Gary Ward scooped the Kinsale Senior Scratch Cup yesterday, but only after the winner was decided on the 19th after a play-off. It’s a fourth scratch cup for the Kinsale man, but it’s the first since 2017 and will no doubt be a welcome return to the winners circle.
After a gap of a year, the Kinsale Scratch Cup returned, and the organisers had a strong field assembled. And thanks to the club and sponsors ODC Advisory they also had an attractive prize pot on offer. With fine weather in Kinsale, the scoring was expected to be low but the 7,000 yard championship course proved to be a good challenge for the 50+ golfers taking part.
Ward led the scoring after the first round. He shot a two under par 70 and was alongside Karl Bornemann on -2. Shane Kenneally and Zak Collins Continue reading
Mel Deasy launched his season in style today – with a three under par 68 to win the qualifier at the West of Ireland. Mel, who is just 16, was in a field of 90 golfers hoping to claim one of the nine spots in the championship proper. The Lee Valley golfer was off early this morning and made the most of the round. Despite two birdies on his front nine, a double meant he turned on level par. He came back in three under though with birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th holes. He was the only golfer to break par and finished three shots ahead of the field. It was a 1-2 for Cork golfers, Cork’s Kieran Murphy finished as runner up on level par. Murphy was a bit unfortunate, he was two under through 16 before he had a double on the 17th. Still, he was safely through to Continue reading
The West of Ireland qualifier takes place on Sunday and four Cork golfers will be heading for Co Sligo with the hope of making the tournament proper. Mel Deasy, now wearing Lee Valley colours will be hoping to make his first senior championship start while Kieran Murphy from Cork Golf Club will also challenge for one of the ten championship spots. Kinsale have two representatives in the qualifier, Mark Healy and Eric Rumley. They will be hoping to join the three Kinsale members already in the Championship field; Cathal Butler, Gary Ward and Keith Fitzpatrick.
West of Ireland Qualifier Tee Times
This week marks the start of a busy few weeks for Cork’s top golfers with six already confirmed for the West of Ireland. Peter O’Keeffe (+3.7) and James Sugrue (+3.6) are both in the top ten of entries, the Irish squad members had some very impressive performances at national and international level in 2018 and both will be hoping to add another championship to their resume at the first opportunity this year. Kinsale trio Cathal Butler, Gary Ward and Keith Fitzpatrick will be joined by Sean Desmond (Monkstown), Greg O’Mahony (Fota Island) and Padraig O’Connor (Macroom). This year the event has a different format, the traditional 36/64 has been replaced by a 72 hole strokeplay event. The reason behind the change is that Co Sligo is also hosting the Flogas Irish Amateur Open this year. It’s the first time in 96 years that the event will not be run as a match play competition with a new date also adding to the changes. With the Irish Open taking place in Mid May, the decision made to move the West from the traditional Easter date. For anyone not heading to Sligo, the East Cork SSC takes place on Saturday 6th April.
Eric Rumley came home in three under in Killeen today to sign for a 69 and lead the Leinster Students after the opening round. Fresh from helping Kinsale to their first AIG Barton Shield title in Thurles on Sunday, the Kinsale man opened with a birdie but gave shots back on the third and fifth holes. A birdie on the ninth got him back to even par, and set him up for the impressive back nine. Birdies on the 12th and 13th got him into the red and a final birdie on the par three 18th saw him tie for the lead. Stackstown’s John McCarthy is also on -3 while there are ten more golfers within three shots in the 54 hole tournament.
Gary Ward is in the top 15 on +3 while Darren Hourihan is in the top 30 two shots back. The second round gets underway tomorrow morning with the top 45 plus ties qualifying for Friday’s final round. The holder is John Murphy but he’s unable to defend his title as he returned to the University of Louisville last week.
Leinster Students Amateur Open Championship Continue reading
It may have taken Kinsale over 100 years to win their first Munster pennant, but it was a much shorter wait for their second. Just four weeks after winning the Jimmy Bruen Shield, Kinsale doubled their haul when they won the Munster Final of the AIG Barton Shield in Thurles last Sunday. On paper Kinsale were up against it, in the semi-final they faced Dungarvan who had won the AIG Senior Cup title the day before. In the semi-final they were up against it when Dungarvan stretched their lead the three holes early in the back nine. The four Kinsale golfers battled back, and two birdies on the 17th turned the match to send Kinsale into the final. After a quick break it was back to the first tee in Thurles to face off against a fancied Continue reading
Defending Champion James Sugrue was among the pace-setters in Lahinch today as he marched around the famous links. The Mallow man had six birdies and no bogies, he was two under at the turn and came back in four under par thanks to more birdies at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 18th. It’s been a few decades since anyone has retained the South of Ireland, and while James will not be of Sunday afternoon just yet – it does mean he’s still holding the form that saw him feature in several competitions in June and July. Sugrue is in third place after Mark Power and Reece Black posted rounds of 65. With the 36 hole strokeplay cut (top 64) currently around the +2 mark, it looks like all three golfers will just need a level par round or slightly worse tomorrow to book a place in the matchplay phase.
