Coughlan looks to use local knowledge in Mullingar

Paul Coughlan (Castleknock) Photo: Thos Caffrey / Golffile.

South of Ireland semi-finalist, Paul Coughlan, will have home comforts this weekend as he looks to claim his first title of the year at the Mullingar Scratch Cup.

Mullingar Golf Club will welcome 89 players to its course on the first day where they will compete over 36 holes of stroke play. The top 39 players and ties after the first two rounds will qualify for the final 36 holes on day two where they will compete for the title.

The Castleknock golfer will look to keep his momentum going this weekend coming off the back of a semi-final appearence at last week’s South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch.


“I’m feeling good to be honest, like tee to green all year, it’s been pretty solid just the putter kind of got going last week that was really only what made the difference,” said Coughlan.

A native of Moate growing up, Coughlan will look to bring course knowledge and form into the weekend as he builds on his recent success.

“Game is in good shape, kind of know it well sure I grew up only 25 minutes down the road from it. I was born and raised in Moate so it’s only 25 minutes down the road, so I would’ve played a good bit of golf in Mullingar growing up,” said Coughlan.

“Funnily enough I haven’t really been playing that well going into it before, this has definitely been the best form I’ve had going into it.”

The 31-year-old has had some good performances throughout the season which included a T9 finish at the Connacht Men’s Open Stroke Play Championship and a quarter-final run at the Munster Men’s Amateur Open. He currently sits in fifth place in the Bridgestone Order of Merit heading into the Scratch cup where he will tee off at 10.40am alongside Harry Gillivan (Portmarnock) and Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle).

“Ya, it’s solid I would say, like I think I’ve only missed one cut which would’ve been the West,” said Coughlan.

“I played really, really good for the last 16 and the last eight (of the South) and then obviously I came up against a train in Colly in the semi-final, I think he was -7 for the 13.

“Ya it was raining but he just didn’t miss a shot all day. It was just one of those things you just nod and applaud it.”


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