Muskerry Ford Junior Scratch Trophy

David Howard (Fota Island) in action at the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy last year.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Muskerry are gearing up for their first big event of the season, the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy.   Up to three hundred golfers will take part in the two qualifying days which take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of March.  The top 64 qualifiers from the two days will win a place in the matchplay draw.  From there the qualifiers will face up six rounds of matchplay golf.  Starting on Good Friday, three days of competitive golf will produce a worthy winner on Easter Sunday.  It’s a unique competition in Irish golf and provides handicap golfers a great opportunity to play in a matchplay tournament.  A full timesheet is expected for both qualifying days and bookings can be made through the proshop.  Last year’s competition was pretty unique, a Continue reading

David Howard wins 300 to 1 challenge, Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy

Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy 2019Muskerry Golf Club Sunday 21st April 2019

David Howard

It started with over 300 golfers, but by 5pm this afternoon there was just one left.  David Howard added his name to a famous list of winners at the 50th staging of the famous Ford Junior Scratch Trophy.  And in a funny quirk of the draw, the Fota Island golfer beat his dad John in a tight final to win the six round matchplay event.  It was a strange setting, having the father and son paired against each other, but some high quality golf from both made for a competitive final, with David coming out on top.  The teenager went up a few times in the match only to be pegged back by his Dad.  The back nine was decisive with David winning the 13th and 16th to go two up.  On the testing 17th, David found the green with a drive an nine iron, and when John couldn’t make birdie the match was over with David coming out on top.   Needless to say the 19 year old was delighted with the win. “I’m very happy to win this scratch cup which has such a big name to it, it’s a Continue reading

O’Sullivan’s v Howard’s- the final four, Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy

Muskerry GC LogoThere might be a father & son final tomorrow, or it could be O’Sullivan v O’Sullivan, in any case there are just four left from the 64 starters in the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy.  Fota Island have two golfers left, father and son David and John Howard.  David beat Jack Boyd (Muskerry) and David Byrnes (Castletroy) today to advance, while Dad John beat fellow Fota Island member Evan O’Connell this morning, and followed that by beating Muskerry Captain (and former winner) Diarmuid Linehan.  Both Howard’s will have their hands full in the morning, they face two people closely linked with Muskerry.  Although Mark O’Sullivan is currently a Cork member, he grew up on the course in Muskerry and will no doubt be hoping that local knowledge will help him along the way tomorrow.  Adrian O’Sullivan will play John Howard and he’s a lifelong Muskerry member and like Mark, he’ll be hoping that his experience around the Cloghroe links will see him though against his Fota opponent.  Play tomorrow morning will get underway at 8am, with the final schedule for 1pm.  The ultimate winner will have come through a 300 to 1 challenge, a strokeplay qualifier and six rounds of matchplay to be crowned the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy Champion 2019.

Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy – Draw & Results 

McSweeney leads Ford Junior Scratch Qualifiers

Muskerry GC LogoOver 300 golfers played in Muskerry over Friday and Saturday, trying to get a place in the top 64 for the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy.  Former winner John McSweeney led the qualifiers with a one over par 72.  The 2003 winner was tied with Ed Hayes on Friday as the lowest qualifier.  Sean Deasy from Douglas was the best on Saturday, he also shot 72 gross to finish in the top three.

Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy Draw 2019


Holder Liam Harte Jnr is also safely through to the matchplay stage, the two time winner will have his eyes on a third title.  In all there are 22 clubs represented, with Limerick and Tipperary golfers included.  It’s the home club that dominate however with 19 golfers in the matchplay field.  31 golfers came through from the Friday qualifier with 33 from the slightly larger field on Saturday.  This is the 50th staging of the event which was first held in 1970, and the top 64 now go though to the matchplay stage.  This makes it a unique event for handicap golfers.  The first Continue reading