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Ireland retain International King’s Cup at Lough Erne Resort

May 22, 2018

Team Ireland pictured with Maurice Hetherington, Captain, Lough Erne GC

Ireland wrapped up a third successive International King’s Cup victory following the final day of competition at Lough Erne Resort.
Supported by Tourism NI, the International King’s Cup is a Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
This year, 12-man teams (six pairs) of club golfers from Ireland and the USA went head-to-head at the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Ireland dominated the fourball and greensomes session on Wednesday and Thursday to take a huge lead into the final day singles.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole. Ireland needed just 176 points from the final 12 singles matches to pass the winning mark of 433 points.
“It was a brilliant week, really, really enjoyed it,” said Donegal born, O’Gallachoir who is the GM at Dunmurry Springs GC in Kildare.
“It was a great chance to meet up with lads from across Ireland and the US. We’ll keep in touch now in the future.”

Team USA got off to a great start in the singles when Brad Garrett (Falls GC, Missouri) won the opening match against Martin White (Woodstock GC) but there was no sign of a dramatic fight back.
Bob Daddano (Maple Meadows GC, Illnois) beat Liam Byrne (Hermitage GC) and Matt McDevitt (Arroyo Trabuco Mission Viejo, California) defeated Colin O’Leary (Cill Dara GC), who managed a hole in one at the third, but that was as good as it got for the USA.
“It has been a wonderful trip, the people are amazing, the facilities, the tournament it is very professional and we had a great team,” said California based McDevitt.
“I won four up today. I just had a good day on the course, every once and while you have those days.”
Ireland set about chipping away at their points target and wins for Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC) and Michael Ryan (Tipperary GC) plus further victories for Sean O’Gallachoir (Cloughaneely GC), Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) set up Martin Smyth (Druids Heath) to grab the winning points from his halved match with Bob Silvestri (Addison and Flossmoor CC, Illinois).
“We would love to win but the camaraderie that developed amongst the players is the most important thing,” said US Team Captain, Bob Butte.
“The values that Mr Palmer displayed throughout his career, his integrity, sportsmanship and commitment to excellence is at the heart everything we try to do with this event
“We always had ambitions to bring this event to the States and we’d love to see that happen next year. We will have 90 degree heat, we will play on bermuda grass and we will turn this thing around.”

Team USA and Team Ireland at the conclusion of the International King’s Cup

Final results
Fourballs: Ireland 127 USA 89
Foursomes: Ireland 130 USA 86
Singles: Ireland 228 USA 204
Final total: Ireland 485 USA 379

Team USA 
Open Championship Flight
Frank Gambaro & Gene Hart (both Aberdeen Golf Course, Eureka, Missouri)
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Bill Daddono & Bob Silvestri (Maple Meadows Golf Course, Addison and Flossmoor CC Flossmoor, Illinois)
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Ankur Amin & Chris Devine (Otter Creek and Coldwater, Ames, Iowa)
Senior (50+) Flight A
Mike Broksch & Ron Schroeder ( Grand Palms Golf Resort, Pembroke Pines, Florida)
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Matt McDevitt & Brian McDevitt (Arroyo Trabuco Mission Viejo and Tijeras Creek Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
Senior (50+) Flight B
Brad Garrett & Darryl Henson (Falls Golf Club and Falls Golf Course, O’Fallon, Missouri)

Team Ireland
Open Championship Flight
Ryan Gribben & David Barron (Warrenpoint GC)
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Martin Smyth and Liam Byrne (Druids Heath GC/Hermitage GC)
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC)
Senior (50+) Flight A
Michael Ryan and Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC)
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Sean O’Gallachoir and Colin O’Leary (Cloughaneely GC/Cill Dara GC)
Senior (50+) Flight B
Oliver McNamara and Martin White (Ennis GC/Woodstock GC)

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

April 18, 2018

Team Ireland ready to face the USA in the International King’s Cup 2018 at Lough Erne Resort

