John O’Brien and Karl Bornemann have been named on the Irish team that will take part in the European Senior Mens Championship next month. It’s a first call up for O’Brien while Bornemann returns to the team after playing on the winning team in 2017.
Earlier this week, O’Brien got a call from Irish Seniors Captain Michael Coote and it was a a dream come true. “It was the best feeling ever” said the Castlemartyr man. “I worked so hard this year with Cian McNanara and put in a lot of work to get down to my lowest handicap of +1.1. I’ve been playing a lot of golf and it’s starting to pay off. I can’t wait to play in Denmark representing Ireland in the European championships, it’s a dream come true for me I hope to do my family and club proud.” O’Brien recently set the course record in Blarney where he is also a member, and he was runner up at the Ulster Seniors last week. His consistent performances had caught the Continue reading
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
Karl Bornemann was today named in the Irish Seniors team that will take part in the European Seniors Championship next month. Bornemann, who is also Captain of Douglas Golf Club this year has been on the selectors radar for two years, and his selection is a result of some solid performances over that time. This year he was 6th in the Irish Seniors Close in Malone and he recorded a top ten finish in the European Seniors Individual Championship in Austria in June. Last year he took third place in the same event. Bornemann previously missed out on an Irish cap although he was named as a non travelling reserve for one Irish squad. The team which will be managed by Mahon’s Sean O’Leary has three changes to the 2016 team, Bornemann is joined by Eamon Haugh (Castletroy) and John Mitchell (Tramore), with Cork’s Tom Cleary one of the three that missed out.
The team will be taking part in the European Seniors Team Championship which takes place from 5-9 September at PGA Sweden National.
Irish Seniors Team
Jim Carvill, Banbridge
Karl Bornemann, Douglas
Eamon Haugh, Castletroy
Garth McGimpsey, Royal Portrush
Adrian Morrow, Portmarnock
John Mitchell, Tramore
The team is captained by Sean O’Leary and the team manager is Brian Hutchinson.
Karl Bornemann had a very good final round in the European Seniors in Spain today and claimed a spot in the top ten at the Golfclub Schloss Schönborn in Austria. The tree-lined parkland course proved a tough challenge for the elite amateurs, there were just five sub par rounds over the three days. Windy conditions also added to the challenge on the par 73 course. The Douglas man opened with a 77 on Thursday and finished in the top 30. He followed with two round of 75 which saw him over into the top ten after 54 holes. Bornemann took third place in the event last year and was happy with his performance considering that he admitted that he didn’t have his A game. “It demanded precision and afforded few opportunities” said Karl. “There was lots of slope and grain on the greens so made it tough to convert the opportunities that did come. If you pushed too hard, disaster awaited.” Karl has had a busy year, he’s Captain in Douglas this year which has limited the amount of competitive golf that he can play so a top ten finish is a very positive reminder that he can challenge at the top level. It’s also a timely boost as the AIG Senior Cup and Barton Shield qualifiers approach. Mallow host the Senior Cup while Macroom is the venue for the Barton Shield in three weeks time.
Karl Bornemann (Douglas Golf Club) finished in third place in the European Senior Men’s Championship in Spain. The Douglas member was in fourth place going into the final round, but a one under par 71 saw him jump one place to finish in third place. The Douglas member shot an opening round 73 and he was going well in the second round until he had four consecutive bogies. He still signed for a 75 to hold 4th place going into the final round. Today Bornemann bogied the second hole but birdied the fifth and ninth to get into the red. He went on par the back nine and claim third place in his first time playing in the event? Bornemann has been working on his game over the winter, and he’s also been working on his fitness with Peter O’Keeffe.
Portmarnock’s Adrian Morrow won the competition after leading overnight. He added a final round 77, despite this he retained the lead Continue reading