David Ryan (Cahir Park) and David Foley (Dromoland Castle) came joint top in Dooks today in the first outing of the Munster PGA Winter Series. The two David’s were the only golfers to finish under par, shooting an impressive 70 in cool windy conditions. The pair had a four shot cushion over the field. Dooks was in great condition for the Ping sponsored event which attracted PGA professionals from all over the province. Third prize was shared between Limerick’s Tim Rice and Tralee’s John Sugrue after they both finished with a 74. Rice will miss the next outing as he’ll be in Tarragona, Spain hoping to earn a place at final qualifying for then European Tour. Rice qualified for the second qualifying stage last month, and will be hoping for another good performance there. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara and his amateur partner Alec O’Donnell took the pro-am prize.
The next event on the PGB sponsored schedule takes place in Killarney on Monday 7th December. After Killarney its on to Dromoland, and Castlemartyr will host the final event before Christmas in December.
Waterville’s David Higgins missed today’s competition as he’s in action in the PGA Playoffs, being held in Saunton Golf Club in Devon. Higgins carded and opening round of 72 (+1) and is in the top ten just three shots off the lead. The 72 hole event continues tomorrow.
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 (Douglas)
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
Neither James Sugrue or John Murphy managed to overcome Neil McKinstry’s lead in the Irish Youths yesterday although they both finished inside the top ten. Murphy was in second place, two shots off the lead going into the final round and Sugure was just one shot behind Murphy.
Sugrue got off to a great start with a birdie on the opening hole but bogies on 4,5 and 6 meant that he dropped back and wasn’t able to put pressure on the leaders. The par 70 course had a CSS in round three of 73, indicating the difficulty in scoring for all golfers. None of the 100 golfers playing were able to match par with only seven golfers returning 71. Murphy had a tough start to the day, he was in the final group with leader Neil McKinstry. Murphy had a double bogey on the 2nd, and Continue reading
Padraig Dooley finished ahead of the field today at the PGA Southern Championship Pro-Am, thanks to a seven under par 65. Dooley has been in fine form this year, but this is his first win on the Irish Region tour. The Riverstown based Professional finished one shot ahead of the field.
There was a real Cork Golf Club feel to the top of the leaderboard with the top three all having strong links to the Little Island club. David Ryan was right behind Dooley on -6 and David Higgins was third with a 68. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara finished in the top 20, and it was good to see Castlemartyr’s Brady Sherwood back in action on the course.
Today’s golfers will be joined by David Barry, Conor Coyne and Ciaran McKenna for tomorrow’s first round at Powerscourt. Higgins is one of the form golfers entering the competition, he won two events last week bringing his season total to seven wins – including the prestigious PGA Pros Championship in England last month. The Southern Championship is a 36 hole tournament, it has a prize fund in excess of €13,000 and will conclude on Tuesday.
Live scoring will be available from this link from around 12pm.
There was an air of familiarity today as David Higgins clocked up another win, this time it was a play-off win over Michael McDermott to secure the Irish Club Professional Tournament. Higgins was the only golfer in the field to break par and his one under par 70 was enough to stake a share of 1st place. Dunmurry Springs was the venue and it took two tie holes to separate the pair. Higgins needed a good up an down to save par at the first, but he hit the green in regulation on the second when McDermott found water.
David Ryan added a second round 75 to his opening 72. He finished on +4, tied for 5th placce with Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge).
Davey Barry fell back to 22nd place, he finished with a disappointing 81 today, the Douglas trainee did finish in the money and he’ll look to better days in the long season ahead. Davey is back in action next week at The Ruddy Cup which takes place at Pat Ruddy’s European Club.
Ryan and Higgins are back in action on Friday at the Foxrock Pro-Am.
Cian McNamara won the Premium Golf Brands Order of Merit on Monday as the Munster PGA winter series drew to a close. The Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy hosted by Monkstown marked the final event in the weather affected winter series. McNamara finished in third place on day but that was enough to pip his friend David Ryan for the title. McNamara won earlier this year in Adare, on the day that the course closed before a major redevelopment project got underway. He placed in Castlemartyr, Monkstown and Fota Island to stay on top of the leaderboard. The PGB Order of Merit Continue reading
David Higgins pictures with Stephen Hayes
Congrats to David Higgins who won the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy in Monkstown today. The Waterville golfer shot an amazing 62 to win the title by 6 shots. David Ryan was second and Cian McNamara took third place.
Monkstown was in great condition today, with the greens in particular Continue reading
Munster PGA Captain David O’Sullivan presenting David Higgins with first prize after the Munster PGA event in Castlemartyr on Monday.
David Higgins (Waterville) was the only golfer to break 70 at the Munster PGA Winter Series event in Castlemartyr today. The Kerryman won his first event of the 15/16 series and is now in with a strong shout for the order or merit title with events in Waterville and Monkstown left on the schedule.
David recorded birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes on the front nine and the 1 Continue reading
2015 started with the sad news of the closure of Frankfield Golf Course. The nine hole track existed on an elevates site on the southside of the city for over 30 years since Mick Ryan Snr laid out the course. It must have been an emotive decision for the Ryan family, especially given that they live and work onsite. The Ryan’s retained the very busy driving range and announced plans to extend and develop the practice facilities. While there were many disappointed members, they all had several options to continue their golf with every other Cork club offering membership options. PGA Professionals David Whyte and Michael Ryan are both based at the city venue and it proved to be a busy place throughout 2015.
Joint winners Munster PGA Wilson Singles at Cork GC David Ruddy and David Ryan pictured Liam Burns, Munster PGA Captain and Peter Hickey, Cork GC. Picture: Niall O’Shea
On the course, the Munster PGA were one of the few groups to be playing competitive golf. David Ryan used local knowledge to win the Wilson sponsored competition in Cork Golf Club. He shot a three under par round to finish ahead of popular Bandon veteran Continue reading