Bandon have booked their place in the Munster finals of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield after an exciting area final against Mahon in Lee Valley. A fabulous evening in Ovens provided the backdrop to a very competitive match, Mahon got the better of the early holes but Bandon fought back and the match was finely balanced when the five pairs moved onto the back nine. Bandon’s John Carroll showed all of his experience when he closed out his match with a four and three win alongside partner Roger Pearson. Bandon also won the second match when Mike O’Neill and Kevin Brophy won on the 17th green. The next three matches were much tighter though, and at one point it looked as if Mahon would have a real chance. The third match was all square through 17 and it looked as if Bandon could steal a victory when Mahon left their third shot in the greenside bunker. However a great up and down from David Brohan and Gavin Stack gave Mahon a gritty five, matching Bandon’s bogey. The match headed for the 19th, and onto the 20th when the first hole was halved in fours.
Gallery: Bandon v Mahon, Jimmy Bruen Shield Area Final
Meanwhile, Bandon’s Derek O’Driscoll and David Kelly were one up on the 18th. The pair were on the green in two and after a great first putt they were inches away from a par. Mahon were in the bunker in two and although they got out, their par attempt came up short. At that stage Mahon’s Anthony Deasy and Johnny Barrett decided to concede the Bandon par putt. The sporting gesture meant that Bandon won their third point and advanced to the Munster finals. For the record, Mahon’s Timothy O’Mahony & Gavin Carroll won the final match, and the third match was called in on the 20th.
AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield – South Munster Area Final (Lee Valley Golf Club)
Bandon 3.5-1.5 Mahon
John Carroll & Roger Pearson beat Denis Kavanagh & Seamus O’Leary 4&3
Mike O’Neill & Kevin Brophy beat James Daly & Kevin O’Regan 2&1
Mike O’Dell & Brian O’Donoghue halved with David Brohan & Gavin Stack (20th)
Derek O’Driscoll & David Kelly Anthony Deasy & Johnny Barrett 1 up
Leo Hassett & Sean O’Donoghue lost to Timothy O’Mahony & Gavin Carroll 2&1
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Douglas and Cork both made it as far as the semi-finals of the Ladies Irish Senior Cup which took place in Thurles over the weekend. Douglas faced Kinsale in the first round and it was the city side who won. Sara Byrne, Karen O’Neill, Clodagh Coughlan and Jemma Barry all recorded wins while Kate McCann halved her match. While it was a good win for Douglas it should be noted that Kinsale gave up over 40 shots in total in the five matches. In the second round Douglas were up against local opposition again, this time it was East Cork. Douglas led from the start with Byrne, O’Neill and Coughlan winning their matches. That was as good as it would get for Douglas as they lost out to Lahinch in the semi-final. The handicaps were going against Douglas in this match, with 16 shots between the two sides. Chloe Ryan and Sinead Sexton (both playing off +3) won the first two matches, and the contest was over when Lahinch’s Sarah Cunningham won on the 16th. Lahinch would go on to have an impressive win over Killarney in the final on Sunday aftermoon.
Cork had a good start on Saturday with an opening win over Ballybunion in the first round. There were wins for Rachel Thompson, Claire Coughlan Ryan and recently returned Paula Walsh while Miriam Abernethy and Ailish Thompson were Continue reading
A birdie three on the last hole was the perfect finish to Cathal Butler’s round in Co Sligo today, as he signed for a 65 after a great second round. Butler, who had a four over par 75 in his opening round, got to work early today and was three under through five holes. He added another two birdies before the turn to go out in 31 (-5). Although he had a few good birdie chances on the back nine he ended up with eight consecutive pars. He did close out on the 18th with a birdie, leaving him on -2 and tied for 20th at the halfway stage. Needless to say the Kinsale golfer was in a positive frame of mind after his round. “It was a relief as much as anything – it feels like a long time since I shot a low one” said Butler after the round. “I was hitting it lovely, I only missed one green and hit a lot of the shots close. The putter was steady throughout and it was nice to hole a long one on 18 to finish.” Butler has been struggling with a back injury for the past while and that has contributed to his lack of recent appearances near the top of the leaderboard. “I’m off around 2pm tomorrow so I’ll get a chance to go to the gym before hand. My back has been troublesome for the past few weeks so I’ll do some exercises before I go out to play.” As for the strategy for tomorrow, it more of the same for Cathal. “I’ll just keep trying to make good decisions and smooth swings. If I can stay as relaxed as I was today it should be another good day.”
