Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge

The Inaugural Social Media Links Challenge took place from Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st July 2014 at Carne Golf Links, County Sligo Golf Club & Enniscrone Golf Club. Fighting the interest in the Galway Races the same week, numbers were a little lower than hoped for but a decent crowd of enthusiastic golfers made their way west for a true test of golf on some of the finest links courses on the Emerald Isle.

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Day 1 took us to one of the westernmost points in Ireland (and probably one of the westernmost golf courses in the country), the amazing Carne Golf Links. This course is set in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, Belmullet, which some of the most awe-inspiring golf holes to be seen anywhere. A decent links day with some wind but not a gale as can blow in off the Atlantic from what we were told! The leaders on Day 1 were the Deasy brothers, Liam and John, who shot a great 47 points to lead by 3 from Conor Sheehan & Niall Lenihan and Irene & Damian Bolger on 44 points. Other notable scores were Conor Galvin & Gary Cormican on 42 points and Fintan Ward & Brian McMahon on 40. For most of the teams it was back to Ballina and to the Auld Shebeen for the latter part of the evening, with a bit of help from Muldooney Whiskey Liqueur!

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There were some groggy heads the next morning at breakfast in the Downhill Inn hotel in Ballina, but everybody was ready for the test that would be provided by County Sligo Golf Club. The rain dominated much of the round but when the clouds cleared on the back 9 it was a complete joy to be out on the links. Best score of the day again with to the Deasy brothers, shooting 42 points in trying conditions, while the next best was Fintan & Brian on 41 which catapulted them into a tie for 3rd place with the Bolgers. Conor & Niall shot 38 points to hang onto 2nd place but now 7 shots behind Liam and John.

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Another good night in Ballina was had with the Auld Shebeen becoming our official 19th Hole! The final round was held at the excellent Enniscrone GC and we were given a very warm welcome on arrival on Thursday 31st July, by the staff, members and the weather too! The wind was light but the sand dunes alone would provide a stern test anyway. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and we were delighted that Honourary Secretary, Albie O’Connor, could attend the Prize Giving after golf. The Deasy brothers again shot the best score on the day, 39 points, for a 13 shot victory over Tony Regazzoli & Tom Kennedy, who managed to climb the leaderboard with 38 points on the final day. Third place went to Fintan & Brian while Conor & Niall took 4th and the Bolgers claimed 5th place.

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Three tremendous days of links golf were over and each and every had enjoyed themselves immensely – Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC & Enniscrone GC had provided three fantastic tests and from the feedback we received a lot of the players will be returning to play golf in the West very soon! The overall winner’s prize included the SM Links Challenge Trophy, a Golf Holiday to Portugal for 4 people courtesy of Tournament Partner Golf Voyager, 2 bottles of Muldoon Whiskey and Free Golf to Defend the Title in 2015! Many thanks must go to all Tournament Partners & Sponsors – Golf Voyager, Muldoon Irish Whiskey, PGE Golf, Just Treats Golf, Robinson Squash’d and our 3 venues, Carne Golf Links, Co Sligo & Enniscrone!

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Plans are already being put together for the 2015 Social Media Links Challenge, if you would like to enter drop us a line on smlinkschallenge@gmail.com, give us a follow on Twitter or like our Facebook page for updates! Hope to see you on the links next year!!

 

 

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Ryder Cup Day 1 Open Singles at The Ballesteros Course

To celebrate the opening day of this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Niall and his team at The Ballesteros Course have decided to run an Open Singles competition on Friday September 26th. Seve Ballesteros, The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort’s iconic course designer, is of course synonymous with the Ryder Cup and they see it as a fitting tribute to the great man.

 Seve Ballesteros 25/06/2001 at Killenard.Picture: Alf Harvey.

The time sheet is now live online at www.theheritage.com or you can call 057 8642321 to book your spot. The competition on the day will be singles stableford off the white tees with an entry fee is € 30 per person to include a € 5 Food & Beverage voucher so you can enjoy the surroundings of our sumptuous clubhouse after your round and watch the days play unfold.

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Charlie McGoldrick Cup 2014 at Enniscrone

The Charlie McGoldrick Cup took place recently at Enniscrone Golf Club on Friday 29th & 30th August. It was an excellent event with over 150 players taking part, which was made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful weather that was present on both days.
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Golfers from every corner of Ireland and beyond travelled to Enniscrone to remember one of the clubs best ambassadors. Charlie would have loved the fact that there was a slight breeze on both days as he would say “The breeze will sort the good from the average” as he would have said! And so it did, scoring was very good on both days with a number of 40pts being returned. The honour of winning the 2014 Charlie McGoldrick Cup fell to Deputy Head Greenkeeper, Ciaran Sweeney,  to take cup, beating Robert Jacob on the back 6 . Now I know who was possible responsible for those pin positions!!
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Marie Stone had the best ladies’ score over the two days with 38 pts. The club would like to thank Keith Bardon from Titleist for his sponsorship of the men’s first prize. The full results are as follows :
Overall Winner Ciaran Sweeney (19) 40pts back 6.
Gents
1st Robert Jacob (6) 40pts back 9
2nd Noel Dee (6) 40pts
3rd Paul McStay (9) 39pts back 9
4th John Doherty(8) 39pts
5th Brendan Browne (10) 38pts
Ladies
1st   Marie Stone (20) 38pts back 9
2nd Lena Bourke(30) 38pts
3rd Mary Barrins (25) 37pts back 9
4th Maureen L Dodd (21) 37pts
5th Deirdre Forde (36) 36pts
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It was a truly tremendous two days in the West of Ireland at Enniscrone for the 2014 Charlie McGoldrick Cup and I’m already looking forward to playing in the 2015 tournament! In the meantime I’d highly recommend you getting out West to play Enniscrone GC, check out their website; like their Facebook page and give them a follow on Twitter too!