Sunday 19 November 2017

Another award for rising Mallow star James Sugrue

John Tarrant

THE golden boy of Mallow golf James Sugrue is fast emerging a star of the future given a litany of success at home and abroad.

Ever consistent, the 17 year old underlined his status on capturing the recent Munster Youths Championship in Dungarvan by a massive seven shots.

That comes after a phenomenal past twelve months, helping Ireland win gold medal in the Boys Home Internationals in Scotland and gain selection for Ireland to compete in the Players Championship at the renowned TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Come 2014, Sugrue had continued on his winning ways that merited selection as a monthly recipient of the Cork City and County Youth Sports Awards at a function in the Gresham Metropole Hotel.

James is a versatile sportsman, having played underage hurling and football with Mallow and Cork development teams.

"I played at Under 16 level for Cork, I loved the hurling. It was a big choice to pack in the gaelic games to concentrate on golf. It takes much practice and dedication to reach the top. I'm proud to hold a gold medal for my country and wear the green jacket for Ireland," he said

Sugrue has been playing golf since the age of five years, introduced to the sport at the Mallow driving range. He owes much to the early encouragement of Jo Crowley, club coach Michael Collins, Munster coach Fred Twomey and Neil Manchip with the National team.

"All have been great influences on my career and I'm proud to represent my family and club at the highest level," he said

At 15 years of age, James' winning run began, collecting the Connacht Boys strokeplay and proceeded to add a string of individual titles and honours on and off the course.

"To be one of two players in Ireland to be picked by the Golfing Union of Ireland to play at the age of 16 years for TPC Sawgrass is a highlight and to share the same locker as Padraig Harrington, was fantastic," he said.

Over recent weeks, Sugrue was sidelined to injury, enduring some back spasms but thanks to the physio, he is back in harness, ahead of some big challenges.

"Upcoming are the inter pros at the Island, that looks pretty open for all the provincial teams are balanced. That falls nicely in place, ahead of the Home Countries in Glasgow and hopefully Ireland can defend their title successfully," he said.

Looking ahead, Sugrue will compete in the British Boys Championship before Leaving Certificate year commences at Hewitt College in September.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Mary Shields and Deputy Co. Mayor Cllr. Tim Collins extended congratulations to James on his diverse achievements that merited the City and County Youth Sports Star Award organised in association with John Buckley Sports.

"James honours to date are amazing. The world's your oyster and the sky is the limit. Continue to wear the green jacket with pride," said Lord Mayor Shields.

Present at the function were Mallow Ladies Captain Susan Curtin, President Brian Wall, Junior Officer Barry Linehan, coach Michael Collins, mum Margaret and grandmother Bernie Sugrue.


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