Munster call-up for six Cork golfers, ILGU Interprovincial Championships

2019 Irish Women's Open Strokeplay at Co Louth Golf Club

Rachel Thompson (Cork) during the  2019 Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay at Co Louth Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Four Cork ladies and two girls have been named on the Munster teams to take part in the interpros at Mount Woolsey next week.  Connacht Women’s Champion Rachel Thompson is joined by Clodagh Coughlan, Paula Walsh and Jean O’Driscoll. with Aoife Ni Thuama named as reserve.  In the girls team, Youghal’s Roisin Connolly was selected with Monkstown’s Michelle Sharkey.  Sara Byrne misses the interpros as she is on the Irish team at the Girls European Team Championships in Spain next week.

The event will take place at Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort from the 9th to the 11th of July.  Each Province will play each other in three foursomes’ matches and fives singles matches.

Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis), Jean O’Driscoll (Muskerry), Sinead Sexton  (Lahinch), Rachel Thompson (Cork), Aideen Walsh (Woodstock), Paula Walsh (Doneraile), Captain: Orla Barry
Reserve: Aoife Ní Thuama (Douglas)

Munster Girls
Roisin Connolly (Youghal), Anna Dawson (Tramore), Corrina Griffin (Killarney), Shannon Hegarty (Ennis), Niamh O’Dwyer (Lahinch), Michelle Sharkey (Monkstown), Emily Walsh (Limerick), Captain: Aoife Lowry, Manager: Kiara O’Keeffe
Reserve: Caitlin Shippam (Ballykisteen)
Tuesday 9th July: Munster v Connacht; Leinster v Ulster
Wednesday 10th July: Ulster v Connacht; Leinster v Munster
Thursday 11th July: Connacht v Leinster; Munster v Ulster

Byrne takes 3rd in Munster Senior Open Championship

Sara Byrne GB&I 2017

Sara Byrne 

Sara Byrne finished in 3rd place after the final round of the Munster Senior Open Championship in Killarney.  It was a positive start for the Douglas member, she shot rounds of 74,75 and 78 to finish on +5.  While Byrne took third overall, she just missed out on retaining her Munster Girls title, she was beaten by Aine Donegan who finished second overall.  Meadhbh Doyle from Portarlington was the run away winner, she had a winning margin of ten shots closing with another under par round today.

Claire Coughlan Ryan (Cork) finished in 5th place and Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) was also tied for 5th on +11.  Muskerry’s Jean O’Driscoll was just outside the top ten while Michelle Tobin (Cork) finished inside the top 25.  Aoife Ni Thuama, Carmel Kearney and Jennifer Hickey all made the 36 hole cut but finished down the field on the final day.

Cork’s Irene Rafferty finished as runner up in the Munster Junior Open Championship which also concluded today.  She was beaten by one hole by Ballykisteen’s Lauren Kelly.  Rafferty beat Mallow’s Maire O’Sullivan in the semi-final.  Macroom’s Continue reading

Sugrue 3rd heading into final round at Irish Students

Sugrue5James Sugrue shot the low round of the day today in Bray, as he jumped up to 3rd place in the Irish Students Championship
The Mallow man had a back nine – included four birdies that saw him sign for a three under par round our 67. Sugrue is just three shots of the lead which is held by Alan Fahy from Maynooth.
Five other Cork golfers made the cut for tomorrow’s final round. Mark Healy is tied for 21st position on +3 while fellow Kinsale member Cathal Butler is two back just outside the top 30, Butler is also second in the team event. UCC duo Darren Hourihan and Sean Desmond also made the cut while Adam McSweeeny was one shot outside the cut mark.
Aoife Ni Thuama (UCC) also made the cut, the Douglas golfer is in Continue reading

Coughlan and Ní Thuama retain National Foursomes Title, Byrne competes in

May Fitzgibbon Winners 2016

Winners of the May Fitzgibbon Trophy final, Clodagh Coughlan & Aoife Ni Thuama from Douglas Golf Club with ILGU President Valerie Hassett Pic Ronan Lang

Douglas pair Clodagh Coughlan and Aoife Ni Thuama won the May Fitzgibbon Trophy on Monday, making it back to back national wins for the Douglas Girls.  The competition took place on Greystones Golf Club and twenty foursomes pairs took part, all having qualified from the five districts.  The Douglas girls had qualified for the national finals in May when they were in the top four at the Munster qualifier in Adare Manor.  The qualified in Adare as the best gross winners.  Last year the Douglas girls combined for 37 points to win by two shots.  This year they dominated, carding 39 points for their foursomes round and winning bay a margin of five shots.  Conditions were perfect in Greystones which set the scene for some good scores throughout the day.  Scoring seemed to be fairly Continue reading

Clancy Wins Munster Senior Open Championship

Valerie Clancy

Valerie Clancy

Valerie Clancy from Mitchelstown won the ILGU Munster Senior Open in Waterville today after poor weather forced the cancellation of the final round.  Clancy led the field by five strokes after the first two rounds.  She had played seven holes today before organisers were forced to halt the third round as high winds made the course unplayable.  The Killarney member shot the low round of the day yesterday (74) to maintain her lead from the first round.  She was the only golfer to break 80 on Wednesday as she recorded a 77 in very testing conditions at the Continue reading