Cork Celebrate team of 1991, Irish Junior Cup Winners

cork-junior-cup-91_1Cork Golf Club celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1991 Irish Junior Cup win recently, with Team Captain Tom Monaghan hosting a dinner for the winning team.  It was a great way to round off 2016, as four of the panel from 1991 were involved with this year’s Barton team.  The panel in 1991 was comprised of Gary O’Flaherty, Mark Ford, Brian Kelleher, Vincent Twohig, Mick Power, Mark O’Connor, Tony Duncan and John Carroll.  The Captain in 1991 was George Dwyer and Michael Hurley (RIP) was President.  Gary O’Flaherty set down an early marker during that campaign, the fresh faced teenager won eight matches out of eight in the campaign winning the first point for Cork in every match.  Gary’s handicap Continue reading

Douglas win Cork Business Award

douglas-golf-club-cork-business-awardsDouglas Golf Club was named the Golf Club of the Year 2016 at the recent Cork Business Awards.  The 10th Annual Cork Business Awards were presented at a gala black tie dinner in the Conference Centre at the Clayton Hotel Silversprings recently with over 500 people in attendance from all aspects of business in Cork.  A new award for Golf Club of the Year was added for the first time this year.  Douglas Golf Club was the inaugural winner of the 2016 Golf Club of the Year Award in recognition of the quality provided by the Club both on and off the course for its members and visitors.  Officers and Management of Douglas attended the awards ceremony to accept the award on behalf of the club.  Speaking after the presentation, Douglas President Tony Barry said that it was a great honour for Douglas Golf Club to be selected as Continue reading

Padraig Drives forward with Edel

edel-putters2016 brought lots of news from the major equipment companies.  Nike pulled out of club design while having two of the biggest paid stars on their books, and TaylorMade was put up for sale by Adidas at a time when they dominated the Driver market.  It was also the year that a few of the smaller and newer manufacturers made a breakthrough.  Edel wedges and putters were one of those breakthrough brands and the custom made clubs are now available in Cork.  Glanmire based PGA Professional Padraig Dooley has been known for his interest in clubs, and the mechanics and technology behind the clubs.  Although the Edel brand made a big breakthrough this year, Padraig has been a fitter for the bespoke brand for well over a year and has helped over a dozen golfers to lower their scores with the unique fitting process.  “I came across Edel Continue reading

Impressive second rounds from the O’Driscoll Brothers, Alps Tour Q School

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Tommy O’Driscoll pictured after winning his Alps Tour card ilast year.

Thomas O’Driscoll bounced back today with a two under par 70 to take his place inside the top thirty after two rounds in the Alps Tour Q School final.  The older O’Driscoll brother finished the first 36 holes on +2, four shots inside the cut which fell at +6, with 67 golfers making it through.  O’Driscoll had three birdies on his front nine but one bogey meant that he turned on -2.  He bogied the par three 11th but added another birdie on the 13th.  Steady pars on his five closing holes saw him stay in the red and qualify with a few holes to spare.

Eamonn O’Driscoll shot a level par 72, and this was a great improvement on his opening round.  The amateur bounced back from three dropped shots on the front nine, and had four birdies on the back nine to sign for level par.  Yesterday’s round cost him however as he finished on +8, two outside the cut mark.

O’Driscoll Brothers set for Alps Q-School Final

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Thomas & Eamonn O’Driscoll

Eamonn O’Driscoll will join his brother Thomas in the final qualifying stage of the Alps Tour, following his top 30 finished at La Cala earlier this week.  The Castlehaven native joins his brother who has already qualified for the final stage thanks to his 2016 tour status.  Eamonn shot an opening 78 and followed that with a 75 to make the cut with a two shot cushion.

The O’Driscoll teenagers have both been working hard on their golf over the past few months.  Both have been active participants on the Alps Tour in the second half of the season and the Paris based golfers have been building up their experience of top flight golf.

