Golf for All Launch

Cork Sport for All LaunchA Golf for All programme was launched this week, with the hope that it can attract more people to take up the sport.  Cork Sports Partnership have teamed up with Cork City Council, Confederation of Golf in Ireland, Prince Clinic and Mahon Golf Course to offer adults with a disability the opportunity to get involved in a four week Golf For All programme.  The weekly sessions are suitable for beginners or anyone who has been away from the golf course for some time.  The weekly sessions will be delivered by Irish Amateur Open Champion Peter O’Keeffe.  Golf For All will began on Tuesday May 22nd for four weeks and continues each Tuesday from 6pm – 7pm at Mahon Golf Club.  Pádraig Healy is the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership and he has been the driving force behind the programme.  “We are really excited to offer adults with a disability the opportunity to play golf for the first time or support players return to the game with this four week Golf For All programme” said Healy.  “The programme is open to adults with Intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities.”

Golf fitness coach and 2017 Irish Amateur Open champion Peter O’Keeffe said “I am delighted to be involved in this project and to have the opportunity to promote golf to a wider group and give people with a disability the chance to enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of our wonderful game.”  Registration is just €20 for the four week programme. A few places still remain, to register contact Continue reading

O’Keeffe retains Kerry Scratch Cup title

Peter O'Keeffe Kerry Scratch Cup 2018

Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas being presented with the 113 year old Kerry Scratch up by Frank Hayes (Director of Corporate Affairs Kerry Group PLC) and Kevin McCarthy (Captain Tralee Golf Club). Photo by Domnick Walsh Eye Focus LTD

Peter O’Keeffe claimed his first win of the 2018 season when he successfully defended his Kerry Scratch Cup title in Tralee last weekend.  It was the perfect weekend for O’Keeffe as he fine-tuned his game in preparation for the Irish Amateur Open which started today.  O’Keeffe has been a big fan of the event in Tralee and having finished second in 2016, he won the event last year.  The Douglas man held the overnight lead after 36 holes.  He was tied with Monkstown’s Sean Desmond who Continue reading

Fahy wins Munster Strokeplay

Munster Strokeplay ChampionshipCork Golf Club Sunday 6th May 2018

Dun Laoghaire’s Alan Fahy who won the Munster Strokeplay Championship at Cork Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Leinster’s dominance of the Munster Strokeplay continued yesterday when Dun Laoghaire‘s Alan Fahy became the fifth winner from the province in seven years.  Claiming his first senior championship win, he had a very impressive second day in Cork, he was eight under for his final 36 holes.  That helped him overturn a four shot deficit, and that was enough to hive him a two stroke win.  Fahy shot an excellent 66 on Sunday morning to tie for the lead with halfway leader Robbie Cannon, and he was still level with the Balbriggan man after the final front nine.  Although Fahy birdied the 16th, he felt he need more and was disappointed when a good putt on the 17th shaved the hole.  With one chance remaining, the 20 year old Maynooth University student drilled his tee shot on the 18th, and he followed that with a superb 8 iron from 140 yards which finished five feet from the hole.  A firm uphill putt hit the centre of the hole and he carded Continue reading

The Famous Cork Scratch Cup

Munster Strokeplay Championship, Munster Golf, Cork Golf Club, Sunday 30th April 2017

2017 winner Barry Anderson with the Cork Scratch Cup

Many people will know that this weekend’s competition is called the Munster Strokeplay, but not everyone will know that when the event was given Championship status it had the additional designation of “incorporating the Cork Scratch Cup”.  The Cork Scratch Cup is one of the oldest trophies in Irish golf and according to Cork’s GM Matt Sands, it the original cup that was awarded over 90 years ago.  The cup dates from 1923 and it holds the names of the all of the winners.

The trophy was presented by William Dwyer, a man and a family that are synonymous with Cork Golf Club, and the same person who started the inter-society competition which still runs today.  Dwyer presented the trophy in 1923 and won it in himself in 1924.  The trophy bears the names of the great Cork Golf Club stalwarts, Crosbie, Simcox, Bruen and Higgins are all represented, with Jimmy Bruen claiming four consecutive titles from 1938-1941.  There was a gap of four years during the war and Redmond Simcox won his fourth title in 1947 when the competition resumed.  Simcox was one of three golfers Continue reading

Irwin wins in Monkstown

Shane Irwin April 2018Monkstown’s Shane Irwin captured his first professional win on Monday when he won the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy at his home course.  The Limerick native shot a 65 to claim the final event in Munster PGA winter series.  Irwin had a great start, he had a birdie on the second, and the had four in a row from the fourth to the seventh.  Two more birdies followed on the back nine but he also had two bogies.  Holding the lead from the back nine was crucial as he had one shot to spare over the holder David Higgins.  Cian McNamara was third a further shot back.  It was a double win for Irwin, he partnered Monkstown President Ada O’Sullivan won the pro-am competition.  The pair scored 47 points to finish three points ahead of the field.  Needles to say, Shane was delighted with his win.  “It’s always nice to win, especially against such good players that were playing today’s event” said the Monkstown assistant.  “To win is always great no matter what your playing.  I didn’t except to have any great intentions as myself and Cian had so many things on our mind regarding the event.  I must say that today’s event was a great success for everyone the club, and it was a great day to remember Morgan O Donovan and what I’ve been told a humble and great man he was not only in Monkstown but everywhere he worked and played.”  The Monkstown pro-am marked the start of a busy summer season for PGA Professionals and Shane is looking forward to the season.  “I’ll be Continue reading