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Chambers secures PGA Tankard victory at Castlerock

October 5, 2017

Gary Chambers (Centre) with his Killymoon team members Catherine Irwin and Patrick Brown

Killymoon professional Gary Chambers climbed the winner’s rostrum for the first time this season when he won the pro’s section of the PGA Tankard Ulster finals at Castlerock.
Chambers posted a one-under-par 72 to be one shot clear of joint second placed Neil Graham (Portstewart) and Ricky Whitford (Knock).
Gary started his round at the 10th with an opening birdie following a wedge to 15 feet and then birdied the par five 11th. He gave a shot back at the short 14, where he found a greenside bunker off the tee, and at the long 17th where he drove right into trouble, hacked out into a bunker and finally three-putted for six.
That gave Chambers an opening nine of regulation 37 before he covered the first nine holes is one-under 35.
Eight pars and a birdie four at the third hole, where he got down in two from 35 feet after a drive and eight iron to the green, was his steady run home.
The men’s amateur nett award went to Ivan Kerr (Dungannon) who carded 38 points off a 13 handicap, while the gross award was collected by Co. Armagh’s Shea Smyth.
Gwyneth Cordner, a Spa 20 handicapper, won the women’s nett prize on 36 points while Violet McBride (Belvoir Park) posted 27 points to win the gross section.
The team prize was taken by Royal Portrush players, assistant professional Thomas Minshall along with amateurs Patrick McCann (8) and female Terry Leitch (19). One score at each hole counts and the winners carded 45 points.

The PGA Tankard in the North of Ireland Leaderboard

With thanks to Tony McGee


Castle Hume’s Donnelly wins at Mahee Island

June 7, 2017

It was bright and windy at well-manicured Mahee Island for the staging of another round in the PGA Summer Masters tournament, with Shaun Donnelly making the best of the conditions.
The cross-country trip for the Castle Hume club professional paid dividends as he posted a one-over-par 69 to stay clear of the chasing pack, three shots ahead of Ciarán Molloy (Ardee), Chris Carvill (Belvoir Pk) and Gary Chambers (Killymoon).
Four birdies and five bogeys decorated the winner’s card with, ironically, bogey fives at the sixth, seventh and 13th holes being caused by tree trouble. His other bogey was when he was short at the 16th and failed to get up and down in regulation.
Over the first nine holes, Donnelly’s birdies were pencilled in at the third, where he pitched to four feet, and the ninth, where he rolled in a 25-footer for another birdie three.
Second time around, he chipped to three feet at his 10th hole for another birdie and his fourth birdie three landed at his finishing hole as he sank a 15-footer.
Blackwood six-handicapper Paul Holmes won the amateur’s nett prize with 37 points while Andrew Clegg, who plays off one at Donaghadee, took the gross award, matching Donnelly’s 69.
Pro Ciarán Molloy and Blackwood amateurs Paul Holmes, Jim Connolly and Colin Treston (8) were the team winners, carding 95 points.

Summer Masters Mahee Island scoreboard

Leading scores
PGA Summer Masters at Mahee Island
Professionals: 69 (+1) – S Donnelly (Castle Hume).
72 – C Molloy (Ardee), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), G Chambers (Killymoon).
73 – C Gallaher (Greenacres), G Graham (Groomsport GR).

Amateurs: Nett, 37 pts – P Holmes 6 (Blackwood).
38 – S Wiles 8 (Belvoir Pk).
37 – J Connolly 12 (Blackwood).
Gross, 69 (+1) – A Clegg 1 (Donaghadee).
Team: 95 pts – Pro C Molloy (Ardee) with P Holmes 6, C Treston 8 & J Connolly 12 (all Blackwood).

With thanks to Tony McGee

PGA Captain – Gary Chambers – voices concerns about discounted green fee schemes

May 3, 2016
2016 PGA in Ireland Captain, Gary Chambers

2016 PGA in Ireland Captain, Gary Chambers

PGA in Ireland 2016 captain, Gary Chambers, has urged clubs to end the practice of buying into third party discounted green fee schemes.
“It is detrimental to every club in the country. It not only devalues the club, it also devalues the membership,” said the 48-year-old Killymoon GC professional.

