Young golfer Paul mak­ing great strides

GOLF GREY­STONES TEENAGER EN­JOYS FRUIT­FUL YEAR

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

THIS SUM­MER proved to be very event­ful for young Grey­stones golfer Paul Dunne.

A plus one hand­i­cap golfer from Grey­stones Golf Club, Paul was se­lected in April to rep­re­sent the Ir­ish Un­der-16 golf team in a de­vel­op­men­tal in­ter­na­tional staged at Royal Dublin against Scot­land, Wales and Hol­land.

The Ir­ish team won the event with Paul winning five of his six matches.

Af­ter winning the Con­naught and Ul­ster U-15 boys ti­tles in 2007 as well as be­ing the youngest win­ner of the Wick­low Boys U-18 tro­phy at only 14 years of age, Paul was then se­lected for the six man Ir­ish U-18 boys team tak­ing part in the Euro­pean Boys Team Cham­pi­onships in Slove­nia in July of this year.

Af­ter a mag­nif­i­cent qual­i­fy­ing round of five un­der par Paul was then un­beaten for the re­main­der of the event, in which Ire­land fin­ished sev­enth.

He then rep­re­sented Ire­land on the four per­son U-16 team at the Euro­pean Young Mas­ters in Chan­tilly, France, where Ire­land fin­ished sec­ond.

In Au­gust he was se­lected for the Ir­ish U18 boys team for the home in­ter­na­tion­als in Royal County Down where Ire­land won for the first time in ten years with a mem­o­rable fi­nal day victory over the rein­ing cham­pi­ons Eng­land. The fol­low­ing week Paul re­tained the Wick­low Boys U-18 tro­phy at his home club Grey­stones and fin­ished off the month with a four-shot victory in the Ir­ish U-18 Boys close cham­pi­onship in Por­tumna, Gal­way.

He was then se­lected to rep­re­sent Ire­land at the Ju­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at the TPC in Saw­grass, Florida and trav­elled to Scot­land for the in­vi­ta­tional Duke of York Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in Scot­land in Septem­ber.

At the re­cent Dar­ren Clarke Cham­pi­ons week­end Paul also emerged as win­ner and was hon­oured by the Le­in­ster Branch of the G.U.I. with the U-18 or­der of merit for 2008, pre­sented at the re­cent AGM of the branch.

2008 SCHED­ULE

March 26-28: Ire­land Un­der-16 De­vel­op­ment In­ter­na­tional in Royal Dublin (Ire­land, Scot­land, Wales and Hol­land – Win­ners Ire­land).

April 25-27: Mun­ster Youths in Lee Val­ley, Cork (Fin­ished sixth)

June 27-29: Sir Henry Cooper Ju­nior Mas­ters in Kent, Eng­land.

July 8-12: Euro­pean Boys Team Cham­pi­onship in Bled, Slove­nia.

July 24-26: Euro­pean Un­der-16 Young Mas­ters in Chan­tilly, France (Ire­land Team fin­ished sec­ond).

Au­gust 5-7: Boys Home In­ter­na­tion­als in Royal County Down (Win­ners Ire­land).

Au­gust 11-12: Wick­low Boys in Grey­stones (Win­ner).

Au­gust 20-22: Ir­ish Un­der-18 Boys Close Cham­pi­onship in Por­tumna, Gal­way (Win­ner).

Au­gust 29-31: Ju­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in Saw­grass, Florida.

Septem­ber 15-18: Duke of York Young Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in Dun­don­ald, Scot­land (Fin­ished sev­enth).

Oc­to­ber 17-19: Ire­land Un­der-16 In­ter­na­tional v. Eng­land in Bury St. Ed­monds, Eng­land.

Dar­ren Clarke pre­sent­ing Paul Dunne (Grey­stones) with the Boys tro­phy at the Dar­ren Clarke Foun­da­tion Cham­pi­ons week­end at Port­marnock Golf Club. Also in the pic­ture is Bren­dan MacClancy (Cap­tain, Port­marnock Golf Club).

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