Hickey, Byrne, Thompson, Cassidy & Murphy all in international action today

Fionn Hickey

Fionn Hickey

Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey made his international debut this week, and the 16 year old did himself proud at the Boys Home Internationals.  The annual event took place in Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales and Ireland opened with a win over Scotland on Tuesday.  It was a disappointing start for Fionn as he narrowly lost his singles match.  There was better luck for the Muskerry man yesterday as Ireland beat Wales and Fionn won his singles match against Toby Bishop.  That win set Ireland up for a winner takes all match against England today.  Hickey partnered Dylan Keating for a half this morning with Ireland taking a lead, the score was 3.5 to 1.5 after the foursomes.  Fionn won his match this afternoon, but the wind was in the English sails.  They won six of the matches to win by a single point and take the title.  While the final result was a disappointment, England were the favourites and solid play from Hickey on his debut will spur him on for a strong end to the season.

Girls & Womens Home Internationals

Sara Byrne was also in action for the Irish Girls over the Continue reading

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Senior Cap for Thompson, Byrne to lead Irish Girls, Home Internationals

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is set to earn her first senior Irish cap next month following her selection on the Irish Ladies team for the Home Internationals.  On the back of her win at the Connacht Senior Womens title, the Cork member would have been high on the list of probables, and earlier today her place was confirmed.  A strong team was named as Ireland hope go one better this year and win the event.  Clodagh Coughlan was selected as a non-travelling reserve, the Douglas golfer’s performance at the recent interprovincials brought her onto the national radar.

Sara Byrne was selected as part of the seven strong Girls team.  This will be Byrne’s third year playing in the Home Internationals, a pretty big achievement considering she first played in the Under 18 competition when she was just 15.  Sara is now a senior on the team, but Continue reading

Munster call-up for six Cork golfers, ILGU Interprovincial Championships

2019 Irish Women's Open Strokeplay at Co Louth Golf Club

Rachel Thompson (Cork) during the  2019 Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay at Co Louth Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Four Cork ladies and two girls have been named on the Munster teams to take part in the interpros at Mount Woolsey next week.  Connacht Women’s Champion Rachel Thompson is joined by Clodagh Coughlan, Paula Walsh and Jean O’Driscoll. with Aoife Ni Thuama named as reserve.  In the girls team, Youghal’s Roisin Connolly was selected with Monkstown’s Michelle Sharkey.  Sara Byrne misses the interpros as she is on the Irish team at the Girls European Team Championships in Spain next week.

The event will take place at Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort from the 9th to the 11th of July.  Each Province will play each other in three foursomes’ matches and fives singles matches.

Munster 
Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis), Jean O’Driscoll (Muskerry), Sinead Sexton  (Lahinch), Rachel Thompson (Cork), Aideen Walsh (Woodstock), Paula Walsh (Doneraile), Captain: Orla Barry
Reserve: Aoife Ní Thuama (Douglas)

Munster Girls
Roisin Connolly (Youghal), Anna Dawson (Tramore), Corrina Griffin (Killarney), Shannon Hegarty (Ennis), Niamh O’Dwyer (Lahinch), Michelle Sharkey (Monkstown), Emily Walsh (Limerick), Captain: Aoife Lowry, Manager: Kiara O’Keeffe
Reserve: Caitlin Shippam (Ballykisteen)
Schedule
Tuesday 9th July: Munster v Connacht; Leinster v Ulster
Wednesday 10th July: Ulster v Connacht; Leinster v Munster
Thursday 11th July: Connacht v Leinster; Munster v Ulster

Thompson wins Connacht Senior Womens title

Rachel Thompson Connacht Senior Womens June 2019_2Rachel Thompson won the Connacht Senior Championship in Westport today, going under par to hold her overnight lead and claim her first senior championship.  It was an impressive win, underlined by the winning margin of 11 strokes.

After opening with a six over par 80 yesterday, Thompson found herself just three shots off the lead as everyone struggled to get to grips with the course.  The Cork Golf Club member did just that in the second round on Thursday afternoon, shooting three under to jump up the leaderboard.  Rachel carded five birdies and two bogies to lead the field by five shots and take the overnight lead.

Thompson opened her third round this morning in the same fashion as the previous two – with a birdie.  However it was a mixed opening nine with just two pars.  Two more birdies and four bogies meant that she went out in one over par.  Thompson didn’t put a foot wrong on the way back.  Seven pars and two birdies saw her finish the 18 holes in red for the Continue reading

Thompson wins Faldo Series at Mount Juliet

Rachel Thompson Baltray May 2017Rachel Thompson put on a great display of golf in Mount Julliet last week to win the Faldo Series qualifier.  Played over three days on the testing championship course, Thompson was trailing by two shots after the opening round.  She went on to fine an impressive one over par round on the second day, that was eight shots better than the field and gave her a six shot lead.  Thompson had a solid final day, holding her big cushion and claiming the win.  The Cork golfer now qualifies for the Faldo Series final which takes place in Dubai in November.  It promises to be an exciting few weeks for the Cork golfer.  She will be moving to Scotland in September to take up a golf scholarship in the University of Sterling.  Before that she’ll tee it up in the English Womens Strokeplay and she’s heading to Yale in October in a college tournament.  There was disappointment for Kinsale’s Gary Ward, he was within two shots of the lead after two rounds.  Opening rounds of 71 and 72 had him on -1, just two behind Rosslare’s Paul Murphy.  Unfortunately for Ward he had a disappointing final day, he dropped to fifth overall after a final round 79.  Cathal Butler and Mark Healy were also in action, Butler also finished tied for fifth and Healy was in the top ten.  It was another positive week for Kinsale considering they are preparing for the Munster finals of the Barton Shield.

