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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council launch new Junior Golf tournament

February 25, 2018

On the tee box at Warrenpoint Golf Club are, Irish international Colm Campbell; Andy Patterson, Assistant Director Tourism, Culture and Events: Kevin Stevens, Executive Officer, Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch); Marie Ward, Council Director of Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism; John White, Chairman of Golfing Union Ireland (Ulster Branch); Austin Crawford, Captain of Kilkeel Golf Club; Raymond Duffin, Captain Warrenpoint Golf Club; and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Roisin Mulgrew.

They’re going all in on junior golf in County Down this summer.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in conjunction with the GUI (Ulster Branch), and ILGU (Northern District) have announced details of a new three-day junior event to run from 15-17 August.
This new tournament, which will be hosted by Kilkeel, Warrenpoint and Royal County Down will be on at the same time as the Girls British Amateur Championship at Ardglass GC (14-18 August).
The Newry, Mourne and Down Junior Summer Golf Trophy offers competition for all standards of golfer and at multiple age groups U18, U16 and U14. Competitors will play at Warrenpoint and Kilkeel with the leading 20 qualifiers earning the right to compete at Royal County Down.
For the very young (U10) and beginners (those without an official handicap), a flag competition will run concurrently with the competitions in Kilkeel and Warrenpoint. Golfers will start on the 10th Tee and in 25 shots see how far they can get. After the flag competition, the club professionals will host a clinic for all participants. Prizes will be awarded in the flag competition based on age.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said; “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are supportive of the development of junior golf and golf tourism in the north of Ireland.”
She continued; “The Newry, Mourne and Down Junior Summer Trophy is an exciting new golf tournament that will be competitive, challenging and fun for junior golfers and aims to help every child enjoy the sport of golf.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Newry, Mourne and Down region and to attract junior golfers from across Ireland and beyond. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council hope to see this junior golfing event established as an annual event.”

Chairman of the GUI (Ulster Branch) John White said; “The Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) is delighted to be associated with Newry Mourne & Down District Council’s new golf competition “Junior Golf Summer Trophy”.

“This competition is an excellent stepping stone between those taking up the game and those that have reached an elite standard, in all age categories, who play in the various GUI/Ulster Branch Championships across the country.”

He continued; “The attraction to families is especially welcomed, with the competitions at Kilkeel and Warrenpoint supplemented by a Flag competition, for those not able to play in the Summer Trophy itself. We wish all competitors and their family and friends an enjoyable few days in this very picturesque part of the country.”
For further information and to book your space, go to
The long-established Newry Mourne and Down Summer Trophy will also run alongside this exciting new junior event.
Competitors will play Spa GC, St Patrick’s GC and Royal County Down golf Clubs on 15-17 August 2018. To book your space in the Summer Trophy visit


Higgins drives to victory at Down Syndrome Kilkeel Pro-Am

August 26, 2017

David Higgins

David Higgins carded a two under par round of 70 to win the Down Syndrome Kilkeel Pro-Am.
The Waterville Links man plotted his way around the tight, tree-lined lay-out in Co. Down to finish one shot ahead of Damien McGrane and Mark Whelan (Castlewarden Golf & CC).
“It’s a great driving course. If you are slightly off on the right or the left you can’t get to the green. That suits me, that’s my style of golf. I love that and the result showed it. I played some good golf and won,” said David.
“The form of late has been a bit up and down. I felt that I was playing well but not holing enough putts. I’ll kick on from here and I’m determined to finish the season strongly.”

Damien McGrane, Kilkeel GC capt Declan Fitzpatrick and Mark Whelan

The 44-year-old played the opening nine holes at Kilkeel in two under 35 with birdies coming at the fourth and fifth. His only dropped shot of the round came at the 16th when he found the greenside bunker and failed to get up and down. However, he bounced back with a birdie at the last to come home in level par 35 and set the clubhouse target.
He continued; “I felt that if I did get that birdie I might have enough to win. It was one of those days when you felt that two under was going to be a good score. You had to stay patient.”
Damien McGrane and his amateur partners of Kevin Cummins, Tom Muldoon and Catherine Cummins won the team event with 95 points.

Down Syndrome Kilkeel Pro-Am scoreboard

Thornton secures Belvoir Park Pro-Am success

June 8, 2017

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton coped admirably with blustery conditions to win the Belvoir Park Pro-Am on Tuesday.
The Newcastle-based professional fired a three under par 68 to edge out Headfort’s Joe Dillon at the Belfast course.
“It wasn’t easy. It was hard to pick the wind with it swirling through the trees,” said Thornton who is still easing himself back to full fitness following surgery on his feet.
“We’re on schedule, they are sore towards the end of the round but it’s not the same pain as before, it’s pain from the operation and that will ease in time.. hopefully.

