Cobh set for Bumper 2018

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David O’Sullivan practicing with the help of Trackman in his swing room at the range in Cobh Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Cobh Golf Club is looking forward to a busy 2018.  Last year the club completed works on their new clubhouse and the completion of the club house and carpark marked the end of the beginning in some respects.  Having moved to their new Championship course in Marino Point in 2009, the club committees and its large membership set about building a lasting legacy for the club and the local area.  While the Hawtree designed course needed very little, the club invested time, energy and money in the surrounding facilities and now have the complete package.  The clubhouse, Pro Shop and practice area compliment the signature course which looks out over Cork Harbour.  The club is still open for new members and joiner can benefit from a special offer of €650 for the remainder of the year, while existing members of Cobh can benefit from the €80 per month direct debit option that makes the sub payment easier.  Cobh celebrated their drive in earlier this month, President Teresa Delius, Captain Pat Feen, Lady Captain Maria Hughes and Junior Captain Peter Dennis all took part to mark the ceremonial start to the new year, and while conditions for golf mightn’t be great just yet, the lower harbour club will have a busy year ahead.

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McNamara claims second win in Cork, Munster PGA Winter Series

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Cork’s Peter Hickey congratulating Cian McNamara on his win the Munster PGA Winter Series event in Cork Golf Club Picture: Niall O’Shea

Despite the cold weather, the Munster PGA got the second half of their winter series off to a great start on Monday in Cork Golf Club.  Twenty Pro’s braved the cold winds but the course in Cork was in great condition, and benefitted from the recent week of dry weather.  Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara was the winner on the day, the Monkstown Professional shot a one under par 71 to record his second win of the winter series.  He turned on two under par thanks to birdies on the second, third and eighth, and he dropped a shot on the index one fourth hole.  A bogey also followed on the 10th but he parred the remaining eight holes to remain in the red and sign for a one under par 71.  After a break of a few months, David Higgins made his seasonal debut.  The Waterville man had a beak towards the end of 2017 and was in Barbados for a pro-am in January.  Although he carded an impressive 72 for second place, the form was mixed.  He had an uncharacteristic six bogies but that was countered with four birdies and an eagle.  David was joined on his team by brother Brian and dad Liam.  They returned an impressive Continue reading

CIT Partner with Fota Island Academy

CIT Fota Island Academy Feb 2018CIT Golf Club made a major announcement recently when they partnered with Fota Island Academy.  The new partnership between will facilitate student membership at the Academy.  The Academy at the famous Fota Island Resort makes an ideal base for the CIT Golf Squad, meeting their requirements with its excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.  Along with this, as Academy Members the nine students have a weekly allocation of range ball credit and, most importantly they will have valuable access to on course practice with the inclusion of playing the nine holes on the Barryscourt course in their membership.  Fred Twomey, the Munster GUI High Performance Lead Coach & CIT Golf Coach and Fota Island’s Director of Golf Kevin Morris arranged the new partnership together, with the initial approach suggested by CIT student David O’Sullivan, who Continue reading

Monkstown’s Ada set for 2018

Ada O'SullivanFormer Irish International Ada O’Sullivan is looking forward to a busy year, in December she was elected as President in Monkstown Golf Club and the decorated golfer is looking forward to the year ahead.  Having played and managed at the highest level, Ada is now taking on a different role and is keen to take on some of the challenges that golf has.  In recent years Monkstown have grown their membership thanks to the progressive work of various club committees.  “Like all businesses Monkstown Golf club is no different and has had to adapt to the economic change and make the club more attractive to existing members and entice new members through various packages and programmes” explained Ada.  “It is recognised nationally that the majority of golf clubs have a missed generation 30yrs -45 years old and the game of golf became less attractive due to expensive joining fees, a round of golf taking up to five hours hence the lowering of fees and the introduction of nine-hole competitions have proven to be successful and we have seen especially in the past three years a large increase in the lady membership at Monkstown.  We are also extremely fortunate to have a young, energetic, enthusiastic club Professional in Cian McNamara who along with the Junior Committees have a superb junior golf programme in place and as a result has gone from strength to strength with Boys and Girls in the past three years.  The club is Continue reading

China Tour Card for Brian O’Donovan

Brian O'Donovan Feb 2017_3China based golfer Brian O’Donovan made a huge breakthrough yesterday when he won a tour card for the PGA China Tour.  Brian was competing in the second qualifying tournament in the PGA backed China tour at the Mission Hills Haikou course.  The former Bandon amateur opened on Friday with a 68 for a share of third place, and a solid second round saw him remain in the top five.  However a one over par 73 on Saturday saw him drop to 16th, one place outside the qualifying places.  After a shaky start on Sunday morning, he steadied and was one over par for his front nine.  After hovering around the qualifying mark he birdied the final hole to move to two under par overall and safely inside the top 15.  Now armed with a full tour card, Brian will qualify for the series of fourteen events, all based in China with the top five on the tour qualifying for the tour.  There’s a run of six events starting in May with the second half kinking off in late August after a six-week break.  The Bandon native was a member of the very successful team from Bandon Golf Club who won the Irish Senior Cup national title in 2010.  It was a family affair for the O’Donovan’s, Brian’s Dad Donal was also on that team in Castlebar when they won the most prized team competition in Ireland.

