It may have taken three attempts but the 2019 staging of the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy was completed on Monday, with Lahinch’s Donal McSweeney winning. Two earlier attempts to hold the event in Monkstown were rained off, and rather than cancel this year’s event the Munster PGA committee decided to hold the event in Castletroy which was part of the autumn run of winter series events. The Lahinch Head Professional had three birdies in his opening four holes in Castletroy giving him an excellent start. Two bogies on the 9th and 10th pegged him back but the Charleville native finished well to post a winning score of 54 stokes for his 14 holes. It was a north Cork 1-2 as Mark Collins from Charleville came in on one under thanks to four birdies and three pars. Ballyneety’s Walter Doyle was third on 56 (L) while there were six golfers tied on +1. Donal McSweeeny is the latest winner of the prestigious trophy, joining Damien McGrane, David Higgins and David Ryan who are among the previous winners. Morgan O’Donovan was a very popular PGA Professional who passed away in 2012. The event has been held since 2013 and is usually hosted by Monkstown Golf Club where Morgan was Club Professional.
McSweeney also won the team event, partnering with Walter Doyle, Jack Howard and Cian McNamara they carded ten birdies. Tim Rice, Eanna Jones, Padraig Dooley and Kevin McGrath were second with nine birdies. The event was kindly sponsored by Gary O’Flaherty from Cobra/Puma Golf.
Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy
1st Donal McSweeney – Lahinch GC 54 (-2)
2nd Mark Collins – Charleville GC 55
3rd Walter Doyle – Ballyneety GC 56
4th Mark Beckett – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 57
4th Tim Rice – Limerick GC 57
4th Cian McNamara – Monkstown GC 57
4th Jack Ryan – Castletroy GC 57
4th Gary Howie – Castletroy GC 57
4th Kevin McGrath – Kevin McGrath Golf 57
1st Donal McSweeney, Walter Doyle, Jack Howard, Cian McNamara
2nd Tim Rice, Eanna Jones, Padraig Dooley, Kevin McGrath
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Jack Howard chalked up another PGA win on Monday, finishing joint first at the Munster PGA Winter Series event in Thurles. It was a first trip to the mid Tipperary course with host Raymond Ryan ensuring there was a warm reception for all the players. Howard led the way in the 14 hole competition, the Fota Island assistant had birdies on the 2nd and 3rd but dropped a shot on the 11th. He recovered with birdies on the 15th and the 18th to claim a share of the lead. Paul O’Neill from Shannon also had four birdies and a bogey to tie the lead while Limerick’s Tim Rice birdied the final four holes to recover from being one over with four to play. Jack Ryan, the new assistant in Castletroy was fourth with a two under return whole Ronan Collins, Raymond Ryan and Mark Collins all finished on one under. It was a double success for Jack Howard and Paul O’Neill, they partnered with Ronan Collins for a winning 54 points in the team event. Second place went to Mark Collins, Jack Ryan and Shane Irwin.
Munster PGA Winter Series, Thurles Golf Club, sponsored by Callaway Golf.
14 Holes, 4th November
-3 Jack Howard (Fota Island)
-3 Paul O’Neill (Shannon)
-3 Tim Rice (Limerick) 53
-2 Jack Ryan (Castletroy)
-1 Gary Howie (Castletroy)
-1 Ted Higgins (Caddymasters)
-1 Ronan Collins (Fota Island)
-1 Raymond Ryan (Thurles)
-1 Mark Collins (Charleville)
1st Jack Howard, Paul O’Neill, Ronan Collins 54 points
2nd Mark Collins, Jack Ryan, Shane Irwin 49 points
2nd Ted Higgins, Tim Rice, Padraig Dooley 49 points
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Gary Howie presenting first prize to Tim Rice alongside Denis O’Sullivan Captain Castletroy GC
Tim Rice from Limerick GC won Monday’s Munster PGA event in Castletroy. The event was hosted by Gary Howie, Club Professional with Castletroy, and the course was in great condition for the fifth event in the winter series. Limerick man Rice came in with a four under par 68 to finish one shot ahead of Cahir Park’s David Ryan. Dan Sugure relinquished his 100% record in the winter series, the four time winner was third with a 70. Gavin Young and Paul O’Neill also broke par, shooting 71. Tim Rice also finished on top of the team competition, he partnered Padraig Dooley and Padraig McGrath as they finished six shot clear of the field. Dan Sugrue, David Ryan, Walter Doyle were second.
