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For the first time since qualifying as a PGA Professional, Monkstown’s Shane Irwin is looking forward to a normal season. The Limerick native traded in his hurley for a golf clubs a few years back and started his PGA training. Irwin completed his PGA studies in 2020 but the past two years were interrupted with several lockdowns. Like plenty of others in golf, he thinks 2022 will be a bumper year for the sport and he has already seen a big increase in the numbers out golfing.
“The winter was much busier than previous years due to not having any sort of lockdowns compared to previous years” explained Irwin. “In the first few months we had fantastic weather which got a lot of golfers out onto the course. It really was our first proper winter using the Trackman studio with lessons and custom fitting. The main areas I think golfers are working on this for this part of the year in particularis the short game and putting. Indoor facilities like this, especially in the cold winter months, gives a golfer important putting and swing analysis along with video technology. After each lesson we can also send a video summary to each golfers which includes some drills to work on.”
Irwin has been based in Monkstown for just over five years. In that time he has completed his PGA studies, qualifying in 2020. Monkstown is now home to three PGA Professionals with Cian McNamara leading the team. While Cian and Shane are from Limerick, there was a Corkman added to the team recently. Shane Livesey joined from Douglas last month, and just last week he completed his PGA studies to become a fully qualified PGA Professional. With three teaching pro’s, access to facilities is key and Irwin is delighted with facilities available to members and guests.
“We’re looking forward to the club opening the new short game facility. It will be a great addition to the already fantastic work been done by the club and it will benefit the club teams, Juniors and Members short games massively. Once the short game area opens in May we will be providing a service with short game demo days featuring the leading brands to test and compare wedges and putters for players.”
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David Ryan picked up the first bit of silverware in the PGA season last week. The East Cork Club Pro won the Irish PGA Southern Championship in Monkstown, beating an impressive field. Ryan went around in 66 strokes and took the title by a single stroke. “It was great to win last week said David, “it just goes to show there’s life in the old dog yet and it was nice to have East Cork GC after the name up in lights.” Ryan is well used to winning on the Irish PGA circuit and he has racked up a number of wins in Monkstown, as well as previously winning the Southern Championship.
“I won the same event in Powerscourt in 2012 shooting the same score. As for Monkstown golf club I love playing up there always have. It’s the type of course that suits my game. It’s not the longest but you have to think your away around. I’ve had a bit of success in Monkstown. I’ve won the pro-am and also the Morgan O’Donovan event which was a nice one to win as Morgan was one Continue reading
Passage West GAA Club are heading to the course next week, their annual golf classic takes place in Monkstown Golf Club over two days and the course should be busy with plenty of interest in the event. The golf classic is a regular feature in the club calendar and returns after missing last year due to Covid. Already there has been a lot of interest in the event with members and supporters signing up to play.
The event take place on the 22nd and 23rd July. The format is a team of three, the cost is €250 per team and the club are closing in on their target of 75 teams over the two days. There’s also an option to sponsor a tee box for €100, or a corporate rate for a team and tee box sponsorship. The main sponsors for the classic are Wisetek and the Cork company are delighted to support t Continue reading
Like most club professionals, Cian McNamara was busy last week getting ready for the reopening of golf. It’s eight years since Cian landed in Monkstown, and the Limerick native has made Cork and Monkstown his home. Like everyone interested in the sport, Cian was counting down to the reopening of golf. He is expecting a busy restart to golf, and he’s expecting a busy summer. “I certainly believe with the long lay-off from golf, golf tuition will be busy over the summer months” said McNamara. “With Golf Ireland determined to play championships and inter-club events it will also add to the golf tuition demand which will be great. Custom fitting is certainly a big area that has emerged over the last few years. With PGA Club Professionals providing the opportunity to compare different models while using various launch monitors it gives the customer the assurance that the purchase they make is certainly suited to their technique.”
McNamara has helped drive several changes in Monkstown and one of the most exciting developments was the opening of a new Trackman studio last year. The studio has the latest technology including an indoor driving bay and a putting area, and this gives members a real advantage when it comes to analysis and custom fitting. “The reac Continue reading
Monkstown based Shane Irwin recently completed his PGA training and the Limerick native is now a qualified PGA Professional. After three years of training, Shane passed his final exams to receive his degree level qualification from the University of Birmingham. Shane joins a number of recently qualified golf professionals in Cork, including Alan Gleeson, Davey Barry and Ciaran McKenna.
Prior to working in Monkstown Shane had worked in the industry in South Africa and the US, and that experience gave him the confidence to know that a career in the industry was the way to go. In 2017 he moved to Cork to take up a role in Monkstown Golf Club. After spending a few months working in the pro-shop, .n September 2017 he started his PGA training. Having worked in the US and South Africa prior to that. It was the next step in a plan for Shane. Traditionally the PGA apprenticeship was based around learning on the job, but now the degree level course has a Continue reading
It’s a few months since Maurice O’Meara joined the team in Monkstown, and the experienced golf club manager is settling into his hew role. Having previously worked as general manager in Killarney, Dooks and The Island, O’Meara has seen all aspects of the game in Ireland over the last 20 years. And the Dublin native jumped at the opportunity to take on the GM role in Monkstown when the vacancy arose during the summer. “During my years in golf club management and from my time in Dooks and Killarney, I would have had regular interaction with members of Monkstown as we had a lot of visiting groups from Cork and also a lot of dual members” explained Maurice. “What I would have heard of Monkstown was very positive, and this was very important in my decision to take up the role here. Like any club Monkstown has faced challenges over the last number of years, however the club is in a great place now, with a thriving membership. It’s been great to see the popularity of Continue reading
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It isn’t the year that any captain or committee would have wanted, but that doesn’t just apply to golf this year. Despite the lockdown and the phased schedule of re-opening, golf courses and clubs are now fully open following the introduction of phase three earlier this week. While it’s still far from normal, Monkstown is getting back to business, has added over 50 new members and has a large membership looking forward to the second half of the year. Monkstown Captain Shane Horgan is delighted that the summer season is finally underway. It was a very different first half of the year for the Captain as he explained. “Strange is a pretty good word for it, though in some of my weaker moments over the last few months I might have been tempted to describe it differently from time to time” said Shane. “I fully expected to face some challenges during my year of office, but I anticipated that those challenges would be broadly Continue reading
Greenkeepers across the county have been busy. They spent two months preparing courses during the lockdown and since the reopening they have been working hard as golfers have filled every available timeslot. Monkstown has been in high demand and Captain Shane Horgan has been delighted with the results from the hard work put in by the greenkeeping team. “The course has been in amazing condition since re-opening and it has been getting really positive reviews from members” said Horgan. “It’s in as good a condition as I have ever seen it. We’re really lucky to have an exceptional course staff, led by Martin Travers, who has been with the Club for over 30 years, and they have done an amazing job to keep the course in magnificent shape both Continue reading