Butler claims 3rd scratch cup in Killarney

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Cathal Butler

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler won his third scratch cup of the year when he came from behind to win the Killarney Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday.  The 36 hole competition, played over both courses had a capacity field and report from the players were very positive.  Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas led after the opening round with a 73, two clear of Cathal Butler who was his closest challenger.  O’Keeffe added 72 on Mahony’s Point in his second round, giving him a total of 145.  With the wind picking up and Butler being one of the alter starters the odds were that O’Keeffe would maintain the lead.  As it happened Butler shot a hugely impressive 69 in his second to tie O’Keeffe and win on the countback.

Butler could have been better placed after the first round, he was three over for his final three holes on Killeen.  He made no such mistakes on the run-in in Mahony’s in the afternoon.  He birdied three holes on the front nine and added two more birdies on the 11th and 16th.  He bogies the 3rd and the par five 13th, be he was three under when standing on the 18th tee.  There could have been trouble on the 18th for Butler, his tee shot found the cart path on the left hand side.  There wasn’t any further errors however and he got up and down for par on the tricky lakeside green and signed for a winning 69.

Butler starter the season in style by winning the Top Golfer Senior Scratch Cup in Fota Island.  That was his first ever win at this level and he followed that in May with a play-off win to claim the prestigious Munster Strokeplay Championship at Cork Golf Club.  Next on the agenda for the Kinsale and Maynooth University golfer is a trip to Ballyliffin for the Irish Close Championship which starts on Tuesday.  After that it will be can to Kinsale on Monday 22nd when Cathal takes part in the Pro-Shop challenge.  PGA Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford are taking on Butler and John Murphy in a charity challenge that will raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland.  Butler’s clubmate John Murphy was in action for Ireland last week in the Boys Home Internationals.  Although Ireland only finished in third place, Murphy had a good week, culminating in a double win on the final day.  Murphy had played two round of foursomes with Waterford Castle’s Andrew Mulhall, winning one and losing one.  On the final day Murphy partnered with Mar Power and went on to win.  In his singles matches Murphy won two from three giving him a total of four wins over the three days.