Dan Sugrue made it three from three in Castlemartyr on Monday when he won the third Munster PGA outing of the 2018 Winter Series. In fact it was a double for Sugrue as he teamed up with his brother John and Tim Rice to claim the team prize. Sugrue had a flawless front nine of 32 with birdies on 4,6,8 and 9. He had a further birdie 2 on 12 followed by his only drop shot on 13 – his first in 49 holes of competitive golf. His final birdie came on 15 for an inward 35.
David Barry started with 3 birdies in the first four, he bogeyed 7 and 11 but birdied 17. Tim Rice birdie 3,7 and 8 to turn in 33, he had a lone bogey on 10 and finished with 8 pars. Cormac Flannery birdied the first, bogeyed 3, he doubled the 5th which included a 2 stroke penalty for playing from the wrong tee but he finished the front nine strongly by eagling the 8th and birdieing 9. He birdied 12 and 13 with his lone bogey on the back nine coming on the 16th. Dan Sugrue, John Sugrue and Tim Rice had thirteen birdies between them to win the team event by three points. The event was hosted by Castlemartyr’s PGA Professional Alan Gleeson.
Munster PGA Winter Series, Castlemartyr Links
1st – Dan Sugrue – Dooks GC 67
T2nd – David Barry – Douglas GC 70
T2nd – Tim Continue reading
Cork Golf Centre
Although it’s only open since April last year, Cork Golf Centre has quickly become a firm favourite for golfers on the western side of the city and beyond. With a reduction in the number of public range facilities, Cork Golf Centre was ideally positioned to fill a gap in the market for both casual and serious golfers. Located just beyond the regional park in Ballincollig, there’s a very large catchment area including several clubs. “The centre has had a very busy first year and it continues to grow” explained resident PGA Professional Wayne Continue reading
Pictures from Cobh this morning: Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe opened his season on a high last Sunday when he finished joint top at the opening round of the Mid West Golf Alliance at Dromoland. He shot 37 points to tie for the lead alongside Andrew McCormack and David Reddan Jnr.
O’Keeffe has been working hard on his own strength & conditioning programme and while that’s yielding results in the studio, and his on course programme seems to be going to plan too. Despite losing a ball on the 5th hole, he held his composure to plot his way around the parkland course in 37 gross points. The gross stableford scoring system in use allowed O’Keeffe to recover quickly after the 5th, he hit a 320 yard bomb on the next hole and he went on to beat par by one shot. Gross stableford gives one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie and so on.
This year the format for the Alliance has changed, there are four qualifying rounds in Dromoland and the top two scores will count. The top eight qualifiers will go forward to a matchplay shootout. The second round takes place on Sunday next and any interested in playing should contact 061 368444.
Mid West Alliance 1st Round, Dromoland
37: Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy)
36: Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay)
35: Joe Lyons (Galway)
33: Nicky Duggan (Dromoland), Donncadh Nagle (Dromoland), Bob Loftus (Lahinch) Tony Cleary (Woodstock)
Dromoland Golf Club
The Mid West Alliance has stepped up their competition this year, the organisers have changed the format to a 54 hole qualifier followed by a four round matchplay phase for the top sixteen qualifiers. The 54/16 format as they are calling it is a huge undertaking and the great courses and generous prize-fund should see a large number of entries from Munster’s top golfers. The entry fee is €135, it might seem a bit steep but when you consider the quality of the courses and the prises on offer, it’s a very reasonable price for the competition. Entry is open to amateurs with a 0-9 handicap and PGA professionals. The three strokeplay qualifying rounds take place at Nenagh (23rd October), Trump Doonbeg (6th November) and Dromoland (27th November). The strokeplay rounds will be scored under the gross stableford format, therefore avoiding any Continue reading
Unfortunately the Alliance outing planned for November is not going ahead. Bookings for the event were too low to proceed. Apologies to those people who booked and paid, refunds will go out tomorrow morning so please allow 1-3 days for it to appear in your PayPal account.
Many thanks to those who did book in and to those who paid, and thanks to Brady and Alan in Castlemartyr who were very helpful in organising the competition.
We will look into the possibility of running a competition over Christmas but demand will ultimately decide if the Alliance gets off the ground. Continue reading
Superstitious Geoff going through his usual routine of sniffing the golf ball before every shot
Geoff Lenehan shamed his playing partners today with an amazing display of golf that saw his leave his partners hanging their heads in disgust as he stormed ahead of them.
Lenehan, who for the first time in his career was part of the tallest threeball on the course, avoided the embarrassment of a triple bogey on the easiest par four on the course, he also avoided a double on the easy 16th.
As a result of the wonderful round, Lelehan was allowed to leave the threeball, and O’Keeffe and Cannon will have a box jumping contest on the 1st tee tomorrow to decide who goes through to the second mtchplay round. Meanwhile Lenehan was rewarded with soft draw against some hack from the north west.