Injury free Chris Selfridge sets sights on breakthrough Challenge Tour win in 2017

March 22, 2017


Far away from the glitz and glamour of the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas the Challenge Tour is finally getting under way in Kenya tomorrow.
Europe’s second-tier is emerging from hibernation and Cormac Sharvin, Michael Hoey, Gary Hurley and Chris Selfridge have been enticed to Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club for the season opener.
Selfridge is eager to get going after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by a niggling wrist problem. A similar injury also put paid to his Euro Tour Q-School ambitions in 2015.
“I tore a ligament in my wrist a few weeks after the NI Open in August,” said the 24-year-old who is embarking on his third season on tour.
“I was out for a few weeks and then I came back for the Kazakhstan Open and it happened again as I was hacking out of the rough. I knew straight away.
“So then I was out for another four weeks, came back to play in the UAE and went to Q-School but I never made it through. By that stage I was healthy, but just too rusty.”
Chris has spent the off-season working with physios at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI) and other experts to strengthen and protect the problem area and early season preparations have been positive.
“I haven’t had any issues while I have been playing and practicing,” he added.
“The last two seasons I have been looking good to make it to the European Tour.
“In 2015 the injury happened at Q-School when I was playing really well. And then last year, right in the middle of the season when I was in the top 30 of the Challenge Tour rankings.

“It is frustrating, but golf is frustrating, there is nothing else for it; you have to get on with it.

“I went to Portugal for a few weeks in January to play some mini-tour golf.
“It was a chance to ‘stress test’ the wrist and it went well, I played some pretty good golf considering I hadn’t played a lot of competitive golf in two and half months.”


In two full seasons on tour Chris had proven himself a consistent performer but that first win is proving elusive. His best finish is a tie for fourth at the Challenge de Madrid last year.
He needs to make that breakthrough and maybe having the experienced Michael Hoey around can help.
Hoey, who lost his full European Tour card last year has four wins at Challenge Tour level, the last of those coming at the Madeira Islands Open in 2011. The 38-year-old recently showed some signs of a return to form by finishing tied for eighth at the Hero India Open.
“We are rooming together in Kenya. He is a good guy to be around,” added Chris.
“I’m looking forward to getting the season started again and I would love to finally get a win.
“I know I am good enough, I have played loads of good golf, it’s just a matter of continuing to work hard, keep doing what I am doing and the results will come.”

City of Derry GC and Foyle Golf Centre named joint hosts of the Walled City Pro-Am

March 17, 2017

At the Walled City Pro-Am Launch are, back row (l-r) Christine Mitchell, Lady Captain, City of Derry Golf Club; Mike Carroll, Captain, City of Derry Golf Club; Michael McCumiskey, PGA in Ireland; Lady Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council; Simon Thornton, PGA Professional; Martin Campbell, Captain, Foyle Golf Centre and Florence Rankin, Lady Captain, Foyle Golf Centre. Front row L-R: Odhran Dunne, Visit Derry and Ciaran O Neill, Bishop’s Gate Hotel

The largest event in this year’s PGA in Ireland calendar, the Walled City of Derry Pro-Am, will take place in Derry City on August 26 and 27.
For the first time ever, the tournament will be hosted by two venues, the City of Derry Golf Club and Foyle International Golf Centre.
Launching the tournament, Ordhan Dunne, General Manager, Visit Derry said: “Ireland’s North West region is currently at the forefront of golf tourism on the island and whilst this tournament will be an excellent opportunity to promote the quality of the city’s parkland golf, it will further enhance our reputation as a central hub for golfers to enjoy a premier golf and tourism experience.”
Visit Derry in partnership with Derry City and Strabane Council are sponsoring the tournament which will be one of the top attractions in the North West social and sporting calendar this summer.
In 2013, Derry-Londonderry was awarded City of Culture status and enjoyed a change of attitude and a new pride in cultural identity.
It was an incredible year as the City hosted a raft of events including, the City of Culture 2013 Pro-Am, which was won by Simon Thornton, who carded rounds of 68/65 at City of Derry GC to win by four shots.
Local businesses such as Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Diageo NI, Total Golf, Nuprint, Desmond Motors, Partridge Peartree and Mint Bet have been instrumental in attracting Irish PGA professionals back to the City. This tournament will showcase local and international talent while making a significant contribution to the local economy.
Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA in Ireland, stated; “This event will attract the top Irish PGA Professionals from all over Ireland. They will be competing against each other for the title and guaranteed prize pot of 15000 euros whilst teams of three amateurs will compete alongside the professional for the coveted team prize. The event will have both ladies and gents sections.
“On the Friday a junior event will take place, which is kindly supported by Irish PGA professionals. Undoubtedly, golf enthusiasts from across the North West and further afield will be keen to see PGA professionals play and I’m sure there will be high demand for spaces on teams. It will be a very busy weekend for the City.”
To obtain an entry form contact Sammy at City of Derry Golf Club on 028 7131 1496 or Conor at Foyle International Golf Centre on 028 7135 2222.

