O’Brien sends Ireland through to European Seniors Final, Lyons selected for Seniors Home Internationals

Bornemann O'Brien Denmark SeniorsIreland had a super win against hosts Denmark in semi-final of the European Seniors today.  In a match that went all the way to the wire Ireland ended up on the right side of the result after one additional hole.  Alan Condren won with a few to spare and Steven Graham won on the 18th.  Karl Bornemann & Jim Carvill lost their foursomes match on the 17th, and Peter Sheehan also lost his singles match. With four matches in the score was 2-2, meaning O’Brien’s match would decide the outcome.  The Castlemartyr member was one down after 15, and despite winning the 16th the momentum shifted when he lost 17 to a birdie.  With the pressure of the match on him, O’Brien birdied the last to extend the match.  On the 19th, he calmly slotted a ten foot putt to send Ireland through to tomorrow’s final.  It’s been a great week for O’Brien on his international debut, and his form has been matched by his teammates who also have been very solid all week.  Ireland now face England tomorrow in the final.

Munster Seniors Amateur Open 2019Killarney Golf Club
Wednesday 18th June 2019

Pat Lyons

Pat Lyons has been included in the Irish team for the Seniors Home Internationals later this month, making it three Cork golfers in the seven man team.  It’s a first international call up for the Cork Golf Club member, and his selection Continue reading

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Bornemann & O’Brien in European Action

Bornemann O'Brien Denmark SeniorsKarl Bornemann and John O’Brien are both in action today at the European Senior Mens Team Championships in Denmark.  Ireland are among the ten teams in action, hoping to make the top eight after the opening strokeplay qualifier.  John O’Brien is appearing in Irish colours and he was delighted to get the call a few weeks ago.  He’ll tee it up at 8am this morning alongside England’s Paul Wharton and Italy’s Filippo Cleaici.  Bornemann makes a return to the team after playing in Sweden in 2017.  He’s off later on today at 12.50.  The 36 hole strokeplay takes place today and tomorrow, with the matchplay phase beginning on Thursday.  Hopes are high that Ireland will regain the title they last won in 2017.  The competition takes place in Rungsted Golf Club in north east Denmark.

European Senior Men’s Team Championship (Rungsted GC, Denmark; 3-7 September) — Ireland: 
Karl Bornemann (Douglas)
Jim Carvill (Banbridge)
Alan Condren (Greystones)
Steve Graham (East Sussex National)
John O’Brien (Castlemartyr)
Peter Sheehan (Ballybunion)

Captain: Michael Coote (Tralee)
Manager: Matt Donohue (Portumna)

 

 

O’Brien & Bornemann named on Irish Seniors Team

John O'Brien

John O’Brien

John O’Brien and Karl Bornemann have been named on the Irish team that will take part in the European Senior Mens Championship next month.  It’s a first call up for O’Brien while Bornemann returns to the team after playing on the winning team in 2017.

Earlier this week, O’Brien got a call from Irish Seniors Captain Michael Coote and it was a a dream come true.  “It was the best feeling ever” said the Castlemartyr man.  “I worked so hard this year with Cian McNanara and put in a  lot of work to get down to my lowest handicap of +1.1.  I’ve been playing a lot of golf and it’s starting to pay off.  I can’t wait to play in Denmark representing Ireland in the European championships, it’s a dream come true for me I hope to do my family and club proud.”  O’Brien recently set the course record in Blarney where he is also a member, and he was runner up at the Ulster Seniors last week.  His consistent performances had caught the Continue reading

O’Brien takes Runners Up spot in Ulster Seniors

John O'Brien

John O’Brien (Castlemartyr)

Castlemartyr’s John O’Brien took second place at the Ulster Seniors in Lough Erne yesterday, the Corkman shot a second round 77 to finish one behind Ballybunion’s Peter Sheehan.  O’Brien also claimed top spot in the 55-59 category.  The Castlemartyr member had held the lead after opening with a two under par 70 on Monday, O’Brien was the only golfer to break par in the first round.  It was looking good for O’Brien but Sheehan played the back nine in two under to leapfrog the Corkman.  Sheehan was the only golfer to master the back nine, effectively sealing the win for the Ballybunion member.  O’Brien has been playing some great golf recently and less than two weeks ago he shot a 66 in Blarney to set a new course record.

