Super 69 from Rumley to lead Leinster Students

AIG Barton Shield Munster Final 2018
Thurles Golf Club
Sunday 19th August 2018Eric Rumley came home in three under in Killeen today to sign for a 69 and lead the Leinster Students after the opening round.  Fresh from helping Kinsale to their first AIG Barton Shield title in Thurles on Sunday, the Kinsale man opened with a birdie but gave shots back on the third and fifth holes.  A birdie on the ninth got him back to even par, and set him up for the impressive back nine.  Birdies on the 12th and 13th got him into the red and a final birdie on the par three 18th saw him tie for the lead.  Stackstown’s John McCarthy is also on -3 while there are ten more golfers within three shots in the 54 hole tournament.

Gary Ward is in the top 15 on +3 while Darren Hourihan is in the top 30 two shots back.  The second round gets underway tomorrow morning with the top 45 plus ties qualifying for Friday’s final round.  The holder is John Murphy but he’s unable to defend his title as he returned to the University of Louisville last week.

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Rain stops play in Lahinch, seven Cork golfers through to matchplay

Lahinch LogoThe second round in Lahinch came to an abrupt halt today as heavy rain flooded the course causing the second strokeplay round to be abandoned.  With the first round scores counting, the top 64 cut fell at +2 with not all on that score qualifying.  Kinsale’s Eric Rumley was one of those to miss out, the countback from yesterday costing him a place in the matchplay.

The seven Cork qualifiers are James Sugrue (Mallow), Cathal Butler (Kinsale), Gary O’Flaherty (Cork), John Hickey (Cork), Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), Sean Desmond (Monkstown), Gary Ward (Kinsale).  With drier weather forecast for tomorrow the organisers will be hoping to complete the two planned rounds.  The first round Continue reading

Monkstown Through in AIG Senior Cup

AIG Senior Cup Area Semi Finals 2018
Cork Golf Club
Sunday 24th June 2018Monkstown were the first club to book their place in the Munster finals in Thurles, marking the third time in four years that they have reached the finals of the AIG Senior Cup.

16 teams started in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning, and two rounds later there were just four.  Bandon faced Kinsale and Mallow were up against Monkstown this morning.  The two semi-finals were close matches, with the Bandon Kinsale derby needing three extra holes to decide the winner.  Bandon’s Ger Tobin was the hero as he won the 21st hole to take Bandon through to area final.

AIG Senior Cup Results

For team manager Pat O’Keeffe and his assistant Martin Walsh it marks another successful start to a campaign.  Last year the lost at the semi-final stage so there’s no doubt that they’ll appreciate making it through to the Munster finals.  This afternoon there were wins for Sean Desmond, Donal McDonnell and Martin Continue reading

O’Keeffe retains Kerry Scratch Cup title

Peter O'Keeffe Kerry Scratch Cup 2018

Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas being presented with the 113 year old Kerry Scratch up by Frank Hayes (Director of Corporate Affairs Kerry Group PLC) and Kevin McCarthy (Captain Tralee Golf Club). Photo by Domnick Walsh Eye Focus LTD

Peter O’Keeffe claimed his first win of the 2018 season when he successfully defended his Kerry Scratch Cup title in Tralee last weekend.  It was the perfect weekend for O’Keeffe as he fine-tuned his game in preparation for the Irish Amateur Open which started today.  O’Keeffe has been a big fan of the event in Tralee and having finished second in 2016, he won the event last year.  The Douglas man held the overnight lead after 36 holes.  He was tied with Monkstown’s Sean Desmond who Continue reading

Healy finishes 10th at Irish Students

Mark Healy Kinsale

Kinsale’s Mark Healy pictured in 2015

Mark Healy finished in the top ten in Bray thanks to a great recovery that featured five birdies.  The Kinsale man had a poor start with a bogey on the opening hole and another on the second hole.  He steadied after that and pulled a shot back at the seventh.  He had birdies the 10th and 11th to get back into the red and two more birdies followed on the 15th and at the final hole.  Healy’s 67’s matched the best score of the day, winner Stefan Greenberg along with second placed Ronan Mullarney and third placed Jack McDonnell also went around the course in Bray on -3.

James Sugrue had a disappointing final round that saw him drop from third place to 12th.  He signed for a four over par 74 which featured only a single bogey.  Sean Desmond had a 72 to finish just inside the top 30 while Cathal Butler and Darren Hourihan ahd 77’s to finish in the middle of the pack, while Aoife Ni Thuama finished in 8th place in the Continue reading

Strong Cork Challenge in Lahinch, South of Ireland Day 3

AIG Senior Cup, Mallow Golf Club, Sunday 25thth June 2017Weather conditions in Lahinch were slightly better today as the opening two rounds of the matchplay got underway.  After two rounds there are still five Cork golfers involved, with two all-Cork clashes set for tomorrow morning.

