Another win for McGuinness as he lands Cochrane Cup

Shane McGuinness, who earlier in the season captured the Minor Scratch Cup, added another important trophy to his sideboard when he won the Cochrane Cup on Sunday.

Now playing off 15, McGuinness needed a strong back nine to pip another 15 handicapper, Len Mullins, after the two returned five-under par nett scores of 67 on a day when a strong swirling wind asked plenty of questions of the field.

Mullins, who was an early morning starter, set the score to beat after a steady round that saw him show great composure on the index three par five seventh to record a solid six after a bit of trouble on the tee.

McGuinness, playing the afternoon, began steadily but wasn’t as fortunate as Mullins on the seventh where he racked up a triple bogey eight. However, pars at the eighth and ninth helped him in turn in 36 nett.

Three more pars followed at the 10th, 11th and 12th before a bogey four at the index 16, 13th was followed by a par at the short par four 14th. McGuinness then birdied the difficult par four 15th and parred the long par four 16th before finishing with bogeys on the final two holes to come home in 31 nett for an 18 hole nett total of 67.

Ken Lynch (12) was the only other player in the field to shoot in the sixties as he recorded a 69 to take Category 2 while Maurice Soraghan (10) claimed Category 1 and Nigel Giff (21) won Category 3. Senior Panel member Conor Curran (1) took the Gross Prize with a level par 72 while Padraig Grennan (17) was the Juvenile winner.

Sunday, September 9 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Shane McGuinness (15) 67/30.5, Len Mullins (15) 67/34.5. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 72. Category 1 (0-11): Maurice Soraghan (10) 71/35, Rian McDonnell (7) 71/35.5. Category 2 (12-16): Ken Lynch (12) 69, Derek Teather (16) 72/35. Category 3 (17+): Nigel Giff (21) 71/34.5, Conor McClenaghan (23) 71. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17) 73. CSS: 72.

 

 

Superb back nine secures Cochrane Cup for Byrne

Martin Byrne (14) needed a superb back nine to capture the Cochrane Cup on Sunday after he and Neil Mullooly (8) shot rounds of 40pts.

Byrne had returned 16pts on the front nine where he had three point pars at the third and ninth but blanked the par three fifth and only managed a single point at the sixth and eighth.

A further four points followed from the 10th and 11th before his round exploded into life and he reeled off four successive three point holes from the 12th to 15th before settling for a two point bogey on the 16th and then finishing with pars on the last two holes for six more points.

His 24pts down the back nine was two better than Mullooly who took second overall while Colin Roche (7) with 33pts was the winner of the Gross Prize. Billy Curran (12), Frank Keys (15) and Sean Gallagher (21) were the Category winners. Conor Murphy (15) was the Juvenile winner and Eamonn McEneaney recorded an ace at the par three 17th

Sunday, July 30 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Byrne (14) 40/24pts, Neil Mullooly (8) 40/22pts. Gross: Colin Roche (7) 33pts. Category 1 (0-12): Billy Curran (12) 39/22pts, Fergal Harte (6) 39pts. Category 2 (13-18): Frank Keyes (15) 39/20pts. Brendan Reilly (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Sean Gallagher (21) 37pts, Hugh Reilly (21) 36pts, Juvenile: Conor Murphy (15) 34pts. CSS: 36pts