It’s just a year since greenkeeper Paudie O’Sullivan was appointed as Head Superintendent at Castlemartyr. Now in his third decade as a greenkeeper, the Little Island man has had a busy year at the prestigious East Cork golf resort. “It has been a whirlwind twelve months, to get the Head Superintendent job at Castlemartyr was a fantastic step in my career” added Paudie. “Everyday is a learning day in Castlemartyr as you never know what each day will bring. In the twelve months since being given the Head Superintendent position, we have been through storm Ophelia in October, from November to February we had over 500mm of rainfall, and in March we were covered in snow and closed for 12 consecutive days. Any then this summer we went through the driest summer I have incurred.” That dry spell in July was O’Sullivan’s biggest task in a challenging year. Weeks went by without any meaningful rain, which isn’t ideal when your trying to maintain over 100 acres of cultivated grass. “Looking back now on the summer, Castlemartyr has come out quite well” explained the man in charge. “One or two areas needed overseeding due to Continue reading
Castlemartyr Captain Michael Lee and his committee should have a great but busy year ahead of them. With over 150 new members, Castlemartyr has now entered the major leagues in term of managing club competitions and inter-club events. “This is going to be a very busy year for myself as Captain and for my Committee” said Michael, “but I am looking forward to the challenge ahead this year, I have a good mix of experienced and new people on my committee and we are looking forward to helping all members of the club to enjoy a good golfing year ahead.”
With a new ILGU affiliated Ladies Club in addition to the new male members, Castlemartyr should find themselves competing at all levels of inter-club competitions. Castlemartyr reached the Munster finals of the AIG Senior Cup in 2014 so they will be hoping to match that achievement in one of the five GUI Cups and Shields competitions. “As Captain I am really looking forward to the teams events this year” said Michael, “for the first time in the clubs short history we will be putting in a mixed foursomes team for competition. With all the members we have now I expect a lot of competition for all the team events.”
And he also added his support for the investment in machinery that took place in 2015: “The owners have bought a lot of new machinery to keep the course going in the great condition it is in at the moment, and to hopefully have Continue reading
The third round of the Irish Boys took place today at Castle Golf Club and four Cork golfers are through to the final round. John Murphy (Kinsale) and Eamonn O’Driscoll (Clement Ader) were both safely through to the final round but there was an anxious wait for Sean Desmond and Eric Rumley. Desmond, fresh from Monkstown’s Senior Cup wins last weekend, had a birdie on the 18th to sign for a 73. He was pretty confident of making it into the final round but it looked like Eric would miss out by one. Dropped shots in the closing holes Jack Hearn and Brian O’Connell brought all of the +14’s inside the cut. Eamonn O’Driscoll is just outside the top 20 on +9 and John Murphy is also on +9. Both however are well off the joint leaders on -6. Mark Power and Thomas Mulligan are both six Continue reading
Castle Golf Club is delighted to announce that for the third year running Cpl Resources are the proud sponsors of the All Ireland Father & Son Foursomes competition which will be held at the club in July. Paul Carroll of CPL said that “this is one of those great tournaments in Ireland that builds and nourishes future talent, relationships and values which is also core to our business”
Qualifying will take place on an 18-holes strokes format on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July. The Cost of entry is €70 per pair. It is the 56th year of the event and it is expected that this year’s event will once again attract over 500 hopefuls on the two qualifying days, representing over 100 different clubs who will all experience the renowned Castle welcome. 64 pairs will qualify for the match-play stages of the event, which will run from Monday 6th July until the Final on Sunday 10th July.
For more information and for updates throughout the week of the tournament please visit the club website at http://www.castlegc.ie or by calling Castle Golf Club on (01) 4904207.