Mairead Martin leads Irish Close Challenge

Mairead Martin June 2017

Mairead Martin, Kanturk.  (Photo: Pat Cashman Photography)

Kanturk’s Mairead Martin led the qualifiers at the Irish Ladies Close in Mullingar yesterday and now faces Doneraile’s Paula Walsh in an all-Cork matchplay clash.  Martin won the Leitrim Cup after finishing the 36 hole qualifier on level par, one ahead of the field.  Martin was not affected by tough windy conditions in Mullingar and her second round 73 included 4 birdies at the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 14th. “It was very tough in the blustery conditions, the wind kept changing direction all day. I putted very well this afternoon which was the key and kept my score going,” said Mairead, “I played well last week at the British Amateur in Wales and I got Continue reading

McNamara on form, Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am


Monkstown PGA Professional Cian McNamara pictured with PGA Tour member Seamus Power on a visit to Monkstown Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was tied second in today’s Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am in Moyvalley.  McNamara has been improving steadily in the early part of the season, last week he carded a final round 69 in the PGA Professional Championship to claim 6th place.  The event was held in Lutrellstown Castle which featured 150 PGA professionals from all over the UK and Ireland.

Today he followed up with another solid round in Moyvalley in the pro-am on the eve of the the 72 hole Irish PGA Championship.  The Limerick native was second, two shots off the lead set by David Higgins.

Moyvalley is a course that McNamara likes, he finished in the top ten last year and he’ll be hoping to challenge at the top of the leaderboard and add his name to the famous trophy.  Davey Barry (Douglas) also finished in the top Continue reading

Slow start for O’Keeffe, British Amateur Open

Peter O’Keeffe had a slow start to the British Amateur yesterday as a wide range of scores were reported on day one in Royal St Georges.  O’Keeffe is the only Cork golfer in action and he signed for a three over par 73 on the par 70 layout.  O’Keeffe was one under through nine, he responded to an early bogey on the third with two birdies on the 7th and 9th.  The back nine was tougher though and the Douglas man ran up five bogies and one birdie to come back in 39 strokes.  O’Keeffe is just inside the top 200 and has a lot of work to do today on the Princes course.  He’ll need to get under par to have a chance of making the top 64 and get through to the match play stage.  Princes played somewhat easier yesterday with 18 of the top 20 scores coming from that course.  That included a course record -8 by Iceland’s Gisli Sveinbergsson.  Qualification is definitely possible for the big hitting Irish Amateur Open Champion.  He’s in a good vein of form after winning in Tralee last week and a good start is all he’ll need to mount a strong challenge for qualification.

Robin Dawson is the best placed Irish golfer, the Munster golfers shot a four under par 68 on the Princes course to lie tied for 20th place after the first round.  Fellow Munster golfers Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierre are both outside the top 200 and qualification for the match play stage is unlikely.

O’Keeffe tees off at 10.45 this morning while Dawson is out on St George’s at 8.50.

Munster Debuts for Murphy & Sugrue

John Murphy of Ireland during the final round

John Murphy, Pic: Tristan Jones

John Murphy and James Sugrue are set to make the Munster senior debuts next month in Carlow, they are two of three new caps to be named on the Munster Senior Interprovincial team.  Both Murphy and Sugrue have represented Munster at Boys level and are set to join the senior ranks in a new look team.  Captain Phil Cooney has named Murphy, Sugrue and Dublin based Jack Pierse in a team that see’s four changes from last year.  Waterford’s Eanna Griffin has also been named in the side that see’s four changes from last year.

It’s the biggest shake up in several years, although all eight golfers were the form players over the past few months, they took the top eight spots on the qualifying order of merit.  Cooney along with selectors John Carroll and Michael Coote had four picks to make after Peter O’Keeffe, Robin Dawson, John Murphy and Continue reading

Frankfield Kids Golf Camps

Frankfield July 2017David Whyte and Michael Ryan have announced dates for their summer golf camps taking place in July and August.  The three day camps take place on the 24/25/26 July and again on 22/23/24 August  The camps are open for boys and girls aged 7 – 13 and all levels will be catered for.  The camps take place at the Golf Academy at Frankfield Golf Range and are run by experienced PGA Professionals.  The golf academy has recently been upgraded and golfers will benefit from learning and practicing at the top qualify facility.  Further details and bookings can be made by contacting David or Michael.

