Mark Forde won the Monkstown Senior Scratch Cup in style on Saturday last, the Cork Golf Club member carded a three under par 67 as he won the competition by one shot. It was a 1-2 for Cork as John Hickey was second with a two under par 68. Fota’s Eoghan Long was third and Monkstown’s Shane Livessey took fourth place. The Monkstown Senior Scratch Cup was one of the last cups of the year, and Cork’s equivalent of the “tour championship” takes place in Castlemartyr in less than two weeks. The 36 hole event is sponsored by Oakley and has become a firm favourite with Category One golfers over the past four years. Dungarvan’s Alan Thomas will be looking to retain his title, he won last year with an impressive score of eight under. The closing date for entries is Tuesday next (16th) and anyone interested in playing should contact Brady Sherwood on 086 0420202. Entry is €35 per person and the field is limited to 66 golfers.
There was little joy for Cork golfers at the Munster Mid-Amateur in Limerick last weekend despite a promising start. Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty and former Mahon member Mark Collins led the field after the first round with a score of 70. Collins won the event in 2013 but his challenge faded with a second round 78. O’Flaherty too suffered in the second round as he posted a 77. Lee Valley’s Pat Power was one of only four golfers to go under par in the second round, he shot a 71 which was good enough to win gross prize for the second round. Unfortunately O’Flaherty’s final round 71 wasn’t enough to overhaul the leaders. He ended up in 5th place, seven shots off the winning score posted by Castletroy’s Eamonn Haugh.
Michael Quirke (Doneraile) and Tom Cleary (Cork) were part of the victorious Irish Seniors Team who retained their European title in Poland over the weekend. Both golfers were also named in the seniors home international team this week. The competition takes place in North Berwick, Scotland next week.
Muskerry head for Carton House next week as they aim for national honours in the AIG Barton Shield. It’s over 60 years since Muskerry won the national title, and over 20 years since there was a winner from Cork. Muskerry will be hoping to add their name to the historic trophy for the second time, and on Wednesday they face Connacht winners Athenry. The final takes place the following day with Warrenpoint and Royal Dublin on the other side of the draw. On Friday Lisselan will be in action in the Jimmy Bruen Shield. They face Sligo’s Strandhill in their semi-final with Waterford and Strabane on the other side of the draw.
Evening Echo 11th Sept