Davey Barry (Douglas) is in action at the PGA Assistants Championship, he shot a level par 72 in his first round at Little Aston Golf Club in Bermingham. Barry had three birdies and three bogies in his opening 18 holes, and he’s just inside the top twenty heading into the second round.
Cork’s Tom Cleary is in the top ten after the opening round of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Formby. Cleary had an opening 74 and is three shots behind the leader. He’s tied with Tipperary’s Arthur Pierse as the leading Irish players
Valerie Clancy, Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin all had good starts for Ireland today at the opening day of the girl home internationals. Clancy halved her foursomes match and won 6&5 in the afternoon singles. Martin had wins in both of her matches and Thompson halved her singles match this afternoon. Ireland halved overall with England and tomorrow they face Wales.
John Murphy had another mixed day today. He lost his foursomes match this morning but pulled out a big win this afternoon in the singles. Yesterday against England Murphy and Andrew Mulhall won their foursomes match but John lost in the afternoon singles. Ireland are currently in third place, just ahead of Wales on the countback. Ireland take on Wales tomorrow in the final round of the three-day event which is taking place at Ballyliffin.
Entries have closed for next week’s Kerry Boys Championship which will take place in Ballybunion next week. Cork golfers make up a large number of hopefuls, including holder John Murphy. The 36 hole strokeplay qualifier starts on Tuesday with the matchplay starting on Thursday. The top 16 go through to the Championship matchplay with the next 16 going into the plate draw.