Ireland’s team to face the USA in The International King’s Cup has been confirmed at the conclusion of a final qualifying event at Lough Erne Resort.
Following four regional qualifiers at Ennis Golf Club (Munster), Westport Golf Club (Connacht), Dunmurry Springs Golf Club (Leinster) and Lough Erne Resort (Ulster), 46 players arrived at the Co Fermanagh venue, focused on securing a place on Ireland’s 12 man (6 pairs) team to face the USA in May.
The competitors battled testing crosswinds on the Faldo Championship course with the Warrenpoint duo of Ryan Gribben and David Barron carding the lowest round of the day, a superb three under par 69.
“First and foremost we are absolutely delighted to be back at Lough Erne Resort for the King’s Cup,” said Ryan, a Barton Shield winner with the Co. Down club.
“It’s a top-class tournament and Lough Erne Resort make us feel very welcome. David and I played in the first King’s Cup, and we just missed qualifying last year by a shot.”
The Warrenpoint boys have a great history in the event. In the inaugural King’s Cup, they prevailed in a sudden death play-off to win the title for Ireland. They will be hoping to feature strongly again this year (May 14-18) with the home side chasing a hat-trick of victories.

Warrenpoint’s Ryan Gribben (left) rolls in a long eagle putt at Lough Erne

“In the regional qualifier we enjoyed flat calm conditions, playing some steady golf to get through,” added Ryan.
“The course played very differently for the final qualifier, with gusts of 20mph at times. We played some good golf on the front nine without holing any putts.
“We found ourselves one over par playing the par five 14th, which I managed to eagle. David birdied 15, and I squeezed another birdie on 17 to shoot three under in testing conditions. We’d have taken that score before we started.

“We both aren’t playing as much as we’d like with work commitments, so a week off in May, playing a top course against tough competition is a great way to kick off the golf season.”

Also returning for the 2018 tournament are the McKeever brothers from Kesh, Co. Fermanagh, both members of Donegal GC. The rest of the Ireland team is comprised of competitors from Tipperary, Clare, Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare.
The Ryder Cup-style tournament, supported by Tourism NI, honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
Both teams will stay on-site at Lough Erne Resort, with full access to The Golf Academy. The Irish team will receive specially commissioned outerwear courtesy of Glenmuir and both teams will attend a Gala dinner as part of the event.

Gross scores are noted below:
Open Championship Flight (4.9 or less)
Ryan Gribben and David Barron (Warrenpoint GC) 69
Senior (50 +) Championship Flight
Martin Smyth and Liam Byrne (Druids Heath GC/Hermitage GC) 75
Open Flight A (5-9.9)
Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) 75
Senior (50+) Flight A
Michael Ryan and Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC) 74
Open Flight B (10-14.9)
Sean O’Gallachoir and Colin O’Leary (Cloughaneely GC/Cill Dara GC) 73
Senior (50+) Flight B
Oliver McNamara and Martin White (Ennis GC/Woodstock GC) 79.

World Ranking points up for grabs at Faldo Series Northern Ireland Championship

February 8, 2018

The 10th at Lough Erne

The Faldo Series returns to Lough Erne Resort this year in a new July date and with valuable World Ranking points up for grabs.
The Faldo Series Northern Ireland Championship will welcome a strong field of young golfers to the Enniskillen venue (July 18-20) for the 11th Faldo Series event to be hosted in County Fermanagh.
“We were determined to make sure the tournament was World Ranking this year and to do that, we opted to make it a three-day event,” said Lough Erne Director of Golf, Lynn McCool.

“Historically the tournament was held in April and that worked very well but adding another day encouraged us to move the event into the summer during the school holidays and hopefully in some warmer weather. Now that it is a world ranking event, we are expecting to receive even more interest so prospective participants should get their entries in soon.”

Last year, Robert Moran won the Faldo Series Ireland event at Lough Erne by a single shot. The Castle Golf Club member fired an excellent final round of 69 – four shots better than any other player on the day – to book his ticket to the Faldo Series Grand Final which was held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in UAE.
“It’s a wonderful prize to reach the Grand Final,” added Lynn.
“The winners get to travel, to spend time in a learning environment and mix with other golfers from all over the world.
“In the past, we hosted the Grand Final at Lough Erne and Sir Nick Faldo puts a remarkable amount of time and effort into the week. It’s one of the reasons why the Faldo Series is now a huge global competition.”
This year’s Northern Ireland Championship will be played over three rounds on the Faldo Course at Lough Erne. The field will be divided into five age-groups – three for boys and two for girls – and the winners of each division will again join Sir Nick Faldo at the season-ending Faldo Series Grand Final.

