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Ben Murray stole the show in Mallow on Sunday afternoon, winning the Senior Scratch Cup in front of a huge crowd. The Waterford Castle man shot the lights out in the back nine, stealing the limelight from hometown star James Sugrue. This was the first Senior Scratch Cup in Mallow for seven years and the organising group of Conor Dowling, Brian Attridge, Neil Gallagher and Sean O’Shea put on a great event. With help from main sponsors Hegarty Building and Civil Engineering, there was a generous prize fund in place and the event filled quickly as some of Munster’s top golfers looked to claim one of the final pieces of silverware for the season. The course was in great condition in Mallow, and the lightning fast greens suited the top class amateurs. Monkstown’s Eoghan Long held the lead after the first 18, his four under par 68 gave him a one shot lead over James Sugrue, with Ben Murray, Joe O’Sullivan and Fionn Hickey Continue reading
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James Sugrue is through to the final 64 in the US Amateur in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The Mallow man was on the cut line of +4 when play was suspended last night, and had two holes to play to complete his round. Needing two pars to get rthrough, Sugrue made quick work of the par three 17th, birdieing the hole to put himself in a great position. He finished off the round with a regulation par on the difficult closing hole to qualify in the top half of the draw on +3.
Speaking after the strokeplay was completed, Sugrue was delighted to progress. “I was just thinking par-par to be honest as they are two tough holes. There was a lot of rain overnight and the course softened up a bit, so I was delighted to make the putt on 17. The greens had been running at 13.5 so I had been very tentative earlier in the week.” Pinehurst No 2, famous from the 2014 US Open among other majors is proving to be one of the toughest US Amateur courses, the 7,400 yard Donald Ross designed course is playing to a stroke average of 77, proving to be a worthy challenge for the world’s top amateurs.
The Amateur Champion is up against England’s Alex Fitzpatrick in the round of 64 and he’s looking forward to the matchplay format, despite the challenge of the course. “It’s the hardest course I’ve played and you have to be really cute about where you put the ball. At least now I can give a few putts a go after the rain.”
Mallow Golf Club have just announced details of their Senior Scratch Cup, the first time the competition will be held since 2012. The 36 hole event will take place on Sunday 25th August, and uniquely it will feature a redraw at the end of round one to pair the leading players for the second round. Already many of the top golfers in Cork and Munster have committed to the event which is limited to 72 golfers. It’s another chance for Cork’s top golfers to claim some silverware as the opportunities to claim a scratch cup win are narrowing. The season started with the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup back in April. That event was won by Peter O’Keeffe in a strong field of entrants, and the signs are that there will be another strong field in place in Mallow. The organising team of Conor Dowling, Brian Attridge, Neil Gallagher and Sean O’Shea have a great prize fund in place, thanks in part to the sponsorship from Hegarty Building and Civil Engineering. Fist prize is the maximum €575 with second taking €325 and a generous €250 for third place. There are also nett categories and prizes for Continue reading
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Greg O’Mahony was the only Cork golfer to break par on a tough day in Lahinch today. The Fota Island golfer went around in three under as the wind and rain tested golfers.
A total of eight golfers made the cut for tomorrow’s matchplay. Peter O’Keeffe finished his 36 holes on one under and Sean Desmond was two shots behind. Cork duo Gary O’Flaherty and Paul Buckley were both safely through on +2, and Cathal Butler had to endure a short wait before all of the +4’s were safely inside the top 59. With James Sugrue and John Murphy, there will be a strong Cork challenge tomorrow with eight golfers hoping to make it through the first round.
Play gets underway at 7am tomorrow, with the second round starting after the completion of the first round matches. Live scoring will be available at regular intervals.
7.00am: James Sugrue v Jack Doherty
7.36am: Peter O’Keeffe v James Fox
7.45am: Paul Buckley v Shane O’Connor
8.48am: John Murphy v Aaron Ryan
10.18am: Greg O’Mahony v Evan Farrell
10.45am: Sean Desmond v Jack Ryan
11.12am: Cathal Butler v Ronan Mullarney
11.21am: Gary O’Flaherty v TJ Ford
Portrush, Augusta, and New York will all be on James Sugrue’s agenda over the next 12 months. That’s part of his reward for winning the famous Amateur Championship in Portmarnock. The 22 year old Mallow man created a piece history, becoming only the second Cork golfer to win the most famous prize in amateur golf. As the winner he’ll play in the Open Championship in Portrush next month, he’ll play in the US Open in Winged Foot New Jersey next year, and the established tradition is that the Amateur Championship winner always receives an invitation to the Masters. Watched by his parents Margaret and Mick, and sister Michelle and brother Edward, and hundreds of supporters and friends from Mallow, James calmly rolled Continue reading
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