O’Keeffe starts 2017 with a win, Mid West Golf Alliance

AIG Barton Shield South Munster Final, Sunday 10th July, Monkstown Golf ClubPeter O’Keeffe opened his season on a high last Sunday when he finished joint top at the opening round of the Mid West Golf Alliance at Dromoland.  He shot 37 points to tie for the lead alongside Andrew McCormack and David Reddan Jnr.

O’Keeffe has been working hard on his own strength & conditioning programme and while that’s yielding results in the studio, and  his on course programme seems to be going to plan too.  Despite losing a ball on the 5th hole, he held his composure to plot his way around the parkland course in 37 gross points.  The gross stableford scoring system in use allowed O’Keeffe to recover quickly after the 5th, he hit a 320 yard bomb on the next hole and he went on to beat par by one shot.  Gross stableford gives one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie and so on.

This year the format for the Alliance has changed, there are four qualifying rounds in Dromoland and the top two scores will count. The top eight qualifiers will go forward to a matchplay shootout.  The second round takes place on Sunday next and any interested in playing should contact 061 368444.

Mid West Alliance 1st Round, Dromoland 
37: Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy)
36: Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay)
35: Joe Lyons (Galway)
33: Nicky Duggan (Dromoland), Donncadh Nagle (Dromoland), Bob Loftus (Lahinch) Tony Cleary (Woodstock)


Butler, McCormack & O’Keeffe earn Munster places


Fota Island Top Golfer Senior Scratch Cup 2016

Cathal Butler  pictured with the Fota Island Senior Scratch Cup. 

There are three new picks on the 2016 Munster team, as Captain Phil Cooney plots to win this third interprovincial title in five years as captain.

Newly capped Cathal Butler jointly topped the order of merit, and the Kinsale man is one of three members of the team joining the team.  His order of merit placing was predominantly down to his performance in winning the Munster Strokeplay in May, but also his performances in the East of Ireland and the Irish Amateur Open added valuable points.  Butler has spent the winter working with the Harrington Scholars golf programme in Maynooth University where he is also a full time student.

As well as access to top level training and fitness programmes, Cathal also played in the competitive Hilary Golf Society outings in Dublin through the winter.  He’s also a member of the Irish Mens development squad and Butler is just back after competing for Ireland in the World University Championships in Brive.  Butler also beat a top class field in Fota Island in March to win the Senior Scratch Cup which bodes well as the inter-pro’s are being held on the same Deerpark course.

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Order of Merit Race Heats Up

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Gary O’Flaherty

Gary O’Flaherty’s performances in Castletroy, Cork and Ballybunion this month will have moved him up the Munster Senior Order of Merit.  There are four automatic places in the team from the Order of Merit, and three of them look like going to Cathal Butler, Andrew McCormack and Gary O’Flaherty.  Mark Shanahan, John Hickey and James Sugrue are all battling for the last automatic place, as are Waterford duo Eanna Griffin and Robin Dawson.  There are plenty of points on offer over the coming weeks.  The East of Ireland takes place next week and the Tralee Scratch Cup, the Connacht Strokeplay and the British Amateur all take place in June.  Captain Phil Cooney will have a tough job selecting his four picks as all of the above along with Pat Murray, Ian O’Rourke, Peter O’Keeffe and Continue reading

McCormack wins Douglas Senior Scratch Cup

Douglas Senior Scratch Cup 2016

Andrew McCormack (Castletroy) 

Andrew McCormack stormed to his first senior scratch cup win today as he shot two rounds in the 60’s to run away from the field.  The Castletroy golfer’s 69,68 proved to be five shots better than the field and he scooped top prize.  McCormack was third in Muskerry and second in Lee Valley last week so he’s the form golfer in Munster at the moment.  McCormack has three bogeys over the 36 holes, but the ten birdies more than compensated.  It was a 1-2 for Castletroy as Continue reading

Campbell & McCormack lead in Lee Valley

EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2016Colm Campbell shot a second consecutive one under par 71 to jump from 6th to 1st after the second round of the EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup.  Campbell was two over after 10 holes this afternoon but an eagle 3 on the 11th hole brought him back into the fray, and a birdie on the 15th saw him move into the red figures.  Andrew McCormack is tied for the lead on two under, he added a level par 72 to his 70 from this morning to stay in pole position.

Gallery: EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2016 Day 1

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Sugrue wins Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup

Munster Youths Amateur Open 2016James Sugrue backed up his good form at the Munster Youths by winning the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup today.  The 70+ golfers faced very testing conditions with frost

Sugrue led going into the afternoon thanks to a three under par 66 this morning.  He backed that up with a level par 69 in the afternoon for a winning total of 135 (-3).  Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty shot the low round of the afternoon, his 67 saw him jump for tied 7th to second place on -1.  Andrew McCormack from Newcastlewest also finished on -1  and took third place with 68,69.

Muskerry’s Conor Riordan took the best nett prize with 134 (-4), he also had the 4th best gross score.  Nenagh’s David Reddan Jnr was 4th in the gross standings with 138.

The Mallow man continues the trend of youth winning in Muskerry, Conor Coyne (Youghal) won in 2015 and John Hickey (Cork) won in 2014.  More details to follow.

Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Shane Sadler, final standings: Continue reading