North Cork’s Golfing History

Mitchelstown Golf Club with the scenic Galtee Mountains in the backround.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Golf in North Cork can be traced back to 1892, and almost 130 years later it’s still thriving.  While the rise of the sport exploded in the early part of the 19th century, it’s popularity remained strong right up to today.  It’s a testament to the North Cork clubs that they have withstood several challenges and remain popular destinations for both members and guests.  Fermoy holds the honour of hosting the earliest recorded golf match in 1892 when the locally based British army officers took on the neighbouring garrison in Lismore.  Fermoy Golf Clubs traces it’s history back to 1893, and like many other clubs they had several homes including the racecourse, the Aerodrome, and Continue reading

Four Munster Titles head to Cork, ILGU Southern District Finals

2018 AIG Ladies Cups and Shields Finals (Munster District) at Ti

Monkstown’s Martina McCarthy celebrates with team mates and supporters after her victory on the 19th green to clinch the AIG Minor Cup Munster Final. Picture: Pat Cashman

There was cause for celebration in Tipperary on Sunday as Cork clubs came away with four of the six pennants on offer.  Macroom and Monkstown both had two teams in action but each club came away with one win. Macroom losing the Junior Foursomes and Monkstown losing the Junior Cup to East Cork.  The four Cork sides won all of the singles events, and now look forward to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook at the end of this month.

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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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