Fota Island have just finalised their events for Open Week, and the popular resort has a wide range of events available over the seven days. All of the competitions are being played over the Deerpark course, the course made famous as host for three Irish Opens.
For the first time the Fota Island Scratch Cups will be played during Open Week. The Junior & Intermediate Scratch Cups take place on Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st, while the Senior Scratch Cup takes place on Monday 2nd August.
Entry to each of the events is a very attractive €50 per person and the Open Week is being sponsored by Kearys Continue reading
David Howard (Fota Island) in action at the Ford Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy recently. Picture: Niall O’Shea
David Howard racked up his second win of the year recently when he captured the Fota Island Junior Scratch Cup. Having won the Muskerry Junior Scratch Trophy at the start of the season, Howard was runner up at Fota Island Senior Scratch Cup soon after. The Fota Island member kept up the run of good form this month with a win at his home course. While Fota was in great condition, heavy showers tried to dampen spirits and it certainly made scoring more difficult for everyone. Howard was the best on the day, shooting a three over par 74, one ahead of the field. Despite claiming to have a cold putter he had a few birdies, including a crucial one on the 18th which proved to be the difference. Now playing off a new handicap of 3, it might be the last Junior Scratch Cup for Howard for a while, and the impressive 20 year old has his mind set on lowering his handicap. He featured on the Fota Island Mixed and Senior Cup teams, and this week he’ll be in Junior Cup action in Castlemartyr.
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Jack Howard from Fota Island with the new TagMarshal devices
Everyone knows that pace of play, more commonly described as slow play, is a big problem in golf, and Fota Island is the first Cork course to introduce a new technological aid to help manage this issue. The five-star resort is one of the first courses in Ireland to launch the groundbreaking Tagmarshal system. The new system provides and easy way to monitor every group on the course. A small gps unit is given to each group when they start, and the unit reports back to a base station in real time, collecting live information on the pace of play. The base station (which is actually an iPad) relates the live information to the bank current and historic information. Using data analytics and advanced algorithms, the system creates a heat map which identifies areas on the course where delays are likely to happen. As the system tracks golfers in real time, any group that’s out of position can be easily identified. Prior to the use of this technology, many courses including Fota Island would have used a course marshal. While a roving course marshal will have a good understanding of Continue reading
Jack Howard finished runner-up in the Irish Club Professional Tournament in Dromoland last week, losing out to Damien McGrane after a play-off. Howard, representing Fota Island shot a four under par 68 to lead the tournament. That included important birdies on the 17th and 18th to get into a tie for the lead. It was in impressive round from Howard in a strong field, and it included seven birdies. At the end of the round the two leaders were tied on -4, and unlike other PGA events it was on the a play-off. After halving the first play-off hole, McGrane put the pressure on by hitting the green on the short par four 10th. When Howard missed his 12 foot birdie attempt the former European Tour winner tapped in or birdie to claim the title.
Davey Barry and Shane Irwin were the next bet placed Cork golfers, they both carded one par rounds of 73 to get a top ten place, while Cian McNamara and David Ryan were three back in a share for 24th place.
While Jack will be disappointed at missing out on the win, there are several positives. As well as the prize money for second place, the high placed finish means that the 22 year old will now be able to enter several of the high profile events as the Irish Continue reading
Donal McDonnell was the winner on Sunday, picking up his first Senior Scratch Cup title. Fota Island held their annual showpiece on Sunday, again in association with Top Golfer. There was a full timesheet for the event on the Deerpark course, and the three time Irish Open venue proved itself yet again as nobody could break par. Although the course was in great condition, it did play all of it’s 6,927 yards. Donal McDonnell from Monkstown was the winner after four players tied on 73. McDonnell took the title ahead of John O’Brien (Castlemartyr), Kieran Kennedy (Thurles) and David Howard (Fota Island). The Monkstown golfer is a regular on Monkstown’s successful Senior Cup team and has a provincial winners medal, Donal is also Junior Officer in Monkstown. This was his first senior scratch cup title and needless to say he was delighted with his win. Although he was four over par at the turn, McDonnell put together a great back nine. He shot two under for the second nine, and finished 3,3,4 which was crucial in terms of his placing for the countback. Although the top four were tied, John O’Brien took second place, Kennedy was third and David Howard was fourth. Howard had a busy weekend, on Saturday the four handicapper shot a 75 in Muskerry in the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy qualifier, and on Sunday he beat his handicap by two when he shot the 73. Anyone looking to play Fota this week can take advantage of their Masters Week specials, full details are available from the pro shop.
Fionn wins in East Cork
James Sugrue got his season off to the perfect start when he won the Fota Island Senior Scratch Cup last weekend. Having missed the West due to a family bereavement this was his first competitive start. After an impressive 2017, he was included on the Irish senior mens panel for 2018 and last weekend he set down an early marker. He needed a strong finish as he was two over par after 16, but a birdie on the par three 17th and the par five 18th got him back to level par and that was enough to secure the win. The birdie on 17 was unlikely, facing a very strong wind, Sugrue hit a three wood which went over the back of the green. He chipped in with the second shot to give him some momentum on the final hole where he found another birdie. Conditions were tough in Fota, the 7,000 yard Deerpark course played to all of its length in the unseasonal weather. Second place went to Kinsale’s Cathal Butler just one shot back. Jack Leacy from Dungarvan also finished on +1 and took third place with Daniel Rather (Dungarvan) finishing in fourth place. Mitchelstown’s Sean Leonard won Continue reading
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Sean Barry (Fota Island) pictured during the AIG Senior Cup, South Munster qualifiers at Fota Island Golf Club, Sunday 12th July 2015.
Picture: Niall O’Shea l Cork Golf News
Fota’s Sean Barry fired a one under par 71 to lead the Cork Challenge at the Irish Close Championship at Tramore. The first strokeplay round took place yesterday and Tramore was in excellent condition and led to some very low scoring. Mark Shanahan and Ian Spillane shot a 72, and Paul Tobin and Ronan Twomey both shot 75 to finish inside the top 64. After today’s second strokeplay round, the top 64 will qualify for the matchplay phase starting tomorrow morning.
Irish Close Championship Live Scoring
Irish Close Championship Round 1 Pictures: Golffile