Walsh stays the course in Lee Valley

BoyleSports Lee Valley Scratch Cup winner Robbie Walsh (Douglas) pictured with Peter Tuite from BoyleSports and Lee Valley officers Jack Noonan and Liam Power. (Pic: Niall O’Shea)

Robbie Walsh produced a great performance to win the BoyleSports Lee Valley Scratch Cup last weekend, winning the 54 hole event after leading from start.  The Douglas member hung in there in the final round, displaying huge determination to stay ahead of a stellar chasing pack.  Walsh led after the opening round, shooting the low round of the tournament with a three under par 69.  He followed that with a level par 72 to hold a three shot lead heading to the final round.

As final rounds go, it proved to be an entertaining contest.  Walsh birdied the first two holes and when nearest challenger Gary O’Flaherty bogied the first the lead was six shots.  Things changed though when Walsh dropped four shots in the next three holes.  With nine holes left his lead was down to two shots, but that’s as close as the field got to him.  He reeled off eight birdies and a single bogey on the way home and although David Reddan and Jack Murphy threatened they never got close enough.  In front of a large gallery Robbie Continue reading


Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup on Sat 6th May

Lar Fant Chairman, Brendan Lyons Hon.Sec, Nuala O’Sullivan Lady Capt, Paddy Roche Capt at the launch of the John Whyte Senior Scratch Cup

The John Whyte Memorial Scratch Cup is less than two weeks away.  The competition takes place on Saturday 6th May and this year it will be run over 36 holes.  The course in Fermoy has recovered well from the heavy rain of March and early April, and it’s sure to be in great condition for the event.

2022 winner Dean O’Riordan will be back to defend his title and a full field is expected.

Previous winners include European Seniors star Denis O’Sullivan, Fermoy native Tom Cleary and current tour pro James Sugrue.  The event has a prize fund of €1,600 with several prizes on offer.  Entry is just €35 and includes lunch.

Anyone interested in playing can book through www.fermoygolfclub.ie or by calling the club on 025 31472.

Doneraile win Junior Home Nations

Doneraile Junior Home Nations team

There was great excitement in Doneraile last week when the club secured its first international title.  The juniors won the Junior Home Nations in England.  The team qualified for the competition thanks to the Doneraile U19 Girls team finishing second in the All Ireland finals last August.  The girls were joined by the Doneraile Boys Fred Daly team to form the team of eight.  Brendan O’Sullivan, Chairman of the Doneraile junior Academy was delighted with the success, “It was an outstanding performance over the 4 days to win the Junior Home Nations 2023.”

“By combining our U19 Girls team; Muireann O’Sullivan (Captain), Niamh O’Sullivan, Anna O’Brien & Caoimhe O’Shaughnessy (Junior Girls Captain 2023) and the Boys Fred Daly team; Ryan Carleton (Captain), Cian O’Brien, Sean Williams and Ben O’Shea, under the Continue reading

Jack Murphy wins Connacht Boys

Jack Murphy 
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Jack Murphy got his season off to a flying start with another provincial win last week.  The Douglas golfer was in Ballinrobe for the Connacht Boys and he came home with the trophy after two impressive under par rounds.

Fota’s John Doyle led the event after the opening round with Murphy one behind in second place.  Murphy got off to a great start in the second round, he birdied his opening hole and added three more birdies before the turn to put himself into the lead.  He dropped a few shots coming back but crucially he kept the big numbers off the card.  In the end he won by two shots from Ballinasloe’s Charlie Mooney.

Murphy was delighted to pick up the win.  “I was quite happy after round one.  I struck it nicely and stayed in contention which is crucial as no one can win a tournament on day one but certainly can put themselves out of it”.  I definitely felt like I had the chance to go out Continue reading

Walsh & Hegarty win Munster Womens Championhsips, No joy for Cork in Co Sligo

Paula Walsh, Doneraile who won the Munster Women’s Senior Championship. Pic: Golffile, Golf Ireland

Doneraile’s Paula Walsh claimed her second Munster Women’s Senior Amateur Open Championship after a thrilling playoff win in Monkstown.  Walsh shot a 69 in the 18 hole event to hold off the challenge of Lisa Cullen, Aideen Walsh and Lauren Kelly who all finished just one stroke behind.

The Corkonian, who also won this title in 2017, was level par for her front nine and despite birding the 11th she dropped back to level again before the crucial birdie on the last.  This victory is also a huge early season boost for Walsh’s claims in the Bridgestone Order of Merit.  After securing the silverware in Monkstown, Walsh is excited about what lies ahead for the rest of 2023.  “I’m delighted to win. It’s a great win and my second time winning the Munster Championship,” said Walsh.  “It’s good to get off started in the

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McSweeney Claims 3rd Win in Muskerry

Pictures from the Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy semi-finals. Picture: Niall O’Shea

John McSweeney beat all in front of him in Muskerry last weekend, and in doing so he won the Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy.  The win was John’s third, an amazing achievement in Cork’s toughest competition.  The Muskerry member first won the competition twenty years ago in 2003, and he added a second win two years ago in 2021.  A 2&1 win over fellow Muskerry member Jack Kelleher on Sunday afternoon gave John his third win in the only six round matchplay event in the junior matchplay range.

McSweeney was one of 64 matchplay competitors to make it though from the qualifier held in March.  Six rounds of matchplay competition took place over three days from Friday, and just to make things Continue reading