Full Schedule for Golf Ireland

Munster Stroke Play winner Peter O’Keeffe receiving the Cork Scratch Cup from Margaret Keane, Lady President Cork Golf Club. Also included are Vincent Twohig President and Bob Savage Captain Cork Golf Club.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

For the first time in three years, the championship golf season is back to normal.  Restrictions in 2020 and 2021 meant that Golf Ireland, and previously the ILGU and GUI ran a reduced calendar with championships not starting until the second half of the year.  Thankfully the possibility of closing courses over the early months of the year is very unlikely, allowing clubs and the national governing body to plan for a full season.  This has given the new governing body their first opportunity to plan for a complete season and the 2020 schedule will see increased opportunities for men, women, boys and girls to compete together in National Championships.  Ireland’s best Senior golfers will converge on Thurles GC in May to play in the Irish Senior Men’s & Women’s Amateur Close Championships.  The event will see Karl Bornemann from Douglas defend his title in the mens event.  For the first time ever, the best boys and girls Continue reading


No Opportunity for Crowley or O’Keeffe in rain affected Munster Over 30’s

Peter O'Keeffe

Peter O’Keeffe

Poor weather forced the abandonment of the the Munster Over 30’s final round this morning.  The heavy overnight rain meant that the course in Ballyclough was unplayable for the final round.

Sean Poucher was a deserving winner based on the opening day.  He had an eagle and two birdies in his opening round on Friday.  His 69 was enough to get him over the line as the winner by one stroke from Peter O’Keeffe.  This is O’Keeffe’s third time to claim a runner up spot this season and even though he’ll be disappointed, it does prove that his game is still good enough to compete at the top amateur level.  Pat Murray also left a calling card, his third place was down to shooting a low round of 70 on Friday afternoon.  Keith Crowley (Fota Island) took fifth place and Kenny McGarry (Castlemartyr) and Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) were just outside the top 10.

Attention now turns to Macroom, the mid-Cork club are hosting a 36 hole senior scratch cup next Saturday, bookings Continue reading

O’Flaherty wins Irish Mid-Am title for second time


2016 Irish Over-30s Amateur Open Championship at Limerick Golf C

John Moloughney (Chairman, Munster Branch, GUI) presenting Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) with the 2016 Irish Over-30s Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Limerick Golf Club today (19/06/2016). Also in the picture is Frank O’Mahony (Captain, Limerick Golf Club). Picture by Pat Cashman

Gary O’Flaherty won the Irish Mid Amateur Championship for a second time today in tough conditions in Limerick.  O’Flaherty had a five shot lead going into the final round however difficult playing conditions meant that a win was far from guaranteed at Limerick Golf Club.  He was four shots ahead of Eddie McCormack (Galway) and both golfers matched each other on the front nine.  After three pars each, they both birdied the 4th and they both went on to bogey the 5th.  They both turned on +1 but McCormack started a charge with birdies on the 10th and 12th to cut the lead to three.  O’Flaherty was playing very steady golf but bogied the 16th when his ball Continue reading

O’Flaherty shoots 64 at Irish Mid-Am

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Gary O’Flaherty, the new Sales Manager Ireland for Cobra/Puma Golf 

Gary O’Flaherty (Cork Golf Club) shot rounds of 64 & 72 to take a four shot lead into the final round of the Irish Mid-Amateur (Over 30) Open in Limerick today.  The recent Castletroy Scratch winner has taken a shine to Limerick and he rattled in 9 birdies in his opening round.  A bogey on the back nine meant that he had to settle for a 64 but that gave him a four stroke lead.

O’Flaherty has been busy on and off the course, he recently took over as Sales Manager for Cobra/Puma Golf in Ireland.  His second round started like the first adding two more birdies at the 1st and 5th.  He dropped a few shots around the turn but he didn’t give anything away as he signed for a level par 72 in the afternoon.  He’s four ahead of Woodstock’s Tony Cleary.

