Rice wins in Killarney, Munster PGA

Tim Rice Munster PGA Killarney Dec 2017Tim Rice won his second Munster PGA event of the season when he shot a five under par 67 in Killarney today.  Rice knocked in six birdies in an impressive round on Mahonys Point.  Close to 30 PGA Professionals played in the event, which was sponsored by John Caulfield from TaylorMade.  The scoring was very impressive with 11 golfers shooting par or better.  Cian McNamara took second place with and Fota Island’s Jack Howard picked up his first prize as a pro, he shot a 69 to finish tied for 3rd place.  Lahinch’s Donal McSweeney was fifth with a two under par 70.  The over 45 prize went  to David Whyte while the team prize was won by Tin Rice, Alan O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan and David Whyte.

Donal McSweeney Munster PGA Killarney Dec 2017Mahony’s Point was in great condition and Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara thanked Cormac Flannery and David Keating for their help with another great outing.  Killeen is currently undergoing some work as a new green is being constructed on the iconic first hole.  The new green brings the water into play for the second shot and a large proportion of the work has been completed with an opening due for early next year.  The Captain also passed on his best wishes Danny Sugrue, the Dooks professional underwent major surgery last week for an ongoing condition and everyone was delighted to hear that he’s making a good recovery.

The last event of 2017 will take place next Monday in Castletroy and another good turn-out is expected.  After that a further four events are planned for early 2018, and the series is scheduled to conclude with a pro-am in Monkstown where the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy will be played for.  The Munster PGA winter series is sponsored by Premium Golf Brands.

Munster PGA Winter Series #3
Killarney (Mahony’s Point)
Sponsored by TaylorMade Golf (John Caulfield)

1: Tim Rice, Limerick (67)
2: Cian McNamara, Monkstown (68)
T3: Jack Howard, Fota Island (69)
T3: David Ryan, Cahir Park (69)
5: Donal McSweeney, Lahinch (70)

Over 45: David Whyte
Team: Tim Rice, Alan O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan, David Whyte.

Clancy & Martin help Killarney to Senior Cup title

Killarney ILGU Senior Cup

Killarney who won the ILGU Senior Cup on Saturday.  Pic: Pat Cashmn

Mairead Martin and Valerie Clancy played a key part in Killarney’s Irish Senior Cup win over the weekend.  The Cork girls were playing in the ILGU finals at Royal Curragh and they helped Killarney pick up their first national Senior Cup pennant.  Mairead who is playing out of Kanturk and Valerie who is from Mitchelstown have been attached to Killarney for several years and while both have had plenty of individual success, this team win was their first at national level.  Both have been capped at international level this year so the Senior Cup winners medal is a great finish to a very busy summer season for the pair.  Kilkenny were the quarter final opponents and the Cork girls led the playing order with both girls winning their matches.  There was more of the same on Friday afternoon when another two wins helped Killarney overcome The Island.  On Saturday morning they faced Continue reading

Butler claims 3rd scratch cup in Killarney

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Cathal Butler

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler won his third scratch cup of the year when he came from behind to win the Killarney Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday.  The 36 hole competition, played over both courses had a capacity field and report from the players were very positive.  Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas led after the opening round with a 73, two clear of Cathal Butler who was his closest challenger.  O’Keeffe added 72 on Mahony’s Point in his second round, giving him a total of 145.  With the wind picking up and Butler being one of the alter starters the odds were that O’Keeffe would maintain the lead.  As it happened Butler shot a hugely impressive 69 in his second to tie O’Keeffe and win on the countback.

Butler could have been better placed after the first round, he was three over for his final three holes on Killeen.  He made no such mistakes on the run-in in Mahony’s in the afternoon.  He birdied three holes on the front nine and added two more birdies on the 11th and 16th.  He bogies the 3rd and the par five 13th, be he was three under when standing on the 18th tee.  There could have been trouble on the 18th Continue reading

Sugrue Wins on Home Course

Danny Sugrue made it two wins from two in the Munster PGA Winter Series, sponsored by Premium Golf Brands.  Killarney was the venue for the second event and the home course pro went around in a very impressive five under par (67).  He had a three shot winning margin over Monkstown’s Cian McNamara who was the only other player to break par.  Charleville’s Jamie O’Sullivan was third with 72, and Wayne O’Callaghan and John McHenry were next with 76.  David Foley shot a 76 and the top ten was rounded off with Don McFarlane, Kevin Morris, Billy O’Boyle and Davey Barry shooting 77.

The next event takes place in Fota Island in Monday 1st December.  The fourball competition is sponsored by Motocaddy.