Kinsale Golf Club booked their place in the Pierce Purcell Munster finals last week with a dramatic play-off win over Cobh. The area final took place at Lee Valley which was in great condition for the South Munster decider. Kinsale had qualified from the qualifier that they hosted and Cobh came through in the Fermoy venue qualifier. Kinsale’s Bernard O’Keeffe and Diarmuid O’Brien put an early point on the board when they won their match 7/5, beating Cobh’s Donal Feen and Adam Geaney who obviously had an off day. The only other match of the day to finish in regulation was the final match. Cobh were dormie four but didn’t close out the match until the 18th, and the match was level a one point each.
In the first match Kinsale’s Gearoid Griffin and Anthony Desmond were dormie three, but great play from Cobh’s Jim McCarthy and Dan Murphy levelled the match on the 18th. The momentum left them however and the Kinsale pair made it 2-1 with a par on the 19th. The 19th proved decisive again in the fourth match. A superb approach from Cobh’s Christy Dobbyn was followed by great birdie putt from Luke Donnachie levelled the match at 2-2. More drama was to follow in the middle match, in the final match left on the course Kinsale’s Dave O’Keeffe and Padraig Crowley faced Cobh’s Karl Griffin and Ian Stack. Cobh had an opportunity to win on the 18th, they had two putts from 20 feet but the second putt lipped out to bring the match to the 19th. The first tie hole was halved and it was the tricky 2nd hole at Lee Valley that was set to decide the winner. The 350 yard dog-leg is a tough hole, not least because of the difficult green that’s set to test golfers. Kinsale’s Crowley was the hero as he nailed a 17 foot putt from the front of the green to win the hole, win the match and see Kinsale through to the Munster semi-final. East Clare Golf Club is the venue for the Munster finals which take place on Sunday 19th July. Kinsale will face Newcastlewst who came through from the West Munster section while Spanish Point face Thurles in the other half of the draw.
Captain John Hayes Hole in One!
Monkstown held their Captain’s Prize last weekend and there was a pleasant surprise for Monkstown Captain John Hayes aced the par three 1st hole when playing in his competition on Friday. The competition was won by Seamus O’Sullivan with 43 points. Paul Foster was second just one shot behind the winner and John Horgan was third with 40 points. This weekend the area qualifiers of the Irish Mixed Foursomes take place in Douglas and Skibbereen. Mahon, Macroom, Bantry and Douglas have all made it though their first round matches and they will join 12 other clubs in the South Munster quarter finals on Saturday.