O’Leary Partners Cronin to Mahon Scratch Cup Wins
By Niall O’Shea
Mahon Golf Club held their annual scratch cups weekend over Saturday and Sunday and there was a clean sweep for Mahon golfers. It’s always nice when one of your three-ball is going well, but it seldom happens that two of the three go on to win a scratch cup. Paul Cronin and Tony O’Leary have played together for many years and it looked for a while like Paul was in with a shout for the Intermediate title. Cronin was having a great round, he turned on one over and everything was going to plan until he reached the 14th. Despite a near perfect tee shot, Cronin’s approach caught the front bunker and his escape saw his ball fly the green. It took him another three shots to finish out the hole and he ended up with a double bogey on the straightforward index 16 hole. He reacted positively though, and birdied the short 15th to recover one of the dropped shots. He played out the final three holes in level par to finish with a two over par 72. In the end, Cronin had two shots to spare as Peter Foley was next best with a 74. There was a gap to the third placed golfer Ian Sisk as he finished with a 79.
Cronin’s playing partner Tony O’Leary was so focused on encouraging his friend, he didn’t pay too much heed to his own game. He was competing in the minor cup and counted himself out after turning on +10. The front nine included a horror 7 on the par four 5th hole which was a set-back. He has a better back nine as parred six of the holes to post an 83. The back nine included a par on the tricky 18th, thanks to a skilful up and down on the testing green. Although there was another 83 in the clubhouse, his back nine secured the title. Second place went to Michael O’Sullivan and Steve Butcher was third with 84. Mahon’s Patrick Foley won the Junior Scratch Cup with a 71. He beat David McHugh (Douglas) by one stroke and Kevin Power was third with a 74.
In Fota the Junior Scratch Cup took place on Sunday. Robert O’Driscoll won with a 73, beating Mallow’s Peter Duane by one shot. Declan Geary was third with 75 and Ian Fitzgerald (Raffeen Creek) took fourth place with a 76. Brian Foley (Slievenamon) won the Junior Scratch Cup in Douglas with a 75, beating Mahon’s Ian Bermingham on the countback. Ger Lonergan was third with a 77. Monkstown’s Intermediate Scratch Cup was won by Patrick Gill with a 76. East Cork’s Fergus Irwin was second with 78 and James O’Brien was third also with 78. The final junior scratch cup of the weekend took place in Blarney on Monday with Cian Hourihan winning with a 75. Ronan Curran was second with a 75 and Seamus Cronin was third also with 75.