Monkstown’s Shane Irwin captured his first professional win on Monday when he won the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy at his home course. The Limerick native shot a 65 to claim the final event in Munster PGA winter series. Irwin had a great start, he had a birdie on the second, and the had four in a row from the fourth to the seventh. Two more birdies followed on the back nine but he also had two bogies. Holding the lead from the back nine was crucial as he had one shot to spare over the holder David Higgins. Cian McNamara was third a further shot back. It was a double win for Irwin, he partnered Monkstown President Ada O’Sullivan won the pro-am competition. The pair scored 47 points to finish three points ahead of the field. Needles to say, Shane was delighted with his win. “It’s always nice to win, especially against such good players that were playing today’s event” said the Monkstown assistant. “To win is always great no matter what your playing. I didn’t except to have any great intentions as myself and Cian had so many things on our mind regarding the event. I must say that today’s event was a great success for everyone the club, and it was a great day to remember Morgan O Donovan and what I’ve been told a humble and great man he was not only in Monkstown but everywhere he worked and played.” The Monkstown pro-am marked the start of a busy summer season for PGA Professionals and Shane is looking forward to the season. “I’ll be Continue reading
Tim Rice won the opening event of the Munster PGA winter series with a fine three under par 69 in Fota Island today. The Limerick man took the honours with a two shot win over the field. Playing on the Deerpark course in Fota, Rice went out in level par, although he birdied the fifth he gave the shot back on the next hole. He birdied the 10th and then finished strongly with birdies on the 17th and 18th. Although there was fine weather and only a light breeze, the course put up a tough test with only three golfers breaking par. David Ryan and John Sugrue shared second place, both finished on a one under par 71. Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara was 4th after a level par 70 while Ger Broderick won the over 45 prize. Shane Irwin won the Assistants prize and the team prize went to Padraig McGrath, Mark Beckett, Stephen Hayes and Davey Barry.
Almost 30 Munster Pro’s turned out for the first event of the season, which was sponsored by Ray Walsh and Acushnet. Munster Captain Cian McNamara thanked everyone for supporting the event and Ray Walsh for his sponsorship. He also thanked Kevin Morris from Fota Island and complimented the staff on the quality of the course. The greens were in great condition as usual and the tightly cut fairways demanded precision. The second event of the series takes place on Castlemartyr next week and another large attendance is expected. The series has reverted to a pro-only format with prizes available in three categories in addition to a team prize.
Fota Island Prize Winners – sponsored by Titleist Footjoy
(1) Tim Rice 68
(2) David Ryan / John Sugrue 70.
(4) Cian McNamara 71
(5) Steve Hayes, Donal McSweeney, Billy O’Boyle, Padraig McGrath 72
Over 45’s: Ger Broderick 74
Assistants: Shane Irwin 75
Team Prize: Padraig McGrath, Stephen Hayes, Mark Beckett, Davey Barry
David Ryan and David Higgins came out on top on a glorious day in Monkstown today as the annual Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy competition took place. Both players shot an impressive 67 and although the sun was out the combination of a hard wind blowing and fast greens meant that only a few golfers managed to break par. The competition is now in it’s fifth year and commemorates Morgan O’Donovan who was Head Professional in Monkstown before his death in 2012. The competition today was sponsored by Ping and the pro-am format saw plenty of Munster PGA Professionals take the opportunity to get out and play with an amateur partner.
It was Higgins third time in a row to win the prestigious tournament. Higgins had missed out on the opening events, playing his first event in Cork a few weeks ago where he shot a 73. The former European Tour player shook off the cobwebs as he went out in a very tidy 32 strokes. Birdies on the 4th & 5th were followed by a birdie on the 9th hole to turn on -3. Another birdie followed on the 11th but he handed back a shot on the par three 13th. He birdied the 15th to get back to -4, but there was one more bogey on the 18th where a tricky pin position was causing trouble for a good number of golfers.
David Ryan followed up his current good form with another 67. He went Continue reading
Local knowledge seemed to give two local golfers the edge in Cork today as Padraig Dooley (Drive Golf Performance) and David Ryan (Cahir Park) won the Munster PGA event. Over 20 golfers started out this morning and while there was a cold wind blowing through Little Island, the course was in great condition and surprisingly dry given the heavy rainfall over the weekend. Both golfers trained under Peter Hickey and they returned today to triumph over a field of talented professionals. Both golfers played very steady golf, Ryan was an early starter and had birdies on the 6th, 11th & 12th. The only blemish came on the 17th, but the two under par 70 was enough to get into the winners circle. It was a similar story for Dooley, he also birdied the 6th and the 12th. A bogey on the 14th brought him back to -1 but a birdie on the 17th saw him sign for a 70 and take a share of Continue reading
The Munster PGA got together for their final winter series event before Christmas and limerick man Tim Rice took the spoils with a five under par 67. Despite playing a relatively short course, the unusually quick and smooth greens caught a fair few golfers on the front nine and the result was that only two golfers managed to break the par of 72. Tim Rice made his return to the local scene after missing the Killarney event as he reached the second stage of European Tour Q School. Now back on Irish soil, the PGA Assistant from Limerick was the only golfer to stay on track for the full round at Castlemartyr. He birdied each of the par five’s on the front nine before recording an eagle at the ninth hole. That meant that the Limerick man turned on -4, and unlike many of the other pro’s who turned with a good score, Rice held on to it. A bogey on the 10th was balanced with a birdie on the 12th. He added a birdie on the 17th in the middle of a run of five pars to secure the lead and take his first win of the current winter series. Tralee’s John Sugrue was the only other golfer to break par, he finished with a 71 to take second place. Killarney winner Davey Barry was also in the hunt today until he dropped a few shots on the way home. He finished off with a level par to take third place and did his PGB Order of Merit hopes no real harm. There was a three way tie for fourth place with Cian McNamara, David Ryan and Padraig Dooley all signing for 74’s. The event was kindly sponsored by John Caulfield from TaylorMade Golf.
