All the Winners… Irish Golfer Events at Cork Golf Club

IGM Cork Golf Club July 2018RESULTS / CORK GOLF CLUB  6th July

Category #1 (Up to 11 Handicap)
1st Place – Martin Devlin (10) 39 pts – Taylormade M3 Driver
2nd Place – Ben Harte (5) 38 pts – Taylormade M3 Three-wood
3rd Place – John O’Sullivan (4) 37 pts – Taylormade M3 Rescue

Category #2 (12-24 handicap / 36 ladies)
1st Place – Liam Hickey (12) 47 pts – Taylormade M4 Driver
2nd Place – Eugene Ryan (12) 40 pts – Taylormade M4 Three-wood
3rd Place – Mary R. Barry (21) 39 pts – Taylormade M4 Rescue

Best Gross
Kieran Kennedy (Scr) 74 – GolfBuddy GPS

Nearest The Pin 
13th Hole – Mick O’Toole – Motocaddy S5 Connect

Longest Drive
Lar Ryan – TaylorMade Stand Bag

Irish Golfer Event heads to Cork

IGM Events Cork 2018Irish Golfer Magazine are holding their first Cork event next week, and over €3,500 worth of prizes will be given out on the day is what is one of the biggest events in Cork.  It takes place on Friday next (6th July) and there are several tee time options still available.

Cork Golf Club will be the host venue for the event, the Little Island course is home to the Munster Strokeplay and has hosted the Senior Cup as well as the area finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in the past two weeks.

The event is open to ladies and gents and there is a non GUI/ILGU category also available.  The entry fee is €60 per person with a reduced rate of €40 for Cork GC members.  As with all IGM events this years, all of the golfers taking part will be entered into a draw to win Continue reading

Monkstown Through in AIG Senior Cup

AIG Senior Cup Area Semi Finals 2018
Cork Golf Club
Sunday 24th June 2018Monkstown were the first club to book their place in the Munster finals in Thurles, marking the third time in four years that they have reached the finals of the AIG Senior Cup.

16 teams started in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning, and two rounds later there were just four.  Bandon faced Kinsale and Mallow were up against Monkstown this morning.  The two semi-finals were close matches, with the Bandon Kinsale derby needing three extra holes to decide the winner.  Bandon’s Ger Tobin was the hero as he won the 21st hole to take Bandon through to area final.

AIG Senior Cup Results

For team manager Pat O’Keeffe and his assistant Martin Walsh it marks another successful start to a campaign.  Last year the lost at the semi-final stage so there’s no doubt that they’ll appreciate making it through to the Munster finals.  This afternoon there were wins for Sean Desmond, Donal McDonnell and Martin Continue reading

Gillis says Goodbye to Cork after 54 Years

Anthony Gillis Cork Golf Club Jun 2018After 54 years, Anthony Gillis is finally handing over the keys at Cork Golf Club.  The Head Greenkeeper is retiring this month after a lifetime on the famous Alister MacKenzie course in Little Island.  After starting in a temporary role in 1965, Gillis became a full time green keeper soon after and in 1968 he became assistant greenkeeper. That started the labour of love for the Little Island native who lives no more than 300 yards from the Club.  Having grown up on the other side of Island, not far from the eastern side of the course, he has memories of coming in over the quarry and chipping and playing “four-quarters” on the sixth green.  Working under Francis Devane, Anthony quickly learned his trade and he went on to take over the head greenkeeper in the early 1970’s.  After working with famous agronomist James Arthur in the 1970’s, Gillis went on to study in Bingley, Elmwood College and the National Botanic Gardens, giving him a formal background in greenkeeping which complimented his own passion and knowledge for the job.  A lot has changed in six decades and Anthony doesn’t miss the hard physical work that was involved back in his early days.  “The work isn’t as hard Continue reading

Fahy wins Munster Strokeplay

Munster Strokeplay ChampionshipCork Golf Club Sunday 6th May 2018

Dun Laoghaire’s Alan Fahy who won the Munster Strokeplay Championship at Cork Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Leinster’s dominance of the Munster Strokeplay continued yesterday when Dun Laoghaire‘s Alan Fahy became the fifth winner from the province in seven years.  Claiming his first senior championship win, he had a very impressive second day in Cork, he was eight under for his final 36 holes.  That helped him overturn a four shot deficit, and that was enough to hive him a two stroke win.  Fahy shot an excellent 66 on Sunday morning to tie for the lead with halfway leader Robbie Cannon, and he was still level with the Balbriggan man after the final front nine.  Although Fahy birdied the 16th, he felt he need more and was disappointed when a good putt on the 17th shaved the hole.  With one chance remaining, the 20 year old Maynooth University student drilled his tee shot on the 18th, and he followed that with a superb 8 iron from 140 yards which finished five feet from the hole.  A firm uphill putt hit the centre of the hole and he carded Continue reading

The Famous Cork Scratch Cup

Munster Strokeplay Championship, Munster Golf, Cork Golf Club, Sunday 30th April 2017

2017 winner Barry Anderson with the Cork Scratch Cup

Many people will know that this weekend’s competition is called the Munster Strokeplay, but not everyone will know that when the event was given Championship status it had the additional designation of “incorporating the Cork Scratch Cup”.  The Cork Scratch Cup is one of the oldest trophies in Irish golf and according to Cork’s GM Matt Sands, it the original cup that was awarded over 90 years ago.  The cup dates from 1923 and it holds the names of the all of the winners.

The trophy was presented by William Dwyer, a man and a family that are synonymous with Cork Golf Club, and the same person who started the inter-society competition which still runs today.  Dwyer presented the trophy in 1923 and won it in himself in 1924.  The trophy bears the names of the great Cork Golf Club stalwarts, Crosbie, Simcox, Bruen and Higgins are all represented, with Jimmy Bruen claiming four consecutive titles from 1938-1941.  There was a gap of four years during the war and Redmond Simcox won his fourth title in 1947 when the competition resumed.  Simcox was one of three golfers Continue reading

McNamara claims second win in Cork, Munster PGA Winter Series

Cian McNamara Munster PGA Feb 2018

Cork’s Peter Hickey congratulating Cian McNamara on his win the Munster PGA Winter Series event in Cork Golf Club Picture: Niall O’Shea

Despite the cold weather, the Munster PGA got the second half of their winter series off to a great start on Monday in Cork Golf Club.  Twenty Pro’s braved the cold winds but the course in Cork was in great condition, and benefitted from the recent week of dry weather.  Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara was the winner on the day, the Monkstown Professional shot a one under par 71 to record his second win of the winter series.  He turned on two under par thanks to birdies on the second, third and eighth, and he dropped a shot on the index one fourth hole.  A bogey also followed on the 10th but he parred the remaining eight holes to remain in the red and sign for a one under par 71.  After a break of a few months, David Higgins made his seasonal debut.  The Waterville man had a beak towards the end of 2017 and was in Barbados for a pro-am in January.  Although he carded an impressive 72 for second place, the form was mixed.  He had an uncharacteristic six bogies but that was countered with four birdies and an eagle.  David was joined on his team by brother Brian and dad Liam.  They returned an impressive Continue reading