Kinsale, Bandon & East Cork all chasing Munster Pennants

AIG Barton Shield 2019South Munster

Kinsale’s Gary Ward

Three Cork clubs will be chasing glory this weekend in Tramore as the last of the AIG Cups and Shields finals are down for decision.  Barton Shield holders Kinsale put on a strong performance at home in the qualifiers to come through the tough South Munster section.  Although they’re without John Murphy this weekend, Kinsale have a strong panel and with the experience of last year and the guidance of Ger Cullinane, they’ll be ready to take on Limerick.  Cathal Butler and Gary Ward have been playing well recently, both golfers were central to the win in Thurles last year and they will certainly be hoping a repeat of that performance.

East Cork have had a dramatic journey through to the Junior Cup Munster semi-final.  Their 19th hole win in Muskerry over Bandon showed Continue reading

Mahon & Bandon survive Bruen Battle

Mahon Jimmy Bruen Monkstown May 2019Mahon and Bandon were the two big winners over the weekend as they came through the first serious weekend of cups and shields action.  Monkstown and Blarney were the host venues for the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield qualifiers, with fine weather and great conditions adding to the spectacle of matchplay golf.  All Ireland winners Kinsale were not in the shake up this time, they lost out to Skibbereen in a  first round match the previous weekend.  Mahon had also come through a preliminary match the previous week, they had a comprehensive win over Mallow in the first round to set up a meeting with Douglas on Saturday morning.  Similar to their previous form, Mahon had a good win over Douglas but they faced a stiff challenge again Cork in the third round and two matches would need additional holes for Mahon to advance.  Tim O’Mahoney needed to chip out of the water on 18 in order for himself and Gavin Carroll to half the hole.  They went on to win on the Continue reading