Open Season at Fota Island

Fota Island's 10th Green

The US Open begins tomorrow, and as part of the ongoing Masters Open Series, Fota Island have a special offer running for the duration of the tournament.  From tomorrow through to Sunday, golfers can avail of a special green fee rate of €60 (incl Sat & Sun) and that includes a main course special in The Clubhouse.  Bookings can be made online or through the Pro Shop by calling 021 4883700.

The course in Fota is in great condition, and having worked through on the continuous improvement ethos that exists at the five star resort, golfers will benefit from the attention to detail from the golf team, turning a round of golf into a great experience.  As well as the ongoing work on the 27 hole layout, some major improvements have also taken at The Academy where new tees and a selection of target greens have been added to the range to enhance the experience and allow golfers to maximise their practice time.  Lessons, custom fitting, and new gym are also available.  Membership of the Academy, including access to the nine holes that surround it, is open and full details are available from any member of the Pro Shop team.

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Pro Shop Challenge IV, Kinsale Golf Club

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Cathal Butler and John Murphy (centre) pictured with Ian Stafford and Ger Broderick at the Pro Shop Challenge at Kinsale last week. Picture: Aidan Stafford

Kinsale’s Pro Shop Challenge is back, and the fourth staging of the charity fundraiser is set for a change with the pro’s taking on the internationals in August.  The Kinsale Pro team remains the same, Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford are currently in training in the hope of winning back the title they lost last year.  The line up on the other side has changed though, the amateurs are now restyled as the “internationals” and it also features a change in the line up.  14 year old Eoghan Cassidy will line up with John Murphy.  Murphy is currently on the senior Irish team while Cassidy is on the Irish Under 14 and Under 16 squads.  The event takes place on Thursday 15th August, and there should be a great afternoon of golf and fun.  Ian Stafford has been the driving force behind the event, from a small start in 2016, the event has raised well over €11,000 for the charity partners.  Keen to keep the event moving, Ian proposed a change to the format this year.  “This year we are celebrating the fact that Kinsale Golf Club has had 2 International Golfers in the past twelve Continue reading

Howard runner up in Irish Club Professional at Dromoland

Jack Howard (Fota Island)Jack Howard finished runner-up in the Irish Club Professional Tournament in Dromoland last week, losing out to Damien McGrane after a play-off.  Howard, representing Fota Island shot a four under par 68 to lead the tournament.  That included important birdies on the 17th and 18th to get into a tie for the lead.  It was in impressive round from Howard in a strong field, and it included seven birdies.  At the end of the round the two leaders were tied on -4, and unlike other PGA events it was on the a play-off.  After halving the first play-off hole, McGrane put the pressure on by hitting the green on the short par four 10th.  When Howard missed his 12 foot birdie attempt the former European Tour winner tapped in or birdie to claim the title.

Davey Barry and Shane Irwin were the next bet placed Cork golfers, they both carded one par rounds of 73 to get a top ten place, while Cian McNamara and David Ryan were three back in a share for 24th place.

While Jack will be disappointed at missing out on the win, there are several positives.  As well as the prize money for second place, the high placed finish means that the 22 year old will now be able to enter several of the high profile events as the Irish Continue reading

Hickey on top at Europro Tour QSchool

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John Hickey

John Hickey gave his pro career a huge boost this week, finishing top in the stage one qualifier at the Portal Championship golf resort near Chester.  Rounds of 66 and 74 saw the Cork Golf Club member finish on -6 on the par 73 layout.  Yesterday was a great day for John, he had seven birdies and no bogies to take a lead and give himself a great chance of qualifying for the next stage.  Frost delayed the start this morning and challenging weather conditions.  Hickey was two voer for the day through six holes, but he was back on level par at the turn.  Another few bogies and birdies followed and John signed for a 73 (+1) to finish joint first with Gian-Marco Petrozzi.  Conor O’Rourke (Naas) was third, just two behind Hickey after shooting a very impressive 69 today.

Despite the frost and challenging weather Hickey was focused on the task at hand. “I was about halfway through my warm up when I got my text basically when I got there it was just about trying to deal with the conditions the best I could.  And try and play the steady golf as possible try not to try and do anything crazy, play lots Continue reading

Rice wins in Castletroy, Munster PGA

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Gary Howie presenting first prize to Tim Rice alongside Denis O’Sullivan Captain Castletroy GC

Tim Rice from Limerick GC won Monday’s Munster PGA event in Castletroy.  The event was hosted by Gary Howie, Club Professional with Castletroy, and the course was in great condition for the fifth event in the winter series.  Limerick man Rice came in with a four under par 68 to finish one shot ahead of Cahir Park’s David Ryan.  Dan Sugure relinquished his 100% record in the winter series, the four time winner was third with a 70.  Gavin Young and Paul O’Neill also broke par, shooting 71.  Tim Rice also finished on top of the team competition, he partnered Padraig Dooley and Padraig McGrath as they finished six shot clear of the field.  Dan Sugrue, David Ryan, Walter Doyle were second.

