Ryan and Foley share the honours in Dooks, Munster PGA Winter Series

pga-logoDavid 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.

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Dooks Launch for Munster PGA Winter Series

DooksThe Munster PGA Winter Series gets underway this week with a visit for the first time to Dooks.  The Glenbeigh course will hold the first event of the calendar on Monday next which is a pro-am.  The event is sponsored by Ping and a large number of entrants is expected.  Dooks’ resident professional Danny Sugrue will be hoping to take advantage of his extensive local knowledge, but Liam Higgins could also make that claim so it should be a very competitive event.  It’s been a busy few weeks for the Munster PGA committee and Captain Stephen Hayes.  They have been planning an extended series of eight events which will take place from October to March.  As well as prizes form each competition, golfers will also be competing for the PGB Order of Merit.

The playing schedule reflects the lack of nationals events and a time of year where most Pro’s will have the opportunity to get out and play.   “The Munster PGA is for any PGA Professionals working in or from the Munster Area.” explained Hayes.  “It’s an opportunity for Golf Professionals to meet during the quiet months.  It is very competitive and you need to shoot Continue reading

Dooks Society Challenge

DooksDooks are running a special open society competition at the end of the month, and the prize is a society outing for 16 people next year.  The event is sure to be popular with Cork golfers and take place on Saturday 29th October.  The format is a team of four competition and it will give societies a great way to round off their year.  Although the October rack rate for green fees is still €75, the entry fee is only €50 and that includes a breakfast bap and dinner.  As well as the society challenge, Dooks also have an open day on Friday next (21st) with the entry fee set at a tempting €40 per golfer.  The West Kerry links course is often regarded as a hidden gem in comparison with it more famous neighbours of Waterville, Ballybunion and Tralee.  The team in Dooks have been working hard to develop their own brand and as a result they have had a very busy summer season.  The Iveragh peninsula is an exciting golf destination as many golfers will be waiting to see what changes have been made by Robert Trent Jones Jnr to the old Skellig Bay course.  Ron Kirby of Old Head and Castlemartyr Continue reading

Fernhill & Fota through to Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifier Final

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.

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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

Munster PGA Season gets back on track

The Munster PGA will finally get their Winter Series back on track next week when they play in Castlemartyr.  Monday next will see only the third event of the weather affected season.  David Ryan won the opening event in Fota in November and Cian McNamara won last month in Adare Golf Club.  Wayne O’Callaghan was the winner last year in Castlemartyr, he shot a six under par 66 to win by one shot from John McHenry and Daniel Sugrue.  A large turn-out is expected as the 2016 half of the season eventually starts.  There are only two further events planned in the shortened season, Waterville will host the William Rushby Pro-Am next Month and the annual Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy will round off the PGB Winter Series in early April.

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Danny Sugrue

Charlevile PGA Professional Frank Holly finished up in Charleville last week, marking an end of the “new” old guard at the north Cork club.  Frank had worked with Jamie O’Sullivan for several years, and now both have departed.  Holly is headed for North Carolina shortly and Monday’s Munster PGA event in Castlemartyr could be his last of the season.  Holly will have happy memories from Castlemartyr, he recorded his first competitive hole in one on the 12th hole during last year’s event.  Mark Collins was recently appointed Head Professional in Charleville, moving from Adare Golf Club.  Dooks made another addition to their staff when they announced this week that Killarney Professional Daniel Sugrue is joining the popular south-west Kerry club.  The club is a summer favourite for many Cork golfers and over the past decade the club invested heavily in developing the course and also the clubhouse.  In the off-season they announced that Maurice O’Meara was taking over the role of General Manager.  O’Meara has extensive experience in the top end of the Irish golf market.  Prior to Dooks he was Secretary/Manager of the Island Golf Club and prior to that he spent a successful term at Killarney Golf Club.  During his time at Killarney he played a key role in Killarney’s hosting of the Irish Open in 2010 and 2011.  Sugrue joins Dooks from his position as a PGA Professional attached to Killarney Golf Club.  Danny has been a prolific winner on the PGA Irish Region tour and is a two time winner of the Munster PGA Order of Merit.  He qualified for the Irish Open in 2014 at Fota Island and Sugrue will be a great addition to the Glenbeigh club.