Kieran O’Donoghue leads Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley, Round 3 Draw

Kieran O'DonoghueKieran O’Donoghue (Douglas) carded two level par rounds of 72 to hold the 36 hole lead in the Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley.  In a tough day for golf the wind and rain took it’s toll, and O’Donoghue was the only golfer to match par.  Padraic Connolly (Killeen Castle) is in second place, two strokes off the lead, and Cork duo Gary O’Flaherty and Mark Ford are next on +3.  Although O’Flaherty is three off the lead he has a strong record in Lee Valley, and all eyes will be on him.  Mark Ford and John OBrien are in the hunt with Dave O’Donoghue and Karl Bornemann having an outside change of victory tomorrow.

The cut fell at +19, a measure of the testing conditions.  Thirty golfers made it though to tomorrow’s final round with play getting underway at 8.30am. 


8.30AM: R Kennedy (Monkstown), N Duggan (Dromoland (Castle), K Collins (Fermoy)

8.40AM: A Considine (Lahinch), C O’Donnell (Fota Island), D Coughlan (Castleknock)

8.50AM: J O’Sullivan (Fota Island), P Power (Lee Valley), C Ryan (Killeen Castle)

9.00AM: J Kehoe (Limerick), B Timlin (Galway),  S Miskelly (Knock)

9.10AM: R Connelly (Grange), P Murray (Clontarf), J Waldron (Muskerry)

9.20AM: D O’Donoghue (Bandon), P Flynn (Tramore), E Long (Monkstown)

9.30AM: K Bornemann (Douglas), G Dunne (Co Louth),  G Lenehan (Portmarnock)

9.40AM: D O’Donovan (Muskerry), J O’Neill (Lee Valley), A Thomas (Dungarvan)

9.50AM: J O’Brien (Castlemartyr), A Condren (Greystones), G O’Flaherty (Cork) 

10.00AM: M Ford (Cork), P Connelly (Killeen Castle), K O’Donoghue (Douglas)

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McCormack & O’Donovan tied for the lead in Lee Valley

Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, Lee Valley Golf Club, Saturday 22nd April 2017

Andrew McCormack

After a superb day for golf, Andrew McCormack and Dave O’Donovan are tied for the lead on four under par.  O’Donovan was level par for his second round, adding to his earlier 68 while McCormack shot 69/71.  The Castletroy member clawed a shot back from O’Donovan this afternoon to tie for the lead.  Gary O’Flaherty is one shot off the leaders, he also shot level par this afternoon after a 69 this morning.

Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan had a very impressive 70 this afternoon, he’s in fourth place on 143.  Peter O’Keeffe is next on 144 after two level par rounds, and Mallow’s James Sugrue is also on 144.  John Murphy, Joe O’Sullivan and Eanna Griffin are all on 145, all three have a chance tomorrow but they will need to go low to catch and the beat the leaders.  The cut (top 30) fell at 150, two shots better than last year which is no surprise given the Continue reading

Dave O’Donovan leads Lee Valley with 68, Senior Scratch Cup R1

Dell EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, Lee Valley Golf Club, Saturday 22nd April 2017

Dave O’Donovan follows his tee shot on the 4th in Lee Valley this morning. Picture: Niall O’Shea

2015 winner Dave O’Donovan holds the first round lead in Lee Valley after shooting an excellent 68 in great conditions this morning.  78 golfers took the course for the Dell EMC sponsored event, as sunshine and fast greens greeted the competitors.   O’Donovan leads the tournament by one, Gary O’Flaherty and 2016 runner up Andrew McCormack are one shot back on 69.

Munster Students champion John Murphy is in fourth spot on 70 and James Sugrue also got into the red with a one under par 71.  Peter O’Keeffe and Ben Murray are among a few players who shot level par.  Although conditions are good, scoring is tough on the parkland course with back tees and tricky pins contributing to the stiff test for some of Ireland’s top amateurs.  Ronan Curran (74) is the best of the home players while Lee Valley Captain Pat Continue reading

Two Cups in Two Days – O’Keeffe is the form golfer, Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup

peter-okeeffe-munsterPeter O’Keeffe has worked hard all year to win a senior scratch cup, and this weekend he won two.  After shooting a winning 68 in Kinsale yesterday, O’Keeffe was back on course this morning in Castlemartyr.  Starting early again, the Douglas man plotted his way around the Ron Kirby designed links and carved out a three under par 69.