Kinsale’s Cathal Butler and John Murphy made it through to the third round.  Murphy had a two hole win over his Munster team mate Andrew McCormack this afternoon while Butler won on the 18th against Robert Brazill from Naas.  Butler will face Peter O’Keeffe in the third round, O’Keeffe had wins today over two Limerick members, Owen O’Brien and Sean Poucher to book his place on the last 16.  Gary O’Flaherty will face James Sugrue in the final match tomorrow morning.  O’Flaherty needed all 18 holes this morning to beat Keith Murphy while this afternoon he dispatched Stephen Loftus 5&4.  Sugrue was the last player left on the course this evening and he wrapped up his match with Darragh Coghlan on the 17th.  With eight Cork qualifiers the hopes were high that someone might follow in Mervyn Owens footsteps and claim the prestigious South title.  After today there are still five with a chance.  Gary Ward won this morning but fell to Colm Campbell in the second round match this afternoon.  Two Cork qualifiers lost out in this morning’s first round.  Sean Desmond was handed a tough draw when he was put up against Conor O’Rourke from Naas.  The form book ruled and Continue reading

Desmond close to the lead in Lahinch, South of Ireland Day One

AIG Senior Cup, Mallow Golf Club, Sunday 25thth June 2017It isn’t too often that a scratch golfer would have six bogies and a double – and still be happy with his round.  Well that’s exactly what happened Sean Desmond in Lahinch today.  Playing is his first South of Ireland, the Monsktown teenager shot a 74 in very testing conditions.   That 74 included four birdies and an eagle, which helped Desmond to bounce back from the bogies.  He was actually one under after an eagle on the 5th and he finished the front nine on level par.  That included a lost ball on the 7th which led to a double bogey.  A birdie on the 12th saw Desmond back in the red but three consecutive bogies on 13, 14 and 15 saw him return to the black and sign for a two over par 74.

Desmond held the clubhouse lead for a few hours but was surpassed by Rowan Lester who came home in three under to record a level par 72.  Desmond is currently tied for second alongside Robin Dawson.  Gary O’Flaherty and Peter O’Keeffe are the next best of the Cork lads, they both shot a four over par 76.  John Hickey is two Continue reading

Super 64 by Butler in Newlands, Leinster Students Championship Round 2

Kinsale Pro-Shop Challenge, fundraising event for Special Olympics, Kinsale Golf Club, Monday 22nd August 2016Cathal Butler shot a course record 64 in Newlands today and catapulted himself into a share of the lead going into tomorrow’s final round of the Leinster Students Championship.  Butler made the most of the benign conditions on day two, and he eagled the par five 2nd hole to set the tone.  He added two more birdies on the front nine to go out in 31 strokes (-4).  Three more birdies followed on the back nine and although he failed to birdie the short par five final hole, the Maynooth student did enough to claim a course record.

John Murphy was also in good form, shooting a 67 on day two.  It was a bit more complicated for Murphy as three early birdies were cancelled out by three bogies on the front nine.  Murphy hit the reset button and reeled off four consecutive birdies starting at the par three 12th.  He couldn’t add to that on the 18th but the -4 return see’s him tied for the lead alongside Butler.  Ben Murray (UCC) is the third man on -3, he shot a 68 to move from third place to tie the lead.  Mallow’s James Sugrue is in 4th place two shots behind the leading trio, Sugrue was also in the 60’s with a two under par 69 to get to -1.  Monkstown’s Sean Desmond also shot a 69 to get to back to +2 and a share of 9th place.  Gary Ward had a 12 shot swing on day two, he had a 68 today after a disappointing 80 in yesterday’s testing conditions.

The man of the day was Butler though and after a few months of poor results the Kinsale golfer is back in the groove.  “My swing felt really good today, it felt good yesterday as well only that it was very blustery” said the Kinsale man after the great round.  “There were a lot of gusts and it was very tricky, and I didn’t get rewarded for the good shots.  But today it was flat calm and it was pretty much target golf out there.  I’ve did quite a lot of work on my swing with Paul Kiely in the past few months so it’s finally starting to come together.”  And it wasn’t case of protecting a score as Butler kept on giving himself solid birdie chances.  “I drove the ball really well today, and I’ve learned that when I’m playing well to put the boot down and keep going for birdies.  I hit my only bad drive of the day on the 18th, I went into the trees but recovered and wedged on to eight feet.  I hit the birdie putt around two feet past but overall I’m delighted with the round.  There were great scores too from Gary [Ward] and John [Murphy] so hopefully there will be plenty more birdies for the Kinsale lads.  I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully there will be more good weather and a few more birdies.”

