O’Sullivan Celebrates 10 Years in Cobh

Cobh’s Club Professional David O’Sullivan PGA.

This summer marked an important anniversary for PGA Professional David O’Sullivan, he celebrated 10 years as the Club Professional in Cobh Golf Club.  The Ballincollig native has been in the PGA ranks for over 20 years and has made Cobh his home since 2010.  While golf itself has gone through a strange decade, and especially a strange 2020, David was delighted to celebrate a decade at the Marino Point club.  “Ten years on and the old saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun.  From my early days, it was very clear that the members were welcoming and proud of their golf club and that is still very much the vibe at Marino Point.  Cobh Golf Club is on a journey of progression and since I started in 2010 this has been our shared journey.  It became ‘home’ and a decade on, I still very much feel that sense of belonging.”

Although you mightn’t think it, David is now in his third decade as a golf pro.  He trained in Bandon under Paddy O’Boyle and Continue reading

Barry in 13th in PGA Assistants, Dooley Coyne & Collins qualify for Irish PGA

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Davey Barry

Davey Barry (Douglas Pro Shop) moved into the top 15 today at the Galvin Green PGA Assistants Championships in Little Aston.  An opening 72 put Barry into the top 20 after round one, and he went one better today, posting a one under par 71.  The under par round was thanks in part to an impressive eagle on the 15th.  Barry is tied for 13th place with one round remaining.  The Douglas based assistant has enjoyed his first two days in Little Aston and is looking forward to improving further in tomorrows final round.

Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship

Davey is one of six Irish golfers to make it through to the final round.  Michael Kelly (Dun Laoighre) is in 6th place on -3, and Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick) is tied with Barry on -1 in 13th place.  Tim Rice (Limerick), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Ian Brennan (Greenore) are all a shot back on level par.  Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood) was the other Irish golfer to make the cut, he’s tied for 34th place.

Padraig Dooley, Conor Coyne and Ronan Collins all had good rounds today at the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Moyvalley.  Dooley finished in 6th place with a one over par 73, and both Coyne and Collins were one shot behind.  Coyne Continue reading

Davey on Path to PGA Qualification

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Assistant Professional Davey Barry pictured on the range at Douglas Golf Club. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Davey Barry is at the starting point of his career in golf.  The Ballinlough native is working as an assistant pro in Douglas Golf Club while he also studies for his PGA qualification.  Davey is in his second of three years and he’s enjoying the experience so far: “The first two years of the PGA Foundation Degree course have been really interesting” said the trainee.  “We have studied a whole range of subjects from golf coaching to time management.  It’s been a real eye opener for me, I used to think I knew quite a bit about golf, but learning from and talking to some of the best coaches and teachers in the game has shown me I need to keep my head in the books and keep studying.  It’s been great learning from people with such a deep knowledge of the game of golf and added to that they have a passion for the game also.”  The PGA course is not just a professional designation.  It’s a degree level course with a focus on the business of golf as Davey explained: The business side of the degree has been quite challenging for me.  Over the last two years though the course has helped with giving me a good understanding into the business side of our industry and again I have been very lucky with Stephen [Hayes, Club Pro in Douglas] as he has always helped here and involved me in the business side of the pro shop.  This has made my assignments and exams a little easier because it is now part of my daily life.  During the year we also spent a week over in the Belfry where we had a couple of Continue reading

Vacancy: Charleville GC – PGA Club Professional

With Jamie O’Sullivan and Frank Holley moving on in the near future, Charleville Golf Club  are looking for a PGA Club Professional.  Details of the role and how to apply are listed below.

Charleville Golf Club

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic PGA Club Professional who will work closely with our management team and has the experience and determination to drive business in line with the club’s aspirations and objectives.

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Gleeson & Barry book their places in Irish PGA Championship

Alan Gleeson (Castlemartyr) and Davey Barry (Douglas) both finished in the top 10 in the Irish PGA Championship qualifier at Dundalk Golf Club today.

Barry finished in the top four with a level par 72, while Gleeson was one shot back in a tie for 10th.  Both travelled to Dundalk today in the hope of taking one of the qualifying spots on offer but both Cork golfers must now be delighted with their performances.

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The Irish PGA Championship takes place in Dundalk Golf Club from Thursday 1st October to Sunday 4th Cotober and is the showpiece finale for the Irish Region Calendar.  Several other Cork PGA Professionals have already qualified for the event including David Ryan, Graeme Dunlea and Padraig Dooley.

Barry & McKenna in action in Coventry

Davey Barry (Douglas) and Ciaran McKenna (Mallow) are both in action in the final of the PGA Assistant’s Championship, starting on Wednesday.

It’s the first time since 2012 that a Cork golfer will be appearing in the final.  Three years ago Brian O’Donovan was in action when the 72 hole tournament was held in East Sussex.  O’Donovan, who was also representing Douglas Golf Club, finished in 12th in a field of over 130 golfers.  Play in Coventry gets underway on Wednesday morning.

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PGA Career Path recommended by Wayne (Part 3)

Wayne's tweet on his new PGA designation

Wayne’s tweet on his new PGA designation

As a PGA professional for over 15 years, Wayne has consistently worked on his own personal development and was recently awarded the PGA Advanced Professional designation by the PGA in UK & Ireland.  The designation which was awarded by the Board of the PGA, is recognition of the additional learning and development that Wayne has engaged in throughout his career.  Additionally he is one of only a few coaches to have achieved Level 3 status for junior golf Continue reading

Cork Golfers in Top 20 in Assistants Championship

Mallow’s Ciaran McKenna is the best placed Cork golfer at the halfway-stage of the PGA Assistants Championship in Nuremore.  After carding an opening +4 round of 75, he added a level par 71 in the afternoon to take a share of 7th place.  McKenna had five birdies and five bogies in the afternoon.

Charleville’s Frank Holly also shot 75 in the first round and was heading for a great afternoon score – only to record a 7 on the par 4 18th hole.  The triple bogey gave Holly a second round total of 74 and a share of tenth place.  Former Mahon team-mates Davey Barry (Douglas) and Alan Gleeson (Castlemartyr) are both inside the top twenty after 36 holes.  Both carded opening rounds of 75, and the both added 76’s in the afternoon.  Despite the fact that all four golfers comfortably made the cut (+17), hopes of a win tomorrow will be measured as leader Joe Dillon (Headfort Golf Club) is seven shots ahead of McKenna on -3.

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Good Recoveries from Dooley & McNamara

Padraig Dooley and Cian McNamara bounced back today from disappointing opening rounds at the PGA National Championship in Burnham & Berrow GC in England.  Both carded poor first rounds, Dooley sot an 80 while McNamara recorded an 84.  Fresh from his appearance in Royal County Down, McNamara bounced back on Wednesday with a 72, while Dooley signed for a 74.  Both lie around halfway down the leaderboard but unfortunately they both missed the cut for the final two rounds as they were outside the top 50.

Waterville’s David Higgins leads the Irish charge, rounds of 74 and 72 have him tied for 6th place.  Liam Bowler (Wexford GC) was the only other Irish golfer to make the cut.