Kinsale celebrates its junior victories
KINSALE’S John Murphy started a new chapter in his life last week when he travelled to the US to take up a college place on the University of Louisville golf programme. Before he went though, Kinsale took the opportunity to celebrate Murphy’s achievements along with those of Cathal Butler and Gary Ward. Members of Kinsale Golf Club came together recently to mark the recent achievements of three of their finest young golfers; Gary Ward, Cathal Butler and John Murphy. All three golfers currently hold plus handicaps with Murphy currently playing off a mark of +3.
There was a large crowd in the clubhouse which included past and current officers, and a large number of members and juveniles. Kinsale Captain Chris Cronin and Lady Captain Colette Kenny extended a very special welcome to the parents, Anna and Paddy Ward, Claire and Eamon Butler and Carmel and Owen Murphy and thanked them for their unwavering support of their sons while they have pursued their sport.
The captain also singled out the dedication of Kinsale Golf Club’s Youth Officer, Ger Cullinane, the Club Professional Ger Broderick, and Golf Professional Ian Stafford for the support and development of Juvenile golf over the years in the club.
“In the presentation, the achievements of Gary, Cathal and John were recalled,” explained the captain.
“They have won numerous competitions, represented their School, Club and University. All three have represented Ireland at various age groups. Cathal and John were selected as Munster Inter Pros. Cathal was selected as the Munster GUI senior Golfer of the year 2016 while John was honoured Munster as the Junior Golfer of the Year 2016. In recent months Cathal shot a course record in Newlands Dublin of 7 under in the Leinster Students while Gary shot a course record at Cobh of six under to win their Senior Scratch Cup.
“John Murphy had an incredible last 12 months or so to win five cups, these being the East of Ireland U21, Leinster Students, Munster Students, Kerry Boys (2015 & 2016) and the Munster Boys. John is heading off next week to the USA after receiving a scholarship to University of Louisville, Kentucky so the evening also presented an opportunity for club members to wish him all the best in his endeavours in the US.”
The younger members in attendance heard that while John, Cathal and Gary love Golf, they also found time for their school studies and other hobbies as they were recognised for academic and sporting achievements in Kinsale Community School and all three pursued other hobbies and Sports like GAA.
Cathal is an accomplished musician and the Captain encouraged the young people to just playing with keeping a balance to their lives as demonstrated by the role models of the lads being honoured this evening. John, Cathal and Gary then recounted some of their great memories in the golf competitions but some of their greatest enjoyment was achieved playing against each other during school holidays on the course in Kinsale.
The course is 22 years old and we have grown up with it, Cathal said as he thanked the members of the course for their continued good wishes. He mentioned the recent Pro Shop Challenge as a visible sign of the spirit of the club with so many members following the match.
John and Cathal took on the Club Professionals Ger Broderick and Ian Staf ford in their second annual match, raising over €3,000 all for the benefit of Marymount Hospice. This year the win went to the professionals, making the overall score 1-1.
They all thanked their parents for the support. John made special mention of all in the Juvenile Development Programme at Kinsale and how it had helped them develop over the years and stated that he absolutely loves Kinsale Golf Club and will miss it while he is away.
Gary recounted the joy golf brings from playing and representing his club and looks forward to the years ahead.
It’s been a busy year for the Kinsale captain. A number of changes took place on the course with the water hazard being removed from the 9th and 18th holes and that was replaced with some bunkering and mounds which changed the challenge of hitting the greens. The club also hosted a Jimmy Bruen in May and a few weeks ago they hosted the Munster Boys U15 and U17 Championships.
The presentation last week in some ways marked the ending of a chapter for a certain cohort of Kinsale juniors as they now head on to senior golf. However, the story isn’t over as the next generation of young Kinsale golfers is already up and running.
Eoghan Cassidy, Ben Costello and Robert Walsh are just a few of the eager younger golfers who have been working hard all summer to improve on their golf and their handicap. In concluding the Captain Chris Cronin wished all three young men the very best for the years ahead.
“Kinsale Golf Club is a hidden gem in Ireland, a special place where a welcome is assured to all who visit.
“That welcome will always be there wherever you go in life, whatever you achieve, remember always that the friendships you have forged in this beautiful place will carry you forward always”.
Presentations were made to Gary, Cathal and John by the Captain and Lady Captain which included frames of achievement.
Kinsale captain Chris Cronin pictured with Gary Ward, John Murphy and Cathal Bulter, with family and friends at a reception in Kinsale Golf Club.