Mahon Launch new Trackman Studio

Mahon juniors pictured with PGA Professional Stephen Hayes in the new Trackman Studio.

Mahon Golf Club have recently installed a new Trackman Studio which will be a huge boost for their members.  The new development comes after a few years of planning from the city club.  Given that the course has no means for expansion, a range or outdoor practice wasn’t an option, so the club instead looked at the option of building an indoor simulator.  2021 Club Captain Denis Kavanagh was one of the people behind the initiative and he explained how the exciting development came about.

“The Club Committee formed a sub-committee in 2020 to look into options available to develop some alternative to a practice range, that would provide members and juveniles alike with facilities to develop their game” said Kavanagh.  “After researching what options were available by contacting other clubs, and speaking with Golf Simulator suppliers both in the UK and Denmark, a preferred solution was agreed.  The sub-committee then met Continue reading

Another Monday, another win for Danny. Munster PGA

MPGA Castlemartyr Nov2018_1Dan Sugrue made it three from three in Castlemartyr on Monday when he won the third Munster PGA outing of the 2018 Winter Series.  In fact it was a double for Sugrue as he teamed up with his brother John and Tim Rice to claim the team prize. Sugrue had a flawless front nine of 32 with birdies on 4,6,8 and 9.  He had a further birdie 2 on 12 followed by his only drop shot on 13 – his first in 49 holes of competitive golf.  His final birdie came on 15 for an inward 35.

David Barry started with 3 birdies in the first four, he bogeyed 7 and 11 but birdied 17. Tim Rice birdie 3,7 and 8 to turn in 33, he had a lone bogey on 10 and finished with 8 pars.  Cormac Flannery birdied the first, bogeyed 3, he doubled the 5th which included a 2 stroke penalty for playing from the wrong tee but he finished the front nine strongly by eagling the 8th and birdieing 9.  He birdied 12 and 13 with his lone bogey on the back nine coming on the 16th.  Dan Sugrue, John Sugrue and Tim Rice had thirteen birdies between them to win the team event by three points.  The event was hosted by Castlemartyr’s PGA Professional Alan Gleeson.

Munster PGA Winter Series, Castlemartyr Links

1st – Dan Sugrue – Dooks GC 67
T2nd – David Barry – Douglas GC 70
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Castlemartyr Juveniles Driving Ahead

Castlemartyr junior members pictured at a Harbour Shield match.It takes a lot to get a club off the ground and when you’re looking at starting a junior golf section that can be even more daunting.  Castlemartyr has changed quite a bit in the past three years, in addition to almost doubling the men’s membership numbers, the resort has also started a ladies club and a juvenile section.  The junior section started three years ago when the very first junior golfers were family members of existing adult club members and grew from there.  In 2016 the section was given some added firepower, when past captain John Paul Twomey took on the role of Juvenile Officer.  Twomey had spent a few years on Committee and recognised the importance and the value of building a strong and active junior golf section.  “In 2016 I took on the role as Juvenile Officer along with Club Vice President” explained Twomey.  “From my time being Club Captain in 2014 I always had an aspiration in taking on the role and expanding the club and offer more to a juvenile club.  We commenced by implementing & introducing a code of conduct and policy document safeguarding children in sport in accordance with the CGI guidelines.  This was a major stepping stone to getting the juvenile club up and running. All club members involved with juveniles are also Garda vetted in accordance with the G.U.I.”  Things have moved on from that first year, the club had around 10 junior members and played in the Fred Daly Trophy in 2014 for the first time.  Now with Continue reading

Castlemartyr Scratch Cup Weekend

Castlemartyr Scratch Cups 2017Castlemartyr is a busy place right now and the August weekend will be one of the busiest with their annual scratch cup weekend.  Starting on Friday 4th August, the event is set to attract well over 400 golfers over the three days and there’s a large prize fund in place.  The event is again sponsored by McCarthy Insurance Group who have been on board for the past four years.  The course is set to be in great condition for the showpiece event, the recent fine weather has allowed Trevor Norris and his team to speed up the course which is always a treat for handicap golfers.  The three scratch cups (Junior, Intermediate and Minor) take place from Friday to Sunday and the timesheet is filling fast.  Since the course opened it became an immediate favourite for both societies and casual golfers.  The weekly open singles series are always popular and the membership has grown steadily over the past decade.

Now celebrating 10 years, the facilities in Castlemartyr are being upgraded with the addition of some new practice Continue reading

McNamara wins Oughterard Pro-Am

Cian McNamaraCian McNamara was the joint winner of today’s Oughterard Pro-Am in Galway.  The Monkstown Head Professional carded a one under par total which included four birdies and three birdies.

McNamara, starting his round at the first, dropped a shot at the second but hit back with back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth before dropping his second shot of the day at the par three ninth.  Out in level par 35, the 28-year-old birdied the 11th and 15th on the back nine but a dropped shot at the 12th saw him home in one under 34.  Donal Gleeson (Old Conna Golf Club) also posted – to tie McNamara for the top spot.  Castlemartyr’s  Alan Gleeson and Monkstown’s Graeme Dunlea were part of a nine way for 11th place.  The Castlemartyr Assistant led his team to the amateur prize with a score of 94 points.

Oughterard Pro-Am Detailed Results

It’s McNamara’s second win on the Irish Region Tour this year and he’ll be hoping for another good round tomorrow as he’s in action in Connemara.  McNamara is the holder having won in 2014 and must be fancied for the 36 hole event.

Connemara Pro-Am Leaderboard

Gleeson & Barry book their places in Irish PGA Championship

Alan Gleeson (Castlemartyr) and Davey Barry (Douglas) both finished in the top 10 in the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Dundalk Golf Club today.

Barry finished in the top four with a level par 72, while Gleeson was one shot back in a tie for 10th.  Both travelled to Dundalk today in the hope of taking one of the qualifying spots on offer but both Cork golfers must now be delighted with their performances. Irish Championship Qualifier Results

The Irish PGA Championship takes place in Dundalk Golf Club from Thursday 1st October to Sunday 4th Cotober and is the showpiece finale for the Irish Region Calendar.  Several other Cork PGA Professionals have already qualified for the event including David Ryan, Graeme Dunlea and Padraig Dooley.

Runner Up Spot for Mallow’s McKenna – Irish PGA Assistants Championship

Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna made a very promising start to his PGA career when he finished tied for second place in the prestigious PGA Assistants Championship.  He put together two solid rounds of 74 & 73 on the final day to jump up the leaderboard.  This time last year McKenna was in Barton Shield action for Mallow, and a year on he proved he was a match for the country’s best trainees and Continue reading

Cork Golfers in Top 20 in Assistants Championship

Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna is the best placed Cork golfer at the halfway-stage of the PGA Assistants Championship in Nuremore.  After carding an opening +4 round of 75, he added a level par 71 in the afternoon to take a share of 7th place.  McKenna had five birdies and five bogies in the afternoon.

Charleville’s Frank Holly also shot 75 in the first round and was heading for a great afternoon score – only to record a 7 on the par 4 18th hole.  The triple bogey gave Holly a second round total of 74 and a share of tenth place.  Former Mahon team-mates Davey Barry (Douglas) and Alan Gleeson (Castlemartyr) are both inside the top twenty after 36 holes.  Both carded opening rounds of 75, and the both added 76’s in the afternoon.  Despite the fact that all four golfers comfortably made the cut (+17), hopes of a win tomorrow will be measured as leader Joe Dillon (Headfort Golf Club) is seven shots ahead of McKenna on -3.

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