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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

Sean Doyle returns to defend Faldo Series title at Lough Erne

April 10, 2016
Under 18  and Overall Winner of 2015 Faldo Series Sean Doyle (centre) with Andy Lott (Faldo Series) and Lough Erne's Lynn McCool

Under 18 and Overall Winner of 2015 Faldo Series Sean Doyle (centre) with Andy Lott (Faldo Series) and Lough Erne’s Lynn McCool

Defending champion Sean Doyle of Athlone will be among the top young Irish golfers competing in the ninth Faldo Series Ireland Championship on the world renowned Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland on April 12-13.
A field of more than 100 golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete in the Faldo Series Ireland Championship over two rounds on the Faldo Course. Other notable competitors include 19-year-old Ireland squad member Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire) and Paddy Culhane (Galway GC), both have previously appeared at Grand Finals.
“The Ireland Championship at Lough Erne provides a thorough test on a great course against very good young players.” commented Sir Nick Faldo.
“We thank Lough Erne for their continued support for the Faldo Series and we’re pleased the event gets stronger each year even after nine editions.”
“The Ireland Championship at Lough Erne is an incredibly attractive event for talented young golfers from all across the island.” commented Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne.
“To be hosting our ninth edition in the Faldo Series 20th year is a great way for us to support the on-going efforts of Sir Nick’s vision. We have another great field next week and we hope that the players will enjoy the test that Lough Erne will provide them.”
Competitors will be divided into five age categories, three for boys and two for girls, with the winner of each category qualifying for the 20th European Grand Final, a World Amateur Golf Ranking event
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
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.
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Mehaffey makes LET debut in Morocco

March 11, 2014
Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.

Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.

Olivia Mehaffey will make her Ladies European Tour debut this week when she lines up in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Golf de L’ Ocean in Agadir, Morocco on March 13-16.
The Ulster and Ireland amateur star won the Faldo Series event at Lough Erne last year before finishing second in the Girls’ section at the Grand Final in October. Sir Nick arranged the invitation for the 16-year-old through the Ladies European Tour, which lends its support to the six-time Major winner’s global golf development programme.
“I’m extremely thankful to Sir Nick and the Ladies European Tour for giving me this amazing opportunity,” said Mehaffey, a member of Royal County Down Golf Club.

“The Faldo Series is different to other amateur tournaments in that if you perform well at a Grand Final you can be invited to play in a professional Tour event, which is a huge prize. I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of Europe’s best players in Morocco.”

The Lalla Meryem Cup runs parallel to the men’s event on the European Tour, the Trophée Hassan II, which was won by Michael Hoey in 2012. Hoey has returned to Morocco for the 2014 staging, alongside Simon Thornton, Shane Lowry, Damien McGrane, Peter Lawrie, Paul McGinley and David Higgins.
“We are delighted Olivia has taken up this invitation to play in the Lalla Meryem Cup, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Ladies European Tour has enjoyed a close collaboration with the Faldo Series to help provide playing opportunities for developing young players. It will be a tremendous experience for Olivia to compete alongside the best players in European golf and enjoy the atmosphere of a Ladies European Tour event,” said Di Barnard, Tour Director of the LET Access Series.
“I’d like to thank the Ladies European Tour for their ongoing support,” said Faldo.
“This is a unique opportunity for Olivia to compete against some of the world’s top professional golfers and I’m sure she will make the most of the experience.”
Mehaffey was recently named on the Ulster team to defend their inter-provincial crown at Tramore Golf Club next month.

Mehaffey wins Faldo Series title at Lough Erne Resort

April 20, 2013
Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.

Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.

OLIVIA Mehaffey won the sixth Faldo Series Ireland Championship by two shots with consecutive rounds of 72 over the Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort.
The Ireland girls’ squad member beat 134 competitors to the title, the largest ever field for the event.
“I can’t wait to play in another final, it was a great experience last year and I had so much fun,” said a delighted Mehaffey who finished fifth in the Girls’ Under-16 division at the 2012 Grand Final.
“I learnt a lot from Sir Nick during the week, hopefully I can take on even more advice this time.”
The 15-year-old Mehaffey from Royal County Down will be joined at the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final by Boys’ Under-18 winner Karl McCormack. McCormack from Portarlington won a three-way play-off to qualify for the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event, hosted by Faldo at the end of the season.
Joint overnight boys’ leader Ross McKeever (Castle) won the Boys’ Under-16 category thanks to a second successive 73. Elsewhere Mary Doyle from Heath claimed the Girls’ Under-21 division and Kieran Shaw, a finalist back in 2010, won the Boys’ Under-21s.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and Greece.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
In September 2013, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.

