Ireland had a super win against hosts Denmark in semi-final of the European Seniors today. In a match that went all the way to the wire Ireland ended up on the right side of the result after one additional hole. Alan Condren won with a few to spare and Steven Graham won on the 18th. Karl Bornemann & Jim Carvill lost their foursomes match on the 17th, and Peter Sheehan also lost his singles match. With four matches in the score was 2-2, meaning O’Brien’s match would decide the outcome. The Castlemartyr member was one down after 15, and despite winning the 16th the momentum shifted when he lost 17 to a birdie. With the pressure of the match on him, O’Brien birdied the last to extend the match. On the 19th, he calmly slotted a ten foot putt to send Ireland through to tomorrow’s final. It’s been a great week for O’Brien on his international debut, and his form has been matched by his teammates who also have been very solid all week. Ireland now face England tomorrow in the final.
Pat Lyons has been included in the Irish team for the Seniors Home Internationals later this month, making it three Cork golfers in the seven man team. It’s a first international call up for the Cork Golf Club member, and his selection Continue reading
Karl Bornemann and John O’Brien are both in action today at the European Senior Mens Team Championships in Denmark. Ireland are among the ten teams in action, hoping to make the top eight after the opening strokeplay qualifier. John O’Brien is appearing in Irish colours and he was delighted to get the call a few weeks ago. He’ll tee it up at 8am this morning alongside England’s Paul Wharton and Italy’s Filippo Cleaici. Bornemann makes a return to the team after playing in Sweden in 2017. He’s off later on today at 12.50. The 36 hole strokeplay takes place today and tomorrow, with the matchplay phase beginning on Thursday. Hopes are high that Ireland will regain the title they last won in 2017. The competition takes place in Rungsted Golf Club in north east Denmark.
European Senior Men’s Team Championship (Rungsted GC, Denmark; 3-7 September) — Ireland:
Karl Bornemann (Douglas)
Jim Carvill (Banbridge)
Alan Condren (Greystones)
Steve Graham (East Sussex National)
John O’Brien (Castlemartyr)
Peter Sheehan (Ballybunion)
Captain: Michael Coote (Tralee)
Manager: Matt Donohue (Portumna)
Irish Seniors Captain Sean O’Leary pictured with Karl Bornemann after Ireland won the European Senior Team Championship
Douglas’ Karl Bornemann celebrated his Ireland selection by being part of the winning team at the European Senior Team Championships. Karl was one of two new caps selected by Irish Captain Sean O’Leary, and both justified their selection winning matches at crucial points. Bornemann had a great start to the competition in the strokeplay rounds. On the opening day he shot a two under par 70, helped by an eagle on the par four 5th. He calmly holed an uphill wedge from 100 yards to give himself a boost in his first round in an Irish shirt. Karl was heading for an under par finish on day two also, but a bogey on the last meant that he signed for a level par 72, and he finished in a tie for 6th place after 36 holes.
Ireland finished in the joint top position on the team rankings alongside Scotland, and qualified for the top flight matchplay phase. The format for matchlplay stage was one foursomes match and four singles. In the quarter final they faced hosts Sweden and came away with a 3-2 win. Ireland faced England in the semi final and they had a surprisingly easy win, taking three matches very early to secure the win. Karl had the luxury of being called in on Saturday, but in Sunday’s final he led the charge. Ireland were up against outsiders Denmark, they had a surprise win over Scotland in the semi-final. Bornemann was first to finish in the final as he recorded a 5&4 win to Continue reading
Tom Cleary (Cork), Picture by Pat Cashman
Tom Cleary shot a one under par 71 in Slovenia today as Sean O’Leary’s team qualified for Flight A in the European Senior Mens Team Championship. Cleary was three under par through 12 holes with four birdies in the bag, but two bogies on the way home meant that he signed for a 71. That brought him up five places and into a tie for 12th place. It was another powerful day for the Irish as all six team members finished the strokeplay phase in the top 20. Jim Carvill shot a to under par 70 to finish in third place and Maurice Kelly and Adrian Morrow were one shot behind tied for fourth place. Arthur Pierse is alongside Cleary in a tie for 12th and Garth McGimpsey finished in 17th place in the field of 114 golfers.
Ireland now enter the top flight of the matchplay stage where the top eights teams will do battle over the next three days. After qualifying as top seed, Ireland face italy in the quarter final.
Irish Seniors Team Captain Sean O’Leary
Sean O’Leary’s team had an amazing opening day today as Cork’s Tom Cleary shot a one over par 73 in the opening round of the European Senior Men’s Team Championship in Slovenia. Cleary is safely inside the top 20, but in an amazing day for Ireland, he’s the last of the six Irish golfers.
Arthur Pierse and Adrian Morrow both finished on -3 to lie one off the lead. Maurice Kelly and Jim Carvill are on -2 and Garth McGimpsey is in 9th place on -1. Tom Cleary is back on +1, tied for 17th place in a field of 114 golfers from 19 countries. Cleary had four birdies and five bogies in his opening round.
Ireland are hoping for a fourth consecutive title. Ireland completed a hat-trick in 2015 and have been the dominant force in Europe with five titles since the Championship began in 2006. After two rounds of stroke play qualifying, the top eight teams will enter Flight A and battle it out for the European title across three days of match play combat.
Mahon and Munster representative Sean O’Leary masterminded a third successive win for Ireland in the European Senior Men’s Team Championship. The competition was held in Bulgaria in Pravets Golf Club. While Team Captain O’Leary planned the campaign, he was helped on the course by Cork’s Tom Cleary. The current Munster Senior’s champion went through the 36 hole strokeplay qualifier in -4, second in a field of over 120 golfers.
Ireland finished the strokeplay phase in first place, 24 strokes clear of second place. In the matchplay phase Cleary was partnered with Tramore’s John Mitchell as Ireland’s foursomes pair. They won their quarter-final and semi-final but lost out in their final match against Italy.
In a tense final against Italy that went down to the wire, all eyes were on Kelly when Garth McGimpsey squared the match at two points apiece. Italy had taken the foursomes point while Adrian Morrow was beaten 4&2 in the singles. However Arthur Pierse led the Irish revival, romping home with a 7&6 victory in the top singles match. His old sparring partner, McGimpsey, followed him in, taking the back match 3&2 and that left Kelly fighting for the championship on the 18th green against Vincenzo Sita. The Naas veteran held his nerve to deliver the decisive point.
Tom Cleary, Cork Golf Club, pictured with Munster Seniors Amateur Open Trophy at Waterville Links.
Picture: Niall O’Shea
Tom Cleary (Cork Golf Club) shot a second round 69 to jump up to second place in the European Seniors Team Championship in Bulgaria. Cleary was one of three Irish players in the 60’s as they claimed 1st, 2nd & 3rd places on
Cleary had five birdies and three bogies in his three under par round, and is second in a field of over 120 European golfers. Arthur Pierce matched Cleary’s score to lead the qualifying part of the competition on -6. Bangor’s Gareth McGimpsey is also on -4 after shooting a 71 and Adrian Morrow shot the low round of the day (68) in a 12 shot swing from the first round.
No details for tomorrow’s draw is available yet.
European Senior Men’s Team Championship