Sugrue & O’Keeffe named on Irish team for Home Internationals

J2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championshipames Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe were both named in the Irish team for the Home Internationals which take place in Wales in less than two weeks.  For the first time in well over a decade, Cork will be represented by two golfers in an Irish Mens team.  After missing out on selection for the European Team Championships in July, Sugrue finally gets his first senior international cap after coming close earlier this year.  The Mallow man earned several caps at boys level and after a three year gap, he’ll be back in Irish colours in Conwy, Wales.  Ireland won an unprecedented fourth title in a row last year, and this year they’ll be hoping to retain the title.

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Ireland win Home Internationals, joy for O’Keeffe & Carroll

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Peter O’Keeffe and Ireland selector John Carroll pictured after their Home Internationals win in Moortown this afternoon.

The 17th hole in the final match on the final day will be remembered for a very long time.  That was the hole where Ireland captured the Home Internationals for the fourth time on a row.  An hour earlier things didn’t look great, it looked like hosts England would win as Ireland were losing in six of the last eight matches on the course.  But the tide started to turn and Ireland pulled themselves back into hte match with a series of wins.  In the end it came down to Colm Campbell who was the last man left on the course.  Campbell overturned a five hole deficit (he was four down after five) to take the lead on the 17th, that guaranteed him a half and that in turn guaranteed Ireland a historic fourth title in a row.  Although Campbell lost the 18th and halved the match, that meant that the overall score was a draw with England.  As Ireland won a greater number of matches, they retained the title for the fourth year.  Just 0.5 of a point separated the sides with Ireland winning 26.5 matches against England’s 26.

While it was a great result for Ireland, Peter O’Keeffe was slightly disappointed, despite playing very well yesterday (and claiming two wins) he lost both of his matches today.  Still the very fine margin of victory means that the three points he contributed were invaluable in the final tally.  The Douglas member has more than justified his selection on the team, and this rounds off a great debut for him on the Irish team.

It was a great day too for John Carroll who was a selector on the team and was there in Moortown to witness the epic comeback.   The Bandon member has been a long time servant to Munster and Irish teams and will no doubt relish a great celebration this evening with Tony Goode, Neil Manchip and all of the Irish team.

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The winning Irish team, pic Thos Caffery I Golffile


O’Keeffe leads the way in Moortown

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Peter O’Keeffe and Robin Dawson (Ireland) on the 4th tee during Day 2 Foursomes of the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club, Leeds, England. 17/08/2017
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey 

There were mixed results for the Cork golfers in action in England and at home today.  Peter O’Keeffe recorded two wins today at the Mens Home Internationals, while Valerie Clancy won her first round match in the British Girls but lost in this afternoon’s second round.

It was a good day for Ireland at the Home Internationals in Moortown today.  Peter O’Keeffe combined well with Robin Dawson this morning to win an important foursomes match against Scotland.  The pair had lost yesterday so this morning’s result was a boost and came as part of a 4-1 win in the morning session.  He followed up this afternoon with another win in the singles.  O’Keeffe was one down at the turn but mounted a comeback and was two up after 12 holes.  He closed out his match on the 16th with a 4&2 win over Scotland’s Sam Locke.  Ireland now have a great chance to create history tomorrow, a winner takes all match with England give’s Ireland the chance to win the title for the fourth straight year.

Valerie Clancy was the only Cork girl to make it through to the matchplay stage of the British Girls.  Clancy made it though on the cut mark (+8) after the 36 hole qualifier and she won her first round match this morning, beating Celilie Nielsen 3&2.  She lost out this afternoon though, losing 2&1 to Mayka Hoogeboom.  Rachel Thompson and Continue reading

O’Keeffe finally gets his Irish Cap

Douglas Golf Club Reception for Peter O'Keeffe, Irish Amateur Open Champion 2017.  Wednesday 17th May2017Peter O’Keeffe was today named on the Irish Mens team to play in the Home Internationals.  O’Keeffe narrowly missed out on selection 10 years ago when he was competing at elite amateur level, and now he’s finally ticked that box.  The Douglas golfer was added to the international mens panel after winning the Flogas Irish Amateur Open, and he followed that win with some solid performances through the months of June and July.  Last week he finished as a semi-finalist in the South of Ireland, and many felt that would be more than enough to get the call up for August.  For O’Keeffe its marks the achievement of a key long term goal, and it’s also a target he set himself.  “I decided at the end of last year that I was going to work my ass off to make the Irish team” said O’Keeffe after the announcement of the team.  “I’m delighted to achieve it now.  I’m looking forward to preparing for the home internationals so I can have a great performance.”  O’Keeffe put a huge amount of work into Continue reading

Round Up: Davey Barry at PGA Assistants, Tom Cleary at British Seniors, Boys & Girls Home Internationals

Davey BarryDavey Barry (Douglas) is in action at the PGA Assistants Championship, he shot a level par 72 in his first round at Little Aston Golf Club in Bermingham.  Barry had three birdies and three bogies in his opening 18 holes, and he’s just inside the top twenty heading into the second round.

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Cork’s Tom Cleary is in the top ten after the opening round of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Formby.  Cleary had an opening 74 and is three shots behind the leader.  He’s tied with Tipperary’s Arthur Pierse as the leading Irish players

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Valerie Clancy, Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin all had good starts for Ireland today at the opening day of the girl home internationals.  Clancy Continue reading

Murphy Named on Home Internationals Team

John Murphy April 2016Munster Boys winner John Murphy was named on the Irish team that will compete in the Boys Home Internationals next week.  Murphy is one of two Munster players named on a strong side that features the winners of the Irish Boys, Leinster Boys and Munster Boys events.  Andrew Mulhall from Waterford Castle is the other Munster golfers to be named on the team of 11.  Murphy is currently in action in the Ulster Boys Open at Bangor Golf Club.  Murphy shot an opening 75 in testing conditions and is well inside the cut mark going into day two.  Shane Galvin (Fota Island) and Adam Walsh (Mallow) are also in action.

The Boys Home Internationals take place in Ballyliffin from the 2-4 August.

It’s a double for Kinsale as Murphy follows Cathal Butler in being named on the Irish team, Butler took part in the home internationals which were held in Wales last year.

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