O’Donovan and Griffin selected on Munster Team

A smiling David O'Donovan pictured with the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup after winning the Mardyke Arena sponsored tournament. Picture: Niall O'Shea

A smiling David O’Donovan pictured with the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup after winning the Mardyke Arena sponsored tournament.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) has been selected on the Munster Senior Inter-Provincial team, and his selection was warmly welcomed by many who feel it’s a well deserved reward for his good play in 2015.  O’Donovan had a very strong start to the season and won the prestigious Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup in April.  Although he was limited to only a few order of merit events, Munster Captain Phil Cooney obviously liked what he saw when he watched O’Donovan in Lee Valley and later in Cork GC at the Munster Strokeplay.  A happy Dave said: “I’m thrilled to bits obviously.  Dues to a few family occasions I couldn’t play as much as I would have liked to in May.  But I played well in Shannon and the Munster Strokeplay and the game it still good”.  O’Donovan along with the team and management will aim to retain their title in Rossapena (Donegal) in early July.   Continue reading


Murphy takes U18 Award at Leinster Youths

Kinsale’s John Murrphy had an eventful final day at the Leinster Youths in Charlesland.  Murphy was only three shots off the lead at the halfway point last evening, but he dropped eight shots in four holes on the front nine this morning,  That included two bogies, a dougle bogey and a quadruple bogey 9 at the par five 5th hole.  Murphy followed up with Continue reading

Runner Up Spot for Mallow’s McKenna – Irish PGA Assistants Championship

Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna made a very promising start to his PGA career when he finished tied for second place in the prestigious PGA Assistants Championship.  He put together two solid rounds of 74 & 73 on the final day to jump up the leaderboard.  This time last year McKenna was in Barton Shield action for Mallow, and a year on he proved he was a match for the country’s best trainees and Continue reading

Cork Golfers in Top 20 in Assistants Championship

Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna is the best placed Cork golfer at the halfway-stage of the PGA Assistants Championship in Nuremore.  After carding an opening +4 round of 75, he added a level par 71 in the afternoon to take a share of 7th place.  McKenna had five birdies and five bogies in the afternoon.

Charleville’s Frank Holly also shot 75 in the first round and was heading for a great afternoon score – only to record a 7 on the par 4 18th hole.  The triple bogey gave Holly a second round total of 74 and a share of tenth place.  Former Mahon team-mates Davey Barry (Douglas) and Alan Gleeson (Castlemartyr) are both inside the top twenty after 36 holes.  Both carded opening rounds of 75, and the both added 76’s in the afternoon.  Despite the fact that all four golfers comfortably made the cut (+17), hopes of a win tomorrow will be measured as leader Joe Dillon (Headfort Golf Club) is seven shots ahead of McKenna on -3.

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Kinsale advance to Fred Daly Trophy Final

Kinsale booked their place in the Fred Daly Trophy area-final on Saturday last with a comprehensive win over Blarney.  Kinsale have been fancied from the start of the competition, although they were close to being knocked out by Douglas in the last round.  The semi-final was played in Castlemartyr and Kinsale set to the task quickly with some great golf from John Murphy, Mark Healy and Cathal Butler.  Continue reading

Kinsale book place in Pierce Purcell Munster Finals

Kinsale celebrate their win on the 20th, pic courtesy Ted Curtin

Kinsale celebrate their win on the 20th, pic courtesy Ted Curtin

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.  Continue reading