Fred’s new chapter at Muskerry

Fred Twomey_Aug 2018_1Muskerry’s Fred Twomey celebrated another milestone on Saturday night, when the club marked the official opening of his new Pro Shop and Academy.  Fred was appointed as Club Professional in Muskerry earlier this year and the PGA Professional set about adding the final touches to the new academy and revamping the shop to mark his new role in the club.  The night coincided with John O’Riordan’s President’s Prize so there was a large crowd in attendance.  Fred had his good friend John Moloughney in Muskerry for the opening, John is the President of the GUI and would have been involved in many Munster teams with Fred over the past 15 years.  Fred started work on the academy last year, which consists of a covered bay and open range.  The three bay indoor academy features all of the latest training and teaching aids including Trackman for the best in shot analysis.  As the work on the academy was Continue reading

Last Call for AIB Munster Mixed Foursomes, Muskerry Golf Club

Skibbereen Munster Mixed Fours 2017

2017 winners Skibbereen’s Rhona O’Donoghue and John McNamara receiving the Munster Mixed Foursomes Cup from Jim Hornibrook, Captain Muskerry Golf Club.

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.

Keelan wins in Muskerry

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Keelan McCarthy

Keelan McCarthy added his name to the famous Bruen Youths Trophy on Monday, the Lee Valley golfer beat a strong field in Muskerry to win the title.  The event, commemorating Cork’s greatest ever amateur golfer Jimmy Bruen is one of the biggest prizes in junior golf in Cork and is plated over 36 holes in Muskerry.  Seventeen year old McCarthy shot rounds of 68 and 73, he led by three shots after the opening round and the afternoon’s 73 was enough to hold the lead and win by one.  McCarthy started brightly in the morning with birdies on the second, third and fifth holes, although a double bogey on the tricky sixth threatened to derail his round.  Several pars followed and he traded a birdie with a bogey on the 12th and 14th.  The Lee Valley golfer finished strongly, he birdied the 15th and 16th and came home with two safe pars to build his strong lead.  Muskerry proved to be a Continue reading

South Munster Seniors honour Tadg

Tadg O'Halloran South Munster Seniors_Mar 2018There was a large gathering in Muskerry on Monday to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the founding of the South Munster Senior Golfers.  Senior Golfers from almost every club in Cork joined the committee in acknowledging the work that was put in by Tadg O’Halloran in the past three decades.   Although the course in Muskerry was closed, the clubhouse was full with well over 100 golfers from all over Munster joining Tadg in the celebration.  In 1989, Tadg along with the late Michael Geary came up with the idea and they went on to launch the South Munster Seniors at a small event in Waterrock.  On that day members from around four clubs attended but it was enough to start the ball rolling.  It was a different time, one in which non club golf was essentially limited to societies.  The initiative was a bit of a ump in the way that events were managed and the oganisers had a job to sell to concept to many clubs.  The organisers persisted and bit by bit and club by club they convinced more and more managers and committees to hold seniors open days.  The very modest green fee was offset by a large turnout and additional pro-shop and catering Continue reading