Shanahan Aims for Fourth Castlemartyr Title

Castlemartyr's Mark Shanahan

Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan

The final senior scratch cup of the year takes place in Castlemartyr this weekend and a top quality field will challenge for the large prize fund on offer.  A full field of 66 golfers will take on the 6,790 yard Ron Kirby designed ‘inland links’ course.  Holder by Mark Shanahan leads the handicaps, he’s currently playing off +2.3.  Shanahan is joined by John O’Brien, Kenny McGarry and Kieran McCarthy as the home club’s representatives.  2014 runner up Shane McGlynn (Carton House) leads the challenge from outside Cork.  He’s joined by Sean Barry, Billy McGarry, Geoff Linehan, Mark Somers and Ian Spillane, all six golfers are playing off a mark of +2.  The young players include James Sugrue, Paul Tobin, Sean Desmond, Cillian Moloney, Rory Dineen and Tramore’s Continue reading

Derek & Sara Byrne take 2nd place in East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes

Father and Daughter combination Derek & Sara Byrne (Douglas Golf Club) were second in the East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes yesterday.  The event was held on the Smurfit Course in The K Club.

Derek (1) and Sara (6) combined for a score of 155 for their 36 holes to claim second place.  Round 1 leaders Andrew McCormack (Newcastle West) and Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) fired a final round of 75, three over par to win with a superb overall gross score of 148.  In third place came Robert Galligan (Elm Park) and Leah Temple Lang (Seapoint) with a final score 156.

East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes Results

Douglas Hoping for First Green Pennant in 16 Years

Douglas celebrating after their AIG Junior Cup Munster Final win at Dungarvan Golf Club a few weeks ago Picture: Niall O'Shea

Douglas celebrating after their AIG Junior Cup Munster Final win at Dungarvan Golf Club a few weeks ago
Picture: Niall O’Shea

It has been 16 long years since Douglas Golf Club have won a Mens national title and next week their Junior Cup team will head for Carton House hoping to capture a coveted green pennant at the AIG Cups and Shields Finals.  Douglas successfully navigated their way through four matches in the South Munster qualifiers before winning their Munster semi-final and final matches in Dungarvan.  Over the Continue reading

Quinn a “Not so Young Gun”

Philip Quinn (Douglas) is enjoying every minute of the busy golfing season. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Philip Quinn (Douglas) is enjoying every minute of the busy golfing season.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Although the Douglas team is earning a name for itself as the young guns, there are one or two “not so young” ones on the squad.  Philip Quinn was the only member of the playing team in Dugarvan that was over 21, although he points out that he’s not on his own: “John O’Mahony and myself are the ‘older’ members of the team.  Unfortunately for John he injured his back on the Sunday morning in Cork while warming up, so he has missed out on a few rounds.  However, the team spirit we have is shown by the fact John then caddied for some of the younger lads to bring his experience to bear.  At least we now have John available for the All Irelands.  It’s unusual for two guys in their mid-thirties to be “old men” of the team but Continue reading

Muskerry Aiming for Back to Back Barton Shield Titles

Action from the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Saturday 15th August 2015. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Muskerry after winning the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Muskerry make the almost familiar trip back to Carton House next week with high hopes of creating history with their AIG Barton Shield Team.  Having beaten four teams in South Munster, they racked up another two wins at the Munster finals stage to book their place in the national finals.  Now they are just two matches away from back to back wins in one of golf’s most prestigious national competitions.  They head off to Carton House with a settled team featuring just one change from last year.  The experienced John Waldron has stepped down and that has given an opportunity to someone else to step up and join the winning team.  That opportunity fell to Shane Whooley and the rookie has excelled all year long.  Whooley started the year playing off 2, but had several impressive performances in the early Continue reading

Muskerry can rise to finals challenge

The mantle of champions can sometimes place a heavy weight on a side but not so for the Muskerry team.  They’ve taken every opportunity on their path to Carton House and while they had some impressive wins they also had a few close calls.  As hosts in the South Munster qualifier, they had impressive wins over Blarney, Cork and Bandon but they very nearly came unstuck in their second round match against Monkstown.  Monkstown had a put to win the match on the 19th hole and Muskerry were lucky to survive.  They went on to win on the 20th hole and from there they went on to have two impressive wins over Cork and Bandon.

