Sean Desmond (Monkstown) teeing off the 9th in Lahinch during the third round of the South of Ireland Championship. Pic: Niall O’Shea
Sean Desmond and Greg O’Mahony are set to earn their first Munster senior caps having been named in the Munster Interprovincial team today. The Cork duo are among three new faces in the Munster team that also see’s Pat Murray return after missing out last year. Captain Michael Coote and Manager George Mellerick have assembled a strong team as Munster hope to retain the title. Desmond was a strong contender for a spot after winning the South Of Ireland earlier this month, and although be missed out on an automatic spot he was certainly to the forefront of the selectors minds. Greg O’Mahony also picks up his first cap on the back of solid championship performances. He reached the last 32 in the South and the last 16 in the Irish Close in Ballybunion earlier this week. Pat Murray makes a welcome return to the team, the Tipperary native has a long and distinguished record and his matchplay experience will balance the young look to the team.
Peter O’Keeffe and Eanna Griffin were automatic picks having finished in the top three in Continue reading
Walker Cup hopeful James Sugrue is back on the winning trail after romping home in the Castletroy Scratch on Saturday. The Mallow man was named on the Walker Cup training panel earlier this month and his golf continues to do the talking as he finished five strokes clear of a strong field at the end of the 36 hole event. Rounds of 68 ad 71 (-5) saw him clear the field, and with just one bogey in each of the rounds he played some very tidy golf. Second place went to Pat Murray on level par with Harry Duggan (Kilkenny) finishing in third place on +1. Jack Ryan was the best of the home golfers, he took fourth, and it was a special day for Athenry’s Peader O’Beirne. Peader too second nett but also had a hole in one in the competition. It was a welcome win for Sugrue who was laid low with an injury just six weeks ago. The Irish International has been playing well all season. A top 15 finish in Lytham, and a top 20 in the Irish Amateur came after Sugrue had to pull out of the Euro Nations with a rib injury. His performance at the weekend now sends a signal that he’s a contender for a second major to the South title he won in 2017. Sugrue is headed for Leeds this week for the Brabazon Trophy, where the Walker Cup selectors will no doubt be watching the members of their extended training panel.
Alan Fahy returns to Cork this weekend to defend his Munster Strokeplay title. Cork Golf Club will play host to the 72 hole event on Saturday and Sunday, and although some of the Irish Team are in Lytham, the field is the deepest ever with the cut falling at +0.4. The marquee three ball tees off at 9.40, it contains the champion Fahy, the 2018 runner up Robbie Cannon and Portmarnock’s Geoff Lenehan. The three have all shown promise this year and will be hoping for a positive start in Cork on Saturday. Keith Egan from Carton House is the lowest handicapped golfer in the field, playing off an impressive mark of +3.0. Gary O’Flaherty, Ian O’Rourke and Ian O’Flynn are the leading contenders from the home club while Kanturk native Paul Buckley has recently joined the club and will be hoping to build on good form from last weekend in Lee Valley.
Cathal Butler, Eoghan Long and 16 year old Mel Deasy are among the other locals who may challenge on Sunday afternoon. Deasy hit the Continue reading
Two putts that were left hanging on the lip cost Gary O’Flaherty dearly as he missed out on a play-off in the Munster Mid Am. The Cork golfer had a mixed day but gave himself a few chances. Despite carding two early birdies, O’Flaherty lost a ball on the 7th to go back to level, but he stuck with it on a difficult day for golf. There was a huge downpour in Newcastlewest as O’Flaherty finished his round. Members worked had to clear the standing water on the final three greens meaning that play could continue, and O’Flaherty saw birdie putts finish right on lip on both 16 and 17. A birdie on either hole would have been enough to get him into a play-off but he had to settle for third place. O’Flaherty had a to sit back and watch his friend and Continue reading
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Poor weather forced the abandonment of the the Munster Over 30’s final round this morning. The heavy overnight rain meant that the course in Ballyclough was unplayable for the final round.
Sean Poucher was a deserving winner based on the opening day. He had an eagle and two birdies in his opening round on Friday. His 69 was enough to get him over the line as the winner by one stroke from Peter O’Keeffe. This is O’Keeffe’s third time to claim a runner up spot this season and even though he’ll be disappointed, it does prove that his game is still good enough to compete at the top amateur level. Pat Murray also left a calling card, his third place was down to shooting a low round of 70 on Friday afternoon. Keith Crowley (Fota Island) took fifth place and Kenny McGarry (Castlemartyr) and Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) were just outside the top 10.
Attention now turns to Macroom, the mid-Cork club are hosting a 36 hole senior scratch cup next Saturday, bookings Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe is just one shot off the lead going into the final round of the Munster Over 30 Championship at Limerick Golf Club. O’Keeffe opened with a one under par 71 this morning and he followed that with a 73 this afternoon. Fota Island’s Keith Crowley is in fifth place on +2. Crowley shot a 75 this morning but he was one of only two golfers to beat par this afternoon as he signed for a 71. Sean Poucher from Limerick Golf Club leads the competition after shooting 69/74 today, holder Pay Murray is in third place on +1, and both Kenny McGarry and Gary O’Flaherty are in 12th and 13th place respectively. The final round gets underway at 9.45am tomorrow with the top 49 golfers qualifying for the third round.
Doneraile had no luck today in the semi-final of the I Love Spain sponsoted Irish Mixed Foursomes. Doneraile were playing Greystones and secured their first point when Peter Duane and Clare Hamilton won. Sean Barrett and Karena Hunter also won Continue reading
John Moloughney (Chairman, Munster Branch, GUI) presenting Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) with the 2016 Irish Over-30s Amateur Open Championship trophy after his victory at Limerick Golf Club today (19/06/2016). Also in the picture is Frank O’Mahony (Captain, Limerick Golf Club). Picture by Pat Cashman
Gary O’Flaherty won the Irish Mid Amateur Championship for a second time today in tough conditions in Limerick. O’Flaherty had a five shot lead going into the final round however difficult playing conditions meant that a win was far from guaranteed at Limerick Golf Club. He was four shots ahead of Eddie McCormack (Galway) and both golfers matched each other on the front nine. After three pars each, they both birdied the 4th and they both went on to bogey the 5th. They both turned on +1 but McCormack started a charge with birdies on the 10th and 12th to cut the lead to three. O’Flaherty was playing very steady golf but bogied the 16th when his ball Continue reading
Munster Strokeplay Champion Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin) pictured at Cork Golf Club with Officers Robin Turnbull, President, Lady President Ann Kos, Captain Fergal Deasy, Lady Captain Katherine O’Kelly Lynch and Liam Harkin, GUI Munster Branch. Picture: Niall O’Shea
Entries for the Munster Strokeplay will close on Saturday 2nd April. The 72 hole championship event will be hosted by Cork Golf Club on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May.
Link to Munster Strokeplay online entry
Currently there are 25 entrants playing off plus handicaps with a further 20 golfers playing off scratch. Former winner Pat Murray leads the entrants on +3.8 and the field also includes former three time winner Niall Gorey (+2.0). Former tour pro Peter O’Keeffe (+2.1) makes his championship debut after regaining Continue reading
Munster put themselves into a great position to win back to back Senior Inter-provincial titles with a hard fought win over Ulster today. The back nine proved crucial in both sessions as Munster Continue reading