Joe on top in Cork, Munster Strokeplay Championship 2019

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2019
Cork Golf Club
4th/5th May 2019He calls it a love hate relationship, but Joe Lyons is probably more in love with Cork Golf Club after the winning the Munster Strokeplay Championship at the Little Island course over the weekend.  After leading through the first, second and third rounds, Joe was brought to a playoff where he beat Eanna Griffin on the second sudden death hole.  “I honestly didn’t think I’d be coming down here to win this weekend so it’s an absolute thrill to win” said Joe after claiming the trophy.  “I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with this this course.  I’ve had nines and tens and all sorts of things down through the years when I had chances of winning this event.  Even leading the qualifiers in the Irish Close a few years back I had a ten on the 16th.  I wasn’t expecting a whole pile so I’m delighted with the win.”  After playing the first three rounds in five under with just six bogies, his closing Continue reading

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Cork set for Munster Strokeplay

Munster Strokeplay Championship
Cork Golf Club
Sunday 6th May 2018Alan Fahy returns to Cork this weekend to defend his Munster Strokeplay title.  Cork Golf Club will play host to the 72 hole event on Saturday and Sunday, and although some of the Irish Team are in Lytham, the field is the deepest ever with the cut falling at +0.4.  The marquee three ball tees off at 9.40, it contains the champion Fahy, the 2018 runner up Robbie Cannon and Portmarnock’s Geoff Lenehan.  The three have all shown promise this year and will be hoping for a positive start in Cork on Saturday.  Keith Egan from Carton House is the lowest handicapped golfer in the field, playing off an impressive mark of +3.0.  Gary O’Flaherty, Ian O’Rourke and Ian O’Flynn are the leading contenders from the home club while Kanturk native Paul Buckley has recently joined the club and will be hoping to build on good form from last weekend in Lee Valley.

Cathal Butler, Eoghan Long and 16 year old Mel Deasy are among the other locals who may challenge on Sunday afternoon.  Deasy hit the Continue reading

Munster Strokeplay Winners (incorporating The Cork Scratch Cup)

1923 J F Nicholson
1924 William Dwyer
1925 J D McCormack
1926 J D McCormack
1927 W R Ogilvie
1928 Redmond Simcox
1929 D J Collins
1930 D J Collins
1931 W R Ogilvie
1932 J D McCormack
1933 G Crosbie Jnr
1934 Redmond Simcox
1935 W M O’Sullivan
1936 J D McCormack
1937 A W Briscoe
1938 J Bruen Jnr
1939 J Bruen Jnr
1940 J Bruen Jnr
1941 J Bruen Jnr
1942 Redmond Simcox
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947 Redmond Simcox
1948 G F Crosbie
1949 Redmond Simcox
1950 W M O’Sullivan
1951 M  Power
1952 W M O’Sullivan
1953 G F Crosbie
1954 M  Power
1955 Capt John Fitzgibbon
1956 G F Crosbie
1957 M  Power
1958 J Murray
1959 T Higgins
1960 T W Egan
1961 J Bowen
1962 G F Crosbie
1963 Edward Higgins
1964 G F Crosbie
1965 G H McCormack
1966 Edward Higgins
1967 Liam Higgins
1968 Liam Higgins
1969 T W Egan
1970 J Bowen
1971 T Craddock
1972 F Wright
1973 L D Goulding
1974 B G Streather
1975 J Mehigan
1976 T P O’Brien
1977 A D Pierse
1978 B McDaid
1979 Brian Begley
1980 M L Guerin
1981 D F O’Sullivan
1982 D F O’Sullivan
1983 J G Fitzgerald
1984 D F O’Sullivan
1985 Arthur Pierse
1986 Tom Cleary
1987 John Morris Jnr
1988 John G Kavanagh
1989 Tom Cleary
1990 Niall Goulding
1991 Niall Goulding
1992 Garry Murphy
1993 Pat Murray
1994 Denis O’Sullivan
1995 Denis O’Sullivan
1996 Kieran McCarthy
1997 Pat Lyons
1998 Gary Murphy
1999 Padraig Dooley
2000 Michael O’Kelly
2001 Karl Bornemann
2002 Tom Cleary
2003 Pat Lyons
2004 Tom Cleary
2005 Dermot Costelloe
2006 Conor Doran
2007 Niall Gorey
2008 Niall Gorey
2009 Pat Murray
2010 Rory Leonard
2011 Niall Gorey
2012 Brian Casey
2013 Kieran McCarthy
2014 Barry Anderson
2015 Shaun Carter
2016 Cathal Butler
2017 Barry Anderson
2018 Alan Fahy
2019 Joe Lyons

 

Closing Date for Strokeplay approaching

The Cork Scratch Cup

The Cork Scratch Cup

The closing date for the Munster Strokeplay is fast approaching, with entries closing on Saturday evening.  The 72 hole event takes place over two days on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with the winner picking up the famous Cork Scratch Cup.  Although the event has been a Munster Championship for over a decade, the cup dates back to 1923 making it the oldest scratch cup in the country.  Already a number of the top Irish amateurs have entered and more will follow over the coming days.  Entries are limited to the lowest 75 golfers, with the top 39 golfers qualifying for the final two rounds.  The championship is again sponsored by Liam Ryan from Ryan’s SuperValu.  There’s just a few days left to enter, and the link 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

The Cork Scratch Cup

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

2016 Winner Cathal Butler

Most people will know that last weekend’s competition was 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 and base holds the names of the all of the winners.

The trophy was presented by William Dwyer, 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