Kinsale’s Cathal Butler won the Munster Branch Junior Golfer of the Year award recently ands it a capped off a great year for the young golfer. Butler took up that game at 11 and he has seen his handicap tumble to 1 during 2014.
Cathal has risen through the ranks of Munster Junior golf, having been a member of the U15 Interpro Team in 2012 that plated in City of Derry. His performances over the 2 days earned Cathal selection to the national U16 panel where he further developed. He represented Munster as a member of the 2014 Boys inter pro team, at the Island G.C where he contributed 4 points, and following the inter-pros Cathal was selected for the Home Internationals in Scotland, again contributing 4 points to the teams tally. Later in the summer he was selected on the squad sent to Hungary for qualification from division 2 for the 2015 European boys championship and in pre-qualifying Cathal was consistent shooting 75, 71 to help Ireland qualify as 2nd seeds, unfortunately they were beaten by Switzerland. In addition to provincial and national representative honours, Cathal also proudly represents Kinsale Community College and Kinsale Golf Club.
West Waterford’s Gary Hurley won the senior Golfer of the Year award, following an amazing year for the NUI Maynooth golfer. He had a year filled with individual and team success, representing West Waterford and NUI Maynooth at club and college level, and Munster, Ireland and GB&I at representative level. Hurley’s year started in South Africa in February where he was 10th in the South African Amateur Stroke Open. He followed that with top five finishes in the Lytham Trophy and Brabazon Trophy before he made the cut and played four rounds in the Irish Open at Fota Island to the delight of a large number of West Waterford supporters. The second half of Gary’s season featured wins with the Munster Senior Interprovincial team, the Irish team in the Home Internationals and the GB&I team in the St Andrew’s Trophy. Gary was runner up in the European Individual Team Championship and the European Individual Championship and was on the Irish team in the World Amateur Team Championship.
The Munster Golf Club of the Year award went to Ballyneety Golf Club following their successful purchase of the former Limerick Golf and Country Club course following its closure in 2010. The course now has over 500 members and ambitious plans that will see the course and surrounding land become a major recreational attraction. The Munster Branch rules roadshow will be available to clubs again in 2015 and the programme of club visits will commence in the second week of January. The presentations last for approximately two hours and demonstrations are given on several common and not so common scenarios. All club members (GUI & ILGU) are welcome to attend and early booking is advised as the presentations were extremely popular over the past two years. Barry Lynch is heading up the presentations on behalf of the Branch and enquiries, bookings can be made through the office in Mallow.