Kinsale, Bandon & East Cork all chasing Munster Pennants

AIG Barton Shield 2019South Munster

Kinsale’s Gary Ward

Three Cork clubs will be chasing glory this weekend in Tramore as the last of the AIG Cups and Shields finals are down for decision.  Barton Shield holders Kinsale put on a strong performance at home in the qualifiers to come through the tough South Munster section.  Although they’re without John Murphy this weekend, Kinsale have a strong panel and with the experience of last year and the guidance of Ger Cullinane, they’ll be ready to take on Limerick.  Cathal Butler and Gary Ward have been playing well recently, both golfers were central to the win in Thurles last year and they will certainly be hoping a repeat of that performance.

East Cork have had a dramatic journey through to the Junior Cup Munster semi-final.  Their 19th hole win in Muskerry over Bandon showed Continue reading

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East Cork advance in Junior Cup

AIG Junior Cup 2019South Munster Area Final

Shane Connors

East Cork booked their place in the Munster finals of the AIG Junior Cup with a dramatic win in the area final.  Muskerry was the venue for the exciting match last week when it hosted the area final of the Junior Cup.  Bandon were hoping add a second team to the schedule for the Munster finals, that was after their AIG Senior Cup team qualified for the finals in Tramore the previous week.  East Cork were their opponents, the Midleton club came through from the Castlemartyr qualifier but only by the skin of their teeth after winning when the last match went to the 19th hole.

Muskerry was in great condition for the match, and the intense sunshine was welcomed by the large crowd of spectators from both clubs.  Area finals in recent times have been tense affairs with matches invariably going down to the last few holes Continue reading

Fionn wins in East Cork

Fionn Hickey East Cork SSCOn Saturday Fionn Hickey claimed his second scratch cup when he won the East Cork Senior Scratch Cup.  The 16 year old came away with the title after beating Kinsale’s Mark Healy on the countback.  A birdie on Hickey’s final hole (15th) proved crucial in the end after both golfers shot a 70 (+1).  Fermoy’s Dean O’Riordan took third place with a 71.  The first nett prize went to Bandon’s Michael O’Neill with a 68, while East Cork’s Kieran O’Brien was second nett with 69.  The scratch cup was sponsored by McGuirks and was the first of a few events that will mark the club’s 50th anniversary.

East Cork Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by McGuirks

  1. Fionn Hickey (Muskerry) 70
  2. Mark Healy (Kinsale) 70
  3. Dean O’Riordan (Fermoy) 71
  4. Michael O’Neill (Bandon) 68 – Best Nett
  5. Kieran O’Brien (East Cork) 69 Second Nett

Four Munster Titles head to Cork, ILGU Southern District Finals

2018 AIG Ladies Cups and Shields Finals (Munster District) at Ti

Monkstown’s Martina McCarthy celebrates with team mates and supporters after her victory on the 19th green to clinch the AIG Minor Cup Munster Final. Picture: Pat Cashman

There was cause for celebration in Tipperary on Sunday as Cork clubs came away with four of the six pennants on offer.  Macroom and Monkstown both had two teams in action but each club came away with one win. Macroom losing the Junior Foursomes and Monkstown losing the Junior Cup to East Cork.  The four Cork sides won all of the singles events, and now look forward to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook at the end of this month.

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East Cork win thriller in Douglas, AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield, Douglas Golf Club, Thursday 25th May 201720 minutes can be a long time in golf, and that happened this evening as East Cork turned the tide to snatch a 3-2 win over Bandon in the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield area final.  Douglas was the venue for the South Munster final and a crowd exceeding 300 followed to five matches as they wandered through the course on a wonderful evening for golf.  Bandon laid claim to the first two matches and put themselves in a strong position.  Michael O’Dell and Ger Cummins won on the 17th while David Long and Charlie Long won 4&3.  It looked like the third match would be the decider, East Cork’s Barry O’Brien and Tom Lynch were Continue reading