Murphy opens with impressive 67, Munster Boys Round 1 Report

Final Round, EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2016Kinsale’s John Murphy opened with an impressive five under par 67 at the Munster Boys in Dromoland Castle.  Murphy was one of two golfers to break 70, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam has a to shot lead after carding a seven under par 65.

Mark Healy is just outside the top ten after he signed for a one over par 73, and he’s one shot ahead of Mallow duo Greg Barrett and Adam Boland.

Daniel O’Sullivan (Mallow), Eric Rumley (Kinsale) and Sean Desmond (Monkstown) and Cillian Moloney are all just inside the cut mark and will need to manage their way around Dromoland Castle tomorrow to ensure they stay in the top 50 and make the cut for the final 18 holes on Friday.  Darren Hourihan and Continue reading

8-0 win for Munster Girls, Healy secures top ten in Connacht

Valerie Clancy

Valerie Clancy

The Munster Girls side won their second match today to finish up in runner up spot at the Interprovincials in Slieve Russell.  There were wins for everyone today as the Munster side had an 8-0 whitewash of Connacht.  Sarah Byrne (Douglas) and Grace McGrath (East Cork) won their foursomes match on the 18th while Mitchelstown’s Ciara Leonard wrapped up her match on the 15th.  In the singles there were wins for Byrne and Leonard as McGrath was rested.  There was no joy for the Munster Ladies as they drew with Connacht to finish in fourth place.

Valerie Clancy, Mairead Martin and Rachel Thompson were all in action in European Girls Championships in Norway again today, this time playing in the matchplay (flight b) stage.  Clancy won her foursomes match and there was a win too for Martin while Thompson halved her match.  The Irish girls team go on to play Netherlands tomorrow in the semi-final

A final round 76 saw Kinsale’s Mark Healy secured a top ten finish at the Connacht Boys in Galway Golf Club today.  John Murphy had a 74 in his final round and he finished in a tie for 15th place.  The competition was won by Limerick’s Ciaran Vaughan who finished two clear of the field.

The date for the Bruen Youths in Muskerry has been confirmed and entries are now open.  The 36 hole strokeplay event takes place on Monday 15th August and marks the start of Muskerry’s Bruen Open Week.

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Healy best of Cork at Connacht Boys, Lyons leads at Irish Seniors Close

Mark Healy Kinsale

Kinsale’s Mark Healy

Kinsale’s Mark Healy is tied for seventh place heading into the final round at the Connacht Boys at Glaway Golf Club.  Healy is six strokes off the lead after shooting rounds of 73 & 74.  John Murphy was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut for the final round, John had round of 78 and 73 to lie just outside the top 20.

Darren Hourihan (Douglas) had a second round 79 to miss the final round cut by two shots and Brian O’Connell, Eamonn O’Driscoll and Cillian Moloney also missed the cut.

In Tralee, Pat Lyons (Cork) leads the field in the Irish Seniors Close.  Lyone had two birdies on the front nine and turned on one under, but three bogies on the back nine saw him sign for a two over par 73, and finish day one two shots clear of the field.  There’s a strong Cork challenge after the first round, Castlemartyr’s John O’Brien is in a tie for 4th along with Donal O’Donovan (Bandon) and Leinster Seniors winner Michael Quirke (Doneraile) is a shot behind.  Karl Bornemann (Douglas), Tom Cleary (Cork ) and Jerry Crean (Kinsale) are all in the top 30.

Irish Seniors Close Round 1 Scores

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Quirke Leads Leinster Seniors, Barrett 2nd in Leinster Boys

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Michael Quirke (Doneraile)

Doneraile’s Michael Quirke leads the Leinster Seniors at Glasson after round one.  Quirke started with a bogey on the first hole and added a second on the fifth, before birdieing the 8th to turn on one over.  He birdied the 10th but added a double on the 14th to go two over.  Two birdies on the  run in saw him finish on level par, sharing the lead with Garth McGimpsey and Val Smith.  In a  crowded leaderboard there are 10 within three shots of the lead, including Tom Cleary who’s in a tie for 6th place on +3.  Peter Cowley is tied for 10th place on +4, and Jerry Crean (Kinsale) is a shot back in 15th place.

Leinster Seniors Live Scoring

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals

Greg Barrett (Mallow)

Mallow’s Greg Barrett is in a tie for second place, just two shots off the lead in the Leinster Boys.  Barrett had three birdies and three bogies on his way to the level par 72.  He’s two behind Patrick Brennan from Belvoir Park.  Kineale’s Mark Healy is in 25th position with +4 and Eric Rumley is further back on +8.  The event continues tomorrow in Mullingar GC.

