Castlemartyr Scratch Cup Weekend

Castlemartyr Scratch Cups 2017Castlemartyr is a busy place right now and the August weekend will be one of the busiest with their annual scratch cup weekend.  Starting on Friday 4th August, the event is set to attract well over 400 golfers over the three days and there’s a large prize fund in place.  The event is again sponsored by McCarthy Insurance Group who have been on board for the past four years.  The course is set to be in great condition for the showpiece event, the recent fine weather has allowed Trevor Norris and his team to speed up the course which is always a treat for handicap golfers.  The three scratch cups (Junior, Intermediate and Minor) take place from Friday to Sunday and the timesheet is filling fast.  Since the course opened it became an immediate favourite for both societies and casual golfers.  The weekly open singles series are always popular and the membership has grown steadily over the past decade.

Now celebrating 10 years, the facilities in Castlemartyr are being upgraded with the addition of some new practice Continue reading

Ford Junior Scratch Trophy time at Muskerry

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Tom Purcell, captain Muskerry Golf Club, presenting the Cork Junior Scratch Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by Ford Ireland and played for over three days at Muskerry Golf Club, to Sean Leonard, Mitchelstown Golf Club. Included is Maura Minogue, President Muskerry GC. Picture: Mike English

Cork’s most exciting handicap competition of the year gets underway today in Muskerry.  The Ford Junior Scratch Trophy will see the 64 qualifiers face off this morning with the eventual winner getting though six rounds of matchplay over the next three days.  Two qualifying events took place last month with over 300 golfers participating, all hoping to make the top 64 to enter the matchplay phase.  Not surprisingly Muskerry golfers lead the field with 18 golfers taking part tomorrow, although there are 17 other clubs represented.  Lee Valley, Fota Island, Kinsale and Monkstown are also well represented and there are a few qualifiers from outside Cork.  Main sponsors Ford have been involved in the competition since 1992, and last weekend they were also main sponsors for the Ford Cork Scratch Cup, the 36 hole Ladies strokeplay competition.  The trophy holds the names of many popular Cork golfers, including two previous Muskerry winners went on to turn professional, Morgan O’Donovan won the competition in 1992 and Niall Turner won in 2000.  Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan and Kinsale’s Kieran McCarthy both went on to become scratch golfers, representing their clubs at the top level.  The competition has been running since 1970 and in over 40 years only three golfers have won it on more than one occasion.  Bantry’s Donal McCarthy won the trophy on three occasions in the 80’s and he was the only player to win back to back, in 1984 & 1985.  Although the trophy has plenty of Muskerry names, Ger O’Shea is the only member of the home club to have his name there twice.  Mitchelstown’s Clem Leonard also won twice in 2010 and 2012, and last year his nephew Sean Leonard continued the Leonard family’s success in Muskerry.  According to Muskerry Captain Jim Hornibrook, it marks the start of the golfing season: “From a local amateur golf point of view it is a real sign that the new golfing season is starting when the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy is being played in Muskerry golf club this weekend.  This competition was first played in 1970, and Ford Motor Company has been sponsoring the event for the past 27 years.”

dwyers-3d-tech“The Ford Junior Scratch Trophy is a very important annual competition for junior handicap golfers from all over Munster” added the Captain.  “Indeed it is a measure of the popularity of the event that in excess of 300 golfers from all over Munster played in the strokeplay qualifying two weeks ago.  As far as I am aware, this is the only open matchplay event in Munster (if not in the country) for junior handicap golfers.  We are looking forward to hosting the Ford junior scratch trophy this weekend and, when the winner is presented with the trophy on Easter Sunday evening, he will certainly have earned his win, given that he will have won six matches in three days.”

Muskerry Set for New Season

Muskerry Captain Jim Hornibrook is looking forward to the golf this weekend, and he’s especially proud of the condition of the course.  “I am proud to say that Muskerry golf course is in excellent condition at the moment” said Jim, “And that our course received many compliments from those who played in the recent strokeplay qualifying.  We will ensure that the course is the best condition possible for the matchplay over the coming weekend.”  It’ll be back to normal after this weekend for the Captain and his committee as the continue their preparations for the season ahead.  “We’re really looking forward to the golfing season ahead.  All of our teams are now in training for the upcoming inter club competitions and we hope to build on the success of our Jimmy Bruen Shield team from last year, which won the Munster title.  As Captain, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to welcome a national pennant back to Muskerry in the coming months.”  Muskerry have had several trips to Carton House to the Cups & Shields national finals.  They won a Barton Shield national title in 2014 and will no doubt hope to build on that success this year.  After a tough few years, club have finally seen a growth in membership and now several Cork club are putting plans in place for future growth and development.  Muskerry recently agreed to embark on a major capital plan that will deliver improvements to the course for golfers as Hornibrook explained: “It is an exciting time at the club in that our members last week unanimously approved the installation of an automated irrigation system and the construction of buggy paths on our course. Work is due to commence shortly and I expect that these course improvements will have a hugely positive effect on maintaining our course in the excellent condition in which it currently is and into the future.”

