Bank Holiday Opens to Kick Start Season

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Liam Burns from Youghal reports that the course is in great condition

St Patrick’s weekend always marks the start of the golfing season, and this weekend a large number of Cork clubs are kicking off their season with the start of the open competitions.  Youghal is one of those clubs, they are holding a three person champagne scramble over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Youghal kept all 18 holes open through the winter but with members playing 14 or 15 hole competitions it meant that several holes were rested allowing for winter maintenance.  A sanding programme was completed over the winter and the greens have been running true and quick over the past few weeks.  The club recently concluded their spring league which ran over four weeks, and open and counting competitions will return for members and guests.  The entry fee this weekend is just €20 and bookings can be made through Liam Burns in the Pro Shop on 024 92590.

Fermoy have brought a nice twist to their champagne scramble on Monday, the winning team will receive magnums of champagne.  And with an entry fee of just €15 per person it offers some great value on the bank holiday.  On Saturday Fermoy have an open singles competition for €20, and on Sunday you can play in the open two ball scramble for €20, and that includes a meal.  Bookings can be made by calling the club on 025 31472.  Fota Island have open events running over four days.  From tomorrow through to Sunday you can experience the tour quality course and the famous clubhouse burger for €55 per person.  On Monday there’s an open singles on the Deerpark Continue reading

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Long Read: Liam Burns Celebrates 25 years in Youghal

Liam BurnsLiam Burns is a West Cork man by birth, but after 25 years in Youghal, he surely qualifies as an East Cork man.  Liam is celebrating 25 years as the Club Professional at Youghal Golf Club and after taking up the game in his mid teens, he turned it into a career.  It’s surprising to hear that Liam was a later comer to golf, but once he started he was bitten by the bug.  “I only started playing golf at age 16 with my good friend school teacher Paddy Kehoe” explained the Bandon native.  “Paddy thought me in Hamilton High School in Bandon and his son Mark was single handicap player at the time.  They encouraged me to play golf as my parents didn’t play.  Starting out I would play 36 holes a day sometimes.  Whenever I got a chance I was on the golf Continue reading

South East League Update: East Cork & West Waterford lead

The South East league is underway with 9 clubs taking part in the competition this year.  The competition uses a combination of Bruen and Purcell pairings and is an ideal warm-up for the Cups & Shields competitions later in the year.  West Waterford have topped their section after three rounds, with Youghal taking second place.  Only two rounds have taken place in Section B and East Cork are out in front on 16 points.  Mahon are second with 13 points and Mitchelstown are third on 10 points.  Cobh and Fermoy have played just one match each and will no doubt be hoping to catch the leaders as the competition continues.

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Five Cork Clubs to battle for Three Pennants

Muskerry's Hallissey & Whooley walking the walk in Muskerry

Muskerry’s Hallissey & Whooley walking the walk in Muskerry

There are no fewer than five Cork clubs in action this weekend for the final three Cups & Shields events.  Dungarvan Golf Club will be the centre of attention this weekend when three Munster Pennants will be awarded.  11 clubs from all over the province will compete, with Ballybunion in action twice.  Staff and members in Dungarvan GC have been putting in great efforts to present their course in the best possible shape for the showpiece event and golfers and spectators can look forward to a great weekend of action.

Muskerry, holders of the AIG Barton Shield Continue reading

Ryan wins in Youghal – Munster PGA

Simon Keelan (Monkstown), Ger Brooderick (Kinsale) and Davey Barry (Douglas) pictured at the Munster PGA Captain's Prize at Youghal Golf Club. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Simon Keelan (Monkstown), Ger Brooderick (Kinsale) and Davey Barry (Douglas) pictured at the Munster PGA Captain’s Prize at Youghal Golf Club.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Cahir Park’s David Ryan won his second event in the PGB Munster Winter Series as he won the Captain’s Prize in Youghal.  Ryan shot a winning one under par 70.  He held off a trio from Kerry as Danny Sugrue (Killarney), David Higgins (Waterville) and Liam Higgins (Waterville) all finished with 71.  Christian Porter (Halpenny Golf) was fifth with a 72 and Cian McNamara (Monkstown) was next best with a 73.  Although it was an impressive performance from Ryan, the story of the day was the second placed finish by Liam Higgins.  The veteran from Waterville shot a 71, bettering his age by one at the Taylormade sponsored event.  In a nice touch Liam told his assembled peers that Youghal was the first club he joined in 1963. Continue reading