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Mooney finishes in style to claim Clandeboye UGA victory

November 2, 2017

Damien Mooney

Damian Mooney battled a balky putter on his way to success at the PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at Clandeboye.
Mooney’s ability to shake off mistakes was very evident on a day when he three-putted four times as he posted 37 points to finish one point ahead of Blackwood’s Stuart Bleakley.
The winner three-putted the first and third holes for bogey fives before he steadied the ship at the sixth with a drive and five iron to set up a birdie four.
Unfortunately, the putting woes crept back in at the ninth with another three-putt as he turned in 16pts.
A steady par followed at the 10th but after a further three-putt bogey on the 11th, Damian responded with an inspired run of golf that saw him play the closing seven holes in four under par.
He chipped and putted for birdie four on 12 and added a birdie three at the next after a sand-wedge approach to a foot. The par five 15th presented another opportunity and he reduced that to four blows with a drive, three-wood, a chip and putt, to pencil in a further birdie.
Now back to level par, Mooney polished off his round with a par-birdie-par finish, again steering a sand-wedge to one foot for birdie three on 17 as he came home with 21 points.
Donaghadee’s Craig Lyle, and amateur partners A Verner (Portstewart), J Ross (Donaghadee) and D Cooke (Donaghadee) claimed the team award.
The nett prize for amateurs was collected by Blackwood’s Jim Connelly who posted 38 pts.
The gross prize went to Clandeboys 4 handicapper Ian Smyth who carded 33 pts.

Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Clandeboye – Pro Leaderboard


Ross targets Ireland call-up following Ulster victory

August 31, 2015
Ulster champion, Jessica Ross

Ulster champion, Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) has set her sights on an Irish call-up after winning the Ulster Championship at Lisburn GC.
The 20-year-old, a chemical engineering student at Queen’s University, beat Shannen Brown (The Heath) 2&1 to secure the title.
Victory came as something of a relief for Ross who entered the tournament as favourite following a brilliant six-under par 68 in the final round of the Ladies British Amateur Strokeplay Tournament that saw her finish joint third.
“I felt a bit of pressure but I knew that I was hitting the ball well enough going into the event,” said the plus-two handicapper.
In the final Jessica lost the fourth to a birdie, but hit back with wins at the sixth and eighth to go in front for the first time. Shannen levelled matters before Jessica made a significant move, winning the 15th and 16th, closing out the match with a par on 17.
“I have been playing pretty consistently all season without doing anything spectacular. I think everything sort of came together towards the end there at the British and at Lisburn,” added Jessica who won the Intervarsities Series earlier in the year, as well as the overall Order of Merit.
“I would love to make the Irish team for next year’s European Championship.
“Winning the Ulster Championship and doing so well in the British has given me a lot of confidence. I just have to keep going.”

Ulster Championship at Lisburn
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Shannen Brown (The Heath) 2&1
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Louise Coffey (Malone) 8&7
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) 19th
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) 5/4
Sara Byrne (Douglas) lost to Louise Coffey (Malone) 1up
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) 4/3
Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) beat Rachel Thompson (Cork) 1up
Round One
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Brooke Hopley (Clandeboye) 2/1
Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) beat Olivia McClurg (Belvoir Park) 3/2
Sara Byrne (Douglas) beat Siobhan Greene (Malone) at 19th
Louise Coffey (Malone) beat Laura Doherty (Howth) 4/3
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Victoria Craig (Royal Belfast) 4/3
Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) beat Ellen O’Gorman (Milltown) 1up
Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) beat Emma Forbes (Newtownstewart) 4/2
Rachel Thompson (Cork) beat Danielle Storey (Holywood) 5/4


Ulster Branch steps up efforts to unearth the next Rory McIlroy

November 29, 2012

ULSTER branch officials are ramping up their efforts to unearth the next Rory McIlroy by seeking to appoint a Talent Identification Officer.
Branch Chairman, Peter Sinclair, told club representatives at the ADM that discussions were well advanced with Sports NI to provide funding for the new role.
In recent years the branch has stepped up efforts to pinpoint the next generation of players with former secretary, Brendan Edwards, and his team of coaches driving the process.
This year a summer assessment programme was well supported by the clubs with some 300 boys attending various venues across the province. The coaches then selected 80 participants for further intensive coaching during the winter at the Greenmount Academy.
Ulster golf continues to produce world class performers at both the professional and amateur level but the branch is determined to make the most of the new upsurge in interest sparked by the success of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Alan Dunbar.
To that end, the new appointee will be charged with working closely with junior convenors across the province to ensure that promising young players are not lost to the game which is particularly important at a time when falling membership is a serious issue for many clubs.
Mr Sinclair revealed that adult membership across Ulster had dropped from a peak of 44,000 in 2008 to a current level of 36,500.
He added, “We believe there are not fewer people playing golf. We believe people are playing golf elsewhere by taking advantage of the deals that are available.

“It concerns the provincial council and we are continually striving to find ways of assisting clubs in this area. We will be supporting changes to the GUI Constitution allowing the formation of a separate body in conjunction with the ILGU and the PGA.

“This Confederation will be tasked with the development of the game of golf and will include later next year the appointment of Club Development Officers in the four provinces.”
Motions put forward by Donaghadee to regionalise the Ulster Fourball and Ulster Cup competitions was defeated as was Rockmount’s motion urging the GUI to subsidise clubs reaching the All-Ireland Cups and Shields.

Chairman – Peter Sinclair (Knock)
Hon Sect – Eamonn O’Connor (Donegal)
Hon Treasurer – John White (Co Armagh)
Hon Match Sect – Norman Bennett (Holywood)
Provincial Council
Tom Jones (Belvoir Park), David McNeill (Cairndhu), Sam McBurney (Massereene), Dougie Irwin (Rathmore)
Match & Handicapping Committee
Jason Wilson (Loughgall), Nick Agate (Malone), Tony Cassidy (Dunmurry), Richard Dillon (Tandragee)

Wardlow bags UGP title at Royal Portrush

October 31, 2012

GARY Wardlow got into his stride early and did the winning work without delay in the Daly Golf Ulster Grand Prix on the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush. He birdied the first two holes, finished two-under-par and one shot ahead of the chasing pack.
The Dunmurry attaché opened with a 10 foot birdie putt, after a drive and wedge to the green, and followed that up with a drive and nine iron to the second  to set up another birdie.
He then covered the remaining 16 holes in regulation with three birdies and three bogeys pencilled in.
Remarkably, Wardlow made nine straight fours on the back nine – two birdies, five pars and two bogeys.
Donaghadee scratch player Neill Boyd and Johnny Hagan, who plays off plus-one out of Kirkistown Castle, both returned gross 36 points with the former in first place on countback. The nett winner was Joe Dowey from Lurgan.
The Kirkistown Castle duo of pro Neil Graham and amateur Johnny Hagan won the team betterball award with 44 points.

Professionals: 70 (-2) – G Wardlow (Dunmurry).
71 – G Chambers (Killymoon), N Graham (Kirkistown Castle).
70 – N Murray (Massereene), P Farrell (, B McElhinney (Foyle Academy).
Amateurs: Gross, 36 pts – Neil Boyd scr (Donaghadee), Johnny Hagan +1 (Kirkistown Castle) . Boyd takes first place on countback.
35 – Gary Clarke scr (Lurgan).
Nett, 36 pts – Joe Dowey 5 (Lurgan).
Team: 44 pts – Pro Neil Graham & Johnny Hagan 5 (both Kirkistown Castle).

Copy courtesy of Tony McGee