Course of the Month

November 2008

Fermoy, Ireland, Ireland Ireland

Fermoy Pitch and Putt club was formed in the early 1970s. It is now a wonderfully mature parkland course, its fairways liberally guarded by tall trees. The course boasts many extra greens and tees enabling the local Committee to vary the layout to suit the occasion. The annual Fermoy Open at the beginning of August is a must for players from all over Ireland.

Fermoy course lies in the heart of the town of Fermoy, a vibrant north Cork community. Close by are gaelic pitches and squash courts in a show of sporting ecumenism.

It was first honoured by the Central Council of the P.P.U.I. in 1976 when the National Ladies Matchplay came to north Cork on June 19/20. In the semi-finals, Clare Keating (Woodvale) beat Margaret Hogan (Clara) and Joan Coughlan (Fermoy) defeated Mildred Doyle (Shandon). Into the final then an all Cork final. Hopes were high of a local win but Clare took the second to last of her eight titles by 8&7.

The National Mixed Foursomes was played in Fermoy on 7 October 1979. The laurels stayed at home with a famous Fermoy family. Joe and Patricia Kearney won with a score of 16 up.

On 6 September 1981, Ann Ginnane (St. Annes) shot a superb 94 to spreadeagle the field in the National Ladies Strokeplay. Margaret Hogan was runner-up on 99. The National Ladies Strokeplay championships returned to Cork on 30 June 1985. In a very close finish, Marie Allen (St. Annes) tied with Margaret Hogan (Tullamore) on 99. A fantastic four under 23 in the play-off secured Maries first title.

John and Marie Mahony (R.G.S.C.) won the John Player Mixed Foursomes final at Fermoy on 27 September 1987. Their score was 17 up.

Dublin, inspired by John Rogers' mighty 88 shot 390 to pip Cork by one shot in the Juvenile Inter-County championship at Fermoy on August 22nd 1992. The following day, Ronan Walsh (Tralee) won a boys championship marked by some superb scoring. Ronan's 91 was one ahead of Declan O'Brien of Taylor's Hill. St. Bridget's' Marian Byrne was foiled of a second successive girls' title in a play-off with Sharon Bowes of the host club.

Liam O'Brien (Douglas) survived a first round scare against Liam McGarry (C.Y.M.C./L.C.) to reach the National Matchplay final at Fermoy on June 7th 1993 and beat Johnny Campbell (Cement) by 5 and 4.

In an International Challenge at Fermoy on September 25th 1994, Ireland (Sean Downes, Derek Courtney, Ray Murphy, John Walsh, Francie Leech and Cathal Dunne) beat Australia, 815 to 940.

The second National Mixed Team Event final was played at Fermoy on May 21st 1995. Collins shot 183 points to win by four from Templebreedy.

Niall Cuffe (Kilbeggan) holed an eight foot uphill putt on the final green to win the Paddy Old Irish Whiskey Gent's National Strokeplay championship by a single stroke in ideal scoring conditions at Fermoy on July 4th 1999. Niall's 54 hole aggregate of 132 (that's 30 under par and a new championship scoring aggregate record) gave him victory by one over gallant runner-up Derry McCarthy (Deerpark).

Cork's domination of the All Ireland juvenile Inter-County championship continued in mostly sunny and warm conditions at Fermoy on August 19th 2000. Cork took the Tommy Murphy Cup for the fifth time in a row and the ninth time in all with a stunning 57 under par aggregate of 375 (a championship record). The following day, Hazel Hanrahan of the host club Fermoy carded two steady rounds of 58 to win the Coca Cola Irish Girls Strokeplay Championship. Jason McNamara (Hillview) won the National Boys Strokeplay championship with a cumulative 36 hole total of 88 (20 under par).

The National Mixed Team Event final was back at Fermoy on 24 August 2003. Victory went to the Lucan quartet on 157 points, two ahead of St. Bridgets with Templebreedy another shot back in third.

Ray Murphy and Chrissie Byrne won the 2006 National Matchplay championships at Fermoy.