Leinster Students Amateur Open Championship 12-14 June 2017
Results after 36 Holes
Smartphonesdirect3139 C BUTLER (Maynooth Scholars (a)), 75, 64; J MURPHY (Kinsale), 72, 67; B MURRAY (University College Cork), 71, 68
141 J Sugrue (Mallow), 72, 69
142 G Dunne (Maynooth University Club (b)), 75, 67; E Griffin (Maynooth Scholars (b)), 71, 71
143 J Quinn (DCU), 72, 71; R Dutton (Ulster University (a)), 70, 73
144 S Desmond (Monkstown), 75, 69; P Cummins (Lurgan), 74, 70; E O’Brien (Maynooth University Club (a)), 74, 70
145 C Woodroofe (Maynooth University Club (a)), 73, 72
146 G Carr (Maynooth University Club (b)), 78, 68; P Brennan (Belvoir Park), 76, 70; D Smith  (Castle), 76, 70; M Ryan (New Ross), 74, 72; Z Glynn (Bray), 72, 74
147 J Mc Donnell (Maynooth University Club (a)), 79, 68; R Steedman (Maynooth University Club (c)), 78, 69; W Small (Tandragee), 75, 72; S Greenberg (Ulster University (a)), 74, 73
148 G Ward (Kinsale), 80, 68
149 K McCarron (Maynooth Scholars (a)), 79, 70; S Mc Dermott (NUI Galway (a)), 78, 71; M Norton (Belvoir Park), 77, 72; J McVicker (Ulster University (a)), 77, 72; M Kennelly (NUI Galway (b)), 76, 73; P Murphy (Rosslare), 76, 73; J Bolger (Jnr) (Courtown), 76, 73; N McCann (Lurgan), 75, 74; C Hughes (NUI Galway (a)), 75, 74
150 T Ford (Maynooth University Club (b)), 76, 74 (Team Qualifiers)
153 E Smith (Maynooth Scholars (a)), 77, 76 (Team Qualifiers)
Non Qualifying
150 O Crooks (Bushfoot), 78, 72; C Melvin (Maynooth University Club (c) ), 77, 73; G Fitzmaurice (University College Dublin (a)), 77, 73; B Doran (IT Carlow), 77, 73; M McKenna (Dun Laoghaire), 75, 75; M MCKINSTRY (Cairndhu), 75, 75; M Boucher (Carton House), 75, 75; D McAleenon (Lisburn), 74, 76; C Raymond (Newlands), 74, 76
151 L Donnelly (Kilkenny), 76, 75; P Jordan (Lurgan), 75, 76
152 P KERR (Royal Portrush), 80, 72; L Grehan (Maynooth Scholars (b)), 79, 73; R Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire), 79, 73; T Collins (University College Dublin (a)), 78, 74; K Murphy (University of South Carolina), 78, 74; R Williamson (Holywood), 76, 76; M SHIEL (NUI Galway (b)), 74, 78; R Brazill (Naas), 73, 79
153 A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire), 78, 75
154 R Browne (University College Dublin (b)), 81, 73; C Harte  (University College Dublin (b)), 80, 74; J Boyd (Cork IT (a)), 79, 75; D Pollock (Garden City Community College), 79, 75; J Blake (DCU), 78, 76; A McDaid (Dublin Business School), 75, 79; M McCormack (Ashbourne), 74, 80
155 A Riordan (Cork IT (a)), 81, 74; D Hourihan (University College Cork), 79, 76; D Coghlan (University Limerick), 79, 76; S Sweeney (USA), 77, 78
156 C Moloney (Fota Island), 79, 77; E Collins (DCU), 79, 77; D BRADY (Maynooth Scholars (b)), 78, 78; T Coakley (Cork IT (c) ), 78, 78; J Murphy (Greenore), 77, 79
157 C FEENEY (Co. Sligo), 79, 78; J Dunne (Borris), 78, 79; B Smyth (Howth), 78, 79
158 R Dineen (Cork IT (b)), 78, 80
159 L Cummins (Cork IT (c) ), 81, 78; A Crowley (Dublin Institute of Technology), 80, 79; A McSweeney (Cork IT (a)), 80, 79; L Branagan (Dublin Institute of Technology), 78, 81
160 C Bolger (IT Carlow), 82, 78; D O’ Brien (IT Carlow), 79, 81
161 B MURRAY (University College Cork), 82, 79; S Campbell (Ballyclare), 78, 83
162 J Murphy (Cork IT (b)), 79, 83
163 D O’Sullivan  (Cork IT (b)), 87, 76
165 J Cleary (University College Dublin (b)), 89, 76; A Comerford (NUI Galway (b) ), 78, 87
166 L Flynn (Dun Laoghaire), 87, 79
NR J McCarthy (University College Dublin (a))
NS B Fehily (Newlands); C Nolan (NUI Galway (a))
Round 1 Par: 73; SSS: 73; CSS: 76
Round 2 Par: 73; SSS: 73; CSS: 73
153 S Burke (Maynooth Scholars (w)), 77, 76
154 M Doyle (Maynooth Scholars (w)), 79, 75
155 C Walsh (Maynooth University Club (c)), 77, 78
165 R Mc Donnell (Elm Park), 84, 81
170 M Doyle (Maynooth Scholars (w)), 91, 79
RTD J ALLEN (Ulster University (b))
285 Woodroofe/O’Brien/Mc Donnell, 147, 138
286 BUTLER/McCarron/Smith, 152, 134; Carr/Dunne/Ford, 151, 135
289 McVicker/Dutton/Greenberg, 144, 145
Non Qualifers
293 Griffin/BRADY/Grehan, 149, 144
294 MURRAY/Hourihan/MURRAY, 150, 144
296 Steedman/Walsh/Melvin, 154, 142
224 Mc Dermott/Nolan/Hughes, 153, 71
297 Blake/Quinn/Collins, 150, 147
307 Burke/Doyle/Doyle, 156, 151
301 Comerford/SHIEL/Kennelly, 150, 151
302 Collins/McCarthy/Fitzmaurice, 155, 147
307 Bolger/Doran/O’ Brien, 156, 151
308 Boyd/Riordan/McSweeney, 159, 149; Harte /Browne/Cleary, 161, 147
313 Murphy/O’Sullivan /Dineen, 157, 156
315 Coakley/Cummins, 159, 156
318 Branagan/Crowley, 158, 160

