Local knowledge seemed to give two local golfers the edge in Cork today as Padraig Dooley (Drive Golf Performance) and David Ryan (Cahir Park) won the Munster PGA event. Over 20 golfers started out this morning and while there was a cold wind blowing through Little Island, the course was in great condition and surprisingly dry given the heavy rainfall over the weekend. Both golfers trained under Peter Hickey and they returned today to triumph over a field of talented professionals. Both golfers played very steady golf, Ryan was an early starter and had birdies on the 6th, 11th & 12th. The only blemish came on the 17th, but the two under par 70 was enough to get into the winners circle. It was a similar story for Dooley, he also birdied the 6th and the 12th. A bogey on the 14th brought him back to -1 but a birdie on the 17th saw him sign for a 70 and take a share of Continue reading
Davey Barry won today’s second Munster PGA event in Killarney when he shot level par on the Killeen course. This was Davey’s first win at a Munster PGA event and tops off a good season where he also won on the PGA Irish Region in Rosslare. Davey had a great start and turned on two under par after recording birdies on the 7th and 9th. He had a mixed back nine, bogeying the 10th but getting a shot back on the par five 11th. He dropped shots on the 12th and 13th but got back under par on the short 14th. A late bogey on the 18th didn’t damage his position at the top of the leaderboard, and his level par 72 was good enough for a one shot win over the field.
Killeen was in great condition for the Titliest sponsored event. Although there was a short delay while the frost cleared, the course came in for great praise from all of the PGA professionals. Many commented on the firm fairways while everyone was Continue reading
It’s six years since Stephen Hayes took the reins at Douglas Pro Shop, taking on the challenge of working in one of the oldest clubs in Cork. The past six years haven’t been great for the golf industry but in that time the PGA Professional developed a large following. Working from one of the busiest courses in the county, Hayes has built a strong business in what was a tough time for everyone involved in the business. Being a club pro can be a demanding job, the shop must be open 364 days a year, and for up to 12 hours a day during the summer months. Add to that the fact that you need to find cover for the shop if coaching or playing, or even taking a day off, and you’ll soon realise that a pro-shop can be a demanding business for a PGA Professional. Over the past two years the retail landscape has changed, the internet has become a real alternative to the high street or on-course shop. The high street Continue reading
The 106th Irish PGA Championship came to a conclusion today with two Cork golfers in the top 10. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara finished of his tournament in style with a two under par 70. The Limerick native got off to a great start with three birdies on the front nine and another one on he 11th. He bogied the 13th and 16th which pegged him back a little but still stayed in the red and signed for a 70. Davey Barry also rounded off a great week, finishing in a tie for 7th place alongside McNamara. Davey signed for a one over par 73 today but jumped up two places on the leaderboard. Barry was three over par through 11 holes but added two birdies on the way home to get back on track and ensure his top ten finish.
David Higgins had a 71 to stay inside the top ten and finish in 6th place just ahead of McNamara and Barry. David Ryan shot a level par 72 to move up into the top 30. Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna had another disappointing round and finished near the back of the field.
Damien McGrane joined the legendary past winners with a hugely impressive 69 to put his name alongside some of the greatest Irish golfers. Overnight leader Continue reading
Davey Barry shot a one under par 71 at Moyvalley today in the third round of the Irish PGA Championship. Barry moved up the leaderboard on day three and now he’s in 10th place. The Douglas assistant professional started brightly with a birdie on the first but a bogey on the 5th brought him back to level par for the day. A bogey on the 16th was book-ended by birdies on the 12th and 17th which meant that Barry signed for a 71. Cian McNamara slumped to a 77 for this third round, a double bogey on the last was a tough way to finish for the Monkstown Professional who had recovered from a poor start. McNamara is now in 13th place. David Higgins is the best placed Munster Pro, he had a 71 today and is tied for 8th place. The lead is still held by Colm Moriarty from Drive Golf Performance. Moriarty’s 70 was one of the low rounds of the day and he has a one stroke lead over Damien McGrane and holder Niall Kearney.
David Ryan jumped up 14 places on the leaderboard thanks to his 73 today, but Ciaran McKenna dropped out of contention after a disappointing round. Tomorrow will see the final round of Continue reading
Cian McNamara shot an impressive 73 today in very testing conditions to stay in contention at Moyvalley. High winds hampered golfers all day with the later starters suffering the most. McNamara’s solid round means that he’s in 7th place and just four shots off the lead. David Higgins also carded a 73 and he’s in 12th place. David Barry had one of the best rounds of the afternoon, his two over par 74 has him on +1 for the tournament and in a tie for 15th place.
