Kieran O’Donoghue leads Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley, Round 3 Draw

Kieran O'DonoghueKieran O’Donoghue (Douglas) carded two level par rounds of 72 to hold the 36 hole lead in the Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley.  In a tough day for golf the wind and rain took it’s toll, and O’Donoghue was the only golfer to match par.  Padraic Connolly (Killeen Castle) is in second place, two strokes off the lead, and Cork duo Gary O’Flaherty and Mark Ford are next on +3.  Although O’Flaherty is three off the lead he has a strong record in Lee Valley, and all eyes will be on him.  Mark Ford and John OBrien are in the hunt with Dave O’Donoghue and Karl Bornemann having an outside change of victory tomorrow.

The cut fell at +19, a measure of the testing conditions.  Thirty golfers made it though to tomorrow’s final round with play getting underway at 8.30am. 

DRAW FOR ROUND 3:

8.30AM: R Kennedy (Monkstown), N Duggan (Dromoland (Castle), K Collins (Fermoy)

8.40AM: A Considine (Lahinch), C O’Donnell (Fota Island), D Coughlan (Castleknock)

8.50AM: J O’Sullivan (Fota Island), P Power (Lee Valley), C Ryan (Killeen Castle)

9.00AM: J Kehoe (Limerick), B Timlin (Galway),  S Miskelly (Knock)

9.10AM: R Connelly (Grange), P Murray (Clontarf), J Waldron (Muskerry)

9.20AM: D O’Donoghue (Bandon), P Flynn (Tramore), E Long (Monkstown)

9.30AM: K Bornemann (Douglas), G Dunne (Co Louth),  G Lenehan (Portmarnock)

9.40AM: D O’Donovan (Muskerry), J O’Neill (Lee Valley), A Thomas (Dungarvan)

9.50AM: J O’Brien (Castlemartyr), A Condren (Greystones), G O’Flaherty (Cork) 

10.00AM: M Ford (Cork), P Connelly (Killeen Castle), K O’Donoghue (Douglas)

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Raffeen’s two flag event a huge success

Raffeen Creek_1There was lots to talk about in Raffeen Creek recently.  The President of the GUI, John Moloughney paid a courtesy visit to the club and commented about the fact that there were two flags on every green.  The occasion was Trevor McCarthy’s President’s Prize and he came up with a clever plan to have two flags in place on the nine hole course.  Members aimed at the blue flags for their first nine holes, and the yellow flags were the target on the second loop.  It was the first time that someone used that format, and as it was within the rules of golf it was perfect for the major competition.  While some may have been skeptical, the two-flag initiative proved to be a great success as the Trevor explained.  “The two flag competition was played by both the men and the women” said the President.  “It was given a mixed reaction before playing but coming off the course everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Continue reading

John Whyte Memorial set for Sunday 16th, Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup

Fermoy scratchcup 2018_2Fermoy will host one of the final scratch cups of the year on Sunday 16th September.  The John Whyte Memorial Senior Scratch Cup takes place, with a bumper prize fund of €1,000, Entry for the 18 hole event is just €30, which includes a meal.

Previous winners include European Seniors star Denis O’Sullivan and Fermoy native Tom Cleary and current Irish international James Sugrue.

Last year’s winner was Darren O’Donoghue from Bandon.  Online entry is available on http://www.fermoygolfclub.ie and you can also call the club on 025 32694.

 

Four Munster Titles head to Cork, ILGU Southern District Finals

2018 AIG Ladies Cups and Shields Finals (Munster District) at Ti

Monkstown’s Martina McCarthy celebrates with team mates and supporters after her victory on the 19th green to clinch the AIG Minor Cup Munster Final. Picture: Pat Cashman

There was cause for celebration in Tipperary on Sunday as Cork clubs came away with four of the six pennants on offer.  Macroom and Monkstown both had two teams in action but each club came away with one win. Macroom losing the Junior Foursomes and Monkstown losing the Junior Cup to East Cork.  The four Cork sides won all of the singles events, and now look forward to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook at the end of this month.

