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Monday 20 January 2020

School pals mapping out a Royal round with a difference

Liam Kelly

TRANSITION year students Hugh Martyn of Headfort and Royal Tara's Ciaran O'Rourke are set for a Meath golf marathon with a difference on Tuesday, March 9.

The two schoolboys from St Patrick's Classical School, Navan, will play 18 holes, on 18 different courses.

There is a little wrinkle, however -- there are only 15 GUI affiliated clubs in the Royal County, so how do the lads make up the 'round' of 18 holes?

The answer is that Headfort has two layouts, while Royal Tara and Black Bush are 27-hole complexes, allowing them to fulfil their commitment.

Hugh and Ciaran are undertaking the marathon in aid of fundraising for an Easter trip by 13 students and four teachers from St Patrick's School to Calcutta in India.

This is a biennial undertaking by the School which started in 2006, and the students and teachers will work with two local charities, educating and helping disabled children.

Support is being sought through '18 Hole' Sponsorship cards which have been distributed to each club in Meath where the players will tee it up on Tuesday week. The golf is only one of the fund-raising activities being undertaken to finance the trip and help the suffering children in Calcutta.

Meanwhile, the Golf Course Superintendents Association holds its 15th annual Turfgrass conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Limerick on Wednesday and Thursday March 3/4.

Speakers from Ireland, Europe and America will address the conference on topics including economy, environment, employees, and the future of Turfgrass maintenance.

Course superintendents and their assistants will welcome this opportunity to get together and exchange views on the future, especially given the loss of employment in this sector over the last 18 months.

  • CARTON House in Maynooth will host The Handa Irish Senior Open presented by Fáilte Ireland from June 11-13.

This is the 14th staging of the Seniors Open, and the new title sponsor is the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS), represented by Founding Chairman, Dr Haruhisa Handa.

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