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Ulster juniors primed for Irish Open Skills battle

April 1, 2016
Dubai Duty Free Ambassador Des Smyth, Pat Finn from the Golfing Union of Ireland and Antonia Beggs from The European Tour help 14 year old Pat Taafe and 12 year old Pia McElligott practice their skills for the forthcoming regional finals of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Skills Challenge.

Dubai Duty Free Ambassador Des Smyth, Pat Finn from the Golfing Union of Ireland and Antonia Beggs from The European Tour help 14 year old Pat Taafe and 12 year old Pia McElligott practice their skills for the forthcoming regional finals of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Skills Challenge.

Junior golfers across Ulster are practicing their skills for the forthcoming regional finals of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Skills Challenge.
The Ulster qualifier will take place at the CAFRE Greenmount Campus in County Antrim on Saturday (April 2) with 23 boys teams and 13 girls teams competing for a place in the Grand Final.
Up for grabs is the chance to win a unique ‘meet and greet’ opportunity with a top player at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am, where they will also be able to watch the players practice their own considerable skills.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Skills Challenge is part of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’ http://bit.ly/1VA6JvB to help make this year’s Irish Open, which is hosted by his own charitable Rory Foundation, one of the best ever.
Run by The European Tour and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the competition is designed to help young golfers under the age of 15, develop their Putting, Chipping, Iron Play and Driving skills as part of a four-person team.
“This competition is a really great opportunity for our young golfers to focus on the key skills of the game in a fun team environment, and we are delighted that so many teams from across Ulster have entered,” said John Roche, Director of Golf and Business Development, Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI).
“The role of the CGI is to help advance the sport of golf throughout the island of Ireland and a key element of this is to foster a love of the sport among the next generation. This initiative is a really great way to show younger players what a fantastic sport golf is and to get them excited about the game. The level of interest in the competition is very heartening and really bodes well for the future of golf in Ireland.”
Other provincial finals will take place at Ballykisteen Golf Club (Munster) on April 16, Galway Bay Golf Club (Connacht) on April 16 and the Heritage Golf Club (Leinster) on April 17, with the National Final taking place at the GUI National Golf Academy at Carton House in Maynooth, County Kildare on Sunday April 24.
Boys teams must have a minimum combined handicap of 64 while the Girls teams must have a minimum combined handicap of 80.
Last year’s winners in Ulster were the girls team from Royal County Down Ladies Club and the boys from Tandragee Golf Club in Co Armagh. The National Final winners were the girls team from Shannon Golf Club in County Clare, and the boys team from Faithlegg Golf Club in County Waterford.

Boys: Greenacres Golf Club, Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Lurgan Golf Club, Spa Golf Club, Ballycastle Golf Club, Silverwood Golf Club, Bangor Golf Club, Tandragee Golf Club, Omagh Golf Club, Donaghadee Golf Club, Holywood Golf Club, Ballyclare Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Castlerock Golf Club, Helen’s Bay Golf Club, Clandeboye Golf Club, Carrickfergus Golf Club, Warrenpoint Golf Club, Loughgall Golf Club, Rockmount Golf Club, Antrim Golf Club
Girls: Lurgan Golf Club, Spa Golf Club, Bangor Golf Club, Tandragee Golf Club, Omagh Golf Club, Donaghadee Golf Club, Holywood Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Helen’s Bay Golf Club, Clandeboye Golf Club, Moyola Park Golf Club, Antrim Golf Club, Malone Golf Club
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Breen boys shine in Kellogg’s Skills event

September 17, 2012

Father and Son winners…….Category One winner Jonathan Breen (Kirkistown Castle) with his father Leonard (Category Two winner) receiving their prizes at the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Golf Skills Challenge National Final from Albert Lee (Hon Secretary, Golfing Union of Ireland) at the GUI National Golf Academy, Carton House. Also in the picture is Shane Dawson (Regional Sales Manager, Kellogg’s Ireland) Picture by Pat Cashman

THE Breen family from Kirkistown Castle in Co Down showed their golfing pedigree as father and son, Leonard and Jonathon won the Category 1 and 2 prizes at the first ever Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Golf Skills Challenge.
Leonard, off 7, claimed the honours in Category 2 with a score of 175 while son Jonathon, off 3, won Category 1 with a score of 165, in the Grand Final at the GUI National Golf Academy on Saturday.
The Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Golf Skills Challenge pitted male and female amateur golfers from all over the country against one another, with the finalists having qualified at various venues throughout the summer.
Each golfer took three shots at each of the seven different skills in the challenge – Driving, 135-metre shot, pitching, up and down, bunker play, difficult lies and putting. Points were awarded for each ball with the potential for bonus points in four of the skills. With a maximum score of 320, the Breens topped their categories in style, having qualified for the Grand Final at Malone Golf Club back in July.
Leonard, whose favourite course is Slieve Russell, played to his strengths.
“Good drives, good pitch shots and good iron shots. Short game is my strength,” he said, describing his round.
“It was a good test, the up and down out of the sand was pretty difficult, the putts were hard to read. The quality of the putting surfaces was brilliant.”
His son Jonathon, 20, has been playing since the age of 7 and with a mission to get to scratch, the 3-handicapper showed he has just the skills to do so with the best score in Category 1 at the Grand Final of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Golf Skills Challenge.
“He was fairly keen from a young age,” said dad Leonard, describing his son, who has already had five hole-in-ones during his golfing career, the most recent coming just three months ago at his home course at Kirkistown Castle.
The overall winner on the day was Eamonn Donoghue from Beech Park Golf Club in Dublin, who had a score of 245. Although he wasn’t eligible to win, Ireland rugby player and Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ambassador, Rob Kearney also tried his hand at the Skills Challenge, posting an impressive score of 135.
“I really enjoyed having the chance to put my golfing skills to the test and brush up on some ‘need to improve’ areas. There was some great talent on the course today and it’s great to see amateur golfers receiving recognition for developing their golfing skills”.
Kellogg Ireland Managing Director Jim McNeill was delighted with the success of the Skills Challenge.
“The response to the inaugural Golf Skills Challenge has been fantastic and we are delighted to be involved in this partnership with Irish golf. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to the winners and commend them on their hard work and efforts. They managed to teach the rest of us a thing or two on the course today!”

Courtesy of Alan Kelly (GUI)