Seniors out in force in Castlemartyr

The Munster Seniors were in Castlymartyr on Monday and for the second time this year, over 200 golfers turned up to play in the competition.  The course was in excellent condition having hosted several major competitions over the past two weeks and of course the upcoming senior scratch cup on Sunday.

There was a large number of prizes, all sponsored by Castlymartyr Resort and prizes were awarded in three handicap categories.  Golfers from all over the county played in what was one of the most popular competitions on the schedule.  Division 1 (0-15 handicap) was won by Morgan Madden with an impressive 42 points.  PJ Piggott was second with 41 and Frank Cronin was third with 40 points.  Liam Ennis returned an impressive score of 45 points to win Division 2 (16-20 handicap), he was followed by Facthna O’Driscoll with 42 points and Pat Carroll took third place with 41 points.  Division 3 (20+ handicap) was won by Tony Daly with 44 points.  John White and Robert Beecher were next best, both returning 43 points.  The winners in each division received dinner for two in Franchini’s Restaurant and the second and third golfers placed each received resort vouchers.

Castlemartyr golf course is a busy spot and on Sunday they hold their prestigious Senior Scratch Cup.  The competition is now in its fifth year and Oakley are again title sponsors.  Castlemartyr’s Brady Sherwood is looking forward to the end of season event: “This is our 5th annual senior scratch cup event which is very popular the elite golfers in Munster and Ireland as it marks one of the last Senior Scratch Cup events of the calendar year.  It’s a limited field of the lowest 66 player handicaps.  This year handicap cut off looking like 4.1 which is a strong field.  The golf course is in first class condition and the back tees set up on the Sunday will allow the Irish talent in the field to showcase some great scoring.”  The competition takes place over 36 holes, with a double shotgun start.  The first round gets underway bright and early on Sunday at 7.40am, with the second round starting at 1.30pm.

Muskerry’s Niall Turner is putting together a good run of form on the Asian Development Tour.  His top 15 finish last week featured a final round 67 and he is now in fifth place on the Order of Merit.  Last week’s result was on the back of two top ten finishes, prior to that he had a win and a top five in July.  Turner is no doubt looking forward to the European Tour Q School in north western France, he’s in action in Golf H’ardelot next week as he tries to get through initial qualifying and make it to second stage in November.

Evening Echo 18th Sept 2014

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