“It’s a slow process, I’m not rushing it because there is a lot of golf to come with the Irish PGA Championship and then the Irish Open. I just have to manage it as well as I can.”

Starting at the first, Simon raced to three under after four holes courtesy of birdies at the first, third and fourth. A dropped shot at the seventh slowed his progress but he turned for home in two under 34 and an eagle at the par five 10th saw him reach four under for his round.
Simon added; “It was a nice start and then I pitched in for that eagle on 10 but after that, I was finding the middle of the greens with my approach shots and two-putting for pars.
“I bogeyed the 15th when I hit a three-wood into the trees but I think I could have been a few more under par if I had been a bit sharper.”
Kilkeel GC professional Jerry Scullion, guided his amateur partners of Neill Roulston, Ian Emerson and Sam Gillespie to success in the team event with 84 points.

Belvoir Park Pro-Am sponsored by DeepRiverRock results

Belvoir Park Pro-Am
sponsored by DeepRiverRock
at Belvoir Park (Par 71)
Leading scores
1 S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) 68
2 J Dillon (Headfort GC) 69
T3 D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), D McGrane 70
T5 C. Carvill (Belvoir Park GC), M McGeady (Seamus Duffy Golf Academy), K Shannon 72

PGA Pro-Am at Kilkeel GC to raise funds for Down’s Syndrome Association

May 15, 2017

(l-r) Declan Fitzpatrick Kilkeel Golf Club Captain, Liam McCarten Kilkeel Golf Club President, Caiomhe McPolin, Seamus McKibben PGA & Pro Am Organiser, Sophie Allister, Yvonne Cassidy PGA.

Kilkeel Golf Club will host a PGA in Ireland Pro-Am on June 8th to raise funds for the Down’s Syndrome Association NI.
The team event will feature 50 of Ireland’s leading PGA professionals competing alongside amateur players at the Co Down venue.
Kilkeel was designed by the great golf course architect Eddie Hackett and is situated within the walls of the Kilmorey Estate at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. The par 72 course measures 6,615 yards from the medal tees.
There is a limited number of tee times available at a cost of £350. This will entitle three amateur players to compete in the Pro-Am alongside one of the professionals. A morning and afternoon shot-gun start will be in operation with food served to all the competitors on the completion of their rounds.
Alternatively, for those who cannot attend but still want to support the event there are still some tee sponsorship opportunities available.
The Down’s Syndrome Association aims to create the conditions that all people with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives. The NI operation, based in Belfast, consists of five full-time staff members who rely solely on fundraising efforts to fund their support groups.
If you are interested in entering a team for the Pro-Am, sponsoring a tournament tee or would like to make a donation please contact, Seamus McKibbin, Pro-Am coordinator at 07793811015 or Jerry Scullion PGA Professional at Kilkeel GC at 07766818466

Thornton wins UGA Final at Concra Wood

April 6, 2016

concra wood pic 3
Simon Thornton (-3) edged out Ricky Whitford (-2) and Noel Murray (-2) to win the Ping Ulster Golfers Alliance Final at Concra Wood GC.
The RCD man has dominated the PGA in the North of Ireland winter series and headed into the final UGA event with five victories tucked under his belt.
He started strongly at the Castleblayney venue with a birdie at the par five first, getting up and down from the edge of the green. Four pars followed before he dropped a shot at the tricky par three sixth, failing to get up and down for par after missing the green with an eight iron. He rounded off his front nine with three more pars to reach the turn in level par 36.
A birdie at the par four 11th kick-started his back nine and further birdies followed at the par five 13th and 15th.
A dropped shot at the 16th where he flew the green with his approach halted his momentum somewhat but he responded with a birdie at the par four 17th and parred the 18th to come home in three under 33.
Murray (Massereene) and Whitford (Knock) both signed for a two under par 70’s, with Whitford producing a superb four-birdie, bogey free back nine.
Castle Hume’s Shaun Donnelly guided his team of Graham Veitch (11), Tom Grimsley (12) and Michael Kearney (14) to the team prize with 96pts.
The amateur gross prize was collected by Clandeboye GC three-handicapper Ian Smyth with 30pts. The best nett went to Kilkeel GC scratch golfer Sean Ross with a superb 39pts.

