Muskerry will hold the annual Bruen Boys and Youths Trophy on Monday 26th August, and there will be plenty of golfers hoping to add their name to the list of famous winners. Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy is the holder and he’ll be looking to follow Cathal Butler and Sean Desmond who are among very few to win the Bruen Youths twice. Kinsale’s Butler won in 2013 and 2014, and Desmond won in 2016 and 2017. The Bruen Youths started in 1986 as a boys (under 18) competition but later moved to youths level. There have been many famous winners, Professionals David Higgins, Cian McNamara, Mick Collins, Mark Murphy and Aaron O’Callaghan have all won, and Ronan Twomey and Dave O’Donovan are among very few Muskerry men that have won for the home club. The 36 hole Strokeplay event is sure to attract a strong field and is again sponsored by the Cahill family. The age limit for entry is under 21 and the field is limited to the lowest 60 entries.
The cup itself has its own legacy, it was won by Jimmy Bruen himself in 1944 when it was presented to him when he won the Muskerry Captain’s Prize. The Bruen family donated the cup to Muskerry in 1986 when the club wanted to honour the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Bruen’s win in the British Boys at Royal Birkdale. While Bruen is also associated with Cork Golf Club, it was Muskerry who gave Bruen his first handicap, and that ultimately allowed him to go on to compete and win at the British Boys.
On Friday next, Muskerry are holding a junior open day in association with the Justin Rose Junior Golf Championship. The entry fee is just €5 and there are prizes for boys and girls in each category. Entries for both competitions are open online, or you can contact the club.