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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Young golfers dream day with Padraig Harrington

IT is every sports fans dream to spend a day with their idol and for young Termonfeckin golfer Gerard Dunne, this dream has come true.Gerard was picked to caddy for Padraig Harrington, the professional golfer who is ranked sixth in the world, when he played at Seapoint golf club recently. Top class golfer Padraig was playing at the Termonfeckin club as part of an outing org

By Angela McCormick

IT is every sports fans dream to spend a day with their idol and for young Termonfeckin golfer Gerard Dunne, this dream has come true.

Gerard was picked to caddy for Padraig Harrington, the professional golfer who is ranked sixth in the world, when he played at Seapoint golf club recently.

Top class golfer Padraig was playing at the Termonfeckin club as part of an outing organised by the Irish golf society. As junior captain for the club Gerard was chosen to be his caddy.

‘It was a brilliant experience. I know now that I have a lot to learn,’ said a delighted Gerard.

Seventeen year old Gerard, who lives at Beaulieu Cross, is a leaving certificate student at St Joseph’s CBS.

‘I took the day off to do a different kind of learning,’ said Gerard.

He spent about five hours going around the Seapoint course with his idol and is full of praise for the leading golfer.

‘He was very professional but I was able to have a good chat and a laugh with him as well. We talked about school and about golf, the different courses he has played on and how he expects to do this year,’ said an enthusiastic Gerard.

‘I just have to admire the man, his whole attitude, his concentration, his ability and the way he plays the game, he is just a brilliant sportsman.’

The young Termonfeckin man represented Seapoint in four major competitions last year including the Irish boys golfing competition and the Leinster Boys Championship. He was elected junior captain of the club in January.

Despite playing with a golf handicap of five, Gerard is not considering a professional career in the sport.



‘Absolutely not, it is a very competitive sport and very tough. I don’t think I would be good enough,’ he said modestly.

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