There was a nice symmetry to James Sugrue’s golfing summer. On Sunday last he won the John Whyte Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup to close out the season, that followed his win in Fota Island at the start of the season when he won the very first Senior Scratch Cup to be played in Cork. The two wins may be highlights, but to be fair the Mallow golfer has had a very impressive summer of golf which was recognised last month with his selection to the Irish team. Sugrue joined the Irish Mens panel this year and represented the Irish selection at the South African and Spanish Amateurs in the early season. His full cap finally came when he was selected to play for the Home Internationals which took place last week. Capped on multiple occasions in Boy’s golf, this was a big step up for Sugrue but one he took in his stride. The easy going 20 year old went on to win four matches as Ireland finished as runners-up in the four team tournament. “There was actually no real difference, I didn’t Continue reading
After over a decade in the America, Aaron O’Callaghan Made another big career over the summer, taking up the position of Associate Head Coach at Wake Forest. After four years with the Cardinals at University of Louisville, the Douglas native headed for North Carolina to coach with Wake Forest. The Deacons are ranked as a top 25 college in the NCAA Division One golf rankings, playing in the top level of college golf. Head Coach Jerry Hass, brother of tour star Jay Haas, has led the Deacons golf programme for over two decades. He joined Wake Forest 20 years ago and rebuilt the golf programme, winning 15 conference titles and 15 individual wins over that period. The ranking and legacy of success at Wake Forest makes O’Callaghan’s move a great career choice, and with a strong player roster hopes are high that Aaron can add to the results that have repositioned Wake Forest. “Dan Walters [Associate Coach in Wake Forest] had a business opportunity that was going to take them out of college coaching” explained O’Callaghan, who initially qualified as a PGA Professional after college. “As a result both he and Head Coach Jerry Haas reached out to me to see if I was interested in the position. I have had a relationship with Coach Haas over the last four years since I’ve been in college golf. I have always respected and admired him.” Haas is a former tour pro, and brother of Jay Haas. Ireland’s Paul Mc Bride recently graduated from Wake Forest and soon after turned pro, he’ll be one of several Irish golfers to tee it up at the European Tour Qualifying School later this month. Alex Fitzpatrick, brother of tour star Matt Fitzpatrick is currently in his second year with the Deacons.
Aaron hit the ground running when he joined Wake Forest a few week ago, with several scouting trips in addition to several other pre-season duties. “Yes, I have been very busy since I started on July 1st. I have been to Baltusrol, Valhalla, and Pebble Beach for recruiting, just to name a few. At Wake Forest we are recruiting the very best junior players in the world. My role will include structuring practice, scheduling, operations of the program, playing with and instructing the team, recruiting, and connecting with donors.” Last week the Deacons played in their first event of the season in Louisville, starting brightly with a record setting opening team score of 268, certainly a Continue reading
It was win number four for Gary O’Flaherty in Lee Valley when he won the Munster Mid-Amateur title on Sunday. His season started with a win in the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup in April, and he closed out on Sunday with another win on the championship course in Ovens. Back in April O’Flaherty maintained his overnight lead to win his third Lee Valley title, this time he overturned a three-shot deficit to win on the final green in a tense finish. Although the weather was much better than the wet conditions on Saturday, there was a stiff breeze blowing through Lee Valley which tested many of the golfers. O’Flaherty played some very tidy golf, his only bogey of the day came at the 7th and his birdie on the 9th got him back to level for the round. He birdied the par five 15th to get into the red, and he narrowly missed good birdie opportunities on the 16th and 17th. Standing on the 18th, Gary was one Continue reading
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Kieran O’Donoghue (Douglas) carded two level par rounds of 72 to hold the 36 hole lead in the Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley. In a tough day for golf the wind and rain took it’s toll, and O’Donoghue was the only golfer to match par. Padraic Connolly (Killeen Castle) is in second place, two strokes off the lead, and Cork duo Gary O’Flaherty and Mark Ford are next on +3. Although O’Flaherty is three off the lead he has a strong record in Lee Valley, and all eyes will be on him. Mark Ford and John OBrien are in the hunt with Dave O’Donoghue and Karl Bornemann having an outside change of victory tomorrow.
The cut fell at +19, a measure of the testing conditions. Thirty golfers made it though to tomorrow’s final round with play getting underway at 8.30am.
DRAW FOR ROUND 3:
8.30AM: R Kennedy (Monkstown), N Duggan (Dromoland (Castle), K Collins (Fermoy)
8.40AM: A Considine (Lahinch), C O’Donnell (Fota Island), D Coughlan (Castleknock)
8.50AM: J O’Sullivan (Fota Island), P Power (Lee Valley), C Ryan (Killeen Castle)
9.00AM: J Kehoe (Limerick), B Timlin (Galway), S Miskelly (Knock)
9.10AM: R Connelly (Grange), P Murray (Clontarf), J Waldron (Muskerry)
9.20AM: D O’Donoghue (Bandon), P Flynn (Tramore), E Long (Monkstown)
9.30AM: K Bornemann (Douglas), G Dunne (Co Louth), G Lenehan (Portmarnock)
9.40AM: D O’Donovan (Muskerry), J O’Neill (Lee Valley), A Thomas (Dungarvan)
9.50AM: J O’Brien (Castlemartyr), A Condren (Greystones), G O’Flaherty (Cork)
10.00AM: M Ford (Cork), P Connelly (Killeen Castle), K O’Donoghue (Douglas)
There was lots to talk about in Raffeen Creek recently. The President of the GUI, John Moloughney paid a courtesy visit to the club and commented about the fact that there were two flags on every green. The occasion was Trevor McCarthy’s President’s Prize and he came up with a clever plan to have two flags in place on the nine hole course. Members aimed at the blue flags for their first nine holes, and the yellow flags were the target on the second loop. It was the first time that someone used that format, and as it was within the rules of golf it was perfect for the major competition. While some may have been skeptical, the two-flag initiative proved to be a great success as the Trevor explained. “The two flag competition was played by both the men and the women” said the President. “It was given a mixed reaction before playing but coming off the course everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Continue reading
Fermoy will host one of the final scratch cups of the year on Sunday 16th September. The John Whyte Memorial Senior Scratch Cup takes place, with a bumper prize fund of €1,000, Entry for the 18 hole event is just €30, which includes a meal.
Previous winners include European Seniors star Denis O’Sullivan and Fermoy native Tom Cleary and current Irish international James Sugrue.
Last year’s winner was Darren O’Donoghue from Bandon. Online entry is available on http://www.fermoygolfclub.ie and you can also call the club on 025 32694.
Following Ireland on the Montgomerie Course: Continue reading
There was cause for celebration in Tipperary on Sunday as Cork clubs came away with four of the six pennants on offer. Macroom and Monkstown both had two teams in action but each club came away with one win. Macroom losing the Junior Foursomes and Monkstown losing the Junior Cup to East Cork. The four Cork sides won all of the singles events, and now look forward to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook at the end of this month.
James Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe were both named in the Irish team for the Home Internationals which take place in Wales in less than two weeks. For the first time in well over a decade, Cork will be represented by two golfers in an Irish Mens team. After missing out on selection for the European Team Championships in July, Sugrue finally gets his first senior international cap after coming close earlier this year. The Mallow man earned several caps at boys level and after a three year gap, he’ll be back in Irish colours in Conwy, Wales. Ireland won an unprecedented fourth title in a row last year, and this year they’ll be hoping to retain the title.
Both Sugrue and O’Keeffe have been on form Continue reading