Sugrue Leads Cork challenge at Irish Close

James Sugrue 2016

James Sugrue pictured with the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup which he won earlier this year

The business end of the AIG Irish Close Championship gets underway tomorrow with four Cork golfers qualifying for the matchplay phase.  Mallow’s James Sugrue lead the Cork challenge with a pair of 75’s that saw him finish day two inside the top 20.  Sugure was going very well he was one over for the front nine, but a double on the par five 13th meant he signed for his second 75.  Kinsale’s John Murphy playing in his first Close is just one shot behind Sugrue.  He came in with a two over par 74 which bettered his opening round by three shots.  Cork’s John Hickey also bettered his opening score by three shots, a 75 today was a disappointing finish as the recent Barton Shield winner was -1 at the turn.  Hickey is tied for 36th place on +9.  Kinsale’s Cathal Butler is the other locla player to make it to the matchplay phase.  An opening 81 threatened his chances but he shot a very positive 74 today and made the cut with a shot to spare.

The four Cork golfers have the following draw for tomorrow morning:

James Sugrue v Tiernan McLarnon
John Murphy v Rob Brazill
John Hickey v Ronan Mullarney
Cathal Butler v Jonathan Yates


AIG Irish Close – First Round Matchplay Full Draw:

Match Competitor Score / Tee Time Competitor
1 John-Ross Galbraith 09:15 Owen Crooks
2 Cathal Nolan 09:07 Ross Dutton
3 Caolan Rafferty 08:59 Anthony McDaid
4 William Small 08:51 Philip Kelly
5 Paul Doherty 08:43 Marc Norton
6 Marc Nolan 08:35 William Russell
7 Richard Knightly 08:27 Matthew Fitzsimons
8 Ronan Mullarney 08:19 John Hickey
9 Jake Whelan 08:11 Stefan Greenberg
10 Paul Murphy 08:03 Alan Fahy
11 Jonathan Yates 07:55 Cathal Butler
12 John Cleary 07:47 Eanna Griffin
13 Jack Pierse 07:39 Michael McCormick
14 Robbie Pierse 07:31 Aaron Kearney
15 Michael Ryan 07:23 Aaron Grant
16 Mark Morrissey 07:15 Gary Collins
17 Robin Dawson 09:23 Shane O’Connor
18 Colm Campbell Jnr 09:31 Ben Best
19 Alan Lowry 09:39 Alan Doherty
20 Alex Gleeson 09:47 Graeme Arthur
21 Jordan Hood 09:55 Sean Broe
22 Jack Mc Donnell 10:03 Colin Fairweather
23 Peter Cummins 10:11 Eugene Smith
24 James Sugrue 10:19 Tiarnan McLarnon
25 Thomas Mulligan 10:27 Stephen Barker
26 Conor O’Rourke 10:35 Rory Williamson
27 Robert Cannon 10:43 Geoff Lenehan
28 Gavin Fitzmaurice 10:51 David Foy
29 Gareth Lappin 10:59 Tony Cleary
30 John Murphy 11:07 Rob Brazill
31 Kyle McCarron 11:15 Joe Lyons
32 Peter Kerr 11:23 Michael Young