James Sugrue followed his opening 70 (-1) with a two over par 73 today. The Mallow man had a colourful back nine, comprised of two pars, three birdies, three bogies and an unfortunate double on the par five 12th. He’s just inside the top 50, and a good round tomorrow should see him through to Sunday. The 54 hole cut after tomorrow’s third round will see the top 50 (plus ties) go forward for Sunday’s final round. Mel Deasy, back at the venue where he led the qualifier for the West just a few weeks ago has found the going a little tougher. Rounds of 72 & 74 has him Continue reading
Mahon and Bandon were the two big winners over the weekend as they came through the first serious weekend of cups and shields action. Monkstown and Blarney were the host venues for the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield qualifiers, with fine weather and great conditions adding to the spectacle of matchplay golf. All Ireland winners Kinsale were not in the shake up this time, they lost out to Skibbereen in a first round match the previous weekend. Mahon had also come through a preliminary match the previous week, they had a comprehensive win over Mallow in the first round to set up a meeting with Douglas on Saturday morning. Similar to their previous form, Mahon had a good win over Douglas but they faced a stiff challenge again Cork in the third round and two matches would need additional holes for Mahon to advance. Tim O’Mahoney needed to chip out of the water on 18 in order for himself and Gavin Carroll to half the hole. They went on to win on the Continue reading
John Murphy in action at the NCAA Regionals today (Pic: @UofLMGolf/Twitter)
“That was a grind” – that was the first reaction from a smiling John Murphy after finishing his final round at the NCAA Regionals in Louisville. But it was a very positive finish as two birdies on 16 and 17, and a long par putt on 18 from Murphy proved to be crucial as his University of Louisville side qualified for the NCAA National Championships earlier this evening. Murphy finished the 54 hole tournament tied for 12th place on -2, and his finish ensured that the Cardinals finished in the top five and now go though to the final stage of the college season. Overnight the Cardinals were in fifth place, with a six shot cushion over their nearest challenger. At the turn though it was a different story with the Louisville holding the last qualifying spot by just one shot. Murphy was level par for his first nine but dropped three shots in the next five holes. At that stage it was getting tight, but the third year student was two under for his final four holes which helped the Cardinals go through to the nationals for just the fourth time in their history. In the end they took fourth place as other teams dropped shots on the closing holes.
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Congratulations go to Lee Valley member Roger McSweeeny who had his first hole in one recently. Roger was in Killarney with the Munster Seniors and aced the first hole in Mahony’s Point. Roger is 84 and has been playing golf for over 60 years, having first picked up a set of clubs in 1958. In spite of his age, Roger is a still a regular in Lee Valley, teeing it up most Saturday mornings in the weekly members competitions. Killarney presented him with a special certificate to mark the occasion.
Castletroy Golf Club has announced details of this year’s Senior Scratch Cup, which is, once again kindly and generously sponsored by Bank of Ireland. The competition takes place on Saturday, May 25th. First competed for in 1948, the Castletroy trophy is one of the oldest and most prestigious scratch cups in the country and attracts the cream of Munster golf and some of Ireland’s best amateur golfers each year. As a Munster Golf OOM tournament, results in the Castletroy Senior Scratch Cup are included in the selection criteria for the Munster Interprovincial team. The course, currently ranked in the top 100 in Ireland and measuring almost 7,000 yards off the back tees, consistently offers a stiff challenge to any player on the senior scratch cup circuit. Last year’s edition was no different with a very impressive fourteen plus handicapped golfers and ten scratch golfers in Continue reading
He calls it a love hate relationship, but Joe Lyons is probably more in love with Cork Golf Club after the winning the Munster Strokeplay Championship at the Little Island course over the weekend. After leading through the first, second and third rounds, Joe was brought to a playoff where he beat Eanna Griffin on the second sudden death hole. “I honestly didn’t think I’d be coming down here to win this weekend so it’s an absolute thrill to win” said Joe after claiming the trophy. “I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with this this course. I’ve had nines and tens and all sorts of things down through the years when I had chances of winning this event. Even leading the qualifiers in the Irish Close a few years back I had a ten on the 16th. I wasn’t expecting a whole pile so I’m delighted with the win.” After playing the first three rounds in five under with just six bogies, his closing Continue reading
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