It was a busy year for Lee Valley, but one that they will remember. 2018 marked the 25th anniversary for the club, and while everyone celebrated the milestone the club also went on to win their first Cups and Shields pennant. From the celebrations in January, through to the AGM this month, the club pulled together to celebrate. This time last year the club made Lee Valley owner Jerry Keohane and honorary Life President of the Club, and it was an honour that was very much appreciated by Jerry. He was involved in the consortium who purchased the land and commissioned Christy O’Connor Jnr to design the course. Jerry and his family would later take over full control of the Clashnure venture, and since then they have continued to develop and improve the course with a consistent focus on presenting a championship experience for every golfer. Lee Valley remains a Continue reading
Ger Halligan won the Oakley Open Singles Series final in Lee Valley yesterday and bagged a trip to the Portugal Masters next month.
Halligan, playing off 14 in Lee Valley, returned 38 points on a day when golfers were hampered by tough winds and heavy showers despite the course being in great condition. Ger won flights and accommodation for the Portugal Masters which is taking place in mid October. As well as passes for the European Tour event, Ger will also have access to the players areas on Wednesday. Oakley are one of the tournament sponsors for the prestigious tour event. Ken Buckley (Lee Valley) was second and won a customised Edel putter, the Oakley customised putter is one of just 20 that were hand crafted and modified for Oakley worldwide. Mahon’s Colin Hussey was third and won a top of the range pair of Oakley sunglasses. Sean Horgan (Muskerry) was fourth and won an Oakley golf bag. All finalists received Oakley and Continue reading
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Lee Valley were the first Cork club to book their place in the AIG Cups & Shields Munster finals. Their Jimmy Bruen team had come through from Blarney where they won three matches including a venue final against the hosts. It was Waterrock’s first time to host a GUI area final and the course was in excellent condition for the match. Many would consider the back nine in Waterrock to provide the tougher challenge but the front nine proved decisive as both sides varied between birdie and bogey golf to win, halve and even lose holes. Continue reading
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The top golfers from Cork, Munster and Ireland will gather in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning for the 72 hole Munster Strokeplay Championship. Now in its tenth year, the Munster Strokeplay took the place of the Cork Scratch Cup which was the oldest competition of its type in the country. In the past decade the competition has attracted a top class field and this year two thirds of the field are playing off a plus handicap. Continue reading
Dave O’Donovan held his overnight lead to claim victory in the Mardyke Arena Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup this afternoon. The win puts O’Donovan into the crosshairs for Munster selection , especially given that Phil Cooney and Fred Twomey were both in attendance to watch over the field.
O’Donovan held a three shot lead but there were six golfers within six strokes and the job was by no means complete. Robin Dawson lead the early pace, posting a five under par 67. He was one of only four players to break par over the weekend but it did bring him up to 6th place from his overnight placing back in the field. O’Donovan’s playing partners were three off the lead but neither could overhaul the deficit. Continue reading
Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) leads the Lee Valley Mardyke Arena Senior Scratch Cup by three strokes going in to the final round. O’Donovan was the only golfer to break par in over 120 rounds of golf. His opening two under par 70 was followed by a 74, leaving him on a level par total of 144 for the two rounds. Gary O’Flaherty is the closest contender, he’s three shots back. He bettered his opening 74 with a 73 in the afternoon. O’Flaherty’s 73 was one of the low rounds of the afternoon an the wind and rain passed through the Clashure course. John Hickey (Cork) and Blane Lynch (Ballinrobe) are also within three of the lead on 147. Continue reading
Youghal’s Conor Coyne made a huge breakthrough on Saturday when he captured the Muskerry Scratch Cup. The event had a full field with Gary O’Flaherty, Ronan Twomey, Niall Gorey and holder John Hickey all tipped to play well. The 36 hole event was again sponsored by Shane Sadler and the course was in great condition for the showpiece event. Mallow’s Ian Spillane held the lead after 18 holes. He had a one shot lead over holder John Hickey, with Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan back in third place but four shots off the lead. Continue reading