AIG Challenge Cup Success for East Cork Ladies

East Cork came good in the final to claim the AIG Insurance Challenge Cup after an impressive display against Mount Juliet writes Brendan Coffey.  

Pic: Pat Cashman

Pic: Pat Cashman

Teenager Rachel Rea set the tone for the champions with a comprehensive 8&7 victory in the back match. Suzanne Hickey was almost as convincing during her 4&3 win against Niamh Strudwick and Rachel Sheehan took the top match 3&2 in what was a superb team performance.

“I can’t say enough to praise them, they were absolutely awesome,” said team captain Frances O’Brien, who was thrilled with her side’s success. “They were a very good opposition. Our girls really had to be at the top of their game to beat them today.”

Champions two years ago, this was a new team for East Cork and 17-year-old Rea had to take time out from her final year of secondary school to be in Knightsbrook this week.  “Rachel’s after taking time out from her Leaving Cert, her mother gave her permission,” O’Brien revealed. “I think for us it seemed as if it went right to the wire because you’re not in until you’re in. it was just magnificent. East Cork keeps producing players and it’s a very competitive club.”  O’Brien and her team headed home to Midleton in high spirits after another memorable success.

UCC Staff GS win Intervarsity Title

The UCC Staff Golf Society pictured with the Inter-Varsity trophy.   Picture: Niall O'Shea

The UCC Staff Golf Society pictured with the Inter-Varsity trophy.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

The UCC Staff Golf Society recently won the Inter-Varsity tournament, beating near neighbours Cork Institute of Technology in a tight battle.  The competition took place in Ballykisteen Golf Club in Tipperary and ten colleges took part.  The fourball format see’s four cards counting from the five pairs, however there was a tie between UCC and CIT when the best four cards had both teams level.  The tournament was decided on the fifth card and UCC took the title by one shot.  The winning team was led by Captain Rosemary O’Connor and managed by Willie Weir.  Rosemary O’Connor and Alan Dobson carded the leading score with 46 points, with Maurice Conway and Kevin Barrett close behind with 43.  Eddic McCarthy and Dan Walsh added 43 points to the team total and Mark Rea and Richard Studdert also had 43 points.  The all-important fifth card came in from Don Walshe and Barrie Curley, their 37 points was decisive as it beat the CIT fifth card and gave UCC the title.  Continue reading

Mahon win Harbour Shield

Golf_Harbour Shield_Mahon_Oct2014Mahon Golf Club won the Harbour Shield last week after a hard fought win over East Cork.  Monkstown was the venue for the final, with only two teams remaining from the summer long junior golf competition that saw ten clubs compete over three months.  Monkstown was in great condition on Sunday and although it was breezy it stayed dry for the afternoon.  This is Mahon’s second time to win the competition, having won the inaugural in 2009.  The competition has grown from the initial five clubs taking part, and there are now three inter-club junior golf competitions available to Cork clubs.  Continue reading

Connolly wins in East Cork

Golf_East Cork_Senior Scratch Cup_David Connolly_Oct2014East Cork held their annual Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday and the winner was David Connolly from the home club.  The popular winner went around in level par 69 to win the title by a single stroke.  The winner started poorly and turned on three over, but birdies on 10, 11, 16 and 17 put him back in the hunt.  An all-important par putt on the last was enough to give Connolly a one shot lead and the title. David is also the course record holder in East Cork having shot a seven under par 62 back in 2007.  Kinsale’s Cathal Butler was second with a 70 and Cork’s Sean McSweeney also shot 70 for third place.  Doneraile’s John Hickey was fourth with a 72.  Continue reading

No Cork Success on PGA Scene

There was no joy for Cork’s PGA professionals in Adare Manor GC last week as the tour drew to a close.  The 104th Irish PGA Championship took place over five days last week with Wednesday’s pro-am setting the tone for the week.  The course in the tight parkland was in great condition for the PGA’s showpiece event, although the weather played a part with weather delays having an impact on the competition.  Continue reading