Sean Reddy pictured after winning the Connacht Buys U14 Championship.
As weeks go, last week was pretty impressive for Douglas Golf Club. A national title, a provincial title and a few key wins in inter-club matches meant that Douglas had an exceptional week. Karl Bornemann and Sean Reddy brought back some silverware from their events in Waterford and Mayo. Peter O’Keeffe reached the final four in the North of Ireland at Royal Portrush and there were inter-club wins in the Womens Senior Cup, Mens Senior Cup and the Barton Shield.
As well as their members performances around the country, they also hosted the Munster Under 16 Boys Open. This was the first open event to be held over the newly rated black course. The par 70 layout see’s the 3rd and 18th reduced to par fours, and new tees in place on Continue reading
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)
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
Rachel Thompson won the Connacht Senior Championship in Westport today, going under par to hold her overnight lead and claim her first senior championship. It was an impressive win, underlined by the winning margin of 11 strokes.
After opening with a six over par 80 yesterday, Thompson found herself just three shots off the lead as everyone struggled to get to grips with the course. The Cork Golf Club member did just that in the second round on Thursday afternoon, shooting three under to jump up the leaderboard. Rachel carded five birdies and two bogies to lead the field by five shots and take the overnight lead.
Thompson opened her third round this morning in the same fashion as the previous two – with a birdie. However it was a mixed opening nine with just two pars. Two more birdies and four bogies meant that she went out in one over par. Thompson didn’t put a foot wrong on the way back. Seven pars and two birdies saw her finish the 18 holes in red for the Continue reading
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
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