Top Class week for Douglas

Sean Reddy pictured after winning the Connacht Buys U14 Championship.

As weeks go, last week was pretty impressive for Douglas Golf Club.  A national title, a provincial title and a few key wins in inter-club matches meant that Douglas had an exceptional week.  Karl Bornemann and Sean Reddy brought back some silverware from their events in Waterford and Mayo.  Peter O’Keeffe reached the final four in the North of Ireland at Royal Portrush and there were inter-club wins in the Womens Senior Cup, Mens Senior Cup and the Barton Shield.

As well as their members performances around the country, they also hosted the Munster Under 16 Boys Open.  This was the first open event to be held over the newly rated black course.  The par 70 layout see’s the 3rd and 18th reduced to par fours, and new tees in place on Continue reading


Reddy wins in Connacht

Sean Reddy pictured after winning the Connacht Buys U14 Championship.

14 year old Sean Reddy picked up his first major golf win, the Douglas Golf Club member won the Connacht Boys U14 Championship.  The long trip to Co Mayo was worth it for the young golfer as he played some hugely impressive golf to pick up the provincial win.

Reddy shot a very impressive one under par 72 on the par 73 course in Claremorris Golf Club.  Sean went out with eight pars and one birdie, and he had just one bogey on the back nine.  Crucially he birdied the par five closing hole to finish on one under.  It Continue reading

Super Summer for Sean

Sean Reddy Douglas Minor MatchplayCupSean Reddy is one of Cork’s emerging young golfers who continues to work on his game and improve, and the 2018 season was an important one for the 11 year golf nut.  Having started playing golf many years ago, Sean joined Douglas Golf Club at the start of the season and quickly became a regular on the course.  The young golfer rounded off his season when he got his hands on some important silverware last month, he won the Minor Matchplay Cup in Douglas in September.  Any the way he won was pretty impressive.  Playing in a matchplay competition, he won the 18th with a birdie to force the match onto the 19th hole.  And on the testing par four he won the match with a par.  Sean was a busy boy all Summer, playing competitions and practicing.  Like most young golfers, the summer holidays meant more time on the course and he put himself to good use picking up the club almost every day.  “All summer I played most days in Douglas and then other days I practiced in the Academy in Fota Island” said Sean, “I was usually playing or practicing everyday.  I got to play Hollywood in Belfast, Rory Milroy’s home course, it was incredible to play there.  My favourite also was the K Club, last time I was there on a Sunday was to watch Rory win the Irish Open in 2016.”  Unlike many other golfers of his age, Sean doesn’t just practice for fun, he does it to improve.  And he spent the summer working on a few important areas.  I worked on my swing path and alignment mostly, trying to keep my swing consistent on every shot” explained Reddy,  “I know my swing speed and distance will come as I get older, I am not 12 until next year and I want my swing to be perfect now so when I am older it hopefully will be always be consistent as I swing faster.  I worked on many speed and strength drills with Peter for most of the summer.”  Now playing off an official GUI handicap, Sean has seen this tumble as he played in Douglas over the Summer.  He dropped ten shots and he’s now playing off 14 – a very impressive mark for an eleven year old.  “In February had a handicap of 24” explained Sean, “I am now down to 14 since Continue reading

Portugal Success for Sean Reddy

Photo 25-07-2017, 09 24 56Sean was playing in the world kids golf tournament in Silves Portugal , he played in the under 10 years old section , there was kids from  all over the world, US, UK, Belgium, South Africa, Holland, Russia, Spain & Many from Portugal.  He played three days of 18 hole golf over the 5,700 yards Christy O’Connor Jnr designed course.  His net scores were 50 points first day , 39 points second day and on the final day he was three points behind and needed to play at his best.  His score was 43 on the last day and he just managed the win, he came first place in the net category based on his age and handicap, which was a step up from coming second place last year.  Sean won a gold medal, a watch and golf equipment as the first  prize.  The the biggest hurdle was the 36 degree heat as the rounds of golf on all days took over 5 1/2 hours, Sean and his family took the tournament in as part of their summer holidays, spending  the first week in the Algarve and the last 4 days were spent at the tournament.  The tournament is run by the Portuguese Golf Association and controlled under R&A guidelines as Continue reading

Sean’s letter wins Tour Experience for Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Wednesday 18th May 2016

Sean Reddy pictured with the letter that won him a behind the scenes VIP tour at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Nine year old Sean Reddy had the experience of a lifetime during Irish Open week when he got a behind the scenes VIP tour.  Sean was a guest of the European Tour on the Wednesday after his letter was selected as one of four winning entries from hundreds of letters sent in from pupils and schools all over Ireland.  In addition to his VIP tour, Sean also won a prize for his school, and several of his friends from Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil in Glanmire were also in the K Club for a special golf clinic courtesy of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.

Sean’s VIP tour started in the media centre where 2015 winner Soren Kjeldsen was holding his press conference, and young golfer from Ballyvolane was invited to ask Kjeldsen a Continue reading