Killarney’s Danny Sugrue was one of three golfers tied for the lead at the Etihad Airways Cork GC Pro-Am held on Monday. Sugrue stated in a blaze, posting birdies the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th holes to lie four under through six holes. Despite posting bogeys at 9 and 10, he went on to birdie 11 and 12 to remain at four under. Bogeys on 15 and 18 saw him finish on -2 and a share of the winner’s purse. Sugrue was joined by Brendan McGovern and Neil O’Brien on a two under par score of 70. There were some uncharacteristic high scores recorded as high winds prevailed over the Little Island course with just the three winners breaking par. Padraig Dooley claimed 5th place with a 73, he was the best of the Cork Pro’s in action. Fota’s Daniel Crowley was one shot back on 74, Fernhill’s Wayne O’Callaghan also posted a 74. European Seniors Tour players Philip Walton and Denis O’Sullivan had top ten finishes with their 75’s. While O’Sullivan is a regular on the PGA Ireland circuit, it was a first appearance as he returned to the club he played with for many years as an amateur.
Waterville’s Liam Higgins and his team of Tom Higgins, Donal Higgins and Liam Higgins Jnr did the double as they captured the pro-am team prize for the second year running. Second place went to Cian McNamara and the Munster Business Equipment team of Vincent Meade, James Keane and Denis O’Brien.
There was no joy for Cork clubs in the Munster finals last weekend. Raffeen and Dunmore both lost out in Munster County Clubs Cup at Spanish Point as the hosts won out. East Cork were in action in the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Dromoland and had a fine win over Adare Manor in the semi-final but they were beaten by Waterford Castle in the final. There was better news for East Cork in Thurles as both the Senior Foursomes and Junior Foursomes teams have qualified for the Munster Final. The Junior Foursomes team beat Clonmel in the quarter final on Sunday and followed that with a win over Castletroy that afternoon. East Cork’s Senior Foursomes team saw off hosts Thurles in their quarter final before going on to win over Castletroy in the semi-final. Both finals take place in Limerick GC on 22nd August. East Cork have a real incentive in both finals as Monkstown is the venue for the ILGU All-Ireland finals in September.
Two junior golf competitions take place on Monday with Fota holding their Juvenile Open. Muskerry will host the prestigious Bruen Youths also on Monday. The Bruen Youths is a 36 hole competition with a shotgun start at 9.30am. Bandon’s rescheduled senior and junior scratch cups take place on Sunday 24th August and the timesheet is now open. Fota also have their intermediate scratch cup taking place on that Sunday.
This weekend will see the Munster finals of the Barton Shield, Senior Cup and Junior Cup take place in Shannon. Cork hopes are carried by Muskerry and Castlemartyr. Muskerry are in action in the Junior Cup and Barton Shield and Castlemartyr face Limerick in the Senior Cup. The matches take place in Shannon on Saturday and Sunday.