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

No Joy for Mallow or Cork in Tralee, AIG Cups & Shields Munster Finals

AIG Senior Cup Munster Finals 2017, Saturday 12th August 2017There was no joy for Cork clubs in Tralee on Saturday as both Cork and Mallow exited at the semi-final stage of the Munster finals.  Mallow were in action in the AIG Senior Cup and for a while it looked like they would beat Limerick in their semi-final.  Paul McCarthy and James Sugrue led from the front and both recorded impressive wins, McCarthy won 3&2 while Sugrue won on the 14th.  Conor Dowling lost match, as did Brian Attridge meaning the result would be decided by Adam Boland’s match with Limerick’s Justin Kehoe.  They were all square on the 15th but Kehoe won the 16th to go one up.  Boland made a huge six foot putt on the 17th to avoid losing and a great birdie on the 18th meant that the match went on to the 19th.  Both players found the fairway on the additional hole and the advantage swung Continue reading

Munster Finals time in Tralee

Munster Golf AIG Barton Shield 2016

2016 Barton Shield winners Cork. Picture: Thos Caffrey / http://www.golffile.ie

Tralee Golf Club will host the AIG Cups & Shields finals this weekend with three Munster pennants on offer.  It’s eight years since Tralee have hosted the finals and Arnold Palmer designed links will provide a spectacular setting for the three finals.  Two competitions are down for decision on Saturday with Cork and Mallow in action.  Cork will be hoping to retain their Munster title in the AIG Barton Shield, but they’ll have to get past hosts Tralee in the semi-final.  Waterford Castle face Castletroy in the other semi-final.  Mallow unseated holders Monkstown and beat a good Cork side in the Senior Cup and they’ll be hoping to maximise their first appearance at the Munster finals in several years.  Ballybunion carry Kerry hopes in the AIG Senior Cup, the West Munster winners will face Dungarvan who were the winners in the East Munster section.  Limerick came through in North Munster and they will face Mallow who Continue reading

Tralee Win for O’Keeffe, Kerry Scratch Cup

Peter O'Keeffe KSCPeter O’Keeffe overcame a one shot deficit in the final nine holes in Tralee today to claim the prestigious Kerry Scratch Cup.  O’Keeffe was joint leader going into the final round but Tralee’s Fergal O’Sullivan led by one shot after 45 holes.  It was a tough day for the players in Tralee, O’Sullivan was +3 at the turn and O’Keeffe was +4 as high winds and squally rain did its best to wear down the competitors.

O’Keeffe had a tough start, he lost a ball out of bounds on the third, and frustratingly he could see the ball was less than a foot on the wrong side of the markers.  A triple bogey there was a setback but O’Keeffe parred the next nine holes to get back into contention.  He parred the difficult 12th hole to get back to a share of the lead and his only birdie of the day came on the 14th when he took Continue reading