Sugrue jumps into Top Ten at Flogas Irish Open

James Sugrue 2016James Sugrue recovered from an early double bogey to post a two under par 70, and jump into the top ten at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open.  Sugrue had a 5 on the par three fourth hole, but bounced back with quick two birdies.  More birdies on the back nine saw him move under par and he signed for a 70.  The Mallow teenager is the best placed Cork golfer in action in Royal Dublin, he now on -3.  Mark Shanahan finished with a one under par 71 to move inside the top 20.  It could have been much better only for a double bogey on the 17th and he’s now on -1 for the tournament.

Cathal Bulter continued his consistent form, a level par 72 saw him finish tied for 28th place, slightly better where he say yesterday.  Ian O’Rourke also shot a level par round to make the cut which fell at +5.  Cork’s John Hickey had a tougher day, he signed for a disappointing 80 that saw his drop out of contention for a place in the top 50.

Colm Campbell remains on top of the leaderboard, he’s two shots clear of the field on -14 after 54 holes.  The final round takes place tomorrow.

Flogas Irish Amateur Open Live Scoring


Shanahan, Sugrue and Hickey in the red, Flogas Irish Amateur Open R2

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016Mark Shanahan and James Sugrue both shot two under par 70’s at Royal Dublin today in the second round of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open.  Sugrue is now two under for the tournament and he’s just outside the top 10.  Around half of the field have completed their second rounds.  Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan is two shots behind Sugrue.  He had a mixed start to his round but he birdied three of the last six holes to get back into the red and he’s on level par after 36 holes.  Shanahan is tied for 20th place currently.  John Hickey bounced back from his opening 75, he had four birdies and two bogies and signed for a 70 to get back to +1.  Cathal Butler shot a second round 74 and he now also sits in 30th place on +1.  Ian O’Rourke is currently on +5, he added a 75 to his opening 74 and he’ll need a better score tomorrow to make the 54 hole cut.

Lee Valley winner Colm Campbell from Warrenpoint leads the competition, he shot a second successive 68 to lead by two shots on -8.

Flogas Irish Amateur Open Live Scoring



Good start for Cork golfers at Flogas Irish Amateur

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Cathal Butler (Kinsale/MU)

Two birdies and an eagle on the back nine yesterday saw Cathal Butler (Kinsale) jump back up the leaderbaord at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open in Royal Dublin.  Butler had a poor opening nine as four bogies and a birdie saw him on +3 at the turn.  He birdied the 10th and 16th and eagled the par five 14th hole on a back nine charge that saw him go into the red and finish the opening day in a tie for 12th place.

James Sugrue (Mallow) was another golfer to benefit on the back nine.  Sugrue was +2 at the turn but added five birdies in the second half of his round. Unfortunately for the Mallow golfer he added a double bogey 5 on the par three 13th hole and he bogied the 18th.  He still finished on level par just outside the top 20.

Ian O’Rourke who now plays out of Royal Dublin signed for a 74 (+2), the same as Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan.  John Hickey (Cork) is one back on 75.  Munster golfer Eanna Griffin is just one off the lead on -4 while fellow Munster interpro  Geoff Lenehan is on +2 and Robin Dawson in on +3.   All 120 golfers will play again today and tomorrow with the top 50 qualifying for Sunday’s final round.

Flogas Irish Amateur Open Live Scoring


Butler through to last 16 in West of Ireland

Cathal ButlerKinsale’s Cathal Butler had two good wins today to make it through to the last 16 in the West of Ireland Championship.  Butler qualified on the cut mark of 82 and had an impressive 4&3 win over Jamie Fletcher this morning.  This afternoon he faced Conor O’Rourke from Naas, and he dispatched the Irish International on the 17th, winning 2&1.  Butler will have Dermot McElroy tomorrow morning, the Ballymena golfer is the current holder of the West of Ireland title.  The NUIM student has entered the Munster Youths which starts in Monkstown on Wednesday, his plans might yet change with the final of the West scheduled for Wednesday also.

Seanie Barry was first on the course this morning, he had the tough challenge of playing against Sean Flanagan from Co Sligo.  As well as being a local Flanagan was the leading qualifier.  Barry matched Flanagan for most of the round in a very entertaining match.  He eventually lost out to Flanagan on the 18th.