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Kilkenny’s Luke Donnelly and Connacht’s Declan Loftus were the only other Irish golfers to qualify for the final stage.  The final round starts on La Cala’s Asia course tomorrow

R & A Rule Change

For Immediate Publication

NEW LOCAL RULE ELIMINATES PENALTY FOR A PLAYER WHO ACCIDENTALLY CAUSES A BALL TO MOVE ON THE PUTTING GREEN

The R&A and the USGA announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.  The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernisation initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball Continue reading

Seamus Power visits Monkstown

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Seamus Power pictured with Monkstown President Colm Ó Riain, Club Professional Cian McNamara and Monkstown Captain Martin Walsh. Picture: Niall O’Shea

PGA Tour golfer Seamus Power took some time out of his break back in Ireland when he spent a few hours in Monkstown Golf Club on Saturday for a special golf clinic for members.  Power was in Monkstown following an invite from his college team-mate Cian McNamara.  The pair spent a four years in East Tennessee University, both were on the college’s golf roster following impressive junior golf performances in Ireland.  McNamara returned to Ireland, studied for his PGA qualifications and two years ago he landed the job in Monkstown.  Power stayed in the US and spent a few years developing his game on the mini-tours.  The mini-tours in the US are a tough learning ground but Power served his time and moved up the hierarchy step by step until he reached the secondary US tour, the web.com tour.  Following a great year on the web.com tour last year, Power secured his card on the main PGA Tour, and followed that with four successive cuts in his four most recent tournaments.  Power has earned close to $100k so far from the four events and is currently inside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup points list.  The good start to the season means that Seamus Continue reading

Rice wins in Castlemartyr

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Munster PGA Captain Stephen Hayes presents Tim Rice with first prize from the TaylorMade singles along with Brady Sherwood from Castlemartyr Links. 

The Munster PGA got together for their final winter series event before Christmas and limerick man Tim Rice took the spoils with a five under par 67.  Despite playing a relatively short course, the unusually quick and smooth greens caught a fair few golfers on the front nine and the result was that only two golfers managed to break the par of 72.  Tim Rice made his return to the local scene after missing the Killarney event as he reached the second stage of European Tour Q School.  Now back on Irish soil, the PGA Assistant from Limerick was the only golfer to stay on track for the full round at Castlemartyr.  He birdied each of the par five’s on the front nine before recording an eagle at the ninth hole.  That meant that the Limerick man turned on -4, and unlike many of the other pro’s who turned with a  good score, Rice held on to it.  A bogey on the 10th was balanced with a birdie on the 12th.  He added a birdie on the 17th in the middle of a run of five pars to secure the lead and take his first win of the current winter series.  Tralee’s John Sugrue was the only other golfer to break par, he finished with a 71 to take second place.  Killarney winner Davey Barry was also in the hunt today until he dropped a few shots on the way home.  He finished off with a level par to take third place and did his PGB Order of Merit hopes no real harm.  There was a three way tie for fourth place with Cian McNamara, David Ryan and Padraig Dooley all signing for 74’s.  The event was kindly sponsored by John Caulfield from TaylorMade Golf.

Gallery: Munster PGA at Castlemartyr

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David Foley, Brady Sherwood and Ciaran McKenna pictured at Castlemartyr Links. 

The course in Castlemartyr came in for great praise and resident PGA Professional Brady Sherwood was happy with the feedback: “I was delighted have my fellow Munster PGA professionals playing our course today.  The weather held out and its always nice to get very positive feedback in relation to the course set up and the playing conditions.  Our greens staff do an amazing job, the dry winter weather assisting in getting our fescue rough harvested ready for next season. It’s great to have our trademark greens running a cracking 10 on the stimp.”

David Ryan maintains his place at the top of the Premium Golf Brands Order of Merit with Cian McNamara close by in second place.  Dave Foley, Tim Rice and Davey Barry take up the next places with half of the schedule completed.  Details of the January and February will be announced shortly.

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