A birdie three on the last hole was the perfect finish to Cathal Butler’s round in Co Sligo today, as he signed for a 65 after a great second round. Butler, who had a four over par 75 in his opening round, got to work early today and was three under through five holes. He added another two birdies before the turn to go out in 31 (-5). Although he had a few good birdie chances on the back nine he ended up with eight consecutive pars. He did close out on the 18th with a birdie, leaving him on -2 and tied for 20th at the halfway stage. Needless to say the Kinsale golfer was in a positive frame of mind after his round. “It was a relief as much as anything – it feels like a long time since I shot a low one” said Butler after the round. “I was hitting it lovely, I only missed one green and hit a lot of the shots close. The putter was steady throughout and it was nice to hole a long one on 18 to finish.” Butler has been struggling with a back injury for the past while and that has contributed to his lack of recent appearances near the top of the leaderboard. “I’m off around 2pm tomorrow so I’ll get a chance to go to the gym before hand. My back has been troublesome for the past few weeks so I’ll do some exercises before I go out to play.” As for the strategy for tomorrow, it more of the same for Cathal. “I’ll just keep trying to make good decisions and smooth swings. If I can stay as relaxed as I was today it should be another good day.”
James Sugrue followed his opening 70 (-1) with a two over par 73 today. The Mallow man had a colourful back nine, comprised of two pars, three birdies, three bogies and an unfortunate double on the par five 12th. He’s just inside the top 50, and a good round tomorrow should see him through to Sunday. The 54 hole cut after tomorrow’s third round will see the top 50 (plus ties) go forward for Sunday’s final round. Mel Deasy, back at the venue where he led the qualifier for the West just a few weeks ago has found the going a little tougher. Rounds of 72 & 74 has him Continue reading
James Sugrue is the best of the Cork golfers at the halfway stage of the West of Ireland Championship in CO Sligo Golf Club. The Mallow man shot a two under par 69, helped along the way with an eagle on the back nine. Sugrue started smartly with an opening birdie but a seven on the par five 3rd hole set him back. He recovered with a birdie on the fifth and his eagle on the 12th brought him back into the red. Added to his opening 72, Sugrue is on -1 at the halfway stage – tied for fourth place. He’s four shots behind joint leaders Caolan Rafferty and Max Kennedy.
Mel Deasy added another 73 today to finish +4 in a tier for 30th place. The leading qualifier was three over after his front nine, but came back in one under to match yesterday’s score.
They are the only two golfers inside the top 50, the cut line after tomorrow’s third round. Greg O’Mahony and Gary Ward are just one shot outside the top 50 on +8 (T56) while Sean Desmond is a shot further back, currently placed T76. It was another tough day for Peter O’Keeffe, he shot a 78 which makes qualifying for Sunday a big ask. Cathal Butler also suffered after a horrendous front nine, which put paid to his chances. Kieran Murphy, Keith Fitzpatrick, Padraig O’Connor and Eric Rumley are all outside hopes for making it through to Sunday, but they do have one more round at the famous links to post a memorable score.
West of Ireland Championship Leaderboard
Mel Deasy launched his season in style today – with a three under par 68 to win the qualifier at the West of Ireland. Mel, who is just 16, was in a field of 90 golfers hoping to claim one of the nine spots in the championship proper. The Lee Valley golfer was off early this morning and made the most of the round. Despite two birdies on his front nine, a double meant he turned on level par. He came back in three under though with birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th holes. He was the only golfer to break par and finished three shots ahead of the field. It was a 1-2 for Cork golfers, Cork’s Kieran Murphy finished as runner up on level par. Murphy was a bit unfortunate, he was two under through 16 before he had a double on the 17th. Still, he was safely through to Continue reading
The West of Ireland qualifier takes place on Sunday and four Cork golfers will be heading for Co Sligo with the hope of making the tournament proper. Mel Deasy, now wearing Lee Valley colours will be hoping to make his first senior championship start while Kieran Murphy from Cork Golf Club will also challenge for one of the ten championship spots. Kinsale have two representatives in the qualifier, Mark Healy and Eric Rumley. They will be hoping to join the three Kinsale members already in the Championship field; Cathal Butler, Gary Ward and Keith Fitzpatrick.
West of Ireland Qualifier Tee Times
This week marks the start of a busy few weeks for Cork’s top golfers with six already confirmed for the West of Ireland. Peter O’Keeffe (+3.7) and James Sugrue (+3.6) are both in the top ten of entries, the Irish squad members had some very impressive performances at national and international level in 2018 and both will be hoping to add another championship to their resume at the first opportunity this year. Kinsale trio Cathal Butler, Gary Ward and Keith Fitzpatrick will be joined by Sean Desmond (Monkstown), Greg O’Mahony (Fota Island) and Padraig O’Connor (Macroom). This year the event has a different format, the traditional 36/64 has been replaced by a 72 hole strokeplay event. The reason behind the change is that Co Sligo is also hosting the Flogas Irish Amateur Open this year. It’s the first time in 96 years that the event will not be run as a match play competition with a new date also adding to the changes. With the Irish Open taking place in Mid May, the decision made to move the West from the traditional Easter date. For anyone not heading to Sligo, the East Cork SSC takes place on Saturday 6th April.
Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) bagged his second Munster title when he won the Munster Boys Under 16 Open at Newcastlewest today. The Munster Under 15 champion from two weeks ago, Mel was up against a tough field for the Under 16 Open. Deasy started the second round in a four-way tie for the lead, and a rain delay meant he started his final round an hour later than scheduled. A hard south westerly wind tested everyone and Deasy parred the opening hole which proved problematic for many golfers. A solid front nine followed with birdies on the 4th and 8th holes. That gave the Ballincollig man a two shot lead over the field as he faced into the final nine holes. The back nine proved testing, with Deasy dropping shots on the 12th and 15th. After his playing partner Joshua McCabe fired in two birdies leaving the Bantry golfer two behind. McCabe found trouble coming home however dropping four shots over the 16th and 17th. That gave Deasy back his two shot lead, and he played the 18th like a pro. He found the fairway off the tee and played a steady approach that finished just short of the green on the long par four. A chip and two putts later he was the Munster Boys Under 16 Champion. His one over par second round meant that he finished on a level par total of 140 for this two rounds.
Gallery: Munster Boys U16 Open 2018, Newcastlewest GC
Joshua McCabe (Roganstown) was second, one shot behind Deasy, and third place went to Robert Galligan (Elm Park). Kinsale’s Robbie Walsh had a disappointing second round of 81, dropping outside the top ten. Muskerry’s Stephen Riordan jumped ten places following his second round but Jack Murphy and Brian McCarthy both dropped places in the testing conditions. They were the only Cork golfers to make the cut for the second day.
For Deasy it was a great finish to the week. On Tuesday he was on the Bantry Bay Junior Foursomes team who lost out in the Munster semi-final. Mel is now a double Munster winner, holding the U15 and U16 titles.
Munster Boys Under 16 Open Championship, Full Results
Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) pictured with the Munster Under 15 Close trophy after winning the title in Roscrea.
Picture: Niall O’Shea
Mel Deasy scooped his first Munster title today when he won the Munster Under 15 Close title in Roscrea. The Cork man shot a one over par 72, three early birdies saw him reach -2 two at one stage but two late bogies meant he finished on +1. The bogies didn’t hurt Deasy as he had a four shot margin over second placed Alex Dineen from Cork. It was an all Cork podium as Jack Murphy (Douglas) took third place, after a countback with Dineen.
Rory Milne (Faithlegg) retained the Munster Boys Under 17 title after shooting a fine three under par 68. The Waterford golfer won the event last year in Kinsale and becomes the first golfer to win the age-grade event twice. Milne turned on level par but blazed through the back nine with three birdies in four holes. Milne parred his Continue reading
Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) is comfortably inside the top ten after the first round of the Irish Boys Under 14 Championship in Ballina. Deasy finished with a birdie three on the 18th to sign for a three over par 74. Deasy has been playing some fine golf this year and has been a key member of the Bantry Bay AIG Junior Cup team.
Zak Collins (Douglas) is two shots behind Deasy in 13th place, Collins had a disappointing end to his round but he’s in touch of the the top tem. Leader Joshua Hill (Galgorn Castle) shot an amazing five under par 66 to hold the lead by two shots. Hill had two eagles to record the impressive score on the opening day. Round two gets underway tomorrow.
GOLF: Irish Under 14 Boys Amateur Open Championship
Ballina Golf Club, Round 1 Scores – Thursday 3 August 2017
66 J Hill (Galgorm Castle)
68 E Rowe (Tandragee)
72 B Hanratty (Donabate)
73 L Abom (Edmondstown); C McFadden (Headfort); J Byrne (Baltinglass)
74 M Deasy (Bantry Bay); G O’Neill (Malahide); R Fives (Faithlegg)
75 M Holohan (Seapoint); A Murray (Roganstown); T Higgins (Roscommon)
76 S Lenihan (Goldcoast); Z Collins (Douglas); E McArthur (Massereene); S Calvert (Ballykisteen)
77 M Whelan (Ennis); J Quinn Continue reading
The Boy’s Interprovincial Championships get underway today in Blarney with the U18 and U14 competitions kicking off the three day festival of golf. Mallow trio Edward Walsh, Adam Boland and Greg Barrett lead a strong Cork line up in the Under 18 championship while Bantry’s Mel Deasy and Douglas’ Zak Collins are in action in the Under 14 competition.
Boys’ Interprovincial Championships, Tuesday, 25 July
U18 INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Ulster v Connacht
Foursomes (Ulster names first)
0745 Reece Black & Jack Madden v Ross Kelly & Liam Power; Kyle Patton & Jordan Logue v Andrew Hickey & Harry Gillivan; Joshua Robinson & Ross Latimer v Allan Hill & David Kitt
1245 Reece Black v Ross Kelly; Kyle Patton v Jack Tuohy; Jordan Logue v Andrew Hickey; Patrick Cunnane v Liam Power; Ross Latimer v Allan Hill; Joshua Continue reading
Ronan Feerick (Mallow), Zak Collins (Douglas) and Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) were all named on the Munster Under 14 interprovincial team today, in advance of the interpro’s which take place on Tullamore in two weeks time.
Munster Under 14 Team:
Zak Collins (Douglas)
Luke Danaher (Newcastle West)
Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay)
Ronan Feerick (Mallow)
Rory Milne (Faithlegg)
Morgan O’Sullivan (Ballyneety)
Non Travelling Reserve Seanie Lenihan (Gold Coast)
Team Captain – Liam Troy
Team Manager – Jim Lyne
Provincial Coach – Fred Twomey
In Tralee today Cork’s Pat Lyons missed out on a win at the Irish Seniors Close. Lyons signed for a 77 in the final round and finished in third place behind Castletroy’s Eamonn Haugh. Lyons had led the competition after 18 holes and after 36 holes. Castlemartyr’s John O’Brien secured his top ten position with a 76 to finish in 6th place, and Bandon’s Donal O’Donovan was also in the top ten. Tom Cleary finished in 17th place and also finished in second place in the over 60 category, while Muskerry’s Hugh O’Leary and Douglas’ Karl Bornemann were in the top 20. Cork’s Peter Cowley won the over 70 category.