Eric Rumley came home in three under in Killeen today to sign for a 69 and lead the Leinster Students after the opening round. Fresh from helping Kinsale to their first AIG Barton Shield title in Thurles on Sunday, the Kinsale man opened with a birdie but gave shots back on the third and fifth holes. A birdie on the ninth got him back to even par, and set him up for the impressive back nine. Birdies on the 12th and 13th got him into the red and a final birdie on the par three 18th saw him tie for the lead. Stackstown’s John McCarthy is also on -3 while there are ten more golfers within three shots in the 54 hole tournament.
Gary Ward is in the top 15 on +3 while Darren Hourihan is in the top 30 two shots back. The second round gets underway tomorrow morning with the top 45 plus ties qualifying for Friday’s final round. The holder is John Murphy but he’s unable to defend his title as he returned to the University of Louisville last week.
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Kinsale’s Mark Healy pictured in 2015
Mark Healy finished in the top ten in Bray thanks to a great recovery that featured five birdies. The Kinsale man had a poor start with a bogey on the opening hole and another on the second hole. He steadied after that and pulled a shot back at the seventh. He had birdies the 10th and 11th to get back into the red and two more birdies followed on the 15th and at the final hole. Healy’s 67’s matched the best score of the day, winner Stefan Greenberg along with second placed Ronan Mullarney and third placed Jack McDonnell also went around the course in Bray on -3.
James Sugrue had a disappointing final round that saw him drop from third place to 12th. He signed for a four over par 74 which featured only a single bogey. Sean Desmond had a 72 to finish just inside the top 30 while Cathal Butler and Darren Hourihan ahd 77’s to finish in the middle of the pack, while Aoife Ni Thuama finished in 8th place in the Continue reading
Kinsale’s John Murphy
John Murphy stormed to the top of the leaderboard on day 2 of the Munster Students Championship, thanks to an excellent 68. He’s now four shots clear of the field on 6 under par. 68 was a popular number in Cork Golf Club today, with both James McKeever and Cathal Butler posting 68’s. Butler will disappointed despite tying the low round of the day, he was seven under before carding a triple bogey on the 17th. The Kinsale man dusted himself off and recovered with a par on the 18th. Butler recorded six birdies and an eagle, with one bogey and the triple in the impressive round.
Murphy’s 68 was less dramatic four birdies and a bogey on the front nine saw him on -3 at the turn. He added a birdie on the 10th and shot par golf for the remaining eight holes. The four hole cushion gives him a big advantage going into the final round, but there are some quality golfers in the chasing pack. Monkstown’s Sean Desmond is tied for 5th on level par and James Sugrue is just inside the top Continue reading
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.
Kinsale’s Cathal Butler in Fred Daly action recently
Kinsale’s Cathal shot the low round of the day to climb the leaderboard in the Connacht Boys Amateur Open in Roscommon. Butler carded a three under par 69 which included
six birdies. He finished in 6th place on +3 for his three rounds.
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John Murphy also sneaked inside the top ten, he had a final round 73 to finish on +4. Overnight leader Marc McKinstry shot a final round 70 to extend his six shot lead to a final winning margin of eight shots. Continue reading
Leading Qualifiers Darren Hourihan and Cian Kidney will face off against each other in the final 16 of the Ford Junior Scratch. At least the wind should have calmed down a bit……
Muskerry Golf Club Ford Junior Scratch Trophy Round 3:
James Ahern v Alan Buckley, Brian Hartnett v Adam McSweeeny, Liam Harte v Ronan McMahon, John Chisholm v Jack Egan, Darren Hourihan v Cian Kidney. Brian Murphy v Ben Harte, Olan Barrett v Ross Williams, Owen O’Leary v Gary Morris
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