Three in a row for Kenmare

A Good Walk

The winning team from Kenmare from left to right, Chris Dale, David O’ Lady Captain Dwyer (Federation Captain), Paudie Kelleher (Kenmare Captain) and James Murphy
The winning team from Kenmare from left to right, Chris Dale, David O’ Lady Captain Dwyer (Federation Captain), Paudie Kelleher (Kenmare Captain) and James Murphy

Ger Walsh

Kenmare won the John B. O'Shea Trophy on home turf on Saturday last to make it a treble for 2019 having also won the Kerry Shield last month and the Kerry Captain's Day tournament back in April.

The sun shone in Kenmare and the course was presented in magnificent shape by Timmy O'Leary and his crew as fifteen of the county's sixteen clubs went to battle for the coveted title which honours one of Kerry's most influential golfing figures, the late John B. O'Shea of Dooks and also of Kenmare and the format sees a team of four, playing better-ball fourball, with the two scores totalled.

Kenmare had never won the event since its inception in 2011, but they changed that on Saturday as their team of Federation Captain David O'Dwyer, Club Captain Paudie Kelleher, James Murphy and Chris Dale brought in 86 points to edge out second-placed Ballybunion by two and for club Captain Paudie Kelleher, it was indeed a sweet victory as he has been a member of all three of Kenmare's winning teams this season.

Ring of Kerry and Dooks Golf clubs shared third spot on 81 points with Killarney, Tralee, Ceann Sibeal and Ballyheigue golf clubs sharing fourth on 80 points.

At the presentation of prizes, Federation Captain, David O'Dwyer thanked all those who made the effort to travel to Kenmare to represent their clubs, saying that he was delighted in particular to present the J B O'Shea trophy to his team mates along with medals for the winners and the runners up.

David also thanked all who helped with the organisation of the tournament including his fellow Federation officers, Bernard Hourihan & John Barry and the Kenmare golf club management and staff.

The next Federation event will be the Federation Captains Prize and David O'Dwyer is delighted to invite all past and present Kerry Captains to Kenmare for the event to be held on Saturday, July 27. Entry to this competition is online via the Kenmare Golf Club website. www.kenmaregolfclub.com.

Once on the website, follow the links to "book a tee time" / "book an open competition" and select your preferred tee time. The prize list includes: First (Captains Prize), Second, Third, Best gross, Best front nine, Best back nine, along with prizes for each decade. Kenmare Golf Club is looking forward to hosting its fourth Federation event of 2019 and welcoming a large field of Kerry Captains on the day.

Kerryman

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