Adam McSweeney (Cork IT)
UCC Golf Club gained the bragging rights over Cork IT after the first inter-varsity league event in Cork Golf Club. The first event was a huge success, ten matches were played with seven of them reaching the 18th green. UCC won six of the matches, Cork IT claimed three with one matched halved after 18 holes. Cork IT took an early lead thanks to wins from Adam McSweeney and Jack Murphy
The matches proved to be very close with the organiser’s idea of matching handicaps working out very well. The event has proven that both UCC and Cork IT have a great depth of quality golfers, and the competition provided a platform for competitive golf very early in the year. The league came about after Cian Kidney and Dave O’Sullivan got together with the hope of creating a competitive format for both colleges.
Following the success of the first event, the next round is scheduled to take place in Muskerry Golf Club in two weeks time. Five events in all are planned for series of events that are being kindly hosted
Cork Golf Club will host the first event
Cork is set for a new inter-varsity competition with an innovative winter series starting this week which will see UCC and CIT students do battle over a five round league for the first time. UCC’s Cian Kidney and CIT’s Dave O’Sullivan have come together to get competitive varsity golf back on the agenda for golfers attending Cork’s two leading colleges. While both institutions have long and proud histories in many sporting codes, golf has been somewhat of a poor relation in recent years in terms of competitive golf. Maynooth University have been leading varsity golf in Ireland with their Harrington Scholars golf programme, but the Cork colleges have taken the first step to building a competitive intervarsity programme. Cian Kidney is the Captain of the UCC Golf Club and he has collaborated with the UCC PGA coach Fred Twomey and his counterpart in Cork IT to get the new competition off the ground. “Myself and Dave O’Sullivan [Cork IT GC Captain] along with the help of Fred Twomey decided to set up this tournament for a few reasons” explained Kidney. “Firstly due to the Varsity matchplay Continue reading
Niall Turner turned up the heat in Malaysia this morning, shooting an opening 68 in the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur. Starting on the 10th tee, Niall opened with a birdie and followed that with five pars before he struck with three more birdies on the bounce. His only bogey happened on the 4th (his 13th hole) but he bounced back with a birdie on his 17th hole. A final par meant he signed for a 68 and the -4 total sees him 11th place alongside Robert Karlsson and six others.
The Muskerry member is playing the event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. He is best placed Irish golfer going into day two, and has an early tee time tomorrow, 1.20am Irish Continue reading
Mallow’s Edward Walsh will make his debut for the Irish Boys next month as he was selected on a team that will play Spain in La Manga. The Munster Boys Under 17 Champion was named on the Irish Boys squad in December.
Ireland Boys’ Captain Cathal McConn has named two different teams to represent the Golfing Union of Ireland in their upcoming internationals against Spain (La Manga, 11-12 March) and Wales (Rosslare, 18-19 March).
Walsh will be joined by Kilkenny’s Mark Power, Irish Boys’ Champion in 2016, and Rosslare’s John Brady, who captured the Irish under-16 title last year. Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), Sean Enright (Limerick), Jack Hearn (Tramore), Ross Kelly (Tuam), and Cameron Raymond (Newlands) complete the Irish line-up for their two-day encounter with Spain.
The following week, Wales visit Rosslare for a two-day match (18-19 March). The Ireland team features eight different players: Jack Doherty (Carton House), Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis), Scott Jones (Belvoir Park), Jonathan Keane (Lahinch), Jack Madden (Dungannon), Robert Moran (Castle), Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle) and Liam Power (Galway).