Top class amateur golfer Mairead Martin was honoured by he local club last week when she was awarded honorary life membership by Kanturk Golf Club. The award was made during Liam Fitzgerald’s Captain’s Prize and a large crowd was present to help celebrate both the super golfing weekend and the achievements of Martin. Mairead, fresh from an unlucky defeat in the semi-final of the Leinster Ladies Championship on Sunday was present with her family to accept the accolade from Lady Captain Kitty Hennessy.
Since concentrating on golf from the age of 12, Mairead’s progression has been rapid and now plays of plus 1. She has represented Ireland at various levels and also had the honour of representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy in 2015, where she formed a winning partnership with her good friend Annabel Wilson from Lurgan. She has had some notable successes in national championships including winning the 2014 Leinster Ladies Championship at Royal Tara.
“When Mairead is not globe trotting playing in the big tournaments, she can be seen around the clubhouse here fine tuning her talent. Her work ethic is second to none and she is a credit to all connected to her. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and we look forward to following her progress” stated Mens Captain Liam Fitzgerald.
Lady Captain Kitty said that “We hope that Mairead will inspire other young people in Kanturk to take up the game. This presentation tonight is to show Mairead how proud we are to have her in the club and to let her know that all of us are fully behind her as she chases her dream of becoming a professional golfer. Her picture will now always have pride of place in our clubhouse”. Mairead can next be seen representing a strong Ireland team in the Girls Home Internationals in Conwy, Wales from the 3rd – 5th August. She will finish the year playing the British Girls in Royal St Davids in Wales and the British Amateur Strokeplay in Knock Golf Club Belfast.
On the night the club also made a presentation to steeplechase athlete Michelle Finn who will be representing Ireland in the Rio Olympics next month. Another local athlete who is excelling at the top level in her sport.