Sara Bags Another Award

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Roger Russell, General Manager of The Metropole Hotel, presenting the youth sports awards trophy to Sara Byrne Douglas Golf Club with John Buckley, John Buckley Sports, Award Sponsor.
Picture: Gerard Bonus.

Sara Byrne was back in the news last week when she won yet another award.  The Douglas teenager won the Cork City and County Youth Sports Award last week at a reception in the Metropole Hotel.  It was a great award to win, beating the 11 other monthly award winners to scoop the title.  This is the second award for Byrne, who was named the Irish Golf Writers Womens Amateur Golfer of the Year Award in December.  For Sara and her family it was a change to reflect on the successes of the year, although Sara was a bit more clinical in her review of the year when she accepted the award.  “2018 was a bit of a rollercoaster year” said the Douglas and Ireland golfer, “there were plenty of ups and downs and feeling frustrated at times, but the adrenaline rush is unreal when you succeed.  Last year gave me some really hard knocks but some magical moments also.  I’ve advanced my goals hugely, Irish Ladies Champion. Irish Girls Order of Merit winner, getting to +1 handicap and getting to into the top 100 in the WAGR rankings”.

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Mairead Enjoying College Life

mairead martin louisville oct 2018Mairead Martin recently enjoyed a few weeks at home after an exciting few months in the US on a golf scholarship in Kentucky.  The Kanturk golfer who completed her leaving cert in June and in August she moved to start with their acclaimed womens golf programme.  It was a great first semester, Mairead finished the second highest ranked golfer on the roster claiming two top ten finishes on her first five tournaments.  It was a busy few months for the teenager as she settled into her new home for the next few years.  “The first couple of weeks were tough and quite intense it took a while for me to get used to how busy each day was between school, practice and workouts” explained Mairead.  “I struggled to find time to even think about home or even be homesick.  When I arrived in Louisville the team and coaches couldn’t have been Continue reading

2018 – Breakthrough year for Byrne

Sara Byrne Douglas Golf Club June 2018_12018 was a breakthrough year for Sara Byrne, and that was recognised last week when she won the Irish Golf Writers Womens Amateur of the Year award.  The award was a reflection on the results Sara achieved during the year as well representing Ireland at two international competitions.  It was a busy year for Sara, although she committed to playing in fewer events this year, the competitions she did select were higher in profile and the quality of the field was generally stronger.  In terms of other awards, Byrne topped the Girls Order of Merit by a clear margin, and she also finished third on the women’s order of merit.  Sara’s season started in March when she finished third in the Munster Womens Championship in Killarney.  Rounds of 74, 75 and 78 saw her claim a podium finish although she did miss out on retaining her Munster Girls title by one shot.  Despite playing well, she couldn’t manage to claim the top spot until she got to Enniscrone in June for the Irish Womens Close.  She came through two rounds of Strokeplay and five rounds of matchplay golf to win the national title.  Aside from the mental battle of matchplay, she also had to contend with extreme weather as wind and Continue reading

Four Munster Titles head to Cork, ILGU Southern District Finals

2018 AIG Ladies Cups and Shields Finals (Munster District) at Ti

Monkstown’s Martina McCarthy celebrates with team mates and supporters after her victory on the 19th green to clinch the AIG Minor Cup Munster Final. Picture: Pat Cashman

There was cause for celebration in Tipperary on Sunday as Cork clubs came away with four of the six pennants on offer.  Macroom and Monkstown both had two teams in action but each club came away with one win. Macroom losing the Junior Foursomes and Monkstown losing the Junior Cup to East Cork.  The four Cork sides won all of the singles events, and now look forward to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook at the end of this month.

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Byrne & Clancy through in Girls Amateur, Kerry Boys Update

Sara Byrne IRish Close Course Shot June 2018

Sara Byrne (Douglas) during the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club, Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

Sara Byrne and Valerie Clancy have made it through to the matchplay stage of the Girls Amateur Open in Ardglass.  Byrne continued her good form on Tuesday with an opening 71 that saw her finish the first round in 6th place.  She finished the second round tied for 12th place, a second round 75 in more testing conditions was more than enough to see her through, although she did describe it as “hanging on”. Valerie Clancy also made it through in the top half of the draw, steady rounds of 73 and 76 saw her finish tied for 19th place from the field of 140 golfers.  Ireland will be well represented in the matchplay with a total of seven golfers qualifying.  The first two rounds take place today.

Fionn Hickey (Muskerry), Jack O’Donoghue (Bandon) and Ross Higgins (Douglas) have all mande it through to the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship. Hickey finished third in the qualifier after rounds of 73 & 79, and he’ll face Ross Higgins in the first round.  Jack O’Donoghue will face Glasson’s Conor Gleeson who was the top qualifier on -3.  Cork is well represented in the plate with six Continue reading

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.

Irish call up for three Cork golfers

2017 Irish Boys Under 14 Amateur Open Championship at Ballina Go

Zak Collins

Zak Collins and Eoghan Cassidy have been named on the Irish squads to play in the Reid Trophy (Under 14 English Championship) in Reading next week.  Collins from Douglas and Cassidy from Kinsale have been playing well all season and both golfers featured on the successful Munster team who won the Under 14 interprovincial championship last week.  The event is a great opportunity for the cork duo, it attracts a top quality field of English and international players whose playing handicap is 7.4 or better.  The 54-hole stroke play championship is played over three days.  The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days with the leading 70 competitors going on to play the final 18 holes on the third day.  The Cork pair will be joined by two Limerick golfers, Ballyneety’s Morgan O’Sullivan and Iestyn Winn in a strong Munster line-up.  Faithlegg’s Alex King Continue reading