Great start for Turner in Malaysia

Niall Turner

Niall Turner

Niall Turner turned up the heat in Malaysia this morning, shooting an opening 68 in the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur.  Starting on the 10th tee, Niall opened with a birdie and followed that with five pars before he struck with three more birdies on the bounce.  His only bogey happened on the 4th (his 13th hole) but he bounced back with a birdie on his 17th hole.  A final par meant he signed for a 68 and the -4 total sees him 11th place alongside Robert Karlsson and six others.

The Muskerry member is playing the event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour.  He is best placed Irish golfer going into day two, and has an early tee time tomorrow, 1.20am Irish Continue reading

Turner ready for Maybank, O’Driscoll on learning curve

Niall Turner has recovered from illness and is ready for his fourth event of the Asian Tour as he tee’s it up in Malaysia tomorrow.  The Waterfall man narrowly made the cut in Bangladesh last weekend, having to wait until the second round was complete to see if he’s be playing for the weekend.  Despite making the cut, he was forced to retire before the start of the third round due to illness.

Niall Turner Malaysia

Niall Turner pictured on the 1st tee in Royal Selangor GC in Kuala Lumpur, picture Kenneth Quillinan

Turner has made the journey south to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Championship Malaysia.  This is Niall’s first event of the season which is co-sanctioned Continue reading

Irish Open Pictures

A selection of shots taken at the Irish Open in Fota Island 18th-22nd June 2014

Golf_Irish Open_ProAM1_Oisin Hassett_Wed 18th Irish Open Pro-Am Fota Island Team – Thomas Levet

IMG_2166 Irish Open Pro-Am – Golf Digest Ireland Team

Golf_Irish Open_ProAM1_Seamus Leahy_Wed 18th Irish Open Pro-Am – Fota Island Team – Paul Casey

CGN IORC 19th June 2014_21 Irish Open Practice Round – Robbie Cannon

CGN IOCMN 19th June 2014_43 Irish Open 1st Round – Cian McNamara

CGN IORC 19th June 2014_01Irish Open 1st Round – Robbie Cannon

CGN IO_DS 20th June 2014_01 Irish Open 2nd Round – Danny Sugrue

CGN IOCMN 20th June 2014_11 Irish Open 2nd Round – Cian McNamara

CGN GH 22nd June 2014_10 Irish Open 4th Round – Gary Hurley

IMG_3228 Irish Open – Volunteers, Staff & Spectators

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Pro-Am Delight for Amateurs

Pro-Am Delight for Amateurs

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Oisin Hassett putting on the 18th in Fota under the eye of Thomas Levet

Almost 150 amateur golfers got a chance to tee it up with tour professionals yesterday as the Irish Open Pro-Am took place in Fota.  Play got underway at 7.50am and even at that stage the sun was out and temperatures were hitting 20 degrees.  The attendance at the pro-am was an estimated 7,000 spectators which ranks highly on the European Tour schedule.  The majority of places in the pro-am are reserved for the event sponsors but there were a few golfers that secured their place thanks to qualifying competitions. Continue reading

Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifier

After 11 qualifying competitions and entries from all over the country, 33 golfers will do battle today in Fota Island to try to win a place in the Irish Open Pro-Am.  The weekly qualifying competition has been running since March and each week the top three golfers qualified for the final.  Qualifying scores ranged from 37 points to 43 points and the handicaps ranged from scratch to 19.

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Shane Lowry looking forward to return to Cork

Shane Lowry looking forward to return to Cork

By Niall O’Shea


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 Shane Lowry winning the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup in 2009

Former Irish Open Champion Shane Lowry is looking forward to returning to Cork next month as Fota Island plays host to the Irish Open.  Lowry won on his last two occasions playing competitive golf in Cork.  In 2007 he won the Irish Close at Cork Golf Club, beating local hope Niall Turner.  In 2009 he won the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup, the first year it had been expanded to a 54 hole competition.  The Lee Valley was Lowry’s final won as an amateur in an amateur competition. Continue reading

Con on the Course – Fota Island Irish Open

Con is in Charge in Fota

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By Niall O’Shea

Walking around the Fota Island Resort this week, you’d be mistaken for thinking it’s just another year at the prestigious Cork golf course,  The pro-shop is busy, as is the clubhouse, a society prepares to head out and there’s about six people practicing in the Academy.  All in all it’s pretty standard for the championship resort.  But Fota is right in the middle of preparations for the Irish Open which take place from 18th to 22nd June.  While it’s business as usual as far as any of the golfers are concerned, the course staff are busy working with a plan to deliver the course in perfect condition for the tour professionals in June.  It’s 12 years since the European Tour event last took place in Cork and for many of the professionals that were in tour in 2002, they’ll notice a few additions.  While the Deerpark course is still the same, the hotel and lodges are new, the additional nine holes are new and the Academy is now.  All of the developments were opened between 2006 and 2007 and now Fota Island stands out as the premier golf resort in the south of the country. Continue reading