Pro Scores – http://UGA finals

Thornton dominates at St Patrick’s

October 15, 2015

Apulia San Domenico Grand Final 2011 - Round 3
Simon Thornton produced a brilliant opening round of eight under par 61 to take control of proceedings at the PGA North of Ireland Championship presented by Scullion Management Consultants at St Patrick’s GC.
The RCD man spread-eagled the field at the 54 hole event, finishing the day with a seven shot lead over nearest rival, defending champion Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin).
The 38-year-old Bradford born golfer made a blistering start to his round, rattling off five birdies on the bounce as he went to the turn in seven under par 28.
At that stage, Simon must have considered the possibility of breaking 60 but he failed to maintain his early momentum on the back nine and came home in a rather prosaic one under par 33.
A cut was made at the end of the opening 18 holes with 24 players making it through to the final 36 holes on Friday. Amongst those to sneak in on the +5 mark were, Jerry Scullion (Kilkeel GC) who recently won the Ulster PGA Championship and St Patrick’s professional Robbie Hutton.
Michael Bannon, who hosted a clinic on Wednesday, carded a nine-over par round to miss out.

Leaderboard –

Scullion goes low to grab HBE PGA Ulster Championship title at Hilton Templepatrick

October 9, 2015
Jerry Scullion (right) with Adrian Byrne, HBE Risk Management (centre) and Robert Glashan (Hilton Templepatrick)

Jerry Scullion (right) with Adrian Byrne, HBE Risk Management (centre) and Robert Glashan (Hilton Templepatrick)

Jerry Scullion fired a best of the week eight under par round of 64 to win the HBE PGA Ulster Championship title at Hilton Templepatrick on Thursday.
The Kilkeel professional, level par overnight, shot out of the pack to grab the biggest win of his career on the PGA in Ireland circuit.
“It’s an absolutely fantastic feeling to win today,” said the 32-year-old Scullion.
“It’s nine years since I won the Irish Assistant’s Match-Play. I enjoyed every moment of it today, everything worked and it’s just fantastic to come out on top.
“This last couple of weeks I felt the game was good, but I wasn’t producing good scores. On Tuesday here in the Pro-Am I felt that if I holed a putt of two I could shoot a low one.
“I took a lot of confidence from my level par opening round and then today got off to a hot start – four under through five.

“I got to five under par and then eagled 16. Once I did that I thought I maybe had a chance of doing something. I was thinking that I needed to eagle 18 to get to nine under but thankfully the birdie got me to eight under and that was good enough.”

Mark Staunton (Delgany GC) and Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) finished tied for second on seven under par.
Overnight leader, David Higgins (Waterville), carded a second round 71 to finish in a tie for fourth alongside Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and Eamonn Brady (Clontarf GC) who wrapped up the Order of Merit title for 2015.
“I’m really delighted, it [topping the OoM] was my only goal this year,” said Brady,
“I put a lot of hard work into things this season. I played really solid all year and while my members at Clontarf haven’t seen me all year, it’s nice to come out on top.”
In the end just 479.5 points separated Brady and Higgins over the course of a season that started in April at The European Club.
“I did my homework and my maths before coming down here and I knew that if I finished fourth or better it wouldn’t matter even if David won,” added Eamonn, who admitted to being pretty nervous all week.
“I just wanted to play well, and then he shot five under in the opening round which really put it up to me. Even walking past me on the practice ground this morning he said, ‘I didn’t want to make it easy for you’. Fair dues to him.
“I have a lot to look forward to now. The European Individuals next week, the European Teams and then the PGA Play-Offs so there’s plenty still to play for.”

Scores –
Order of Merit –

HBE PGA Ulster Championship
Sponsored by HBE
at Hilton Templepatrick (par 72)
Final scores
1 J Scullion (Kilkeel GC) 72/64 -8
T2 M Staunton (Delgany GC) 70/67; Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) 69/68 -7
T4 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) 73/65; E Brady (Clontarf GC) 69/69; D Higgins (Waterville) 67/71 -6
T7 N O’Briain (Old Conna GC) 69/70; D Mooney (Ballyliffin) 68/71 -5
T9 C Curley (Royal Tara GC) 68/72; B McGovern 68/72 -4
PGA in Ireland OoM 2015 – Final Standings
1 Eamonn Brady Clontarf Golf Club 19,311.92 pts
2 David Higgins Waterville Golf Links 18,832.42
3 Colm Moriarty Drive Golf Performance Ltd 18,066.48
4 Neil O’Briain Old Conna Golf Club 16,368.71
5 Damian Mooney Nevada Bobs Belfast 13,896.89
6 Brendan McGovern Headfort Golf Club 12,621.06
7 Cian McNamara Monkstown Golf Club 11,715.65
8 Noel Murray Massereene Golf Club 11,554.30
9 Niall Kearney Royal Dublin Golf Club 10,733.30
10 Michael McDermott Pure Golf Leopardstown 10,367.06