“As professionals we often hear frustrated members who pay large fees upfront but then see heavily discounted green fees available. I really think the sooner we can get out of these schemes and put a proper value on ourselves the better.”

Born and raised in Moygashel, near Dungannon, Chambers is optimistic about the future and confident that professionals and clubs will adapt to changes in the industry.
“I think the same number of people are playing that have always played the game but the format has changed. A lot of players have given up membership and joined societies,” added Gary.
“The golf landscape is certainly in a better state than it was four or five years ago and I do believe it is improving.
“For example, just look at changes in the shop business. With custom fitting there is not the same need to stock lots of hardware. People don’t buy hardware off the rack any more, everyone wants to get fitted. I think it is a very good thing. The equipment suits the customer better and professionals do not have to outlay thousands of pounds for stock.
“I’m hopeful that we are approaching a new era that will see the golf business healthy and flourishing.
Chambers played his amateur golf at Dungannon GC and became a PGA assistant in 1990 under Barry Hamill at Killymoon GC. In 1992 he moved to Dundalk GC and finished his training with the late Jimmy Cassidy. In July 1995 he was appointed as professional at Killymoon, a post he has held for over 20 years.
“For seven or eight years I played regularly on the tournament scene and really enjoyed it. I was not a prolific winner, but I did win the Fota Island Pro-Am, shooting a 67 and I also won the Elm Park Pro-Am,” he said.
“I was over the moon to be appointed 2016 Captain. I never thought it would come my way and I’m honoured and humbled at the same time.
“I intend to get out and about this year and I’m looking forward to meeting up with professionals all over Ireland. I have committed to playing in 36 events. It would be a few more but I am taking the chance to attend the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine.
“It is noticeable that in the 20 years or so that I have been playing in Pro-Ams that the prize funds haven’t really gone up. However, it is great to see some signs of improvement this year with events at The Heritage and Delgany offering increased prize money.
“It is also very welcome to see a number of new venues coming on-board. Hopefully that is a sign that the economy is getting healthier and we will see increased prize funds.”

Trainor holds off Mooney and Leathem at Castlerock

February 3, 2015
Cairndhu professional Barrie Trainor won the seventh round of the Desmond Motors PGA Grand Prix at Castlerock Golf Club.
Trainor’s three under par round of 70 gave him a three shot victory over Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin) and David Leathem (Nevada Bobs) in cold wintery conditions.
“There was an early morning blizzard and we decided to call the players in from the course but it took us a few minutes to locate the horn and when we did and looked out the blizzard was over,” explained organising secretary Phil Posnett.
“We then allowed the players to carry on and the day turned out fine.”
Trainor got his round off to a good start with a birdie at the par five third,  getting up-and-down in two from short of the apron.
He dropped a shot at the fourth when he found sand but bounced back at the par five fourth, getting down in two from 20 yards.
He then wrapped up his opening nine holes with another birdie at the par four ninth. At the 10th hole, the winner was in rough off the tee and made bogey five but then carded a pair of twos at 14 and 16.
A five iron to three feet set up birdie two at the 14th and he steered an eight iron to six feet at the 16th for a homeward trip of one-under-par 36.
South of Ireland Championship winner, Stuart Bleakley (Shandon Park) topped the gross amateur standings with a three over round of 76.
On Saturday members of the PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance will head off to El Pompido for their annual Spanish Pro-am.
* At the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance AGM, Galgorm Castle head professional Phil Collins was returned as chairman along with Gary Wardlow (American Golf) to both the Irish Region and Ulster Branch committees.
Peter Hanna (Lurgan) and Gary Chambers (Killymoon) were elected to serve on the branch
Phil Posnett, who handles the affairs of the PGA Ulster Branch with efficiency, continues as secretary.

PGA Grand Prix No 7 at Castlerock
Professionals – 70 (-3) – B Trainor (Cairndhu).
73 – D Mooney (Ballyliffin), D Leathem (Nevada Bob).
74 – D Hughes (Massereene).
77 – D Allen (Roe Pk).