Cork IT beat UCC in Muskerry

cork-it-logoCork IT GC leveled the series in Muskerry when they beat UCC GC 6-4 in the second Cork inter-varsity event.  Despite a short frost delay ten matches got underway in Muskerry and although the golfers had a hard wind to deal with, all praised the course which was in great condition.  Rory Dineen led the way for Cork IT when he had a good win over Cathal O’Reilly in the top match, while Adam McSweeney also won the bragging rights with a win over Paul Tobin in the match featuring the lowest handicappers.   Darragh Cashman, Frank Bruen and Alan Riordan all recorded wins for Cork IT while Conor Roche and Tristan Coakley halved their matches.  The winners for UCC were Aoife Ni Thuama, Colm Power and Rory Calnan with Bill Murray and Adam Ahern securing halves.  The 6-4 win meant that the series is now level following UCC’s win in Cork Golf Club two weeks ago.

The next event is scheduled to take place in Monkstown Golf Club in two weeks time.

Cork IT GC 6-4 UCC GC
(Cork IT names first)
Rory Dineen beat Cathal O’Reilly 6&5
Darragh Cashman beat Olan O’Se 1up
Ross Busher lost to Colm Power 2up
Ryan Miller lost to Aoife Ni Thuama 4&3
Frank Bruen beat Grace McGrath 5&4
Cathal O’Carroll lost to Rory Calnan 4&3
Conor Roche halved with Bill Murray
Adam McSweeney beat Paul Tobin 7&5
Alan Riordan beat Darren Hourihan 4&3
Tristan Coakley halved with Adam Ahern

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UCC win first Inter-Varsity League Event

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Adam McSweeney (Cork IT)

UCC Golf Club gained the bragging rights over Cork IT after the first inter-varsity league event in Cork Golf Club.  The first event was a huge success, ten matches were played with seven of them reaching the 18th green.  UCC won six of the matches, Cork IT claimed three with one matched halved after 18 holes.  Cork IT took an early lead thanks to wins from Adam McSweeney and Jack Murphy

The matches proved to be very close with the organiser’s idea of matching handicaps working out very well.  The event has proven that both UCC and Cork IT have a great depth of quality golfers, and the competition provided a platform for competitive golf very early in the year.  The league came about after Cian Kidney and Dave O’Sullivan got together with the hope of creating a competitive format for both colleges.

Following the success of the first event, the next round is scheduled to take place in Muskerry Golf Club in two weeks time.  Five events in all are planned for series of events that are being kindly hosted
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McSweeney and Butler in top ten at Intervarsities

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Adam McSweeney (CIT/Douglas)

Adam McSweeney (CIT) and Cathal Butler (Maynooth) lead the Cork challenge at the Inter Varsity Championship aft both shot 69’s in today’s first round.  Lahinch was in great condition for the opening round and the benign weather made for some good scoring.  Kyle McCarron (Maynooth) led the way with a great 66.

McSweeney had seven birdies in a colourful round.  A double bogey on the 6th hurt, as did a bogey on the 17th when he was standing on -4.  Cathal Butler had a tough start with bogies on the first and second, but he soon made up for it with an eagle on the 4th.  Six birdies followed but three dropped shots meant that he signed for a 69.  Both are well inside the top ten going into the second round. Inter Varsities Gallery Round 1

James Sugrue (CIT) was out early this morning and finished with a one under par 71, an eagle on the last brought him back into red figures and he’s in 12th place going into the second round.  John Hickey (CIT) is two shots back Continue reading

McSweeney takes top 10 place in Leinster Youths

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Adam McSweeney

Adam McSweeney (Douglas) shot a final round 68 at the Leinster Youths to secure a top ten finish.  McSweeney started brightly with a birdie on the opening hole and although he bogied the 7th, he regained the shot on the 8th.  Two more birdies followed  on the 10th and 11th and McSweeney eagled the 14th.  He took a four iron on the short par four and holed out with a classy wedge from 135 yards.  Unfortunately for McSweeeney he dropped a shot on the way home but he did sign for a 68 and was one of only three golfers to break 70 on the final day.

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler recovered from a disappointing 79 yesterday to card two rounds of 73 today.  That saw him move up to tie for 12th place.  Mark Healy and Gary Ward also made the 36 hole cut but finished down the field on the final day.

