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
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There 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.
Roll of Honour: Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy Winners: Continue reading
Over 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.
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
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Results from this afternoon’s play:
There’s a very strong home challenge in the quarter finals of the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy, with five Muskerry members competing in the final eight.
With seven of the eight quarter-finalists confirmed, it looks like the home club will have at least two golfers in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
The quarter final draw is:
Liam Harte Jnr (Muskerry) v Diarmuid Linehan (Muskerry)
Mark Dennehy (Muskerry) v Damien Ryan (Muskerry)
Joe O’Keeffe (Muskerry) v Zak Collins (Douglas)
Gary Morris (Macroom) v Colm O’Donoghue (Castletroy)/Kieran O’Brien(East Cork)
All matches to be completed this afternoon.