Murphy Enjoys Portugal Weekend, Darren Clarke Champions Weekend

John Murphy April 2016Kinsale’s John Murphy had a pretty special bank holiday weekend, Murphy was in Portugal for the Darren Clarke Champions Weekend.  As winner of the Munster Youths in August, Murphy was invited to take part in the event which was hosted by the Amendoeira Golf Resort in the Algarve.  The 18 winners from the top youths, boys and girls competitions in 2016 invited for the three day trip.  Rachel Thompson, Mairead Martin and Valerie Clancy also earned invitations after their performances this year.  After a 4am start in Dublin airport on Friday morning, the golfers met Clarke on arrival at the golf club and played golf with the Ryder Cup Captain three times over the two days.  Although vastly experienced at top level national and international boys golf, Murphy admitted that it was a pretty special experience.  “We went over to the golf club and Darren introduced himself to us. It was kind of weird at the start, but I got used to it after a few hours” said Murphy who is now a student in Maynooth.  “We played 18 holes with Darren playing with us and watching us, pointing Continue reading