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Fairweather digs deep to reach last four at North of Ireland while Gleeson loses his head

July 14, 2017

Alex Gleeson gets ready to tee off on the eighth

Knock’s Colin Fairweather battled some bad weather and an on-going leg injury to reach the semi-finals of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship yesterday.
The 26-year-old Irish International is suffering from circulation problems and needed an injection just to make the first tee on Monday. As a precaution, he opted not to play any practice rounds and after starting slowly, he has worked his way into the tournament.
On Thursday he beat Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park) and then Derek Downie (Kirkistown Castle) to set up a last-four meeting with leading qualifier Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk GC).
“I finally holed a few putts there which was a help for the confidence going around,” said Fairweather.
“The putting in qualifying was fine but you know what it’s like, each day can be different.
“On the first day I struggled with my whole game. It was only my ‘B’ or ‘C’ game.

“I am slowly getting the confidence back and finding a way to get it around. It’s coming together.”

His opponent this morning, Caolan Rafferty, got a scare in the last 16 yesterday when he was taken to the 19th by Tandragee’s Ross Dutton. The Dundalk man didn’t make the same mistake in the last eight, beating Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 4&2.
“We both got off to a slow start, then picked up a wee bit but the rain swept in which doesn’t allow for any good golf,” said the 24-year-old.
“My bad golf was better than Darragh’s bad golf. I think we can agree on that one.

“It was a struggle this afternoon. Some of it was tired golf and the rest was the elements. I will try and get the feet up this evening and get ready for the morning.”

The other semi-final this morning will see Alex Gleeson (Castle) take on Rowan Lester (Hermitage).
If Gleeson does win the title he will have to do it without an eight iron after the club broke mid round in his 2&1 victory over Paul Murphy (Rosslare) yesterday afternoon.
“I was playing the 13th and the head of my club flew off at impact and landed in a bush,” said Alex, the reigning Irish Close Champion.
“I couldn’t find it, but it shouldn’t be too much problem to get around it tomorrow using a seven or nine iron.”
Lester proved too strong for Ronan Mullarney (Galway) in the final match of the day, winning 3&1.
A student at Texas Wesleyan University, he wasn’t happy with his morning display in beating Cian Geraghty (Laytown/Bettystown) 2&1.
“I was struggling a bit with the long game. I wasn’t committing to the shots but I did that better this afternoon,” he said.
The semi-finals get underway this morning at 8.30am.

Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship match play scoring

RESULTS
Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush
Round 3: D Downie (Kirkistown Castle) bt J Murphy (Kinsale) 3&1; C Fairweather (Knock) bt G Lappin (Belvoir Pk) 2 holes; D Coughlan (Portmarnock) bt A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 1 hole; C Rafferty (Dundalk) bt R Dutton (Tandragee) at 19th’; A Gleeson (Castle) bt E Smith (Laytown & Bettystown) 3&2; Paul Murphy (Rosslare) bt F Mason (Moor Hall) 6&5; R Mulranny (Galway) bt J Yates (Naas) 4&2; R Lester (Hermitage) bt C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 2 holes.
Quarter-finals: Fairweather bt Downie 2 holes; Rafferty bt Coughlan 4&2; Gleeson bt Murphy2&1; Lester bt Mullarney 3&1.
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Damien Mooney gears up for International Team Championship with victory at Kirkistown

January 10, 2017

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Damian Mooney began his new year golf activity as he hopes to continue, with victory in the Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament, at Kirkistown Castle.
Mooney’s three-under par round of 66 earned him a relatively comfortable three-shot victory and provided the perfect preparation ahead of next week’s International Team Championship event in Turkey.
The Nevada Bobs Belfast representative will feature in the three-man Ireland team alongside Michael McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown) and Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) at Gloria Hotels & Resorts (Jan 17-20).
The 48-year-old made a fast start at Kirkistown opening with a three-birdie blitz.
A drive and six iron onto the first green set up an opening birdie, then he rolled in a 20-footer on the second and he completed the birdie treble when he drove the par-four third green.
He dropped his only shot of the front nine when he failed to find the putting surface at the fifth but he recovered the lost ground with another birdie at nine, where he drove just 40 yards short of the green and chipped to one foot.
Out in three-under-par 32 he dropped another shot at the 10th hole after failing to find the green with his approach but he immediately got that shot back on the next when he rolled in a 10 footer for birdie.
Four pars followed before he dropped another shot at the par three 16th when he flew the green and failed to get up and down however, he bounced back once again with a birdie at the 17th and closed out his round with a par at the 18th.
Groomsport Golf Centre’s Gareth Graham finished second after a level par round of 69 but he did manage to guide home the winning team with 89 points.

Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Kirkistown Castle

Leading scores
Professionals: 66 (-3) – D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast).
69 – G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre).
70 – B McElhinney (North West), P Collins (Galgorm Castle), C Lyttle (Ballyclare).
71 – S Thornton (Unattached), M Alexander (Heywood).
Amateurs: Nett, 38 pts – S Goldthorpe 17 (Blackwood).
37 – I Smyth 3 (Clandeboye) … 2nd;
37 – L Murray 8 (Mourne) ,,, 3rd;
37 – N Gallagher 10 (The Hilton) … 4th;
36 – C Moore 5 (Ballyclare).
Gross, 68 – J McVicker scr (Knock).
Team: 89 pts – Pro G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre) with amateurs G Smyth 9, C Conlon 17 (both Kirkistown Castle) & S Goldthorpe 17 (Blackwood).
With thanks to Tony McGee

Weatherall and Murray share the spoils at Kirkistown Castle

January 22, 2016
Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Mark Weatherall and Noel Murray shared top spot at the PGA Grand Prix event for the Connor Mallon Trophy at Kirkistown Castle GC.
The heavy rain that blighted most of December led to the cancellation of scheduled tournaments at both Massereene and Bangor but thankfully, the James Braid designed links at Kirkistown Castle GC was up to the challenge, although play was restricted to the front nine with competitors completing two loops.
Donaghadee professional Weatherall played his opening nine holes in level par 35, rattling off nine straight pars. He collected his first birdie on his 10th hole of the day, the par five first, rolling in a putt from two feet after a short range pitch. Three more birdies followed at the 12th, 16th and 17th as he came home in 31 to sign for a four under 66.
Murray, already a two time winner on the PGA in the North of Ireland Alliance series, also went to the turn in level par 35 courtesy of two bogeys and two birdies on the card at the second and ninth.
The Massereene professional birdied the 10th, dropped a shot at the par three 13th but responded in style, bagging birdies at the 14th and 15th before chipping in for eagle at the par four 16th to match Weatherall’s 66 mark.
Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin) and Wesley Ramsey (Knockbraken) finished a shot back with David Hughes (Massereene) in fifth.
Donaghadee amateur Andy Clegg topped the amateur gross scores with 38pts, while Nathan Kernaghan (Massereene) led the nett standings with 41pts, edging out Brian Gogarty (Killymoon) on countback.
Clegg and Weatherall also walked away with the team prize, amassing a betterball score of 44pts.

Scores
http://GP Kirkistown Castle http://bglf.com/jhqr6

Collins and Graham shine at Kirkstown GC

November 23, 2015

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Phil Collins and Gareth Graham came out on top at the PGA Grand Prix event for the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy at Kirkistown Castle.
The duo carded rounds of two under par 67 to finish four shots ahead of Damien Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast) and Mark Weatherall (Donaghadee) at the event which had to be switched from Knock GC due to wet conditions.
Galgorm Castle professional Collins birdied the par five first, two putting from 25 feet after finding the green with his approach.
Three pars followed before his first dropped shot of the day which came courtesy of a three-putt at the fifth. He rounded off his front nine with four pars to turn in level par 35.
He dropped another shot at the par four 10th failing to get up and down but responded in fine style with three birdies in the next five holes. Highlight of that run was a three at the long par four 13th when he hit driver and three wood to 15 feet before rolling in the putt as he came home in two under 32.
Groomsport Golf Centre professional Graham also started with a birdie at the first, and reached two under for the round at the par four seventh when he rolled in a putt from eight feet.
Out in two under 33 without a blemish on his card he made the same mistake as Collins by failing to find the green with his approach at the 10th which resulted in a bogey.
That was his only set-back as he continued to play some steady bogey-free golf on the back nine and his patience paid off when he grabbed his third birdie of the day at the par four 17th when he converted from six feet.
Graham and Blackwood amateur Andrew Connolly (5) won the betterball event while Clandeboye’s Ian Smyth (3) grabbed the amateur nett prize with 36pts.

