the eye of Thomas Levet

Almost 150 amateur golfers got a chance to tee it up with tour professionals yesterday as the Irish Open Pro-Am took place in Fota.  Play got underway at 7.50am and even at that stage the sun was out and temperatures were hitting 20 degrees.  The attendance at the pro-am was an estimated 7,000 spectators which ranks highly on the European Tour schedule.  The majority of places in the pro-am are reserved for the event sponsors but there were a few golfers that secured their place thanks to qualifying competitions. Continue reading

William Dwyer 2014 Finalists

The qualifiers for the William Dwyer Trophy, Ireland’s oldest society competition took place on Tuesday and holders ESB Wilton are safely through to next week’s final.  The qualifier took place in superb weather at Mahon and ESB Wilton headed the with a great score of 200 from their best three foursomes cards.  Mactoums were second on 207 and Eli Lilly were third on 209.  Lada took the final qualifying spot with 210.  The best socre of the day came from ESB Wilton pairing Sean Mythen and Andy Houlihan who returned a 65.

The first qualifier took place last week and Mahon’s Senior Circle topped the scores with 203.  The other qualifiers on the day were Bluffers, Cork Airport and Mollies.  In all there were 18 societies taking part in the popular competition.  The trophy is a unique as it has the names of each golfer from each of the 71 winning teams to date.All eight will now go through to the final.  I addition to the holders, Mactoums, Eli Lilly and Lada are all previous winners so it promises to be a great final.  Monkstown will play host to the final which takes place on Thursday next.


Ian Prendergast on the Irish Open Range in Fota

Ian Prendergast on the Irish Open Range in Fota

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By Niall O’Shea

It’s all hands on deck this week in Fota, and all of the golf staff have new roles on the course supporting the event.  PGA professional Ian Prendergast normally runs lessons and camps from the Academy in Fota but this week the academy has turned into the busiest range in Europe and Ian’s in charge.  With a team of 14, Ian has to ensure that all 156 professionals are looked after whether it’s warming up before the round, or practising afterwards. Continue reading