Lee Valley all set for Mixed finals

Irish Mixed Foursomes Area Final 2018 Cork Golf Club Thursday 28th June 2018Lee Valley Golf Club will head for Limerick on Saturday to play in the Munster finals of the Irish Mixed foursomes.  It’s the first time that the club has reached the finals in this competition and excitement is building from all the players and members.  Limerick Golf Club is the venue for the finals and the Clashnure club will be hoping to bring home the pennant after some very good performances to get through to the final. After taking advantage of hosting the qualifier, Lee Valley faced Fota Island in the area final.  Despite a slow start Lee Valley came from behind to win the area final which was held in Cork Golf Club.  As play reached the top of the hill at the 12th they were down in three matches and up in only one.  The short 13th hole was a catalyst for a swing however as the first pairing of Colette O’Callaghan and Jason Galway started to recover their Continue reading

Thompson wins Faldo Series at Mount Juliet

Rachel Thompson Baltray May 2017Rachel Thompson put on a great display of golf in Mount Julliet last week to win the Faldo Series qualifier.  Played over three days on the testing championship course, Thompson was trailing by two shots after the opening round.  She went on to fine an impressive one over par round on the second day, that was eight shots better than the field and gave her a six shot lead.  Thompson had a solid final day, holding her big cushion and claiming the win.  The Cork golfer now qualifies for the Faldo Series final which takes place in Dubai in November.  It promises to be an exciting few weeks for the Cork golfer.  She will be moving to Scotland in September to take up a golf scholarship in the University of Sterling.  Before that she’ll tee it up in the English Womens Strokeplay and she’s heading to Yale in October in a college tournament.  There was disappointment for Kinsale’s Gary Ward, he was within two shots of the lead after two rounds.  Opening rounds of 71 and 72 had him on -1, just two behind Rosslare’s Paul Murphy.  Unfortunately for Ward he had a disappointing final day, he dropped to fifth overall after a final round 79.  Cathal Butler and Mark Healy were also in action, Butler also finished tied for fifth and Healy was in the top ten.  It was another positive week for Kinsale considering they are preparing for the Munster finals of the Barton Shield.

Deasy wins Munster U15 Title

Munster U15 & U17 Close Championships 2018Roscrea Golf Club
Thursday 9th August 2018

Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) pictured with the Munster Under 15 Close trophy after winning the title in Roscrea.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Mel Deasy scooped his first Munster title today when he won the Munster Under 15 Close title in Roscrea.  The Cork man shot a one over par 72, three early birdies saw him reach -2 two at one stage but two late bogies meant he finished on +1.  The bogies didn’t hurt Deasy as he had a four shot margin over second placed Alex Dineen from Cork.  It was an all Cork podium as Jack Murphy (Douglas) took third place, after a countback with Dineen.

Rory Milne (Faithlegg) retained the Munster Boys Under 17 title  after shooting a fine three under par 68.  The Waterford golfer won the event last year in Kinsale and becomes the first golfer to win the age-grade event twice.  Milne turned on level par but blazed through the back nine with three birdies in four holes.  Milne parred his Continue reading

Murphy picked on Irish Team, World Amateur Golf Championships

East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship 2018Kinsale’s John Murphy was named on the three man Irish team to play in the World Amateur Team Championship in Carton House next month.  Murphy is joined by Tramore’s Robin Dawson and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell.  The team, which is captained by Bandon’s John Carroll will play in the Eisenhower Trophy which is played over four rounds starting on Wednesday 5th September.  Dawson, who is ranked number six in the world rankings, secured his place as the top Irish golfer in the WAGR rankings, the Tramore man played on the Irish team in European Championships last month and won the Irish Amateur Open in Royal County Down at the start of the season and he was runner up at the Amateur Championship last month.  Murphy and Purcell were both selected on their form this season, it’s Purcell’s second year on the Irish Mens team, a former junior tennis champions he recorded five top ten finished this year is addition to reaching the semi-final at the AIG Irish Close this week.

Speaking after the announcement, John Murphy was in great form.  “I’m obviously delighted to have made the team, it still hasn’t really sunk in.  I remember when I was at a boys panel session and Continue reading

Trackman Roy still on Course

Roy Clarke Trackman_1By any measure, Roy Clarke has had an interesting few years working in golf. Working for Trackman, the leading shot analysis system is a pretty cool job but it’s not even the most interesting job he’s had. Roy spent several years caddying on the LPGA tour, helping some of the biggest stars in the top ladies tour in the world. He’s now working with Trackman, the leading analysis tool used by professionals worldwide. Working off-course in the golf industry is limited to a small number of people and Roy covers all of Ireland and northern England in his current role. Like many golfers, it all started for Roy when he was young and he got his first taste for the game. “I started playing at 12, the folks bought me a full set of clubs from lifestyle sports worth €100 and a membership to Mahon Golf Club as a surprise one Christmas” said Roy. I couldn’t just look at them so I begged my mother to bring me down after the dinner. I was the only one out on the course. I’m sure it was closed, it was lashing, and I didn’t even know the rules. I played 36 holes a day once the summer hit, and I was golfing at a very good level by 18, playing off scratch.” It was clear that he was almost obsessive about the sport. A summer trip to the US would lead to the first stage of his golfing career. “I just had a love affair with golf and always knew it would be the industry I would work in” he continued. “The jigs and the reels would lead me to Bighorn Golf Club, Palm Springs for a Continue reading