Pro Scores http://bit.ly/1ObmW9X

Amateur Gross scores
1 Andrew Dillon (Spa) H/c 2 38pts
2 Jonathan Breen (Kirkistown Castle) Scr 34pts
3 Henry Clark (Shandon Park) H/c 2 34pts

Whitford tops leaderboard at Downpatrick GC

January 8, 2014

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A birdie-birdie finish from Ricky Whitford to the top of the leaderboard after the first 2014 outing of the PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance, at Downpatrick GC. The Knock pro posted a one-under-par 68 to win by one stroke from Gary Wardlow and Phil Farrell.
Whitford made a solid start on the front nine of his round with eight pars and a bogey five at the sixth. A 10-feet birdie putt on the 10th green brought him back to level par.
However, he missed the surface at the short 11th for bogey but recovered the lost ground, again, using a drive and lob wedge to five feet this time, for a second birdie three. The bumpy form continued with a three-putt bogey four at 15 before the fighting finish that landed Whitford the winner’s cheque.
The driver and lob wedge worked magic again for the Knock pro as he found the heart of the green before rolling home a 25-footer, at 17, for another birdie three and at the last he rifled a nine iron to 20 feet and again rolled home the putt.
William Hickey, a 13-handicapper from Kirkistown Castle, topped the amateurs’ nett leaderboard with a fabulous 40 points while international Dermot McElroy, once more took the gross award. The Ballymena plus-four player carded 39 points (three-under-66).
The winning team was piloted by Massereene trainee Barry McGoldrick who combined with Kirkistown Castle members William Hickey (13), Michael McGoldrick (27) and Martin Waring (19) to post 91 points.
Next Tuesday, there will be a PGA Grand Prix at Ballycastle and on January 21 the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance members will play at Kilkeel.

PING PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at St Patrick’s GC, Downpatrick
Professionals: 68 (-1) – R Whitford (Knock).
69 – G Wardlow (QUB), P Farrell (Laganview DR).
70 – D Hughes (Massereene).
71 – P Stevenson (Portadown), P Hanna (Lurgan).
72 – J Dolan (Dunmurry), N Murray (Massereene), P Collins (Galgorm Castle), B McGoldrick (Malone).
Amateurs: Nett, 41 pts – Wm Hickey 13 (Kirkistown Castle).
40 – Sean McComb 12 (Massereene).
39 – Ian Smyth 4 (Clandeboye).
Gross, 39 pts – D McElroy +4 (Ballymena).
Team: 91 pts – Pro Barry McGoldrick (Massereene) with Wm Hickey 13, Michael McGoldrick 27 & Martin Waring 19 (all Kirkistown Castle).

Copy courtesy of Tony McGee

Links golf Scottish style is closer than you think

October 21, 2013
Driving off the 13th tee at Dundonald Links

Driving off the 13th tee at Dundonald Links

IF you’re looking for a taste of links golf ‘Scottish style’ you shouldn’t automatically head for St Andrews.
Scotland has much, much more to offer and certainly, from a Northern Ireland perspective, you don’t have to travel far to savour the experience.
The West coast of Scotland often gets overlooked but South and North Ayrshire has a wonderful array of courses all within a short driving distance from the port of Troon.
Pack the car in the morning, hop on the P&O ferry at Larne and you can be playing at historic venues like Glasgow Gailes, Barassie or even the 2004 Open venue, Royal Troon.
On a recent visit I tackled Western Gailes and Dundonald Links, two courses separated by the Ayrshire Coast railway line and over 100 years of history. Western Gailes was founded in 1897 and retains an air of tradition while Dundonald Links, designed by Kyle Phillips, only opened for business in 2003.
Western Gailes is a classic old style links very much in the mould of Kirkistown Castle, or Castlerock. The course is squeezed into the land between the sea and the railway line but unlike many links courses where the sea is often blocked from view, at Western Gailes it is a constant presence, particularly on the stretch of holes from the fifth to the 13th.
Played off the tips the course measures just over 7000 yards, long enough to make it a challenge for some of the world’s best. Western Gailes has played host to the Curtis Cup and the Home Internationals. It is also a regular venue for Open Championship qualifying.

