Griffin wins Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup

Eanna Griffin

Eanna Griffin

Waterford’s Eanna Griffin shot two under par rounds to win the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup on Sunday.  The Waterford golfer has come close to winning a few times this year, he was runner up at the West of Ireland and led the Munster Strokeplay at the halfway stage, but his first win of 2015 finally came on Sunday.  Griffin was the only golfer to break 70 in the opening round, his 96 had him two shots clear of the Cork GC duo of John Hickey and Paul Tobin.  Wind and heavy showers hampered golfers in the morning round and there was no let-up in the afternoon as the showers turned into persistent rain.  Holder Mark Shanahan had a relatively poor opening round of 76 but stormed back into contention with a second round 68.  The three time winner was five under at one stage but a bogey on his third last hole saw him sign for -4 and a level par total of 144 for the two rounds.  Cork’s Paul Tobin was tied for second place in 144, his second round 73 added to his earlier 71 for a level par total.  Galway’s Joe Lyons was probably the most unlucky golfer of the day.  After 34 holes he was five under but he dropped six shots in the last three holes to take himself out of contention.  In the end he finished on +1 for the event which took fourth place.

Gallery: Gallery: Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Amarenco Solar

Castlemartyr Director of Golf Brady Sherwood has driven the event for each of the past five years and he was happy with another successful staging: “We had a quality field here with a competitive finish, and special thanks must go to the players who persevered in the afternoon in difficult conditions.  It was great to have John Mullins come on board with Amarenco Solar sponsors and it’s the third year that Kieran O’Connor and Oakley have been involved.  Unfortunately the weather had a big impact on the competition but we got some very positive feedback on the course and the resort.”  Open singles continue every Tuesday and Wednesday in Castlemartyr and the resort will shortly be launching a Ladies Day to coincide with their new status as an ILGU affiliated club.

Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Amarenco Solar:
140 Eanna Griffin (69,71)
144 Mark Shanahan (76,68)
144 Paul Tobin (71,73)
145 Joe Lyons (72,73)
149 Ian Spillane (73,76)
149 Nils Conway (76, 73)
150 Mark Healy (74,76)
151 James Murray (78, 73)
152 John Hickey (71, 81)
155 Kieran McCarthy (77, 78)