Super 67 for Sara Byrne

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Sara Byrne pictured during the Irish Girls Close, picture: Pat Cashman

Sara Byrne shot a career low round of 67 in Douglas on Sunday, and won the Girlie Hegarty Trophy in the process.  Six birdies and just one bogey saw Byrne finish well ahead of the field.  The sharp shooter was on form, helped by the fact that Douglas is her home course.  Sara finished four shots clear of the field with her 65 nett, Aoife Ni Thuama won the best gross with a 73.  Bandon’s Sarah Higgins won the 18 hole stableford competition while Aoife Keating (Douglas) won the nine hole competition.  It’s been a solid year for the Sara Byrne.  The teenager has had a very busy summer and her five under par round was yet another milestone in a year that saw several improvements.  Byrne was in action Girls Home Internationals recently, where Ireland narrowly lost out to England, and prior to that she was representing Great Britain and Ireland in Italy at the Junior Vagliano Trophy.

Next up for Sara is the British ladies Strokeplay which takes Continue reading

International Action for Cork Girls

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Mairead Martin (Kanturk) Picture: Pat Cashman

Four Cork Girls are in action for Ireland today in the Ladies and Girls Home Internationals.  Little Aston Golf Club near Brimingham is hosting the both events which get underway today.  Despite being eligible for the Girls team, Mairead Martin has been selected for the Ladies team.  The Kanturk native has been in great form recently, she won both the Irish Girls Close and the Leinster Ladies Championship in the past three weeks.  Mitchelstown’s Valerie Clancy (representing Killarney) will feature on the Girls team alongside Cork’s Rachel Thompson and Douglas’ Sara Byrne.

Last year, Ireland were victorious in the Girls Home Internationals with the Ladies’ honours going to England.  Three of the victorious 2016 Girls’ team have returned to defend their title. Clancy, Thompson and Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) will be a source of experience for Captain Gemma Butler, who will be relying on them to lead their fellow teammates.
Ireland take on Scotland today, they face Wales tomorrow and England on the final day.
Home Internationals Little Aston Aug 2017

The combined Girls and Ladies teams (Pic: Derek Byrne)

Ladies Home International Matches

Little Aston, 9 – 11 August
Ciara Casey (Hermitage)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Mairead Martin (Kanturk)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
Reserve: Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)
Team Captain: Danielle McVeigh (RCDL)
Team Manager: Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook)
Team Coach: Donal Scott
Girls’ Home International Matches
Little Aston, 9 – 11 August
Sara Byrne (Douglas)
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush)
Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo)
Rachel Thompson (Cork)
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Reserve: Georgia Carr (Milltown)
Team Captain: Gemma Butler (Birr)
Team Manager: Helen Jones (Royal Portrush)
Team Coach: Chris Jelly

Mairead Martin wins Irish Girls Close Championship

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Mairead Martin (Kanturk) with the Girls Close Championship (Blake Cup) trophy after her victory at the 2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club today. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kanturk’s Mairead Martin claimed her first national title today, and did so in front of a huge crowd of supporters in Mallow Golf Club.  Martin claimed the Irish Girls Close title after five days of golf in Mallow, and did so in style – never going beyond the 15th hole in the five matchplay rounds.  After confidently striking her first tee shot down their middle of the fairway, Mairead went 1 up through1 and didn’t ease up from there. Four up at the turn, birdies at the 10th and 11th saw Martin go 6 up with 7 holes to play. The match was finished in style with an eagle from Mairead at the 444-yard par 5 12th to close out the game 7&6.

“I’m delighted to win, my short game was on form this week, I pitched in for eagle on the 12th this afternoon to win the match which was a good way to finish”” said a happy Mairead.  “I was at home in my own bed all week too which was also nice and to have so much support from the club was class! I had my sister on the bag too this week which was entertaining! She doesn’t play much golf but I hope she might Continue reading

Cork challenge continues in Mallow, Irish Girls Close

Rachel Thompson Baltray May 2017Cork’s Rachel Thompson is through to the final four in the Irish Girls Close.  Thompson came through two tough rounds in Mallow today, and the leading qualifier is safely through to tomorrow’s semi-final.  The Cork golf club member wrapped up yesterday’s first round match on the 13th winning 7&5 but today she went to the 19th before getting past Emma Forbes from Portrush.  This afternoon her match with Georgina Carr went to the 17th with the Cork girl taking the match on a 2&1 margin to put her through to tomorrow’s semi-final with Maeve Rooney.  There were wins too for Mairead Martin and Valerie Clancy, both golfers also come through two matchplay rounds today to qualify for the semi-final.  They now face each other in the second semi-final tomorrow morning.

Sara Byrne is the fourth Cork golfer in action in Mallow, she’s through to the semi-final of the plate competition after losing her first round match yesterday.  The Douglas golfer needed an extra hole this morning to claim a place in the quarter finals.  She had an impressive 7&6 win this afternoon beating Chloe O’Connor from Roscommon.  She will face Nicole McGavisk Continue reading

Cork interest ends in Mullingar, Irish Womens Close

ILGU LogoCork interest in the Irish Womens Close ended today as all five Cork golfers lost out.  Top qualifier Mairead Martin lost to Irish Strokeplay Champion Maria Dunne.  There were also losses for Sara Byrne and Rachel Thompson as the competition reduced from 16 to 8.  Valerie Clancy made it through to the quarter finals but lost out to Ciara Casey from Hermitage.

There was no joy either for Paula Walsh in the Ita Wallace Plate competition.  She lost to Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan in the quarter Continue reading