There was no joy for Cork’s PGA professionals in Adare Manor GC last week as the tour drew to a close. The 104th Irish PGA Championship took place over five days last week with Wednesday’s pro-am setting the tone for the week. The course in the tight parkland was in great condition for the PGA’s showpiece event, although the weather played a part with weather delays having an impact on the competition. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara squeezed inside the top 20 thanks to a final round 69, but his five over par total for the 72 holes was 13 shots outside the winning score posted by Royal Dublin’s Niall Keaarney. David Ryan was the next best placed Cork golfer in 23rd and Douglas’ former European Tour golfer John McHenry was 30th. Michael Collins and Wayne O’Callaghan also made the cut but neither could get under par on the final two rounds. That was the last event on the national schedule but the southern branch have a busy schedule of events planned over the winter months.
The amateur golfing season is also drawing to a close and clubs are wrapping up all of their qualifying competitions and matchplay events. East Cork held their matchplay finals on Sunday and it was a busy spot given that they had no less than 11 finals down for decision.
The Moran Cup (gents matchplay) was won by Kevin Butler after he beat Pat Dowley. Kevin’s win came just two years after he won the juvenile matchplay. Catriona McGregor won the Ross Cup for the third time in four years thanks to her win over Ellen Dorgan. Both golfers were aiming for their third win as Dorgan also won the Ross Cup twice in the past. McGregor recorded a second win when she partnered Jane Ryan in the ladies fourball Cox Cup, they defeated Mary Power and Mary B Walsh. Club secretary John Morrison partnered with Barry O’Brien to win the Tom Conroy Fourball, they beat Cormac Carroll and Michael Fitzgerald. The last scratch cup of the year will be played for in East Cork on Saturday. They host their Senior Scratch Cup which will be played over 18 holes. Play gets underway at 1.30pm and bookings can be made through the club.
There are several other open competitions continuing over the coming weeks. Lee Valley’s Oakley open singles continue every Monday and Castlemartyr have competitions running on Mondays and Tuesdays. Fota’s open singles continue every Wednesday, and Dungarvan’s Denis Cronin won last week with 42 points. Ken O’Neill from Douglas was second with 40 points and Ronan Kenny was third with 38 points. The recent team event was won by Owen O’Keeffe, Pat Higgins, Fergus Golden and Noel Moylan. They had 96 points but needed the count back to beat Michael Mehigan, Alan Dilloughery, Ger Wade and John O’Leary. The inter-company challenge continues at Fota, the qualifying rounds must be completed by Friday 17th and the final takes place on Friday 24th October. The top four teams will qualify for the final.
East Cork Golf Club Matchplay Finals Results:
Juveniles; Winner Michael Cosgrave (22), Runner Up Daniel Horgan(24)
Senior Matchplay; Winner Liam Murphy (4), Runner Up Ian Maher (5)
Moran Cup; Winner Kevin Butler (8), Runner Up Pat Dowley (12)
Seniors (055); Winner Pat G Horgan (17,) Runner Up JJ Ryan (14)
Rice Cup: Winner Mairead Ni Mhurchu (10), Runner Up Mary Power (17)
Ross Cup: Winner Catriona McGregor (21), Runner Up Ellen Dorgan (16)
Peg Cup: Winner Majella Murphy (31), Runner Up Carmel O’Farrell (27)
Cox Cup Winners Catriona McGregor & Jane Ryan, Runners Up Mary Power & Mary B Walsh.
Gents Club Foursomes; Winners Aidan Crowley & Jerry O’Farrell, Runners Up Pat Collins & Damian Collins
Mixed Fours; Winners Cameron & Suzanne Hickey, Runners Up Ambrose & Jean Guilfoyle
Gents Club Fourball: Winners Barry O’Brien & John Morrison, Runners Up Cormac Carroll & Michael Fitzgerald
Evening Echo 9th Oct