Monkstown’s Shane Irwin held his overnight lead to claim the PGA Assistants title in Nuremore yesterday, winning by a margin of five shots over the field. Rounds of 76 and 72 yesterday were more than enough to keep a healthy distance between himself and the pack as the Limerick native went on to claim his biggest PGA win to date. Irwin’s impressive 69 and 67 on day one gave him a great start, he had a six shot lead at the halfway stage.
“I didn’t expect to win but I expected to do well. I went for a lesson with coach Eddie Doyle a couple of weeks ago and I did feel confident,” said the 24-year-old. “The first day was very good. I played some solid golf in round one. The second round was very similar and I managed to pick up a few birdies.” Holding the top spot was a new experience for Shane, but he retained a comfortable margin despite much tougher conditions on day two. “It was tough over the final 36-holes. I had never led a PGA tournament or anything like that. I tried to stick to the game plan and Continue reading
Shane Irwin (Monkstown)
Monkstown’s Shane Irwin has an impressive six shot lead going into the second day of the PGA Assistants Championship at Nuremore in Co Monaghan. The Limerick native had two impressive rounds yesterday, shooting 69 and 67 on the par 71 track. Irwin had the hot hand with nine birdies in the 36 holes. He opened his second round with a bogey but recovered quickly with two birdies to get into the red for his round. One more bogey followed on the back nine but he also added four birdies to sign for a four under par 67.
That left him six ahead of the field, St Annes’ Gary McGrane on level par. Fota Island’s Jack Howard is eight place, and will be hoping to catch up a few places, and Shane Livesey is just outside the top twenty.
The final 36 holes will be completed today.
Jack Howard finished runner-up in the Irish Club Professional Tournament in Dromoland last week, losing out to Damien McGrane after a play-off. Howard, representing Fota Island shot a four under par 68 to lead the tournament. That included important birdies on the 17th and 18th to get into a tie for the lead. It was in impressive round from Howard in a strong field, and it included seven birdies. At the end of the round the two leaders were tied on -4, and unlike other PGA events it was on the a play-off. After halving the first play-off hole, McGrane put the pressure on by hitting the green on the short par four 10th. When Howard missed his 12 foot birdie attempt the former European Tour winner tapped in or birdie to claim the title.
Davey Barry and Shane Irwin were the next bet placed Cork golfers, they both carded one par rounds of 73 to get a top ten place, while Cian McNamara and David Ryan were three back in a share for 24th place.
While Jack will be disappointed at missing out on the win, there are several positives. As well as the prize money for second place, the high placed finish means that the 22 year old will now be able to enter several of the high profile events as the Irish Continue reading
Monkstown’s Shane Irwin will have a busy few months ahead, as he closes off his second year of training as a PGA Professional. The Limerick native has spent two years in Cork, working with Cian McNamara in the Monkstown ProShop. In September 2017 he started his PGA training, having worked in the US and South Africa prior to that. It was the next step in a plan for Shane. “First year was very interesting for me as I went straight to the states to work in the golf industry after my leaving cert, so it was all a new experience for me” explained Irwin. “Going to the states was in itself a learning, the way the American golf industry works and the contacts and friends I have made benefited me greatly to bring all that knowledge back home to Ireland. The plan was always do America and play in South Africa and come back to do my PGA studies.” Traditionally the PGA apprenticeship was Continue reading
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
Peter O’Keeffe and Robin Dawson (Ireland) on the 4th tee during Day 2 Foursomes of the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club, Leeds, England. 17/08/2017
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey
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