Local hero Fahy cherishes Lord Mayor's cup success
ALL that glitters is ... silver, as in the bright shining gleam of the AIB Lord Mayor's Cup, one of the prestige events for Leinster club golfers. The happy winner of the 2010 staging of the trophy is Michael Fahy Jnr, an eight-handicap member of host club Clontarf, which has staged the competition since 1951.
Fahy (28) enlisted the help of his dad Michael Snr as caddy, who, although supportive of his offspring, commented: "I didn't expect to be on the bag all week, but it was a pleasant surprise."
The first challenge facing the entrants, who range in handicap from four to nine, is to get through stroke-play qualifying.
This is played on a scratch basis, with the leading 64 qualifying for match play.
Then it's do-or-die all through the week. By the Saturday, four were left to contest the semi-finals -- Fahy against fellow Clontarf member Stephen Kavanagh and Ballymoney's Ed O'Keeffe facing Kieran McWilliams of The Island.
The battle of Clontarf ended in a 3&2 win for Fahy, while O'Keeffe got some early momentum against McWilliams and got through by 6&5.
In the final, Fahy and O'Keeffe were level after nine. The Clontarf man went one up on the 12th when O'Keeffe overshot the green and found deep rough.
On the 14th, Fahy went two up. They halved 15 and the match ended on 16 when par was good enough for the Clontarf player to win the hole and the match.
The victory is cherished by Fahy, who was delighted to be on the 2008 Clontarf team that won the Bulmer's All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen pennant, the first national win for the Donnycarney club.
The cup got its name when Jack Belton, a Clontarf member, was Lord Mayor of Dublin and he inspired the inauguration of the event back in 1951.
Among the competitors in the past who went on to achieve notable success were former Ryder Cup star Philip Walton, ex-Tour pro Martin Sludds and David Kinsella, the club pro at The Castle.
Robbie Moore of Howth, the 1989 winner, played in the Canadian Open 10 years later.
Clontarf has many GAA connections in its membership, including the legendary Kevin Heffernan and Tony Wall, the former Tipperary star who is a past captain and president of the club.
Wall won the Lord Mayor's in 1980. Heffo was a regular participant in the competition, but didn't manage to win it. In fairness, Kevin was a particularly busy man on the GAA fields during the 1970s and 1980s!
Liz earns Druids reward
CONGRATULATIONS to Liz McRedmond of Rosslare GC, who is our Druids Glen Golf Resort/Irish Independent 'Golfer of the Month' for July.
Liz had two epic performances during last month. First she brought in a nett score of 59 playing off 34 handicap in a monthly medal on July 20.
A week later, Liz competed in an Open Week singles at Rosslare off her new handicap of 26 -- and brought in a score of 43 points, which ensured a cut of two further shots. For her prize, Liz wins a night for two at the Druids Glen Hotel, plus a round of golf for two people on the Druids Glen course and a round for two on the Druids Heath course.
We are still accepting nominations for our August award.
Keenan doubles up
OLD Conna member Jamie Keenan showed serious potential following his double success in big underage competitions.
Jamie (17) hit a purple patch during which he annexed the Wicklow and Dublin boys' titles.
Firstly, he was three-under-par gross for 72 holes when winning the Wicklow boys' championship at Greystones and he followed this up five days later by winning the 36-holes Allianz Dublin boys' title at The Grange.
Rounds of 70 and 74 -- against the tough par of 68 -- gave Keenan a one-shot win over seven-handicap Nick O'Loughlin of Bray.
Evan Farrell, a four-handicapper from Ardee, took third place.
Leading nett scorer was 10-handicap Conor Stone of Clontarf, who won by a shot from Ross Buggy (11) of Newlands.
Clean sweep for O'Kane
THE officer corps of Ballyliffin kept the biggest club 'major' of the year in their possession when club president Colm O'Kane won the Captain's (Jim Porter) Prize.
O'Kane edged home on a back-nine countback ahead of Tony Gill.
Both players finished with 40 points, but the president's back nine of 21 gave him the verdict.
The night before the Captain's Prize, Colm won the 'Captain's Scramble', dispelling the myth that you can't win a 'major' if you win the pre-tournament beforehand!
Feast at Claremorris
GO west to Claremorris for a feast of golf this weekend -- they have a clatter of Scratch Cups on offer on Saturday.
The John Keane Senior Scratch Cup is for handicaps of 0-4; the Permanent TSB Junior Scratch Cup caters for handicaps 5-9; the Fr Eddie Griffith Scratch Cup is for the handicap range 10-18; and the Seamus O'Malley Minor Scratch Cup is for handicaps 19-28.
All competitions are 18-hole stroke play. The cost of entry is €20.
For timesheets contact Chris or Joey on 094 9371527.
Locals defend mixed title
LOCAL members Ann Moran and Tom McCreevy will defend their title in the Joe Duffy Mixed Foursomes match play at Sutton GC on September 4 and 5.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday, September 4, with four pairs going through to the Sunday semi-finals. The final takes place that afternoon.
For entries contact Conor Russell at 01-832 1703.
Seniors eye treble
IRELAND will seek their third win in four years in the European Seniors Team championships at Fairhaven GC, England, from August 31 to September 4.
The team is: Maurice Kelly (Killeen), Garth McGimpsey (Bangor), Adrian Morrow (Portmarnock), Arthur Pierse (Tipperary), Tom Cleary (Fermoy), Michael Quirke (Doneraile). Team captain: Barry Doyle (Carlow).