Castlemartyr Fringe Festival of Golf
By Niall O’Shea
You can expect golf to be the main topic of conversation next week as the Irish Open takes place in Cork. And while Fota plays host to over 150 of Europe’s top golfers, several other courses are getting in on the action. Cobh and Monkstown are two of the clubs with events planned around the Irish Open and Castlemartyr has created their very own fringe festival around the main event.
The festival gets underway on Sunday when the course will host an event in conjunction with Junior Golf Tour Ireland (JGTI). Castlemartyr’s Diector of Golf Brady Sherwood expects over 100 junior golfers and promises everyone a great experience; “It will be great to get the young golfers onto our inland links course, we’re expecting over 100 golfers on Sunday and it’ll be a great start to the festival.” On Monday the course has a three person scramble and on Tuesday the regular open singles competition from the blue tees takes place. Open singles (white markers) take place on Wednesday and a foursomes competition takes place on Thursday. Sherwood, an Australian native who’s been in Castlemartyr since it opened is excited about next week; “Having the Irish Open in Fota is great for everyone in Cork and it’s giving us all a great lift. Already we’ve had plenty of bookings from people travelling to Cork, they’re planning to play golf early in the week and watch the Open later and at the weekend. Oakley are sponsoring the events and we have a great selection of prizes on offer including eyewear, clothing and bags.” Bookings are strongly advised for the popular course, bookings can be made by calling 021 4219001. Cobh GC are also hoping to benefit from the influx of golfers and they are running an Irish Open Singles competition every day from Monday to Sunday. They are also holding an open mixed foursomes competition on Wednesday afternoon. The entry fee is €20 for each competition. Monkstown are holding an open singles on Thursday and Friday, entry is €20 and golfers can play in threes or fours.
On Monday next Castlemartyr is hosting the Golf Digest Volvo Open. The event is open to both GUI/ILGU handicap holders and non-handicap holders but the latter are not eligible for the main competitions. Prizes are on offer in two mens categories and one ladies category. The competition, which is part of a national series of events, has a wide range of prizes of offer. All golfers on the day can compete for the nearest the pin prizes, and there are up for grabs on each of the par 3’s. There are also two longest drive competitions, and for anyone not playing well, there are 15 raffle prizes on offer to be drawn from all the completed cards. The category winners on the day will also qualify for the Volvo Grand Final which will be held in October. Entry is €60 and full details are available from the club.