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Robbie Walsh ahead in Connacht Boys, Lyons leads in Irish Seniors Close

Boylesports Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2019 Lee Valley Golf Club 27/28th April 2019Robbie Walsh leads the Connacht Boys after an impressive round where he shot a 68.  The Kinsale teenager had five birdies on his way the the four under par round in Oughterard.  A bogey on the final hole spoiled an otherwise flawless round, and he ties the overnight lead with Joshua Hill.  Keelan McCarthy (Lee Valley) and Shane Connor (East Cork) are the next best Cork players, they shot level par and are tied for 13th place.  Muskerry duo Fionn Hickey (+2) and Jack Egan (+3) are both inside the top thirty, along with Mallow’s Ronan Feerick.  Round two in Oughterard takes place tomorrow with the top 45 qualifying for the final round.

Pat Lyons leads in Kilkenny – Irish Seniors Close Munster Seniors Amateur Open 2019 Killarney Golf Club Wednesday 18th June 2019Pat Lyons shot an opening one Continue reading

Donal McDonnell wins Fota Island Senior Scratch Cup

AIG Senior Cup Munster Semi Final 2018
Thurles Golf Club
Saturday 18th August 2018Donal McDonnell was the winner on Sunday, picking up his first Senior Scratch Cup title.  Fota Island held their annual showpiece on Sunday, again in association with Top Golfer.  There was a full timesheet for the event on the Deerpark course, and the three time Irish Open venue proved itself yet again as nobody could break par.  Although the course was in great condition, it did play all of it’s 6,927 yards.  Donal McDonnell from Monkstown was the winner after four players tied on 73.  McDonnell took the title ahead of John O’Brien (Castlemartyr), Kieran Kennedy (Thurles) and David Howard (Fota Island).  The Monkstown golfer is a regular on Monkstown’s successful Senior Cup team and has a provincial winners medal, Donal is also Junior Officer in Monkstown.  This was his first senior scratch cup title and needless to say he was delighted with his win.  Although he was four over par at the turn, McDonnell put together a great back nine.  He shot two under for the second nine, and finished 3,3,4 which was crucial in terms of his placing for the countback.  Although the top four were tied, John O’Brien took second place, Kennedy was third and David Howard was fourth.  Howard had a busy weekend, on Saturday the four handicapper shot a 75 in Muskerry in the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy qualifier, and on Sunday he beat his handicap by two when he shot the 73.  Anyone looking to play Fota this week can take advantage of their Masters Week specials, full details are available from the pro shop.

Fionn wins in East Cork

Kieran O’Donoghue leads Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley, Round 3 Draw

Kieran O'DonoghueKieran O’Donoghue (Douglas) carded two level par rounds of 72 to hold the 36 hole lead in the Munster Mid-Am in Lee Valley.  In a tough day for golf the wind and rain took it’s toll, and O’Donoghue was the only golfer to match par.  Padraic Connolly (Killeen Castle) is in second place, two strokes off the lead, and Cork duo Gary O’Flaherty and Mark Ford are next on +3.  Although O’Flaherty is three off the lead he has a strong record in Lee Valley, and all eyes will be on him.  Mark Ford and John OBrien are in the hunt with Dave O’Donoghue and Karl Bornemann having an outside change of victory tomorrow.

The cut fell at +19, a measure of the testing conditions.  Thirty golfers made it though to tomorrow’s final round with play getting underway at 8.30am. 

