McCormack seals Rosapenna Scratch Cup victory


Rosapenna Senior Scratch Cup winner Eddie McCormack with sponsor Noel McGinley (right) and Rosapenna Captain Bernard O’Neill (left).

Rosapenna’s Eddie McCormack made the most of home advantage to win the 10th edition of the McGinley Motors sponsored Rosapenna Senior Scratch Cup after the third round was abandoned due to high winds at the spectacular Donegal Golf Resort along Sheephaven Bay.
The annual event was to be contested over 54 holes with 36 holes on Saturday and a further 18 holes on Sunday morning.
After the first day’s play (Sandy Hills Links in the morning followed by the Old Tom Morris Links in the afternoon) McCormack lead by three strokes on two under par (71-70) from Rory Leonard of Banbridge (73-71) on one over par. County Sligo’s Steffan O’Hara was a shot further back on two over (72-73) followed by Balbriggan’s Robbie Cannon (76-70) and Connor O’Rourke of Rathsallagh (73-73) on three over par while Portmarnock’s up and coming star Conor Purcell was four over.
Sadly, with high winds causing havoc, Sunday’s final round had to be abandoned and the event was decided on the 36 hole scores, thus handing victory to McCormack for the first time.
The best first round prize went to Dan Carlin (Balmoral) with a one over par 73 and the second round prize went to Matthew McClean (Balmoral) with a two under par 69. The nett winner was Marc Nolan (Delgany) with 144 nett (bot)  and the nett runner up was Jamie Foley (Letterkenny) with 144 nett.

In the McGinley Motors sponsored Junior Scratch Cup also over 36 holes on Saturday it was Rosapenna member Martin McDermott who claimed the trophy by just one stroke on 152 (+9) with rounds of 74 (+3) over the Old Tom Morris Links and 78 (+6) over the Sandy Hills Links. The runner up was Pascal Cullen (Portsalon) with a 153 (+10) total returning rounds of 76/77. Third place went to Niall Carroll (Athlone) on 158 with Letterkenny’s young Jack Patton fourth on 159.
The best first round winner was Liam Walsh (Castlerea) with 75 (+4) and the best second round winner was Joe Coyle (Portsalon) wit h78 (+6). The nett section was won by Louis Boyce of Rosapenna with 148 nett (bot) and the nett runner up was Pat Boyce also from Rosapenna with 148 nett.

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