Despite everyone’s hope that the forecasted weather would pass over Cork, the wind and persistent rain forced organisers to abandon play on Day 3 of the Munster Youths at Monkstown Golf Club.
The rain started around 7.30am and it looked like the golf might be completed in the morning. 47 golfers started at 9am sharp but by 10am greens were starting to flood from the heavy rain. At 10.30 tournament director Sean O’Leary in consultation with the tournament committee and the Monkstown staff had no alternative but to abandon the third round. The result was declared on the basis of the results of the first 36 holes. And so the title went to Jack McDonnell from Forrest Little/MU.
James Sugrue (Mallow) was the best Cork finisher, his 71/71
saw him finish three shots behind the winner in third place. Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam) took second place on the countback from Sugrue. Kinsale’s Eric Rumley won the 2nd nett prize thanks to his first round 70 and John Murphy won the Under 18 prize.
Mr John Moloughney, Chairman Munster Golf was delighted to be in Monkstown and started by thanking everyone involved in the event: “Firstly I’d like to congratulate Martin Travers and all of his course team in preparing an excellent course for the Munster Youths. All the staff in Monkstown have been great and I’d like to thank Hilary Madden and all of them for the great welcome. The tournament doesn’t just happen, the pre-work started many months ago and I must thank Margaret in the office for all her hard work. The tournament officers too did a great job over the three days, tournament director Sean O’Leary assisted by Phil Cooney and Barry Lynch. It’s an important competition with many famous winners, including the current professional here in Monkstown , Cian McNamara. Being from Tipperary we’re very proud of a former winner called Paddy Butler who’s now playing rugby in France. I’d like to congratulate all of the golfers and it’s a pity that the weather forced us into an early finish.
Monkstown Captain Carl Toal welcomed all of the golfers and the members of the Munster Branch. He again said that it was a great honour for Monkstown to host such a great competition. He thanked the volunteers from Monkstown who helped on the range and with ball spotting and especially Pat O’Keeffe, John Foster and Ronan O’Keeffe for running the scoring for the tournament. He also took the opportunity to congratulate Monkstown members Sean Desmond (player) and Jim Long (Munster Branch Secretary and Irish Junior Convenor) on their win with the Irish Boys against Wales yesterday.