Cork IT beat UCC in Muskerry

cork-it-logoCork IT GC leveled the series in Muskerry when they beat UCC GC 6-4 in the second Cork inter-varsity event.  Despite a short frost delay ten matches got underway in Muskerry and although the golfers had a hard wind to deal with, all praised the course which was in great condition.  Rory Dineen led the way for Cork IT when he had a good win over Cathal O’Reilly in the top match, while Adam McSweeney also won the bragging rights with a win over Paul Tobin in the match featuring the lowest handicappers.   Darragh Cashman, Frank Bruen and Alan Riordan all recorded wins for Cork IT while Conor Roche and Tristan Coakley halved their matches.  The winners for UCC were Aoife Ni Thuama, Colm Power and Rory Calnan with Bill Murray and Adam Ahern securing halves.  The 6-4 win meant that the series is now level following UCC’s win in Cork Golf Club two weeks ago.

The next event is scheduled to take place in Monkstown Golf Club in two weeks time.

Cork IT GC 6-4 UCC GC
(Cork IT names first)
Rory Dineen beat Cathal O’Reilly 6&5
Darragh Cashman beat Olan O’Se 1up
Ross Busher lost to Colm Power 2up
Ryan Miller lost to Aoife Ni Thuama 4&3
Frank Bruen beat Grace McGrath 5&4
Cathal O’Carroll lost to Rory Calnan 4&3
Conor Roche halved with Bill Murray
Adam McSweeney beat Paul Tobin 7&5
Alan Riordan beat Darren Hourihan 4&3
Tristan Coakley halved with Adam Ahern

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Cork win for Dooley & Ryan, Munster PGA

munster-pga-cork-feb-2017Local knowledge seemed to give two local golfers the edge in Cork today as Padraig Dooley (Drive Golf Performance) and David Ryan (Cahir Park) won the Munster PGA event.  Over 20 golfers started out this morning and while there was a cold wind blowing through Little Island, the course was in great condition and surprisingly dry given the heavy rainfall over the weekend.  Both golfers trained under Peter Hickey and they returned today to triumph over a field of talented professionals.  Both golfers played very steady golf, Ryan was an early starter and had birdies on the 6th, 11th & 12th.  The only blemish came on the 17th, but the two under par 70 was enough to get into the winners circle.  It was a similar story for Dooley, he also birdied the 6th and the 12th.  A bogey on the 14th brought him back to -1 but a birdie on the 17th saw him sign for a 70 and take a share of Continue reading

O’Keeffe starts 2017 with a win, Mid West Golf Alliance

AIG Barton Shield South Munster Final, Sunday 10th July, Monkstown Golf ClubPeter O’Keeffe opened his season on a high last Sunday when he finished joint top at the opening round of the Mid West Golf Alliance at Dromoland.  He shot 37 points to tie for the lead alongside Andrew McCormack and David Reddan Jnr.

O’Keeffe has been working hard on his own strength & conditioning programme and while that’s yielding results in the studio, and  his on course programme seems to be going to plan too.  Despite losing a ball on the 5th hole, he held his composure to plot his way around the parkland course in 37 gross points.  The gross stableford scoring system in use allowed O’Keeffe to recover quickly after the 5th, he hit a 320 yard bomb on the next hole and he went on to beat par by one shot.  Gross stableford gives one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie and so on.

This year the format for the Alliance has changed, there are four qualifying rounds in Dromoland and the top two scores will count. The top eight qualifiers will go forward to a matchplay shootout.  The second round takes place on Sunday next and any interested in playing should contact 061 368444.

Mid West Alliance 1st Round, Dromoland 
37: Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy)
36: Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay)
35: Joe Lyons (Galway)
33: Nicky Duggan (Dromoland), Donncadh Nagle (Dromoland), Bob Loftus (Lahinch) Tony Cleary (Woodstock)


Green Shoots at Lisselan Golf Club

Munster Country Clubs Finals, Lisselan Golf Club, Sunday 7th August 2016Lisselan Golf Club are set for a bumper 2017 as the club embarks on a new era, operating as a members club.  With the Lisselan Estate up for sale on the open market for over a year, there were doubts if the course and club would survive beyond 2016 when the licence agreement expired.  The short and medium term future is assured as the members have taken over the management of the club.  Captain Mark Naughton, Lady Captain Helen Hughes and President Tony Calnan will lead the 300 strong membership into another exciting chapter for the West Cork club.  Since it was founded just over 12 years ago, the small club has gone from strength to strength and has an impressive list of achievements.  Lisselan were All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes runners up 2010 & South Munster Area winners 2012, Jimmy Bruen National semi- finalists 2015, South Munster Pierce Purcell winners 2016, South Munster Michael Cashman Fourball runners-up 2016, Michael Minihan Shield winners 2016, McEvoy Shield winners 2014/2015/2016 as well as two West Cork Junior Shields and four Continue reading

Open Week at Fota Island Academy

fota-island-academyFota Island Golf Academy is opening its doors to keen golfers for the week between 9am and 4pm allowing guests to experience the finest and most comprehensive golf training facilities in the country.  Always innovating, Fota Island recently launched a new membership package for their Academy which for the first time incorporates playing rights and access to the course.  The new package will be unique in Munster, in addition to full access to the extensive practice facilities members will also have access to the nine holes on the Barryscourt course that wraps around the Academy.  Ideal for those who want to improve their game, the Fota Island Golf Academy offers a sophisticated analysis of swing, putt and technique, as well as excellent, comfortable and relaxing surroundings and invaluable advice from PGA Professionals along with Continue reading

Dublin date for Irish Golf Expo

2015-golf-expo-128After hosting two great events in Belfast, the 2017 Irish Golf Expo will be bigger and better.  And because its moving to Dublin, it’s now very accessible for golfers from Cork.  The Irish Golf Expo is a unique event providing golf enthusiasts with the opportunity to attend Ireland’s only large-scale golf exhibition.  Visitors will be engaged in a unique interactive golf experience supported by the biggest names in the golf industry. Aimed at promoting golf participation in Ireland and providing golf enthusiasts with a chance to get up close and personal with the latest equipment, gadgets and golf accessories, the 2017 Irish Golf Expo is an unmissable event in the Irish golfing Continue reading