Positive Year for Blarney

Blarney Spt 2017 Presidents Prize

Paul O’Neill presenting his President’s Prize to Anne O’Driscoll at Blarney Golf Club

Blarney President Paul O’Neill held President’s Prize dinner last week and it marked the latest major event in a busy year for Blarney.  The resort hosted the Munster Boys Under 16 and the Boys Interpro’s in a busy season that included several other local events.  The Interpro’s were the big-ticket event, putting the resort on the map nationally and President Paul was delighted with the outcome.  “We hosted very many classics and societies in the past however the Muster Boys proved to us that we had the capability to host a major event, and the Boys Interprovincials is one of the GUI flagship events.”  Hosting a major event is a big undertaking.  As well as taking over the course for up to a week, the GUI also depend on a substantial amount of support from local volunteers.  Blarney members were not found wanting as Paul explained.  “We sent up a flare for our members to act as stewards, fore caddies and helpers, and to be fair we were amazed at the response.  We easily covered each area that may have caused concern for young golfers who were not overly familiar with the course.  But, these are among the best in the country so our main task became ball spotting and according to the team’s managements and players we did an exceptional job.  That point has been reinforced by the GUI representatives.  This is a young club (just 11 years in existence) and to successfully pull Continue reading

McKibbin wins in Blarney, Munster Boys Under 16 Championship

Munster Boys Under 16 Championships, Blarney Golf Club, Tuesday 11th April 2017

Tom McKibbin

Holywood’s Tom McKibbin proved his credentials in Blarney yesterday when he shot a 69 to win the Munster Boys Under 16 Championship.  McKibbin finished on 141, three shots clear of the field.  The two handicapper was the only golfer to break par on day two, and that was thanks to three birdies at the start of the back nine.  With no one else threatening, McKibbin know he had the control over the competition heading into the final three holes.  McKibbin showed maturity coming down the last, with water and out of bounds surrounding the green, he chose to lay up.  What resulted was his second bogey of the day but even with that he still finished three shots clear of the field.  Overnight leader Jack Brown (The Heath) finished day two with a 77 to claim second place (144) and Eoin McGrath (Athlone) was third, he had the best of three scores on 146.  Scott Miller (Clandeboye) was fourth and Keaton Morrison (Holywood) was fifth, both finishing on 146.  Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey was the best of the Munster Continue reading