Disappointment for Murphy in St Andrew’s, R&A Scholars Tournament

Final Round, EMC Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup 2016John Murphy rued a disappointing front nine in St Andrews today as dropped one spot to finish second at the R&A Scholars Tournament.  After 36 holes on the Eden Course in St Andrew’s on Monday, Murphy led the field by two shots.  By doing so he started the third round in the final grouping on the famous Old Course.  Scoring was difficult on the normally manageable links, tough winds meant that there were several returns in the high seventies and eighties.  Murphy suffered on the greens on the way out, with an uncharacteristic number of three putts and a rare double bogey.  He turned on +5 for the day to drop himself back into the field and two more bogies followed on the 11th and 12th holes.  To his credit, Murphy bounced back with three birdies on his last seven holes and the turn-around in form meant that he finished in a tie for second place.  John’s Maynooth teammate Stuart Grehan carded a very tidy level par 72 to win the tournament by three shots.

Speaking after his round Murphy admitted that his touch was off in the tough wind on the opening nine holes: “The front nine was a disaster.  I had seven 3 putts on the front 9, the wind was as strong as I’ve played in and I really struggled to put a stroke on it.  I knew if I had a good back nine I could get Continue reading

Top 4 Finish for Shanahan

Mark Shanahan pictured after winning the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup last September. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Mark Shanahan pictured after winning the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup last September.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan finished tied 4th in the rain affected East of Ireland Championship.  Shanahan was in touch of the lead after the first and second rounds and a final round 73 saw him finish 4th but seven shots behind the winner.  The event took place in Baltry and while they got through Saturday and Sunday, only 18 of the 36 holes scheduled for Monday took place.  The decision to cancel the final 18 holes marks the first occasion in the 75 year history that the title was awarded after 54 holes.  Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) was the runaway leader from the very start with an opening 67 followed by a 68.  Although he shot 76 in his final round he still had a five shot margin of victory over the field.

Full Scoreboard

Cork Scores:
4th: Mark Shanahan (+3),
28th: Paul McCarthy (+11),
34th: John Hickey (+12),
47th: Niall Gorey (+14)
MC Gary O’Flaherty, Conor Coyne, Greg O’Mahony