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Ireland retain International King’s Cup at Lough Erne Resort

May 22, 2018

Team Ireland pictured with Maurice Hetherington, Captain, Lough Erne GC

Ireland wrapped up a third successive International King’s Cup victory following the final day of competition at Lough Erne Resort.
Supported by Tourism NI, the International King’s Cup is a Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
This year, 12-man teams (six pairs) of club golfers from Ireland and the USA went head-to-head at the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Ireland dominated the fourball and greensomes session on Wednesday and Thursday to take a huge lead into the final day singles.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole. Ireland needed just 176 points from the final 12 singles matches to pass the winning mark of 433 points.
“It was a brilliant week, really, really enjoyed it,” said Donegal born, O’Gallachoir who is the GM at Dunmurry Springs GC in Kildare.
“It was a great chance to meet up with lads from across Ireland and the US. We’ll keep in touch now in the future.”

Team USA got off to a great start in the singles when Brad Garrett (Falls GC, Missouri) won the opening match against Martin White (Woodstock GC) but there was no sign of a dramatic fight back.
Bob Daddano (Maple Meadows GC, Illnois) beat Liam Byrne (Hermitage GC) and Matt McDevitt (Arroyo Trabuco Mission Viejo, California) defeated Colin O’Leary (Cill Dara GC), who managed a hole in one at the third, but that was as good as it got for the USA.
“It has been a wonderful trip, the people are amazing, the facilities, the tournament it is very professional and we had a great team,” said California based McDevitt.
“I won four up today. I just had a good day on the course, every once and while you have those days.”
Ireland set about chipping away at their points target and wins for Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC) and Michael Ryan (Tipperary GC) plus further victories for Sean O’Gallachoir (Cloughaneely GC), Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) set up Martin Smyth (Druids Heath) to grab the winning points from his halved match with Bob Silvestri (Addison and Flossmoor CC, Illinois).
“We would love to win but the camaraderie that developed amongst the players is the most important thing,” said US Team Captain, Bob Butte.
“The values that Mr Palmer displayed throughout his career, his integrity, sportsmanship and commitment to excellence is at the heart everything we try to do with this event
“We always had ambitions to bring this event to the States and we’d love to see that happen next year. We will have 90 degree heat, we will play on bermuda grass and we will turn this thing around.”

Team USA and Team Ireland at the conclusion of the International King’s Cup

Final results
Fourballs: Ireland 127 USA 89
Foursomes: Ireland 130 USA 86
Singles: Ireland 228 USA 204
Final total: Ireland 485 USA 379

Team USA 
Open Championship Flight
Frank Gambaro & Gene Hart (both Aberdeen Golf Course, Eureka, Missouri)
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Bill Daddono & Bob Silvestri (Maple Meadows Golf Course, Addison and Flossmoor CC Flossmoor, Illinois)
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Ankur Amin & Chris Devine (Otter Creek and Coldwater, Ames, Iowa)
Senior (50+) Flight A
Mike Broksch & Ron Schroeder ( Grand Palms Golf Resort, Pembroke Pines, Florida)
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Matt McDevitt & Brian McDevitt (Arroyo Trabuco Mission Viejo and Tijeras Creek Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
Senior (50+) Flight B
Brad Garrett & Darryl Henson (Falls Golf Club and Falls Golf Course, O’Fallon, Missouri)

Team Ireland
Open Championship Flight
Ryan Gribben & David Barron (Warrenpoint GC)
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Martin Smyth and Liam Byrne (Druids Heath GC/Hermitage GC)
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC)
Senior (50+) Flight A
Michael Ryan and Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC)
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Sean O’Gallachoir and Colin O’Leary (Cloughaneely GC/Cill Dara GC)
Senior (50+) Flight B
Oliver McNamara and Martin White (Ennis GC/Woodstock GC)

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Ireland finalise International King’s Cup team to face USA at Lough Erne Resort

April 18, 2018

Team Ireland ready to face the USA in the International King’s Cup 2018 at Lough Erne Resort