O’Keeffe out of the East, strong Cork challenge remains

John Murphy of Ireland during a practice round

Murphy pictured during the Alps Tour event in Clement Ader last week. Pic: Tristan Jones

Peter O’Keeffe was a late withdrawal this afternoon from the East of Ireland Championship which gets underway in Co Louth Golf Club tomorrow.  O’Keeffe was one the highest ranked qualifiers but a neck injury has prevented him from taking part.  He struggled with the problem last week during the Douglas Senior Scratch Cup and with no improvement he made the tough call to withdraw late this afternoon.  Although the Irish Open champion is missing, there’s still a strong challenge from Cork.

Munster Students Champion John Murphy (Kinsale) returned from France earlier this week and he’ll be confident from a run of recent good form while fellow Kinsale member Cathal Butler will be looking to return to the form he displayed at the Munster Students in March.  Both Sean Desmond (Monkstown) and Gary Ward Continue reading

Desmond claims first Scratch Cup win in Douglas

Sean Desmond Douglas SSC 2017

Sean Desmond (Monkstown) receives the Douglas Senior Scratch Cup from sponsor Kieran Canty, Kieran Canty Financial Services.

Monkstown’s Sean Desmond made a successful return from injury today when he won the Douglas Senior Scratch Cup.  Desmond suffered ankle ligament damage earlier this month and that kept him off the course for three weeks.  Douglas was his first competitive outing and this morning he shot a solid level par 72.  The first year UCC student was two shots off the lead after the first round when his Senior Cup partner Eoghan Long led the field with a 70.  It was a packed leaderboard with over 20 golfers within four shots of the lead. Desmond started fast the second round and he was three under through 10 holes.  He gave two shots back thought on the 12th and the 16th.  A birdie on the 17th however proved to be the difference and he went on to win by one shot.

“It’s my first scratch cup win and absolutely delighted to get one, especially in a big competition like Douglas” said a happy Desmond who was equally happy with the way he played.  “I played very solidly.  I hit the ball well in general, and hit a lot of greens. I put myself in the right spots most of the time except for a few holes where I made some very sloppy bogeys.  But overall I  Continue reading