O'Driscoll and Knightly take Carlow and Kerry scratch cups
Muskerry's Jean O'Driscoll captured the Carlow Ladies Senior Scratch Cup on Saturday, edging out Lucan's Molly Dowling and Ballinrobe's Shannon Burke by a stroke on 152 with international Lisa Maguire, back in action again after her Leaving Certificate, taking fifth spot on 155.
Munster Strokeplay looks wide open
Three-time winner Niall Gorey might be the bookies' favourite but any one of a dozen played could win this weekend's Munster Stroke Play Championship at magnificent Cork Golf Club.
Selfridge defeats Grant in play-off for East crown
Selfridge comes of age at Portrush
While some took the “never hurry” part of Walter Hagen’s famous phrase far too literally, Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge was faithful to the rest as he cruised to a seemingly effortless six under 66 to claim the first round lead in the Golfsure sponsored Irish Amateur Close Championship at a sun-kissed Royal Portrush.
Q-School cull continues
And then there were four.
Stephen Grant, Barrie Trainor, Brian McElhinney,Michael Lavelle were the only Irishmen to survive the 54-hole cut as the axe fell at the First Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School (Section A).
Dreams of winning a European Tour are over for another year for Noel Fox and his brother James, Alan Murray, Ulstermen Byron Campbell and Adam Savage, Neil O Briain, Ger Hall and Danny Sugrue.
Irish behind 8-ball at Q-School
Talk about a bad day at the office.
Barrie Trainor is the best of the bunch but a second round 78 at Dundonald Links relegated the Warrenpoint man from fifth to tied 23rd, one stroke outside the top 20 who will progress to stage two from that venue after four rounds.
37 Irish heading to Q-School
Walker Cup player Niall Kearney is one of 37 Irishmen who have entered the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School later this month.
The 21-year old Royal Dublin amateur will tee it up in a 115-man field at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club near Berlin from September 22-25 alongside Justin Brink and fellow South of Ireland champions Mark Campbell and Mervyn Owens.
Kearney is one of six Irish amateurs amongst the 749 hopefuls who will begin their bids of European Tour cards at stage one. The others are Ulstermen Byron Campbell and Ruairi McGee, Newlands’ Irish international Cian Curley, Royal Dublin’s Neil O Briain and Portmarnock’s James Fox.
Portstewart’s Paul Cutler, who was disappointed not to make the Walker Cup side this year, has not entered.
East set for photo finish
Huge Irish contingent for Q-School
Amateur stars Shane Lowry, Paul O'Hanlon and Jonathan Caldwell have entered the first stage of this month's European Tour Qualifying School.
The trio form part of a 34 strong Irish army bidding to make it all the way to the third and Final Stage at PGA Golf de Catalunya in Spain from November 13-18.