Dessie Morgan

Egan hangs tough to floor Murray at the 23rd

Keith Egan proved that his brother Tom is not the only dangerous fighter in the family when he took out veteran Pat Murray with a brilliant birdie at the 23rd to reach the semi-finals of the South of Ireland Amateur Open at Lahinch.

Egan hangs tough to floor Murray at the 23rd

Dunne hangs on for thrilling East win

Paul Dunne (Greystones) winner of the East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman He might have had just five hours sleep and suffered a nervy speed wobble coming down the stretch, but no-one could deny that Greystones’ Paul Dunne deserved his one-shot victory in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at sun-splashed County Louth.

Casey closes on Dunne in East

Paul Dunne tees off in the third round at Baltray on Monday. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieA two-shot swing on the par-five 18th left Headfort’s Brian Casey just two strokes adrift of overnight leader Paul Dunne of Greystones with a round to play in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at a sun-splashed Baltray.

Morgan sets the pace in the East

Dessie Morgan in action at Baltray this morning. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieMullingar’s Dessie Morgan has a chance to pull off one of the victories of the year after an opening 68 gave him the first round lead in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at County Louth.

Baltray prepares some rough justice

This was the rough last year. It’s even thicker for the 2013 East of Ireland. Des Morgan will be as concerned about the six-inch course between his ears as the savage rough when he begins his bid to finally break his championship drought in the East of Ireland Amateur Open at County Louth today.

Holland the clear winner in Mullingar

Daniel Holland (Castle) holes out on the final green to win the Mullingar Scratch Trophy. Picture by Pat CashmanCastle’s Daniel Holland broke the hearts of the huge home gallery when he left Des Morgan in his wake and cruised to a three-shot win with a brilliant final round performance in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy.

Morgan one clear in Mullingar

Daniel Holland and Des Morgan swap cards after the third round.Des Morgan has a one stroke lead with a round to play in the Mullingar Scratch Cup but with just six shots separating the top 14, a tight finish looks certain.

Morgan dream alive at Mullingar

Dessie Morgan hits his tee shot at the fifh on the first day of the Mullingar Scratch Cup. Picture: Thos Caffrey…Des Morgan kept his dream of a first home win in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy alive when he added a 70 to his superb five under 67 to take a two stroke lead over Castle’s Daniel Holland into today’s 36-hole finale.

Morgan set for Mullingar miracle: "You can either get back to life and live it or watch life and let it pass you by"

Des Morgan has a special outlook on life because of his heart condition. Des Morgan is determined to “live life” and chase his Mullingar Scratch Cup dream just 10 weeks after a four-hour operation to have a faulty heart defibrillator replaced.

McElroy favourite for Mullingar test

Dermot McElroy driving on the 11th tee during the first round of the 2013 Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin. Picture by Pat CashmanHeadfort’s Brian Casey won’t be defending his title but a host of top players will still be chasing their place in the history books in this weekend’s Mullingar Scratch Cup.

Morgan poised to end 50-year Mullingar drought

Dessie Morgan in full flowDessie Morgan can become the first home winner in the 50-year history of the Mullingar Grant Thornton Scratch Trophy after a sensational second round 67 gave him a share of the lead ahead of today’s 36-hole finale.

Marathon man Smith threatens Murray's 'South' dream

Eugene Smith has come of age this summer and is just two wins away from South of Ireland glory. Pictured at Royal Dublin earlier this year by Pat Cashman.Ardee’s Eugene Smith crushed Simon Ward’s hopes of a second South of Ireland title when he beat the Co Louth man at the 25th to stagger his way into this morning’s semi-finals at Lahinch.

Curley keeps his cool

Cian Curley took his first major step on the road to success in the paid ranks when he chiseled out a “professional” level par 72 in the final round to win the East of Ireland Amateur Open by two strokes at windy Baltray.

Curley banishes dark clouds at Baltray

They say the weather alters one’s mood but the momentous change in the conditions at Baltray over the weekend didn’t seem to bother Newlands’ Cian Curley as he opened a commanding four-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.