Monkstown’s 180 hole Challenge

Cian McNamara Jul 2019Monkstown Golf Club are hosting a unique challenge on Saturday, two golfers will try and complete 180 holes in one day. Monkstown’s Club Professional Cian McNamara and General Manager Brian Hurley have set themselves the challenge to play ten rounds of golf in one day. Playing under the rules of golf, and counting both scores, the pair will be walking the course adding to the difficulty of the task. Starting at 4.30am on Saturday morning (28 minutes before dawn!), the challenge is expected to last well into the evening, and with no guarantee of success the two PGA Professionals will have a long day ahead of them on Saturday. The only other similar feat in Cork was completed by Lee Valley’s Denis O’Brien who completed seven rounds at the Clashnure course in Ovens well over a decade ago.

While other similar challenges have been completed in the US, the ten round target is a unique event in Ireland. The event is a fundraiser for the Monkstown Cups and Shields teams, and give that the Club Pro and the GM are doing all of the hard work, it’s not surprising that many of the club members have jumped in to sponsor the holes. All 180 holes in the challenge are now sponsored and with Ronan Murphy’s Smarttech 24/7 joining in as the main sponsor for the event, the club is well on the way to achieving the €10,000 target they set for themselves.

The event has become a real talking point in Monkstown, with many golfers question the reality (and sanity) of trying to complete the 180 hole challenge. That said there’s a great atmosphere around the fundraiser and a large number of members and supporters are expected to come out to cheer on the two golfers on Saturday. While there won’t be too many out for the 4.30am start, it is expected that the crowds will build, especially on Saturday evening.

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Thompson wins Connacht Senior Womens title

Rachel Thompson Connacht Senior Womens June 2019_2Rachel Thompson won the Connacht Senior Championship in Westport today, going under par to hold her overnight lead and claim her first senior championship.  It was an impressive win, underlined by the winning margin of 11 strokes.

After opening with a six over par 80 yesterday, Thompson found herself just three shots off the lead as everyone struggled to get to grips with the course.  The Cork Golf Club member did just that in the second round on Thursday afternoon, shooting three under to jump up the leaderboard.  Rachel carded five birdies and two bogies to lead the field by five shots and take the overnight lead.

Thompson opened her third round this morning in the same fashion as the previous two – with a birdie.  However it was a mixed opening nine with just two pars.  Two more birdies and four bogies meant that she went out in one over par.  Thompson didn’t put a foot wrong on the way back.  Seven pars and two birdies saw her finish the 18 holes in red for the Continue reading

Douglas win for Greg

Douglas Senior Scratch Cup 2019_Greg O'Mahony_1It’s a competition that tends to throw up a few first-time winners, and today the Douglas Scratch Cup did exactly that.  Greg O’Mahony from Fota Island took the honours, shooting impressive rounds of 68 & 75 to with the Kieran Canty Financial Services Douglas Senior Scratch Cup.  O’Mahony’s opened with a four under par 68.  After a steady opening nine, the Fota man came back in five under, including and eagle-birdie finish, to take the 18 hole lead.  That was one ahead of Peter O’Keeffe and two ahead of Shane Galvin.  Crucially there were 11 players within four shots of O’Mahony, and it’s rare enough in Douglas for the leader at halfway Continue reading

Carroll helps Bandon to Bruen Finals

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield 2019South Munster Area Final
Lee Valley Golf Club 23rd May 2019

John Carroll

Bandon have booked their place in the Munster finals of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield after an exciting area final against Mahon in Lee Valley.  A fabulous evening in Ovens provided the backdrop to a very competitive match, Mahon got the better of the early holes but Bandon fought back and the match was finely balanced when the five pairs moved onto the back nine.  Bandon’s John Carroll showed all of his experience when he closed out his match with a four and three win alongside partner Roger Pearson.  Bandon also won the second match when Mike O’Neill and Kevin Brophy won on the 17th green. The next three matches were much tighter though, and at one point it looked as if Mahon would have a real chance.  The third match was all square through 17 and it looked as if Bandon could steal a victory when Mahon left their third shot in the greenside bunker.  However a great up and down from David Brohan and Gavin Stack gave Mahon a gritty five, matching Bandon’s bogey.  The match headed for the 19th, and onto the 20th when the first hole was halved in fours.

