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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
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Not everyone qualifies to take part in a senior scratch cup, but this weekend Lee Valley Captain Pat Power will have the pleasure of doing so, with an outside chance that he might actually win the event. In previous years the one handicapper just had to turn up and play but this year as Captain he has been central to the staging of the event. After weeks of preparation the Captain is looking forward to being one of the 81 golfers who will tee it up tomorrow morning in the first round of the 54 hole WAGR event, and for Captain Power the preparation is now paying off. “Everyone in Lee Valley is very excited to get the 2017 Dell EMC Senior Scratch Cup underway this weekend” said the Captain. “Preparation has gone well with the course looking spectacular. The greens have very much improved and should prove a good test for all this weekend. As always we have a very strong field with the best of local talent teeing it up. I myself am looking forward to participating and hopefully the Lee Valley lads will put up a good showing. A big thank you to all who have done huge work to put the event together, lead by Vincent Drinan our tournament director and the course staff lead by our head green keeper James Mulcahy.”
This time last year the tournament was thrown into doubt due to heavy midweek rain. this year however the benign weather has assisted the course preparation and under the watchful eye of Jerry Keohane the legendary Lee Valley greens will be rolling well. The forecast for the weekend is good too so the Captain has one final comment: “The weather looks favourable so why not come out to watch some good golf over the weekend.”
The countdown is on to the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup which takes place this weekend, with a top class field hoping to win Cork’s only 54 hole scratch cup. John Murphy, Ian O’Rourke, John Hickey and Peter O’Keeffe lead the field, all four are playing off +3 and over 30 more golfers are playing off scratch or lower. O’Keeffe recently won the Mid West Alliance and will be hoping to continue to run of form while Murphy is also coming off a big win in the Munster Students Championship. Despite moving to Dublin, O’Rourke has been a loyal supporter of Cork events, and the Royal Dublin has seen his handicap drop further to +3. John Hickey has been out with an injury for the past few weeks and he too will be looking to build on the inter-varsity title he won at Continue reading
The golf season is finally getting underway and last week Lee Valley launched their showpiece Senior Scratch Cup which takes place next month. The 54 hole tournament is the only club event in Cork that attracts WAGR world ranking points and should again attract some of Ireland’s top amateurs. The competition takes place on the 22/23 April and just a week after the West of Ireland unofficially opens the 2017 season. Tournament Director Vincent Drinan has been involved since the inaugural 54 hole event in 2009 and he’s already busy taking entries. “We are really looking forward to another great event this year” said Drinan. “Entries are now open and anyone interested in playing should contact me directly. Last year we used a later date in April and this worked very well, and the course should be in excellent condition for the event. The feedback has always been positive from the entrants, both from local golfers who play here regularly and from those who travel. We already have a number of Continue reading