Ireland’s team to face the USA in The International King’s Cup has been confirmed at the conclusion of a final qualifying event at Lough Erne Resort.
Following four regional qualifiers at Ennis Golf Club (Munster), Westport Golf Club (Connacht), Dunmurry Springs Golf Club (Leinster) and Lough Erne Resort (Ulster), 46 players arrived at the Co Fermanagh venue, focused on securing a place on Ireland’s 12 man (6 pairs) team to face the USA in May.
The competitors battled testing crosswinds on the Faldo Championship course with the Warrenpoint duo of Ryan Gribben and David Barron carding the lowest round of the day, a superb three under par 69.
“First and foremost we are absolutely delighted to be back at Lough Erne Resort for the King’s Cup,” said Ryan, a Barton Shield winner with the Co. Down club.
“It’s a top-class tournament and Lough Erne Resort make us feel very welcome. David and I played in the first King’s Cup, and we just missed qualifying last year by a shot.”
The Warrenpoint boys have a great history in the event. In the inaugural King’s Cup, they prevailed in a sudden death play-off to win the title for Ireland. They will be hoping to feature strongly again this year (May 14-18) with the home side chasing a hat-trick of victories.

Warrenpoint’s Ryan Gribben (left) rolls in a long eagle putt at Lough Erne

“In the regional qualifier we enjoyed flat calm conditions, playing some steady golf to get through,” added Ryan.
“The course played very differently for the final qualifier, with gusts of 20mph at times. We played some good golf on the front nine without holing any putts.
“We found ourselves one over par playing the par five 14th, which I managed to eagle. David birdied 15, and I squeezed another birdie on 17 to shoot three under in testing conditions. We’d have taken that score before we started.

“We both aren’t playing as much as we’d like with work commitments, so a week off in May, playing a top course against tough competition is a great way to kick off the golf season.”

Also returning for the 2018 tournament are the McKeever brothers from Kesh, Co. Fermanagh, both members of Donegal GC. The rest of the Ireland team is comprised of competitors from Tipperary, Clare, Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare.
The Ryder Cup-style tournament, supported by Tourism NI, honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
Both teams will stay on-site at Lough Erne Resort, with full access to The Golf Academy. The Irish team will receive specially commissioned outerwear courtesy of Glenmuir and both teams will attend a Gala dinner as part of the event.

Gross scores are noted below:
Open Championship Flight (4.9 or less)
Ryan Gribben and David Barron (Warrenpoint GC) 69
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Martin Smyth and Liam Byrne (Druids Heath GC/Hermitage GC) 75
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) 75
Senior (50+) Flight A
Michael Ryan and Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC) 74
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Sean O’Gallachoir and Colin O’Leary (Cloughaneely GC/Cill Dara GC) 73
Senior (50+) Flight B
Oliver McNamara and Martin White (Ennis GC/Woodstock GC) 79.

Ireland hold off USA singles fightback to retain International King’s Trophy

May 25, 2017

Ireland’s Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC) with Team USA’s Jacob PSavlk (Bay Pointe GC)
Picture by John McVitty

Ireland retained the International King’s Cup at Lough Erne Resort on Thursday but the eventual margin of victory proved to be much closer than expected.
Leading by 30 points going into today’s (Thursday’s) 16 singles matches Ireland squeezed over the finish line by a mere eight points.
The Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer, features 16-man teams of club golfers from both Ireland and the USA going head-to-head over the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole.
Ireland had the better of things on the opening day, finishing a series of fourball and greensomes matches with 303 points to the USA’s 273 points.
With the singles left to play, Ireland needed to break the 576 point marker to retain the title but found the USA side in no mood to roll over.

The USA went on to win nine of the 16 singles ties but Ireland’s overnight buffer and a superb individual effort from Irvinestown’s Martin Peters (Donegal GC), who beat Joseph Costello (Tijares Creek) 27-9, saw Ireland home.
“Even though it’s friendly competition, there is still a lot of pride involved as you are representing your country and playing for your team mates so I was focused on doing well today,” said the 37-year-old Irvinestown based Peters.

“I got ahead around the sixth and from there on I stayed in control. In match play you have to try and keep the pressure on. Keep getting up on the tee first and finding the fairway.”

Team Ireland – winners of the 2017 International King’s Cup

Ireland’s other singles winners were Declan McKeever (Donegal GC), Tom Muldoon (Cloverhill), Colm Feeney (Galway Bay GC), John Collins (Westport GC) and Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs GC) with Niall Clince (Craddockstown) claiming a half.
International King’s Cup founder, Larry Lunsford was disappointed to lose for the second time but buoyed by a strong fightback today (Thursday).
“All I can say is that I am proud of the team for making such a huge comeback on the last day.
It was remarkable, better than anything I have ever seen,” said Larry.
“You know, when we made the turn the teams were level on the day so to make up 22 points over the closing nine holes was a great effort.”

