Busy Year for Castlemartyr
By Niall O’Shea
Castlemartyr golf course didn’t take long to register itself as one of the most popular courses for green fees and societies and the past few years has seen the club also go from strength to strength. The club and course are now open almost seven years and the club has seen a large increase in membership over the past two years. A large number of members attended the recent AGM where John Paul Twomey was elected Captain. The Kerryman who hails from Duagh in the north of the county has been a popular and hardworking member of the club and takes over the reins from 2013 Captain Gary Quail. Speaking after the AGM, Twomey is looking forward to the golfing season; “I am looking forward to a busy and exiting year ahead representing the club in 2014. We have been very active in securing new sponsors and we have a number of key open competitions planned. We have two Open weekends this year on the May Bank Holiday weekend sponsored by Mahers Golf from 2nd – 4th. The L’Oreal Open weekend is on the 27th June to the 29th. Our Junior, Inter and Minor Scratch Cups sponsored by McCarthy Insurance Group are taking place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The Oakley Senior Scratch Cup is scheduled for the 21st September.”
Like most progressive clubs, Castlemartyr has a keen focus on junior golf and this was one of the key areas covered by the Captain at the AGM, “We now have over 30 junior members and we passed a motion at the AGM which will allow junior golfer with a handicap of 16 or lower to compete in men’s competitions. Our Director of Golf Brady Sherwood and his assistant Alan Gleeson have plans in place for coaching of juveniles for 2014. We also have a team in the Fred Daly for the first time along with team competing in the Purcell, Bruen, Junior Cup, Senior Cup and Barton Shield.”
The course too is sure to be a busy place and Director of Golf Brady Sherwood celebrated his own heritage by holding an Australian Day open competition on Sunday. While the weather on Sunday was far from the regular Australian elements, a large number of teams took part. The winners were Ger Donnelly, Pat Crotty, Brian Murphy and Like Swayne. They finished with 104 points, six shots clear of second place. The runners up spot went to Con Murphy, Joey O’Brien, Bill Summers and Shane O’Dwyer. The weekly open competitions continue to take place with the Tuesday Blues and Wednesday Whites proving popular every week. Details and timesheets are available from the club.