Gallery: Bandon v Mahon, Jimmy Bruen Shield Area Final

Meanwhile, Bandon’s Derek O’Driscoll and David Kelly were one up on the 18th.  The pair were on the green in two and after a great first putt they were inches away from a par.  Mahon were in the bunker in two and although they got out, their par attempt came up short.  At that stage Mahon’s Anthony Deasy and Johnny Barrett decided to concede the Bandon par putt.  The sporting gesture meant that Bandon won their third point and advanced to the Munster finals.  For the record, Mahon’s Timothy O’Mahony & Gavin Carroll won the final match, and the third match was called in on the 20th.

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield 2019
South Munster Area Final
Lee Valley Golf Club 23rd May 2019AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield – South Munster Area Final (Lee Valley Golf Club)

Bandon 3.5-1.5 Mahon
John Carroll & Roger Pearson beat Denis Kavanagh & Seamus O’Leary 4&3
Mike O’Neill & Kevin Brophy beat James Daly & Kevin O’Regan 2&1
Mike O’Dell & Brian O’Donoghue halved with David Brohan & Gavin Stack (20th)
Derek O’Driscoll & David Kelly Anthony Deasy & Johnny Barrett 1 up
Leo Hassett & Sean O’Donoghue lost to Timothy O’Mahony & Gavin Carroll 2&1

Down to last 16 in Muskerry

It’s down to the last 16 in Muskerry, day one of the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy is complete and the 64 qualifiers have been whittled down the the final 16.  Current holder Liam Harte Jnr was a first round casualty, losing out to Adrian O’Sullivan of Muskerry.  Previous winner John McSweeney made it through the first round but lost out in the afternoon to David Byrnes of Castletroy, leaving Diarmuid Linehan, current Muskerry Captain, as the only past winner through to the third round.

Sean Deasy of Douglas was first off this morning, and he’ll hold the first tee in the morning too after two good wins over Tom Tupper and Stephen O’Brien.  He’ll face Darragh Murphy tomorrow in the first of the last 16 matches.

Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy – Draw & Results


March date for Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup

Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup Launch 2019Muskerry Golf Club launched their 2019 Senior Scratch Cup last week, and with a new sponsor and increased prize fund the competition is sure to attract a top class field.  The 36 strokeplay competition takes place on Saturday 30th March and bookings are now open.  The event will be limited to 66 golfers with lunch and refreshments included.  Investec are coming on board as main sponsors, build o their strong presence in Cork and their support of amateur and professional golf nationally.  “We are delighted to be associated with a leading global brand like Investec and are look forward to building this event into the leading 36 hole scratch cup in the country over the next few years” said Muskerry Captain Diarmuid Linehan.  “Investec are the new sponsors, and they allow us to have an increased prize fund of €1,500 this year, but many thanks must go to our previous sponsors such as the Shine family and the Sadler family who have kept this competition alive through the years.”

This is the 46th staging of the competition, it dates back to 1974 when Youghal’s Denis Clifford was the inaugural winner.  Needless to say the cup hold the names of the good and the great from Cork golf over that time, with more than a fair share of winners from Cork Golf Club represented on the famous trophy.  Denis O’Sullivan, Pat Lyons, Tom Cleary and more recently John Hickey were all multiple winners.  Cleary won the first of his six Muskerry titles in 1976, then representing Fermoy.  He also won in 77, 79, 93 and 94, and then in 2010 he rolled back the years to claim a sixth title.  Denis O’Sullivan was a prolific winner at the time, and Muskerry accounts for four of his haul of titles, stretching from 1981 to 1991.  Douglas golfers have also featured regularly, John McHenry won back to back titles in 1983 and 1984 while Karl Bornemann won four titles between 2000 and 2007.  Peter O’Keeffe also won in Douglas colours in 2006.  The home club are well represented, Harry Shine was the first home winner in 1978, Jim McKenna won in 1982, Niall Turner won in 2003 while Dave O’Donovan claimed two titles in Continue reading