Confident GUI underline ambition by tying up deal with Under Armour

March 15, 2017

Alex Gleeson and Colm Campbell at the announcement of the official Under Armour Ireland Golf Apparel at Carton House
Pictures: Golffile | Fran Caffrey


The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) have pulled off something of a coup by signing an apparel deal with the sportswear giant Under Armour.
In an exclusive sponsorship agreement, the GUI’s coveted green shirts will be the only team colours to carry the Under Armour logo on the international stage in 2017.
In fact, they will actually be the only team in Ireland to carry the Under Armour logo.
“We think there is something about not having too many people wearing the product,” said Under Armour’s Richard Palmer-Jones at Monday’s launch at Carton House.
“A key part of this deal is that when the players will walk onto the range at an event and look around they will not see another Under Armour team.

“We don’t deal with any other team in Ireland, in any sport. This is a big deal for us.

“We love the fact that we collaborate with some great young players [Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick, Gary Woodland, Hudson Swafford] and now a fantastic team that has their sights set on number one.”
Unlike many of their counterparts around the world, Irish amateur golf still enjoys a high profile in the sporting media and that fact has not been lost on Under Armour.
Discussions began back in 2015 in the wake of Paul Dunne’s fantastic display at The Open Championship. One of Ireland’s leading amateurs at the time, Dunne, who led after three rounds, wore Under Armour throughout the competition.

Stewart Grehan

On viewing the new Ireland Golf team gear, Irish Close champion Alex Gleeson said; “The colours are absolutely fantastic and it’s really comfortable, especially the polos and the jumpers. They look good but they’re still mobile.
“I have my own Under Armour gear at home. If I had my choice of gear, this is what I would pick. A lot of golf gear is restrictive around the shoulders and the chest whereas this gear gives you the ability to really swing properly.”
The new agreement also underlines the high levels of confidence the GUI has not just in the elite amateur set-up but in the organisation as a whole as it undergoes a modernisation process.
In 2016, the GUI toasted a momentous year with their first ever podium finish at the World Amateur Team Championships. Ireland captured bronze in Mexico having tied for third, just one shot away from taking silver.
Ireland also completed a rare hat-trick at the Home Internationals in August when they beat Wales, England and Scotland to win their third successive title.
At the launch event, both Under Armour and the Golfing Union spoke openly about ‘ambition’ and no-one balked at the notion that Ireland can become the leading nation in amateur golf.
Pat Finn, CEO of the Golfing Union of Ireland said; “The impact that Under Armour has made in the golfing marketplace in a very short space of time is a testament to the supreme quality of the product. Our agreement with Under Armour ensures that players will be optimally dressed for success this season.”
“We are very proud to become a leading partner of the GUI,” said Kevin Ross, General Manager, Global Golf, Under Armour.
“Through our shared vision, we can make a positive impact on the athletes’ development by empowering them with the most innovative performance apparel, footwear and accessories in golf.”

Damien Mooney in pole position to collect Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy

March 10, 2017


Damien Mooney took another positive step towards collecting the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy when he won the recent qualifier at Shandon Park.
The Belfast golfer, now heading Damien Mooney Golf, fired a four under par 66 to finish three shots clear of current OoM leader Brian McElhinney, Chris Carvill and Simon Thornton.
McElhinney’s decision to attend Europro Tour qualifying has opened the door for Mooney to top the standings. Brian will miss the last GP qualifier on March 28 in Spa and the GP Finals at his home club of North West on April 24-25th.
It’s left Mooney in pole position, but with double points on offer over the closing events, the destination of the trophy is not set in stone.
Damien made a composed start at Shandon and opened his birdie account at the par five third. He turned in two-under-34, following a birdie three at the ninth where he holed from eight feet.
He picked up the pace after the turn and rattled off three birdies in four holes at the 10th, 12th and 13th. His only mistake of the day came on the 16th when he failed to get up and down for par.
Chris Crangle and Craig Lyall shared the assistants’ prize after both carded a two-over-par 72.
In the amateur’s gross competition, Alex Stewart (Bangor), Ward Farrell (Shandon Pk) and Paul McCullagh (Kilkeel) all carded 71s with Stewart taking first prize on the back nine. The Category One nett winner was Charles Doherty on 34 points with Gary Addis taking the Category Two prize on 33.
Pro Ciarán Molloy combined with amateur Ward Farrell to win the Fourball Betterball gross award, returning 41 points.

