More to do for Cork crew in Rosapenna

Cian McNamara_1Cian McNamara and James Sugrue have a solid chance of making the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after the opening round of the Rosapenna qualifier. McNamara shot a three under par round of 69 to lie in 4th place at the halfway stage.  After a bogey on the 5th he came back in four under par, with a final birdie on the 17th to get himself back into contention.  James Sugrue is two shots back on -1, and currently in 10th place.  Sugrue had an interesting round, made up of seven birdies and six bodies.  irrespective of what happens tomorrow both golfers will travel to the UK from Donegal to take part in final qualifying for the British Open.

Jack Howard is tied for 15th on +1, Davey Barry and Padraig Dooley are both tied for 25th place after rounds of 75 (+3).  Given that the best scores today were -5 it’s unlikely that Continue reading

Irish Golfer Event heads to Cork

IGM Events Cork 2018Irish Golfer Magazine are holding their first Cork event next week, and over €3,500 worth of prizes will be given out on the day is what is one of the biggest events in Cork.  It takes place on Friday next (6th July) and there are several tee time options still available.

Cork Golf Club will be the host venue for the event, the Little Island course is home to the Munster Strokeplay and has hosted the Senior Cup as well as the area finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in the past two weeks.

The event is open to ladies and gents and there is a non GUI/ILGU category also available.  The entry fee is €60 per person with a reduced rate of €40 for Cork GC members.  As with all IGM events this years, all of the golfers taking part will be entered into a draw to win Continue reading

Cassidy wins in Connacht

Eoghan Cassidy Connacht U14 June 2018Eoghan Cassidy become the latest Kinsale winner, the teenager won the Connacht Boys U14 Championship in Loughrea today.  Cassidy shot a 75 to tie the lead, winning the title on the countback.  The five handicapper has shown plenty of promise, the fact that he’s still eligible at U13 level underlines his achievement today.  Cassidy’s best previous finish was third in the Munster Under 14 Boys Championship, held in Kanturk last year.

Zak Collins (Douglas) finished in the top ten, Adam Harrington (Cork) was in the top twenty and James Walsh (Kinsale) was two shots back from Continue reading

Davey on track in Douglas

Davey Barry pictured on the range at Douglas Golf Club. Picture: Niall O'SheaWhile there are thousands of Cork people who have just completed exams, it was a different time for Davey Barry as he got word that he had passed his final PGA exams, meaning he has now a qualified teaching professional.  The Douglas based Pro had been working hard for the past three years, combining work in the pro shop with his studies, but Davey is delighted that he now joins the PGA as a full member.  “It’s fantastic to have finished the course. It’s a lot of work and long hours but it’s a great feeling to have gotten here” said Davey.  “It was a long journey for me, I had to do some extra exams before I started the course, it was well worth it though.  This is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was young, and it’s a career that can Continue reading

Sugrue through to Final Qualifying for 147th Open

AIG Senior Cup Area Semi Finals 2018
Cork Golf Club
Sunday 24th June 2018Mallow’s James Sugrue has an opportunity to qualify for the British Open in Carnoustie, he booked his place in final qualifying for the British Open today when he shot an eight under par 64 in Baltray to lead the regional qualifying event.  Sugrue started with two birdies and he as four under at the turn.  Not content with that he birdied 11, 12 and 16, and he closed with another birdie on the par five 18th in a flawless round.  With fellow Mallow Senior Cup golfer Conor Dowling on the bag with him, Sugrue beat the field by four shots to claim the first of seven final qualifying spots available.  It was a consolation of sorts for Sugrue, he narrowly missed on selection for the Irish team to compete in the European Championships in two weeks’ time.  In any case, he’ll now be playing in the Continue reading

Bantry Bay through to Pierce Purcell finals

Pierce Purcell Shield Area Final 2018 Kinsale Golf Club Thursday 7th June 2018Bantry Bay had a great win in the Pierce Purcell recently, they beat Monkstown in the South Munster final after both teams had come through their local qualifiers.  Monkstown took an early lead in the final but Bantry battled and refused to let Monkstown run away with an early win.  The match was played in Kinsale and the course provided both teams with a tough test.  The new provision for scotch foursomes (both golfers drive off with the best shot selected) saved teams on several occasions as the narrow fairways tested both teams.  Although down in the first and third matches, Bantry were buoyed by a win for Dominic Wilson and Pat Cronin over Colm Murphy and Eoin McNamara on the 13th hole.  Conchur O’Sullivan and Ger Conway were two down with four to play, but they turned their match around to beat Eddie O’Sullivan and Niall Keely on the 18th green.  That made it 2-0 and meant Bantry only needed one more match.  The problem was that they were down in the final three matches.  The win would come in match three.  Despite missing Continue reading

Monkstown Through in AIG Senior Cup

AIG Senior Cup Area Semi Finals 2018
Cork Golf Club
Sunday 24th June 2018Monkstown were the first club to book their place in the Munster finals in Thurles, marking the third time in four years that they have reached the finals of the AIG Senior Cup.

16 teams started in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning, and two rounds later there were just four.  Bandon faced Kinsale and Mallow were up against Monkstown this morning.  The two semi-finals were close matches, with the Bandon Kinsale derby needing three extra holes to decide the winner.  Bandon’s Ger Tobin was the hero as he won the 21st hole to take Bandon through to area final.

AIG Senior Cup Results

For team manager Pat O’Keeffe and his assistant Martin Walsh it marks another successful start to a campaign.  Last year the lost at the semi-final stage so there’s no doubt that they’ll appreciate making it through to the Munster finals.  This afternoon there were wins for Sean Desmond, Donal McDonnell and Martin Continue reading