IT’S all change at two of the Drogheda area’s main golf clubs this week as Scott Kirkpatrick moves across the Boyne to take over as Club Professional at County Louth after almost six years at Laytown & Bettystown.
When he took over he had big shoes to fill as he succeeded the famous RJ (Bobby) Browne who was the head professional at L&B for more than 40 years prior to that.
The club was delighted when Scott stated on taking up the position that he was very interested in continuing all of the great work that Bobby had been doing with its junior boys and girls for decades.
Laytown & Bettystown are very disappointed to see Scott go as he had a very positive impact on the club and was very popular with the members and a joy to work with overall.
In recognition of his contribution to the club, a special golf day was organised on Monday of last week. This was followed by a small presentation ceremony at the club due to Covid restrictions.
Scott’s family and his pro shop team were in attendance at this special farewell evening and he and his family were presented with a memento of his time in Laytown & Bettystown - a picture of Mornington’s Maiden Tower, which features on the club’s crest.
The picture, by Eimhear Collins, was presented by L&B Captain Michael Metcalfe to Scott, his wife Olwen and daughter Holly who the club hopes will remain proud and active members of L&B.
The members of Laytown & Bettystown wish Scott and his team - Cian Geraghty, Philip Duff and Conor Nolan - well in their new positions at County Louth Golf Club and look forward to seeing him again in Baltray in the years to come.
Of course, Scott’s move to County Louth could be seen as a similar experience to what he faced six years ago as he replaces another long-standing pro, Paddy McGuirk.
Meanwhile, Laytown & Bettystown have welcomed the arrival of their new Club Professional, Gavin Byrne, who is moving up the M1 from Beaverstown GC near Donabate, where he was Head Professional.
Gavin started his golf career at Mannan Castle Golf Club and became a low amateur, reaching scratch at 17 before turning pro in 2009, serving under renowned PGA Professionals Maurice Cassidy and Brian Kerley.
Gavin qualified in 2013 and assumed the Head PGA Professional role at Farnham Estate Golf Club. At 26 he was the youngest Head PGA Professional in the whole of the UK and Ireland.
After two years Gavin was promoted to Director of Golf of the resort. While there Gavin also serviced other golf clubs in the area and launched junior and lady coaching programmes in Clones GC, Belturbet GC and Ashfield GC.
In 2017 he accepted his current role as Head Professional at Beaverstown and helped turn the club into one of the busiest and friendliest members’ golf clubs in north County Dublin.
Gavin has a wealth of experience in all aspects of golf coaching, custom fitting and excellent retail knowledge, while his philosophy is to enhance the enjoyment of the golfing experience while helping everyone reach their goals.