Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
A major amateur golf title continues to elude one of Galway’s top competitors who again ended up coming close but not close enough last weekend.
And Galway Golf Club’s Eddie McCormack was not hiding his disappointment at not winning the East of Ireland Amateur Championships at Baltray when he was in prime position after the second round.
But then a disastrous third round left him too far back to mount a sustained challenge and he ended up in a credible seventh position – although he had his sights firmly set on victory.
Eddie McCormack, a member of successful Galway Golf Club Senior Cup and Barton Shield winning sides, made it to the final of the West of Ireland amateur championships last only to be defeated in the decider.
He was also runner-up in the Irish Amateur Close Championships, was third round leader in last year’s East of Ireland only to finish fifth and his fortunes in last weekend’s event were equally frustrating.
But McCormack was well in contention in the East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Baltray weekend but his third round proved extremely costly.
The Cavan native who lives in Galway opened up with rounds of 70 and 71 and at the half way stage was lying in joint second place and just one shot behind the leader, fellow Irish international player Alan Dunbar.
However, a third round 79 dropped McCormack well back and was in a tie for 17th position after 54 holes. He went from -3 to +4 and seven shots off the pace.
“It wasn’t a case of playing all that poorly. I hit a few errant tee shots and ended up in some terrible lies and there were occasions when I hit greens on the wrong side and suddenly the bogies kept coming. It was very annoying,” he admitted.
But his fortunes improved early in the fourth round when he got it back to one over and was just three shots behind the leader. He was three under for his round after five holes but dropped a couple of shots before the turn and just couldn’t make up the deficit.
The event was won by Richard O’Donovan who had earlier posted a 66 in more favourable conditions than McCormack played in, and as some of the leaders dropped away, the Lucan man just sat and watched his clubhouse score getting better and better.
Last year was hugely successful for McCormack when he powered his way into the final of the West of Ireland in County Sligo Golf Club only to be defeated by Rory Leonard from Banbridge Golf Club in County Down.
He was then selected to represent Ireland in the home internationals and this was a proud moment from him and he had the support of both Galway Golf Club and Cavan Golf Club during his performances at Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales.
McCormack is hoping to get an international call up again this year and said that this would be some consolation for not winning the ‘East’.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.