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

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

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

Keelan wins in Muskerry

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Keelan McCarthy

Keelan McCarthy added his name to the famous Bruen Youths Trophy on Monday, the Lee Valley golfer beat a strong field in Muskerry to win the title.  The event, commemorating Cork’s greatest ever amateur golfer Jimmy Bruen is one of the biggest prizes in junior golf in Cork and is plated over 36 holes in Muskerry.  Seventeen year old McCarthy shot rounds of 68 and 73, he led by three shots after the opening round and the afternoon’s 73 was enough to hold the lead and win by one.  McCarthy started brightly in the morning with birdies on the second, third and fifth holes, although a double bogey on the tricky sixth threatened to derail his round.  Several pars followed and he traded a birdie with a bogey on the 12th and 14th.  The Lee Valley golfer finished strongly, he birdied the 15th and 16th and came home with two safe pars to build his strong lead.  Muskerry proved to be a Continue reading

Cassidy wins in Connacht

Eoghan Cassidy Connacht U14 June 2018Eoghan Cassidy become the latest Kinsale winner, the teenager won the Connacht Boys U14 Championship in Loughrea today.  Cassidy shot a 75 to tie the lead, winning the title on the countback.  The five handicapper has shown plenty of promise, the fact that he’s still eligible at U13 level underlines his achievement today.  Cassidy’s best previous finish was third in the Munster Under 14 Boys Championship, held in Kanturk last year.

Zak Collins (Douglas) finished in the top ten, Adam Harrington (Cork) was in the top twenty and James Walsh (Kinsale) was two shots back from Continue reading