Lynn McCool at Lough Erne

Lynn continued: “The Faldo Course provides a different challenge for these young players. They have to think their way around, especially when faced with risk and reward holes like the 10th and the 17th.
“To beat this course you have to be able to play every shot and you have to keep going right to the very end. The closing stretch of holes lend themselves to tournament golf because it’s never over until you’ve holed out on the last.”
Sir Nick Faldo created the Faldo Series in 1996 to give opportunity to young people through golf and to help identify and nurture the next generation of champions.
Supported by golf’s governing bodies, 40 annual tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide, spanning Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia. Past winners include major champions Tseng Ya-ni and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.
Competitors aged 12 to 21 can now enter the Faldo Series Northern Ireland Championship with places in the Faldo Series Grand Final awaiting the age group winners.

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Ireland hold off USA singles fightback to retain International King’s Trophy

May 25, 2017

Ireland’s Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC) with Team USA’s Jacob PSavlk (Bay Pointe GC)
Picture by John McVitty

Ireland retained the International King’s Cup at Lough Erne Resort on Thursday but the eventual margin of victory proved to be much closer than expected.
Leading by 30 points going into today’s (Thursday’s) 16 singles matches Ireland squeezed over the finish line by a mere eight points.
The Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer, features 16-man teams of club golfers from both Ireland and the USA going head-to-head over the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole.
Ireland had the better of things on the opening day, finishing a series of fourball and greensomes matches with 303 points to the USA’s 273 points.
With the singles left to play, Ireland needed to break the 576 point marker to retain the title but found the USA side in no mood to roll over.

The USA went on to win nine of the 16 singles ties but Ireland’s overnight buffer and a superb individual effort from Irvinestown’s Martin Peters (Donegal GC), who beat Joseph Costello (Tijares Creek) 27-9, saw Ireland home.
“Even though it’s friendly competition, there is still a lot of pride involved as you are representing your country and playing for your team mates so I was focused on doing well today,” said the 37-year-old Irvinestown based Peters.

“I got ahead around the sixth and from there on I stayed in control. In match play you have to try and keep the pressure on. Keep getting up on the tee first and finding the fairway.”

Team Ireland – winners of the 2017 International King’s Cup

Ireland’s other singles winners were Declan McKeever (Donegal GC), Tom Muldoon (Cloverhill), Colm Feeney (Galway Bay GC), John Collins (Westport GC) and Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs GC) with Niall Clince (Craddockstown) claiming a half.
International King’s Cup founder, Larry Lunsford was disappointed to lose for the second time but buoyed by a strong fightback today (Thursday).
“All I can say is that I am proud of the team for making such a huge comeback on the last day.
It was remarkable, better than anything I have ever seen,” said Larry.
“You know, when we made the turn the teams were level on the day so to make up 22 points over the closing nine holes was a great effort.”

Thursday May 25
The International King’s Cup
At Lough Erne Resort
Singles results
Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC) 12 Jacob Pavlk (Bay Pointe GCC) 24
Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs GC) 20 David Adams (Castlewoods GC) 15
Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) 21 Dennis Bassham (Auburn GC) 15
Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) 16 Patrick Olsen (Auburn GC) 20
Tom Muldoon (Cloverhill) 22 Mike Farber (Golf Club of Georgia) 14
Kevin Commins (Ardee) 17 Marvin Warner (Atlanta CC) 19
Martin Peters (Donegal GC) 27 Joseph Costello (Tijares Creek CC) 9
Vincent Owens (Omagh GC) 12 Matt McDevitt (Tijares Creek CC) 24
Alan Moran (Tuam GC) 14 Carl Ellis (Pinery CC) 22
Colm Feeney (Galway Bay GC) 20 Andy Titterton (Pinery CC) 16
Niall Clince (Craddockstown GC) 18 Bill Orne (The Legends GC) 18
Kieran O’Brien (Craddockstown GC) 16 Michael White (New Berlin Hills) 20
John Collins (Westport GC) 19 Michael DiFrancesco (Sandridge GC) 17
Liam Friel (Westport GC) 12 Gary Morris (Sandridge GC) 24
James McAllister (Ballybofey & Stranorlar) 15 Andy Kieffer (Hawthorne Woods) 21
Patsy O’Donnell (Ballybofey & Stranorlar) 16 Phil Smith (Schaumburg GC) 20
Overall results
Fourballs: Ireland 148 USA 140
Greensomes: Ireland 155 USA 133
Singles: Ireland 277 USA 299
Total: Ireland 580 USA 572