Thursday May 25
The International King’s Cup
At Lough Erne Resort
Singles results
Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC) 12 Jacob Pavlk (Bay Pointe GCC) 24
Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs GC) 20 David Adams (Castlewoods GC) 15
Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) 21 Dennis Bassham (Auburn GC) 15
Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) 16 Patrick Olsen (Auburn GC) 20
Tom Muldoon (Cloverhill) 22 Mike Farber (Golf Club of Georgia) 14
Kevin Commins (Ardee) 17 Marvin Warner (Atlanta CC) 19
Martin Peters (Donegal GC) 27 Joseph Costello (Tijares Creek CC) 9
Vincent Owens (Omagh GC) 12 Matt McDevitt (Tijares Creek CC) 24
Alan Moran (Tuam GC) 14 Carl Ellis (Pinery CC) 22
Colm Feeney (Galway Bay GC) 20 Andy Titterton (Pinery CC) 16
Niall Clince (Craddockstown GC) 18 Bill Orne (The Legends GC) 18
Kieran O’Brien (Craddockstown GC) 16 Michael White (New Berlin Hills) 20
John Collins (Westport GC) 19 Michael DiFrancesco (Sandridge GC) 17
Liam Friel (Westport GC) 12 Gary Morris (Sandridge GC) 24
James McAllister (Ballybofey & Stranorlar) 15 Andy Kieffer (Hawthorne Woods) 21
Patsy O’Donnell (Ballybofey & Stranorlar) 16 Phil Smith (Schaumburg GC) 20
Overall results
Fourballs: Ireland 148 USA 140
Greensomes: Ireland 155 USA 133
Singles: Ireland 277 USA 299
Total: Ireland 580 USA 572

The Kings Cup returns for 2017 with more places up for grabs on Team Ireland

January 25, 2017

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Club golfers from the USA and Ireland will meet at Lough Erne Resort in May this year for the second staging of a unique transatlantic competition.
The International Kings Cup Match Play event is a leading amateur event played in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
Four provincial qualifiers will be staged across Ireland in a bid to find the best Irish team to take on the USA in a three day 54 hole match-play tournament from May 22-25.
The event is structured like the Ryder Cup and was created in 2016 when the United States Golf Challenge, the largest pairs better ball tournament in the US, brought their leading eight pairs 16-man amateur team across to Northern Ireland to compete against Ireland in the first ever International Kings Cup.
The format of the event offers anyone who holds an official GUI handicap the chance to qualify and book their place on the Team Ireland panel. There are four handicap sections and there is also two age brackets from which the two man teams can qualify (age 18+ and Senior 50+).
There are two stages of qualification with the first being held at a venue in each province. Eight two-man teams from each qualifier will go forward to compete in a final qualifying stage to be played on the Faldo Course on April 23 at the five-star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh.
Speaking as the event was announced, Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort said it was a fantastic tribute to the legendary Arnold Palmer and an event which would attract golfers from all across Ireland.
“Following the success of the 2016 staging of the International Kings Cup this is one of the most eagerly anticipated amateur tournaments in 2017. We at Lough Erne Resort are thrilled to be hosting this event for the second consecutive year which will see 32 golfers from across the United States and Ireland play on the magnificent Faldo Course,” said Lynn.

“I’m delighted to take the event this year to four courses in Ireland. Each of the qualifying clubs have really got behind the event including Ardglass Golf Club in Ulster, Dunmurry Springs in Leinster, Westport Golf Club in Connacht, and Ennis Golf Club in Munster.

 “We look forward to welcoming players from both sides of the Atlantic to the event, which looks set to stir up Ryder Cup-style rivalry amongst the teams. Competitors will be able to experience first-hand Lough Erne Resort and why Northern Ireland is truly a land made for golf.”

For full details visit: www.lougherneresort.com/International-Kings-Cup.html

QUALIFYING DATES
Ulster Qualifier – Ardglass Golf Club – Friday 24th March
Leinster Qualifier – Dunmurry Springs Golf Club – Sunday 26th March
Munster Qualifier – Ennis Golf Club – Friday 31st March
Connacht Qualifier – Westport Golf Club – Sunday 1st April
Final Qualifier  –  Lough Erne Resort – Sunday 23rd April