Gallery: Barton Shield Munster Final

AIG Barton Shield & AIG Senior Cup Munster FinalsThe same was true in Dungarvan at the Munster finals.  Muskerry had a seven hole win over Youghal in the semi-final but it took a dramatic 18th green finish to beat Shannon.  With a total of three holes left to play Muskerry were one down and the odds were stacked in favour of Shannon.  As it happened Muskerry were to produce another clutch performance as they went on to win all three remaining holes.  Niall Gorey and David O’Donovan dove-tailed well on the 18th.  O’Donovan had a great drive and Gorey made the par five green with an excellent long range iron over the water.  O’Donovan narrowly missed the 9 foot putt but Continue reading

Douglas win Fred Daly Plate Final

Fred Daly Plate 1Douglas proved that perseverance pays when they won the Fred Daly Plate final in Ballyneety today.  They overcame Monkstown, Bandon and Killarney on their way to a final meeting with Lahinch.  Douglas fielded a strong side with three players from their AIG Junior Cup team.  Barry O’Sullivan Geaney and Brian Barry put points on the board for Douglas when they both wrapped up their matches on the 16th green.  Daniel O’Sullivan and Darren Hourihan were both all square in their matches when John Boylan won his match (also on the 16th) to secure the win for the Cork side.

Fred Daly Plate 2

Munster Fred Daly Plate Final, Ballyneety Golf Club
Douglas 4, Lahinch 1.
Brian Barry beat Darragh Conneely 3&2.
Barry O’Sullivan Geaney beat Barry Dunworth 3&2.
Daniel O’Sullivan halved with Anthony Lacey.
John D Boylan  beat Cathal Hegarty 3&2.
Darren Hourihan halved with Jonathan Keane.

O’Leary Leads Ireland to 3rd European Win

Sean O'Leary

Sean O’Leary

Mahon and Munster representative Sean O’Leary masterminded a third successive win for Ireland in the European Senior Men’s Team Championship.  The competition was held in Bulgaria in Pravets Golf Club.  While Team Captain O’Leary planned the campaign, he was helped on the course by Cork’s Tom Cleary.  The current Munster Senior’s champion went through the 36 hole strokeplay qualifier in -4, second in a field of over 120 golfers.

Ireland finished the strokeplay phase in first place, 24 strokes clear of second place.  In the matchplay phase Cleary was partnered with Tramore’s John Mitchell as Ireland’s foursomes pair.  They won their quarter-final and semi-final but lost out in their final match against Italy.

Tom ClearyIn a tense final against Italy that went down to the wire, all eyes were on Kelly when Garth McGimpsey squared the match at two points apiece. Italy had taken the foursomes point while Adrian Morrow was beaten 4&2 in the singles. However Arthur Pierse led the Irish revival, romping home with a 7&6 victory in the top singles match. His old sparring partner, McGimpsey, followed him in, taking the back match 3&2 and that left Kelly fighting for the championship on the 18th green against Vincenzo Sita. The Naas veteran held his nerve to deliver the decisive point.

Huge Turnout for Junior Golf Final – Irish Junior Masters Tour Final

Golfers pictured at the final of the Irish Junior Masters Golf Tour at Fernhill Golf Club on Saturday.  Also included is funder Wayne O'Callaghan. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Golfers pictured at the final of the Irish Junior Masters Golf Tour at Fernhill Golf Club on Saturday. Also included is founder Wayne O’Callaghan.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Fernhill Golf Course in Carrigaline hosted the final event of the 2015 Irish Junior Masters Golf Tour on Saturday and founder Wayne O’Callaghan has seen his plan for junior golf change from concept to action.  Two years ago the Carrigaline based PGA Professional Continue reading