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Young Trophy draws big attraction to Kilrush Golf Club

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There was a keen contest for the highly anticipated Young Trophy in Kilrush Golf Club over the weekend.

Kilrush Golf Club:

The Young Trophy is one of the big attractions for male members at Kilrush Golf Club so it wasn’t any surprise that there was a big entry for the 2020 competition

A count back was required to separate the top three after they all returned scores of 64. John McGrath (11) emerged as the winner by virtue of a better back six from Rory Lillis (15) whose better back nine saw him finish ahead of third placed Geremiah Brennan (12). John M. Cuggernan (14) was in fourth place with 65 while Shane Lillis (2) won the gross with 66.

Jim Young senior (8) won category 1 with 67, Robert Kirwan (15) was the category 2 winner with 66 while Michael O’Reilly (15) won category 3 with 65. Pat J. Shannon (14) won the front 9 with 29 with the back 9 honours going to Donncadh Nagle (5) with 32.5.

The winners of the Shannonside team of three competition were Nigel Ryan, Colin Gorey and Emmet Long with 90 points followed by Pat, Geremiah and Christopher Brennan with 88. In third spot with 84 points were Pat J Shannon, Michael J Hogan and Finbarr McMahon while fourth place was filled by Pat Mulcahy, Brian Scanlan and John Saunders with 83

In the Wild Atlantic Opticians ladies singles competition the winner was Margaret Clancy (15) with 35 points from Ailish Lorigan (16) with 36 points, Anne Gallagher (19) with 35 points, and Peggy Mulqueen (29) with 35 points. The winner of the 9 hole competition was Carmel Lillis (29) with 11 points.

East Clare:

Martin McInerney (18), David McNamara (23) and Brendan McInerney (17) were the winners of the men’s team of three competition at East Clare with 63 points. They were followed by Kieran Kennedy (14). John Duffy (17) and Tony Duggan (17) with a similar score.

The gross was won by Redmond Walsh Jr. (7), Redmond Walsh Snr. (9) and Daven Condren (11) while the seniors section was won by Paul Truss (16), Terry Coughlan (17) and Paul Husband (22) with 60 points.

In the ladies 18 hole stableford competition the winner was Noreen O’Grady (28) with 37 points from Mary Mannion (19) with 35 and Margaret Lynch (28) with 34 points. Brid Hayes, Ann Harte and Mary Jo Minogue won the ladies team of three 9 hole competition with 29 points. They had one to spare over Mary Hogan, Bridget Minogue and Mary Buglar with third spot filled by

Evelyn Skehan, Breda Reid and Daphne Henderson with 27 points


The lady captain’s (Nuala D’Auria) prize to the men was played for at Ennis at the weekend when Cian Guilfoyle (15) captured the honours with 42 points from Fergus O’Brien (16) with a similar score.

They were followed by Aron Greene (16) with 40 points, Conor Malone (13) with 40 points, Gary Whelan (13) with 39 points, William Donnellan (25) with 39 points, Philip Brigdale (19) with 39 points and Ronan Herbert (8) with 39 points. Sean Myatt (1) won the gross with 34 points.

Friday’s open singles was won by Andrew Whelan (6) with 40 points from Darragh Murphy (8) with a similar score. Tom McDonald (17) was third with 38 points followed by John O’Connor (18) with 38 and Matthew Whelan (5) with 38. Brian Gilligan (scratch) won the gross with 69.

In the EBS Ennis sponsored Duggan Cup, an 18 hole v par competition on Saturday and Sunday, the winner was Enda Heaney (11) with +4 from Alfred Jones (9) with +3. Niall Hannon (11) with +3 and Adrian Rushe (14) with +3. Kieran Fox (5) won the gross with -2 while the category winners were Darragh Murphy (7) with +3, Michael O’Brien (17) with +2 and Frank Owens (20) level. Gerry Daly won the back 9 with +4


Calvin Power won the Friday open singles at Dromoland with 41 points from Eoin Hayes with 40 and Conor O’Flynn with 38. Gordon O’Neill won the gross with 34 points.

In the weekend singles, Conor Ryan was the winner with 43 points from Declan Devitt with 40 and Patrick Moylan with 39.

In the mid week competition, Gary Russell was the winner with 21 points from John O’Donnell with a similar score. Adam Mungovan, also with 21 points, was third. In the ladies 18 hole competition, Sandra Smyth was the winner with 40 points from Leslie O’Flynn with 36 and Fran Feighery with 34

The 9 hole competition winner was Cathy Casey with 21 points from Mairead Toomey on 17 points.

Seamus Hayes is one of the most well-respected local sports journalists in the country. For close to fifty years, the Lissycasey native was Sports Editor of The Clare Champion. Subsequent to his departure from Barrack St, he began writing for publications including The Clare Echo, The Clare People and The Irish Daily Star. He has won multiple awards during his distinguished career including accolades for GAA, Community Games and Camogie coverage.

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