No joy for Murphy in Portrush, attention turns to Macroom for Barton Shield

Munster Golf LogoJohn Murphy had no joy in Portrush yesterday at the North of Ireland.  Murphy was through to the last 16 but lost out in a tight match against Derek Downie.  A disappointed Murphy headed back to Cork yesterday but one marginal benefit was a day off today as he prepares to join Kinsale’s challenge for the Barton Shield this weekend.

AIG Barton Shield :: South Munster 2017 Draw

Macroom plays host to the AIG Barton Shield tomorrow.  Sixteen clubs will descend on the mid Cork course for the first eight round matches.  It will be a busy morning, a two tee start means that all sixteen fourballs will be on the course by 9.30am.  Two rounds are scheduled for tomorrow with the four semi-finalists going to play on Sunday morning.  Cork Golf Club will be hoping to get their 2017 campaign off to a good start, the 2016 Munster Champions face Fermoy.  Play in Macroom gets underway at 8.30am.

Meanwhile on Sunday Mahon and East Cork will head for Killarney for the Purcell and Bruen Munster finals.

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Macroom Senior Scratch Cup, Saturday 1st July

Macroom Golf ClubMacroom will host their Senior Scratch on Saturday 1st July, and the event is set to be a sell out as many golfers will use this event to as preparation for the AIG Barton Shield.  Macroom are hosting the South Munster qualifiers for the Barton in Mid July and Cork’s top golfers will have the chance to see the mid Cork course during championship conditions.  Nutricia have come on board to sponsor the event, boosting the prize fund for all the participants.

Macroom Senior Scratch Cup

Ian Spillane won the 2016 event, beating James Sugrue to make it a Mallow 1-2.  Macroom’s Alan Moriarty won the event in 2015 which was the first time the event was held in several years.  Given the upcoming Barton Continue reading

Mahon March On in Pierce Purcell Shield

AIG Pierce Purcell Shield, Lee Valley Golf Club, Wednesday 7th June 2017Mahon 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

Irish Junior Foursomes Qualifiers

Munster Golf LogoThe first round of the Irish Junior Foursomes gets underway next week with Macroom, Cobh and Fermoy hosting the strokeplay qualifying rounds.  Two teams from each venue will qualify for the second round.

Macroom host their qualifier on Wednesday with Cobh and Fermoy going ahead on Friday.

Macroom GC Wednesday 12 April
1.00pm Bantry Bay (1) Berehaven (1)
1.08am Bantry Bay (2) Berehaven (2)
1.16am Skibbereen (1) Bandon (1)
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AIG Cups & Shields kick off in Macroom & Muskerry

Macroom and Muskerry will be busy places this weekend as the first major weekend of the 2016 Cups & Shields campaign starts.  The AIG Jimmy Brien Shield will see 22 Cork clubs battle over four matchplay rounds with the hope of qualifying for the Munster finals in Douglas in July.

2015 South Munster winners Lee Valley were beaten last week in one of two preliminary matches in Macroom. Bandon got the better of the Munster semi-finalists and they now go on to face Raffeen Creek in the first match tomorrow morning.  Skibbereen beat Bantry Bay in the other preliminary match and they’ll face Lisselan in the first round proper.  Hosts Macroom play Fernhill and Dunmore face Kinsale in the other match.

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield South Munster Draw 2016

Beaten South Munster finalists Mahon are in action in Muskerry, they are Continue reading

Junior Foursomes Qualifiers, Good Friday

The first round qualifiers for the Junior Foursomes takes place in three Cork venues on Friday next.  Cobh, Fermoy and Macroom will host qualifiers with seven clubs competing at each venue.  Friday marks the start of a busy eight day run, the Schools Junior Championships take place on Wed 30th and Monkstown will host the Munster Youths.

Irish Junior Foursomes 1st Round 2016

Round 1 QUALIFYING ROUNDS FOURSOMES STROKE PLAY – reducing to 16 Teams
Round 2 TWO TEAMS QUALIFY FROM EACH VENUE FOR MATCH PLAY AT NEUTRAL VENUE TO BE ARRANGED BY TEAMS AND PLAYED BEFORE 24th April, with office notified of result by Sunday 24th at 9.00pm
Round 3 MATCH PLAY WEEKEND OF 28/29 May VENUES will be the Pierce Purcell Venues
Munster Semi Finals & Final – 5 August Newcastle West GC