Brian O'Donovan Feb 2017_2After winning the top team event, Brian decided to pursue a full time career in golf, and enrolled in the PGA programme.  Two years of study followed and Brian was based in Douglas Golf Club under Stephen Hayes while studying for his PGA qualification.  Brian moved to China soon after qualifying as a PGA Professional in late 2013.  While he hoped to remain competitive on the local professional tours, a knees problem ruled him out of competitive action for the best part of a year.  He returned to competitive action via the qualifiers for the PGA China Tour events, while also continuing work develop as a teacher in the Mission Hills Golf Academy.

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Murphy enjoying Kentucky experience

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Picture: Niall O'SheaKentucky based John Murphy is ready for competitive action later this month as the talented Kinsale golfer prepares to restart his season.  The Irish Mens squad member is in his first year in the University of Louisville golf programme and despite an enforced lay-off due to knee surgery he’s really enjoyed the first semester in the US.  After moving over to Kentucky in August, it was a slow start for Murphy that ultimately meant minor surgery on a recurrent knee problem.  That side-lined John from competitive action but he worked on his rehab plan and will be in contention for a place when the first competition of new year in just a few weeks.  The end of the rehab coincided with a return home for a few weeks to catch up with family and friends.  “I came back to Ireland on the 14th of December and I was very excited to come back” said Murphy.  Christmas didn’t disappoint, I had plenty time to hang out with my friends and family because I would consider myself very Continue reading

Mitchelstown launch New Membership Options

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Mitchelstown Officers pictured at the recent drive in: Men’s Captain John O’Brien, President Liam O’Sullivan, Junior Captain Tommy Maher and Lady Captain Angela Riemensperger.
Pic: Billy Murphy

It’s often described as a hidden gem but Mitchelstown Golf Club is a popular spot for golfers in North Cork.  A new membership drive has seen the club boost its profile as interest in the sport is growing again.  The club has been a regular in the cups and shields events, and the highlight came in 2011 when the Junior Cup team won provincial and national honours.  The club is over 100 years old, it was founded in 1910 Mitchelstown Golf Club was a nine hole golf course for the better part of seventy years.  As the demand for golf grew in the late eighties and early nineties, it became apparent to members that Mitchelstown Golf Club needed to look forward. Being surrounded on all sides by valuable and expensive farming land the move to an eighteen hole course was not easy in financial terms so the step forward was accomplished in two stages.  Stage one was the construction of six new holes which opened in 1994.  Stage two followed some years later with the Continue reading

Golfers Guide Awards for Madden and Cork

Hilary Madden Golfers Guide Award 2018

Paddy McCarthy, Golfers Guide to Ireland and Hillary Madden, Monkstown Golf Club who won Best Golf Manager Munster.
Pic Orla Murray/ SON

The annual Golfers Guide awards were held last week and there were two winners from Cork.  Monkstown’s Hillary Madden won the Manager of the Year for Munster while Cork Golf Club won the award for best parkland course.  It’s cork’s fourth time to win the award in the past seven years.  The annual awards took place at Portmarnock Golf Links Hotel and formed part of the launch of the Golfers Guide to Ireland 2018.

The full colour guide is now in it’s 27th year and will be available free of charge in all GUI affiliated clubs.  The guide is a comprehensive listing of Ireland’s leading links and parkland courses and also provides details of specialist golf accommodation.

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Cork GC Golfers Guide Award 2018

Pictured at the launch of the Golfers Guide to Ireland 2018 was Paddy McCarthy, Golfers Guide to Ireland and Matt Sands from Cork Golf Club which won Best Parkland Munster.
Pic Orla Murray/ SON Photo

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Christy’s Legacy in Lee Valley

AIG Pierce Purcell Shield, Lee Valley Golf Club, Wednesday 7th June 2017For most golfers in Cork, Jerry Keohane is the driving force behind Lee Valley.  But Jerry says he owes a lot to the original course designer.  “There was one man who inspired me to and I learned a huge amount from him in two and a half years.  He was the most amazing man I ever met, Christy O’Connor Jnr.”  In a time before google maps or 3D modelling, Christy was a traditionalist, walking the land to judge the layout as Jerry explained: “He just had a simple drawing, a layout of the course and nothing else.  He walked each fairway when he came down every week, sometimes twice a week.  I’d be watching him and you’d ask yourself what’s he’s doing.  He had some paint and he’d go around and mark out the greens and the bunkers and I was amazed by the man.  He had no drawings or detailed plans, his Continue reading