International King’s Cup – Day One report – Ireland on course to retain trophy

May 24, 2017

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Afternoon – Ireland look well placed to retain the International King’s Cup after a dominant afternoon greensomes session at Lough Erne Resort.
The Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer, features 16-man teams of amateur golfers from both Ireland and the USA going head to head over the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole. Leading by eight points after the morning fourballs, Ireland then won five greensomes ties to extend their lead to 30 points ahead of Thursday’s singles.
The display was epitomised by the Dunmurry Springs GC pairing of Darren Carey and Paul Sweeney who, beaten 24-12 by David Adams and Jacob Pavlk in the morning, responded to see off the same pair 21-15 in the afternoon.
“We were never down in the tie, played solid golf and dovetailed nicely,” said Kildare native Carey.
Ireland picked up points on their opponents in the top four ties with Darren McKeever and Declan McKeever, Kevin Commins and Tom Muldoon and Vincent Owens and Martin Peters all winning.
The run of victories was finally brought to a halt by the Parker, Colorado duo of Carl Ellis and Andy Titterton who beat the Co Galway pairing of Alan Moran and Colm Feeney 20-16.
“We just ground it out,” said Ellis, a 52-year-old who plays his golf at Pinery Country Club.

“Andy and I have played a lot of best ball competitions and that experience certainly helped today.”

The USA picked up two further greensomes wins via Bill Orne and Michael White and Andy Kieffer and Phil Smith but late in the day, Westport GC duo Liam Friel and John Collins completed a 25-11 victory over Michael DiFrancesco and Gary Morris to put Ireland in the box seat.
With a total of 1152 points on offer, the first team to reach 577 points will win the title.
The teams will play singles this morning starting at 9am.

Totals – Ireland 303 USA 273
Afternoon Greensomes
American names first
David Adams & Jacob Pavlk 15 Darren Carey & Paul Sweeney 21
Dennis Bassham & Patrick Olsen 17 Darren McKeever & Declan McKeever 19
Mike Farber & Marvin Warner 14 Kevin Commins & Tom Muldoon 22
Joseph Costello & Matt McDevitt 19 Vincent Owens & Martin Peters 21
Carl Ellis & Andy Titterton 20 Alan Moran & Colm Feeney 16
Bill Orne & Michael White 19 Kieran O’Brien & Niall Clince 17
Michael DiFrancesco & Gary Morris 11 Liam Friel & John Collins 25

picture by John McVitty, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh, N.Ireland-07771987378
Morning – There’s little to choose between the USA and Ireland after the opening series of fourball betterball matches on day one of the International King’s Cup at Lough Erne Resort.
The sides split the eight morning matches four apiece but the unique scoring system employed by tournament organisers saw Ireland emerge with an eight point lead.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole.
Ireland finished the morning session on 148 points, with the pairing of Kevin Commins (Cloverhill GC) and Tom Muldoon (Ardee GC) leading the way. The experienced campaigners amassed 26 points against Mike Farber and Marvin Warner.
“We were solid right from the start. I think we finished with a three under better ball total,” said Tom.
Team USA got off to a blistering start with David Adams and Jacob Pavlk easing to a 12 point win over Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs) and Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs).
Pavlk produced one of the shots of the day at the par five fourth hole firing a 222 yard four iron into 20 feet before rolling in the putt for an eagle.
“We played well, both of us struck the ball well this morning,” said 38-year-old Adams a Mortgage Broker from Brandon, Mississippi.

“The trick was always having two guys in the hole with putts to win the hole.”