Leaderboard – Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park

Conor Mallon Trophy Order of Merit

Selected scores
Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park
Professionals: 66 (-4) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf).
69 – B McElhinney (North West), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), S Thornton (Unattached).
70 – J Scullion (Kilkeel), C Molloy (Blackwood).
PGA Assistants: 72 (+2) – C Crangle (Fortwilliam), C Lyall (Donaghadee).
Amateurs: Gross, 71 (+1) – A Stewart 5 (Bangor) … 1st;
71 – W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk) … 2nd;
71 – P McCullagh 2 (Kilkeel) … 3rd.
Amateurs: Nett, Category One: 34 pts – C Doherty 4 (North West).
Category Two: 33 pts – G Addis 6 (Kirkistown Castle).
Team: Fourball Betterball Gross, 41 pts – Pro C Molloy (Blackwood) & Amateur W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Gary Wardlow doubles up with victories at Ballycastle GC and St Patrick’s GC

March 1, 2017

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Brian McElhinney isn’t the only player capable of racking up multiple wins on the PGA in the North of Ireland circuit.
Spa professional, Gary Wardlow, made it two victories on the bounce by winning the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance tournament, at St Patrick’s Golf Club, Downpatrick.
The highlight of Gary’s round was a rare eagle two at the par-four 364-yard 16th when he hammered his drive to inside three feet.
He also managed to add five birdies in a five under par 64 that gave him a five shot victory over Damien Mooney and Simon Thornton.

Gary Wardlow

Gary Wardlow

A recent winner at Ballycastle GC, Gary made a strong start, grabbing back-to-back birdies at the second and third. He added another birdie at the sixth, rolling in a five-footer on his way to a mistake free front nine of three under 32.
He reached five under for the day with back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th.
His first mistake of the round came at the par four 14th when he found the trees off the tee but repaired all of the damage with his eagle at the 16th. He then found the sand with his approach at the 17th for another dropped shot.
His back nine of two under par 32 saw him home with something to spare over his nearest rivals.
Galgorm Castle player Ciarán Doherty snatched the amateurs’ top nett prize from Laurence Hale (Shandon Park), on the back nine, after they both posted 42 points.
The gross prize was won with 35 points by Clandeboye’s Mark McCrory.
Wardlow climbed to winner’s rostrum for a second time as he led home the winning team, after combining with Spa amateurs Jimmy Kelly and Patrick McCluskey plus Phil McKenna (Whitehead) to card 94 points.

Ping PGA UGA Tournament at St Patrick’s

Selected scores
Professionals:64 (-5) – G Wardlow (Spa).
69 – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), S Thornton (Unattached).
71 – P Farrell (Laganview), P Hanna (Lurgan).
72 – G Graham (Groomsport), V Teague (Loughgall).
Amateurs: Nett, 42 pts – C Doherty 18 (Galgorm Castle)
42 – L Hale 18 (Shandon Pk)
41 – J Burke 12 (Kilymoon).
39 – G Hamill 16 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye).
Team: 94 pts – Pro G Wardlow with Amateurs J Kelly 13, P McCluskey 14 (all Spa) & P McKenna 13 (Whitehead).
With thanks to Tony McGee

Ambitious plans revealed to resurrect the Ladies Irish Open on Belfast stage

February 22, 2017
Hugh Morrow with Stephanie Meadow (centre) and Betty Morrow (right)

Hugh Morrow with Stephanie Meadow (centre) and Betty Morrow (right)

Plans are at an advanced stage to resurrect the Ladies Irish Open and bring it to Belfast possibly as early as next year.
Belfast born Hugh Morrow, chief executive of Canadian sports marketing firm, Sports Properties International, has revealed an ambitious strategy to relaunch the dormant Ladies European Tour (LET) event.
“I have always had this sense that bringing an event to Northern Ireland would be very special to me personally,” said the 68-year-old who was schooled at Sullivan Lower before emigrating with his family to Canada in 1957.
“The Ladies Irish Open hasn’t been played since 2012. The idea of bringing it back really jumped out and bit me in the backside. This was something we should do.”
Morrow’s company has been the driving force behind the successful Canadian LPGA tournament, the Maulife Classic and he is determined that this new incarnation of the Ladies Irish Open will, “plant a flag and be there for a minimum of five years.”
He continued, “Over the last eight to 10 months I have been searching around, visiting golf courses, meeting with politicians, talking to Tourism NI, Invest NI, Tourism Ireland and Belfast City Council to really establish a platform so we can bring this event back to life.
“We are getting very close. The fact that there is currently no NI government has thrown a bit of a wrench into things but we understand that come March 2 a government will hopefully be reformed and we will begin to move forward again.

