There was delight in Belfast and Cork yesterday as Lee Valley Ladies won another All-Ireland title. The Cork club captured the AIG Minor Cup in Belfast, their first time winning at Minor level. After several close calls this year, the final ended up being a clean sweep for Lee Valley as they beat Mountbellew. Rosemary Driscoll won the first point for Lee Valley on the 17th green when she won 2&1, while Deirdre Lee saw her match go to sudden death before she won and added a second point for Lee Valley. The winning point was secured by Breda O’Callaghan, she had a 2&1 win on the 17th to win the third match and secured another national pennant for Lee Valley. Both Jane O’Neill and Helen Gough were called in, their matches were considered as halves meaning the final score was 4-1 to Lee Valley. On Thursday, Helen Gough was the hero for Lee Valley, securing the winning point in the final match on the final green. Jane O’Neill and Breda O’Callaghan had secured the earlier points and their way to the final in a tough match against Donaghadee. Lee Valley Team Captain Angela Corcoran summed up the feelings of the Lee Valley members: “We’re absolutely thrilled, it could have gone either way right up until the end, it was an amazing contest,” said Angela. “This is our third All-Ireland, we have won two Intermediate Cups and now a Minor Cup in the last 5 years, it’s a huge honour for our 25-year-old club!” The Cork club last won a national title in 2015 when they won the AIG Intermediate Cup in Knightsbrook. The team along with a large number of members and supporters made the long trip from Belfast last night. And the winners were treated to a great reception back in Lee Valley when they arrived home to Ovens.
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Fancy a trip to the Old Head? Are you playing off 9 or lower? Are you free any of the next four Thursdays? If so a new Lee Valley competition might be of interest. Jack Boyd and Paul Keohane have come up with a new weekly competition in Lee Valley that’s aimed at single figure golfers. Four weekly qualifiers will take place in August, starting on Thursday 3rd August and three golfers will qualify each week for the series final. The top four golfers from the final will book their place for round of golf in the Old Head in September with the winner on the day claiming the inaugural Old Head Cup. The best golfer each day, along with the runner-up and best gross will all qualify for the final, and there will also be daily prizes on offer.
The entry fee is a very favourable €25 per person with an attractive reduced rate of €15 for full time students. The events will be played from the championships tees in Lee Valley and the blue course should be a tough test for even the most accomplished golfers. The competition came about as Paul and Jack identified Continue reading
Mahon won the South Munster area final last night in very competitive and sporting game in Lee Valley. Mahon and Macroom were the last two teams standing after winning three matches each at their respective venue qualifiers. Despite the heavy rain, the course in Lee Valley was in great condition and the course provided a solid test for all of the golfers. Mahon as usual had a huge number of supporters while Macroom members were also well represented. Both clubs seemed evenly matched overall and after the front nine it was very close.
Gallery: Mahon v Macroom, AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Area Final
Mahon secured the first point on the 13th green when Declan Power and Michael Sexton beat Ed Neville and John Donvovan. Macroom balanced the scorecard soon after with another early win. Martin Kavanagh and William Buttimer beat Continue reading
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Although the scratch cup weekend is now over, Lee Valley will continue to be a busy place for both golfers and staff. Lee Valley’s Director of golf David Keohane was delighted with the feedback from golfers over the weekend and he was quick to point out that they are continuing to develop the course which celebrates 25 years next year. “We have some great plans for the course in 2017” said Keohane. “Four new tee boxes are currently being constructed. The 1st, 6th, 12th and 16th will be completely redesigned with each of them being widened and lengthened. The pick of these tee boxes is our new par three sixteenth where we have raised the tee box by over five feet and created a surface 25 by 30 meters. The base for the new tee box was so large that many Continue reading
Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty won his second Lee Valley Scratch Cup in style today with a two shot win over a strong field. O’Flaherty started the third round one shot off the leaders, Andrew McCormack and Dave O’Donovan, but all three were level going onto the 9th hole. The conditions were near perfect and things were tight on the back nine until O’Flaherty birdied the 13th and 15th to stretch ahead. He parred his way home from the 15th, maintaining a two shot buffer. The only hope for the chasers was when he ended up in the greenside bunker on the 18th, but the 2012 winner splashed out to five feet and calmly made the uphill putt. O’Flaherty’s four under par total was made up of a 69/72/21 over the three rounds. James Sugrue took second place Continue reading
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After a superb day for golf, Andrew McCormack and Dave O’Donovan are tied for the lead on four under par. O’Donovan was level par for his second round, adding to his earlier 68 while McCormack shot 69/71. The Castletroy member clawed a shot back from O’Donovan this afternoon to tie for the lead. Gary O’Flaherty is one shot off the leaders, he also shot level par this afternoon after a 69 this morning.
Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan had a very impressive 70 this afternoon, he’s in fourth place on 143. Peter O’Keeffe is next on 144 after two level par rounds, and Mallow’s James Sugrue is also on 144. John Murphy, Joe O’Sullivan and Eanna Griffin are all on 145, all three have a chance tomorrow but they will need to go low to catch and the beat the leaders. The cut (top 30) fell at 150, two shots better than last year which is no surprise given the Continue reading