Mark Shanahan retained his Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup title last weekend when he shot a winning seven under par around the inland links course. The event was celebrating its fifth staging and Shanahan is making the event his own as it was his third time winning the end of season event. Many consider Shanahan unlucky to miss out on selection for the Munster team but the end of season win will mark an end to a good season. He won the opening scratch cup of the year in Fota in March. The 6,790 yard blue course in Castlemartyr was in great condition and the fair set up allowed Munster’s top golfers to go for it with six golfers shooting in the 60’s. Oakley continued their strong association with amateur golf in Cork with an array of top quality prizes on offer.
The field was limited to the lowest 66 golfers and the good weather on Sunday morning made for ideal conditions. Shanahan had one hand on the trophy after a very impressive 67 in his first round. That was enough to give him a four shot lead over a group of seven golfers, including Sean Barry, John O’Brien and Nick Moore. The second round was much tighter with Shane McGlynn (Carton House) and Sean Barry (Fota Island) getting to within one stroke of Shanahan’s lead. Barry was mounting a serious charge as he went out in 30 strokes. Although both McGlynn and Barry recorded the low score for the second round (67), it left them one shot off the pace when the final scores were tallied. Shanahan closed with a 70 to take the title by one stroke. McGlynn took second place on the countback with Sean Barry third. The only other players to finish under par were Eamonn Hurley, Ian Spillane and Evan Farrell. The young guns were out in force too, Cork’s Rory Dineen was 12th with a three over par 147 and Lee Valley’s Greg O’Mahony 13th place was one shot back. The CSS for both rounds was 72.
Castlemartyr’s Director of Golf Brady Sherwood has been the driving force behind all of the events at the resort course and he can look back on the busy season with pride. The Australian native PGA Professional has been with Castlemartyr since it opened and he is delighted with 2014: “The season as a whole has been a cracker, we are up by about 15% on 2013 in terms of rounds played and we’ll have had over 235 societies. We’ve taken on a large number of new members and our junior membership has grown too taking on 22 new members.” The year isn’t over yet and the popular mid-week open competitions will continue into the autumn and through the winter.
The Castlemartyr Scratch Cup was traditionally the final event of the year but this year East Cork will take that honour. They were forced to reschedule their Senior Scratch Cup earlier in the year and it’s now fixed for Saturday 11th October. The event gets underway at 1.30pm (shotgun start) and will be held over 18 holes. Details and timesheet are available from the club.
Kinsale won the final of the inaugural Fred Daly Plate, the new junior competition for first round losers in the Fred Daly Trophy. Played at a glorious Charleville Golf Club on Sunday, the weather was perfect for good golf with the course set up fair but tough. The players got on with the matches getting around 9 holes in 90 minutes. Faithlegg were up in the first match by 6 and the second by 4. Kinsale however were in control with the next 3 matches and that was enough to secure the title.
Evening Echo 25th Sept