Cork’s John Hickey was the best placed Cork golfer at Mullingar over the weekend. Stuart Grehan won the prestigious title with a wire to wire win following two 67’s which saw him hit the halfway point on -10.
An opening 79 on Sunday morning hampered Hickey, and that return featured two triple bogies on his front nine. Hickey recovered with a one under par 71 on Sunday afternoon and another two 71’s followed on Monday. That saw him rise up the leaderboard and eventually finished in 9th place. Hickey will be a key member of the Cork team that will be aiming to retain their AIG Barton Shield Munster title in Tralee this weekend.
Peter O’Keeffe (74/75/74/73) was just inside the top twenty (18th), O’Keeffe is currently preparing for his Irish Senior debut in Moortown next week. James Sugrue and John Murphy both were tied for 24th place, that was likely to be Murphy’s last competitive event in Ireland as he’s moving to Kentucky next week to take up his place with Aaron O’Callaghan’s University of Louisville golf programme. Kinsale duo Gary Ward (T37) and Cathal Butler (T41) both made the cut but Mallow’s Conor Dowling missed the cut for the final day.