The course in Castlemartyr came in for great praise and resident PGA Professional Brady Sherwood was happy with the feedback: “I was delighted have my fellow Munster PGA professionals playing our course today. The weather held out and its always nice to get very positive feedback in relation to the course set up and the playing conditions. Our greens staff do an amazing job, the dry winter weather assisting in getting our fescue rough harvested ready for next season. It’s great to have our trademark greens running a cracking 10 on the stimp.”
David Ryan maintains his place at the top of the Premium Golf Brands Order of Merit with Cian McNamara close by in second place. Dave Foley, Tim Rice and Davey Barry take up the next places with half of the schedule completed. Details of the January and February will be announced shortly.
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Cian McNamara won on the double today when he won the singles and the pro-am competitions at Dromoland Golf Club. The Monkstown Professional won by one shot from David Ryan and only two golfers managed to break par. Gary Howie took third place with level par and Patrick Sheehy was fourth with a 73. Dan Sugrue, Diarmuid Frazer and David Foley all tied for fifth place
It was McNamara’s first win in the 2016 PGB Winter Series had a steady start but dropped a shot on the long par five 6th. He struck a purple patch around the turn, knocking in four birdies in five holes. McNamara birdied the 9th, 10th, 12th & 13th. Unfortunately he dropped a shot in the 14th but he bagged another birdie on the closing hole.
- McNamara also claimed the honours in the pro-am when he partnered Peter Brazil (Limerick GC) to a winning 44 points. Ian Colleran and amateur partner Brian Lenihan took second place with 42 points.
The next event in the series takes place in Castlemartyr next Monday, the event is a pro-only event.
PGA Winter Series Event #3, sponsored by Golfbuddy
Dromoland Golf Club
1st Cian McNamara 69
2nd David Ryan 70
3rd Gary Howie 72
4th Patrick Sheehy 73
5th Dan Sugrue 74 Diarmuid Fraser 74 David Foley 74
1st Cian McNamara and Peter Brazil 44
2nd Ian Colleran and Brian Lenihan 42
Davey Barry won today’s second Munster PGA event in Killarney when he shot level par on the Killeen course. This was Davey’s first win at a Munster PGA event and tops off a good season where he also won on the PGA Irish Region in Rosslare. Davey had a great start and turned on two under par after recording birdies on the 7th and 9th. He had a mixed back nine, bogeying the 10th but getting a shot back on the par five 11th. He dropped shots on the 12th and 13th but got back under par on the short 14th. A late bogey on the 18th didn’t damage his position at the top of the leaderboard, and his level par 72 was good enough for a one shot win over the field.
Killeen was in great condition for the Titliest sponsored event. Although there was a short delay while the frost cleared, the course came in for great praise from all of the PGA professionals. Many commented on the firm fairways while everyone was Continue reading
David Ryan (Cahir Park) and David Foley (Dromoland Castle) came joint top in Dooks today in the first outing of the Munster PGA Winter Series. The two David’s were the only golfers to finish under par, shooting an impressive 70 in cool windy conditions. The pair had a four shot cushion over the field. Dooks was in great condition for the Ping sponsored event which attracted PGA professionals from all over the province. Third prize was shared between Limerick’s Tim Rice and Tralee’s John Sugrue after they both finished with a 74. Rice will miss the next outing as he’ll be in Tarragona, Spain hoping to earn a place at final qualifying for then European Tour. Rice qualified for the second qualifying stage last month, and will be hoping for another good performance there. Monkstown’s Cian McNamara and his amateur partner Alec O’Donnell took the pro-am prize.
The next event on the PGB sponsored schedule takes place in Killarney on Monday 7th December. After Killarney its on to Dromoland, and Castlemartyr will host the final event before Christmas in December.
Waterville’s David Higgins missed today’s competition as he’s in action in the PGA Playoffs, being held in Saunton Golf Club in Devon. Higgins carded and opening round of 72 (+1) and is in the top ten just three shots off the lead. The 72 hole event continues tomorrow.
The Munster PGA Winter Series gets underway this week with a visit for the first time to Dooks. The Glenbeigh course will hold the first event of the calendar on Monday next which is a pro-am. The event is sponsored by Ping and a large number of entrants is expected. Dooks’ resident professional Danny Sugrue will be hoping to take advantage of his extensive local knowledge, but Liam Higgins could also make that claim so it should be a very competitive event. It’s been a busy few weeks for the Munster PGA committee and Captain Stephen Hayes. They have been planning an extended series of eight events which will take place from October to March. As well as prizes form each competition, golfers will also be competing for the PGB Order of Merit.
The playing schedule reflects the lack of nationals events and a time of year where most Pro’s will have the opportunity to get out and play. “The Munster PGA is for any PGA Professionals working in or from the Munster Area.” explained Hayes. “It’s an opportunity for Golf Professionals to meet during the quiet months. It is very competitive and you need to shoot Continue reading