Monkstown’s Cian McNamara pictured at his custom fitting bay at the range in Monkstown Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea
Cian McNamara booked his place in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week with a dramatic playoff win this evening in Rosapenna. The Monkstown professional was tied for fourth place after the opening round, and at the end of 36 holes he was tied with tour professional Kevin Phelan for the fourth and final qualifying place. It was the Limerick native who won through in the play-off. After halving the first playoff hole, Phelan’s approach to the second found the rough and two putts meant that he carded a five. McNamara was on in two with around 30 feet for birdie. He rolled his birdie putt up to less than two feet and tapped in the par to win the final place. He now faces a tough decision on whether to travel to St Anne’s Old Links on Tuesday for final qualifying for the Open Championship in what’s sure to be a busy week.
Simon Thornton won the event and claimed the top prize of €6,000 a well as a Continue reading
Monkstown PGA Professional Cian McNamara pictured with PGA Tour member Seamus Power on a visit to Monkstown Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea
Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was tied second in today’s Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am in Moyvalley. McNamara has been improving steadily in the early part of the season, last week he carded a final round 69 in the PGA Professional Championship to claim 6th place. The event was held in Lutrellstown Castle which featured 150 PGA professionals from all over the UK and Ireland.
Today he followed up with another solid round in Moyvalley in the pro-am on the eve of the the 72 hole Irish PGA Championship. The Limerick native was second, two shots off the lead set by David Higgins.
Moyvalley is a course that McNamara likes, he finished in the top ten last year and he’ll be hoping to challenge at the top of the leaderboard and add his name to the famous trophy. Davey Barry (Douglas) also finished in the top Continue reading
Cian McNamara shot an impressive 73 today in very testing conditions to stay in contention at Moyvalley. High winds hampered golfers all day with the later starters suffering the most. McNamara’s solid round means that he’s in 7th place and just four shots off the lead. David Higgins also carded a 73 and he’s in 12th place. David Barry had one of the best rounds of the afternoon, his two over par 74 has him on +1 for the tournament and in a tie for 15th place.
Ciaran McKenna is tied for 36th place after a second round 78. He’s on +8 for his first 36 holes. David Ryan looked like missing the cut after a second round 78, but the afternoon scores saw him jump a few places and he made it through to the weekend right on the cut mark of +11. Padraig Dooley, Stephen Hayes, Ronan Collins and Conor Coyne all had round in the 80’s and missed the cut which was limited to the top 50 plus ties. Daniel Crowley and Peter Hickey also missed the cut after poor opening round yesterday. The lead in the Continue reading
Davey Barry (Douglas Pro Shop) moved into the top 15 today at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championships in Little Aston. An opening 72 put Barry into the top 20 after round one, and he went one better today, posting a one under par 71. The under par round was thanks in part to an impressive eagle on the 15th. Barry is tied for 13th place with one round remaining. The Douglas based assistant has enjoyed his first two days in Little Aston and is looking forward to improving further in tomorrows final round.
Davey is one of six Irish golfers to make it through to the final round. Michael Kelly (Dun Laoighre) is in 6th place on -3, and Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick) is tied with Barry on -1 in 13th place. Tim Rice (Limerick), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Ian Brennan (Greenore) are all a shot back on level par. Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood) was the other Irish golfer to make the cut, he’s tied for 34th place.
Padraig Dooley, Conor Coyne and Ronan Collins all had good rounds today at the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Moyvalley. Dooley finished in 6th place with a one over par 73, and both Coyne and Collins were one shot behind. Coyne Continue reading
Two wins for Butler in Wales
Cathal Butler had two wins in Wales today as Ireland beat Wales to take third place at the Boys Home Internationals. Butler partnered Devin Morley for the third day in the foursomes and the pair recorded their third win when they closed out their match on the 16th green. Butler was back in singles action this afternoon and he again finished on the 16th with a 3&2 win over Wales Tom Davies. Butler’s record for the 2015 Home Internationals will read as an impressive 4 points from a possible 5. The Kinsale golfer will be back in action on Sunday when his club head for Golf Coast Golf Club for the Munster finals of the Fred Daly Trophy.
McKenna Makes the Cut in Coventry
Ciaran McKenna needed two birdies in his final three holes to make the cut at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championship in Coventry today. McKenna was four over par after 15 and it looked like he was headed home. Birdies on the 16th and 17th rescued his card and a par at a last saw him through right on the cut mark. Davey Barry didn’t have the same luck, he couldn’t get his round together and finished well outside the cut.
Coyne out of Contention in Ulster Youths
Conor Coyne (Youghal) had a third round 75 to take him out of the reckoning at the Ulster Youths in Belvoir Park Golf Club. Final scores for the fourth round are no available but Coyne was over ten shots off the lead going into the final round.
Turner Leads Northern Ireland Open
After a lengthy injury lay-off, Muskerry’s Niall Turner is back in form and hold a share of the lead in the Challenge Tour event in Galgorm Castle. Turner shot a six under par 66 in his round this morning, including an impressive eagle 2 after driving the green on the par four second hole. Turner has a lie in tomorrow as his second round won’t get underway until 2.20pm
Ciaran McKenna is currently in the top 25 after the first round of the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championship in Coventry Golf Club. Mallow’s McKenna had a very tidy level par opening round, his only birdie of the day came on the par five 4th, but he had one bogey to balance that on the 11th hole. His level par 73 has him five shots Continue reading
Cork’s Young Guns lost out in the second round of the South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch today.
Youghal’s Conor Coyne took Niall Gorey to the 18th this afternoon but the experienced campaigner beat Coyne on the final hole. Coyne had an impressive 3&2 win Continue reading
Paul McCarthy (Mallow Golf Club)
Paul McCarthy from Mallow shot a one under par 71 to complete the 36 hole qualifier in 7th place at the South of Ireland in Lahinch. The Munster Youths champion opened with a bogey but closed with the last of his three birdies to sign for a Continue reading
Shane Sadler, sponsor, presenting the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup to Conor Coyne, Youghal Golf Club, following his victory on Saturday last. Included are Seamus O’Brien, President and David Taylor, Captain at Muskerry GC.
Picture: Mike English
Youghal’s Conor Coyne made a huge breakthrough on Saturday when he captured the Muskerry Scratch Cup. The event had a full field with Gary O’Flaherty, Ronan Twomey, Niall Gorey and holder John Hickey all tipped to play well. The 36 hole event was again sponsored by Shane Sadler and the course was in great condition for the showpiece event. Mallow’s Ian Spillane held the lead after 18 holes. He had a one shot lead over holder John Hickey, with Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan back in third place but four shots off the lead. Continue reading
Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup
Sponsored by Shane Sadler
Winner: Conor Coyne (Youghal) 145
Runner Up: Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) 146
3rd: John Hickey (Cork) 147
4th: Ian Spillane (Mallow) 147
5th: Greg O’Mahony (Fota) 148
6th: John O’Brien (Castlemartyr) 149
Best Gross 1st 18: Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 72
Best Gross 2nd 18: Dan Hartnett (Muskerry) 72
Best Nett: Craig Foley (4) Cork 145
2nd Nett: Eoin O’Callaghan (2) Muskerry 146
Alf Kearey Memorial U- 25 Winner: Alan O’Connell (Muskerry)