BALLYBUNION hosted two Scratch cups over the weekend with the Senior Scratch Cup played over 36 holes on Saturday featuring a round on each course and the Junior Scratch Cup on Sunday played over the Cashen course.
I'm delighted to report that both of the winners came from the home club with David O'Driscoll taking the Senior event for the second time in three years to add to the Kerry Scratch Cup which he won at Dooks a few years back and former Kerry Boys Champion Morgan Sheehy taking the Junior title on Sunday.
David O'Driscoll a brother of Irish Ladies International Emma, won the event in 2011 but was working in London last year preventing him from competing so I suppose he can claim a successful defence of his title but his rounds of 74 on the Cashen and 76 on the Old course were superb given the terrible weather conditions on Saturday with strong winds and heavy showers of rain.
His two round total of 150 gave him a five shot cushion over his great friend and club mate Peter Sheehan who shot 75 and 80 with Tralee's Eoghan O'Donnell third with rounds of 76 and 82.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Morgan Sheehy who triumphed in the 2007 Kerry Boys Championship, once again proved his liking for the Cashen course with a round of one over par 73 to take the Junior Scratch Cup title from his clubmate Bryan Hickey who shot 74 with Adare Manor's Alan Purcell third also on 74.
Pierse wins his third Munster Seniors Title
Former Walker Cup player and Irish International Arthur Pierse from Tipperary picked up his third Munster Seniors title at Cork Golf Club last week beating his former Irish team mate Tom Cleary on a count back after both men had tied on a total of 147.
However, Pierce's second round of 74 was enough to land him the title as it was one better than Cleary's 75 but there was no joy for any of the handful of Kerry players in the field, with Tralee's Mick Coote the pick of the bunch shooting a pair of 80's to finish 13 strokes behind the winner.
John Houlihan from Dooks was next best of the Kerry contingent with rounds of 85 and 84 followed by Killarney President Seán Coyne with 89 and 84 and Ballybunion's John Corridan completing the group with 88 and 90.
Irish Seniors International Maurice Kelly from Killeen in Kildare who has finished second in this championship for the past five years in a row, finished third this time around with former Walker Cup player Garth McGimpsey fourth, and another former Irish International Ian Smyth in fifth, while last year's winner Dermot Morris from Limerick finished ninth.
The next action for the seniors is the Irish Seniors Amateur Championship which begins on Wednesday of next week at the Malone Golf Club in Belfast.