Muskerry were crowned the new Fred Daly Trophy Munster Champions after a great display of golf in Fermoy today. It was the second day of Munster finals in North Cork, there was no joy for Fota Island in the Junior Foursomes yesterday, and Cork hopes were high with a large contingent of Muskerry supporters present in Fermoy. And those hopes were justified, led from the front by recent Munster Under 15 winner Fionn Hickey, Muskerry overcame stiff challenges from Waterford Castle and holders Limerick to claim their first Fred Day Pennant. They overturned an early deficit in this morning’s semi-final against Waterford Castle to win 3.5-1.5. Wins from Fionn Hickey, Sean Geary and Eoghan O’Shaughnessy on the 19th put them into a tough final against Limerick. Playing off scratch on the day, Muskerry were giving away more than a few shots to the holders. But that didn’t matter as the Muskerry Boys dug in for a historic win. Fionn Hickey led from the front again to win the first point for the Cork club. Although they won in the semi-final against Waterford Castle this morning, Sean Geary and Eoghan O’Shaughnessy both lost, and the momentum shifted towards Limerick. That meant it was down to the final two matches and Muskerry’s Stephen O’Riordan and Jack Taylor kicked it into overdrive and won both matches to claim the title for Muskerry.
Team Captain David Taylor along with Peter Fenlon and Fred Twomey, was delighted with the maiden win. “It’s the first Fred Daly Pennant that the club has won, we got to two Munster semi-finals but we were never in a final so it was really great to win” said Taylor. “All of the lads played really well, we were giving 15 shots away this morning and about the same to Limerick this afternoon, Fionn and Sean had great wins this morning and Eoghan O’Shaughnessy birdied the 19th to get us through to the final.”
Taylor also spoke highly of the course and the effort that Fermoy went to as hosts for the two junior golf competitions. “Fermoy was in great condition today, actually it’s been great for the past four weeks when we have been practicing. Fermoy put in a huge effort and giving the commemorative programme to all of the golfers.” In addition to the five who played today; Taylor, Fenlon and Twomey have a strong competitive panel. That includes Jack Egan who was unavailable today, Peter O’Mahony, Jack Lehane, Jack O’Keeffe and Max O’Leary. The management team started out last October and while they may have thought that this was a two or three year project, the players went and won at the first opportunity. They are now planning for a trip to Bray Golf Club later this month for the national finals.