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

Mitchelstown launch New Membership Options

Mitchelstown GC Drive In 2018 1

Mitchelstown Officers pictured at the recent drive in: Men’s Captain John O’Brien, President Liam O’Sullivan, Junior Captain Tommy Maher and Lady Captain Angela Riemensperger.
Pic: Billy Murphy

It’s often described as a hidden gem but Mitchelstown Golf Club is a popular spot for golfers in North Cork.  A new membership drive has seen the club boost its profile as interest in the sport is growing again.  The club has been a regular in the cups and shields events, and the highlight came in 2011 when the Junior Cup team won provincial and national honours.  The club is over 100 years old, it was founded in 1910 Mitchelstown Golf Club was a nine hole golf course for the better part of seventy years.  As the demand for golf grew in the late eighties and early nineties, it became apparent to members that Mitchelstown Golf Club needed to look forward. Being surrounded on all sides by valuable and expensive farming land the move to an eighteen hole course was not easy in financial terms so the step forward was accomplished in two stages.  Stage one was the construction of six new holes which opened in 1994.  Stage two followed some years later with the Continue reading

Boland 4th in Irish Under 16 Boys Championship

Mitchelstown’s Adam Boland shot a final round 73 to claim fourth spot in the Irish Under 16 Boys which was held at The Heath.

Boland’s third round was an other improvement on his previous round, beating his second round score by a shot.  Although a win was unlikely, Boland was unlucky to drop three shots on the run in, otherwise he could have claimed the runners-up spot.  Despite that, Boland still added four birdies in the high-pressure final round.  Mallow’s Ed Walsh had a tough start to the final round, he was eight over after nine holes and 10 over after 11 hole in a very uncharacteristic round.  He steadied himself on the way hole and parred the final seven holes, he finished in 34th position was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut.

Irish Under 16 Boys Championships – Final Standings

Walsh and Boland through to Final Round of Irish Under 16

Mitchelstown’s Adam Boland and Mallow’s Ed Walsh have both made the cut in the Irish Boys Under 16 Open Championship at The Heath Golf Club.  Walsh and Boland were the only two Cork golfers to be named on the Munster Under 16 team and their good run of form has continued.

Mallow's Edward Walsh

Mallow’s Edward Walsh

Boland is currently in 6th place just three strokes off the lead and has a great chance of pushing on tomorrow.  Walsh is just outside the top twenty but is 7 shots off the lead to a win is a big ask for the Mallow golfer.

Irish Boys Under 16 Live Scoring   ========       Draw for Round 3

Among those to miss the cut were Liam Dowling and Roy Whelan (Mallow), Michael Kelly (East Cork), Sean Foley, Eoghan O’Shea and Conor Twomey (Mahon) and David Hanley (Douglas)

Five Cork Clubs to battle for Three Pennants

Muskerry's Hallissey & Whooley walking the walk in Muskerry

Muskerry’s Hallissey & Whooley walking the walk in Muskerry

There are no fewer than five Cork clubs in action this weekend for the final three Cups & Shields events.  Dungarvan Golf Club will be the centre of attention this weekend when three Munster Pennants will be awarded.  11 clubs from all over the province will compete, with Ballybunion in action twice.  Staff and members in Dungarvan GC have been putting in great efforts to present their course in the best possible shape for the showpiece event and golfers and spectators can look forward to a great weekend of action.

Muskerry, holders of the AIG Barton Shield Continue reading