Gary O'Flaherty 64 Over 30

Castlemartyr’s Kenny McGarry also continued his good form, two consecutive 72’s see’s him in 9th place on level par.  McGarry dropped six shots in three holes on the back nine of his second round, but showed great strength to birdie the next hole to get himself back to level par.  Fota duo Keith Crowley and Sean Barry are inside the top 20 on +2 and Bandon’s Dave McCarthy also made to cut for tomorrow’s final round.


Irish Mid-Amateur (Over-30s) Open Championship Leaderboard

Final Round Draw

Fota Island



O’Flaherty runner-up in Ballybunion Senior Scratch Cup

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Gary O’Flaherty (Cork)

Gary O’Flaherty proved he’s a golfer on form last weekend when he finished in second place at the Ballybunion Senior Scratch Cup.  The 2014 winner was just one shot behind winner Fergal O’Sullivan (Tralee) on level par.  This is the third year that Cork golfer finished in the top two, 2015 winner Ed Stack was third also finishing on level par.

Keith Crowley (Fota Island) was fourth and James Sugrue (Mallow) was fifth, both finished on +1 total of 144.  Jack Howard (Fota Island) finished just inside the top ten and Mark Ford (Cork) was 11th.  Mallow’s Eoin Goggin won the nett prize on -4.

The next senior scratch cup takes place Continue reading

CGN Senior Scratch Cup Order of Merit

Senior Scratch Cup Order of Merit after 7 Events*

Senior Scratch Cup Order of Merit after 7 Events
Rank Player Total
1 Gary O’Flaherty 150
2 John Hickey 90
3 Keith Crowley 70
4 Sean Barry 70
5 Alan Thomas 65
6 Mark Shanahan 65
7 Eanna Griffin 50
8 Dave O’Donovan 45
9 Alan Moriarty 40
10 Darren O’Donoghue 40
11 Ian O’Flynn 35
12 Pat Murray 35
13 John O’Brien 30
14 Kieran McCarthy 30
15 Niall Gorey 30
16 Ray O’Sullivan 30
17 Kenny McGarry 30
18 Nick Moore 25
19 Brian Kelleher 20
20 Conor Riordan 20
21 Donie O’Donovan 20
22 Mark Collins 20
23 Pat Power 20
24 Seamus Cronin 20
25 Ronan Twomey 15
26 Shane Whooley 15
27 Cathal Butler 10
28 Christopher Murphy 10
29 Eoin Murphy 10
30 Greg O’Mahony 10
31 Pat Lyons 10
32 Ciaran McKenna 5
33 Cillian Moloney 5
34 Davey Barry 5
35 Derek Byrne 5
36 Gavin Young 5
37 John Reynolds 5
38 Padraig Turner 5
39 Paul McCarthy 5
40 Paul Tobin 5

*Slight change to the listing, current listing only includes Cork golfers or golfers who have scored in 2 or more events.

Updated Order of Merit

Right folks, the updated CGN Senior Scratch Order of Merit after the fifth event in Cork Golf Club this weekend

Top Ten

Senior Scratch Order of Merit after 5 Events
Rank Player Total
1 Gary O’Flaherty 150
2 John Hickey 90
3 Barry Anderson 80
4 Rory McNamara 80
5 Keith Crowley 70
6 Sean Barry 70
7 Alan Thomas 65
8 Mark Shanahan 65
9 Eanna Griffin 50
10 Dave O’Donovan 45

(remember, it’s just a bit of fun – I don’t have a budget for prizes and not enough power for inter-pro places)

Full Listing Continue reading

West of Ireland 2014

There were a large number of Cork entries into the West of Ireland Championship at Co Sligo this week, although only five golfers qualified from the strokeplay stage.  Unfortunately none of the qualifiers made it past the first round, ending Cork interest.  Lee Valley winner Rory McNamara also made an early exit.

Strokeplay Scores (Q):

144 John Hickey (74,70)
144 Mark Shanahan (69, 75)

146 Eoghan Murphy (74, 72)

147 Kieran McCarthy (72, 75)

148 Keith Crowley (76, 72)