Cork’s Top Amateurs (Men)

So how do you start to build a ranking of Cork’s top men’s golfers over the past 100 years?

Rankings and lists are always subjective, and I’m sure many people will have their own opinions on the list as they work their way through it.  Rankings always come down to points, and allocating points for Continue reading

Douglas Developments Nearly Complete

Its an exciting time for Douglas Golf Club, despite the short-term restrictions, the southside club is finishing the latest of its recent developments with the completion of the clubhouse refurbishment due soon.  Douglas has completed several projects in the recent years including the upgrading of the practice facilities as well as a new five-hole short game facility.  With golfers back on the fairways for almost three weeks, and phase two set to start next week, the season is finally underway following the Covid delay.

Like all other golf clubs, Douglas faced several challenges following the government recommendation to close.  While the catering and bar staff didn’t have an opportunity to continue working the course and admin staff worked through using new ways of work to keep everything going.  Douglas General Manager John McHenry has worked in the industry for over 20 years, but like everyone else this was a new experience for him.  He explained the process they have used from the shutdown in late March.  “Once the golf course was designated Continue reading

Douglas Golfing History

For over 110 years, Douglas Golf Club has looked over the city, ideally positioned on its elevates site on Maryborough Hill.  The original course was designed by golf legend Harry Vardon, a six time winner of the British Open.  Vardon designed the original eighteen hole layout after walking the land which was leased from Patrick McAuliffe.   The groundsmen worked with Tramore’s John McNamara who oversaw the build, and the first nine holes opened in December 1909.  The second nine opened a few months later and the first competition on the new course was held in April.  The course was an overnight success, drawing in a large membership from the Continue reading

Munster win Interprovincial Chamionship in Athenry

Interprovincial Championship 2018

The winning Munster team pictured with Team Captain Michael Coote receiving the trophy from John Moloughney, President GUI, picture Fran Caffrey, Golffile.

There was a dramatic finish to the Interprovincial Championship this afternoon, with Geoff Lenehan again sealing a win for Munster.  The Waterville member won the crucial point in 2012 and 2014, and he was at the centre of the action again in Athenry, winning his singles match to give Munster the win against Leinster and the title.

Munster went into day three with a narrow lead, all four teams had one win each, with Munster ranked first on the basis of matches won.  The meant that a win for Munster should have been enough to seal the title.  The foursomes didn’t quite go to plan, with Munster trailing 3-1 at lunchtime.  The only win came from O’Keeffe and Lenehan.  Munster came out firing in the singles though, with Peter O’Keeffe and James Sugrue claiming the first points.  Munster needed five of the seven points to claim the title and with two in the bag the odds favoured the men in blue.  Eanna Griffin brought in a third point and while Andrew McCormack lost, John Hickey won to make it 4-1 with two matches on the course.  Both playing the final Continue reading

Whyte Wins in Waterville – Munster PGA

Bill Rushby presenting first prize to joint winners Danny Sugrue, David Higgins and David Whyte at the Waterville Munster PGA Pro-Am, also included is Liam Burns, Captain Munster PGA. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Bill Rushby presenting first prize to joint winners Danny Sugrue, David Higgins and David Whyte at the Waterville Munster PGA Pro-Am, also included is Liam Burns, Captain Munster PGA.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Frankfield’s David Whyte made a return to the winners circle on Monday as he shared the top spot in the William Rushby Waterville Pro-Am.  Whyte shot a leading 73 and was matched by Waterville’s own David Higgins and Killarney’s Daniel Sugrue.  The event was sponsored by Bill Rushby and as part of the pot, a Volvo V40 was on offer for anyone who aced the par three 4th hole.  Continue reading

O’Callaghan wins in Castlemartyr – PGB Munster PGA Winter Series

Golf_Munster PGA_Skycaddie_Wayne O'Callaghan_Dec2014

Wayne O’Callaghan bagged his first win of the Munster PGA Winter League this week.  He shot a winning 66 in Castlemartyr on Monday in the fourth event of the Premium Golf Brands Winter League.  The scoring was impressive and the course was in great condition.  Short par 5’s and quick greens helped to set the course up for some low scores and the local pro’s duly obliged with six golfers returning under-par scores.  O’Callaghan opened with a birdie on the first but followed on the par three 4th hole with a bogey.  Continue reading

McHenry & Sugrue win Winter Series Opener

Munster’s PGA Professionals got their winter series underway in Adare this week as the first round of the Premium Golf Brands Series took place on Monday.  The event saw over 30 golfers compete in what has become a very popular and competitive series which runs from November through to March.  Adare Golf Club was in great condition as usual, however poor weather limited the competition to 15 holes.  Callaway Golf were sponsors of the event and the top prize was shared between John McHenry and Danny Sugrue.  Continue reading