Sunday 17 December 2017

Kennedy has Royal touch in Smyth President's Prize

David Kennedy, last year's 125th anniversary captain of Royal Dublin, had the winning touch in the Esso-sponsored Links Golf Society President's (Des Smyth) Prize at Dollymount last Thursday.

Kennedy took the honours in the nett section, scoring 68 off his eight handicap. Runner-up was Challenge Tour professional and fellow Royal Dublin man Niall Kearney with 71 off scratch. St Anne's Jim Toal (6) came third on 72 nett.

The gross prize was won by European Tour pro Damien McGrane on 69.

Irish PGA champion David Mortimer, who will join Galway golf club as head professional later this month, was second on 70.

Prize winners -- Nett Section: 1 D Kennedy (8, Royal Dublin) 68; 2 N Kearney (scr, Royal Dublin) 71; 3 J Toal (6, St Anne's) 72; 4 D Curran (5, St Anne's 73); 5 R Giles (scr, Greenore) 73.

Gross: 1 D McGrane 69; 2 D Mortimer 70; 3 L Walker 71; 4 J Lyons 72; 5 C Abernethy 74.

Team: E Darcy, B Gibbons, D Kennedy 63 (back 9).

Over 50 nett: J Cullen. Over 50 gross: D Smyth.

My climb-down easier than Lonergan's climb up

FOGRA: In last week's edition I mistakenly said that Kilimanjaro, which Enda Lonergan of the Connacht GUI Branch intends to climb for charity, was the fourth highest peak in the world.

I am informed by Tommy Shields, a former Everest Base Camp hiker, that Kilimanjaro is actually the fourth most prominent peak in the world, and is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world, as it rises isolated above the East African plains.

Thanks Tommy, and good luck Enda.

Irish Independent

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