The Lee Valley Mixed team made their own bit of history yesterday when they won the club’s first Cups and Shields Pennant. The team were in Limerick Golf Club for the Munster finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes, and hopes were high after coming through the tough South Munster qualifiers.
Lee Valley faced Doneraile in the semi-final and the tight match went to the wire. The match was finely balanced on 2-2 and Lee Valley had an advantage with Ian Bohane and Rosemary O’Driscoll holding a two hole lead after 15 holes. The pair Continue reading
James Sugrue Pic. Brian Arthur
It may have taken a few additional holes, but James Sugrue has made it through to the last 16 of the South of Ireland in Lahinch. Having won his first round match 3&1, the holder was looking like losing his second round match, after being behind for much of the match he was two down with three to play. He birdied the 16th and 18th holes to force the match onto the 19th. After doing plenty of hard work he needed a 10 foot par putt on the 19th, and he was unlucky not to win on the 20th when Ross Latimer knocked in a decent birdie putt. Latimer’s putter saved him again on the 3rd in what was a text book display of steady par matchplay golf. The deadlock finally broke on the 22nd (4th), after a brief rain delay the players resumed with Sugrue birdieing the par five to claim the win. Overall it was a good day for Cork golfers. Peter O’Keeffe won his morning match on the 16th and he wrapped up his second round match on the same hole after playing some very solid golf. John Hickey and Gary O’Flaherty both won the 18th while Sean Desmond wrapped up his match on the 16th. John Hickey continued his good form in the afternoon and overcame Robert Morgan 3&2. The all Cork matchup of Gary O’Flaherty and Sean Desmond promised to be an interesting match, with O’Flaherty taking a slender lead early on. O’Flaherty stretched the lead the 3 holes on the 10th and while Desmond won the 13th with a great birdie, O’Flaherty’s birdie on the 14th restored the margin. In the end the Cork member closed out the match with a 3&2 win Continue reading
Defending Champion James Sugrue was among the pace-setters in Lahinch today as he marched around the famous links. The Mallow man had six birdies and no bogies, he was two under at the turn and came back in four under par thanks to more birdies at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 18th. It’s been a few decades since anyone has retained the South of Ireland, and while James will not be of Sunday afternoon just yet – it does mean he’s still holding the form that saw him feature in several competitions in June and July. Sugrue is in third place after Mark Power and Reece Black posted rounds of 65. With the 36 hole strokeplay cut (top 64) currently around the +2 mark, it looks like all three golfers will just need a level par round or slightly worse tomorrow to book a place in the matchplay phase.
Kinsale’s Cathal Butler set the early pacewith a four under par round of 68. That was despite being two over after his opening three holes. It was a good day for several Cork golfers, Gary O’Flaherty joined Butler on 68 and John Hickey was two shots back on 70.
Gary Ward, Peter O’Keeffe and Sean Desmond are all in the clubhouse on level par, their currently in the top 40 and another similar round tomorrow should see them advance Continue reading
Kinsale claimed Munster honours in style yesterday when they won two tough matches to win the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield. It was their first win at this level, and in what was a surprise to many, it was their first pennant in a Cups and Shields event. The Kinsale team appeared comfortable on the Philip Walton designed course in Dundrum Golf and Country Club. The twelve players that were used on Sunday, along with the extended panel and team manager John O’Neill have put their names into the Kinsale club history books, winning their first pennant in a national competition in their Continue reading
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James Sugure finished in the top 15 at final qualifying for The Open at St Anne’s Old Links on Tuesday. The Mallow golfer has had a busy two weeks, covering the British Amateur, playing Senior Cup for Mallow in Cork Golf Club, and then playing Co Louth, Rosapenna, and St Annes in quick succession. With only three spots available for the Open, qualification was always against the odds, and Sugrue found himself four over after his opening nine holes. He recovered two shots on the back nine to finish the opening round on +3. James got his second round off to a blistering start, with four birdies in his first five holes. He dropped a few shots in the middle of the round but finished strongly, closing with two birdies and an eagle. A second round 67 saw him jump over twenty places, in fact Sugrue had nine birdies and an eagle in his final 27 holes. Speaking after the qualifier, James cited the lack of a practice round as a critical reason for the difference between both rounds.
Sugrue through to Final Qualifying for 147th Open
It’s been an interesting few weeks for Sugrue, he made it to the last 32 in the British Amateur but missed on the Irish team for the European Team Championships. He bounced back by shooting a 64 in Co Louth in regional qualifying for the Open and he finished 25th in a strong field in Rosapenna last weekend during the Irish Open qualifier. Sugrue will no doubt be hoping to convert his current form into a win, and push for selection on the Irish team for the Home Internationals. With the North of Ireland taking placee next week in Royal Portrush and the South of Ireland in Lahinch later in July where Sugrue is the reigning champion, there will be plenty of opportunities for the young Mallow man.
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Eoghan 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
While there are thousands of Cork people who have just completed exams, it was a different time for Davey Barry as he got word that he had passed his final PGA exams, meaning he has now a qualified teaching professional. The Douglas based Pro had been working hard for the past three years, combining work in the pro shop with his studies, but Davey is delighted that he now joins the PGA as a full member. “It’s fantastic to have finished the course. It’s a lot of work and long hours but it’s a great feeling to have gotten here” said Davey. “It was a long journey for me, I had to do some extra exams before I started the course, it was well worth it though. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was young, and it’s a career that can Continue reading
Bantry Bay had a great win in the Pierce Purcell recently, they beat Monkstown in the South Munster final after both teams had come through their local qualifiers. Monkstown took an early lead in the final but Bantry battled and refused to let Monkstown run away with an early win. The match was played in Kinsale and the course provided both teams with a tough test. The new provision for scotch foursomes (both golfers drive off with the best shot selected) saved teams on several occasions as the narrow fairways tested both teams. Although down in the first and third matches, Bantry were buoyed by a win for Dominic Wilson and Pat Cronin over Colm Murphy and Eoin McNamara on the 13th hole. Conchur O’Sullivan and Ger Conway were two down with four to play, but they turned their match around to beat Eddie O’Sullivan and Niall Keely on the 18th green. That made it 2-0 and meant Bantry only needed one more match. The problem was that they were down in the final three matches. The win would come in match three. Despite missing Continue reading