“We hope to stage the event in July next year. We have talked to the LET at length and they are very supportive about what we are trying to accomplish.

“We are trying to build a UK swing for the LET that involves the Irish, Scottish and the Ladies British Open all taking place within three weeks of each other. It would make it a unique stop on the LET.”

Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew

The Ladies Irish Open has had a fitful existence and was last staged in 2012 at Killeen Castle (Co Meath). Northern Ireland actually hosted the very first Ladies Irish Open in 1983 at Portstewart GC and the following year at Clandeboye GC, an event that was co-sanctioned by the LPGA. However, without further funding and lacking a major sponsor, the tournament was mothballed following Catriona Matthew’s victory in 2012.
Morrow continued; “We are looking for a title sponsor, someone that has the financial strength and the desire to bring back the Ladies Irish Open and get involved in women’s golf across Ireland.
“The funds that we may receive from the likes of Tourism NI are great and we are hoping they will support the event but in the long run we need someone to stand up and and say ‘yes’.
“We believe that the right investment can bring women’s golf to the forefront in Ireland.
“We are working with a Belfast firm to identify some potential sponsors and hopefully, in the next few months I will be coming over to meet with them to discuss the opportunities and the benefits of being involved with the LET and golf in general.”
The Ladies European Tour is clearly supportive of Morrow’s efforts with CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh stating; “Women’s professional golf offers a time proven way for brands to engage with their customers and the Ladies Irish Open presents a unique opportunity to bring people together through the power of sport.
“A Ladies European Tour event offers a shared experience that engages, entertains and inspires people of all ages and athletic abilities. Women’s golf in Ireland has a rich sporting history – and a promising future – and we could not be more excited about the opportunity to re-launch this event.”

Tourism NI launches Belfast International Parkland Tournament

February 22, 2017
Eimear Callaghan, Tourism NI Golf and Sales Marketing Manager joins Jim Cullen, Belvoir Park Golf Club, Paddy Deane, Malone Golf Club, Greg Bailie, Shandon Park Golf Club, and Colin Adair Royal Belfast Golf Club at the launch of the inaugural Belfast International Parkland Tournament 2017.

Eimear Callaghan, Tourism NI Golf and Sales Marketing Manager joins Jim Cullen, Belvoir Park Golf Club, Paddy Deane, Malone Golf Club, Greg Bailie, Shandon Park Golf Club, and Colin Adair Royal Belfast Golf Club at the launch of the inaugural Belfast International Parkland Tournament 2017.

Tourism NI has launched the Belfast International Parkland Tournament 2017, furthering the long-term Northern Ireland Made for Golf strategy, which aims to make golf tourism worth £50 million to the Northern Ireland economy by 2020.

A greater Belfast golf cluster group comprising of Malone Golf Club, Shandon Park Golf Club, Belvoir Golf Club and Holywood Golf Club joined forces to create the Belfast Parkland International tournament to celebrate three days of golf in Belfast, in what is sure to be a momentous week for golf in Northern Ireland.

The competition will showcase three prestigious golf clubs in the Belfast area and offer golfers the opportunity to play three parkland courses from 3– 5 July, including Malone Golf Club, Royal Belfast Golf Club and Shandon Park Golf Club with the opportunity for entrants to also gain reduced fees at Holywood and Belvoir Park golf clubs. Later that week the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will take place 6-9 July at Portstewart Golf Club.

Eimear Callaghan, Tourism NI Golf and Sales Marketing Manager commented, “With the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open coming to Portstewart this year and The Open Championship to Royal Portrush in 2019, Northern Ireland is now a must see destination for golfers with world class courses.”

“The Belfast International Parkland Tournament gives us the opportunity to promote the quality of our Parkland golf and indeed further enhance our reputation as a premier golf and tourism destination.”

