A major new open competition, big plans for the senior scratch cup, and a new indoor practice room all add up to a busy few months for the Lee Valley committee. With the golf season now ready to get into top gear, the next few months will be busy in the Ovens club. “April will be a busy month with Boyle Sports kindly sponsoring two large competitions for us” explained Club Captain Chris O’Sullivan. “First on April the 13th we have the Boyle Sports Open Four ball with prizes including a VIP trip to the Irish Grand National, this is followed two weeks later by our Boyle Sports Senior Scratch Cup. This has become a firm fixture for the top amateurs all over the country with world ranking amateur points on offer to competitors. We are delighted to have Boyle Sports sponsorship and support. They took over sponsorship last year and have supported our club further this year with their sponsorship again. Without which, we would struggle to host the competition to the standard that we now have it under the stewardship of Vincent Drinan who continues to look after this event. It is a tournament that has had winners including Shane Lowry. However, the Continue reading
St Patrick’s weekend always marks the start of the golfing season, and this weekend a large number of Cork clubs are kicking off their season with the start of the open competitions. Youghal is one of those clubs, they are holding a three person champagne scramble over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Youghal kept all 18 holes open through the winter but with members playing 14 or 15 hole competitions it meant that several holes were rested allowing for winter maintenance. A sanding programme was completed over the winter and the greens have been running true and quick over the past few weeks. The club recently concluded their spring league which ran over four weeks, and open and counting competitions will return for members and guests. The entry fee this weekend is just €20 and bookings can be made through Liam Burns in the Pro Shop on 024 92590.
Fermoy have brought a nice twist to their champagne scramble on Monday, the winning team will receive magnums of champagne. And with an entry fee of just €15 per person it offers some great value on the bank holiday. On Saturday Fermoy have an open singles competition for €20, and on Sunday you can play in the open two ball scramble for €20, and that includes a meal. Bookings can be made by calling the club on 025 31472. Fota Island have open events running over four days. From tomorrow through to Sunday you can experience the tour quality course and the famous clubhouse burger for €55 per person. On Monday there’s an open singles on the Deerpark Continue reading
Alex Newenham from Douglas has landed one of the biggest “busman’s holidays” in golf, as he has been selected to work as part of the course team for The Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida next week. While many golfers would love the chance to attend a tour event, Alex will get an inside the ropes experience at the event that’s known as the fifth major. John Deere, the machinery providers in Sawgrass have worked with the greenkeeping bodies in England and Ireland (GCSAI) to give seven greenkeepers an opportunity to work at the showpiece tour event. Alex, who has worked in Douglas Golf Club for the past 14 years, was selected following an application and interview process completed late last year. His reward is a 13 day trip to Florida, taking in eight days at the Players. “This is the sixth year of this partnership and is open to all members of the GCSAI to apply” explained Alex. “I applied last October and was fortunate enough to be shortlisted along with three others for interview in November. I was so delighted later on that day to receive word that I had in fact been chosen to represent the GCSAI this year in Sawgrass.” Alex is one Continue reading
It was another solid performance from Mallow’s James Sugrue yesterday as he carded a one under par 71 at the third round of the South African Strokeplay Championship. After earlier rounds of -5 and -3, yesterday’s one under was more modest, but he maintained his position on the leaderboard. Two bogies and three birdies meant that Sugrue finished on -1 and an aggregate of -9 for his 54 holes.
Sugrue is now seven shots off the lead, meaning a win is probably out of reach, but a top ten finish will add to Sugrue’s very positive start to the season and it will have a positive impact on his WAGR ranking. He’s also the best of the strong Continue reading