Pictures from the four matches starting on the back nine this morning: Continue reading
Mahon 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
Blarney President Paul O’Neill held President’s Prize dinner last week and it marked the latest major event in a busy year for Blarney. The resort hosted the Munster Boys Under 16 and the Boys Interpro’s in a busy season that included several other local events. The Interpro’s were the big-ticket event, putting the resort on the map nationally and President Paul was delighted with the outcome. “We hosted very many classics and societies in the past however the Muster Boys proved to us that we had the capability to host a major event, and the Boys Interprovincials is one of the GUI flagship events.” Hosting a major event is a big undertaking. As well as taking over the course for up to a week, the GUI also depend on a substantial amount of support from local volunteers. Blarney members were not found wanting as Paul explained. “We sent up a flare for our members to act as stewards, fore caddies and helpers, and to be fair we were amazed at the response. We easily covered each area that may have caused concern for young golfers who were not overly familiar with the course. But, these are among the best in the country so our main task became ball spotting and according to the team’s managements and players we did an exceptional job. That point has been reinforced by the GUI representatives. This is a young club (just 11 years in existence) and to successfully pull Continue reading
Muskerry had a great win in the Fred Daly Trophy area final last night, beating Mallow in a very close match. Blarney was the venue for the match and Mallow would have been favourites to advance. They had a big handicap advantage on paper and most of the players would have much more experience at this level of inter-club competition.
Jack Egan was first out for Muskerry and he beat Ed Walsh on the 18th to set a strong positive tone for the winners. As it happened the first point was already in the bag for Muskerry, Jack Taylor was giving up five shots in his match but still recorded a 4&3 win to claim a point for Muskerry. Taylor’s match was the only one not to go the full distance. When Egan closed out his mast on the 18th shortly after the advantage was clearly with the underdogs. The winning point came from Sean Geary who holed out from the fairway on the last hole, Geary birdied from 70 yards to win one up and secure the win for his club. At the same time Fionn Hickey was headed up the 19th after finishing level after 18 holes. He was called in, as was Eoghan O’Shaughnessy who was one up in his match on the 18th. It was a hugely impressive win considering that Muskerry were giving up an aggregate of 21 shots in five matches. The subs were Stephen Riordan and Peter O’Mahony, and the squad was under the watchful eye of Dave Taylor and Peter Fenlon.
It’s been a great run for Muskery, the beat a fancied Fota Island side in the semi-final and beat Castlemartyr and Fermoy in the earlier rounds. Muskerry now go on to the Munster finals which take place in Fermoy in early August.
Holywood’s Tom McKibbin proved his credentials in Blarney yesterday when he shot a 69 to win the Munster Boys Under 16 Championship. McKibbin finished on 141, three shots clear of the field. The two handicapper was the only golfer to break par on day two, and that was thanks to three birdies at the start of the back nine. With no one else threatening, McKibbin know he had the control over the competition heading into the final three holes. McKibbin showed maturity coming down the last, with water and out of bounds surrounding the green, he chose to lay up. What resulted was his second bogey of the day but even with that he still finished three shots clear of the field. Overnight leader Jack Brown (The Heath) finished day two with a 77 to claim second place (144) and Eoin McGrath (Athlone) was third, he had the best of three scores on 146. Scott Miller (Clandeboye) was fourth and Keaton Morrison (Holywood) was fifth, both finishing on 146. Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey was the best of the Munster Continue reading
Pictures from Day 2 in Blarney: Continue reading
Pictures from the semi-final at Newcastle West: Continue reading