Cork Golf Club celebrated over the weekend, but this time it was in the clubhouse as they honoured their head greenkeeper Anthony Gillis as he celebrated 50 years working at the famous Little Island course. The club celebrated 125 years in 2015 has a rich history. Although the club’s first home was in near Glanmire, the current location has served the club for over 110 years. The current configuration was designed by the revered Dr Alister McKenzie in 1924, around the same time as he worked on Muskerry, Galway and the Old Course at Lahinch. Much has changed in the 90 years and Gillis has been a witness to the evolution of the course over the last five decades.
Having started by planting trees and filling divots in 1964, he became head greenkeeper in the early 70’s. He went on to gain several qualifications in Bingley, Elmwood and the National Botanic Gardens. One interesting fact is that Anthony has outlasted some of the trees on the course. 50 years ago one of his first jobs was to plant scotts pine trees. Now 50 years on some of the trees are being felled but Anthony is still there.
Cork Golf Club Captain Dave Prendergast was generous in his praise of Anthony’s almost unique length of time spent working for the club: “In congratulating Anthony on completing 50 years of greenkeeping service to Cork Golf Club, I on behalf of all our members, acknowledge the wonderful commitment and dedication Anthony had displayed down the years. Anthony has met the many and various challenges presented, both by members and the vagaries of the weather, with enthusiasm and energy and together with the other Course Staff Members has always presented the course in pristine condition. The many plaudits the Course has received, over the years, both by members and visitors alike is due to the diligent efforts of Anthony and his staff.” Club President Willie Weir was quick too to add his comments in praise of Anthony’s work over the years: “Over the past fifty years Anthony has displayed an eminently professional approach to course management and presentation at Cork Golf Club. He has borne a very considerable workload with unflagging enthusiasm and dedication to successful task completion. The quality and challenge of the course at Cork Golf Club has been lauded by Visitors and Members over the past decades. This is due to Anthony and his loyal and dedicated staff.”
Butler Wins Bruen Youths
Muskerry hosted the Bruen Youths on Monday last, the only 36 holes youths competition in the county. Kinsale’s Cathal Butler continued his successful from as he took the top spot with a one under par score of 141. He had eight strokes to spare over second place Darren Hourihan from Douglas. Timothy Broderick (Kinsale) took tjhird place also on 149 and Muskerry’s Jack Kelleher was fourth. Adam Ahern (Muskerry) won the best nett prize with a score of -5.
Evening Echo 21st August 2014