Karl Bornemann was today named in the Irish Seniors team that will take part in the European Seniors Championship next month. Bornemann, who is also Captain of Douglas Golf Club this year has been on the selectors radar for two years, and his selection is a result of some solid performances over that time. This year he was 6th in the Irish Seniors Close in Malone and he recorded a top ten finish in the European Seniors Individual Championship in Austria in June. Last year he took third place in the same event. Bornemann previously missed out on an Irish cap although he was named as a non travelling reserve for one Irish squad. The team which will be managed by Mahon’s Sean O’Leary has three changes to the 2016 team, Bornemann is joined by Eamon Haugh (Castletroy) and John Mitchell (Tramore), with Cork’s Tom Cleary one of the three that missed out.
The team will be taking part in the European Seniors Team Championship which takes place from 5-9 September at PGA Sweden National.
Irish Seniors Team
Jim Carvill, Banbridge
Karl Bornemann, Douglas
Eamon Haugh, Castletroy
Garth McGimpsey, Royal Portrush
Adrian Morrow, Portmarnock
John Mitchell, Tramore
The team is captained by Sean O’Leary and the team manager is Brian Hutchinson.
Tom Cleary (Cork), Picture by Pat Cashman
Tom Cleary shot a one under par 71 in Slovenia today as Sean O’Leary’s team qualified for Flight A in the European Senior Mens Team Championship. Cleary was three under par through 12 holes with four birdies in the bag, but two bogies on the way home meant that he signed for a 71. That brought him up five places and into a tie for 12th place. It was another powerful day for the Irish as all six team members finished the strokeplay phase in the top 20. Jim Carvill shot a to under par 70 to finish in third place and Maurice Kelly and Adrian Morrow were one shot behind tied for fourth place. Arthur Pierse is alongside Cleary in a tie for 12th and Garth McGimpsey finished in 17th place in the field of 114 golfers.
Ireland now enter the top flight of the matchplay stage where the top eights teams will do battle over the next three days. After qualifying as top seed, Ireland face italy in the quarter final.
Irish Seniors Team Captain Sean O’Leary
Sean O’Leary’s team had an amazing opening day today as Cork’s Tom Cleary shot a one over par 73 in the opening round of the European Senior Men’s Team Championship in Slovenia. Cleary is safely inside the top 20, but in an amazing day for Ireland, he’s the last of the six Irish golfers.
Arthur Pierse and Adrian Morrow both finished on -3 to lie one off the lead. Maurice Kelly and Jim Carvill are on -2 and Garth McGimpsey is in 9th place on -1. Tom Cleary is back on +1, tied for 17th place in a field of 114 golfers from 19 countries. Cleary had four birdies and five bogies in his opening round.
Ireland are hoping for a fourth consecutive title. Ireland completed a hat-trick in 2015 and have been the dominant force in Europe with five titles since the Championship began in 2006. After two rounds of stroke play qualifying, the top eight teams will enter Flight A and battle it out for the European title across three days of match play combat.
Cork’s Tom Cleary recorded his second win in three days as Ireland beat Wales in the Senior Mens Home Internationals today. Cleary was a member of Sean O’Leary’s team, and was competing in his second competition in just over two weeks for the Irish Seniors team.
Leaderboard Photography Pictures
Results & Scoring
The competition was held in Crowborough Beacon GC in East Sussex. Ireland lost to England on day one but followed that with impressive wins over Scotland and Wales. Although Ireland topped the three way tie with the greatest number of match wins, Scotland retain the title as holders.. The rain affected competition saw the foursomes cancelled on the first two days and Ireland’s triumphed today with 7-3 win when all ten matches were played.
Mahon and Munster representative Sean O’Leary masterminded a third successive win for Ireland in the European Senior Men’s Team Championship. The competition was held in Bulgaria in Pravets Golf Club. While Team Captain O’Leary planned the campaign, he was helped on the course by Cork’s Tom Cleary. The current Munster Senior’s champion went through the 36 hole strokeplay qualifier in -4, second in a field of over 120 golfers.
Ireland finished the strokeplay phase in first place, 24 strokes clear of second place. In the matchplay phase Cleary was partnered with Tramore’s John Mitchell as Ireland’s foursomes pair. They won their quarter-final and semi-final but lost out in their final match against Italy.
In a tense final against Italy that went down to the wire, all eyes were on Kelly when Garth McGimpsey squared the match at two points apiece. Italy had taken the foursomes point while Adrian Morrow was beaten 4&2 in the singles. However Arthur Pierse led the Irish revival, romping home with a 7&6 victory in the top singles match. His old sparring partner, McGimpsey, followed him in, taking the back match 3&2 and that left Kelly fighting for the championship on the 18th green against Vincenzo Sita. The Naas veteran held his nerve to deliver the decisive point.
Cork’s Tom Cleary partnered John Mitchell (Tramore) in the quarter final of the European Senior Mens Team Championship an the pair racked up a 4&3 in their match against Switzerland. Maurice Kelly and Adrian Morrow clocked up two singles wins as Ireland advanced into the semi-final. Ireland finished the 36 hole qualifying phase 24 shots clear of the nearest challenger, taking the top seed spot by a considerable margin.
Sean O’Leary’s team now advance to a semi-final against France this morning. Live scoring from the course is available through Golfbox
Tom Cleary pictured on his way to winning the Munster Seniors at Waterville earlier this year
A one under par round of saw Cork’s Tom Cleary finish in fifth place after the first round of the European Senior Men’s Team Championships. The competition is being held in Bulgaria at the Pravets Golf Club
Cleary got off to a great start with birdies on the 1st, 5th & 7th, although he did drop a shot on the 6th which saw him go out in -2. He added another birdie on the 13th but two late bogies pegged him back to -1 and he’s in a seven way tie for fifth place. Ireland performed very well overall, Arthur Pierce and Gareth McGimpsey both shot 69 to tie for second place and Maurice Kelly is one shot behind Cleary in 12th place. John Mitchell and Adrian Morrow both had poor rounds today but have every chance of recovering tomorrow in the second round.
Cork has dual interest in the action in Bulgaria as Mahon’s Sean O’Leary is the Irish Team Captain. After tomorrow’s round, all 20 teams will enter the matchplay phase which takes place over three days.
European Senior Men’s Team Championships
Maurice Kelly (Naas)
Bangor’s Gareth McGimpsey