Mairead Enjoying College Life

mairead martin louisville oct 2018Mairead Martin recently enjoyed a few weeks at home after an exciting few months in the US on a golf scholarship in Kentucky.  The Kanturk golfer who completed her leaving cert in June and in August she moved to start with their acclaimed womens golf programme.  It was a great first semester, Mairead finished the second highest ranked golfer on the roster claiming two top ten finishes on her first five tournaments.  It was a busy few months for the teenager as she settled into her new home for the next few years.  “The first couple of weeks were tough and quite intense it took a while for me to get used to how busy each day was between school, practice and workouts” explained Mairead.  “I struggled to find time to even think about home or even be homesick.  When I arrived in Louisville the team and coaches couldn’t have been Continue reading

Super 2017 for Mairead Martin

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf ClubKanturk’s Mairead Martin has been hitting the headlines for two years on the golf course, and she’ll be one to watch in 2018 as she play’s what’s likely to be her final full season in Ireland for a few years.  The Leaving Cert student is hoping to take up a US college scholarship next year and will be working hard to make another impression.  She spent most of the season playing off +1 and had a number of wins and great team performances for club and country.  Just six years after first playing golf, Mairead is in the top echelons of the sport.    Now the season has ended, Mairead can look back on another successful season.  The big win of the year came in Mallow when Mairead claimed a national title.  The Irish Girls close was a huge win, especially when it was played Mallow.  There was no let up as Mairead went on to win again Continue reading

Ward wins on the Double

AIG Senior Cup, Mallow Golf Club, Sunday 25thth June 2017Gary Ward had a double win last weekend, the Kinsale man scooped two senior scratch cups over the course of two days.  On Saturday he headed to Kanturk and went around the North Cork course in one under par to record his second win of the year.  On Sunday it was off to Co Clare for the 36 Dromoland Senior Scratch Cup, and Ward topped the leaderboard again after shooting rounds of 69 and 77.  Ward won the Cobh Senior Scratch Cup in May, shooting a course record 66 on the way to his first senior scratch cup title.  Ward played Kanturk for the first time on Saturday and it was a winning debut as he described.  “It was my first time playing Kanturk and all I knew was that it was tight” said Ward.  “I hit the ball where I could see it and played really steady golf the whole way around.  The pins were very tough, a few hanging off slopes so it was tough to put it close.  I never went over par and never went better than -2, my 3rd birdie on the par 3 16th saved my round and took my pars on 17 and 18 for a 70 to win by 1 from Peter Duane.”

After that win it was off to Dromoland for the Top Golfer 36 hole scratch cup.  There was a top class field in Continue reading

Mairead Martin wins Irish Girls Close Championship

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Mairead Martin (Kanturk) with the Girls Close Championship (Blake Cup) trophy after her victory at the 2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club today. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kanturk’s Mairead Martin claimed her first national title today, and did so in front of a huge crowd of supporters in Mallow Golf Club.  Martin claimed the Irish Girls Close title after five days of golf in Mallow, and did so in style – never going beyond the 15th hole in the five matchplay rounds.  After confidently striking her first tee shot down their middle of the fairway, Mairead went 1 up through1 and didn’t ease up from there. Four up at the turn, birdies at the 10th and 11th saw Martin go 6 up with 7 holes to play. The match was finished in style with an eagle from Mairead at the 444-yard par 5 12th to close out the game 7&6.

“I’m delighted to win, my short game was on form this week, I pitched in for eagle on the 12th this afternoon to win the match which was a good way to finish”” said a happy Mairead.  “I was at home in my own bed all week too which was also nice and to have so much support from the club was class! I had my sister on the bag too this week which was entertaining! She doesn’t play much golf but I hope she might Continue reading

Kanturk Golf Club honours Mairead Martin

Mairead Martin Kanturk GC

Mairead Martin and Irish Olypmpic athlete Michelle Finn pictured at a celebration in Kanturk Golf Club

Top class amateur golfer Mairead Martin was honoured by he local club last week when she was awarded honorary life membership by Kanturk Golf Club.  The award was made during Liam Fitzgerald’s Captain’s Prize and a large crowd was present to help celebrate both the super golfing weekend and the achievements of Martin.  Mairead, fresh from an unlucky defeat in the semi-final of the Leinster Ladies Championship on Sunday was present with her family to accept the accolade from Lady Captain Kitty Hennessy.

Since concentrating on golf from the age of 12, Mairead’s progression has been rapid and now plays of plus 1.  She has represented Ireland at various levels and also had the honour of representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy in 2015, where she formed a winning partnership with her good friend Annabel Wilson from Lurgan.  She has had some notable successes in national championships including winning the Continue reading

Conor Og Madigan wins Limerick Boys 2015

Conor Og Madigan receiving the Limerick Boys Trophy from Seamus Moloney, Vice-Captain Newcastlewest Golf Club.

Conor Og Madigan receiving the Limerick Boys Trophy from Seamus Moloney, Vice-Captain Newcastlewest Golf Club.

Kanturk’s Conor Og Madigan won the Limerick Boys Championship in Newcastlewest this afternoon after a win on the 18th hole over Darragh Carmody from Tralee.  Madigan had on impresssive run during the competition, in addition to Carmody he beat Fota’s Cillian Moloney in the semi-final.  It was almost an all Kanturk final as Con O’Callaghan narrowly lost out to Carmody in the semi-final.

Limerick Boys Semi-finalists

Limerick Boys Semi-finalists

Murphy wins Kerry Boy’s Championship

Kinsale's john Murphy with the Kerry Boy's Cup Picture: Gary Ward (@GWard71)

Kinsale’s john Murphy with the Kerry Boy’s Cup
Picture: Gary Ward (@GWard71)

After a long summer of good golf, Kinsale’s John Murphy finally bagged a big win when he won the Kerry Boy’s Championship at Ballybunion.  It was a great week to be in Ballybunion, the sun was out all week and the Cashen course was in great condition.  Murphy made it through to the final day but faced an in-form Sean Desmond in the semi-final.  Although Desmond must have had a Munster semi-final in the AIG Senior Cup in the back of his mind, he proved to be a tough opponent and he took Murphy to the the 17th Continue reading