Irish International Keith Egan has won the Kanturk Senior Scratch Cup. The Carton House member carded a three under par 68 in third round to overtake the leader and claim his first win in 2021. Rounds of 72, 68, 68 gave the Leinster man a five under par total of 208 strokes, and a winning margin of two strokes over local favourite Con O’Callaghan,
I’m delighted to win today” said Egan after his first win in Cork. “This was such an enjoyable event on a course that’s in great condition the effort put in from the sponsors and everyone involved in the event was seriously impressive. I’ll definitely be back next year to defend the trophy”
Egan was three off the lead after the opening day, and he made a quick start with birdies on the first and third. The good work was undone by bogies on the next two holes but four more birdies on the next eight holes had him back in the driving seat. Playing with the leaders, Egan was able to par his way home from the 13th to claim the scratch cup win.
Overnight leader Con O’Callaghan closed with a 73 to finish on three under. Two bogies on the back nine was difference between him and the leader. Chris Taylor finished in third place on -1 after closing with a 73 as well. Doneraile’s Tim O’Mahony was fourth and Kinsale’s Cathal Butler was fifth, thanks in part to a fine closing round of 68.
This was the first time that Kanturk have hosted a 54 hole scratch cup and the competition was also classified as a ranking event for the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The driving force behind the event was Kanturk native Paul Buckley. He spent the past two weeks building the field for the event and received great support from golfers and sponsors.
“I am so thankful for everyone for coming and the support the club has received” said Paul. “This event was raising funds for further maintenance on the course and for the juvenile club. We had a great winner in an Irish International Keith Egan, it was brilliant for our local up and coming stars Con O’Callaghan and Chris Taylor to be in the final group playing alongside Keith for the final round. Kanturk Golf Club is a club maintained and managed by local volunteers that continue to make great efforts in developing the club year after year.” Paul also thanked the sponsors EPS Group, Golf Strong, Lyons Links and Keating Architects.