Munster PGA Winter Series, Castletroy Golf Club.
1st Tim Rice – Limerick 68
2nd David Ryan – Cahir Park 69
3rd Dan Sugrue – Dooks GL 70
4th Gavin Young – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 71
5th Paul O’Neill – Shannon
Padraig Dooley – Drive Golf Performance
James Walsh – The Golf Course at Adare Manor 73
8th Donal McSweeney Lahinch
Padraig McGrath – P&M Golf Superstore 74
1st Tim Rice, Padraig Dooley, Padraig McGrath 65 points
2nd Dan Sugrue, David Ryan, Walter Doyle 59 points
Team winners Padraig Dooley, Tim Rice and Padraig McGrath pictured with Castletroy Captain Denis O’Sullivan
John Dooley presenting first prize to Dan Sugrue in Cork Golf Club
Dan Sugrue struck again, winning the Munster PGA Winter Series singles in Cork Golf Club with a fine 67 in fine conditions. This is Dan’s fourth win of the season, and it means he has extended his clear lead in the Winter Series Order of Merit. After a steady start where he parred the opening five holes, the man from Dooks birdied the 6th and 8th, although he gave a shot back on the 9th to turn on -1. An eagle on the 11th got him going again and two more birdies on the 15th and 17th saw him sign for a five under par round of 67. David Ryan, who generally features on a course he knows very well, opened brightly and he was three under through six holes. While he dropped shots on the 9th and the 10th, he had another three birdies on the back nine which saw him finish on 68 (-4). Gary Howie was the only other player to break par, he took third place with a 70 while Jack Howard and Ted Higgins were tied Continue reading
Dan Sugrue made it three from three in Castlemartyr on Monday when he won the third Munster PGA outing of the 2018 Winter Series. In fact it was a double for Sugrue as he teamed up with his brother John and Tim Rice to claim the team prize. Sugrue had a flawless front nine of 32 with birdies on 4,6,8 and 9. He had a further birdie 2 on 12 followed by his only drop shot on 13 – his first in 49 holes of competitive golf. His final birdie came on 15 for an inward 35.
David Barry started with 3 birdies in the first four, he bogeyed 7 and 11 but birdied 17. Tim Rice birdie 3,7 and 8 to turn in 33, he had a lone bogey on 10 and finished with 8 pars. Cormac Flannery birdied the first, bogeyed 3, he doubled the 5th which included a 2 stroke penalty for playing from the wrong tee but he finished the front nine strongly by eagling the 8th and birdieing 9. He birdied 12 and 13 with his lone bogey on the back nine coming on the 16th. Dan Sugrue, John Sugrue and Tim Rice had thirteen birdies between them to win the team event by three points. The event was hosted by Castlemartyr’s PGA Professional Alan Gleeson.