Both male and females can enter the tournament with prices starting at £99 per person, with the first 50 people to enter receiving a free individual green fee at one of the participating courses.
Entries are now open via www.BelfastParklandInternational.com
For more information, please visit http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Belfast-Parkland-International-Golf-Tournament-Dunmurry-Belfast-P59966

The Belfast Parkland International is just one of the many excellent amateur golf tournaments happening in Northern Ireland this year. Among the line-up is the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament in June celebrating its 50 anniversary and The Great North Links Challenge in October.

McElhinney shakes off mid round blip to record fourth win of the year!

February 16, 2017

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Frankly, this is getting a bit ridiculous.
Brian McElhinney won his fourth event since the turn of the year at Kirkistown Castle on Monday.
The North West club pro posted a one-under-par 68 to win the Ulster Golfers Grand Prix with two shots to spare over Simon Thornton.
Brian started brightly with three birdies in his first five holes. His only stumble on the front nine came at the eighth when he three-putted from 30 feet for a bogey four.
The Donegal man turned in two-under-par 33 but then wrecked his good work with a hat-trick of bogeys.
BRIANMcELHINNEY-797471He was left of the green with his approaches to both the 10th and 11th holes, failing to get up and down both occasions for bogey. At the 12th, he was short in two blows and also made bogey five.
Now back to one over, desperate measures were called for and he produced the goods on the run-in. He rifled a four iron to 20 feet at the short 16th hole and canned his birdie putt. He then polished off his round with a birdie at the last from eight feet, after a chip to the green when he was short with his eight iron approach.
The leading assistant was David Leathem (American Golf) who posted a 74.
This was a gross competition and Lurgan one-handicapper Patrick Jordan edged Stuart Bleakley (+1 Shandon {Park) for first place after both recorded 75.
There were two nett prizes with European Tour official Andrew Snoddy winning the scratch to five category and Kieran McGoldrick best in the six to 10 section.
The team prize was won, on 38 points, by pro David Leathem and amateur Patrick Jordan.

PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Grand Prix at Kirkistown Castle

Selected scores
Professionals:
68 (-1) – M McElhinney (North West).
70 – S Thornton (Unattached).
72 – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre).
74 – J Scullion (Kilkeel).
Assistant Professionals: 74 – D Leathem (American Golf).
Amateurs: Gross, 75 – P Jordan 1 (Lurgan)
75 – S Bleakley +1 (Shandon Pk)
77 – A Adair scr (Carnalea).
Nett, (Scr-5) 28 pts – A Snoddy 4 (Massereene); (6-12) K McGoldrick 8 (Cairndhu).
Team: 38 pts – Pro D Leathem (American Golf) & Amateur P Jordan 1 (Lurgan).
With thanks to Tony McGee

Golfers get ready to ‘rock and hole’ for Mary Peters Trust

February 14, 2017
GREEN DAY: Dame Mary Peters and GolfNow's Andrew Hollywood are getting ready to rock and hole at the first ever 'Golf and Guitar' event which will take place at Holywood Golf Club on Friday May 19.

GREEN DAY: Dame Mary Peters and GolfNow’s Andrew Hollywood are getting ready to rock and hole at the first ever ‘Golf and Guitar’ event. Tee times are available – contact prckelly@googlemail.com

‘Golf and Guitars’ is promising to inject a little ‘rock and hole’ into the peaceful tranquillity that is normally associated with the game of golf, and already stars like Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy from Boyzlife have confirmed their participation at the event.

With proceeds going towards the Mary Peters Trust, ‘Golf and Guitars’, in association with online golf booking site GolfNow, will take place at Holywood Golf Club, where local superstar Rory McIlroy learned his trade, on Friday May 19, 2017.

A number of other well-known local businesses including leading motor company Charles Hurst Group, taxi firm Fonacab and public relations specialists Duffy Rafferty Communications have also lent their support to the event.

Golf will be played during the day, followed by a live music gig in the evening, featuring ‘The Band of Hackers’… a one-off collaboration that will include local session musicians and possibly a few famous guests.

A team of four costs just £140 for the ‘Golf and Grub’ package, with the full ‘Golf, Grub and Guitars’ package (which includes the evening gig) costing £180 per fourball.

For anyone wanting to play a ‘solo’ round, individual places are also up for grabs at a cost of £35 (or £45 including gig) – while music fans who don’t play golf can attend the live gig only for just £15 per ticket.

Anyone interested in taking part need not fret as there are still spaces available – but golfers are advised to register their interest by contacting event coordinator Paul Kelly on prckelly@googlemail.com as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Holywood GC

Holywood GC

Gillian Hetherington of the Mary Peters Trust said: “Golf and Guitars is a great event for a great cause, bringing the worlds of music and golf together to support thousands of talented young sportsmen and women, both able-bodied and disabled, from across Northern Ireland and to help them realise their sporting dreams, through the Mary Peters Trust.

