West Cork’s Golfing History

Bandon’s 7th green with Castle Bernard in the background.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

West Cork is famed for it’s sporting traditions, and golf forms a big part of that with the sport going back to the 1880’s.  That means that golf pre-dates many other organised sports, although in the early years the sport was dominated by army officers and based bear garrisons, barracks and camps.  From rough and ready makeshift courses that rarely lasted longer than a short lease, the courses that survived have developed into a number of nine and eighteen hole gems.  Bandon and Kinsale are both in West Cork, but their proximity to the city allow for a large travelling membership from the city and surburbs.  Bandon is now over 110 years old, and has been based in the Castlebernard for all of that time.  It has the distinction of being the first West Cork Club to extend to 18 holes back in 1978.  One of the largest and most successful clubs Continue reading

Dunmore win Munster Country Clubs Final

Munster Country Clubs 2017_Dunmore Golf Club_1Dunmore won the Munster Country Clubs Cup today, the West Cork Club was hosting the finals and overcame Raffeen Creek and Lisselan to claim the title.  It’s the third time that Dunmore have won the title, their previous wins came in 2009 and 1991.  After winning the semi-final, Dunmore faced local rivals Lisselan in the final.  Dunmore didn’t have it all their own way in the final.  At the halfway point it was very much even, with a hole or two at most separating each match.  The back nine however proved critical and the home side started to take the upper hand, as the showers and wind impacted on the players.  Jerry Lehane brought in the first point for Dunmore and two more followed from Martin Kelleher and Kevin Sutton.  Niall Deasy brought in the winning point meaning that the final three matches were called in.  It was a special day for Dumnore’s Captain and President, both Michal O’Leary and John O’Driscoll were both playing which added to the celebrations for the host club.  It was a special win for the host club as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017 and recently held a number of events marking that milestone.

Munster Golf Chairman Jim Long congratulated Dunmore on their win and also on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.  He also thanked Lisselan for a very sporting local derby.  He thanked Dunmore for hosting the finals and complimented the course staff and owners for the great condition of the course even if the weather wasn’t the best.  He thanked Jim Lyne and John Carroll from Munster Golf who ensured that all three matches ran smoothly.

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Munster Country Clubs Cup 2017 

Munster Final 

Sun 6th August at Dunmore Golf Club

 
Dunmore 5.5-1.5 Lisselan
Martin Kelleher beat Paul Corcoran 1 hole
Kevin Sutton beat David Spearman 3&2
Jerry Lehane beat Brian O’Donovan 5&4
Niall Deasy beat Denis Harrington 3&2
Pat O’Regan halved with Donnchadh Crowley called in
Michael O’Leary halved with Gabriel Leahy called in
John J O’Driscoll halved with Neil Whelton called in

Semi Finals
Lisselan defeated Ballyheigue Castle
Dunmore defeated Raffeen Creek