Skibbereen win Munster Mixed Foursomes

Skibbereen Munster Mixed Fours 2017

Skibbereen’s Rhona O’Donoghue and John McNamara receiving the Munster Mixed Foursomes Cup from Jim Hornibrook, Captain Muskerry Golf Club.

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.

Masterful Muskerry win Fred Daly Trophy

Fred Daly WinnersMuskerry were crowned the new Fred Daly Trophy Munster Champions after a great display of golf in Fermoy today.  It was the second day of Munster finals in North Cork, there was no joy for Fota Island in the Junior Foursomes yesterday, and Cork hopes were high with a large contingent of Muskerry supporters present in Fermoy.  And those hopes were justified, led from the front by recent Munster Under 15 winner Fionn Hickey, Muskerry overcame stiff challenges from Waterford Castle and holders Limerick to claim their first Fred Day Pennant.  They overturned an early deficit in this morning’s semi-final against Waterford Castle to win 3.5-1.5.  Wins from Fionn Hickey, Sean Geary and Eoghan O’Shaughnessy on the 19th put them into a tough final against Limerick.  Playing off scratch on the day, Muskerry were giving away more than a few shots to the holders.  But that didn’t matter as the Muskerry Boys dug in for a historic win.  Fionn Hickey led from Continue reading

Muskerry win three local league titles

CGN_9th July 2017-1Muskerry hosted the local league finals last Sunday and they came away with three wins in the battle of the “four Cork clubs”.  Home advantage may or may not have been a factor but in any case Muskerry won all three competitions in which they were competing.  There was one win each for Cork, Douglas and Monkstown in the other three finals.

Local Leagues & Shields Finals, Muskerry Golf Club, Sunday 9th July

Senior League: Muskerry defeated Monkstown
Junior League: Muskerry defeated Douglas
Summer Shield: Cork defeated Monkstown
Mixedmost: Muskerry defeated Douglas
Topmost: Douglas defeated Monkstown
Utmost: Cork defeated Monkstown


Muskerry through in thrilling Fred Daly area final

Muskerry Fred Daly Area Final 2017Muskerry had a great win in the Fred Daly Trophy area final last night, beating Mallow in a very close match.  Blarney was the venue for the match and Mallow would have been favourites to advance.  They had a big handicap advantage on paper and most of the players would have much more experience at this level of inter-club competition.

Jack Egan was first out for Muskerry and he beat Ed Walsh on the 18th to set a strong positive tone for the winners.  As it happened the first point was already in the bag for Muskerry, Jack Taylor was giving up five shots in his match but still recorded a 4&3 win to claim a point for Muskerry.  Taylor’s match was the only one not to go the full distance.  When Egan closed out his mast on the 18th shortly after the advantage was clearly with the underdogs.  The winning point came from  Sean Geary who holed out from the fairway on the last hole, Geary birdied from 70 yards to win one up and secure the win for his club.  At the same time Fionn Hickey was headed up the 19th after finishing level after 18 holes.  He was called in, as was Eoghan O’Shaughnessy who was one up in his match on the 18th.  It was a hugely impressive win considering that Muskerry were giving up an aggregate of 21 shots in five matches.  The subs were Stephen Riordan and Peter O’Mahony, and the squad was under the watchful eye of Dave Taylor and Peter Fenlon.

Fred Daly trophy South Munster Draw 2017

It’s been a great run for Muskery, the beat a fancied Fota Island side in the semi-final and beat Castlemartyr and Fermoy in the earlier rounds.  Muskerry now go on to the Munster finals which take place in Fermoy in early August.



Hickey Regains Muskerry Scratch Cup Title

Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup 2017

Jason O’Callaghan (Ryans SuperValu) presenting the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup to Cork’s John Hickey, also included is Jim Hornibrook, Captain.

John Hickey won the Muskerry Senior Scratch Cup in Muskerry on Saturday.  The Cork member won in dramatic circumstances after a sudden death play-off which lasted for four holes.  Hickey finished the 36 holes on a score of level par after shooting rounds of 72 and 70.  He tied for the lead with Castletroy’s Andrew McCormack.  The Limerick man won in Douglas last year and rarely leaves Cork empty handed after a number of good finishes.  The play-off was an exciting affair and lasted for four holes before Hickey won with a birdie on the par three 6th.  The first hole was halved in pars, and both golfers birdied the short par four which came next.  McCormack chipped in for birdie, while Hickey two putted from just off the green.  The pair skipped the 3rd and 4th and went to half the fifth holes which was the third play-off holes.  Hickey had a chance on the fifth, he missed a six footer for birdie which McCormack got up and down from a greenside bunker.  The 6th is probably the most Continue reading

And then there were 4, Ford Junior Scratch Trophy

The quarter-finals are over and only three matches remain in Cork’s biggest handicap competition.  It’s an early morning start for the four semi-finalists, with one of them being added to the famous roll of honour tomorrow afternoon.

Ford Junior Scratch QF

8.000am: John O’Sullivan (Fota Island) v Jack Boyd (Lee Valley)
8.10am: Noel McGee (Fota Island) v Kieran O’Brien (East Cork)

McGee still in the hunt, Ford Junior Scratch Trophy R3 Results

Leading qualifier Noel McGee (Fota Island) had a 3&1 win over former winner John McSweeney to make his way into the quarter final this morning.  Interesting Fota Island have four golfers in the final eight, Lee Valley have two and East Cork and Monkstown have one each.

Ford Junior Scratch R1_3

The quarter-finals are underway with the four winners coming back tomorrow morning for the semi-finals.

Liam Power v John O’Sullivan
Jack Boyd v Anthony O’Connell
Frank Bruen v Noel McGee
Kieran O’Brien v Stephen Brett

48 Matches Later – 16 Golfers remain, Ford Junior Scratch Trophy

Ford LogoA marathon 48 matches were played in Muskerry today as 64 of the best junior handicap golfers played on the first day of the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy.  Honorary Starter Tim O’Brien had the weather on his side as he started 32 matches this morning, and a further 16 matches this afternoon in the second round.  Last year the competition endured a weather delay as the course was covered in hailstones.  Light rain was about the worst that golfers had to endure and the Cloghroe course was in great condition.  Joe Lane, Joe O’Keeffe and Hugo Gallagher were also busy men as the results came in thick and fast and the morning winners went back out for the afternoon matches.

Round 1 Results (Matches 1-16)   Round 1 Results (Matches 17-32)

Round 2 Results

Tomorrow will bring another two rounds for the Continue reading