2015 Review of the Year – Part 3

July

There were four Cork golfers in action in the Inter-Provincials which took place in Donegal’s Rossapenna.  Gary O’Flaherty, John Hickey, Dave O’Donovan and Ian O’Rourke all played their part in a sprited defence of the title they won in 2014.  Munster started well in the first two days with wins over Connacht and Ulster, but they lost out in a winner takes all match with Leinster.

Philip Quinn (Douglas) teeing off the 18th during in Cork GC

Philip Quinn (Douglas) 

Philip Quinn (Douglas) had two dramatic finishing holes in the qualifier final of the AIG Junior Cup.  Douglas were looking like losing to Mahon but the experienced 5 handicapper won the 17th and 18th in Cork GC to overturn a deficit and secure the third and decisive winning point for Douglas.  Douglas went on to beat Bandon in the area final and secure a place in the Munster finals.

Lee Valley and Kinsale were in action in the Munster finals of the Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell in East Clare in mid-July.  Unfortunately for both Cork sides, they exited the competition at the semi-final stage.  Both clubs had their chances but in the end Newcastlewest had a good win over Kinsale and Lee Valley fell at the hands of Ballykisteen.

August

AIG Barton Shield & AIG Senior Cup Munster FinalsAugust is a decisive month or inter-club teams and Cork had strong hopes in all five Munster competitions that would be decided in August.  Muskerry were favourites in the Barton Shield, and the reigning Munster and All Ireland Champions had a comprehensive win over Youghal in their semi-final.  They faced Shannon in the final and the tense match finally went Muskerry’s way when Shane Whooley and Dan Hallissey won on the 18th.  Monkstown provided another dramatic finish in the AIG Senior Cup.  Sean Desmond sunk a huge birdie putt on the 20th hole to send Monkstown through to the final.  The final proved a step too far for the Cork side as they lost an agonising match against Limerick on the 18th green.

Douglas bridged a 16 year gap when they won the Junior Cup final.  This was another titanic battle that again went all the way to the 18th green.  Barry O’Sullivan Geaney, one of several young guns sealed the win with a great putt on the final green to the delight of the large crowd of supporters.

The clear favourites in the Fred Daly were Kinsale and after beating Limerick in their semi-final, they faced Mallow.  Although the north Cork side were underdogs, they gave a great performance of singles matchplay with the match finally decided by the last pairing on the 18th green in Gold Coast GC.  Young Daniel O’Sullivan held his nerve to cause an upset and give Mallow another Munster Pennant.

After coming through a tough South Munster qualifier, Skibbereen had a tough draw in the Mixed, facing Dooks on the Kerrys sides home course.  The West Cork side put up a good battle but lost out to the host who ended up winning the Munster title.

 

September

The Cups & Shields finals took place in Carton House again this year with Douglas and Muskerry carrying Cork hopes.  Unfortunately both were beaten at the semi-final stage.  Muskerry were well-beaten by an impressive Royal Dublin side in the Barton Shield.  Douglas were in action in the AIG Junior Cup and they looked like progressing to the final when they took hold of their match against Greenisland.  Although disappointed at their loss in Carton House, both clubs have the consolation their Munster wins and can look back on the year with some pride.  The Antrim club had different ideas though and a gallant fightback saw them beat Douglas on the 18th green.

ILGU Cups and Shields Munster Finals 2015In the Ladies finals, there was success for Lee Valley and East Cork when they both won their finals.  September was also the month that Peter O’Keeffe returned to the amateur ranks.  A former Challenge Tour and Europro Tour regular, Peter is focused on his golf fitness business which is based in Dennehy’s Health & Fitness in Douglas.  Peter achieved his TPI certification earlier this year and has been busy working with golfers of all ages.  Monkstown’s Cian McNamara secured his second win on the PGA circuit when he added a win in Oughterard to his previous win from Cork GC.