Fota Island cased an upset this evening when they beat Munster finalists Kinsale in the Fred Trophy area semi final. Cork Golf Club was the venue, and twelve months ago Kinsale had a comprehensive win over Fota at the same stage of the competition. Fota Island started strongly with Cillian Moloney beating John Murphy 6&5. Kinsale’s Mark Healy balanced the match when he won his match against Josh Hogan on the 16th. The 14th green proved crucial as Davis Howard won a second point for Fota, winning 5&4. Things were looking good for Fota at that stage, Garan Manley was losing to Daniel O’Flaherty but Fota’sRonan O’Connell was in the lead in his match and it was O’Connell who closed out his match first. He won 5&4 on the 14th meaning the final match was called in.
Fota Island will now go on to play Munster champions Mallow in the South Munster final.
Fred Daly Trophy Area Semi-Final:
Fota Island 3.5-1.5 Kinsale
Cillian Moloney beat John Murphy 6&5, Josh Hogan lost to Mark Healy 3&2, David Howard beat Eric Rumley 5&4, Garran Manley and Daniel O Flaherty called in, Ronan O Connell beat Eric Costello 5&4. (Fota Island names first)
Colin Woodroofe leads the EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup after the first round. The Blainroe member shot a three under par 69 in near perfect conditions at Lee Valley. Woodroofe was one over after two holes, he bogeyed the short par four first hole. He bounced back however with a birdie on the third. Back to back birdies on the 7th and 8th also helped him to top the leaderboard after 18.
Cillian Moloney (Fota Island) is in second place on 70, along with Tiarnan McLarnon and Andrew McCormack. the only others to break par were Colm Campbell and Jack Pierce. Mallow pair Ian Spillane and James Sugrue are among four players on 72 while Greg O’Mahony, John Hickey and Robin Dawson are among those on one over.
Holder Dave O’Donovan is back in the field on 77, he’s tied for 30th place eight shots off the lead
- Colin Woodroofe 69
- Cillian Moloney 70
- Tiarnan McLarnan 70
- Andrew McCormack 70
- Jack Pierce 71
- Colm Campbell 71
- James Sugrue 72
- Darragh Coughlan 72
- Alan Thomas 72
- Ian Spillane 72
- Greg O’Mahony 73
- Robin Dawson 73
- John Hickey 73
- Jamie Fletcher 73
- Daniel Hallissey 73
Kanturk’s Conor Og Madigan won the Limerick Boys Championship in Newcastlewest this afternoon after a win on the 18th hole over Darragh Carmody from Tralee. Madigan had on impresssive run during the competition, in addition to Carmody he beat Fota’s Cillian Moloney in the semi-final. It was almost an all Kanturk final as Con O’Callaghan narrowly lost out to Carmody in the semi-final.
Kinsale’s Cathal shot the low round of the day to climb the leaderboard in the Connacht Boys Amateur Open in Roscommon. Butler carded a three under par 69 which included
six birdies. He finished in 6th place on +3 for his three rounds.
Photo Gallery: Golffile Connacht Boys U18 Open (www.golffile.ie)
John Murphy also sneaked inside the top ten, he had a final round 73 to finish on +4. Overnight leader Marc McKinstry shot a final round 70 to extend his six shot lead to a final winning margin of eight shots. Continue reading