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James Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe were both named in the Irish team for the Home Internationals which take place in Wales in less than two weeks. For the first time in well over a decade, Cork will be represented by two golfers in an Irish Mens team. After missing out on selection for the European Team Championships in July, Sugrue finally gets his first senior international cap after coming close earlier this year. The Mallow man earned several caps at boys level and after a three year gap, he’ll be back in Irish colours in Conwy, Wales. Ireland won an unprecedented fourth title in a row last year, and this year they’ll be hoping to retain the title.
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James Sugrue and Peter O’Keeffe lead a five strong Cork contingent on the Munster team for the interprovincial championship later this month. Cork GC duo John Hickey and Gary O’Flaherty along with Kinsale’s Cathal Butler make up the majority of the eight man team to play in Athenry.
Sugrue and O’Keeffe were assured of their places thanks to finishing in the top three on the Munster Order of Merit. Both have recorded wins this year and they have also been playing well, reaching the latter stages of the South of Ireland and the AIG Irish Close. Gary O’Flaherty retains his place and he’s be hoping to add to the six wins that he’s racked up since his first appearance in 1996. John Hickey and Cathal Butler return to the side after missing out last year, they both played in Fota Island in 2016.
Geoff Lenehan, Andrew McCormack and Eanna Griffin also retain their places from last year in what is a very experienced side. There are two notable absentees though Continue reading
Kinsale’s John Murphy was named on the three man Irish team to play in the World Amateur Team Championship in Carton House next month. Murphy is joined by Tramore’s Robin Dawson and Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell. The team, which is captained by Bandon’s John Carroll will play in the Eisenhower Trophy which is played over four rounds starting on Wednesday 5th September. Dawson, who is ranked number six in the world rankings, secured his place as the top Irish golfer in the WAGR rankings, the Tramore man played on the Irish team in European Championships last month and won the Irish Amateur Open in Royal County Down at the start of the season and he was runner up at the Amateur Championship last month. Murphy and Purcell were both selected on their form this season, it’s Purcell’s second year on the Irish Mens team, a former junior tennis champions he recorded five top ten finished this year is addition to reaching the semi-final at the AIG Irish Close this week.
Speaking after the announcement, John Murphy was in great form. “I’m obviously delighted to have made the team, it still hasn’t really sunk in. I remember when I was at a boys panel session and Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe and James Sugrue are safely through to the matchplay stage of the North of Ireland, comfortably finishing in the top 64 from the mammoth field of 300 golfers. O’Keeffe carded rounds of 68 and 70 over both courses in Royal Portrush to finish on -5 and in a tie for 4th place. The Douglas man fired in eight birdies and an eagle over the two rounds and if he can continue in that form he should extend his time in Portrush. He’s currently in action against Haryey Byers from Walton Heath in the first matchplay round.
James Sugrue continued his good form with a top 13 finish in the strokeplay qualifier. He shot rounds of 68 and 72 to book his place in the matchplay where he faces Marc Norton from Belvoir Park this morning. There was disappointment for Cathal Butler as he finished just one shot outside qualification on +3, and there was no joy for Continue reading
John Murphy and James Sugrue both came through the first matchplay round of the British Open yesterday, propelling them into the final 32 with hope increasing of an extended run in Royal Aberdeen. There was a bit of a struggle for both golfers yesterday, Sugrue took a slight lead in his match early on but he had to wait until the 19th before he finally dispatched Australia’s Michael Kyle.
John Murphy too had an interesting round. He level par after three holes but found himself two down. He was two under through six and was still one down. The tide did turn for Murph, by the 13th he had a three hole lead and he added another win on 14. He lost the 15th Continue reading
There were mixed results for the Cork golfers in action in England and at home today. Peter O’Keeffe recorded two wins today at the Mens Home Internationals, while Valerie Clancy won her first round match in the British Girls but lost in this afternoon’s second round.
It was a good day for Ireland at the Home Internationals in Moortown today. Peter O’Keeffe combined well with Robin Dawson this morning to win an important foursomes match against Scotland. The pair had lost yesterday so this morning’s result was a boost and came as part of a 4-1 win in the morning session. He followed up this afternoon with another win in the singles. O’Keeffe was one down at the turn but mounted a comeback and was two up after 12 holes. He closed out his match on the 16th with a 4&2 win over Scotland’s Sam Locke. Ireland now have a great chance to create history tomorrow, a winner takes all match with England give’s Ireland the chance to win the title for the fourth straight year.
Valerie Clancy was the only Cork girl to make it through to the matchplay stage of the British Girls. Clancy made it though on the cut mark (+8) after the 36 hole qualifier and she won her first round match this morning, beating Celilie Nielsen 3&2. She lost out this afternoon though, losing 2&1 to Mayka Hoogeboom. Rachel Thompson and Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe was today named on the Irish Mens team to play in the Home Internationals. O’Keeffe narrowly missed out on selection 10 years ago when he was competing at elite amateur level, and now he’s finally ticked that box. The Douglas golfer was added to the international mens panel after winning the Flogas Irish Amateur Open, and he followed that win with some solid performances through the months of June and July. Last week he finished as a semi-finalist in the South of Ireland, and many felt that would be more than enough to get the call up for August. For O’Keeffe its marks the achievement of a key long term goal, and it’s also a target he set himself. “I decided at the end of last year that I was going to work my ass off to make the Irish team” said O’Keeffe after the announcement of the team. “I’m delighted to achieve it now. I’m looking forward to preparing for the home internationals so I can have a great performance.” O’Keeffe put a huge amount of work into Continue reading
Peter O’Keeffe had a slow start to the British Amateur yesterday as a wide range of scores were reported on day one in Royal St Georges. O’Keeffe is the only Cork golfer in action and he signed for a three over par 73 on the par 70 layout. O’Keeffe was one under through nine, he responded to an early bogey on the third with two birdies on the 7th and 9th. The back nine was tougher though and the Douglas man ran up five bogies and one birdie to come back in 39 strokes. O’Keeffe is just inside the top 200 and has a lot of work to do today on the Princes course. He’ll need to get under par to have a chance of making the top 64 and get through to the match play stage. Princes played somewhat easier yesterday with 18 of the top 20 scores coming from that course. That included a course record -8 by Iceland’s Gisli Sveinbergsson. Qualification is definitely possible for the big hitting Irish Amateur Open Champion. He’s in a good vein of form after winning in Tralee last week and a good start is all he’ll need to mount a strong challenge for qualification.
Robin Dawson is the best placed Irish golfer, the Munster golfers shot a four under par 68 on the Princes course to lie tied for 20th place after the first round. Fellow Munster golfers Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierre are both outside the top 200 and qualification for the match play stage is unlikely.
O’Keeffe tees off at 10.45 this morning while Dawson is out on St George’s at 8.50.
John Murphy and James Sugrue are set to make the Munster senior debuts next month in Carlow, they are two of three new caps to be named on the Munster Senior Interprovincial team. Both Murphy and Sugrue have represented Munster at Boys level and are set to join the senior ranks in a new look team. Captain Phil Cooney has named Murphy, Sugrue and Dublin based Jack Pierse in a team that see’s four changes from last year. Waterford’s Eanna Griffin has also been named in the side that see’s four changes from last year.
It’s the biggest shake up in several years, although all eight golfers were the form players over the past few months, they took the top eight spots on the qualifying order of merit. Cooney along with selectors John Carroll and Michael Coote had four picks to make after Peter O’Keeffe, Robin Dawson, John Murphy and Continue reading