North Cork’s Golfing History

Mitchelstown Golf Club with the scenic Galtee Mountains in the backround.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Golf in North Cork can be traced back to 1892, and almost 130 years later it’s still thriving.  While the rise of the sport exploded in the early part of the 19th century, it’s popularity remained strong right up to today.  It’s a testament to the North Cork clubs that they have withstood several challenges and remain popular destinations for both members and guests.  Fermoy holds the honour of hosting the earliest recorded golf match in 1892 when the locally based British army officers took on the neighbouring garrison in Lismore.  Fermoy Golf Clubs traces it’s history back to 1893, and like many other clubs they had several homes including the racecourse, the Aerodrome, and Continue reading

Bank Holiday Opens to Kick Start Season

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Liam Burns from Youghal reports that the course is in great condition

St Patrick’s weekend always marks the start of the golfing season, and this weekend a large number of Cork clubs are kicking off their season with the start of the open competitions.  Youghal is one of those clubs, they are holding a three person champagne scramble over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Youghal kept all 18 holes open through the winter but with members playing 14 or 15 hole competitions it meant that several holes were rested allowing for winter maintenance.  A sanding programme was completed over the winter and the greens have been running true and quick over the past few weeks.  The club recently concluded their spring league which ran over four weeks, and open and counting competitions will return for members and guests.  The entry fee this weekend is just €20 and bookings can be made through Liam Burns in the Pro Shop on 024 92590.

Fermoy have brought a nice twist to their champagne scramble on Monday, the winning team will receive magnums of champagne.  And with an entry fee of just €15 per person it offers some great value on the bank holiday.  On Saturday Fermoy have an open singles competition for €20, and on Sunday you can play in the open two ball scramble for €20, and that includes a meal.  Bookings can be made by calling the club on 025 31472.  Fota Island have open events running over four days.  From tomorrow through to Sunday you can experience the tour quality course and the famous clubhouse burger for €55 per person.  On Monday there’s an open singles on the Deerpark Continue reading

Second win for Sugrue in Fermoy

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James Sugrue (Mallow) teeing off in the third round of the South of Ireland in July.  Picture: Niall O’Shea

There was a nice symmetry to James Sugrue’s golfing summer.  On Sunday last he won the John Whyte Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup to close out the season, that followed his win in Fota Island at the start of the season when he won the very first Senior Scratch Cup to be played in Cork.  The two wins may be highlights, but to be fair the Mallow golfer has had a very impressive summer of golf which was recognised last month with his selection to the Irish team.  Sugrue joined the Irish Mens panel this year and represented the Irish selection at the South African and Spanish Amateurs in the early season.  His full cap finally came when he was selected to play for the Home Internationals which took place last week.  Capped on multiple occasions in Boy’s golf, this was a big step up for Sugrue but one he took in his stride.  The easy going 20 year old went on to win four matches as Ireland finished as runners-up in the four team tournament.  “There was actually no real difference, I didn’t Continue reading

John Whyte Memorial set for Sunday 16th, Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup

Fermoy scratchcup 2018_2Fermoy will host one of the final scratch cups of the year on Sunday 16th September.  The John Whyte Memorial Senior Scratch Cup takes place, with a bumper prize fund of €1,000, Entry for the 18 hole event is just €30, which includes a meal.

Previous winners include European Seniors star Denis O’Sullivan and Fermoy native Tom Cleary and current Irish international James Sugrue.

Last year’s winner was Darren O’Donoghue from Bandon.  Online entry is available on http://www.fermoygolfclub.ie and you can also call the club on 025 32694.