TRALEE'S Mick Coote has a double reason for celebration this week with the news that he has retained his place on the Irish Seniors Team for the forthcoming Home Internationals, and following an injury to Cork's Tom Cleary, he has also been called up for the team to compete in this week's European Seniors Team Championships at Estoril in Portugal, on the course where he finished second in the Portuguese Seniors Championship back in March of this year.
As I said last week, the genial Clare man was on the cusp of the Home Internationals team subject to any kind of a decent performance at the Leinster Seniors in Waterford, and he duly responded with rounds of 77 and 76 for a third place finish, four shots behind the winner Brendan McDonnell from the K-club and three behind his international team mate John Mitchell from Tramore.
He joins Killeen's Maurice Kelly, Bangor's Garth McGimpsey, Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow, Tipperary's Arthur Pierse and Tramore's John Mitchell on the Irish team this week in Estoril for the event which first began in 2006. Ireland have a proud record in this tournament winning in 2007 and 2008 and finishing as runners-up in 2006 and 2010 so hopefully that great record can be maintained once again.
The Seniors Home Internationals will take place from September 18-20 at the Southerndown course near the rugby stronghold of Brigend, in Wales.
It will be Coote's third appearance in this event following on from his selection last year at Woodhall Spa, where he helped Ireland to victory and he was also a member of the Irish side that was victorious at Tenby in Wales back in 2008.
So, each time he has played for Ireland, the team have won the championship!
Let's hope he keeps it going and wish Mick all the best on behalf of all golfers in Kerry.