The Cork Scratch Cup

The Cork Scratch Cup

In recent years the May weekend has marked the first major amateur golf championship in Munster with the staging of the Munster Strokeplay at Cork Golf Club.  The championship was introduced 2006 following an agreement with Munster Golf and Cork Golf Club.  Munster Golf granted the new event provincial championship status and Cork agreed to host the event and incorporated their famous scratch cup into the new event.  The Cork Scratch Cup is reputed to be one of the oldest scratch cup competitions in Ireland with many saying is it indeed the oldest competition that still runs today.  Outside of a break for the second world war when all golf was suspended, the competition has been annual event on Continue reading

Closing Date for Strokeplay approaching

The Cork Scratch Cup

The Cork Scratch Cup

The closing date for the Munster Strokeplay is fast approaching, with entries closing on Saturday evening.  The 72 hole event takes place over two days on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with the winner picking up the famous Cork Scratch Cup.  Although the event has been a Munster Championship for over a decade, the cup dates back to 1923 making it the oldest scratch cup in the country.  Already a number of the top Irish amateurs have entered and more will follow over the coming days.  Entries are limited to the lowest 75 golfers, with the top 39 golfers qualifying for the final two rounds.  The championship is again sponsored by Liam Ryan from Ryan’s SuperValu.  There’s just a few days left to enter, and the link Continue reading

Munster Strokeplay closing date approaching

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

2016 winner Cathal Butler (Kinsale)  Picture: Niall O’Shea

The closing date for entries for the Munster Strokeplay Championshipis just a week away so it’s a timely reminder for anyone who wants to compete in Cork’s premier 72 hole tournament.  Cork Golf Club will again host the event, with the winner receiving the historic Cork Scratch Cup, the oldest scratch cup in the country.

Gallery: Munster Strokeplay 2016

Holder Cathal Butler (Kinsale) won the event last year after an exciting play-off win over Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty.  Butler has already entered, as has Kinsale’s John Murphy who won the Munster Student’s Championship in Cork GC this week.  This year the Munster Strokeplay is a counting event for the GUI Order of Merit (Willie Gill Award) and that should be an added incentive for golfers to travel to Cork for the May Bank Holiday weekend.  The event has been a WAGR counting event for several years, and it also counts towards the Munster Senior Order of Merit.  Last year there were over 50 golfers playing off scratch or better, and the indications are that a similar standard will be seen when the event gets underway on Saturday 29th April.  Peter O’Keeffe (+2.9), Ian O’Rourke (+2.6), Mark Power (+2.5) and James Sugrue (+2) head the entrants at present.  A total of 78 golfer will compete in the opening 36 holes, with the top 39 (plus ties) going forward for the second 36 holes on Sunday 30th April.

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2017 Entry Form


O’Flaherty and Hickey set for Cork Challenge

Cork's Gary O'Flaherty in action in Lee Valley, he's on of several local golfers in action in the Munster Strokeplay Championship this weekend. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Cork’s Gary O’Flaherty in action in Lee Valley, he’s on of several local golfers in action in the Munster Strokeplay Championship this weekend.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

The top golfers from Cork, Munster and Ireland will gather in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning for the 72 hole Munster Strokeplay Championship.  Now in its tenth year, the Munster Strokeplay took the place of the Cork Scratch Cup which was the oldest competition of its type in the country.  In the past decade the competition has attracted a top class field and this year two thirds of the field are playing off a plus handicap. Continue reading