Super Summer for Sean

Sean Reddy Douglas Minor MatchplayCupSean Reddy is one of Cork’s emerging young golfers who continues to work on his game and improve, and the 2018 season was an important one for the 11 year golf nut.  Having started playing golf many years ago, Sean joined Douglas Golf Club at the start of the season and quickly became a regular on the course.  The young golfer rounded off his season when he got his hands on some important silverware last month, he won the Minor Matchplay Cup in Douglas in September.  Any the way he won was pretty impressive.  Playing in a matchplay competition, he won the 18th with a birdie to force the match onto the 19th hole.  And on the testing par four he won the match with a par.  Sean was a busy boy all Summer, playing competitions and practicing.  Like most young golfers, the summer holidays meant more time on the course and he put himself to good use picking up the club almost every day.  “All summer I played most days in Douglas and then other days I practiced in the Academy in Fota Island” said Sean, “I was usually playing or practicing everyday.  I got to play Hollywood in Belfast, Rory Milroy’s home course, it was incredible to play there.  My favourite also was the K Club, last time I was there on a Sunday was to watch Rory win the Irish Open in 2016.”  Unlike many other golfers of his age, Sean doesn’t just practice for fun, he does it to improve.  And he spent the summer working on a few important areas.  I worked on my swing path and alignment mostly, trying to keep my swing consistent on every shot” explained Reddy,  “I know my swing speed and distance will come as I get older, I am not 12 until next year and I want my swing to be perfect now so when I am older it hopefully will be always be consistent as I swing faster.  I worked on many speed and strength drills with Peter for most of the summer.”  Now playing off an official GUI handicap, Sean has seen this tumble as he played in Douglas over the Summer.  He dropped ten shots and he’s now playing off 14 – a very impressive mark for an eleven year old.  “In February had a handicap of 24” explained Sean, “I am now down to 14 since August, but I didn’t get to play in many competitions in the last couple of weeks of the season.  I played in kids competitions around Ireland this summer and there no handicap cutting allowed. My plan was to get cut 8 shots this summer, so 10 shots was even better.”

The best part of the season came when he found out he was going to the Ryder Cup.  Dad Simon had arranged a trip to Paris for the showpiece event, and the two day trip saw him take in the final practice day as well as the first day of the tournament.  Sean described the experience in Paris from two weeks ago:  “I went to the practice day, the opening ceremony and the Friday matches.  It was great to see the US players: Tiger, Justin Thomas, Brooks Keopka, Dustin Johnson.  We got up at 4.30 in the morning on Friday to get to the first tee for the opening matches, it took ages to get through all the lines of people and security, the excitement was amazing waiting for the players to arrive on the first tee, I met Rory McIlroy on the putting green, Justin Rose gave me the ball he was playing with and so did Brooks Keopka, great souvenirs!”