Sunday 26 February 2017

Short chips

WATCH out for Jack Hume of Rathsallagh Golf Club, who has achieved a seriously impressive feat by winning all four of the GUI Boys provincial titles.

It's hard enough to win one boys' title, so Jack had to play extremely well to make the clean sweep. He started with a win in Leinster at South County GC, followed by victory in Ulster at Armagh GC. Connacht at Athlone GC was next, before Munster fell to him at Muskerry GC last week.

A pupil of the Brendan McDaid Academy at Rathsallagh, Jack's clean sweep emulates former European Tour player Raymie Burns' 1989 effort.

FORMER Clare and International Rules star Noel Roche won a 'battle of the brothers' at Kilkee GC. Noel and brother George contested the Kilkee Cup final -- one of the premier events on the club calendar. The match-play event, that takes a week to complete, is in its 102nd year and the Roches are believed to be the first brothers to contest the final.

Noel took the trophy, winning 1-up after a great battle -- and they're still talking to each other!

Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley is encouraging young golfers to follow in his footsteps by playing in the Allianz-sponsored Grange Dublin Boys Golf Championship, on the course where he learned how to play the game.

The popular 36-hole annual event takes place on Friday, August 13, for players of 16-handicap and under.

This event began 18 years ago and is one of the highlights of the Grange Centenary Year celebrations.

McGinley, who has always maintained his strong ties with the Grange club, says: "I am really delighted to be associated with the event as it is crucial that golf is supported at underage level."

Irish Independent

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