Western Gailes

Western Gailes

Thankfully, on our visit we played off the ‘visitors’ tees, which proved challenging enough particularly when facing into what my caddy helpfully referred to as a ‘light breeze’.
Coping with the wind and rain is, of course, all part of any links golf experience and Western Gailes, devoid of the huge dunes that frame the likes of Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, is more exposed than most to the elements sweeping in off the Fifth of Clyde.
The opening hole ‘Station’ offers a gentle start before the real challenge commences. The par four second ‘Railway’ plays to a small bowl-shaped green, hidden from view by the rolling mounds and hollows.
The par five sixth, ‘Lappock; plays along the water and requires two good shots to get into position to attack a large green which is tucked away almost at right angles to the fairway.
There is no let up on the back nine. The 13th ‘Barassie’ is the second of the three ‘short’ holes on the course and offers some respite in terms of length, but even it is surrounded by bunkers, gorse and heather.
The closing holes all play alongside the railway line bringing ‘Out of Bounds’ into the equation. The 16th, ‘Camp’ appears innocent standing on the tee but a hidden burn just short of the green makes for a treacherous approach. At the 17th, ‘Ridge’ the fairway narrows at 270 yards off the tee and the second shot is blind over a gorse mound to a narrow green. There is no let up at 18, which dog legs gently left. Golfers must play over one more burn and avoid the final bunkers to find the home green.
Western Gailes is a fantastic challenge and I certainly benefited from having a caddy who knew ‘where not to hit it’. On a course with so many hidden dips and hollows, that local knowledge was invaluable. If you get the chance to play it, and it really is worth a visit, investing in a caddy might also be a wise investment.
Thankfully, when you’ve been battered by the elements and the course, the clubhouse is warm and welcoming. You won’t find any stuffiness at Western Gailes. Instead you’ll enjoy superb hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere which only adds to the entire experience.
During our two-day excursion we stayed at the excellent four-star Menzies Hotel near Irvine, a mere five-minute drive from both courses. It’s a modern ‘golfer friendly’ hotel with comfortable, bedrooms, a contemporary brassiere restaurant, a stylish cocktail bar and a spacious lounge. More importantly, it is ideally located to make it is the perfect base for a golfing break.

Dundonald Links

So refreshed and ready for action we arrived at Dundonald Links for the second round of our visit to Ayrshire. Dundonald Links has been getting rave reviews since opening for business a decade ago and on a bright sunny day (the sun always shines in Scotland) it was a real pleasure to play.
Understandably, this modern links venue is a much different to Western Gailes.
For a start, there’s a fine driving range and practice facilities to get you ready for your round. On the course you won’t find any small bowl greens tucked away out of sight although you might find one or two sneaky pot bunkers. The green complexes are large and many of them are raised above the level of the fairway which makes running a shot in along the ground damn near impossible.

The 12th green Dundonald Links

The 12th green Dundonald Links

Dundonald is owned by the Loch Lomond private club and was acquired to give its members a taste of winter golf.
Since opening for play, this 7100 yard par 72 course has played host to pre-qualifying for the European Tour and the Senior British Open Championship.
The first offers a relatively benign opening tee shot to a wide fairway but the second shot to a narrow, two tiered green better be on target or you could be struggling for a bogey.
The difficulty ramps up at the 530 yard par-five third. The tee shot is protected by a burn, all the way down the right hand side, which then crosses the fairway creating a challenge on your second or lay up shot.  The enormous three-tiered green is protected short and back by bunkers and is a prime candidate for the dreaded ‘three-putt’.
The front nine closes with a really tricky par four. Two steep faced fairway bunkers stare at you from the tee and if you are lucky to clear them, the viciously sloping green is protected by a burn and two more green side bunkers. It’s stroke index two for a reason – if you manage a par take it and run to the 10th.
The back nine gets underway with a another difficult par four which plays towards the ever present backdrop of the Caledonian Paper Mill and is followed by a wicked, short (120 yards) par three that requires a pitch over marsh to a raised green guarded by three bunkers and a nasty pot bunker, 15 yards over the back. There’s no other option here, you simply must hit the green to even stand a chance of walking away with a par.
The round finishes with another testing par five measuring 540 yards. Generous off the tee, this hole gently dog legs to the right and requires more strategy than brawn. The key is getting into position to attack a narrow green guarded by yet another burn, but to do so you will have to avoid the fairway bunkers. Depending on where you place your second shot a four, five, or six might be a satisfactory finishing score.
I found the front nine at Dundonald Links the easier of the two to score on, but the back nine is certainly the more picturesque, with the 16th a wonderful creation. The club prides itself on being ‘visitor’ friendly, with tee times available at the weekend. The clubhouse is low-key but more than adequate while the service and attention to detail shown by the staff was simply first class and added to a really enjoyable experience.
Ayrshire may not have the historical appeal of St Andrews, but on the basis of my visit, it is very difficult to find fault with the golf on offer. This is prime golfing country and there’s enough variety in terms of price to suit almost everyone’s pocket.

