The most disappointed golfer in Cork must have been James Sugrue. The Mallow man was preparing for his trip to Augusta and on Friday it was confirmed that the Masters would be postponed. Sugrue was on the BBC on Friday evening and like all other golfer fans you could sense his disappointment after the announcement was made. A group of around twenty friends and family were planning to travel to the Masters and like many others they’re now waiting for the new date to be announced. For Sugrue the postponement means that the plans for the season may change. Sugrue had indicated that he’s probably turn professional in the summer after the US Open but those plans may have to change if he needs to retain his amateur status for a deferred Masters. The same may apply to the
John Murphy was another golfer to be affected by the cancellation of competitions. On Friday the NCAA announced the suspension of all college sports, effectively meaning that Murphy’s Louisville college career was over. Murphy has been in a rich vein of form and saw his ranking rise to inside the top 50 in Division One stats. Louisville had also risen to 14th in the national rankings meaning that a good post-season performance was within reach. With all golf suspended for the remainder pf the season, Murphy now has a few more weeks of online lectures before he takes his finals. Kinsale teammate Mark Healy is in a similar position, although he can return for another year in Tusculum Tennessee. Murphy on the other hand is a senior and this was his final year in Kentucky. He did put the brightside out on Monday when he tweeted a video hurling in the Cardinal Stadium football pitch. The tweet went viral and brought a smile to many faces at a time when there was little to smile about.
Like most other sports golf has come to a standstill, and this week several clubs in Cork decided to close completely in light of the recent government advice. Many clubs continued to hold club competitions over the weekend while adhering to the new guidelines on social distancing. Following the weekend and the closure of pubs, there was a marked change with several courses closing. Some clubs have cancelled club competitions but have allowed members to play. Golfers were asked to observe the now usual norms of social distancing and not to engage in any handshakes. Flags were removed from some courses with semi-permanent holes being cut in the middle of the greens. Most clubhouses are now closed in line with the recommendations that came out on Sunday evening. The likelihood of inter-club events and championships taking place in the next few months are also in doubt .