O’Keeffe starts 2017 with a win, Mid West Golf Alliance

AIG Barton Shield South Munster Final, Sunday 10th July, Monkstown Golf ClubPeter O’Keeffe opened his season on a high last Sunday when he finished joint top at the opening round of the Mid West Golf Alliance at Dromoland.  He shot 37 points to tie for the lead alongside Andrew McCormack and David Reddan Jnr.

O’Keeffe has been working hard on his own strength & conditioning programme and while that’s yielding results in the studio, and  his on course programme seems to be going to plan too.  Despite losing a ball on the 5th hole, he held his composure to plot his way around the parkland course in 37 gross points.  The gross stableford scoring system in use allowed O’Keeffe to recover quickly after the 5th, he hit a 320 yard bomb on the next hole and he went on to beat par by one shot.  Gross stableford gives one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie and so on.

This year the format for the Alliance has changed, there are four qualifying rounds in Dromoland and the top two scores will count. The top eight qualifiers will go forward to a matchplay shootout.  The second round takes place on Sunday next and any interested in playing should contact 061 368444.

Mid West Alliance 1st Round, Dromoland 
37: Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy)
36: Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay)
35: Joe Lyons (Galway)
33: Nicky Duggan (Dromoland), Donncadh Nagle (Dromoland), Bob Loftus (Lahinch) Tony Cleary (Woodstock)

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Sugrue wins Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup

Munster Youths Amateur Open 2016James Sugrue backed up his good form at the Munster Youths by winning the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup today.  The 70+ golfers faced very testing conditions with frost

Sugrue led going into the afternoon thanks to a three under par 66 this morning.  He backed that up with a level par 69 in the afternoon for a winning total of 135 (-3).  Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty shot the low round of the afternoon, his 67 saw him jump for tied 7th to second place on -1.  Andrew McCormack from Newcastlewest also finished on -1  and took third place with 68,69.

Muskerry’s Conor Riordan took the best nett prize with 134 (-4), he also had the 4th best gross score.  Nenagh’s David Reddan Jnr was 4th in the gross standings with 138.

The Mallow man continues the trend of youth winning in Muskerry, Conor Coyne (Youghal) won in 2015 and John Hickey (Cork) won in 2014.  More details to follow.

Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Shane Sadler, final standings: Continue reading