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Sugrue & O’Keeffe named on Irish team for Home Internationals

J2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championshipames Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe were both named in the Irish team for the Home Internationals which take place in Wales in less than two weeks.  For the first time in well over a decade, Cork will be represented by two golfers in an Irish Mens team.  After missing out on selection for the European Team Championships in July, Sugrue finally gets his first senior international cap after coming close earlier this year.  The Mallow man earned several caps at boys level and after a three year gap, he’ll be back in Irish colours in Conwy, Wales.  Ireland won an unprecedented fourth title in a row last year, and this year they’ll be hoping to retain the title.

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Munster win Interprovincial Chamionship in Athenry

Interprovincial Championship 2018

The winning Munster team pictured with Team Captain Michael Coote receiving the trophy from John Moloughney, President GUI, picture Fran Caffrey, Golffile.

There was a dramatic finish to the Interprovincial Championship this afternoon, with Geoff Lenehan again sealing a win for Munster.  The Waterville member won the crucial point in 2012 and 2014, and he was at the centre of the action again in Athenry, winning his singles match to give Munster the win against Leinster and the title.

Munster went into day three with a narrow lead, all four teams had one win each, with Munster ranked first on the basis of matches won.  The meant that a win for Munster should have been enough to seal the title.  The foursomes didn’t quite go to plan, with Munster trailing 3-1 at lunchtime.  The only win came from O’Keeffe and Lenehan.  Munster came out firing in the singles though, with Peter O’Keeffe and James Sugrue claiming the first points.  Munster needed five of the seven points to claim the title and with two in the bag the odds favoured the men in blue.  Eanna Griffin brought in a third point and while Andrew McCormack lost, John Hickey won to make it 4-1 with two matches on the course.  Both playing the final Continue reading

Changing of the Guard in Monkstown

Monkstown LogoAfter 16 years at Monkstown, General Manager Hilary Madden recently announced his retirement and the club has just started the recruitment campaign for his replacement.  Monkstown was one of the original “four Cork clubs” and it remains a private members club.  With a history that dates back over 110 years, the club is steeped in history.  Having come through the past decade the club, Monkstown is now ideally positioned to continue the positive work that has been ongoing over the past six years.

The successful candidate will report to Monkstown’s Committee of Management and the club has listed a number of requirements for suitable candidates.  Applications can be addresses to chairman@monkstowngolfclub.com and the closing date for applications is Friday 14th September.   Full details on the role are listed below Continue reading

Munster lead after Day Two in Athenry, GUI Interprovincial Championship

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James Sugrue pictured with Michael P Murphy after his win this afternoon.

Munster’s fate is very much on their own hands tomorrow as they have a chance to win the Inter Provincial title in Athenry.  After a narrow loss to Ulster yesterday, the Munster team bounced back today with a strong win over Connacht.  Munster lead 2.5-1.5 after the Foursomes this morning, but they had a strong return in the singles, winning six of the seven matches.

James Sugrue, Eanna Griffin, Peter O’Keeffe and Andrew McCormack all won down 18 in what was a closely fought contest overall.  John Hickey enjoyed a clear-cut 4&3 win against Joe Lyons and Garry O’Flaherty held sway in the back match, beating home favourite David Kitt 3&2.

As Leinster beat Ulster it means that all four teams have one win and one loss going into the final day. With the four team tied, the advantage is with Munster who have the highest number of match wins, they have a 1.5 match lead over Connacht.  If Munster win the chances are they will win the title after a four year gap.

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Munster v Leinster, 08:40 Foursomes
A McCormack & C Butler v C Rafferty & E Smith; J Sugrue & E Griffin v J Yates & R Brazill; G Lenehan & P O’Keeffe v A Fahey & C Denvir; G O’Flaherty & J Hickey v R Cannon & R Moran Continue reading