Anderson claims 2nd Munster Strokeplay title

Munster Strokeplay Championship, Munster Golf, Cork Golf Club, Sunday 30th April 2017Barry Anderson followed up his recent win the West of Ireland by claiming the Munster Strokeplay Championship in Cork Golf Club today.  Rounds of 70 & 72 saw Anderson edge out Peter O’Keeffe and Ronan Mullarney but one shot.  The 2014 champion won the West two weeks ago and followed up with another win today in tough conditions in Cork.  Anderson shot a two under par 70 this morning and needed to get up and down from the fringe on the 18th to sign for a 72.  Anderson was battling with Peter O’Keeffe, the Douglas golfer found a fairway bunker on 18, and a bad lie meant he couldn’t go for the green.  He had a 35 foot putt for par but missed, meaning Anderson won by a single stroke.  Ronan Mullarney had two rounds of 71 today and  finished tied for second place with O’Keeffe.  Mullarney also won the Carr Bruen trophy as the best Under 25. Continue reading

75th William Dwyer Trophy, Inter-Society Competition

Golf_William Dwyer Cup 2015_William Dwyer Cup_July2015Entries are now open for the 75th consecutive staging of William Dwyer inter-society competition.  Two qualifiers will take place in June with Cork Golf Club hosting the final in early July.  Any society can enter and the format is foursomes with teams of eight taking part.  Four teams will qualify from each day in Mahon.

Wednesday 7th June at Mahon Golf Club
Tuesday 13th June at Mahon Golf Club

Anyone interested in playing in the event should contact Finbarr O’Callaghan ( and full rules and details are available from Finbarr who has managed the competition for the last number of years.

The William Dwyer Trophy is a living history of commercial Cork.  The trophy boasts 73 separate silver plates detailing the winning team and players from every year since 1943.  Originally there were eight team members (4 foursomes pairs) but this was later increased to ten.  Around six years ago the number was again reduced to the original eight, reflecting the smaller number of golfers playing with societies.  In all there are around 700 names on the trophy.  Indeed the trophy is well over Continue reading

Work Continues in Lee Valley

Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, Lee Valley Golf Club, Saturday 22nd April 2017Although the scratch cup weekend is now over, Lee Valley will continue to be a busy place for both golfers and staff.  Lee Valley’s Director of golf David Keohane was delighted with the feedback from golfers over the weekend and he was quick to point out that they are continuing to develop the course which celebrates 25 years next year.  “We have some great plans for the course in 2017” said Keohane.  “Four new tee boxes are currently being constructed.  The 1st, 6th, 12th and 16th will be completely redesigned with each of them being widened and lengthened.  The pick of these tee boxes is our new par three sixteenth where we have raised the tee box by over five feet and created a surface 25 by 30 meters.  The base for the new tee box was so large that many Continue reading

O’Flaherty claims second Lee Valley Title, Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup

Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, Lee Valley Golf Club, Saturday 22nd April 2017Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty won his second Lee Valley Scratch Cup in style today with a two shot win over a strong field.  O’Flaherty started the third round one shot off the leaders, Andrew McCormack and Dave O’Donovan, but all three were level going onto the 9th hole.  The conditions were near perfect and things were tight on the back nine until O’Flaherty birdied the 13th and 15th to stretch ahead.  He parred his way home from the 15th, maintaining a two shot buffer.  The only hope for the chasers was when he ended up  in the greenside bunker on the 18th, but the 2012 winner splashed out to five feet and calmly made the uphill putt.  O’Flaherty’s four under par total was made up of a 69/72/21 over the three rounds.  James Sugrue took second place Continue reading

Turner middle of the pack in Japan

Niall Turner3Niall Turner carded a final round 73 to finish in 44th place at the Panasonic Open in Japan this morning.  On Friday Turner made birdie on the final hole to get inside the cut, this event is his first in seven weeks after he played in the Maybank Open in Malaysia in February.  Turner had a 69 yesterday to jump up to 30th place but dropped back today as a result of his two over par 73.

Turner takes away almost $4,500 which see’s him jump up to 62 in the Asian Tour order of Merit.  Turner nee to be inside the top 60 to retain his card and he’ll be encouraged that this weekend makes it three cuts in a row after missing the cut in the first two events of the season.  The Waterfall native has a total of $15,000 in tour earnings from his five events.  Turner has entered the Yeander Heritage event in Chinese Taipei next week and although this is only a $300k event (the Asian Tour minimum prize-fund) it’ll give Turner a chance to get inside the top 60 before the tour takes a break in May.


McCormack & O’Donovan tied for the lead in Lee Valley

Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, Lee Valley Golf Club, Saturday 22nd April 2017

Andrew McCormack

After a superb day for golf, Andrew McCormack and Dave O’Donovan are tied for the lead on four under par.  O’Donovan was level par for his second round, adding to his earlier 68 while McCormack shot 69/71.  The Castletroy member clawed a shot back from O’Donovan this afternoon to tie for the lead.  Gary O’Flaherty is one shot off the leaders, he also shot level par this afternoon after a 69 this morning.

Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan had a very impressive 70 this afternoon, he’s in fourth place on 143.  Peter O’Keeffe is next on 144 after two level par rounds, and Mallow’s James Sugrue is also on 144.  John Murphy, Joe O’Sullivan and Eanna Griffin are all on 145, all three have a chance tomorrow but they will need to go low to catch and the beat the leaders.  The cut (top 30) fell at 150, two shots better than last year which is no surprise given the Continue reading