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

Changes ahead in Cups and Shields

While many golfers will be focusing on a return to the fairways next week, others will already have an eye on 2021 and there are some major changes ahead.  The WHS handicapping system was launched in Ireland earlier this month and golfers will see some changes from when qualifying competitions return in the Spring.  In addition to the handicapping changes, there are also changes to the cups and shields competitions.  A new eight region system is set to replace the current provincial structure in mens golf, with each of the eight regional winners progressing to Continue reading