Stephen Healy

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.

Munster Strokeplay looks wide open

Dawson and McBride the sole survivors in Portugal

Faithlegg's Robin Dawson and The Island's Paul McBride will carry Irish hopes into the final round after making the cut on the mark in the Portuguese Amateur Open in Lisbon.

Dawson and McBride the sole survivors in Portugal

Dawson best of the Irish in Portugal

Faithlegg's Robin Dawson birdied three of his last four holes to lead the Irish challenge at the halfway stage of the Portuguese Amateur Open.

Dawson best of the Irish in Portugal

McBride and O'Donovan forced to regroup in Portugal

The Island's Paul McBride recovered from a horror start to lead the Irish hopefuls after the first round of the Portuguese Amateur Open Strokeplay at Montado near Lisbon.

McBride and O'Donovan forced to regroup in Portugal

Ryan moves up in Colombia

Chloe Ryan made a positive move in the South American Amateur Open where Stuart Grehan and Stephen Healy also moved up the leaderboard on another day of high winds in Colombia.

Ryan moves up in Colombia

Ryan best of Irish quartet in Colombia

Castletroy's Chloe Ryan is tied for 10th with Holywood's Jessica Carty 29th but it was a far more disappointing day for Stephen Healy and Stuart Grehan after the opening round of the IX South American Amateur Championship at a windy Barranquilla Country Club in Colombia.

Ryan best of Irish quartet in Colombia

Mighty McGrane shows the way

Damien McGraneDamien McGrane relaxes on the “Book of Kells”, Kells, Co.Meath, 25th February 2012. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieDamien McGrane might not have won the KLM Open on Sunday but his professional trajectory continues to be an example to Ireland’s budding tour stars — the poster boy for those who bite the bullet and take the PGA pro’s route to the top.

Claremorris deny Newlands in Irish Mixed final

Claremorris captain Brendan Mellett (centre) celebrates with team members Christina Rush and Ger Noone after the club’s victory in the I Need Spain sponsored Irish Mixed Foursome Final on the 16th green at Douglas Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman/www.cashmanphotography.ieClaremorris claimed the I Need Spain Irish Mixed Foursomes with a clear-cut 4-1 victory over Newlands at Douglas.

Claremorris and Newlands in Mixed decider

Claremorris’ Stephen Healy, who will play Stage One of the European Tour Qualifying School this year, helped Claremorris qualify for the final of the I Need Spain Irish Mixed Foursomes at Douglas Newlands and Claremorris will meet in the final of the I Need Spain Irish Mixed Foursomes at Douglas Golf Club on Friday after they saw off the challenges of Clonmel and Mannan Castle.

Gary Murphy back to Q-School, McElroy joins him

Gary Murphy in the 2011 Portugal Masters. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieFormer tour player Gary Murphy has come out of retirement for next month’s European Tour Qualifying School First Stage.

Pierse: "If you haven’t got the players coming here, people won’t come to watch”

Arthur Pierse (Tipperary) on the 13th tee during the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Lahinch. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ieFormer Walker Cup star Arthur Pierse joined the chorus on voices calling on the Golfing Union to do something to improve the field at the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship as he went down 4 and 3 to Knock’s Nicky Grant in the fourth round at Lahinch.

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.

Southern star Murray cuts the mustard

Pat Murray clinched the 2012 South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch with a two hole victory over Stephen Healy of Claremorris. Pat Murray banished forever the demons of seven semi-final defeats and embraced sweet victory at last when he battled through the pain barrier to clinch a long overdue victory in the South of Ireland Championship at a windswept Lahinch.

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.

Diamond wins West of Ireland title

Belvoir Park’s Harry Diamond emulated best friend Rory McIlroy when he added his name to the illustrious list of winners of the West of Ireland Amateur Open at Rosses Point.

McIlroy tweeted: “Well done for winning the west of Ireland! Some great names on that trophy! ;) All that practice at my house is paying off!!”

The 27-year old came back from two down after five holes to beat Claremorris’s Stephen Healy by one hole in the final, six years after McIlroy claimed back-to-back titles. Results

Phelan one step from second US Open

Waterford Castle amateur Kevin Phelan will have a chance to qualify for the US Open for the second year in a row.

The 20-year old scholarship student at the University of North Florida was one of just four players to advance to the Sectional Qualifiers - the final qualifying stage - when he finished second in a controversial Local Qualifying tournament at Sawgrass Country Club in Jacksonville on Monday.