Higgins & Sugrue claim Fota Island win, Munster PGA Winter Series

Munster PGA Fota Island Nov 2018

Munster PGA Captain Padraig Dooley pictured with Cian McNamara and Brian, Liam and David Higgins prior to the Munster PGA event in Fota Island on Monday. Picture: Niall O’Shea

The Munster PGA got their Winter Series off to a great start on Monday with a very successful competition in Fota Island.  Close to thirty club professionals turned out for the first event of the series, one of four events planned to take place before Christmas.  Fota Island was the venue for the first outing, with the three time Irish Open venue hosting the popular fourball as usual.  Comeptition was close, that was until the card from David Higgins and  Dan Sugrue came in with the Kerry pair claiming first place.  Higgins is a regular winner in the series but it was the first win in a while for Sugrue.  The Dooks based Professional was in hospital following a very serious operation just 11 months ago, but it was like old times on Monday when the Kerry native came home in first place.  Sugrue had five birdies, including three in a row from the 5th to the 7th.  Sugrue’s -5 was Continue reading

Paudie on course in Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr_Paudie O'Sullivan_Aug 218It’s just a year since greenkeeper Paudie O’Sullivan was appointed as Head Superintendent at Castlemartyr.  Now in his third decade as a greenkeeper, the Little Island man has had a busy year at the prestigious East Cork golf resort.  “It has been a whirlwind twelve months, to get the Head Superintendent job at Castlemartyr was a fantastic step in my career” added Paudie.  “Everyday is a learning day in Castlemartyr as you never know what each day will bring.  In the twelve months since being given the Head Superintendent position, we have been through storm Ophelia in October, from November to February we had over 500mm of rainfall, and in March we were covered in snow and closed for 12 consecutive days.  Any then this summer we went through the driest summer I have incurred.”  That dry spell in July was O’Sullivan’s biggest task in a challenging year.  Weeks went by without any meaningful rain, which isn’t ideal when your trying to maintain over 100 acres of cultivated grass.  “Looking back now on the summer, Castlemartyr has come out quite well” explained the man in charge.  “One or two areas needed overseeding due to Continue reading