The countdown is on to the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup which takes place this weekend, with a top class field hoping to win Cork’s only 54 hole scratch cup. John Murphy, Ian O’Rourke, John Hickey and Peter O’Keeffe lead the field, all four are playing off +3 and over 30 more golfers are playing off scratch or lower. O’Keeffe recently won the Mid West Alliance and will be hoping to continue to run of form while Murphy is also coming off a big win in the Munster Students Championship. Despite moving to Dublin, O’Rourke has been a loyal supporter of Cork events, and the Royal Dublin has seen his handicap drop further to +3. John Hickey has been out with an injury for the past few weeks and he too will be looking to build on the inter-varsity title he won at the end of last season.
Former winners Keith Crowley, Kieran McCarthy and Gary O’Flaherty as is 2016 runner-up Andrew McCormack. Holder Colm Campbell Jnr is unable to defend his title as he’s currently at a training camp with the national panel. The recent fine weather will ensure that the course in Lee Valley will be in great condition, and the Keohane family have always presented the course in peak condition for the clubs showpiece event. With fine weather forecast Tournament Director Vincent Drinan is looking forward to the weekend. All 81 golfers will play 36 holes on Saturday with to top 30 making the cut for the final round. The 54 hole event is counting towards World Amateur Golf Ranking points. Dell EMC have continued their support of the event, holding their role of title sponsor.