Bornemann claims top ten spot in European Seniors

Karl BornemannKarl Bornemann had a very good final round in the European Seniors in Spain today and claimed a spot in the top ten at the Golfclub Schloss Schönborn in Austria.  The tree-lined parkland course proved a tough challenge for the elite amateurs, there were just five sub par rounds over the three days.  Windy conditions also added to the challenge on the par 73 course.  The Douglas man opened with a 77 on Thursday and finished in the top 30.  He followed with two round of 75 which saw him over into the top ten after 54 holes.  Bornemann took third place in the event last year and was happy with his performance considering that he admitted that he didn’t have his A game.  “It demanded precision and afforded few opportunities” said Karl.  “There was lots of slope and grain on the greens so made it tough to convert the opportunities that did come.  If you pushed too hard, disaster awaited.”  Karl has had a busy year, he’s Captain in Douglas this year which has limited the amount of competitive golf that he can play so a top ten finish is a very positive reminder that he can challenge at the top level.  It’s also a timely boost as the AIG Senior Cup and Barton Shield qualifiers approach.  Mallow host the Senior Cup while Macroom is the venue for the Barton Shield in three weeks time.



Collins at home in Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)He might only be there since the start of 2017, however Ronan Collins has been busy heading up the Fota Island Academy’s new custom-fitting programme.  Ronan’s appointment was just one step on a journey to refresh what was on offer from the tour standard teaching and practice facility.  After upgrading their Trackman launch monitor systems, the Academy brought in club fitting systems from all of the major manufacturers.  The Academy is now a one stop shop for any golfer looking to examine their game.  Having launch the Academy in 2006, Fota Island reinvested in their teaching bays, and upgraded their analysis tools to incorporate the latest Trackman technology.  The new Trackman 4 system can be used in the specialised indoor fitting bays or on the range, and also includes the putting analysis software making it an essential resource for the five-star resort.  Ronan is a seasoned PGA Professional and is ideally placed to analyse and advise golfers having worked directly for Callaway as a Continue reading

Macroom Senior Scratch Cup, Saturday 1st July

Macroom Golf ClubMacroom will host their Senior Scratch on Saturday 1st July, and the event is set to be a sell out as many golfers will use this event to as preparation for the AIG Barton Shield.  Macroom are hosting the South Munster qualifiers for the Barton in Mid July and Cork’s top golfers will have the chance to see the mid Cork course during championship conditions.  Nutricia have come on board to sponsor the event, boosting the prize fund for all the participants.

Macroom Senior Scratch Cup

Ian Spillane won the 2016 event, beating James Sugrue to make it a Mallow 1-2.  Macroom’s Alan Moriarty won the event in 2015 which was the first time the event was held in several years.  Given the upcoming Barton Continue reading

Leinster Students win for John Murphy

2017 Leinster Students Amateur Open Championship at Newlands Gol

John Murphy (Kinsale) with the 2017 Leinster Students Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Newlands Golf Club today . Picture by Pat Cashman 

John Murphy proved his credentials as a clutch player when he nailed a six foot par putt on the 18th green to win the Leinster Students title in Newlands today.  Murphy was tied for the overnight lead alongside Cathal Butler and Ben Murray.  Butler’s challenge faded after a few early bogies, the Kinsale man was unable to repeat the form that saw him shoot a course record 64 yesterday.  Murray however kept pace with Murphy and although he went two behind on the 4th hole, he picked up a few birdies and was one behind at the turn.  After Murphy and Murray bogied the 10th, the Waterford man drew level with a birdie on the 12th.  Both golfers bogied the 15th and they were still level going onto the 18th tee.  Although it was a short par five, the pressure was telling as neither golfer made the green in three.  Murphy was left with a six foot Continue reading