The USA went further ahead when Washington state duo Dennis Bassham and Patrick Olsen beat Kesh brother Darren and Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) 20-16. However, Commins and Muldoon stopped the rot and Ireland then enjoyed a period of dominance.
Vincent Owens (Donegal GC) and Martin Peters (Omagh GC) grabbed 19 points, Alan Moran (Tuam GC) and Colm Feeney (Galway GC) ended the morning with 21 points and then the Craddockstown duo of Kieran O’Brien and Niall Clince followed up with a 20 point haul.
“It was tough out there. We were two under for the back nine. That shows you the type of golf needed to get a result,” said O’Brien.
“It has been a fantastic event so far, there was even a bit of nerves there on the first tee this morning.”
The final two morning ties went the way of Team USA by just two points to narrow the gap to eight as the players grabbed some lunch before getting back on the course.
The teams will play eight greensomes matches this afternoon before a final day of singles matches on Thursday.
With a total of 1152 points on offer, the first team to reach 577 points will win the title.

Day One
Morning Fourballs
American names first
David Adams & Jacob Pavlk 24 Darren Carey & Paul Sweeney 12
Dennis Bassham & Patrick Olsen 20 Darren McKeever & Declan McKeever 16
Mike Farber & Marvin Warner 10 Kevin Commins & Tom Muldoon 26
Joesph Costello & Matt McDevitt 17 Vincent Owens & Martin Peters 19
Carl Ellis & Andy Titterton 15 Alan Moran & Colm Feeney 21
Bill Orne & Michael White 16 Kieran O’Brien & Niall Clince 20
Michael DiFrancesco & Gary Morris 19 Liam Friel & John Collins 17
Andy Kieffer & Phil Smith 19 James McAllister & Patsy O’Donnell 17

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)

International King’s Cup hopefuls prepare for Lough Erne showdown

April 15, 2017

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The stage is set for an enthralling King’s Cup qualifying shoot-out at Lough Erne Resort on Sunday April 23.
Following four regional qualifiers, the contenders have been whittled down to just 60 players who will descend on the Co Fermanagh venue determined to book their place on Ireland’s 16 man (8 pairs) team to face the USA in May.
“I want to thank everyone who competed in the regional qualifiers at Ardglass GC, Ennis GC, Westport GC and Dunmurry Springs GC,” said Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort.
“We were encouraged by participants and fans of the tournament to take qualifying around the country so that’s exactly what we did. The competitors love the format [four different handicap categories and two age brackets] which means that everyone, regardless of age or handicap has a chance to represent Ireland.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all the qualifiers to Lough Erne, many of whom will be visiting for the first time, so they can savour the Northern Ireland golfing experience.”

The International King’s Cup was first played in 2016 and finished in dramatic style with Ireland eventually winning after a final hole play-off.
The Ryder Cup style tournament which honours golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer, features 16-man teams from Ireland and the USA going head to head over three days.
The leading eight teams from the final qualifying event on April 23 will go on represent Ireland in the three-day competition from May 23-25.
They will stay on-site at the Lough Erne resort, with access to the golf academy and facilities, receive specially commissioned outerwear courtesy of Glenmuir and attend two Gala dinners.

Ardglass GC qualifiers
Open Age Championship – Jonathan Feenan (Ardglass GC) (5) & Gerard Copeland (Ardglass) (1) 62
Category A Open Age – Declan McKeever (Donegal GC) (13) & Darren McKeever (Donegal GC) (6) 65
Category B Open Age – John Mullan (Ardglass GC) (14) & Conor McConvey (Ardglass GC) (6) 68
Category C Open Age – Martin Peters (Donegal GC) (16) & Vincent Owens (Omagh GC) (15) 67
Senior Category A – Colin Crozier (Carnalea GC) (6) & Alan Stewart (Kirkistown GC) (11) 71 (bb9)
Senior Category B – Mark Bohill (Downpatrick GC) (15) & Philip Connor (Ardglass GC) (12) 71
Senior Category C – James McAllister (Ballybofey & S GC) (16) & Patsy O’Donnell )Ballybofey & S GC) (16) 71