DRAW FOR ROUND 3:

8.30AM: R Kennedy (Monkstown), N Duggan (Dromoland (Castle), K Collins (Fermoy)

8.40AM: A Considine (Lahinch), C O’Donnell (Fota Island), D Coughlan (Castleknock)

8.50AM: J O’Sullivan (Fota Island), P Power (Lee Valley), C Ryan (Killeen Castle)

9.00AM: J Kehoe (Limerick), B Timlin (Galway),  S Miskelly (Knock)

9.10AM: R Connelly (Grange), P Murray (Clontarf), J Waldron (Muskerry)

9.20AM: D O’Donoghue (Bandon), P Flynn (Tramore), E Long (Monkstown)

9.30AM: K Bornemann (Douglas), G Dunne (Co Louth),  G Lenehan (Portmarnock)

9.40AM: D O’Donovan (Muskerry), J O’Neill (Lee Valley), A Thomas (Dungarvan)

9.50AM: J O’Brien (Castlemartyr), A Condren (Greystones), G O’Flaherty (Cork) 

10.00AM: M Ford (Cork), P Connelly (Killeen Castle), K O’Donoghue (Douglas)

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O’Leary one off the lead in Malone, Irish Seniors Close

GUI LogoCastlemartyr’s Hugh O’Leary is just one off the lead going into the final round of the Irish Seniors Close.  O’Leary was in the top ten after the first round and a one under par 71 today saw him rise to second place, just one shot behind Banbridge’s Jim Carvill.  O’Leary had a spectacular back nine.  After three bogies on the front nine and another on the 10th, he bounced back with five birdies in seven holes to sign for a 70.  O’Leary and Carvill were the only players to break par in the second round.

Douglas Captain Karl Bornemann proved the duties of high office needn’t interfere with your golf as he continued his recent good form.  Bornemann is tied for 7th after a tidy 74 today.  Michael Quirke (Doneraile) is just inside the top 20 on Continue reading

Feerick, Collins and Deasy named on Munster U14 team, Lyons misses out in Irish Seniors Close

Irish Schools Junior Championships, Munster Finals 2016, Charleville Golf Club, Wednesday 6th 2016

Ronan Feerick

Ronan Feerick (Mallow), Zak Collins (Douglas) and Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) were all named on the Munster Under 14 interprovincial team today, in advance of the interpro’s which take place on Tullamore in two weeks time.

Munster Under 14 Team:

Zak Collins (Douglas)
Luke Danaher (Newcastle West)
Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay)
Ronan Feerick (Mallow)
Rory Milne (Faithlegg)
Morgan O’Sullivan (Ballyneety)
Non Travelling Reserve Seanie Lenihan (Gold Coast)

Team Captain –  Liam Troy
Team Manager – Jim Lyne
Provincial Coach – Fred Twomey

In Tralee today Cork’s Pat Lyons missed out on a win at the Irish Seniors Close.  Lyons signed for a 77 in the final round and finished in third place behind Castletroy’s Eamonn Haugh.  Lyons had led the competition after 18 holes and after 36 holes.  Castlemartyr’s John O’Brien secured his top ten position with a 76 to finish in 6th place, and Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan was also in the top ten.  Tom Cleary finished in 17th place and also finished in second place in the over 60 category, while Muskerry’s Hugh O’Leary and Douglas’ Karl Bornemann were in the top 20.  Cork’s Peter Cowley won the over 70 category.

Fota Island

Lyons retains lead at Irish Seniors Close

2016 Irish Seniors Amateur Close Championship at Tralee Golf Clu

Overnight leader Pat Lyons (Cork) driving at the 18th tee in the second round of the Irish Seniors Amateur Close Championship at Tralee Golf Club today. Picture by Pat Cashman

Pat Lyons (Cork Golf Club) has retained his lead after the second round of the Irish Seniors Close at Tralee today.  Lyons shot a three over par 75, on the second consecutive day that no player in the field managed to break par.  The Cork Golf Club member has a one shot lead going into the final round.  John O’Brien and Donal O’Donovan both remain in the top ten, they matched scores again today with 68’s and they are tied for 7th place six shots behind the leader.  Irish Seniors Open Champion Tom Cleary carded a second round 76 to climb up to 15th position, and he also holds the lead in the over 60 category.  Karl Bornemann (Douglas) is also in a tie for 15th place.  Cork’s Peter Cowley is second in the over 70 category, three shots off the lead.  Muskery’s Hugh O’Leary and Kinsale’s Jerry Crean also made the cut for the final day.

Irish Seniors Close Live Scoring