Leading final scores:Boys’ Under-21: 151 – Kieran Lynch (Skibbereen) 76-75; 156 – David Shaw (Belvoir) 81-75, Declan Reidy (County Sligo) 78-78. Boys’ Under-18: 149 – Karl McCormack (Portarlington) 73-76, Conor Stone (Carlton House) 76-73, Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) 77-72. Boys’ Under-16: 146 – Ross McKeever (Castle) 73-73; 148 – Marc Norton (Belvoir) 73-75; 154 – Declan Kelly (Hermitage) 79-75. Girls’ Under-21: 148 – Mary Doyle (Heath) 77-71, Ariana Coyles (Elm Park) 70-78. Girls’ Under-16: 144 – Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down) 72-72; 182 – Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) 89-93.


Faldo Series confirms return to Lough Erne Resort

February 13, 2013
Rowan Lester

Rowan Lester

The Faldo Series Ireland Championship will return to Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh on April 16-17.
Last year’s event saw a record number of participants and an even bigger field is predicted for 2013.
Ireland squad member, Rowan Lester (Hermitage), won the tournament in 2012 before finishing an impressive third in his age-category at the Grand Final.
Lester and four more Irish winners qualified for the final where they spent the week learning from six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.
Golfers aged 12 to 21 will line up in the sixth 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 17th Faldo Series Grand Final, a 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS and the European Tour, eight Faldo Series UK Championships across England, Scotland and Wales have already been announced for 2013 and dates are set to be confirmed for events in Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Slovakia and The Netherlands.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Golfers born in 1992 or later wishing to enter the Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort on April 16-17 should email or visit before entries close on April 5.
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The Appliance of Science – Part 1 – AimPoint

March 26, 2012

Andrew Norby (left) with Michael Forth (right) and Jamie Donaldson (centre) AimPoint

PUTTING can drive a man to drink. The ‘game within a game’ is possibly the most infuriating aspect of golf.
It’s one of the reasons that ‘Drive for show, putt for dough’ isn’t simply a snappy catch-phrase.
A coach can help you build a stroke that repeats, one that allows you to set the ball off on line but learning how to read the green, how to judge the slope and how it will affect the ball is an entirely different matter.
Some estimates reckon it can take 20years for players to have built up the necessary experience to ‘read a green’ with any real accuracy but now a learning system – AimPoint – is promising that a scientific approach can cut that learning time from 20 years to 20 minutes.
“It’s hard not to be converted,” said Andrew Norby, who has been hosting AimPoint classes in Northern Ireland for the last 12 months.
“People learn the skills and by the end of the session, they’re able to drop a ball anywhere on a green and using the process work out the correct break to play.
“Traditionally people assessing a lengthy putt tend to aim for a three foot circle around the hole so they can make the next one easier. What you find with AimPoint is that the reads are so good that the putts look like they are going to go in.”
Like a lot of people, the first time Andrew spotted AimPoint was on television watching coverage of the US Tour. It’s the graphic used to highlight the path the player should send the ball on to reach the hole.
AimPoint was created by American Mark Sweeney who adapted the technology used in the television graphics and turned it into a teaching tool.
“I just want to be the best golfer that I can be and I’m always looking at areas that I can improve on,” said the 39-year-old Norby who is now training to become a certified AimPoint instructor.
“I heard about AimPoint and managed to get in touch with Jamie Donaldson who is an AimPoint coach in England.”
The AimPoint method has started to gain credibility with the tour professionals and a number of high profile major winners have studied the system, including Sir Nick Faldo and Padraig Harrington.
“It has been a slow burner because people sat back to see if it was a fad,” said Jamie Donaldson.
“What has happened is that the take up is bigger this year than last year and it has been included in the PGA manual for the first time.”
And he continued, “When you think about it, it makes sense. We are in a society of numbers, just look at the data feedback golfers get these days.
“We have got biomechanics for the full swing with measurement and numbers. We have short game experts with measurements and numbers, putting gurus and physical and mental conditioning staff. Now we have the final piece to help people plot their way around the green.”

