Joe’s Blog Weekly Review of Amateur and Pro events
Amateur – McCormack goes back to back.
Eddie McCormack secured the title of Irish Mid Amateur Champion at a Blustery Galway Bay this weekend. This comes on the back of an impressive victory in The Connacht Strokeplay Championship last week at Portumna. The Cavan exile, now native in Carnmore put the field to shame with a superb second round 69 in very blustery conditions. A winner of multiple mid-amateur championships, the latest two by margins of 7 and 12 shots respectively, Eddie rubber-stamped his dominance of this division over the weekend. Performances like this suggest he would still be more than capable of doing a job for Connacht and Ireland at representative level if available for selection. The GUI report on the event here
At the time of writing our leading ladies are in action at The Irish Close Championship in Enniscrone. Sara Byrne of Douglas Golf club defeated Sarah Cunningham of Ennis and will face Louise Coffee of Malone Golf Club or Meadhbh Doyle of Portarlington in the final. Having had the privilege of practicing (and losing to) with Sara over the past two festive seasons in Florida, I can vouch for the standard of ladies Golf in Ireland at the Elite level. The very best of luck to both ladies in the final. You can follow the scoring from today’s final here. We will update with a link to a report on the final later.
Keopke Conquers Shinnecock.
Brooks Keopke became the first player to go back to back with US Open victories since Curtis Strange in 1989. He prevailed in one of the most dramatic US Opens in living memory, which will never be forgotten. Irish Interest was provided by Keopke’s caddie, Rickie Elliot. Course set-up and a moment of madness from Phil Mickelson all added to the drama. A closing 63 by Tommy Fleetwood saw him come up just one shot shy. There is a full, in-depth review of the event here
Leona’s Star is Rising
No doubt the ladies competing in this afternoon’s Irish Close Final can take inspiration from former winner Leona Maguire. On her second professional event Leona finished tied third. Astonishingly she has now broken 70 in all her first six rounds as a professional. Brian Keogh at Irish Golf Desk reports