Dunmurry Springs GC qualifiers
Open Age Championship – Darren Carey (Dunmurry Springs GC) (3) & Paul Sweeney (Dunmurry Springs GC)(6) 69
Category A Open Age – Sean O’Gallchair (Cloughaneely GC) (9) & Barry McCormack (Dumurry Springs GC) (2) 71
Category B Open Age – Flann Hayes (Dunmurry Springs GC) (6) & Rob Caschera (Dunmurry Springs GC) (14) 71
Category C Open Age – John Lennon (Moate GC) (13) & Charlie McGrath (Moate GC) (21) 81
Senior Championship – John Hughes (Woodbrook GC) (0) & Paddy Lewis (Woodbrook GC) (4) 72
Senior Category A – Niall Clince (Craddockstown GC) (4) & Kieran O’Brien (Craddockstown GC) (6) 72
Senior Category B – John Nealon (Athy GC) (14) & Joe Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny GC) (11) 79
Senior Category C – Christy McNally (Dunmurry Springs GC) (13) & Tony Donnelly (Dunmurry Springs GC) (17) 78

Ennis GC qualifiers
Open Age Championship – Alan Purcell (Adare Manor GC) ( (2) & Liam Lenihan (Shannon GC) (5) 75
Category A Open Age – Sean Myatt (Ennis GC) (6) & Ian Myatt (Ennis GC) (8) 67
Category B Open Age – Frank Gormley (Ennis GC) (14) & Colin Ryan (Ennis GC) (7) 73
Category C Open Age – Alan White (Limerick GC) (14) & Gary Power (Limerick GC) (17) 81
Senior Category A – ML Ryan (Tipperary GC) (5) & Pat Creamer (Tipperary GC) (9) 73
Senior Category B – Martin White (Ennis GC) (12) & Paddy Meehan (Woodbrook GC) (10) 77
Senior Category C – Steve Burns (Ennis GC) (13) & John Finn (Ennis GC) (17) 78

Westport GC qualifiers
Open Age Championship – Tony Bree (Westport GC) (2) & Michael Kearns (Westport GC) (1) 72
Category A Open Age – Waylon McEniff (Clones GC) (8) & Gareth Beattie (Clones GC) (11) 77 (bb3)Category B Open Age – Kevin Commins (Ardee GC) (6) & Thomas O’Madden (Ardee GC) (14) 70
Category C Open Age – Paul Doherty (Ballybofey & S GC) (15) & Mark Ponsonby (Letterkenny GC) (16) 86
Senior Championship – Alan Moran (Tuam GC) (3) & Colm Feeney (Galway GC) (3) 70
Senior Category A – Joe Mullally (Tuam GC) (6) & Danny McGrath (Tuam GC) (6) 76
Senior Category B – Liam Friel (Westport GC) (12) & John Collins (Westport GC) (16) 74
Senior Category C – Richie Lee (Oughterard GC) (15) & Seamus McHugh (Ballinrobe GC) (16) 80

Robert Moran wins at Lough Erne to secure place in Faldo Series Grand Final

April 7, 2017

Robert Moran (Castle) won the 2017 Faldo Series Ireland Championship

Robert Moran produced the best round of the day to win the Faldo Series Ireland at Lough Erne Resort by a single shot.
The Castle GC member fired an excellent final round of 69 – four shots better than any other player on the day – to book his ticket to the illustrious Faldo Series Grand Final.
The competitors battled tough windy conditions at the famed Faldo Course. Two brilliant rounds from the top two players aside, every other golfer posted 72 or over.
Moran was off the pace on day one but he hung in until he finally overhauled David Kitt (Athenry) on the 16th hole of the final day.
Kitt can count himself incredibly unfortunate not to make the Faldo Series Grand Final. His opening round of 68 was an exhilarating exhibition of golf but his fellow Under-18 competitor Moran was also in sublime form.
Rory Williamson (Holywood) came to Lough Erne as the defending Champion. Although unable to defend his title, he won the Under-21 section by three shots.
He was also only two shots behind the overall victor. A sumptuous eagle on the difficult ninth hole was the highlight of the day for Williamson who will go to his second Grand Final in September.
Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush) will line up in her first Grand Final after winning the Under-21 Girls’ section.
Forbes overcame some shaky moments to claim a one-shot victory over Gemma McCarthy (Clonmel). McCarthy finished well but had to eventually settle for runner-up.
Anna Foster (Elm Park) edged out Ella Hammond-Baveystock (Wentworth) to win the Girls’ Under-16 category by one shot. Foster birdied the 17th to seal the win and will head to her first Faldo Series Grand Final.

