Fionn Hickey won another title today, he scooped the Under 17 Trophy at the Irish Boys in New Forest today. Hickey had a disappointing 78 yesterday, but he bounced back today with a very steady level par round of 72. A birdie 4th hole saw him turn on one under, but two bogies on the back nine saw him move from the red to +1. Another birdie on the 16th, followed by two closing pars saw him return to level, on a four round total of 292 (+4). That was just two shots behind the overall Irish Boys winner, Aaron Marshall from Lisburn. It was another positive weeks for Fionn, the four rounds of 72, 70, 78, 72 will mean another handicap cut for the Muskerry golfer who is currently playing off scratch. That’s the second trophy of 2019 for Continue reading
Adam Boland continued his good form in Castletroy yesterday. The Mitchelstown man shot a one over par 73 and is still inside the top ten at the halfway stage. It could have been better too for Boland, he had a costly double bogey on the 17th which saw him drop from -2 to level par. Prior to that Boland had rebounded from two early bogies with three birdies to get back under par.
Mallow’s Ed Walsh bounced back from a disappointing opening 80 to shoot 74 in the second round. Walsh has a great chance of making the 54 hole cut, he’s currently 64th but a round that’s close to par or better will help him to get inside the top 50. Sean Leonard and Shane Galvin are just inside the top 100 after shooting rounds of 80 and 79, both are long shots when it comes to qualifying for the final round on Friday.
Rosslare’s John Brady holds the halfway lead on -7 after rounds of 68 and 69. Overnight leader Mark Power shot a level par round and he’s in second place on -5.
IRISH BOYS AMATEUR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Castletroy GC, 28 June – Round 2 Scores
137 J Brady (Rosslare), 68, 69
139 M Power (Kilkenny), 67, 72
140 D Daniels (England), 72, 68
141 J Cope (England), 71, 70; A Marshall (Lisburn), 70, 71
143 C Denvir (Elm Park), 75, 68
144 C Larcelet (France), 74, 70; J Hanney (The Island), 73, 71; A Boland (Mallow), 71, 73
145 J Hearn (Tramore), Continue reading
Mallow’s Edward Walsh got his due reward for a great Summer of golf today as he was named on an Irish Boys Under 16 team that will play England next week. The Mallow golfer was the winner of the Munster Boys Under 17 Championship and he also featured on the winning Munster team at the Boys U16 Interprovincials. This isn’t Walsh’s first trip abroad for golf as he featured in the Italian Under 16 Championship last month.
Ireland’s under-16s will play England at Castletown Links on the Isle of Man in an international match over two days from 7-8 October. Irish Boys Champion Mark Power leads the eight players included in the Ireland team, which will play their English counterparts in a series of foursome, four ball and single matches.
Power is joined by Irish Under-16 champion John Brady as well as Jack Doherty, Sean Enright, Ian Halpin, Scott Jones, Luke O’Neill and Mallow’s Walsh. The teams will play foursome and four ball matches on the opening day with eight single matches to decide the outcome on the second day. Irish Boys Selectors Alasdair Gibson (Knock) and Kevin Raftery (Forrest Little) will accompany the team.
IRELAND U16 (v England, 7-8 October)
John Brady (Rosslare)
Jack Doherty (Carton House)
Sean Enright (Limerick)
Ian Halpin (Cahir Park)
Scott Jones (Belvoir Park)
Mark Power (Kilkenny)
Luke O Neill (Connemara)
Edward Walsh (Mallow)
Kinsale’s John Murphy finished as runner-up in the Ulster Boys Amateur Championship today, losing out by two shots to Peter Kerr from Royal Portrush. It was a great result for the young golfer as he has consolidated his Continue reading