Winner Marc Norton came storming through the field with a final round 67.  The 19 year old Belvoir Park golfer set the clubhouse target on level par and then waited anxiously as Jake Whelan (Newlands) and Jack Blake (The Island) tried to catch him down the closing straight.  In the end both players came up short.  Norton’s final round heroics included six birdies, three on each nine. Two under at the turn thanks to birdies at the first, sixth and eighth, Norton picked up further shots at the 10th and the 13th, where he stitched a 6-iron within two feet of the pin from 179 yards.

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Sugrue leads four Cork golfers in top 20 at Munster Youths

Monkstown Clubhouse

Early morning sunshine burns away the frost from the clubhouse at Monkstown as Day 2 at the Munster Youths gets underway. Picture Niall O’Shea

Mallow’s James Sugrue is the best placed Cork golfer going into the final round of the Munster Youths at Monkstown Golf Club.  The 2014 winner is three shot behind leader Jack McDonnell who shot 73 to finish on -1.  Sugrue is tied for second on +2, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam is also on +2.

Kinsale’s Eric Rumley followed yesterday’s 70 with a 76 and that saw him drop from 3rd to a tie for 12th.  John Murphy is also tied for 12th place, both are seven shots off the lead so at best their chances of winning are marginal.  Cathal Butler is the third of four Kinsale golfers to make the cut, he added a 71 today to his 74 from yesterday, he is now in 6th place but is six strokes off the lead.

Munster Youths Amateur Open Scoring

Adam McSweeney (Douglas) finished in 24th place along with Alan Riordan (Muskerry).  Bandon’s Brian O’Connell was a shot Continue reading

Big Entry expected for Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy


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2015 Winner Adam McSweeeny

The timesheet for the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy qualifiers has opened and a full entry is expected for the unique event.  The top 64 qualifiers from the two day qualifier will go forward to the matchplay phase where the eventual winner will come through six rounds of matchplay golf.  The six rounds are played over three days, giving the successful qualifiers a taste of tournament golf that’s normally reserved for scratch golfers.  The competition has been running since 1970 and the trophy has some well-known local names including Donal O’Donovan, Kieran McCarthy, Mark Ford and Eoghan O’Connell.  Muskerry winners include Niall Turner, Donal Healy, John O’Mahony and two-time winner Ger O’Shea.  Last year’s winner was Adam McSweeney from Douglas.  McSweeney was a member of the successful Douglas Junior Scratch Cup team but he’s now too low to enter the competition this year.  Already there are over 150 golfers registered for the qualifiers which take Continue reading

Ward wins with Maynooth

Kinsale’s Gary Ward was part of the Maynooth team that won the team competition at the Irish Colleges Strokeplay Championship.  Bad weather and a worse forecast meant that there was no play in Strandhill today, so the results from yesterday’s first round stood and Maynooth (B) won the title by five strokes.  Ward, who is currently studying product design and innovation in Maynooth, was joined by Sean Walsh, Colin Woodroofe and Jack McDonnell and the four of them secured another title for Maynooth.

As a result there was no change to the individual standings with Jonathan Yates winning thanks to a very impressive 71 yesterday.  Adam McSweeney (CIT) and Greg O’Mahony (UCC) were the best placed Cork players, both were tied in 10th place.

Irish Colleges Strokeplay Championship – Day 1 Report

McSweeney & O’Mahony lead Cork challenge at Colleges Strokeplay

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Adam McSweeney

Adam McSweeney and Greg O’Mahony posted the best of the Cork results at the first round of the Irish Colleges Strokeplay at Strandhill today.  McSweeney representing Cork IT and O’Mahony representing UCC both shot 76 to be tied in 10th place.  Altough it was a six over par round, the CSS for the day was 74 representing the stormy conditions that prevailed in Co Sligo.

Both Cathal Butler and Gary Ward are three shots back on 79, tied for 25th place.  Ward is on the Maynooth B team and they currently hold the lead in the team competition after the first round.  The second and final round takes place tomorrow.

Irish Colleges Stroke Play Team Scores

Irish Colleges Stroke Play Individual Scores

2015 Review of the Year – Part 2


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Adam McSweeney (Douglas)

Easter always see’s the staging of the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy, a unique event for golfers with a handicap of 5-11. Two qualifying days sees the top 64 golfers go through to a matchplay phase player over Easter. 19 year old Adam McSweeney from Douglas added his name to the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy after three tough days. Although he was three down after just eight holes in the final, the Junior Cup and Senior Cup golfer fought back to level the match. McSweeney went one up on the 17th and closed out the 18th to become one of the youngest winners of the Continue reading