Entries for the AIB Munster Mixed Foursomes at Muskerry are filling up, it takes place on Sunday 26th August. The competition is open to all clubs in Munster, and has a new title sponsor in the form of AIB. The holders are Skibbereen, Rhona O’Donoghue and John McNamara won last year. The Munster Mixed Foursomes started in 1937 as the Munster Open Mixed Foursomes Cup. It was originally played for during Open Week where after a qualifying round there were 16 qualifiers who played Matchplay in the evenings of Open week. The original cup is still presented to the winners and holds the names of many famous Munster golfers. Previous winners include Jimmy Bruen, who partnered Miss G Horgan to win in 1940. Miss M Rehehan was a three-time winner of the event, she first won it in 1944 and repeated the feat in 1954. In 1955 she won it again and went on to marry her 1955 playing partner, Loyal Goulding of Cork Golf Club. In 1988 The Irish Examiner took over sponsorship of the event and the competition changed to the current format where each club in Munster is invited to send a team to compete in the final. AIB Bank have come on board as sponsors this year and over 30 clubs are expected to enter. Any club who have not yet confirmed their place should contact Muskerry Golf Club without delay.
Skibbeen’s John McNamara and Rhona O’Donoghue won the Munster Mixed Foursomes at Muskerry recently. The pair carded a winning score of 71 on the testing course to win by a shot. This was the 80th staging of the event and there was a large entry from clubs all over Munster. Michael and Brid Halloran took second place on 72.5 and East Cork took third place one shot further back. As well as the cup, the winners were also presented with commemorative prizes. The cup was first presented in in 1937 and counts Jimmy Bruen as one of the many well know winners through the years. Claire Coughlan Ryan and Oonagh Barry win the Australian Spoons at Co. Longford Golf Club last week. Despite wet and heavy conditions the Cork pairing of Claire Coughlan Ryan and Oonagh Barry were a model of consistency with 19 points on both the front and extremely tricky back nine at Co. Longford Golf Club in a round that had birdies at the par 3 8th and par 4 15th. Last years winners Helen Jones and Vivienne Houston (Royal Portrush) won the best gross. Presented to the ILGU in 1967 by the Australian Ladies Golf Union to support players representing Ireland at International Competitions, the Australian Spoons is contended for by clubs across Ireland. Clubs hold an 18 hole stableford greensomes qualifier, in which their nett and gross winners progress to the District Finals.
The Munster Inter Club Mixed Foursomes final was held in Muskerry on Sunday 28th August .
There was a new Sponsor this year and Susan White of “Premium Credit “ welcomed the 26 participating Clubs and was delighted to be hosting such an event. The eventual winners were Nick Moore and Emer Moran representing Monkstown with a score of 69.5. The Runners Up were Lee Valley represented by Alan Cashman and Margaret Ahern with Adare Manor’s Barry O’Riordan and Siobhan Curran and Ballybunion’s Sean Kennelly Janice O’Connell in 3rd and 4th Place .
The photo ( by Michael English ) shows Susan White of Premium Credit presenting the trophy to Nick Moore and Emer Moran ably assisted by Tom Purcell Captain of Muskerry