Gary O’Flaherty won the Irish Mid Amateur Championship for a second time today in tough conditions in Limerick. O’Flaherty had a five shot lead going into the final round however difficult playing conditions meant that a win was far from guaranteed at Limerick Golf Club. He was four shots ahead of Eddie McCormack (Galway) and both golfers matched each other on the front nine. After three pars each, they both birdied the 4th and they both went on to bogey the 5th. They both turned on +1 but McCormack started a charge with birdies on the 10th and 12th to cut the lead to three. O’Flaherty was playing very steady golf but bogied the 16th when his ball Continue reading
Gary O’Flaherty (Cork Golf Club) shot rounds of 64 & 72 to take a four shot lead into the final round of the Irish Mid-Amateur (Over 30) Open in Limerick today. The recent Castletroy Scratch winner has taken a shine to Limerick and he rattled in 9 birdies in his opening round. A bogey on the back nine meant that he had to settle for a 64 but that gave him a four stroke lead.
O’Flaherty has been busy on and off the course, he recently took over as Sales Manager for Cobra/Puma Golf in Ireland. His second round started like the first adding two more birdies at the 1st and 5th. He dropped a few shots around the turn but he didn’t give anything away as he signed for a level par 72 in the afternoon. He’s four ahead of Woodstock’s Tony Cleary.
Castlemartyr’s Kenny McGarry also continued his good form, two consecutive 72’s see’s him in 9th place on level par. McGarry dropped six shots in three holes on the back nine of his second round, but showed great strength to birdie the next hole to get himself back to level par. Fota duo Keith Crowley and Sean Barry are inside the top 20 on +2 and Bandon’s Dave McCarthy also made to cut for tomorrow’s final round.
Blarney and Mahon will be busy places tomorrow as they with both host qualifiers for the Irish Mixed Foursomes. Mahon were area finalists last year and hopes will be high that they qualify from their home course. They will play the winner of the morning match between Monkstown and Fernhill.
2015 Munster semi-finalists Skibbereen are in action tomorrow morning when they take on Macroom in Blarney.
Meanwhile, several Cork golfers will be in action in Limerick Golf Club tomorrow at the the Irish Mid Amateur Open. Gary O’Flaherty, Keith Crowley, and Sean Continue reading
The first round of the Michael Cashman Fourball took place over the past three weeks and there are eight clubs left in the second round. The competition has an unusual format in that three of the five matches take lace in the first named club and the other two matches take place in the second club. All five matches must be played on the same day. The six first round matches were completed during June and the second round matches must be completed by 3rd July.
Nationally the competition is called the All Ireland Fourball Inter Club competition, and all Munster clubs are playing for the Michael Cashman Trophy. The is the first year the competition has been played and is limited to golfers with a handicap of 16 or higher, with a minimum combined handicap of 36.
Round 1 Results:
Bandon bt Bantry Bay 3/2
Douglas bt Cork 3/2
Macroom bt Lee Valley 3/2
Fermoy bt East Cork 3/2
Lisselan bt Fernhill 3.5/1.5
Mallow bt Mahon 3/2
Round 2 Draw:
Douglas -v- Mallow
Monkstown -v- Lisselan
Fermoy -v- Macroom
Dave O’Donovan finished in the top ten at the British Mid Amateur Championship last month. The Muskerry golfer travelled to Nottingham at the end of May to play in the 54 hole championship at Hollinwell GC. O’Donovan opened with a disappointing 79 (+7) which saw him just outside the top half of the field. He recovered however with a 74 (+2) in the afternoon, and the following day he closed with a very respectable 75 that saw him finish in 7th place. Niall Gorey also travelled to Hollinwell to play his first competitive rounds since an injury ruled him of of several early season events. Gorey was in a good position after shooting a 76 in the opening round but a second round Continue reading
Adam McSweeney (Douglas) shot a final round 68 at the Leinster Youths to secure a top ten finish. McSweeney started brightly with a birdie on the opening hole and although he bogied the 7th, he regained the shot on the 8th. Two more birdies followed on the 10th and 11th and McSweeney eagled the 14th. He took a four iron on the short par four and holed out with a classy wedge from 135 yards. Unfortunately for McSweeeney he dropped a shot on the way home but he did sign for a 68 and was one of only three golfers to break 70 on the final day.
Kinsale’s Cathal Butler recovered from a disappointing 79 yesterday to card two rounds of 73 today. That saw him move up to tie for 12th place. Mark Healy and Gary Ward also made the 36 hole cut but finished down the field on the final day.
Munster named strong sides for the upcoming interprovincials which will take place in Slieve Russell next month. Doneraile’s Paul Walsh is the only Cork golfer to make the Ladies team and it’s a fair reward for several strong performances over the early season. Walsh was part of the Cork GC team that won the Munster Senior Cup title in Douglas recently.
There were three local golfers selected to play on the Munster Girls team. Grave McGrath (East Cork), Ciara Leonard (Mitchelstown) and Sarah Byrne (Douglas) were all selected to play under the experienced eye of Jennifer Hickey who will captain the side.
The interprovincial matches take place from the 5th – 7th July and have been running for over half a century and are an essential element in the development of talented and elite golfers. Each province shall play each other by matchplay which will Continue reading
Raffeen Creek are running their annual open week next week. The course in Raffeen is in great condition and was a worthy test last week when it staged the area final of the Pierce Purcell Shield. The competitions start on Saturday with open singles and entry for visitors is just €10. A variety of competitions are scheduled for the week and times are available from 8am to 5pm each day.
Raffeen Creek Open Week Fixtures:
Saturday 18th: Singles Stableford
Sunday 19th: Fourball
Monday 20th: Ladies 3 Person Team
Tuesday 21st: 3 Person Rumble (Ladies/Gents or combination teams)
Wednesday 22nd: Singles Stroke
Thursday 23rd: June Singles Stableford
Friday 24th: 4 Person Team (Ladies/Gents or combination teams).
Online booking available at http://www.raffeencreek.ie.