Festival of golf at award winning Tullamore Golf Club

Egis Paulikas

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Egis Paulikas

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THE Annual Open Week at the 2019 Award-winning Tullamore Golf Club commences on Friday 24th May and continues until the Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd June, with an 11 day Festival of Golf and competitions to suit all tastes.

Consistently rated as one of the top parkland courses in Ireland this is the opportunity for visitors to play this great course and have a chance of collecting one of the many prizes on offer over the week. Tullamore Golf Club extends a sincere thank you to all our sponsors of Open Week and, indeed, to all the sponsors throughout the year.

The golfing year is well under way at the Club under the leadership of the President, Peter Wynne, a Boyle native who has been a member since he came to Tullamore 25 years ago to take up employment at the Bank of Ireland. Life as a bank official often brings one to many parts of the country and for Peter that was the case and as a result he has been a member of no less than eight clubs from Bundoran to Naas and Galway. Golf has been an important part of his sporting life and Peter says membership in a golf club is a great advantage in making friends and settling into new locations.

Peter is a fairly handy golfer and played off single figures for many years representing the club in Barton Cup, Jimmy Bruen and Provincial Towns. While enjoying competitive golf Peter says it’s hard to beat the regular fourball especially taking the few euros from some well know locals.

Married to Anne, who is also an accomplished golfer, they have four children, Conor, Niamh, Sean and Gerard. Peter’s priorities for the year are to ensure Tullamore maintains its status as one of the top Parkland courses in the country, enhance the membership offering and encourage members to support the non-golfing aspects of the club.

Looking after golfing matters are Men’s Captain Pat Corcoran and Lady Captain Mary Kinsella.

The Men’s Captain is an Offaly native, Pat Corcoran, who hails from Lemonaghan and is a member in Tullamore for the last twenty years. Pat is married to Ann and has a daughter Frances and his grand-daughter, Hannah, is a Junior member.

In his younger days Pat played inter-county minor football for Offaly but a promising inter-county career was cut short through injury although he did continue to play for his club, Ballycumber. An accomplished golfer Pat puts a lot of time in on the practice fairway to improve his skills and this bore fruit when he got his handicap down to 6. He was a member of a number of successful Tullamore teams including the Tudenham Cup winning team in 2000 and he went on to manage the winning team in 2010. He was unlucky to lose out in the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell in 2014. Pat has given much of his spare time to administration in Tullamore and had the unenviable task of Handicap Secretary for three years and during that time managed to maintain his friends, no mean achievement in that position in any club! Conscious of the great success last year in winning three pennants, two Leinster and one All-Ireland, Pat is hopeful that in 2019 the Club can have further success in inter-club competitions. He is very grateful to all the members who serve on committee in a voluntary capacity and thankful to the many sponsors of our competitions throughout the year.Tullamore native Mary Kinsella is the Lady Captain and she first sampled golf when she was ten but her sporting hobbies of basketball, camogie and squash, and her biggest interest at that time, horses, got in the way of golf. Mary returned to golf in 1998 and immediately made an impression, being on the winning Midland Plate team in 1999. Having served on several committees Mary didn’t let that get in the way of her golf and having been runner-up in three Lady Captain’s prizes she finally won Cait Cooney’s Captain’s prize in 2012 and also won Golfer of the Year.

On the administration side Mary got involved on the Mid-Leinster District Junior Development Committee ending up as Chair where she spent four years. Mary would say that golf has been her passion for many years now and because of her involvement, has made many friends, far and wide. In taking up the reins as Captain, Mary is proud to represent Tullamore Golf Club for 2019, appreciating and valuing the full support of all the ladies in Tullamore and the great camaraderie that goes with it.

Junior Golf is a very important aspect of golf in Tullamore and the two Junior Captains, Colm Farrell and Leah Carroll are to the forefront in all of this. Colm lives in Cappincur and is a T. Y. student in Coláiste Choilm and plays basketball with Tullamore. A member of the golf club for the last six years he has played on several teams in the Club and was a member of the All-Ireland Inter-club winning team in 2018. Already this year Colm has been very active and supportive of the Junior Boys’ teams in the Club and the teams have had a few wins to date.

Also living in Cappincur is Girls’ Captain, Leah Carroll, who joined when she was 11 and has progressed rapidly at the game, reducing her handicap last year from 36 to 24. Selected for the Mid-Leinster under-15 Development Squad for 2017 Leah also qualified to compete in the Leinster Skills Competition as part of the Tullamore team in Carton House in 2017. Winner of the Gerard Donnelly Perpetual Trophy in 2017 and 2018 for Best Junior Girls Nett as well as being Tullamore Junior Girls ‘Golfer of the Year”, Leah was chosen to take part in the ILGU Club Junior Medal National Finals in 2018. A secondary school student in Kilbeggan, where she is a member of the school’s golf team, Leah is really enjoying her year so far and is looking forward to the rest of the year and hopes to reduce her handicap by a few more shots this year. Leah says that as Junior Girls’ Captain she really wants to encourage as many girls as possible to take up golf as it is a great sport and she has made many life-long friends, not only in Tullamore but all over the country, through playing golf.

So with all those capable officials at hand leading the various committees, the course in immaculate condition, thanks to Mark Murphy and his staff, full catering available from Matthew Hyland and PGA Professional, Bernard Quigley, on hand to supply all your golfing needs, all that is needed is good weather for an enjoyable golfing experience during the Club’s Open Week . The variety of competitions can be seen on the programme of events but with singles, fourballs, team events and mixed foursomes there is something to meet everyone’s taste and with the entry fee very reasonably priced you won’t get better value to play and enjoy golf on this excellent parkland course.

Booking is now open on-line at tullamoregolfclub.ie and with the high demand it is advisable to book straight away.

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