Sugrue starts 2018 with a win in Fota Island

AIG Senior Cup, Mallow Golf Club, Sunday 25thth June 2017James Sugrue got his season off to the perfect start when he won the Fota Island Senior Scratch Cup last weekend.  Having missed the West due to a family bereavement this was his first competitive start.  After an impressive 2017, he was included on the Irish senior mens panel for 2018 and last weekend he set down an early marker.  He needed a strong finish as he was two over par after 16, but a birdie on the par three 17th and the par five 18th got him back to level par and that was enough to secure the win.  The birdie on 17 was unlikely, facing a very strong wind, Sugrue hit a three wood which went over the back of the green.  He chipped in with the second shot to give him some momentum on the final hole where he found another birdie.  Conditions were tough in Fota, the 7,000 yard Deerpark course played to all of its length in the unseasonal weather.  Second place went to Kinsale’s Cathal Butler just one shot back.  Jack Leacy from Dungarvan also finished on +1 and took third place with Daniel Rather (Dungarvan) finishing in fourth place.  Mitchelstown’s Sean Leonard won Continue reading

Ian Stafford Awarded Fellow Status by PGA

Ian Stafford_April 2018_1Popular golf teaching Professional Ian Stafford was recently awarded the Fellow designation by the PGA.  The Innishannon and Kinsale based pro has continued to invest in his continuing professional development and now becomes only the second PGA professional in Munster to hold the fellow status.  Ian’s latest qualification was approved by the APAL process (Accreditation of Professional Achievement and Learning).  Each application is considered by the APAL Council which consists of longstanding PGA Members, representatives of the R&A, the golf industry, an advisor from the university sector and two PGA Senior Staff members.  On the island of Ireland there are currently over 500 PGA Professionals only 12 of which currently have Fellow status, with Stafford being the youngest to reach Fellow level at 36.  This follows on Ian’s qualification as a Level 3 Advanced Coach which he achieved in 2016, and his motivation stems from one of the cornerstones of his teaching.  “As a coach I’m Continue reading

Masters Special at Fota Island

Fota Island's 10th Green

Fota Island’s 10th Green

To celebrate the first golf major of the year, Fota Island are running an open singles competition all weekend, with a major prize on offer for the winner.  Starting today and running through to Sunday, the open singles will take place on the Deerpark course, the setting for the 2014 Irish Open.  Entry for the competition is €50 per person and the Masters on television in the clubhouse it’s a great way to start the golfing season.  The first prize for the Masters weekend competition is membership to the Fota Island Academy for the season.  The prize which is valid until December includes access to the incredible practice facilities in the Academy, regular ball credit, and access to the Barryscourt nine holes that surround the extensive academy grounds.  There are other prizes on offer also, second place will win a custom fit session with PGA Professional Ronan Collins in the Academy’s state Continue reading

South Munster Seniors honour Tadg

Tadg O'Halloran South Munster Seniors_Mar 2018There was a large gathering in Muskerry on Monday to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the founding of the South Munster Senior Golfers.  Senior Golfers from almost every club in Cork joined the committee in acknowledging the work that was put in by Tadg O’Halloran in the past three decades.   Although the course in Muskerry was closed, the clubhouse was full with well over 100 golfers from all over Munster joining Tadg in the celebration.  In 1989, Tadg along with the late Michael Geary came up with the idea and they went on to launch the South Munster Seniors at a small event in Waterrock.  On that day members from around four clubs attended but it was enough to start the ball rolling.  It was a different time, one in which non club golf was essentially limited to societies.  The initiative was a bit of a ump in the way that events were managed and the oganisers had a job to sell to concept to many clubs.  The organisers persisted and bit by bit and club by club they convinced more and more managers and committees to hold seniors open days.  The very modest green fee was offset by a large turnout and additional pro-shop and catering Continue reading