Kerry Boys winner Jack Murphy pictured with his parents John and Mary.
Young Douglas golfer Jack Murphy might be just 13 years old, but he made a big impression in Ballybunion today when he won the famous Kerry Boys Championship. And it was a double success for Cork as Daniel O’Sullivan won the Plate Final.
Murphy added his name to a list of high profile winners after a excellent display of golf this afternoon. He was up against Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy in an all-Cork final, and despite being 5 years younger, the Douglas golfer came out on top. He got off to a flying start this afternoon, he was three up after six holes on the challenging Cashen course. By the turn he added another to go five up, and he closed out the match on the 14th after winning 5&4. It was a great week for Murphy, he opened with a 77/82 in the strokeplay qualifier to make the top flight championship draw with a few shots to Continue reading
There’s plenty of Cork interest in Ballybunion today as the round of 16 matchplay gets underway. The Cashen course in North West Kerry proved to be a good challenge for some of Ireland’s top young golfers over the past two days, with six Cork golfers making it through to the last sixteen. Mukerry’s Fionn Hickey shot the low round yesterday, a 73 saw him top day two and added to his opening 76, he qualified comfortably. The Irish International had a colourful scorecard yesterday and interesting it included four birdies – all of which came on the par three’s. Tom Higgins from Roscommon was the top qualifier on 148, with Hickey one shot behind on 149.
Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy shot rounds of Continue reading
It was another positive day for Cork golfers, 16 year old Fionn Hickey was in the prizes a the Leinster Boys while Peter O’Keeffe dispatched another two challengers and is into the semi-final of the North of Ireland.
Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey continued his positive set of results this summer with a fourth place finish at the Leinster Boys. Played in Waterford Golf Club over the past three days, Hickey close with a one under par 70. Three birdies in his final five holes helped the Muskerry golfer move up one spot on the leaderboard, and he also won the best Under 17 prize. Mel Deasy (Lee Valley) finished inside the top ten, two birdies on the back nine helped improve his position after going through the front nine in +3 today. Keelan McCarthy and Robbie Walsh came home together in 14th position. Both golfers shot identical rounds of 74,73,78 over the three days, while Mallow’s Daniel O’Sullivan was one shot back in 22nd place.
In Portstewart, Peter O’Keeffe claimed his fourth matchplay win in two day, closing out all four matches before he reached the 18th hole. In the round of 32, O’Keeffe faced Jake Rowe from Tandragee, and he beat the Ulsterman 2&1. This afternoon he faced Malone’s Matthew McClean in the quarter-final and closed out the match on the 16th after holding a solid lead throughout.
Tomorrow morning the Douglas golfer will face the top qualifier and 2018 West of Ireland winner Rob Brazill from Naas. Both golfers are currently on the Irish Senior Mens panel and it promises to be an interesting match. In the second semi final, Liam Grehan will take on Arron Edwards-Hill. O’Keeffe has been on the road for well over a week. Last week he caddied for his friend Rob Dawson in the Irish Open in Lahinch, and when they finished up on Sunday, O’Keeffe made the long journey to the Northern coastline for Monday’s first round in the strokeplay qualifier.
Munster inter-provincial player Edward Walsh led a strong charge from Mallow today at the Munster U15/17 Close at Carrick on Suir. Walsh was two clear of the field at the end of play, posting a one under par 71. Walsh got off to a great start with a birdie on the first hole but he went on to bogey the index two 4th hole. He played some very steady golf after that, carding 12 pars and 2 birdies. He stood on the 18th tee on -2 but a frustrating three putt on the final hole was the only blemish on a great performance. Walsh, playing off 2, was a member of the victorious Munster U16 Interprovincial team recently. He finished two shots clear of Cahir Park’s Ian Halpin and Fota Island’s Shane Galvin was third with a 74.
Killarney’s Luke Walsh won the Under 15 prize, thanks to a birdie on the last which meant that he beat Mallow’s Daniel O’Sullivan by a single stroke with a 75. There was more good news for Mallow when Ronan Feerick took third place, carding Continue reading
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Douglas proved that perseverance pays when they won the Fred Daly Plate final in Ballyneety today. They overcame Monkstown, Bandon and Killarney on their way to a final meeting with Lahinch. Douglas fielded a strong side with three players from their AIG Junior Cup team. Barry O’Sullivan Geaney and Brian Barry put points on the board for Douglas when they both wrapped up their matches on the 16th green. Daniel O’Sullivan and Darren Hourihan were both all square in their matches when John Boylan won his match (also on the 16th) to secure the win for the Cork side.
Munster Fred Daly Plate Final, Ballyneety Golf Club
Douglas 4, Lahinch 1.
Brian Barry beat Darragh Conneely 3&2.
Barry O’Sullivan Geaney beat Barry Dunworth 3&2.
Daniel O’Sullivan halved with Anthony Lacey.
John D Boylan beat Cathal Hegarty 3&2.
Darren Hourihan halved with Jonathan Keane.
13 year old Daniel O’Sullivan was the hero for Mallow as his win on the 18th sealed a 4-3 win for Mallow against Kinsale in the Fred Daly Trophy final. The final was a titanic affair with one match going to the 21st and another going to the 20th. Kinsale got early wins from James Bohan and Mark Healy and Mallow got an early point from Eoin Ahern.
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Gary Ward’s match was finally settled on the 20th, when he beat Mallow’s Ed Walsh with a birdie. Eoin Ahern added appoint for Mallow to make the score 3-2. Conor Roche and John Murphy had a Continue reading