It’s a competition that tends to throw up a few first-time winners, and today the Douglas Scratch Cup did exactly that. Greg O’Mahony from Fota Island took the honours, shooting impressive rounds of 68 & 75 to with the Kieran Canty Financial Services Douglas Senior Scratch Cup. O’Mahony’s opened with a four under par 68. After a steady opening nine, the Fota man came back in five under, including and eagle-birdie finish, to take the 18 hole lead. That was one ahead of Peter O’Keeffe and two ahead of Shane Galvin. Crucially there were 11 players within four shots of O’Mahony, and it’s rare enough in Douglas for the leader at halfway Continue reading
Defending Champion James Sugrue was among the pace-setters in Lahinch today as he marched around the famous links. The Mallow man had six birdies and no bogies, he was two under at the turn and came back in four under par thanks to more birdies at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 18th. It’s been a few decades since anyone has retained the South of Ireland, and while James will not be of Sunday afternoon just yet – it does mean he’s still holding the form that saw him feature in several competitions in June and July. Sugrue is in third place after Mark Power and Reece Black posted rounds of 65. With the 36 hole strokeplay cut (top 64) currently around the +2 mark, it looks like all three golfers will just need a level par round or slightly worse tomorrow to book a place in the matchplay phase.
Kinsale’s Cathal Butler set the early pacewith a four under par round of 68. That was despite being two over after his opening three holes. It was a good day for several Cork golfers, Gary O’Flaherty joined Butler on 68 and John Hickey was two shots back on 70.
Gary Ward, Peter O’Keeffe and Sean Desmond are all in the clubhouse on level par, their currently in the top 40 and another similar round tomorrow should see them advance Continue reading
Mallow’s James Sugrue is the best placed Cork golfer going into the final round of the Munster Youths at Monkstown Golf Club. The 2014 winner is three shot behind leader Jack McDonnell who shot 73 to finish on -1. Sugrue is tied for second on +2, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam is also on +2.
Kinsale’s Eric Rumley followed yesterday’s 70 with a 76 and that saw him drop from 3rd to a tie for 12th. John Murphy is also tied for 12th place, both are seven shots off the lead so at best their chances of winning are marginal. Cathal Butler is the third of four Kinsale golfers to make the cut, he added a 71 today to his 74 from yesterday, he is now in 6th place but is six strokes off the lead.
Adam McSweeney (Douglas) finished in 24th place along with Alan Riordan (Muskerry). Bandon’s Brian O’Connell was a shot Continue reading
Kinsale’s Eric Rumley led the Cork golfers in action today at the Munster Youths in Monkstown Golf Club. Rumley shot a level par 70 to finish in a tie for third place, and his round was even more impressive when he had to contend with the worst of the weather.
Rumley had a challenging start, he was three over after nine following bogies on the 3rd, 6th and 8th holes. He bounced back with birdies on the 10th and 11th, and he eagled the par five 15th hole. A bogey on the closing hole brought him back to level par for his round, but it was still a very impressive round given Continue reading
UCC came agonisingly close to winning the Irish Colleges Matchplay at Woodbrook today. A win on the 19th hole saw Ulster University win the title. the four UCC golfers were unbeaten going into the final. The had a 3-0 win over holders UCD yesterday and faced Trinity College this morning. Greg O’Mahony halved his singles match and Ben Murray won 2&1. Paul Tobin and Bill Murray won their foursomes match 4&3. In the final they faced Ulster University and Greg O’Mahony won on the 17th again to get a point for UCC. Ben Murray lost his match on the 17th meaning it all went down to the foursomes match. Tobin and Murray were leading playing the last but lost the 18th Continue reading
Kinsale’s Gary Ward was part of the Maynooth team that won the team competition at the Irish Colleges Strokeplay Championship. Bad weather and a worse forecast meant that there was no play in Strandhill today, so the results from yesterday’s first round stood and Maynooth (B) won the title by five strokes. Ward, who is currently studying product design and innovation in Maynooth, was joined by Sean Walsh, Colin Woodroofe and Jack McDonnell and the four of them secured another title for Maynooth.
As a result there was no change to the individual standings with Jonathan Yates winning thanks to a very impressive 71 yesterday. Adam McSweeney (CIT) and Greg O’Mahony (UCC) were the best placed Cork players, both were tied in 10th place.
Adam McSweeney and Greg O’Mahony posted the best of the Cork results at the first round of the Irish Colleges Strokeplay at Strandhill today. McSweeney representing Cork IT and O’Mahony representing UCC both shot 76 to be tied in 10th place. Altough it was a six over par round, the CSS for the day was 74 representing the stormy conditions that prevailed in Co Sligo.
Both Cathal Butler and Gary Ward are three shots back on 79, tied for 25th place. Ward is on the Maynooth B team and they currently hold the lead in the team competition after the first round. The second and final round takes place tomorrow.
Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup
Sponsored by Shane Sadler
Winner: Conor Coyne (Youghal) 145
Runner Up: Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) 146
3rd: John Hickey (Cork) 147
4th: Ian Spillane (Mallow) 147
5th: Greg O’Mahony (Fota) 148
6th: John O’Brien (Castlemartyr) 149
Best Gross 1st 18: Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 72
Best Gross 2nd 18: Dan Hartnett (Muskerry) 72
Best Nett: Craig Foley (4) Cork 145
2nd Nett: Eoin O’Callaghan (2) Muskerry 146
Alf Kearey Memorial U- 25 Winner: Alan O’Connell (Muskerry)