Crean & O’Donovan Challenge in Leinster.

Munster Seniors Open Championship 2016, Tramore Golf Club, Wednesday 11th May 2016

Donal O’Donovan

Jerry Crean and Donal O’Donovan are tied for fourth after they both shot opening rounds of 76 in the Leinster Seniors Open at Dun Laoghaire.  Kinsale’s Crean had a tough start with bogies on the first and second, and a double bogey on the ninth meant that he turned on +4.  He made the trip back in level par though, and that saw him finish in a tie for fourth place.  Donie O’Donovan had a better start with a birdie on the 2nd, but a few dropped shots saw him turn on +2.  He followed that with eight straight pars but a mistake on the final hole cost him two shots and he also signed for a 76 (+4).

Holder Micheal Quirke is one shot back alongside Tom Cleary on 77, both are in a large group that are tied for 10th place.  Both are six shots off the lead and still in with a chance of challenging in tomorrow’s final round.  Fota’s George Mellerick is back in the pack after a disappointing 85.  Dun Laoghaire Golf Course proved to be a very testing challenge for the players at the Leinster Seniors Championship today despite the very benign conditions.  Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown) leads Continue reading

Cleary takes 2nd place in Connacht Seniors

Tom ClearyCork’s Tom Cleary heralded the start to his season when he took second place at the Connacht Seniors today.  The former Munster and Irish Seniors winner shot a par par 73 today in Claremorris to jump up the leaderboard and take the runner-up spot.  Cleary had three birdies on the back nine to get back to level par for the day.  He finished one shot behind winner Nigel Duke (Killiney) who retained the title he won last year.  Cleary was the only golfer to match par over the two days as the golfers struggled in testing weather conditions.

Pat Lyons (Cork) and Donie O’Donovan (Bandon) both finished in a tie for 11th place.  Both golfers put in a challenge on the front nine today but they faded on the back nine as they dropped a number of shots.  Michael Quirke (Doneraile) was in Continue reading

No Joy for Cork Golfers

Tom ClearyThere was no joy today for the seniors who were playing in the Irish Seniors Open Championship in Co Tipperary, and Brian O’Donovan also failed to secure a full card in the PGA China final qualifying.

Holder Tom Cleary was among the local hopefuls in action but he couldn’t match the results of 2016 and rounds of 78,76,78 saw him finish just inside the top 20.  Not much of a consolation but he was the highest placed golfer from Cork after the three rounds.  Doneraile’s Tahg Heenan opened with a disappointing 81 on Wednesday but closed with two rounds of 76 to finish one shot behind Cleary and inside the top 30.  Micheal Quirke had threatened the lead on day one after shooting a 73 but rounds of 79 yesterday and 82 today saw him drop out of contention.  Kinsale’s Jerry Crean was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut and he finished one shot behind Quirke.  The winner was Wales Nicholas Grimmitt who finished on +7 to edge out Tramore’s John Mitchell by one shot.

Bandon’s Brian O’Donovan was in action in the final round of qualifying at the PGA China Tour School this morning.  O’Donovan had been hoping to claim on of the 16 full tour cards on offer after posting rounds of 71/72/70.  The wheels came off on the final round however and O’Donovan shot a 77 to finish outside the qualifiers.  In the past O’Donovan has used Monday qualifying to gain entry into some of the events, the Shenzen based professional is a Lead Instructor at one of the Mission Hills Academies in Shenzen.


O’Keeffe wins Doneraile Senior Scratch Cup

peter-okeeffe-donerailePeter O’Keeffe notched up his third Senior Scratch Cup win this month with a fine 67 in Doneraile today.  O’Keeffe finished with a one under par 67, despite carding two bogeys and a double bogey.  The Douglas man did have five birdies which did help the card and he was cruising nicely until the 11th when he had a double after trying to go for the par 4 green.


After wins in Kinsale and Castlymartyr earlier this month, O’Keeffe is definitely on form.  He had a two shot winning margin over Irish Seniors International Michael Quirke who finished on 69.  Apart from the winner, the home club too the rest of the prizes,  David Finn finished on 72 and the nett prize was won by Hugh Dolan with a 68.

Doneraile Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Eilys Bar

  1. Peter O’Keeffe 67
  2. Michael Quirke 69
  3. Dave Finn 72
  4. Hugh Dolan 68 (Best Nett)

Quirke wins Leinster Seniors Title

2016 Leinster Seniors Amateur Open Championship at Glasson Golf

Michael Quirke (Doneraile) winner of the 2016 Leinster Seniors Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Glasson Golf Club today. Picture by Pat Cashman

Doneraile’s Michael Quirke won the Leinster Seniors today, a one under par 72 was enough to give the North Cork man a three stroke margin of victory at Glasson Golf Club.  Fifteen steady pars were interrupted by two birdies and one bogey as Quirke carded one of only two under par rounds of the championship.  Michael had shot a level par 73 in the first round to hold the joint lead with  Garth McGimpsey and Val Smith.  Neither Smith or McGimpsey could match their first round scores, McGimpsey’s 78 was good enough for 4th place while Smith faded with an 86.  Barry O’Leary (Greystones) was second on +2 and John Mitchell (Tramore) was third on +4.  Cork’s Tom Cleary had another 76 today to give  him a share of 5th place, with Jerry Crean (Kinsale) and Peter Cowley (Cork) tied in 13th place.  George Mellerick (Fota Island), John Cuffe (Monkstown) and Paddy Harrington (Muskerry) all finished down the field. Continue reading

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

Fota Island

Bornemann 3rd in European Senior’s Championship

Karl Bornemann (Douglas Golf Club) finished in third place in the European Senior Men’s Championship in Spain.  The Douglas member was in fourth place going into the final round, but a one under par 71 saw him jump one place to finish in third place.  The Douglas member shot an opening round 73 and he was going well in the second round until he had four consecutive bogies.  He still signed for a 75 to hold 4th place going into the final round.  Today Bornemann bogied the second hole but birdied the fifth and ninth to get into the red.  He went on par the back nine and claim third place in his first time playing in the event?  Bornemann has been working on his game over the winter, and he’s also been working on his fitness with Peter O’Keeffe.

Karl Bornemann Scorecard European Seniors

Portmarnock’s Adrian Morrow won the competition after leading overnight. He added a final round 77, despite this he retained the lead Continue reading

Cleary in the lead at Irish Seniors

Tom ClearyCork’s Tom Cleary shots a second consecutive 74 to lead after two rounds at the Irish Seniors Open in Ardee today.  Cleary was in 8th place after the first round, but he was only two shots off the three way tie for the lead.  He followed up with another 74 today to tie with England’s Andrew Carman.  Cleary was happy with his performance, this was his first competitive outing since representing GB&I in the Concession Cup in Florida: “It was very windy out there to be honest, very hard to keep the ball straight but I’m happy enough”.

The competition still has a very crowded leaderboard after 36 holes.  There are three players just one shot behind and Tramore’s John Mitchell is in a group of six players who are two shots behind.  Three more Cork golfers made the cut for the final round, Doneraile’s Michael Quirke is four shots off the lead and Peter Cowley and George Mellerick also made it through.  The final round takes place tomorrow with Continue reading