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

May 3, 2017

Ireland’s team to face the USA in the International King’s Cup has been confirmed after a final qualifying event at Lough Erne Resort.
Following four regional qualifiers at Ardglass GC, Ennis GC, Westport GC and Dunmurry Springs GC, 60 players arrived at the Co Fermanagh venue, focused on securing a place on Ireland’s 16-man (8 pairs) team to face the USA in May.
Blustery conditions made life tricky for many of the competitors but it didn’t seem to bother two Kesh brothers Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever. The duo earned their spots on the Ireland team with a solid two-over par round of 74. They were later joined by another Co Fermanagh based pair of Vincent Owens and Martin Peters.
The best score of the day came from a pair of three-handicappers from Munster – Alan Moran (Tuam) and Colm Feeney (Galway GC) – who finished with a fine better-ball score of two under par 70.
Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort said: “Many thanks to the clubs that hosted regional qualifiers and all the players who competed to try and earn a place on the Ireland team.

“I’m convinced that we have put a very strong team together capable of defending the trophy we won last year. We are looking forward to the main event now and can’t wait for the Americans to arrive in Northern Ireland so they can get a taste of golf, N.I style.”

The International King’s Cup was first played last year and finished in dramatic style with Ireland winning after a thrilling play-off. The Ryder Cup style tournament, which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer, will take place this year from May 23-25.
Both teams will stay on-site at the Lough Erne resort, with full access to the golf academy, receive specially commissioned outerwear courtesy of Glenmuir and attend two Gala dinners as part of the event.

International King’s Cup Qualifiers
Senior Championship – Alan Moran (Tuam GC) & Colm Feeney (Galway GC)
Senior Category A – Niall Clince (Craddockstown GC) & Kieran O’Brien (Craddockstown GC)
Senior Category B – Liam Friel (Westport GC) & John Collins (Westport GC)
Senior Category C – James McAllister (Ballybofey & S GC) & Patsy O’Donnell (Ballybofey & S GC)
Open Age Championship – Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs) & Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC)
Category A Open Age – Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) & Darren McKeever (Donegal GC)
Category B Open Age – Kevin Commins (Ardee GC) & Tom Muldoon (Cloverhill GC)
Category C Open Age – Vincent Owens (Donegal GC) & Martin Peters (Omagh GC)
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Murray makes Powerade PGA Assistants’ progress

May 26, 2014

Powerade PGA Assistants' Championship - Irish Regional Qualifier
Noel
 Murray shook off a painful back to win the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship Irish qualifier at Co. Meath Golf Club.
Murray, of Massereene Golf Club, showed few signs of his injury problems as he carded a four-under-par round of 69 to beat Patrick Small (Galway) and Iarlaith Keane (Balcarrick) into second place.
They will join 10 other qualifiers at Coventry Golf Club for the £32,500 FootJoy-supported final on June 11-13.
Belfast-based Murray will be returning to the Midlands venue where he impressed in last year’s event.
But he admitted he almost pulled out of the qualifier before going on to win it.
“I’d aggravated my lower back in the gym and it had been giving me problems in an event the day before,” he explained.
“To be honest, when it came to playing at Co. Meath I almost pulled out I was in that much pain.
“But the night before, I made sure I rested up with a hot water bottle. And in the morning I was fine after having it rubbed down.
“I decided to play and it wasn’t until the 16th hole that it started giving me pain again.
“By that time, I was on my way to qualifying.
“But I was back with the physio almost as soon as the event had finished. I won’t make the mistake of doing too much gym work again.”
Second year PGA Assistant Murray is keen to get back to Coventry after his top 20 finish in 2013.
The 23-year-old said: “I did okay last year considering it was my first time there.”
But he admitted that his back pains were not the only problem to contend with.
“It was pouring rain for a while and I think they considered calling it off,” said Murray.
“In the end, we didn’t come off but there was a mopping up operation going on for a while.”

Qualifiers:
1 (-4) Noel Murray, Massereene
2= (-2) Patrick Small, Galway; Iarlaith Keane, Blacarrick
4= (-1) Ian Brennan, Greenore; Neil O’Briain, Old Conna; Graham Donohoe, Rosslare
7 (LVL) David Allen, Roe Park
8 (+1) Ryan Madigan, Killiney
9= (+3) Conor Gorevan, Lisheen Springs; Brian McCormack, Galway
11= (+4) Brian Doheny, Rathsallagh; Shane Corner, Castlewarden; Steven Quinlan, Lucan