Thursday 19 September 2019

Bunclody prepares for the Irish PGA championships

Bunclody Golf Club.
Bunclody Golf Club.

Brendan Keane

Bunclody Golf and Fishing club is all set to host the 109th Irish PGA championship from August 19 to 22.

The tournament will begin with a Pro-Am on Monday, August 19, which will be followed by the three-day, 54-hole Irish PGA Championship.

Securing the event is a massive coup for the County Wexford course - which is widely regarded as one of the finest facilities of its type in the country.

The tournament director, Yvonne Cassidy, said the course will present the players with a formidable challenge.

'I believe [the course] will provide a real challenge for the players,' she said.

'Designer, Jeff Howes has cleverly incorporated the natural undulating terrain to produce what is, in my opinion, one of the strongest finishes to any parkland course in the country,' she added.

Ms Cassidy said the players will have to display 'demanding resolve and determination' on the course.

'It entices competitors to be unwavering in their ability to be audacious in their play, especially over the closing holes,' she said.

'It encourages the very best from players and yet at the same time urges and promotes restraint,' she added.

The course is renowned for its beautifully manicured fairways, strategically positioned bunkers and greens, and Ms Cassidy expressed confidence that the course is such that it will 'produce a worthy champion'.

She also said the organisers are looking forward to working with the staff in Bunclody for what will be the most prestigious sporting event to take place in the county this year.

The course, which was opened in 2009, measures over 7,000 yards on a 300 acre site and has earned a reputation for being one of Ireland's foremost parkland venues.

Under course superintendent, Mark Byrne, the exquisitely manicured layout is a firm favourite within national and international golfing circles.

The Bunclody GFC director, Nick Byrne, said everyone in the club is looking forward to the competition.

'It promises to be a superb event,' he said.

'We have hosted many big events in recent years, including the Irish Senior Ladies Close Championship in 2017.' he added.

He said that having hosted the PGA Pro-Am for the last 10 years the Jeff Howes designed course poses an excellent test of golf.

The General Manager, Caroline Dunne, also said everyone at the club is looking forward to welcoming Ireland's top PGA professionals to the course.

The Irish PGA championship is one of the world's oldest professional tournaments dating back to 1907.

Some of the most celebrated names in the sport have lifted the trophy in the past including people like Christy O'Connor, Harry Bradshaw, Des Smyth and Ryder Cup captains, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington.

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