O’Flaherty misses out as Murray claims fifth Munster Mid-Am title

Munster Mid Am 2017Two putts that were left hanging on the lip cost Gary O’Flaherty dearly as he missed out on a play-off in the Munster Mid Am.  The Cork golfer had a mixed day but gave himself a few chances.  Despite carding two early birdies, O’Flaherty lost a ball on the 7th to go back to level, but he stuck with it on a difficult day for golf.  There was a huge downpour in Newcastlewest as O’Flaherty finished his round.  Members worked had to clear the standing water on the final three greens meaning that play could continue, and O’Flaherty saw birdie putts finish right on lip on both 16 and 17.  A birdie on either hole would have been enough to get him into a play-off but he had to settle for third place.  O’Flaherty had a to sit back and watch his friend and Continue reading

O’Keeffe leads the way in Moortown

Home Internationals 2017

Peter O’Keeffe and Robin Dawson (Ireland) on the 4th tee during Day 2 Foursomes of the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club, Leeds, England. 17/08/2017
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey 

There were mixed results for the Cork golfers in action in England and at home today.  Peter O’Keeffe recorded two wins today at the Mens Home Internationals, while Valerie Clancy won her first round match in the British Girls but lost in this afternoon’s second round.

It was a good day for Ireland at the Home Internationals in Moortown today.  Peter O’Keeffe combined well with Robin Dawson this morning to win an important foursomes match against Scotland.  The pair had lost yesterday so this morning’s result was a boost and came as part of a 4-1 win in the morning session.  He followed up this afternoon with another win in the singles.  O’Keeffe was one down at the turn but mounted a comeback and was two up after 12 holes.  He closed out his match on the 16th with a 4&2 win over Scotland’s Sam Locke.  Ireland now have a great chance to create history tomorrow, a winner takes all match with England give’s Ireland the chance to win the title for the fourth straight year.

Valerie Clancy was the only Cork girl to make it through to the matchplay stage of the British Girls.  Clancy made it though on the cut mark (+8) after the 36 hole qualifier and she won her first round match this morning, beating Celilie Nielsen 3&2.  She lost out this afternoon though, losing 2&1 to Mayka Hoogeboom.  Rachel Thompson and Continue reading

No Joy for Mallow or Cork in Tralee, AIG Cups & Shields Munster Finals

AIG Senior Cup Munster Finals 2017, Saturday 12th August 2017There was no joy for Cork clubs in Tralee on Saturday as both Cork and Mallow exited at the semi-final stage of the Munster finals.  Mallow were in action in the AIG Senior Cup and for a while it looked like they would beat Limerick in their semi-final.  Paul McCarthy and James Sugrue led from the front and both recorded impressive wins, McCarthy won 3&2 while Sugrue won on the 14th.  Conor Dowling lost match, as did Brian Attridge meaning the result would be decided by Adam Boland’s match with Limerick’s Justin Kehoe.  They were all square on the 15th but Kehoe won the 16th to go one up.  Boland made a huge six foot putt on the 17th to avoid losing and a great birdie on the 18th meant that the match went on to the 19th.  Both players found the fairway on the additional hole and the advantage swung Continue reading

Munster Finals time in Tralee

Munster Golf AIG Barton Shield 2016

2016 Barton Shield winners Cork. Picture: Thos Caffrey / http://www.golffile.ie

Tralee Golf Club will host the AIG Cups & Shields finals this weekend with three Munster pennants on offer.  It’s eight years since Tralee have hosted the finals and Arnold Palmer designed links will provide a spectacular setting for the three finals.  Two competitions are down for decision on Saturday with Cork and Mallow in action.  Cork will be hoping to retain their Munster title in the AIG Barton Shield, but they’ll have to get past hosts Tralee in the semi-final.  Waterford Castle face Castletroy in the other semi-final.  Mallow unseated holders Monkstown and beat a good Cork side in the Senior Cup and they’ll be hoping to maximise their first appearance at the Munster finals in several years.  Ballybunion carry Kerry hopes in the AIG Senior Cup, the West Munster winners will face Dungarvan who were the winners in the East Munster section.  Limerick came through in North Munster and they will face Mallow who Continue reading

Dunmore win Munster Country Clubs Final

Munster Country Clubs 2017_Dunmore Golf Club_1Dunmore won the Munster Country Clubs Cup today, the West Cork Club was hosting the finals and overcame Raffeen Creek and Lisselan to claim the title.  It’s the third time that Dunmore have won the title, their previous wins came in 2009 and 1991.  After winning the semi-final, Dunmore faced local rivals Lisselan in the final.  Dunmore didn’t have it all their own way in the final.  At the halfway point it was very much even, with a hole or two at most separating each match.  The back nine however proved critical and the home side started to take the upper hand, as the showers and wind impacted on the players.  Jerry Lehane brought in the first point for Dunmore and two more followed from Martin Kelleher and Kevin Sutton.  Niall Deasy brought in the winning point meaning that the final three matches were called in.  It was a special day for Dumnore’s Captain and President, both Michal O’Leary and John O’Driscoll were both playing which added to the celebrations for the host club.  It was a special win for the host club as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017 and recently held a number of events marking that milestone.

Munster Golf Chairman Jim Long congratulated Dunmore on their win and also on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.  He also thanked Lisselan for a very sporting local derby.  He thanked Dunmore for hosting the finals and complimented the course staff and owners for the great condition of the course even if the weather wasn’t the best.  He thanked Jim Lyne and John Carroll from Munster Golf who ensured that all three matches ran smoothly.

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Munster Country Clubs Cup 2017 

Munster Final 

Sun 6th August at Dunmore Golf Club

 
Dunmore 5.5-1.5 Lisselan
Martin Kelleher beat Paul Corcoran 1 hole
Kevin Sutton beat David Spearman 3&2
Jerry Lehane beat Brian O’Donovan 5&4
Niall Deasy beat Denis Harrington 3&2
Pat O’Regan halved with Donnchadh Crowley called in
Michael O’Leary halved with Gabriel Leahy called in
John J O’Driscoll halved with Neil Whelton called in

Semi Finals
Lisselan defeated Ballyheigue Castle
Dunmore defeated Raffeen Creek

Masterful Muskerry win Fred Daly Trophy

Fred Daly WinnersMuskerry were crowned the new Fred Daly Trophy Munster Champions after a great display of golf in Fermoy today.  It was the second day of Munster finals in North Cork, there was no joy for Fota Island in the Junior Foursomes yesterday, and Cork hopes were high with a large contingent of Muskerry supporters present in Fermoy.  And those hopes were justified, led from the front by recent Munster Under 15 winner Fionn Hickey, Muskerry overcame stiff challenges from Waterford Castle and holders Limerick to claim their first Fred Day Pennant.  They overturned an early deficit in this morning’s semi-final against Waterford Castle to win 3.5-1.5.  Wins from Fionn Hickey, Sean Geary and Eoghan O’Shaughnessy on the 19th put them into a tough final against Limerick.  Playing off scratch on the day, Muskerry were giving away more than a few shots to the holders.  But that didn’t matter as the Muskerry Boys dug in for a historic win.  Fionn Hickey led from Continue reading