Jerry gets his teeth into Irish PGA Championship challenge

September 4, 2015
Jerry Scullion

Jerry Scullion

Jerry Scullion wasn’t going to let anything ruin his chances of claiming a spot in this year’s Irish PGA Championship – not even toothache!
The Kilkeel professional ignored the nagging pain in his jaw to top the leaderboard at the first of two qualifying events at Dundalk GC with a one over par 73.
“I had been annoyed by a sore tooth for a couple of weeks but it got so bad that I almost walked in after 13 holes,” said the 32-year-old.

“I was biting down on a tee while I was playing the 10th, 11th, and 12th but thankfully I stuck it out and got through.”

Jerry started his round brightly and reached three under after seven holes with birdies at the third, fifth and seventh.
“Everything was working pretty well and I really should have had four or five birdies on the front nine alone,” added Jerry.
“I dropped a shot at the eighth and then missed another good birdie chance at the ninth. From around the turn though the pain from the tooth was awful and it was hard to concentrate.”
Given how he was feeling, it’s no surprise that Jerry made a number of mistakes on the back nine, dropping shots at the 12th, 14th and 16th.
After going to the turn in two under 34 he struggled home in three over 39 but his one over par total was more than good enough to secure his place in the Irish PGA Championship field on October 1.
“I’m looking forward to it. I missed the event last year and I’m happy to get another chance to play around Dundalk GC, it’s a venue I really enjoy,” added Jerry, who claimed his best finish in the event – tied 11th – back in 2012 at Mount Juliet.
“They’ve made a number of very good course changes at Dundalk, taking some trees out and reworking some of the bunkers. The way they have done it makes a number of the holes look more inviting but if anything they are a bit more dangerous. The course still has plenty of bite.”
The second qualifying event will be held at Dundalk GC on September 21st.

Jerry Scullion (Kilkeel GC); Richard Creamer (Arklow GC); Paul Masterson (Coollattin GC); Diarmaid Fraser (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club); Joe Murray (Hollystown GC); Michael Kelly (Dun Laoghaire GC); Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC); Brian Doheny; David Walker (Foxrock GC); Ciaran Boggan (Co Meath GC); Mark Peat (Bray GC); William Noble (Co Cavan GC)

Martin cruises to Kilkeel success

November 19, 2014

peter martin
Colin Valley professional Peter Martin carded a superb five under par round of 67 to win the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at Kilkeel GC.
Martin went to turn in two under 35 with birdies at the first, third and sixth, his only blemish coming at the par four ninth, courtesy of a three-putt.
He was flawless over the closing nine, recording three more birdies at the 10th, 15th and par five 18th.
Massereene’s David Hughes finished in second place with Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin) and Gary Wardlow (QUB) in third.
In the team event, Cairndhu’s Barrie Trainor guided amateurs Nigel Black, Wilson Lilley and Kevin McGoldrick to victory over Knockbracken’s Wesley Ramsey and partners with a fine score of 86 points.
Allen Park’s Billy Dobbin charged to 38 points to win the amateur’s top nett prize. Damien McCusker (Moyola Park) and international Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) shared the gross section with a pair of 73s.

Leading Scores
67 (-5) – P Martin (Collin Valley Academy).
70 – D Hughes (Massereene).
72 – D Mooney (Ballyliffin), G Wardlow (QUB).
74 – N Graham (Portstewart).
75 – W Ramsey (Knockbracken Academy), R Whitford (Knock), V Teague (Loughgall).
Amateurs Nett
38 pts – Billy Dobbin 22 (Allen Pk).
37 – Paul Holmes 9 (Blackwood) bb6
37 – Nigel Black 10 (Cairndhu) bb9
37 – Andy Beattie 16 (Mourne) bb9
73 – Damien McCusker scr (Moyola Pk)
73 – Dermot McElroy -4 (Ballymena)
1 Professional Barrie Trainor (Cairndhu) with Nigel Black 10, Wilson Lilley 13 and Kieran McGoldrick 6 (all Cairndhu) 86
2 Professional Wesley Ramsey (Knockbracken) with Peter Rafferty 8 (Carnalea), Cyril Cummons 12 (Carnalea) and Ralph Murphy 21 (Balmoral)