Hickey, Byrne, Thompson, Cassidy & Murphy all in international action today

Fionn Hickey

Fionn Hickey

Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey made his international debut this week, and the 16 year old did himself proud at the Boys Home Internationals.  The annual event took place in Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales and Ireland opened with a win over Scotland on Tuesday.  It was a disappointing start for Fionn as he narrowly lost his singles match.  There was better luck for the Muskerry man yesterday as Ireland beat Wales and Fionn won his singles match against Toby Bishop.  That win set Ireland up for a winner takes all match against England today.  Hickey partnered Dylan Keating for a half this morning with Ireland taking a lead, the score was 3.5 to 1.5 after the foursomes.  Fionn won his match this afternoon, but the wind was in the English sails.  They won six of the matches to win by a single point and take the title.  While the final result was a disappointment, England were the favourites and solid play from Hickey on his debut will spur him on for a strong end to the season.

Girls & Womens Home Internationals

Sara Byrne was also in action for the Irish Girls over the past two days at the Girls Home Internationals.  Byrne has won three of her four matches, and Ireland are currently tied with England, and the top two face off tomorrow in a title decider.

Rachel Thompson is in action for the Irish Ladies in Scotland, and like the girls they face England tomorrow in a match to decide the winners.  Thompson had two good wins today and hopes are high that Ireland beat England to claim the title.

Cassidy & Murphy, Reid Trophy

Eoghan Cassidy and Jack Murphy were both in action in the Reid Trophy, the English Under 14 strokeplay trophy.  Playing in Trentham Golf Club in Stoke on Trent, both Cork golfers made the 36 hole cut and played in the final round today.  Cassidy was going well after rounds of 73 & 75, and was comfortably in the top 15.  A closing 79 saw him drop a few places and he finished in 30th place.  Murphy was one shot back after a closing 76 and he finished tied for 34th place.