Kin­sale cel­e­brates its ju­nior vic­to­ries

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Niall O’Shea

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.

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