 The professional view – Gareth Shaw
 “I suppose I was just looking for more knowledge,” said Ballinderry based professional Gareth Shaw.
“I saw it on the PGA tour coverage and pretty much every time they used it, the ball tracked along that line and went in the hole.
“I just thought I would give it a go. It’s one of these things. My putting is not one of my strongest points and if it helps me great, if it doesn’t I’ll try something else.”
The 25-year-old, a two-time winner of the North of Ireland Championship, has found AimPoint to be a valuable tool but wasn’t without his reservations.
“It is a bit of buzz thing and a lot of lads on tour starting to use it,” he added.
“Obviously the thing is you need perfect greens and they have to be big modern greens with drainage points etc that are clearly defined. It’s much harder to find your way around smaller more traditional greens.
“You do have to figure things out like the stimp, the slope and the gradient. That is a lot of information but what I found beneficial was in understanding how the putt breaks. The way they come to their numbers is brilliant, I took a lot out of that.”

Faldo backs Rory to step up next season

September 14, 2011

SIR Nick Faldo believes it’s only a matter of time before Rory McIlroy starts chalking up more professional victories.
US Open champion McIlroy has had two third place finishes in successive events and this week voiced his frustrations at not being able to add to his tally.
“I just want to win more tournaments. I’ve come close a few times this year and I’ve obviously won at Congressional (US Open) but if you can win golf tournaments then everything else [world rankings] takes care if itself,” he said.
“I’ve eight tournaments left this season and if I can win one or two, I’ll end the season very happy.”
Sir Nick, who is currently hosting the Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort, feels Rory will move to another level next season.
“It’s only four or five months on from him winning the US Open. He’s still only 22 and there is a lot going on that he is reacting to like changing his schedule next season,” said the six-time major champion.

“He is a smart kid and he has a good head on his shoulders. I think you’ll see him step it up next year.

And Sir Nick added, “It’s not as easy to win now as it was when I was playing. The depth of talent is much greater. There are so many good players and so many potential winners.
“There are 12-20 guys capable of winning any week whereas when I was playing it was more like five.”
Rory is a three-time winner of Faldo’s global golf development programme. He won Faldo Series Under-15 and Under-17 titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively and was also a winner at the 2006 Faldo Series International Trophy inHong Kong.
Rory’s next competitive outing will be the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship inScotlandfrom September 29- October 2.


Bradshaw and Smith defy windy conditions at Faldo Series Grand Final

September 12, 2011

Leading the way at Lough Erne - Victoria Bradshaw

EVEN the tail end of Hurricane Katia failed to knock Victoria Bradshaw and Jordan Smith off target on the opening day of the Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort yesterday.
With strong winds making scoring difficult for everyone, Ulster star Bradshaw and England’s Smith compiled highly creditable two over par 74s to lead the way.
“I’m chuffed with the way I battled mentally,” said 21-year-old Bradshaw.

“I managed my way round the course really well and the local knowledge in these conditions helped.”

“It was tough out there but fun,” said 18-year-old Smith from Bowood.
“I played solid and enjoyed having to hit some unique shots.”
A field of 77 players are competing in this year’s tournament in Co Fermanagh. 16 different countries are represented by some of the world’s top young golfers, boys and girls, aged 13 to 21.
US Open champion Rory McIlroy also paid a visit yesterday joining Sir Nick Faldo to give a clinic to the competitors.
McIlroy is a three-time winner of Faldo’s global golf development programme.
The reigning US Open Champion won Faldo Series Under-15 and Under-17 titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
The 22-year-old was also a winner at the 2006 Faldo Series International Trophy in Hong Kong.
“I was a member of Team Faldo and Nick used to take us out to California for warm weather training. I’m obviously very grateful for what he has done for me and a few of the other guys that I know on Tour,” said Rory.
More than 30 local school children were also in attendance on day one for a grass-roots clinic with Faldo, part of the six-time Major Champion’s drive to create access to the game for a younger audience.
Trophies will be awarded to winners of five age-categories, three for boys and two for girls, all of whom will be exempt for the Asia Grand Final in China in March 2012.

Leading round one scores: Boys’ Under-21: 74 – Jordan Smith (Eng); 76 – Adam Andrews (Eng), Gavin Samuels (Eng), Ondrej Lieser (Cze).
Boys’ Under-18: 76 – Bradley Thomas (Eng); 79 – Nathan Kimsey (Eng), Gavin Moynihan (Irl).
Boys’ Under-16: 76 – Ben Robinson (Eng); 78 – Ben Amor (Eng); 79 – Cameron Long (Eng).
Girls’ Under-21: 74 – Victoria Bradshaw (Irl); 79 – Brogan Townend (Eng); 80 – Sophie Powell (Eng).
Girls’ Under-16: 79 – Natalia Heckova (Sk); 80 – Amber Ratcliffe (Eng), Marie Lunackova (Cze), Ellie Goodall (Eng).

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