Kinsale’s Cathal Butler set the early pacewith a four under par round of 68. That was despite being two over after his opening three holes. It was a good day for several Cork golfers, Gary O’Flaherty joined Butler on 68 and John Hickey was two shots back on 70.
Gary Ward, Peter O’Keeffe and Sean Desmond are all in the clubhouse on level par, their currently in the top 40 and another similar round tomorrow should see them advance Continue reading
Eoghan Long claimed his first scratch cup win on Sunday when he won the 36 hole Douglas Senior Scratch Cup. The Monkstown man posted the best score of the afternoon when he signed for a two under par 70. Added to his level par 72 from the morning, his total of 142 for the 36 holes was enough to win the title by one shot. Long had two challengers, both Peter O’Keeffe and Eric Rumley had shot 70’s in the first round, but they both finished with 73’s in the afternoon.
Play in Douglas was delayed on Sunday morning due to heavy rain. Although the overnight downpour had stopped the course staff needed some time to clear some standing water. Although the threat of rain was never too far away the course dried out and some good golf was on display. O’Keeffe and Rumley were the only golfers to break par. Long along with Stephen O’Neill and Darren Continue reading
Kinsale’s Mark Healy
Five Cork golfers have made the cut for the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship at Ballybunion. Reigning champion John Murphy is through and will face Faithleggg’s Dara Phelan in tomorrow’s first round. Murphy is joined by Kinsale team-mates Eric Rumley and Mark Healy. First round leader Sean Desmond also made the cut as did Bandon’s Brian O’Connell. There’s a big North Cork factor at play in the Plate matchplay, there are five North cork golfers in action tomorrow morning.
Kerry Boys Championship – Round 1 Draw:
8am Sean Desmond (Monkstown) -v- Jonathon Haydon (Royal Dublin)
8.10am Philip Byrne Jnr (Ballybunion) -v- Iarla O’ Mahony (Ballybunion)
8.20am John Murphy (Kinsale) -v- Dara Phelan (Faithlegg)
8.30am Luke Walsh (Killarney) -v- Jason Davis (Carton House)
8.40am Mark Healy (Kinsale) -v- David O’ Reilly (Carton House)
8.50am Scott O’ Brien (Nenagh) -v- Brian O’ Connell (Bandon)
9am Conor Meade (East Clare) -v- Darren Mulcahy (Killarney)
9.10am Ronan Cross (Ballybunion) -v- Eric Rumley (Kinsale) Continue reading
The third round of the Irish Boys took place today at Castle Golf Club and four Cork golfers are through to the final round. John Murphy (Kinsale) and Eamonn O’Driscoll (Clement Ader) were both safely through to the final round but there was an anxious wait for Sean Desmond and Eric Rumley. Desmond, fresh from Monkstown’s Senior Cup wins last weekend, had a birdie on the 18th to sign for a 73. He was pretty confident of making it into the final round but it looked like Eric would miss out by one. Dropped shots in the closing holes Jack Hearn and Brian O’Connell brought all of the +14’s inside the cut. Eamonn O’Driscoll is just outside the top 20 on +9 and John Murphy is also on +9. Both however are well off the joint leaders on -6. Mark Power and Thomas Mulligan are both six Continue reading
Michael Quirke (Doneraile)
Doneraile’s Michael Quirke leads the Leinster Seniors at Glasson after round one. Quirke started with a bogey on the first hole and added a second on the fifth, before birdieing the 8th to turn on one over. He birdied the 10th but added a double on the 14th to go two over. Two birdies on the run in saw him finish on level par, sharing the lead with Garth McGimpsey and Val Smith. In a crowded leaderboard there are 10 within three shots of the lead, including Tom Cleary who’s in a tie for 6th place on +3. Peter Cowley is tied for 10th place on +4, and Jerry Crean (Kinsale) is a shot back in 15th place.
Leinster Seniors Live Scoring
Greg Barrett (Mallow)
Mallow’s Greg Barrett is in a tie for second place, just two shots off the lead in the Leinster Boys. Barrett had three birdies and three bogies on his way to the level par 72. He’s two behind Patrick Brennan from Belvoir Park. Kineale’s Mark Healy is in 25th position with +4 and Eric Rumley is further back on +8. The event continues tomorrow in Mullingar GC.
Leinster Boys Live Scoring