*Visitors can now play three of Ayrshire’s finest courses – Dundonald Links, Western Gailes and Glasgow Gailes – in one visit. Go to http://www.gailesgolfexperience.co.uk

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Thornton claims top prize at Kirkistown Castle

December 13, 2012

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WITH the 2012 European Tour season now at an end, Simon Thornton has turned his sights back to the action in Ulster with very good results. After a second place at Ardglass, the Newcastle-based Thornton topped the leaderboard at Kirkistown Castle.
It was in a PING Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event and Huddersfield-born Thornton eased around in three-under-par 66. Simon kept it simple with four birdies and just one bogey on his card, added to 13 pars.
He teed off at the 10th hole where he made his only mistake of the day, recording in bogey five after missing the green and failing to get up and down. With those woes out of the way, the former Irish champion got back to regulation with a 15-footer for birdie three, after a drive and four iron to the green, at the 12th hole.
He then went one-under-par at the long 18th as he again hit the front of the green with a drive and four iron and got up-and-down for his four.
The winner was steady as a rock over the front nine with birdie threes at the fifth and ninth holes, allied to seven pars. He steered a drive and sand-wedge to three feet at five and polished off his round at 18 with a drive and four iron before rolling in another 15 feet putt for birdie.
Ray Madine, who plays off three out of Ardglass, took the amateur’s top gross prize while Ballyclare nine-handicapper Adam McIntyre won the nett award with 38 points. The all-Massereene team of professional Noel Murray and amateurs Sean McComb (13), Terry Martin (15) and John Taggart (16) won the leading team award on 86 points.

Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Kirkistown Castle
Professionals: 66 (-3) – S Thornton (Team Ireland).
68 – P Stevenson (Portadown).
70 – D Hughes (Massereene), N Murray (Massereene), P Russell (Paul Russell Academy), N Graham (Kirkistown Castle), R Whitford (Knock), P McCarroll (Allen Pk), P Martin (Colin Pk Academy).
Amateurs: Nett, 38 pts – Adam McIntyre 9 (Ballyclare).
37 – Art Adams 10 (Ballyclare).
36 – John Moorehead 19 (Massereene).
Gross, 71 – Ray Madine 3 (Ardglass).
Team: 86 pts – Noel Murray with Sean McComb 13, Terry Martin 15 & John Taggart 16 (all Massereene).
 Info courtesy of Tony McGee

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.

DALY GOLF ULSTER GRAND PRIX AT ROYAL PORTRUSH
Professionals: 70 (-2) – G Wardlow (Dunmurry).
71 – G Chambers (Killymoon), N Graham (Kirkistown Castle).
70 – N Murray (Massereene), P Farrell (www.philfarrellgolf.com), 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

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)

Maybin supporting charity Pro-Am at Kirkistown Castle

February 28, 2012


EUROPEAN Tour player and former North of Ireland champion, Gareth Maybin, is supporting a PGA pro-am being organised to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
The two organisations work together to beat brain cancer, a partnership that was established by Seve in 2009 to raise money for research.
The great Spanish golfer was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and passed away last May, aged 54.
It was Seve’s wish that money raised would go directly to Cancer Research UK – http://www.cancerresearch.uk.org – the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research.
By inspiring people to support Cancer Research UK’s work into cancer affecting the brain, Seve’s Foundation will help to save thousands of lives across the world.
The pro-am will be played at Kirkistown Castle, on the Ards Peninsula, on Monday, September 17 and is being organised by Brett Borkowski, a member of the Kirkistown Club, a traditional links and the most easterly 18-hole course in Ireland.
Brett explains his involvement: “My motivation is two-fold. A friend of mine, Leslie Campbell, lost his son Ben three-and-a-half years ago after a brave battle with brain cancer.
“Then my eldest son, Jordan, and I had the opportunity to meet Seve Ballesteros prior to his death in 2011. Given that both Ben and Seve lost their lives to brain cancer, yet their lives were so different in age and in fame, one just a child, yet both incredibly brave, I felt it right to do something to support the important work of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
“Various sporting stars have donated items for auction in the evening. These include gifts from twice major champion and The Open winner in 1995 John Daly and also Belfast’s Michael Hoey, a three-time European tour winner.
“I would like to thank Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the Irish PGA, for his invaluable support in setting up this tournament,” adds Brett.
The entry fee is £650 per team and the day will include an evening meal and entertainment.
Entry is on team basis with, as usual, three amateurs playing with a nominated professional from the Irish Professional Golfers’ Association.
All clubs in Ireland will receive entry forms next week and they are also available from Jim Ditchfield, Marketing Officer, Kirkistown Castle Golf Club or from Brett Borkowski on 07515 941397.