Ian Stafford Awarded Fellow Status by PGA

Ian Stafford_April 2018_1Popular golf teaching Professional Ian Stafford was recently awarded the Fellow designation by the PGA.  The Innishannon and Kinsale based pro has continued to invest in his continuing professional development and now becomes only the second PGA professional in Munster to hold the fellow status.  Ian’s latest qualification was approved by the APAL process (Accreditation of Professional Achievement and Learning).  Each application is considered by the APAL Council which consists of longstanding PGA Members, representatives of the R&A, the golf industry, an advisor from the university sector and two PGA Senior Staff members.  On the island of Ireland there are currently over 500 PGA Professionals only 12 of which currently have Fellow status, with Stafford being the youngest to reach Fellow level at 36.  This follows on Ian’s qualification as a Level 3 Advanced Coach which he achieved in 2016, and his motivation stems from one of the cornerstones of his teaching.  “As a coach I’m Continue reading

Murphy enjoying Kentucky experience

John Murphy
Picture: Niall O'SheaKentucky based John Murphy is ready for competitive action later this month as the talented Kinsale golfer prepares to restart his season.  The Irish Mens squad member is in his first year in the University of Louisville golf programme and despite an enforced lay-off due to knee surgery he’s really enjoyed the first semester in the US.  After moving over to Kentucky in August, it was a slow start for Murphy that ultimately meant minor surgery on a recurrent knee problem.  That side-lined John from competitive action but he worked on his rehab plan and will be in contention for a place when the first competition of new year in just a few weeks.  The end of the rehab coincided with a return home for a few weeks to catch up with family and friends.  “I came back to Ireland on the 14th of December and I was very excited to come back” said Murphy.  Christmas didn’t disappoint, I had plenty time to hang out with my friends and family because I would consider myself very Continue reading

Ward wins on the Double

AIG Senior Cup, Mallow Golf Club, Sunday 25thth June 2017Gary Ward had a double win last weekend, the Kinsale man scooped two senior scratch cups over the course of two days.  On Saturday he headed to Kanturk and went around the North Cork course in one under par to record his second win of the year.  On Sunday it was off to Co Clare for the 36 Dromoland Senior Scratch Cup, and Ward topped the leaderboard again after shooting rounds of 69 and 77.  Ward won the Cobh Senior Scratch Cup in May, shooting a course record 66 on the way to his first senior scratch cup title.  Ward played Kanturk for the first time on Saturday and it was a winning debut as he described.  “It was my first time playing Kanturk and all I knew was that it was tight” said Ward.  “I hit the ball where I could see it and played really steady golf the whole way around.  The pins were very tough, a few hanging off slopes so it was tough to put it close.  I never went over par and never went better than -2, my 3rd birdie on the par 3 16th saved my round and took my pars on 17 and 18 for a 70 to win by 1 from Peter Duane.”

After that win it was off to Dromoland for the Top Golfer 36 hole scratch cup.  There was a top class field in Continue reading

2017 Kinsale Pro Shop Challange

Kinsale Pro-Shop Challenge, fundraising event for Special Olympics, Kinsale Golf Club, Monday 22nd August 2016Later this month Kinsale will host the second edition of their Pro-Shop Challenge.  Following a successful staging last year, Kinsale immediately decided that the event would have to be repeated.  The event will see a re-match between Kinsale’s PGA Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Stafford and Kinsale’s elite amateurs Cathal Butler and John Murphy.  Last year the event raised over €3,000 for local Special Olympics clubs and this year the organisers are hoping to raise a similar amount for Marymount.  Kinsale’s Ian Stafford came up with the idea after his nephew asked him to help out with fundraising for a team to go to the Special Olympic World Winter Games.  It was also a novel opportunity for the PGA professionals to take on the two amateurs who had come up through the coaching structures in Kinsale Golf Club.  Both Butler and Murphy have moved into the senior ranks now but they started golfing through the progressive coaching programmes that were set up by Kinsale and delivered by Ger and Ian.

Gallery: Kinsale Pro Shop Challenge 2016

While the idea immediately sparked a large amount of interest, the Pro’s then had the daunting task of taking on Butler and Murphy.  Between them, the amateurs had won six events that season and both went to be named on Munster and Irish panels.  Stafford and Broderick have Continue reading

Just four teams remain, AIG Senior Cup

AIG Senior Cup Munster Finals, Cork Golf Club, Saturday13th August 2016

Sean Desmond who helped Monkstown to two wins today

Sixteen teams started out in Mallow this morning and now just four remain after a bumper day of golf in North Cork.

Munster Champions Monkstown advanced this morning with a win over Muskerry.  This afternoon no less than three matches went to the 19th before they overcame Muskerry in a thrilling match.  Monkstown face Cork tomorrow, the reigning Barton champions saw off Castlemartyr.

Kinsale’s young guns are still in the hunt, they had two good wins, accounting for Mahon and Bandon.  Hosts Mallow were expected to play well and they obliged with a win over Fota Island although Fota made them work for their win. This afternoon they faced Lee Valley who beat Douglas in the first round this morning.  The hosts prevailed this evening to set up at match with Kinsale tomorrow morning.  The first match gets underway at 9am tomorrow.

Full Draw & Results: AIG Senior Cup :: South Munster 2017

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