Leading final scores: Faldo Series Ireland
Boys Collated Results
Girls Collated Results

Selected Scores
Boys’ Under-21: 145 – Rory Williamson (Holywood) 72-73; 148 – Shane McDermott (Cavan) 74-74, Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) 73-75.
Boys’ Under-18: 143 – Robert Moran (Castle) 74-69; 144 –David Kitt (Athenry) 68-76.
Girls’ Under 21: 165 – Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush) 82-83; 166 – Gemma Mccarthy (Clonmel) 86-80.
Girls’ Under-16: 172 – Anna Foster (Elm Park) 88-84; 173 Ella Hammond-Baveystock (Wentworth) 86-87.

For full scores and results from the Faldo Series Ireland Championship visit www.faldoseries.com. You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/faldoseries.

 

Williamson to defend Faldo Series Ireland title at Lough Erne Resort

March 27, 2017


The new Faldo Series season begins at the stunning Lough Erne Resort on April 3-4.
Lough Erne will welcome a field brimming with talent for the tenth Faldo Series Ireland Championship with places in the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final awaiting the age group winners.
Competitors aged 12 to 21 still have an opportunity to enter the Faldo Series Ireland Championship.
Any entrants will be wary of defending champion, Holywood’s Rory Williamson, whose mastery of the conditions in his final round was decisive in winning the tournament in 2016.
Irishmen Paddy Culhane and Eoin Murphy have shown form in the Faldo Series and will look to depose Williamson to take the glory for themselves.
Around 90 golfers will line up in the tenth Ireland Championship, to be played over two rounds on the Faldo Course at Lough Erne.
The field will be divided into five age-groups – three for boys and two for girls – and the winners of each division will again join Faldo at the season-ending 21st Faldo Series Grand Final, a 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year.
Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

To enter the Faldo Series go to www.faldoseries.com.
For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com.
You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.

The Kings Cup returns for 2017 with more places up for grabs on Team Ireland

January 25, 2017

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Club golfers from the USA and Ireland will meet at Lough Erne Resort in May this year for the second staging of a unique transatlantic competition.
The International Kings Cup Match Play event is a leading amateur event played in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer.
Four provincial qualifiers will be staged across Ireland in a bid to find the best Irish team to take on the USA in a three day 54 hole match-play tournament from May 22-25.
The event is structured like the Ryder Cup and was created in 2016 when the United States Golf Challenge, the largest pairs better ball tournament in the US, brought their leading eight pairs 16-man amateur team across to Northern Ireland to compete against Ireland in the first ever International Kings Cup.
The format of the event offers anyone who holds an official GUI handicap the chance to qualify and book their place on the Team Ireland panel. There are four handicap sections and there is also two age brackets from which the two man teams can qualify (age 18+ and Senior 50+).
There are two stages of qualification with the first being held at a venue in each province. Eight two-man teams from each qualifier will go forward to compete in a final qualifying stage to be played on the Faldo Course on April 23 at the five-star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh.
Speaking as the event was announced, Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort said it was a fantastic tribute to the legendary Arnold Palmer and an event which would attract golfers from all across Ireland.
“Following the success of the 2016 staging of the International Kings Cup this is one of the most eagerly anticipated amateur tournaments in 2017. We at Lough Erne Resort are thrilled to be hosting this event for the second consecutive year which will see 32 golfers from across the United States and Ireland play on the magnificent Faldo Course,” said Lynn.

“I’m delighted to take the event this year to four courses in Ireland. Each of the qualifying clubs have really got behind the event including Ardglass Golf Club in Ulster, Dunmurry Springs in Leinster, Westport Golf Club in Connacht, and Ennis Golf Club in Munster.

 “We look forward to welcoming players from both sides of the Atlantic to the event, which looks set to stir up Ryder Cup-style rivalry amongst the teams. Competitors will be able to experience first-hand Lough Erne Resort and why Northern Ireland is truly a land made for golf.”

For full details visit: www.lougherneresort.com/International-Kings-Cup.html

QUALIFYING DATES
Ulster Qualifier – Ardglass Golf Club – Friday 24th March
Leinster Qualifier – Dunmurry Springs Golf Club – Sunday 26th March
Munster Qualifier – Ennis Golf Club – Friday 31st March
Connacht Qualifier – Westport Golf Club – Sunday 1st April
Final Qualifier  –  Lough Erne Resort – Sunday 23rd April