Cassidy goes low in Ballybunion

Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 2019Kinsale’s Eoghan Cassidy broke 70 in Ballybunion today as he took advantage of better weather conditions.  The youngster shot a 69 which included five birdies after a double bogey on the fifth.  Cassidy came home in 32 strokes thanks to three birdies in is last five holes.  The impressive round, the second lowest of the day, saw him jump from 36th place up to 12th place.  The teenager also found a sum of money on the course which he handed in to the tournament committee at the end of his round.

Fionn Hickey carded a second successive 76 to drop back to a tie for third, although the Muskerry golfer is now eight shots off the lead.  Seapoint’s Dylan Keating was dialled in today, shooting a very impressive 65 to take the lead.  With the wind and rain gone, Ballybunion’s Cashen course was a fair test for the field today, and Keating delivered.  He was four under at the halyway stage, thanks to birdies on the first and eight, and an eagle  on the 9th to go out in 33 strokes.  He dropped a shot on the Continue reading

Hickey leads Munster Boys

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals 2019Fionn Hickey (Muskerry) holds a share of the lead in Ballybunion after the opening day of the Munster Boys.  Testing conditions were in play all day as 68 golfers – including 11 from Cork battled with wind and rain, and there was little in the way of respite as the rain continued into the late afternoon.  Hickey had a tough start, he had a double bogey seven on the opening hole.  He was four over after four holes but two birdies on the fifth and sixth got him back on track.  He turned on +3 and a very steady back nine (+1) saw him card a leading four over par 76.  Hickey is tied for the lead with Knock’s Lee Mitchell.

Youghal’s Charlie Flavin shot 81 to finish in the top ten while Stephen Riordan and Ronan Feerick are in the top 20.  Robbie Walsh and Alex Dineen are in the top 30 while Eoghan Casidy, Mel Deasy and Keelan McCarthy are all in the top 40.

Round two gets underway tomorrow morning at 7.54am on the Cashen course, and with better conditions forecast the race will be on to post a score in top 45.  That’s the cut mark for Friday’s final round.  The cut is currently +18, but th Continue reading

Internationals win Pro Shop Challenge IV

Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 2019There was great excitement in Kinsale on Thursday for the fourth staging of the annual Pro Shop Challenge. This year’s charity match was titled the “Internationals v Professionals, as Kinsale’s two Irish Internationals John Murphy and Eoghan Cassidy took on Kinsale’s PGA Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford.  Murphy has been a senior international for two years while Cassidy picked up his first international cap at under 14 level this year.  There was a special guest there on the day, the Mullingar scratch cup was in the pro shop, that was thanks to John Murphy’s win a week before in the famous Leinster tournament.  As play got underway it was the Professionals who took the lead, thanks to a birdie from Stafford on the first.  Cassidy levelled the match on the 5th with a tap in birdie after a perfect approach shot.

Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 2019

Eoghan Cassidy

John Murphy was impressed with his new partner, it was the first time they played together in a competition.  “Eoghan was so impressive, he drove the ball like a professional” said the college Senior.  “He’s a class act and has huge things in store for him.  I really enjoyed watching him learn and gain experience in front of a large crowd, it was an opportunity I could only have dreamed of when I was his age.”  There was a hint of green keepers revenge on the course for the event, tight fairways and lightning fast greens challenged all four golfers as they put on a show for the large gallery.  The course in Farrangalway was in excellent condition, the new changes to the 9th, 17th and 18th have bedded in and there was scarcely a blade of grass out of place on the championship course.  The birdies were a little bit scarcer than usual, but the banter between the players entertained everyone, with referee Gerry Waldron keeping Continue reading

