He might have been disappointed going to bed on Friday night, but James Sugrue woke up to the good news that he had secured an invitation to next week’s Irish Open. After a well-placed comment from Lee Westwood, the European Tour extended an invitation to the 2019 Amateur Champion. Sugrue was in action in New York at the US Open, and disappointingly missed the cut after failing to battle back in the second round. Short of tournament golf, Sugrue is keen to maximise all opportunities for top level golf. His season will run until November when he’s due to play in the Masters at Augusta.
It was after his opening round on Thursday that the issue of the Irish Open came up. Playing partner Lee Westwood expressed surprise tha Continue reading
Jack Howard (Fota Island)
Jack Howard came agonisingly close to a spot in Lahinch this week, the Fota Island golfer was just one shot away from making the Irish Open field. Playing alongside 130 of Ireland’s top professionals and amateurs in Moy Valley, Howard shot a three under par 69 in his opening round. Five birdies and two bogies saw him reach the halfway point in fifth place and in with a great shot of claiming one of the four passes to Lahinch. David Ryan was also in on -3 while Conor Coyne was the next best Cork golfer on level par. While several golfers completed their first rounds on Sunday morning, the leaders had to wait to start their second rounds. Although Howard opened with two bogies in Sunday’s second round he recovered before the turn. A birdie on the 13th and an eagle two on the 15th put him back in a positive position but a bogey on the second last hole meant that he missed out on the playoff by one shot. A four under total, with two under par rounds is a strong performance, and given the quality of the field Howard’s top ten finish is impressive. David Ryan carded a second round Continue reading
Sean Reddy pictured with the letter that won him a behind the scenes VIP tour at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Picture: Niall O’Shea
Nine year old Sean Reddy had the experience of a lifetime during Irish Open week when he got a behind the scenes VIP tour. Sean was a guest of the European Tour on the Wednesday after his letter was selected as one of four winning entries from hundreds of letters sent in from pupils and schools all over Ireland. In addition to his VIP tour, Sean also won a prize for his school, and several of his friends from Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil in Glanmire were also in the K Club for a special golf clinic courtesy of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.
Sean’s VIP tour started in the media centre where 2015 winner Soren Kjeldsen was holding his press conference, and young golfer from Ballyvolane was invited to ask Kjeldsen a Continue reading
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Pauline J McKechnie & Anthony O’Connell (Fota Island GC) taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifying Competition at Dooks, Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey
Two Cork clubs will be represented at the K Club today for the final of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge. Both Fernhill and Fota Island will play in a fourball qualifier that will see the winning team qualify to play in the Irish Open Pro-Am next week. Pauline J McKechnie and Anthony O’Connell will represent Fota Island while Cathy McGuinness and Tony O’Donovan will head out in Fernhill colours. Killarney and Tipperary were the other successful qualifiers from the competition which was held in Dooks Golf Club two weeks ago.
22 teams from golf clubs across Ireland will do battle this today on the Smurfit Course at The K Club in the final of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge – with a chance to play alongside international golf superstars and world famous celebrities in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro–Am at stake.
The qualifying events took place at five of Ireland’s top golf courses, including Powerscourt GC in County Wicklow, Hollystown GC in Dublin, Rockmount GC in Belfast, Dooks GC in County Kerry and Galway Bay Golf Club, all of whom donated their excellent facilities in support of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Cathy McGuinness and Tony O’Donovan (Fernhill GC) taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifying Competition at Dooks, Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey
The theme for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club (May 19-22) is ‘History in the Making’ and that will certainly be the case when, for the first time ever, one lucky club team lines up to play alongside a top golfer in the prestigious Pro-Am competition. This initiative is part of Europe’s Race to Dubai Champion Rory McIlroy’s five-point plan to drum up support for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from Ireland’s 420 golf clubs, as well as helping to further develop the game of golf in Ireland. For more information on the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation or to purchase tickets http://www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com.
Dooks was the venue yesterday for the Munster staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am qualifier. Close to 30 teams from clubs all over Munster took part in the fourball competition. The top four clubs have qualified for the final which takes place in The K Club in two weeks. Tony O’Donovan and Cathy McGuinness from Fernhill combined for a winning 43 points to finish first on the day. Fota Island’s Anthony O’Connor and Pauline McKechnie took fourth place with 41 points to also book their place in the final. Tipperary and Killarney were the other qualifiers.
Dooks Golf Club
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge is one of the key elements of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’ to encourage golf clubs to Continue reading