Mark Shanahan got off to a good start this morning and was leading by 2 at the turn.  Play went against him however and he lost to Ben Best on the 18th.  Niall Gorey was a withdrawal this morning due to a shoulder injury and is likely to be out for a few weeks.  Ian O’Rourke also lost out in the first round, he lost out to Intervarsity Champion Alex Gleeson on the 17th.

West of Ireland Championship 2016 Round 2 Results

Five Cork golfers through in Rosses Point

Mark Shanahan, Cathal Butler and Seanie Barry, Ian O’Rourke and Niall Gorey all made the cut for the matchplay stage of the West of Ireland Championship.  40mph winds this afternoon forced a suspension in play and the inability to continue led to the cancellation of the second strokeplay round.   The tournament committee had a tough decision and decided to make the matchplay draw based on the first round only.

Mark Shanahan and Paul McCarthy had made the good weather on Saturday morning, they both returned 73’s to put themselves in a good position.  McCarthy was one of those adversely affected by the cancellation of Round 2, his 73 this morning to see him provisionally in 21st place with half of the second round scores in.  McCarthy’s first round 84 meant that he finished in 85th place and two shots outside the cut mark.  Cork’s John Hickey also finished on 84, two shots outside the cut.

Sean Barry (Fota Island) was the 64th and final golfer to make the cut, he’ll face leading qualifier Sean Flanagan from Co Sligo in the first game tomorrow.

West of Ireland Matchplay Draw



Griffin wins Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup

Eanna Griffin

Eanna Griffin

Waterford’s Eanna Griffin shot two under par rounds to win the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup on Sunday.  The Waterford golfer has come close to winning a few times this year, he was runner up at the West of Ireland and led the Munster Strokeplay at the halfway stage, but his first win of 2015 finally came on Sunday.  Griffin was the only golfer to break 70 in the opening round, his 96 had him two shots clear of the Cork GC duo of John Hickey and Paul Tobin.  Continue reading

Shanahan Aims for Fourth Castlemartyr Title

Castlemartyr's Mark Shanahan

Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan

The final senior scratch cup of the year takes place in Castlemartyr this weekend and a top quality field will challenge for the large prize fund on offer.  A full field of 66 golfers will take on the 6,790 yard Ron Kirby designed ‘inland links’ course.  Holder by Mark Shanahan leads the handicaps, he’s currently playing off +2.3.  Shanahan is joined by John O’Brien, Kenny McGarry and Kieran McCarthy as the home club’s representatives.  2014 runner up Shane McGlynn (Carton House) leads the challenge from outside Cork.  He’s joined by Sean Barry, Billy McGarry, Geoff Linehan, Mark Somers and Ian Spillane, all six golfers are playing off a mark of +2.  The young players include James Sugrue, Paul Tobin, Sean Desmond, Cillian Moloney, Rory Dineen and Tramore’s Continue reading

Shanahan into last 16 in Irish Close Championship

Mark Shanahan pictured after winning the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup last September. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Mark Shanahan pictured after winning the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup last September.

Mark Shanahan had two impressive wins in Tramore today as he negotiated his way through the first day of Matchplay at the Irish Close Championship.  Shanahan recorded strokeplay rounds of 72 &75 to finish in the top 30.  This morning he drew Gavin Young from Birr GC and beat him 3&2 on the 16th.  The 16th was again the final hole for Shanahan in the afternoon as he recorded a 4&2 over Conor O’Rourke (Naas).  The Castlemartyr golfer will now face Daniel Holland in the last Continue reading

Sean Barry top Cork Qualifier at Irish Close

Sean Barry (Fota Island) faces Jeff Hopkins in the first matchplay round of the Irish Close at Tramore tomorrow morning.  Barry who celebrated the birth of his daughter just over a week ago got back into the swing of things when he added a tidy 74 to yesterday’s 71 to finish the strokeplay in 15th place (tied 12th).

Ian Spillane (Mallow) and Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) both finished in the top 30 posting a three over 147 total for the 36 holes.  Spillane faces Jordan Hood tomorrow and Shanahan was drawn against Gavin Young.  Muskerry’s Ronan Twomey was three shots back on +6 and he also comfortably made it through to the matchplay – he’ll face 2nd placed qualifier Thomas Mulligan tomorrow morning.

Mallow’s Paul McCarthy was one of the unluckiest golfers in the competition, he finished tied for 59th place but on the countback he was 65th and missed the top 64 matchplay placings by one.  Paul Tobin (Cork) added a second round 79 to his opening 75 to finish well outside the qualifying mark.

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