Raffeen’s two flag event a huge success

Raffeen Creek_1There was lots to talk about in Raffeen Creek recently.  The President of the GUI, John Moloughney paid a courtesy visit to the club and commented about the fact that there were two flags on every green.  The occasion was Trevor McCarthy’s President’s Prize and he came up with a clever plan to have two flags in place on the nine hole course.  Members aimed at the blue flags for their first nine holes, and the yellow flags were the target on the second loop.  It was the first time that someone used that format, and as it was within the rules of golf it was perfect for the major competition.  While some may have been skeptical, the two-flag initiative proved to be a great success as the Trevor explained.  “The two flag competition was played by both the men and the women” said the President.  “It was given a mixed reaction before playing but coming off the course everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Continue reading

Fred’s new chapter at Muskerry

Fred Twomey_Aug 2018_1Muskerry’s Fred Twomey celebrated another milestone on Saturday night, when the club marked the official opening of his new Pro Shop and Academy.  Fred was appointed as Club Professional in Muskerry earlier this year and the PGA Professional set about adding the final touches to the new academy and revamping the shop to mark his new role in the club.  The night coincided with John O’Riordan’s President’s Prize so there was a large crowd in attendance.  Fred had his good friend John Moloughney in Muskerry for the opening, John is the President of the GUI and would have been involved in many Munster teams with Fred over the past 15 years.  Fred started work on the academy last year, which consists of a covered bay and open range.  The three bay indoor academy features all of the latest training and teaching aids including Trackman for the best in shot analysis.  As the work on the academy was Continue reading

Jim Long Elected Chairman of Munster Golf

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Jim Long Pictured with outgoing Chairman John Moloughney

Jim Long from Monkstown is the new Chairman of Munster Golf following his election at the Munster Branch Annual Delegates Meeting on Tuesday night.  The Hibernian Hotel in Mallow was again the venue and over 300 delegates from all 85 Munster golf clubs packed in for the meeting, where the key event was the election of a new Chairman.  For the first time in over 20 years there was a three-way election with Muskerry’s Liam Harkin and Castleisland’s Michael Lawlor also on the ballot.  Although both Long and Harkin were outgoing Officers of the branch, it was the Monkstown man who won.  Jim Long was the Honorary Secretary of the Munster Branch and also held the position of Junior Convenor at national level.  After his election Long was clearly delighted with the result: “I’d like to thank all the delegates and I’m delighted with the honour to have been elected Chairman.  I hope to do my best to work for Munster club and to emulate the achievements of the previous Chairmen of the Branch.”  Barry Lynch from Raffeen Creek was elected as Honorary Secretary of the Branch while Cork’s Dave Prendergast was elected as the Honorary Match & Handicapping Secretary.  Macroom’s Jim Nolan was elected onto the seventeen-man provincial council, he joins Phil Cooney, John Carroll, Gordon Adair, Tom Donnelly, Jim Lyne and Sean O’Leary who were all re-elected.  The meeting also Continue reading