Munster PGA Winter Series, Castlemartyr Links
1st – Dan Sugrue – Dooks GC 67
T2nd – David Barry – Douglas GC 70
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Danny Sugrue receiving first prize from Cormac Flannery (Killarney) and Padraig Dooley (Captain, Munster PGA)
Danny Sugrue claimed his second win of the Munster PGA Winter Series in Killarney yesterday, shooting a 69 on Killeen. Although the ground has softened and the air temperatures are cooler, the course in Killarney was in great condition. Sugrue made the most of the clam conditions, posting his second bogey free round of the series to win by one stroke. The Dooks Club Professional, who served his time in Killarney, is clearly back on form after taking time off to recover from serious surgery. Cahir Park’s David Ryan was second with a 69, helped by a great recovery on the 8th hole after being blocked out after his drive (scroll down for video). There was a tie for third place with Gary Howie and Paul O’Neill finishing on 73. The day also featured a team three ball event, just to keep everyone on their toes. The first prize was taken by David Hayes, Gary Howie and Padraig Dooley with David Ryan, Shane O’Sullivan and Colin O’Gorman taking second place. The next event in the series is scheduled to take place in Castlemartyr Golf Links. Continue reading
Munster PGA Captain Padraig Dooley pictured with Cian McNamara and Brian, Liam and David Higgins prior to the Munster PGA event in Fota Island on Monday. Picture: Niall O’Shea
The Munster PGA got their Winter Series off to a great start on Monday with a very successful competition in Fota Island. Close to thirty club professionals turned out for the first event of the series, one of four events planned to take place before Christmas. Fota Island was the venue for the first outing, with the three time Irish Open venue hosting the popular fourball as usual. Comeptition was close, that was until the card from David Higgins and Dan Sugrue came in with the Kerry pair claiming first place. Higgins is a regular winner in the series but it was the first win in a while for Sugrue. The Dooks based Professional was in hospital following a very serious operation just 11 months ago, but it was like old times on Monday when the Kerry native came home in first place. Sugrue had five birdies, including three in a row from the 5th to the 7th. Sugrue’s -5 was Continue reading
Cork’s Peter Hickey congratulating Cian McNamara on his win the Munster PGA Winter Series event in Cork Golf Club Picture: Niall O’Shea
Despite the cold weather, the Munster PGA got the second half of their winter series off to a great start on Monday in Cork Golf Club. Twenty Pro’s braved the cold winds but the course in Cork was in great condition, and benefitted from the recent week of dry weather. Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara was the winner on the day, the Monkstown Professional shot a one under par 71 to record his second win of the winter series. He turned on two under par thanks to birdies on the second, third and eighth, and he dropped a shot on the index one fourth hole. A bogey also followed on the 10th but he parred the remaining eight holes to remain in the red and sign for a one under par 71. After a break of a few months, David Higgins made his seasonal debut. The Waterville man had a beak towards the end of 2017 and was in Barbados for a pro-am in January. Although he carded an impressive 72 for second place, the form was mixed. He had an uncharacteristic six bogies but that was countered with four birdies and an eagle. David was joined on his team by brother Brian and dad Liam. They returned an impressive Continue reading
Tim Rice won his second Munster PGA event of the season when he shot a five under par 67 in Killarney today. Rice knocked in six birdies in an impressive round on Mahonys Point. Close to 30 PGA Professionals played in the event, which was sponsored by John Caulfield from TaylorMade. The scoring was very impressive with 11 golfers shooting par or better. Cian McNamara took second place with and Fota Island’s Jack Howard picked up his first prize as a pro, he shot a 69 to finish tied for 3rd place. Lahinch’s Donal McSweeney was fifth with a two under par 70. The over 45 prize went to David Whyte while the team prize was won by Tin Rice, Alan O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan and David Whyte.
Mahony’s Point was in great condition and Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara thanked Cormac Flannery and David Keating for their help with another great outing. Killeen is currently undergoing some work as a new green is being constructed on the iconic first hole. The new green brings the water into play for the second shot and a large proportion of the work has been completed with an opening due for early next year. The Captain also passed on his best wishes Danny Sugrue, the Dooks professional underwent major surgery last week for an ongoing condition and everyone was delighted to hear that he’s making a good recovery.
The last event of 2017 will take place next Monday in Castletroy and another good turn-out is expected. After that a further four events are planned for early 2018, and the series is scheduled to conclude with a pro-am in Monkstown where the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy will be played for. The Munster PGA winter series is sponsored by Premium Golf Brands.
Munster PGA Winter Series #3
Killarney (Mahony’s Point)
Sponsored by TaylorMade Golf (John Caulfield)
1: Tim Rice, Limerick (67)
2: Cian McNamara, Monkstown (68)
T3: Jack Howard, Fota Island (69)
T3: David Ryan, Cahir Park (69)
5: Donal McSweeney, Lahinch (70)
Over 45: David Whyte
Team: Tim Rice, Alan O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan, David Whyte.