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

Night Golf coming to Lee Valley

cgn-24th-feb-2017-35Night Golf is coming to Cork for the very first time and later this month Cork golfers will have the opportunity to experience the unique format in Lee Valley Golf Club.  Thanks to Mardyke Arena UCC and sponsors Cogan’s Toyota, Lee Valley will be lit up like an airport runway for the event which is being held over three nights.  The ten-hole event will take place in darkness, with coloured lights marking the fairways, greens and hazards, and with a luminous golf ball in play, golfers will have no excuse for not keeping it in play.  The team of four event takes place from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st March, the shotgun format will see the 20 teams start at 8pm with prizes and refreshments included on each night.  Already over a third of the places have been reserved so anyone interested in playing should book their place now.  All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.  Teams for the Wednesday and Thursday nights are €300 and teams on the Friday night are €400.  Full details and booking details are available from Wayne Falvey in Mardyke Arena UCC.  This is first time that Night Golf will be held in Munster and the idea came from Patsy Ryan.  Patsy is a Continue reading

Marymount Benefits from Fota Ladies

Golf_Fota Ladies_Marymount_Nov 2015Fota Island Ladies recently presented a cheque for over €3,000 to Marymount Hospice.  The large donation was the proceeds from their annual charity open day which took place a few weeks ago.  Fota Island Lady Captain Anne Horgan was delighted to present Marymount’s Miriam Dennehy with the proceeds and she explained how they raised the funds: ““The money raised was as a result of a recent semi open competition held in Fota Island.  It was a four person team event and each team had a Fota member playing with guests.  The prizes were again sponsored Continue reading

Marymount Benefits from Fota Ladies

Marymount Benefits from Fota Ladies

Golf_Fota Island Ladies_Nov 2014Fota Island Ladies recently presented a cheque for €3,400 to Marymount Hospice.  The large donation was the proceeds from their annual charity open day which took place a few weeks ago.  Fota Island Lady Captain Caroline Hennessy was delighted with the amount raised: “The semi-open 4 person team event took place in October, we had a great turnout and all proceeds raised on the day went to Marymount Hospice.  Continue reading