“Whilst a lot of people would never link the worlds of golf and rock music, there are actually quite a few musicians who are quite handy on the golf course, from rockers like Alice Cooper, Neil Young and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Niall Horan and even rapper Snoop Dogg!

“We’re delighted that closer to home, stars like Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy have already signed up to play golf at the event and we’re hoping to add a few more big names to the line-up between now and May,” concluded Gillian.

Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters added: “We’re really looking forward to the first ever Golf and Guitars event which promises to be a fun-filled day from start to finish, with golf in the morning and afternoon, followed by an auction and a raffle with some wonderful prizes, and finishing off with some rocking guitar music.

“We are so grateful to everyone concerned that the proceeds will go towards our ‘Race to a Million’ campaign which will enable us to continue helping our many talented young athletes towards sporting success for years to come.

“Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to our sponsors GolfNow, Charles Hurst, Fonacab and Duffy Rafferty Communications whose support is invaluable in helping us to run this event,” concluded Dame Mary.

Since it was founded in 1975, the Mary Peters Trust has helped over 5000 sports people in Northern Ireland, including Carl Frampton, Graeme McDowell, David Humphreys, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Kelly Gallagher, Michael McKillop, Janet Gray and Katie Kirk.

Andrew Hollywood, Marketing Director, International for GolfNow, said: “We are proud to sponsor the first annual Golf and Guitars event in support of the Mary Peters Trust.  The areas of sport and music are great unifiers and, time and time again, we have seen how our home-grown stars, from Carl Frampton and Rory McIlroy to Van Morrison and Snow Patrol, have brought everyone together and made us all proud to be from Northern Ireland.

“The Mary Peters Trust plays an invaluable role in supporting our sports stars of tomorrow, both disabled and able-bodied so we are delighted to support this event and hopefully help the Trust continue their good work in the future,” added Andrew.

To find out more about Golf and Guitars, book a tee-off time or purchase tickets for the live music gig, click on golfandguitars.co.uk or send an email to Paul Kelly at prckelly@googlemail.com.

The Brian McElhinney bandwagon keeps on rolling with victory at Ardglass

February 9, 2017

ARDGLASS GOLF CLUB
The ‘Life of Brian’ is pretty good just now, Brian McElhinney, that is. Since Jan 1 the North West Club professional has three wins to his name!
Ardglass was the scene of the Donegal man’s latest triumph as he posted a sizzling seven-under-par 63 to win the Ping PGA Ulster Alliance tournament with three strokes to spare over second-placed Damian Mooney.
BRIANMcELHINNEY-797471McElhinney had nine birdies on his card, two twos, five threes and two fours. He also had two bogeys, the first of which came at the par three seventh, with the second coming on the 13th courtesy of a lost ball off the tee.
The winner began with a hat-trick of birdies, going 3-2-3 and made another at the par four sixth hole. At the first he fired a pitching wedge to just two feet from the flag, then a six iron at the par three second left him with a six foot putt which he converted and at the third his pitching wedge finished just three feet from the cup.
At the sixth he rolled in a 30-footer to help him reach the turn in three-under 31.
At the 11th the winner was just 12 feet from the flag with a four and seven iron followed by two putts, while on the 12th green he found the hole from 12 feet after a six iron off the tee.
Following his 13th hole bogey, the North West pro birdied 14 from 15 feet and, at the next, blasted out of sand to six feet for birdie four. His birdie barrage was completed on 17 when his pitching wedge approach settled two feet from the pin, for a back nine four-under-par 32.
Combining with a trio of Greencastle amateurs, McElhinney also won the team prize on 97 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Alliance Tournament at Ardglass

Selected scores
Professionals: 63 (-7) – B McElhinney (North West).
66 – D Mooney.
68 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), A Cathers (Ardglass).
69 – D Hughes (Massereene), S Thornton (Unattached).
Amateurs: Nett, 46 pts – S Foster 13 (Massereene) … 1st;
46 – T Lyttle 10 (Carrickfergus) … 2nd;
44 – C Conlon 15 (Kirkistown Castle).
41 – G Hamill 16 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – A Adair 4 (Carnalea).
Team: 97 pts – Pro B McElhinney (North West) with amateurs P Ferguson 10, W Havlin 6 & J McLaughlin 5 (all Greencastle).
With thanks to Tony McGee