Leinster Boys Live Scoring

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Sugrue leads four Cork golfers in top 20 at Munster Youths

Monkstown Clubhouse

Early morning sunshine burns away the frost from the clubhouse at Monkstown as Day 2 at the Munster Youths gets underway. Picture Niall O’Shea

Mallow’s James Sugrue is the best placed Cork golfer going into the final round of the Munster Youths at Monkstown Golf Club.  The 2014 winner is three shot behind leader Jack McDonnell who shot 73 to finish on -1.  Sugrue is tied for second on +2, Hugh O’Hare from Fortwilliam is also on +2.

Kinsale’s Eric Rumley followed yesterday’s 70 with a 76 and that saw him drop from 3rd to a tie for 12th.  John Murphy is also tied for 12th place, both are seven shots off the lead so at best their chances of winning are marginal.  Cathal Butler is the third of four Kinsale golfers to make the cut, he added a 71 today to his 74 from yesterday, he is now in 6th place but is six strokes off the lead.

Munster Youths Amateur Open Scoring

Adam McSweeney (Douglas) finished in 24th place along with Alan Riordan (Muskerry).  Bandon’s Brian O’Connell was a shot Continue reading

Rumley leads Cork golfers at Munster Youths

Fred Daly Trophy Munster Finals

Eric Rumley

Kinsale’s Eric Rumley led the Cork golfers in action today at the Munster Youths in Monkstown Golf Club.  Rumley shot a level par 70 to finish in a tie for third place, and his round was even more impressive when he had to contend with the worst of the weather.

Rumley had a challenging start, he was three over after nine following bogies on the 3rd, 6th and 8th holes.  He bounced back with birdies on the 10th and 11th, and he eagled the par five 15th hole.  A bogey on the closing hole brought him back to level par for his round, but it was still a very impressive round given Continue reading

Ward Takes Second Place at Leinster Boys

Gary Ward from Kinsale shot three under for his final 36 holes at the Leinster Boy’s today to claim second place.  Ward shot a 69 this morning to hold the 54 hole lead by two shots.  However a one over par 74 this afternoon meant that the Kinsale man had to settle for second place.  The winner was Michael Ryan from New Ross and his win was well deserved considering he shot -7 (68,69) on the final day in Balcarrick.

John Murphy was the one of three other Cork golfers to make the cut for the final 36 holes, he shot a positive two under 71 this morning but signed for a disappointing 77 this afternoon.  Murphy now looks like taking second place in the final national Order of Merit standings.  Mark Healy carded a 73,73 to maintain his place inside the top twenty and Muskerry’s Benedict Cronin finished in 42nd place from the field of 150 golfers.

>>Leinster Boys Final Standings<<

Munster Boys Team Announced

The long wait is over and the names of th seven strong Munster Boys Inter-Provincial team has been announced.

As expected Kinsale feature strongly with Cathal Butler, John Murphy and Mark Healy all getting the call-up.  Anyone from Kinsale could have argued for one or even two more inclusions but the selectors went with the three.  Monkstown’s Sean Desmond is the fourth Cork member of the team that will take part in the Inter-Provincial Championships next week in Athlone Golf Club.

Kinsale's Mark Healy

Kinsale’s Mark Healy

Munster Boy’s Inter-Provincial Team
Cathal Butler (Kinsale)
John Murphy (Kinsale)
Mark Healy (Kinsale)
Sean Desmond (Monkstown)
Luke Cummins (West Waterford)
John Molyneaux (Ballybunion)
Joseph O’Neill (Tralee)

Team Captain – Joe Rouine (Adare Manor)
Team Manager – Michael Coote (Tralee)
Provincial Coach – Fred Twomey

Sean Desmond (Monkstown Golf Club) pictured in action in the AIG Senior Cup at Fota Island Golf Club. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Sean Desmond (Monkstown Golf Club) pictured in action in the AIG Senior Cup at Fota Island Golf Club.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Butler Shoots -3 Par 69 for 6th Place in Connacht Boys

Kinsale's Cathal Butler

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler in Fred Daly action recently

Kinsale’s Cathal shot the low round of the day to climb the leaderboard in the Connacht Boys Amateur Open in Roscommon.  Butler carded a three under par 69 which included
six birdies.  He finished in 6th place on +3 for his three rounds.

Photo Gallery: Golffile Connacht Boys U18 Open (

John Murphy also sneaked inside the top ten, he had a final round 73 to finish on +4.  Overnight leader Marc McKinstry shot a final round 70 to extend his six shot lead to a final winning margin of eight shots. Continue reading