CIT Partner with Fota Island Academy

CIT Fota Island Academy Feb 2018CIT Golf Club made a major announcement recently when they partnered with Fota Island Academy.  The new partnership between will facilitate student membership at the Academy.  The Academy at the famous Fota Island Resort makes an ideal base for the CIT Golf Squad, meeting their requirements with its excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.  Along with this, as Academy Members the nine students have a weekly allocation of range ball credit and, most importantly they will have valuable access to on course practice with the inclusion of playing the nine holes on the Barryscourt course in their membership.  Fred Twomey, the Munster GUI High Performance Lead Coach & CIT Golf Coach and Fota Island’s Director of Golf Kevin Morris arranged the new partnership together, with the initial approach suggested by CIT student David O’Sullivan, who Continue reading

Busy Autumn at Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)For many people, Autumn marks the end of the golf season, but that’s not the case for teaching professional Ronan Collins.  Ronan is based in the Academy at Fota Island and he’s looking forward to a busy off-season as many golfers will continue to work on their games over the winter months.  Collins joined the team in Fota earlier this year and has had a great first season at the Academy.  “I have loved my first summer in Fota Island, the warmth and support that I received from staff and members at the club has been fantastic” said Ronan on his first few months.  “I’m looking forward to a busy winter season ahead with group lessons planned as well as new product releases It is always an exciting time of the year.”  Having qualified in Monkstown under Batt Murphy, Collins is now a seasoned teaching pro, and having spent time in teaching, retail and custom fitting roles, he’s now delighted with his move to Fota.  “I find my job very fulfilling; I get to spend my day in top class facilities helping golfers improve their games in many ways” said Collins from his base at the Academy.  “With some I see improvements through lessons and others I see improvements Continue reading

Collins at home in Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)He might only be there since the start of 2017, however Ronan Collins has been busy heading up the Fota Island Academy’s new custom-fitting programme.  Ronan’s appointment was just one step on a journey to refresh what was on offer from the tour standard teaching and practice facility.  After upgrading their Trackman launch monitor systems, the Academy brought in club fitting systems from all of the major manufacturers.  The Academy is now a one stop shop for any golfer looking to examine their game.  Having launch the Academy in 2006, Fota Island reinvested in their teaching bays, and upgraded their analysis tools to incorporate the latest Trackman technology.  The new Trackman 4 system can be used in the specialised indoor fitting bays or on the range, and also includes the putting analysis software making it an essential resource for the five-star resort.  Ronan is a seasoned PGA Professional and is ideally placed to analyse and advise golfers having worked directly for Callaway as a Continue reading

Open Week at Fota Island Academy

fota-island-academyFota Island Golf Academy is opening its doors to keen golfers for the week between 9am and 4pm allowing guests to experience the finest and most comprehensive golf training facilities in the country.  Always innovating, Fota Island recently launched a new membership package for their Academy which for the first time incorporates playing rights and access to the course.  The new package will be unique in Munster, in addition to full access to the extensive practice facilities members will also have access to the nine holes on the Barryscourt course that wraps around the Academy.  Ideal for those who want to improve their game, the Fota Island Golf Academy offers a sophisticated analysis of swing, putt and technique, as well as excellent, comfortable and relaxing surroundings and invaluable advice from PGA Professionals along with 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