Ciaran McKenna is tied for 36th place after a second round 78. He’s on +8 for his first 36 holes. David Ryan looked like missing the cut after a second round 78, but the afternoon scores saw him jump a few places and he made it through to the weekend right on the cut mark of +11. Padraig Dooley, Stephen Hayes, Ronan Collins and Conor Coyne all had round in the 80’s and missed the cut which was limited to the top 50 plus ties. Daniel Crowley and Peter Hickey also missed the cut after poor opening round yesterday. The lead in the Continue reading
Cian McNamara followed up his good pro-am performance yesterday with an opening 69 at the first round of the PGA Irish Championship. It was a second successive 69 for the Monkstown professional, with birdies on the 12th, 15th and 16th. He had a steady round of 15 pars to go with the three birdies. Davey Barry is two shots back on -1. He’s tied for 12th place after a round that featured four birdies and three pars. The lead is held by Simon Thornton who is three clear of the field after an opening 69. The 106th staging of the Championship is being hosted by Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
Cork interest is high with several golfers in line to make the cut. Ciaran McKenna is inside the top 30 on +2, and Conor Coyne is one behind on +3. Padraig Dooley, David Ryan, Stephen Hayes and Ronan Collins have some work to do to ensure they make the cut. Dooley, Hayes and Ryan are inside Continue reading
Davey Barry (Douglas Pro-Shop) won his first big event on the PGA Irish Region tour yesterday with a great round in Rosslare. Playing in tough weather conditions the Douglas Assistant Pro won by two shots in the Kelly’s Resort sponsored Rosslare Pro-Am. Barry started well with a run of birdies on the third, fourth and fifth, but he gave two shots back before the turn with bogies on the seventh and ninth. Despite playing the very difficult conditions Davey had a great back nine, he added four birdies including two on 17 and 18 to see him finish two shots clear of Damien McGrane, Mark Murphy and Colm Moriarty. David Ryan shot a two under par 70 to claim fifth position alongside David Higgins, and Wayne O’Callaghan finished in the top twenty. It was a good weekend for Davey who was also named in the field for the Irish PGA Championship which takes place in Moyvalley at the end of this month.
Macroom’s 36 holes Senior Scratch Cup was hit by the weather yesterday, and the decision to reduce the event to an 18 hole format was welcomed by almost all of the field. Mallow’s Ian Spillane won with a level par 71, three shots clear of James Sugure. Macroom’s Alan Moriarty won the nett prize with a 76. Eyes now turn to Kinsale and Castlemartyr who host their senior scratch cups next weekend.
Davey Barry (Douglas Pro Shop) moved into the top 15 today at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championships in Little Aston. An opening 72 put Barry into the top 20 after round one, and he went one better today, posting a one under par 71. The under par round was thanks in part to an impressive eagle on the 15th. Barry is tied for 13th place with one round remaining. The Douglas based assistant has enjoyed his first two days in Little Aston and is looking forward to improving further in tomorrows final round.
Davey is one of six Irish golfers to make it through to the final round. Michael Kelly (Dun Laoighre) is in 6th place on -3, and Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick) is tied with Barry on -1 in 13th place. Tim Rice (Limerick), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Ian Brennan (Greenore) are all a shot back on level par. Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood) was the other Irish golfer to make the cut, he’s tied for 34th place.
Padraig Dooley, Conor Coyne and Ronan Collins all had good rounds today at the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Moyvalley. Dooley finished in 6th place with a one over par 73, and both Coyne and Collins were one shot behind. Coyne Continue reading
Davey Barry (Douglas) is in action at the PGA Assistants Championship, he shot a level par 72 in his first round at Little Aston Golf Club in Bermingham. Barry had three birdies and three bogies in his opening 18 holes, and he’s just inside the top twenty heading into the second round.
Cork’s Tom Cleary is in the top ten after the opening round of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Formby. Cleary had an opening 74 and is three shots behind the leader. He’s tied with Tipperary’s Arthur Pierse as the leading Irish players
Valerie Clancy, Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin all had good starts for Ireland today at the opening day of the girl home internationals. Clancy Continue reading