And O’Keeffe repeated another thing this morning that he did yesterday.  He lost a ball on the opening hole and took a double bogey.  The Munster golfer’s tee shot found the heavy rough and the ball was lost.  Like yesterday he recovered and added three pars before getting his first birdies on the 5th.  He also birdied the par five 8th to gt back to level par before parring the 9th.  O’Keeffe went under par following a birdie on the 11th but couldn’t do better than that as he parred the next five holes where at least a birdie or two might have been expected.  He capitalised on the closing holes however.  He chipped in on the 17th after missing the green, and on the last hole he hit a nine iron from 175 yards to ten feet.  He made the putt to sign for a winning 69.

Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) took second place with a 73 and Kinsale’s Cathal Butler was third with a 74.  Mallow’s James Sugrue was fourth with 75 and Michael Lenihan won the best nett prize.


British Mid Amateur Championship

Dave O’Donovan finished in the top ten at the British Mid Amateur Championship last month.  The Muskerry golfer travelled to Nottingham at the end of May to play in the 54 hole championship at Hollinwell GC.  O’Donovan opened with a disappointing 79 (+7) which saw him just outside the top half of the field.  He recovered however with a 74 (+2) in the afternoon, and the following day he closed with a very respectable 75 that saw him finish in 7th place.  Niall Gorey also travelled to Hollinwell to play his first competitive rounds since an injury ruled him of of several early season events.  Gorey was in a good position after shooting a 76 in the opening round but a second round Continue reading

Lee Valley set for WAGR event next month

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Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) was the 2015 winner of the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup. 

Lee Valley are set for a bumper event next month as they’ll host the 54 hole EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup.  Plans are at an advanced stage for the important competition and this year the competition is a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Rankings.  The WAGR status is likely to help Tournament Director Vincent Drinan and the organising committee, and several high profile amateurs have already entered.  Since Jeff Hopkins turned professional in late 2015, there are now 12 former entrants who have headed for the paid ranks.  This of course includes current PGA Tour player Shane Continue reading

Muskerry Aiming for Back to Back Barton Shield Titles

Action from the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Saturday 15th August 2015. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Muskerry after winning the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Muskerry make the almost familiar trip back to Carton House next week with high hopes of creating history with their AIG Barton Shield Team.  Having beaten four teams in South Munster, they racked up another two wins at the Munster finals stage to book their place in the national finals.  Now they are just two matches away from back to back wins in one of golf’s most prestigious national competitions.  They head off to Carton House with a settled team featuring just one change from last year.  The experienced John Waldron has stepped down and that has given an opportunity to someone else to step up and join the winning team.  That opportunity fell to Shane Whooley and the rookie has excelled all year long.  Whooley started the year playing off 2, but had several impressive performances in the early Continue reading

Muskerry Retain AIG Barton Shield Munster Title

Action from the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Saturday 15th August 2015. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Action from the AIG Barton Shield Munster Final at Dungarvan Golf Club. Saturday 15th August 2015.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Muskerry’s Barton Shield team completed phase two of their plan to match last year’s heroics, after winning the competitive South Munster qualifiers, they went on and secured a second successive Munster title last Saturday in Dungarvan.  Now they face a trip back to Carton House next month for the finals of the AIG Cups and Shields, and they have a great chance of retaining the national title.  The experienced side have one change from last year, Shane Whooley has filled the spot held by John Waldron and has slotted into the seamlessly going on his recent performances.  On Saturday morning they faced Youghal in an all Cork clash.  Youghal had come through the East Munster qualifier, and despite Conor Coyne leading the team they couldn’t keep pace with Muskerry and lost by five holes.  Shannon came through on the other side of the draw with an impressive eight hole win over Tralee.  The final was set to be a battle and it was the first of three Munster finals to be decided on Dungarvan’s 18th green.  The match started as a very evenly

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