East Cork held their annual Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday and the winner was David Connolly from the home club. The popular winner went around in level par 69 to win the title by a single stroke. The winner started poorly and turned on three over, but birdies on 10, 11, 16 and 17 put him back in the hunt. An all-important par putt on the last was enough to give Connolly a one shot lead and the title. David is also the course record holder in East Cork having shot a seven under par 62 back in 2007. Kinsale’s Cathal Butler was second with a 70 and Cork’s Sean McSweeney also shot 70 for third place. Doneraile’s John Hickey was fourth with a 72. The nett prize was won by Cormac Carroll with a 68, he took the first nett from Phelim Cotter on the countback. East Cork members can now look forward to the Race to the Stables final which takes place on Saturday. 78 golfers have qualified for the end of season competition and great day is in prospect for the golfers with everyone taking home a prize. East Cork juniors are in action in Monkstown on Sunday, they will take on Mahon in the final of the Harbour Shield. Play gets underway in Monkstown at 12pm.
Qualifiers for the Irish Schools Senior Championships took place in Fermoy last week and Kinsale Community School topped the qualifiers with a winning score of 223 strokes for their three counting cards. CBC were second with 243 and PBC were third with 236. Douglas Community School were fourth with 246 strokes. The West Munster qualifiers in Ring of Kerry were dominated by two Mallow teams. Davis College and Patrician Academy both finished with 236 from their three cards and a countback of the best two cards also resulted in a tie. In the end David College won the qualifier with a better back nine. CBC came out on top of the Junior Championship which took place in Muskerry. They beat Colaiste Pobail Bantry by one stroke with PBC also one shot back. St Coleman’s Fermoy and Davis College were tied for third place.
Castlemartyr are keen to keep everyone golfing through the mild autumn. Director of Golf Brady Sherwood has lined up several mid-week offers to entice golfers to the Ron Kirby designed inland links course. Castlemartyr have had a very good golfing year with numbers up by over 15% and over 230 society bookings. The week starts on Monday’s with a fourball for just €80. Singles are the order of play on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s for the GUI open competition. On Tuesday the competition is played off the blue tees and on Wednesdays the white tees are in play. Both competitions are €25 per person. There’s also an offer of golf and lunch for €35 which is avail from Monday to Thursday. Full details and timesheets are available from the club.
Evening Echo 16th Oct