McNamara wins in Dromoland, Munster PGA Winter Series


Munster PGA Captain Stephen Hayes presents Cian McNamara (Monkstown) with first prize.

Cian McNamara won on the double today when he won the singles and the pro-am competitions at Dromoland Golf Club.  The Monkstown Professional won by one shot from David Ryan and only two golfers managed to break par.  Gary Howie took third place with level par and Patrick Sheehy was fourth with a 73.  Dan Sugrue, Diarmuid Frazer and David Foley all tied for fifth place

It was McNamara’s first win in the 2016 PGB Winter Series had a steady start but dropped a shot on the long par five 6th.  He struck a purple patch around the turn, knocking in four birdies in five holes.  McNamara birdied the 9th, 10th, 12th & 13th.  Unfortunately he dropped a shot in the 14th but he bagged another birdie on the closing hole.

  • McNamara also claimed the honours in the pro-am when he partnered Peter Brazil (Limerick GC) to a winning 44 points.  Ian Colleran and amateur partner Brian Lenihan took second place with 42 points.

The next event in the series takes place in Castlemartyr next Monday, the event is a pro-only event.

PGA Winter Series Event #3, sponsored by Golfbuddy
Dromoland Golf Club
1st Cian McNamara 69
2nd David Ryan 70
3rd Gary Howie 72
4th Patrick Sheehy 73
5th Dan Sugrue 74 Diarmuid Fraser 74 David Foley 74

Pro-Am Results
1st Cian McNamara and Peter Brazil 44
2nd Ian Colleran and Brian Lenihan 42

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O’Callahgan’s Raffeen Move

Wayne O'Callaghan Easter Golf Camp 2016Carrigaline based PGA Professional Wayne O’Callaghan has recently set up a new base in Raffeen Creek Golf Club.  The popular instructor has moved from his previous base in Fernhill where he had worked for the past four years.  Wayne qualified as a PGA Professional almost twenty years ago having served his apprenticeship under Bandon’s Paddy O’Boyle.  From 1998 to 2012 he worked from the busy Carrigdhoun Golf Range and in 2012 he moved to Fernhill Golf Course.  Over the past four years Wayne developed a very strong junior programme, which incorporated quite a bit of on-course work which complimented the range and putting green aspect of the programme.  Although his time on the PGA Irish Region Tour has been limited due to his teaching commitments, Wayne did feature in the top ten a number of times this year.  Having left Fernhill in October, Wayne wasted no time in setting up a new base.  “I have now Continue reading

Harbour Shield goes from strength to strength

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2014 Winners Mahon

The inaugural Shield was held in 2009 and it that year there were just four clubs involved.  Over the years it grew to six clubs and then eight, and this year there were ten clubs involved.  Although there is no handicap limit and the age limit is under 18, clubs have used the competition for their developing golfers as an introduction to inter-club competition.  Although there is a huge amount of merit in winning the pennant, over the past eight years, clubs have respected the spirit of the competition.  In almost all circumstances, clubs have selected the younger golfers in their junior golf programme, and those who often have high handicaps.


Mahon’s Matt Bennett and Pat Bradley were Continue reading

Douglas win Harbour Shield

golf_harbour-shield_douglas_oct-2016The presentation of the Harbour Shield took place recently when Cobh Golf Club hosted a competition for the ten participating clubs.  The final took place a few weeks previously and it was contested by Kinsale and Douglas who were both looking for their first title.  After a closely fought final it was Douglas who won despite conceding home advantage to Kinsale.  It was a long trip to the final for the young Douglas golfers.  In the league section they came up against Kinsale, Cork, Blarney and East Cork, winning all of their matches.  In the semi-final they beat Mahon to qualify for the final and a rematch against Kinsale.

The final was a real nail-biter with four of the six matches going all the way to the 18th hole.  In the first foursomes match Douglas were two down with two to play, but there was a great comeback by the Hill brothers, Bryan and Mark.  They fought Continue reading

Nominations finalised for Munster Branch

Munster Golf LogoFor the first time in many years there will be a three way election for the post of Chairman of the Munster Branch.  The Annual delegates meeting takes place later this month and the election will see two Munster Branch Officers and a former Officer contest the election.  There is one nomination for each of the other Officer posts and there are 21 nominees for the 17 places on the Provincial Council.

The election for Chairman takes place as current Chairman John Moloughney vacates the position to take up the role of Deputy President of the Golfing Union of Ireland.  Although a nomination process takes place annually, the incumbent usually holds the post for 4 years and an election is rare even when the Chairman Continue reading

Killarney win for Davey Barry, Munster PGA Winter Series


Enter Munster PGA Captain Stephen Hayes presents Davey Barry withfirst prize at the Titliest Munster PGA event at Killarney, also included is Comac Flannery from Killareny Golf & Fishing Club

Davey Barry won today’s second Munster PGA event in Killarney when he shot level par on the Killeen course.  This was Davey’s first win at a Munster PGA event and tops off a good season where he also won on the PGA Irish Region in Rosslare.  Davey had a great start and turned on two under par after recording birdies on the 7th and 9th.  He had a mixed back nine, bogeying the 10th but getting a shot back on the par five 11th.  He dropped shots on the 12th and 13th but got back under par on the short 14th.  A late bogey on the 18th didn’t damage his position at the top of the leaderboard, and his level par 72 was good enough for a one shot win over the field.


Killeen was in great condition for the Titliest sponsored event.  Although there was a short delay while the frost cleared, the course came in for great praise from all of the PGA professionals.  Many commented on the firm fairways while everyone was Continue reading

Castlemartyr Drives Ahead with Ladies Offer

castlemartyr-lady-captains-day_2After the official launch of the ladies club in Castlemartyr earlier this year, the five star resort has launched a very attractive membership offer for the year ahead.  The normal membership fee has been slashed to just €599 as the new club makes a play to attract ladies to the club.  Castlemartyrs’ PGA Professional Brady Sherwood has worked hard for the past two years to build and develop the ladies side of their membership packages.  “There has always been a demand for a ladies club in Castlemartyr Golf Club.” Said Sherwood.  “Due to our golf course originally being so busy with green fee players in the opening years, there was never really a clear focus on the ladies membership until now.   This inland Links style golf course is easy to walk and not too long or over challenging.  It’s also a resort style set up, so it’s always prepared and set up beautifully for enjoyable golf.  The feedback we get from lady golfers is extremely positive and they love the fact being sand based you can twelve months of the year in great condition, the majority of the new lady members that have joined Castlemartyr for the simple fact of accessing the seven-day full membership Continue reading

O’Donovan well placed after opening round in PGA Tour China event

Brian O'DonovanBandon native Brian O’Donovan shot an opening round of 69 to finish in the top 20 at the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong.  O’Donovan is competing in his first PGA Tour China event this season and is very well placed in the field of 120 golfers.  He’s three shots off the lead on one under par.  The Mission Hills senior instructor had two bogies and three birdies on the front nine and he followed that with nine pars on the way back.

Brian’s senior teaching role at the Dongguan Academy in Million Hills means that he’s had very little time to play golf this season, but he took advantage of this opportunity and finished third in Monday’s qualifier to make it into the tournament.

Scoring: Clearwater Bay Open, PGA Tour China

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