O’Keeffe runner-up at South of Ireland

Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) in action in the quarter-finals at the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Peter O’Keeffe came agonisingly close to capturing the South of Ireland Championship last week.  O’Keeffe is a major fan of Lahinch and went to the Pierse Motors sponsored South after finding some form at the British Amateur a few weeks ago.  The Douglas golfer opened the Strokeplay qualifier with a two under par 70 to sit just inside the top ten.  A second round 72 ensured that he finished in the top 25, comfortably qualifying for the matchplay stage.  On Friday he had a tough assignment but dispatched two Irish Internationals.  In the first round he beat Marc Boucher by two holes and on Friday afternoon he wrapped up his match against Alex Maguire with a 3 & 2 win on the 16th green.  Saturday’s matches would Continue reading


3rd Leinster title for Mairead Martin, Murphy 2nd in Finland

Mairead Martin (Kanturk) winner of the Leinster Women’s Championship 2022 at Bray Golf Club, 
Picture: Thos Caffrey / Golffile

Mairead Martin defeated Co Louth’s Ellen O’Shaughnessy to win the Leinster Women’s Championship.  The Kanturk golfer won 3&1 in a high quality final in tough conditions at Bray Golf Club on Sunday.  The Louisville graduate clearly likes the tournament, and has won it now on three occasions.  In two very tight semi-finals, Mairead defeated Hannah-Lee McNamara on the 17th, while Ellen defeated Katie Poots on the 18th.  Speaking after the win, Martin said: “The final was up and down all day with 1 hole between us most of the match. So really, 17 was the key moment when I hit it very close to seal victory”.   Mairead felt that the key this week was to “keep it Continue reading

Murphy wins Munster Boys in Fermoy

Jack Murphy (Douglas) who won the Munster Boys title at Fermoy Golf Club. Pic: Niall O’Shea

Jack Murphy claimed his third win of 2022 when he put on an impressive display in Fermoy last week.  The 16-year-old Douglas member won the Munster boys Under 18 Open Championship, adding his name to a prestigious list of winners going back over 50 years. Murphy had already secured the Leinster Boys Under 16 and Munster Boys Under 16 titles earlier in the season, and he led from the start in Fermoy when he was the only player under par after the opening round.  He increased his lead after a second round 68.  At that stage it was unlikely that he would be caught but he still needed a solid final Continue reading

16 Cork Golfers selected on Munster Teams

A total of 16 golfers from Cork were selected on the four Munster Boys and Girls teams announced today.

Munster U18 Boys
Eoghan Cassidy (Kinsale)
Zak Collins (Muskerry)
Charlie Flavin (Youghal)
Louis Galvin (Kinsale)
Lucas Lyons (Limerick)
Ryan Lyons (Blarney)
Eoin Magill (East Clare)
Non-travelling reserve: Iestyn Winn (Ballyneety)
Captain: Tony O’Neill (Faithlegg)
Manager: John Fennessy (Clonmel)

Munster U18 Girls
Sadhbh Bullock    (Castletroy)
Alicia Burke (Killarney)
Maisie Breen (Dungarvan)
Lucy Grattan (Tralee)
Ella Moynihan (Tralee)
Michelle Sharkey (Monkstown)
Laura Southern  (Castletroy)
Non-travelling reserve: Katie Savage (Kanturk)
Captain: Laura Guest (Lee Valley)
Manager: Edel Randles (Castlegregory)

Munster U16 Boys
Sean Deasy (Douglas) 
John Doyle (Fota Island)
Mark Gazi (Tralee)
Matthew Kelleher (Fota Island)
Sean Reddy (Douglas) 
Gordan Sillett (Ballykisteen)
Non-travelling reserve: Paddy Quill (Cork)
Captain: Anthony Nash (Lee Valley)
Manager: Seán Barry (Fota Island)

Munster U14 Boys
Oran Barrett (Cork)
Justin Dennehy (Douglas)
Donnacha Halpin (Shannon)
Anthony Hayes (Dungarvan)
Cian McDonnell (Monkstown)
Darragh Nolan (Fermoy)
Non-travelling reserve: Ronan Dawson (Tramore)
Captain: Frank O Mahony (Limerick)
Manager: Des Molyneaux (Ballybunion)

Mallow Scratch Cup win for Max Kennedy

Max Kennedy (Royal Dublin) in action in Mallow. Pic: Niall O’Shea

Mallow hosted another great scratch cup last weekend, with Dubliner Max Kennedy winning after 54 holes.  The Louisville student finished three clear of the field to win comfortably.  The event attracted a full timesheet, featuring Irish internationals and provincial golfers all hoping to win the Dan Butler Cup.  Although Kennedy was three off the lead following the opening round on Saturday morning, an afternoon 68 meant there was a six shot swing and he held a three shot lead Continue reading