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O’Callaghan wins Top Golfer Junior Scratch Cup at Cork

AIG Junior Cup, South Munster Area Final, Blarney Golf Club, Wednesday 13th July 2016Fermoy’s Brian O’Callaghan topped off a great week yesterday with a win in the Cork Junior Scratch Cup.  On Wednesday evening Brian was involved in a dramatic finish to the AIG Junior Cup area final, he birdied the 19th in Blarney to send his Fermoy team through to the Munster Finals.  The left hander was back in form on Sunday and went around the course in Little Island in a one over par 73.  O’Callaghan finished one shot clear of the field in the Top Golfer Tour event, just ahead of Kinsle’s Mervyn Young.  Cork’s Eddie Cagney took third place with the best of a large number of 75’s.  Monkstown’s Gerry Holland won the nett category with 68, beating Ronan Cullinane by one stroke.  The course in Cork was in great Continue reading

O’Driscoll wins Junior Scratch Cup in Fota Island

Seamus Leahy, Director of Marketing Fota Island Resort, presenting the Fota Island Junior Scratch Cup to Michael O'Driscoll. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Seamus Leahy, Director of Marketing Fota Island Resort, presenting the Fota Island Junior Scratch Cup to Michael O’Driscoll.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Michael O’Driscoll made it two wins for the family when he won the Junior Scratch Cup in Fota recently.  12 months ago Michael’s son Robert won the Junior Scratch Cup with a winning score of 74.  Another O’Driscoll name was added this year as Michael shot a winning 76 from the championship tees on the famous Deerpark Course.

O’Driscoll playing off a handicap of 7 was one clear of the field, which recorded a clean sweep for the home club.  Young gun Daniel Devlin was second with 77 (playing off 5) and Mike Moloney (6) shot a 78 to take Continue reading

Down to the last 16 in Muskerry

Leading Qualifiers Darren Hourihan and Cian Kidney will face off against each other in the final 16 of the Ford Junior Scratch. At least the wind should have calmed down a bit……

Muskerry Golf Club​ Ford Junior Scratch Trophy Round 3:
James Ahern v Alan Buckley, Brian Hartnett v Adam McSweeeny, Liam Harte v Ronan McMahon, John Chisholm v Jack Egan, Darren Hourihan v Cian Kidney. Brian Murphy v Ben Harte, Olan Barrett v Ross Williams, Owen O’Leary v Gary Morris

First Round Results  Second Round Results

Top Golfers Head for Muskerry

Current Muskerry Captain David Taylor pictured with his family when he won the 2011 Ford Junior Open Trophy.  The challenging matchplay competition gets underway tomorrow. Picture: Mike English.

Current Muskerry Captain David Taylor pictured with his family when he won the 2011 Ford Junior Open Trophy. The challenging matchplay competition gets underway tomorrow.
Picture: Mike English.

64 of Cork’s top golfers will head into battle in Muskerry tomorrow, all in search of the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy.  The 64 golfers have come through from two full days of strokeplay qualifying held in Muskerry last month, and the eventual winner will have to come through six matches over the next three days to add his name to the prestigious trophy.  The matchplay element starts on Good Friday at 8am, and with two rounds taking place each day, the winner will eventually be known on Sunday afternoon.  The competitive format is unique in Munster and has attracted golfers from all over the county and beyond.  With a handicap limit of 5, the event provides a mix between the established Junior Cup and Bruen golfers, and younger golfers heading for Barton or Senior Cup appearances. Continue reading

East Cork beak Cobh hearts

East Cork beak Cobh hearts

By Niall O’Shea

East Cork broke Cobh hearts again last weekend as they progressed from the Pierce Purcell qualifiers at Mahon.  On Saturday they accounted for hosts Mahon and on Sunday morning they beat Monkstown.  On the other side of the draw Cobh beat Castlemartyr, Fermoy and Mallow to advance to the venue final.  It was the same match up as the Bruen qualifier two weeks ago but Cobh started brightly and held the advantage through most of the afternoon. Continue reading

Mitchelstown’s Maguire wins in Muskerry

Mitchelstown’s Maguire wins in Muskerry

Ford Muskerry Junior Scr 2014

By Niall O’Shea

Mitchelstown’s John Maguire added his name to the prestigious Ford Junior Scratch Trophy at Muskerry last weekend.  As most golfers were sitting down to their Easter Sunday dinner, John was facing his sixth round of golf.  He faced Muskerry’s John O’Mahony in the final of the unique matchplay competition, as the pair were the last men standing from the 64 matchplay starters on Good Friday.  Continue reading