Saturday 27 December 2014

Doyle and Rooney delighted to join exclusive club with 'Golfers of the Month' success

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

Rathsallagh's Jack Hume was named golfer of the month in April. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Rathsallagh's Jack Hume was named golfer of the month in April. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Irish Women's Close champion Mary Doyle of The Heath GC and Oliver Rooney are the Irish Independent/ Druids Glen Golfers of the Month for June.

"The Irish Close is my biggest win so far, but getting on the Irish women's team last year and this year was a big thing for me. Every time I represent Ireland is special for me.

"I'm delighted to win this Golfer of the Month award. It's a great honour," said Mary.

Oliver Rooney of Portumna enjoyed a special month, as he dropped six shots off his handicap, with two victories in singles events that brought his handicap from 17 to 11.

They join an illustrious list of previous winners from April (Jack Hume, Naas, and Eimear Costelloe, Castletroy) and May (Adrian Morrow, Portmarnock and Maria Dunne, Skerries).

Each of these golfers has performed with distinction at various levels of the game, and are well deserving of the 'Golfer of the Month' accolade.

In April, Hume annexed the West of Ireland championship at Rosses Point, defeating Robbie Cannon of Balbriggan in a closely-fought final.

Hume is in action this week in the European Individual championships at St Andrews (Dukes Course) and will go on to play for Ireland in the Home Internationals at Southerndown in England from August 13-15.

The women's winner in April was Eimear Costelloe of Castletroy GC who stepped up a level to take the Munster Junior championship played at her home course.

Eimear plays off 11 handicap, and the Munster championship is for players between 10-18 and played over three days, with stroke play qualifying and then match play.

Eimear went all the way through to the final in which she defeated Clodagh Walsh of Castlewarden.

"My opponent Clodagh was a lovely person and a lovely player, and I have to give special mention to my caddy, Shirley Real, who pushed me into entering in the first place," said Eimear.

Morrow won the men's May award for his victory in the Irish Seniors Open championship at Waterville.

Since turning 55, the Portmarnock golfer has twice won both the European Seniors title and the Irish Seniors Open.

A past winner of the East of Ireland championship (twice) and the South of Ireland (twice), in his 'regular' career, Adrian is a vastly experienced player and is still impressively competitive.

Maria Dunne of Skerries won her Irish Independent/ Druids Glen accolade following her success in the ILGU Titelist Scratch Cup Series.

This is the 'order of merit' for the early season Scratch Cup campaign, and Maria won two of these events – one at Woodbrook and the other at Royal Portrush – to top the Titelist points table.

It's been a great year, as Maria got married the week after her Portrush win and was unbeaten for Ireland in the European Ladies Team championships.

She has been selected for the Irish Home Internationals team and also picked for the Espirito Santo Trophy, to be played in Japan next month with Mary Doyle (The Heath) and Paula Grant of Lisburn.

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