Less than a week to go to Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge

Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 3_July 2018_2 (002)There’s less than a week to go to Kinsale’s Pro Shop Challenge is back, the fourth staging of the annual charity fundraiser.  And there’s a change this year with Kinsale’s two amateur internationals taking on the Pro’s.  The Kinsale Pro team remains the same, Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford are currently in training in the hope of winning back the title they lost last year.  The line up on the other side has changed though, the amateurs are now restyled as the “internationals” with 14 year old Eoghan Cassidy teaming up with senior Irish international John Murphy.  Murphy is currently on the senior Irish team while Cassidy is on both the Irish Under 14 and Under 16 squads.  The event takes place next Thursday, and there should be a great afternoon of golf and fun.  “The event itself is a fourball betterball match between Ger and myself and John Eoghan” explained Continue reading

Hickey, Byrne, Thompson, Cassidy & Murphy all in international action today

Fionn Hickey

Fionn Hickey

Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey made his international debut this week, and the 16 year old did himself proud at the Boys Home Internationals.  The annual event took place in Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales and Ireland opened with a win over Scotland on Tuesday.  It was a disappointing start for Fionn as he narrowly lost his singles match.  There was better luck for the Muskerry man yesterday as Ireland beat Wales and Fionn won his singles match against Toby Bishop.  That win set Ireland up for a winner takes all match against England today.  Hickey partnered Dylan Keating for a half this morning with Ireland taking a lead, the score was 3.5 to 1.5 after the foursomes.  Fionn won his match this afternoon, but the wind was in the English sails.  They won six of the matches to win by a single point and take the title.  While the final result was a disappointment, England were the favourites and solid play from Hickey on his debut will spur him on for a strong end to the season.

Girls & Womens Home Internationals

Sara Byrne was also in action for the Irish Girls over the Continue reading

Pro Shop Challenge IV, Kinsale Golf Club

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Cathal Butler and John Murphy (centre) pictured with Ian Stafford and Ger Broderick at the Pro Shop Challenge at Kinsale last week. Picture: Aidan Stafford

Kinsale’s Pro Shop Challenge is back, and the fourth staging of the charity fundraiser is set for a change with the pro’s taking on the internationals in August.  The Kinsale Pro team remains the same, Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford are currently in training in the hope of winning back the title they lost last year.  The line up on the other side has changed though, the amateurs are now restyled as the “internationals” and it also features a change in the line up.  14 year old Eoghan Cassidy will line up with John Murphy.  Murphy is currently on the senior Irish team while Cassidy is on the Irish Under 14 and Under 16 squads.  The event takes place on Thursday 15th August, and there should be a great afternoon of golf and fun.  Ian Stafford has been the driving force behind the event, from a small start in 2016, the event has raised well over €11,000 for the charity partners.  Keen to keep the event moving, Ian proposed a change to the format this year.  “This year we are celebrating the fact that Kinsale Golf Club has had 2 International Golfers in the past twelve Continue reading

Byrne & Clancy through in Girls Amateur, Kerry Boys Update

Sara Byrne IRish Close Course Shot June 2018

Sara Byrne (Douglas) during the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club, Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

Sara Byrne and Valerie Clancy have made it through to the matchplay stage of the Girls Amateur Open in Ardglass.  Byrne continued her good form on Tuesday with an opening 71 that saw her finish the first round in 6th place.  She finished the second round tied for 12th place, a second round 75 in more testing conditions was more than enough to see her through, although she did describe it as “hanging on”. Valerie Clancy also made it through in the top half of the draw, steady rounds of 73 and 76 saw her finish tied for 19th place from the field of 140 golfers.  Ireland will be well represented in the matchplay with a total of seven golfers qualifying.  The first two rounds take place today.

Fionn Hickey (Muskerry), Jack O’Donoghue (Bandon) and Ross Higgins (Douglas) have all mande it through to the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship. Hickey finished third in the qualifier after rounds of 73 & 79, and he’ll face Ross Higgins in the first round.  Jack O’Donoghue will face Glasson’s Conor Gleeson who was the top qualifier on -3.  Cork is well represented in the plate with six Continue reading