Cassidy goes low in Ballybunion

Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 2019Kinsale’s Eoghan Cassidy broke 70 in Ballybunion today as he took advantage of better weather conditions.  The youngster shot a 69 which included five birdies after a double bogey on the fifth.  Cassidy came home in 32 strokes thanks to three birdies in is last five holes.  The impressive round, the second lowest of the day, saw him jump from 36th place up to 12th place.  The teenager also found a sum of money on the course which he handed in to the tournament committee at the end of his round.

Fionn Hickey carded a second successive 76 to drop back to a tie for third, although the Muskerry golfer is now eight shots off the lead.  Seapoint’s Dylan Keating was dialled in today, shooting a very impressive 65 to take the lead.  With the wind and rain gone, Ballybunion’s Cashen course was a fair test for the field today, and Keating delivered.  He was four under at the halyway stage, thanks to birdies on the first and eight, and an eagle  on the 9th to go out in 33 strokes.  He dropped a shot on the Continue reading

Hickey leads Munster Boys

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals 2019Fionn Hickey (Muskerry) holds a share of the lead in Ballybunion after the opening day of the Munster Boys.  Testing conditions were in play all day as 68 golfers – including 11 from Cork battled with wind and rain, and there was little in the way of respite as the rain continued into the late afternoon.  Hickey had a tough start, he had a double bogey seven on the opening hole.  He was four over after four holes but two birdies on the fifth and sixth got him back on track.  He turned on +3 and a very steady back nine (+1) saw him card a leading four over par 76.  Hickey is tied for the lead with Knock’s Lee Mitchell.

Youghal’s Charlie Flavin shot 81 to finish in the top ten while Stephen Riordan and Ronan Feerick are in the top 20.  Robbie Walsh and Alex Dineen are in the top 30 while Eoghan Casidy, Mel Deasy and Keelan McCarthy are all in the top 40.

Round two gets underway tomorrow morning at 7.54am on the Cashen course, and with better conditions forecast the race will be on to post a score in top 45.  That’s the cut mark for Friday’s final round.  The cut is currently +18, but th Continue reading

Colaiste Choilm though to Schools Final

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The 2018 Colaiste Choilm winning team

Colaiste Choilm from Ballincollig booked their place in the Munster Schools final on Monday with a hard fought win over De La Salle Waterford.  The reigning Munster champions were back in Castlemartyr, the venue where they won last year.  And they were up against the 2018 beaten finalists in the semi final.  Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy led the way for the Ballinollig side, he had a two hole win over Rory Milne to win the first point.  Zak Collins had to go to the 19th before he saw off the challenge from Alex King to win a second point.  Both Stephen Riordan and Jack O’Keeffe lost out to level the match at 2-2, meaning the match would be decided by John Lehane and Alex Browne.  That match went all the way to the 18th before Lehane secured the winning point for Colaiste Choilm.  In the second semi-final Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh were very unlucky not to make it an all-Cork final.

The Bishopstown students were up against St Josephs Ballybunion and this too was a tight match.  Robbie Walsh and Jack Lucey put points on the board for the Cork side but James Walsh, Ben O’Connor and Eoghan Hallihan all lost out in the later stages of their games to see St Joesph’s advance.  Although the final was scheduled to take place in the afternoon the forecasted rain came early with lasted through the morning and early afternoon.  Unfortunately for all of the golfers, the rain persisted and a heavy downpour around lunchtime made the course unplayable.  Colaiste Choilm and St Joesph’s will now have to Continue reading

Bruen Youths title for Egan

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David Bruen, presenting the Bruen Youth Cup to Muskerry’s Jack Egan following his win on his home course. Included are Marian Nugent, President, Richie Cahill, representing the Cahill Family, sponsors and Diarmuid Linehan, Captain. Picture: Mike English.

Jack Egan added his name to a list of famous winners on Monday when he won the Bruen Youths.  The Muskerry teen won by four strokes in impressive performance that saw him shoot two under par rounds.  Egan led from the start with an opening 67.  That included  seven birdies and there was a great four of four birdies from the 12th to the 15th.  His opening 67 had him one shot ahead of Eoghan O’Shaughnessy and the Muskerry Fred Daly players were the only two to break par.

In the second round Egan never let go of his lead.  Again he had seven birdies but a couple of bogies meant that he’d sign for a one under par 70.  That was more than enough as the his morning 67 was Continue reading

Bruen Youths Winners (Muskerry Golf Club)

1986 Richard Dowling (Waterford)
1987 Keith Coveney (Killarney)
1988 David Higgins (Waterville)
1989 Richard Deasy (Bantry Bay)
1990 Pat Turner (Mallow)
1991 Adrian Dalton (Waterford)
1992 Gary O’Flaherty (Cork)
1993 Jason Law (East Cork)
1994 John Paul Hughes (Douglas)
1995 David O’Donovan (Muskerry)
1996 David O’Donovan (Muskerry)
1997 Mark Murphy (Waterville)
1998 Michael Collins (Doneraile)
1999 Ronan Twomey (Muskerry)
2000 Mervyn Owens (Mallow)
2001 Cian McNamara (Limerick)
2002 Ronan Twomey (Muskerry)
2003 Aaron O’Callaghan (Douglas)
2004 Aaron O’Callaghan (Douglas)
2005 Niall Kennedy Walsh (Lahinch)
2006 Davey Barry (Mahon)
2007 Patrick Sheehy (Limerick)
2008 Paul O’Neill (Shannon)
2009 Ray Walsh (Kinsale)
2010 Conor Coyne (Youghal)
2011 Eoin Harris (Douglas)
2012 Conor Coyne (Youghal)
2013 Cathal Butler (Kinsale)
2014 Cathal Butler (Kinsale)
2015 Sean Desmond (Monkstown)
2016 Sean Desmond (Monkstown)
2017
2018 Keelan McCarthy (Lee Valley)
2019 Jack Egan (Muskerry)

Muskerry win Fred Daly Trophy 2019

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals 2019Muskerry claimed another Munster Pennant on Monday, they won the Munster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy in Clonmel.  This was their second win in three years, having reached the final in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  This year marks the third of a three year cycle with the current players, and four of the team who were beaten in last years final returned this year to win in style.  Twelve months ago Eoghan O’Shaughnessy was the player who lost out on the third playoff hole at the final in Nenagh.  This year he was first to finish, wrapping up his match on the 13th green with a 6&5 win.  That put the first point on the board for Muskerry and Stephen Riordan added a second soon after with a Continue reading