Munster PGA Winter Series, Castletroy Golf Club.
1st Tim Rice – Limerick 68
2nd David Ryan – Cahir Park 69
3rd Dan Sugrue – Dooks GL 70
4th Gavin Young – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 71
5th Paul O’Neill – Shannon
Padraig Dooley – Drive Golf Performance
James Walsh – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 73
8th Donal McSweeney Lahinch
Padraig McGrath – P&M Golf Superstore 74

Team Event:
1st Tim Rice, Padraig Dooley, Padraig McGrath 65 points
2nd Dan Sugrue, David Ryan, Walter Doyle 59 points

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Team winners Padraig Dooley, Tim Rice and Padraig McGrath pictured with Castletroy Captain Denis O’Sullivan

Busy Times at Douglas Pro Shop

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Stephen Hayes and Shane Livesey

There’s quite a bit going on in Douglas Golf Club at the moment, from new members to course developments, and changes to personnel it’s a busy place.  The Pro Shop run by club professional Stephen Hayes is also a busy spot with a new member of staff and a new teaching facility now up and running.  Stephen, who has been the Club Professional in Douglas since 2010 had a fitting bay at the range for several years until the extreme weather got the better of it.  “Unfortunately the old bay got blown down in Storm Ophelia in late 2017” explained Stephen.  “I had built this teaching bay with my brother in law and Dad when I was Club Professional in Kilkea Castle in 2009.  We had it loaded onto lorry in 2010 and transported to Douglas when I took up position so it’s fair to say it served me well for nine years.  The new teaching/fitting bay is addition to the indoor bay.  The new bay has Continue reading

Shane settled in Douglas

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Stephen Hayes pictured with Shane Livesey who is the latest member of the Pro Shop team at Douglas Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Shane Livesey is the newest member of the pro shop team in Douglas, the 21 year old joined Stephen last year and has enrolled in the three year PGA Professional programme.  Shane, who played Senior Cup with Monkstown and previously worked with David O’Sullivan in Cobh, is enjoying his new role in Douglas.  “I have settled in very well since joining Douglas Golf Club as an PGA assistant Pro last August thanks to the help and support of both Steve and Dave” said Shane.  “It is great to have the opportunity to work in such an established golf club, the members have given me a great welcome and are very supportive and interested as to how my PGA training is going.”  Mixing the full time role in Douglas with his studies can be a challenge as he explained.  “My PGA training started in October 18 and since then there was been a big change as now I have to balance working in the pro shop, assist in coaching the juniors, studying, and also trying to practice. The lectures and assignments are all Continue reading

Sugrue Strikes again in Cork

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John Dooley presenting first prize to Dan Sugrue in Cork Golf Club

Dan Sugrue struck again, winning the Munster PGA Winter Series singles in Cork Golf Club with a fine 67 in fine conditions.  This is Dan’s fourth win of the season, and it means he has extended his clear lead in the Winter Series Order of Merit.  After a steady start where he parred the opening five holes, the man from Dooks birdied the 6th and 8th, although he gave a shot back on the 9th to turn on -1.  An eagle on the 11th got him going again and two more birdies on the 15th and 17th saw him sign for a five under par round of 67.  David Ryan, who generally features on a course he knows very well, opened brightly and he was three under through six holes.  While he dropped shots on the 9th and the 10th, he had another three birdies on the back nine which saw him finish on 68 (-4).  Gary Howie was the only other player to break par, he took third place with a 70 while Jack Howard and Ted Higgins were tied Continue reading

Busy times for Monkstown’s Shane Irwin

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Shane Irwin

Monkstown’s Shane Irwin will have a busy few months ahead, as he closes off his second year of training as a PGA Professional.  The Limerick native has spent two years in Cork, working with Cian McNamara in the Monkstown ProShop.  In September 2017 he started his PGA training, having worked in the US and South Africa prior to that.  It was the next step in a plan for Shane.  “First year was very interesting for me as I went straight to the states to work in the golf industry after my leaving cert, so it was all a new experience for me” explained Irwin.  “Going to the states was in itself a learning, the way the American golf industry works and the contacts and friends I have made benefited me greatly to bring all that knowledge back home to Ireland.  The plan was always do America and play in South Africa and come back to do my PGA studies.”  Traditionally the PGA apprenticeship was Continue reading

Another Monday, another win for Danny. Munster PGA

MPGA Castlemartyr Nov2018_1Dan Sugrue made it three from three in Castlemartyr on Monday when he won the third Munster PGA outing of the 2018 Winter Series.  In fact it was a double for Sugrue as he teamed up with his brother John and Tim Rice to claim the team prize. Sugrue had a flawless front nine of 32 with birdies on 4,6,8 and 9.  He had a further birdie 2 on 12 followed by his only drop shot on 13 – his first in 49 holes of competitive golf.  His final birdie came on 15 for an inward 35.

David Barry started with 3 birdies in the first four, he bogeyed 7 and 11 but birdied 17. Tim Rice birdie 3,7 and 8 to turn in 33, he had a lone bogey on 10 and finished with 8 pars.  Cormac Flannery birdied the first, bogeyed 3, he doubled the 5th which included a 2 stroke penalty for playing from the wrong tee but he finished the front nine strongly by eagling the 8th and birdieing 9.  He birdied 12 and 13 with his lone bogey on the back nine coming on the 16th.  Dan Sugrue, John Sugrue and Tim Rice had thirteen birdies between them to win the team event by three points.  The event was hosted by Castlemartyr’s PGA Professional Alan Gleeson.

Munster PGA Winter Series, Castlemartyr Links

Singles
1st – Dan Sugrue – Dooks GC 67
T2nd – David Barry – Douglas GC 70
T2nd – Tim Continue reading