Gallery: Munster Golf Awards 2019

Pictures from the awards evening in Mallow:

McSweeney wins Morgan O’Donovan Trophy

Donal McSweeney_Morgan O'Donovan Trophy 2019It may have taken three attempts but the 2019 staging of the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy was completed on Monday, with Lahinch’s Donal McSweeney winning.  Two earlier attempts to hold the event in Monkstown were rained off, and rather than cancel this year’s event the Munster PGA committee decided to hold the event in Castletroy which was part of the autumn run of winter series events.  The Lahinch Head Professional had three birdies in his opening four holes in Castletroy giving him an excellent start.  Two bogies on the 9th and 10th pegged him back but the Charleville native finished well to post a winning score of 54 stokes for his 14 holes.  It was a north Cork 1-2 as Mark Collins from Charleville came in on one under thanks to four birdies and three pars.  Ballyneety’s Walter Doyle was third on 56 (L) while there were six golfers tied on +1.  Donal McSweeeny is the latest winner of the prestigious trophy, joining Damien McGrane, David Higgins and David Ryan who are among the previous winners.  Morgan O’Donovan was a very popular PGA Professional who passed away in 2012.  The event has been held since 2013 and is usually hosted by Monkstown Golf Club where Morgan was Club Professional.

Castletroy Munster PGA 2019McSweeney also won the team event, partnering with Walter Doyle, Jack Howard and Cian McNamara they carded ten birdies.  Tim Rice, Eanna Jones, Padraig Dooley and Kevin McGrath were second with nine birdies.  The event was kindly sponsored by Gary O’Flaherty from Cobra/Puma Golf.

Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy
1st Donal McSweeney – Lahinch  GC 54 (-2)
2nd Mark Collins – Charleville GC 55
3rd Walter Doyle – Ballyneety GC 56
4th Mark Beckett – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 57
4th Tim Rice – Limerick GC 57
4th Cian McNamara – Monkstown GC 57
4th Jack Ryan – Castletroy GC 57
4th Gary Howie – Castletroy GC 57
4th Kevin McGrath – Kevin McGrath Golf 57

Team Prize
1st Donal McSweeney, Walter Doyle, Jack Howard, Cian McNamara
2nd Tim Rice, Eanna Jones, Padraig Dooley, Kevin McGrath

Strong Season for Castlemartyr

Irish Schools Junior Championship Munster Final 2019This year proved to be another very positive one for Castlemartyr, now 11 years old, the golf course and the club are both thriving.  A growing membership in the club underpins the progress in Castlemartyr and Breffne McKenna is happy to report an impressive scorecard for 2019.  “Membership is doing great we are up to over 460 now.  The club grew from 320 to 460 in 2019, very good growth and we are still open to membership applications at the moment” explained McKenna, the Director or Golf in Castlemartyr.  “The Ladies Club continues to build slowly but it’s the Men’s and Intermediate Categories that are growing very fast (18-25).  Alan Gleeson our resident PGA Professional has classes for new or interested parties who are looking to start golf and not too sure if they want to commit to membership.  This is also great for the ladies who are not 100% sure they will like the game.”

“He also has conducted some club fitting days with Titleist and these proved to be a huge hit with the members during the year.  The Juvenile club is still busy but only during the summer months, so we hope to look for more juveniles in 2020.”  On the Continue reading

Mairead helps Cardinals to title

Louisville Womens Golf Cardinal Cup Oct 2019Kanturk’s Mairead Martin took second place in the Cardinal Cup as University of Louisville Womens Golf earned their first win of the season.  Playing as hosts on their home course, Louisville beat the field by eight strokes to come home in style.  Mairead was the best placed Louisville golfer, with rounds of 68, 73, 69 to finish on -6.

Now playing in her second year in Louisville, this was her best finish in a college tournament.  “It was a really great weekend,” Martin said. “I felt really comfortable out here and I enjoyed it a lot.  I felt really proud of my performance, and especially the team’s performance this weekend as well.”  She finished in second place, two shots off the lead on 210.  She carded a final-round 3-under-par 69, which included four birdies, as all of them came on the back nine.  Martin led the tournament in par-3 scoring, finishing with a 2.83 average and 2-under-par.  She was also second in par-4 scoring with a 3.87 average.

“It was an unbelievable day,” head coach Whitney Young said. “The team really came together. Everyone contributed this week, and today especially. They just kept fighting and making birdies. To be able to have my first team victory as 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

JP McManus Pro-Am Announces Details of Ticket Tender, final 100 tickets available

Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy, JP McManus, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry after the round of golf 20/4/2018

Pictured at the JP McManus Pro-Am Launch in Adare Manor last year were Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy, JP McManus, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry. Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

An additional 100 tickets will be tendered this month for the sold-out JP McManus Pro-Am, taking place at Adare Manor on the 6th & 7th July 2020. The tournament reached capacity on August 1st this year; however, due to unprecedented demand, The European Tour have released some additional tickets for public tender ahead of the sixth staging of the charity event.

Anybody wishing to submit a bid for a ticket cap, or number of ticket caps, is asked to now email tickets@jpmcmanusproam.com with their offer, full name and phone number. The highest bids will each receive the opportunity to purchase the cap or caps at the offer price they submitted.  The news comes as the no.10 ranked golfer in the world, Xander Schauffele, Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, Matthew Fitzpatrick & Tyrrell Hatton and former world boxing heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko join the field today.  Indeed, Fleetwood and Finau went head to head in Continue reading

Winning 63 for Murphy in Cincinnati

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John Murphy

John Murphy claimed his first win on US soil today, winning the Bearcat Invitational in Coldstream Country Club. His 54 hole total of -17 (196) was a result of three rounds in the 60’s.  Murphy finished his summer with a win in the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and he continued his good form with an impressive start to the college season.  Yesterday he shot rounds of 67 and 66 to lead the tournament on nine under, and there was no let up today.  A birdie on the second was followed by an eagle three on the fourth hole, and another birdie on the sixth saw him turn on four under.  Another eagle followed on the tenth and he went par, birdie, bogey, birdie to get to -7 on the 14th green.  A final birdie on the 18th saw him sign for a 63 on the par 71, 7,111 yard course.  It was Murphy’s lowest competition score, beating the several impressive scores he posted on his home course in Kinsale over the summer.  The 17 under total contained 17 birdies and two eagles, and beat his previous 54 hole score of -15 from Hawaii when he finished in second place.

Murphy Bearcat

Murphy’s Louisville Cardinals also won the team event, with the first second and eighth places, Louisville finished on -37, an amazing 26 shots ahead of second placed Arkansas.  The Cardinals have a break next week before they are back in action in Tennessee in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.