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

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East Cork advance in Junior Cup

AIG Junior Cup 2019South Munster Area Final

Shane Connors

East Cork booked their place in the Munster finals of the AIG Junior Cup with a dramatic win in the area final.  Muskerry was the venue for the exciting match last week when it hosted the area final of the Junior Cup.  Bandon were hoping add a second team to the schedule for the Munster finals, that was after their AIG Senior Cup team qualified for the finals in Tramore the previous week.  East Cork were their opponents, the Midleton club came through from the Castlemartyr qualifier but only by the skin of their teeth after winning when the last match went to the 19th hole.

Muskerry was in great condition for the match, and the intense sunshine was welcomed by the large crowd of spectators from both clubs.  Area finals in recent times have been tense affairs with matches invariably going down to the last few holes Continue reading

Bandon Driving Ahead

Bandon Course Improvements Jul 2019Some major improvements to the golf course in Bandon are underway with the first phase including major improvements to the practice areas and the first hole.   With over 950 members, the 110 year old club is working hard to remain a driving force for golf in West Cork.  Bandon President Donal O’Donovan has been involved with the club for several decades, having held the role of Captain in 2002, he has represented Bandon at the highest levels.  That included being part of the Irish Senior Cup team that won the national title in 2010.  As well as being a scratch golfer for most of his playing time, Donal has also served on many committees and as President this year he described the programme the club set out to implement the course improvements.  “Two years ago, we felt that the course needed to be improved, so we set up a development committee that would be in place for 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