Walsh wins in Oughterard, Connacht Boys Champion

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Enter a Robert Walsh JNR (Kinsale) winner of the Connacht Boys Amateur Championship 2019. Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey

Robbie Walsh claimed his first provincial title today when he overturned a three shot deficit to win the Connacht Boys in Oughterard.  It was a long three days for the Kinsale golfer, he was in contention from the start and held a share of the lead with Galgorm Castle’s Joshua Hill after an opening 68.  He fell back to second place after round two though when he shot a level par 72 and Hill shot a 69.  With a three shot lead, Hill was favourite to win the title, and after the opening nine it still looked like that.  The Kinsale teenager was still three behind at the turn but two mistakes from Hill and a birdie from Walsh on the par five 14th saw the pair tied for the lead on the 16th tee.  Hill went one ahead with a birdie on the 16th, but he closed with two bogies that would put him into second place.  Walsh’s birdie on the par three 17th was crucial, it gave him a one shot lead heading to the 18th tee.  Although both golfers bogied the last, Walsh knew he had a cushion and claimed his first provincial title.

Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey carded a final round 69 (-2) to move up to 4th place, that’s another good result after he won the Under 17 trophy at the Irish Boys last week.  Jack Egan (Muskerry) and Keelan McCarthy (Lee Valley) both finished inside the top twenty, and Ronan Feerick (Mallow) dropped Continue reading

Robbie Walsh ahead in Connacht Boys, Lyons leads in Irish Seniors Close

Boylesports Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2019 Lee Valley Golf Club 27/28th April 2019Robbie Walsh leads the Connacht Boys after an impressive round where he shot a 68.  The Kinsale teenager had five birdies on his way the the four under par round in Oughterard.  A bogey on the final hole spoiled an otherwise flawless round, and he ties the overnight lead with Joshua Hill.  Keelan McCarthy (Lee Valley) and Shane Connor (East Cork) are the next best Cork players, they shot level par and are tied for 13th place.  Muskerry duo Fionn Hickey (+2) and Jack Egan (+3) are both inside the top thirty, along with Mallow’s Ronan Feerick.  Round two in Oughterard takes place tomorrow with the top 45 qualifying for the final round.

Pat Lyons leads in Kilkenny – Irish Seniors Close Munster Seniors Amateur Open 2019 Killarney Golf Club Wednesday 18th June 2019Pat Lyons shot an opening one Continue reading

Healy best of Cork at Connacht Boys, Lyons leads at Irish Seniors Close

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Kinsale’s Mark Healy

Kinsale’s Mark Healy is tied for seventh place heading into the final round at the Connacht Boys at Glaway Golf Club.  Healy is six strokes off the lead after shooting rounds of 73 & 74.  John Murphy was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut for the final round, John had round of 78 and 73 to lie just outside the top 20.

Darren Hourihan (Douglas) had a second round 79 to miss the final round cut by two shots and Brian O’Connell, Eamonn O’Driscoll and Cillian Moloney also missed the cut.

In Tralee, Pat Lyons (Cork) leads the field in the Irish Seniors Close.  Lyone had two birdies on the front nine and turned on one under, but three bogies on the back nine saw him sign for a two over par 73, and finish day one two shots clear of the field.  There’s a strong Cork challenge after the first round, Castlemartyr’s John O’Brien is in a tie for 4th along with Donal O’Donovan (Bandon) and Leinster Seniors winner Michael Quirke (Doneraile) is a shot behind.  Karl Bornemann (Douglas), Tom Cleary (Cork ) and Jerry Crean (Kinsale) are all in the top 30.

Irish Seniors Close Round 1 Scores

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