Whitson and Dunbar lead Irish challenge
Reeve Whitson and Alan Dunbar will spearhead a strong Irish challenge in the men's event at the European Nations Championship, which starts today at Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain.
Whitson defeated a top-class field on his way to victory at the Spanish Amateur International in La Manga recently – a victory which saw him leap to No 12 in the European rankings – while Dunbar is ranked at No 7 and is the reigning British amateur champion.
They will be joined by Ballymena's Dermot McElroy and Headfort's Rory McNamara.
Doonbeg to tee up plenty of golf, pints and stew
GOLF, pints and Guinness beef stew are the order of the day for a novel St Patrick's Day celebration series at Doonbeg from March 14-24.
The competition runs for 11 days, with fourball and singles competitions running concurrently.
The entry fee per day, which includes green fees, competition entry, a bowl of beef stew and a pint of Guinness or a soft drink in Darby's, is €60 for non-members or residents in Doonbeg, €40 for members' guests or €20 for members.
Ballyliffin lines up links course seminar
A COMPLIMENTARY seminar on the management of links courses will be held at Ballyliffin GC, Co Donegal, on Monday and Tuesday April 8-9.
The event, in association with Failte Ireland and the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), will feature a talk delivered by Dr Ian McClements of the STRI, and secretary-managers of links clubs are invited to attend. John Farren is the man to contact at Ballyliffin.