Reddy wins in Connacht

Sean Reddy pictured after winning the Connacht Buys U14 Championship.

14 year old Sean Reddy picked up his first major golf win, the Douglas Golf Club member won the Connacht Boys U14 Championship.  The long trip to Co Mayo was worth it for the young golfer as he played some hugely impressive golf to pick up the provincial win.

Reddy shot a very impressive one under par 72 on the par 73 course in Claremorris Golf Club.  Sean went out with eight pars and one birdie, and he had just one bogey on the back nine.  Crucially he birdied the par five closing hole to finish on one under.  It Continue reading

Joy for Berehaven Golf Club in the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield

The Berehaven Team, winners of the AIG Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield at the AIG Men’s Cups & Shields Finals 2020, Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh, Donegal, Ireland. 10/06/2021
Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

“You cannot imagine how good it feels. It’s the best moment of my life.”  That was the reaction of Declan Dunne moments after the winning the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield for Berehaven Golf Club.  The small West Cork club defied the odds to win the national title on a windy day in Donegal Golf Club.  Dunne and his partner Luke O’Sullivan sealed the winning point for Berehaven and O’Sullivan too was delighted with the win, and what it means for golf in the area.  “There’s a pile of kids playing, and hopefully more kids and adults will follow”, O’Sullivan added, when speaking about the club. “Most people don’t even know where we’re from.  So many people said how far away we are.  It’s unbelievable.”

Berehaven were up against Baltinglass in the All Ireland Final, and the West Cork side  put on a great display of golf to win 3.5-1.5 in the five match final.  Seamus Spencer and Brendan O’Driscoll won their match on the 15th green while Chris Downey and David Kelly secured a win with an impressive 6&5 win.  Liam Hanley and Gavin Power lost their match and the final Continue reading

Golfers return to the fairways

Golfers returned to the fairways on Tuesday for the first time in five weeks, and for those hardy souls who put up with the cold and damp of winter it was a welcome return.  While many golfers put away the clubs, the hardy winter golfers will have been looking forward to the re-opening of courses.

There was widescale disappointment in late October as courses were closed as part of the level five measures.  Pleas that golf, as a naturally socially distanced sport could continue went unheard.  Although golf like some other sports was deemed low risk, it seemed that the ban on non-essential travel took priority.  Although disappointed, most golfers looked forward to a Continue reading

New Munster Regional Executive Elected

Jim Long who was elected Chairman of the Golf Ireland Munster Regional Executive

The evolving face of club golf in Ireland took another step forward last week with the completion of the Munster Regional Executive Committee elections.  Monkstown’s Jim Long is the inaugural Chairman of the provincial arm of Golf Ireland, the new single governing body for golf in Ireland.  The former Chairman of Munster Golf will lead a 16 strong committee of regional representatives after a three-stage election process that saw the first regional executive selected.

This marked the completion of another stage of the transition to Golf Ireland, ending the century long administration of the game by the Golfing Union of Ireland for men, and the Irish Ladies Golf Union for ladies.  Over the last three years, golf’s Continue reading