Twomey wins Season Opener in Fota

Muskerry’s Ronan Twomey won the first major competition of the year when he scooped the TopGolfer Senior Scratch Cup at Fota Island on Sunday.  The full timesheet featured almost 120 gofers as they all took to the famous Irish Open Deerpark course.  The course was in great condition although it was a bitterly cold morning.  The scoring was going to be tough for the high class field.  The championship tees were in play and the greens offered up some very tricky pins.  No golfer managed to break par or even match it, and only two golfers posted a one over 73.  Continue reading

Purcell on the Double in Fota and Cork

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Cobh’s Martin Purcell bagged a rare double when he won two Intermediate scratch cups in succession.  He was victorious in Cork in early August and followed that up with a win in Fota last week, shooting 78 to take the title by one stroke.  Purcell had one shot to spare over Andy Quirke (Cahir Park) and Frankfield’s Tim O’Flynn was third with 83.  Continue reading

Fota Open Week

The Fota Island Resort Open week starts on Monday, the Seniors event is sold out but there’s events every other day next week:

Tuesday 29th July – Ladies Team of 3 Event, €35 per golfer
Wednesday 30th July – Fourball Competition, €40 per golfer
Thursday 31st July – Singles Stableford Competition, €40 per golfer
Friday 1st August – Singles Stableford Competition, €40 per golfer

To book contact the Proshop on (0)21 488 3700 or


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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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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

Ryan Wins on the Double

Ryan Wins on the Double

By Niall O’Shea

David Ryan took the honours in Fota on Monday as the Munster PGA Professionals battled tough conditions.  Almost 30 golfers took to the course and while the weather was cold and wet, Fota was in great condition given the recent winds and rain.  Ryan was the only golfer to finish under par as he recorded a 69.  This was Ryan’s second win in a row as he also took the honours when they played in Dungarvan two weeks ago.  John McHenry was fresh from his Seniors qualifying round in Portugal as he finished tied for second place with a 74, Castlemartyr’s Brady Sherwood also finishing on the same score.  Sherwood was not doubt trying to emulate his compatriot Jason Day’s feats in Arizona but came up a few shots short.  Padraig Dooley was fourth with a 75, and Killarney’s Danny Sugrue secured a top six spot with a 77.  Sugrue maintains his position at the top of the order of merit.  Monkstown’s cian McNamara is in second place and David Ryan is a close third.  The PGA Winter League continues and will conclude in late March with Monkstown hosting the Morgan O’Donovan trophy.

The GUI annual delegates meeting took place recently and two Munster motions were carried.  Castletroy’s motion limiting “point one” increases to only those golfers who complete a round was passed at national level and will now be put forward to CONGU.  Limerick Golf Club’s proposal to limit the maximum number of point one increments to 20 in a single year was also passed.  Both motions will now go on to CONGU where the GUI will propose the changes.  At the provincial ADM’s the hope was that both changes would be effective from 2015, however time will tell as the current CONGU rules fare due to run until the end of 2015.

The most contentious motion at the provincial meetings was Leinster’s motion to require golfer to have three home qualifying scores to compete in away competitions.  There was a perceived issue that many golfers were using away handicaps without ever playing at their home course.  The motion was passed by a narrow majority at the Munster meeting and the GUI must now decide on how this rule will be implemented by clubs.  The golfing season will finally start this weekend after two months of inclement weather. The first round of the south east league takes place this weekend with ten teams taking part in the annual Bruen and Purcell warm up compeititon.