Monkstown’s Sean Desmond won the Munster Students title in Tipperary today, holding onto his second round lead. It was a steady round for Desmond, on hiw way to a first championship win. A birdie on the fourth put him into the red on -1 for the tournament, but he bogied the next hole to go back to level par. Another bogey followed on the 10th but that was the last error and the Monkstown man parred his way back to the clubhouse to finish on +1 for the tournament. Paul Conroy (Enniscorthy) took second place after a closing 72, two shots behind on +3 while Tom Dowdall (Woodbrook) took third place on +6. Maynooth A, represented by Darragh Flynn, Aaron Ryan and Robert Abernethy won the team prize.
Gary Ward was the next best Cork player, he was tenth while Paul Tobin and Mark Healy both finished in the top twenty. Desmond now adds his name Continue reading
Sean Desmond has the 36 hole lead at the Munster Students Amateur Open. After torrential rain yesterday, golfers benefitted from dry fine weather today in Tipperary Golf Club. Desmond opened with a three over par 75, but came back this afternoon with a three under par 69 to finish on level par. He was three under through 12 holes but a bogey on the 14th set him back. A bridie on the 16th got him back to level and he parred the final two holes to hold the overnight lead. John Cleary (Elm Park) is just one off the lead, and John Bolger (Courtown) is two shots back. Paul Conroy and Harry Duggan are in 4th place on +3 while Kinsale’s Gary Ward is 6th. Duggan (Kilkenny) held the 18 hole lead after an opening 72, but he drifted back to 4th after a second round 75.
The final round get’s underway tomorrow at 7.30am, with Desmond’s leaders group off at 10.10am.
John Murphy claimed the inaugural Munster Students title in Cork Golf Club today, the Kinsale golfer won on the result at 36 holes after play was cancelled on the final day. Snow and heavy rain rendered the course unplayable and after consulting with course staff, Tournament Director Dave Prendergast had no option but to cancel the final round with the results from 36 holes declared. Murphy finished on a total of 138 (-6) for the 36 holes, four shots clear of James McVicker (Knock) who took second place. Third place went to Cathal Butler (Kinsale), and holder Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) was fourth, both golfers also finished on -2.
It was Murphy’s second Munster title, the Irish Boys international won the Munster Boys title in 2016. “It feels good, it’s a great start to the year” said Murphy. “It’s a long season so it’s a confidence boost to get an early win. Monday was a little disappointing, especially on the back nine. Yesterday I was happy to be on -4 through 10 as I wasn’t playing my best. I missed a few chances on the way in yesterday, I hit a poor tee shot on 16th but scrambled a par which kept me on track.” His 68 in the second round tied for the lowest score on the day, keeping him ahead of the field. Murphy has a busy few weeks ahead as the season gets into full swing: “I’m playing in St Andrew’s next week for the Bursar’s Tournament and then I’m playing in London in the Berkhamsted Trophy. After that I’m Continue reading
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Kinsale’s John Murphy
John Murphy stormed to the top of the leaderboard on day 2 of the Munster Students Championship, thanks to an excellent 68. He’s now four shots clear of the field on 6 under par. 68 was a popular number in Cork Golf Club today, with both James McKeever and Cathal Butler posting 68’s. Butler will disappointed despite tying the low round of the day, he was seven under before carding a triple bogey on the 17th. The Kinsale man dusted himself off and recovered with a par on the 18th. Butler recorded six birdies and an eagle, with one bogey and the triple in the impressive round.
Murphy’s 68 was less dramatic four birdies and a bogey on the front nine saw him on -3 at the turn. He added a birdie on the 10th and shot par golf for the remaining eight holes. The four hole cushion gives him a big advantage going into the final round, but there are some quality golfers in the chasing pack. Monkstown’s Sean Desmond is tied for 5th on level par and James Sugrue is just inside the top Continue reading
John Murphy (Kinsale/MU) lies just one shot off the lead after day one in the Munster Students Championship at Cork Golf Club. The Munster Boys champion finished on two under after carding four birdies and two bogies. The lead is held by Stefan Greenberg (Tandragee) and David Foy (Laytown & Bettystown)on three under, while holder Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little/MU) is just one shot off the lead.
Sean Desmond (Monkstown/UCC) is in the top ten after signing for a one over par 73. Desmond won a Munster Senior Cup title with Monkstown in Cork last August and the course clearly suits him. The UCC student was four under through six holes but he dropped two shots before the turn.He had a mixed start to the back nine and a double bogey 15th meant that he signed for a 73. Kinsale’s Cathal Butler is one shot back and also in the top ten. He eagled the par five second Continue reading