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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Murphy opens with impressive 67, Munster Boys Round 1 Report

Final Round, EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2016Kinsale’s John Murphy opened with an impressive five under par 67 at the Munster Boys in Dromoland Castle.  Murphy was one of two golfers to break 70, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam has a to shot lead after carding a seven under par 65.

Mark Healy is just outside the top ten after he signed for a one over par 73, and he’s one shot ahead of Mallow duo Greg Barrett and Adam Boland.

Daniel O’Sullivan (Mallow), Eric Rumley (Kinsale) and Sean Desmond (Monkstown) and Cillian Moloney are all just inside the cut mark and will need to manage their way around Dromoland Castle tomorrow to ensure they stay in the top 50 and make the cut for the final 18 holes on Friday.  Darren Hourihan and Continue reading

Quinlivan Wins Munster PGA Event

There was local success in the Munster PGA winter series as Mike Quinlivan won in the Cobra Singles in Dromoland Castle last week.  The Rathbane based PGA Professional shot a three under par 69 to win the event by a single shot.  Fernhill’s Wayne O’Callaghan was second with 70 and Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was third with a 71.  David Foley and David Ryan were tied for fourth place with a one over par 73.  Continue reading