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9 June 2016

Follow Headfort's Casey and McGovern on their European Tours

Headfort's Brian Casey is in action on the European Challenge Tour this week and Brendan McGovern plays on the European Senior Tour.

Follow their progress at http://www.europeantour.com/seniortour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016850/leaderboard/index.html

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26 May 2016

Headforts Brian Casey in the D&D REal Czech Challenge

This week Headforts Brian Casey plays in the D+D Real Czech Challenge on the European challenge tour.

Follow his progress at http://www.europeantour.com/challengetour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016730/leaderboard/index.html

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25 May 2016

P&H Championship in Scotland

Headforts Brendan McGovern T2 after second round of P&H championship in Scotland.

Scores can be found at https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi16/event/pgagbi16768/contest/4/leaderboard.htm

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19 May 2016

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club

We wish our Professional, Brendan McGovern the very best in his endeavours in the K Club this week.  Yet again Brendan has qualified to play in the event through his ranking in the Irish PGA Order of Merit.  This will be a great opportunity for Brendan to hone his competitive game in advance of starting on the European Seniors Tour in a few weeks time.

Brendan has asked us to highlight a great opportunity for members to secure tickets to the Irish Open this week and make a 50% saving on the cost by going online to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dubai-duty-free-irish-open-hosted-by-the-rory-foundation-tickets-22886098938  and entering the following promotional code number 65314 at the end of the page under “Gate Sales”.

Hope you enjoy the atmosphere at the event. View the tee times on the opening day at www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016038/teetimes/index.html


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9 May 2016

Foxrock Pro Am Friday 6th May

Headfort players dominated Foxrock Pro Am. Damien McGrane wins, Joe Dillon second with Brendan McGovern T9. Well done to all. Scores from the day at https://pgaireland.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgaireland16/event/pgaireland1670/contest/3/leaderboard.htm

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5 May 2016

All the latest news from the European Tour

 On the challenge tour Brian Casey takes part in the Turkish Airlines Challenge. Follow the progress at http://www.europeantour.com/


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5 May 2016

Headforts Rory McNamara ready for big break in Morrocco

The 26 year old competes on the European Tour this week after winning the EDP Tour. Click on this link to read more http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/golf/headfort-s-rory-mcnamara-ready-for-big-break-in-morocco-1.2635177

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4 May 2016

PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament

Follow Damien McGrane and Joe Dillon as they compete in the PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament click on this link to see the leaderboard https://pgaireland.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgaireland16/event/pgaireland1664/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

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27 Apr. 2016

Confident Casey ready for the next chapter

“Team, team, team – that’s my motto,” says Brian Casey and you know it comes from the heart.
At 25 and facing into his third year as professional golfer, his biggest battles in life have been beyond the fairways.
“I’m always going to be someone with a stammer,” he says, “it’s just about how you manage it.”
Last year Casey decided to put his personal life on public display when he made a fly-on-the-wall documentary for RTÉ. The Speech, which detailed Casey’s lifelong struggle to overcome a stammer, saw him come face-to-face with his greatest fear: public speaking. 
“Looking back, I don’t really know how I did it,” he admits. “At the same time, I was always saying to myself if I’m going to get to the top of the world in golf then I’m going to have to be doing this sort of stuff all the time so it was a great opportunity.”
During a break in the golf season, TV cameras followed Casey over four weeks as he put himself through the ordeal of preparing a speech for the captain’s prize at Headfort. The programme culminated with Casey speaking in front of a packed clubhouse.
“I really do think on a personal level, I definitely drew strength from it.”
Emotional and inspirational, Casey’s story resonated.
“I got so much good feedback from it from people who either have stammers or who are just shy and haven’t got the confidence to go out there. I hope I helped a lot of people,” he reveals. “It can have a big effect if you let it. It can totally turn you into a hermit that doesn’t want to socialise. Looking back, I can see all the turmoil I would have gone through with it. Now I’m fine. When I’m speaking well, I play good golf, there’s a knock-on effect and I’ve started to understand that. Self-image and self-talk, it’s so important. If you avoid a situation, you’re only codding yourself.”
Flair was something he always had. Now his life has fluency.
“I’m in such a better place than I was this time last year,” says Casey, who scrambled to keep his place on the EuroPro Tour last year. “I’ve already got starts in Turkey and Egypt through Team Ireland and then I’ve got my own status which guarantees five more tournaments. I’ve signed with Black Star (management company, also home to Michael Hoey and Chris Selfridge) and they’re going to get me five or six tournaments as well so I’m looking at nearly a full season on Challenge Tour where even after Q School, I thought I’d only get five or six and I’d have to do a half and half schedule between Challenge Tour and EuroPro.”
Funded by Sport Ireland, previously the Irish Sports Council, the Team Ireland​ scheme was established in 1999 to help fledgling professionals during their formative years. 
“It is vitally important that we continue to support our individual golfers to ensure that the game remains healthy and that Ireland has a strong representation in professional tournaments around the world,” says John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland. “A key component of our investment is financial support for the hosting of a Challenge Tour event.”
The Volopa Irish Challenge returns to Mount Wolseley in September, having been inaugurated last year. As well as giving Ireland players an opportunity to compete on home soil, by hosting an event the CGI has leverage to secure further starts for players elsewhere on the European Challenge Tour.
“The starts are as important as the money,” says Casey, who also receives €5,000 from the Team Ireland fund. “I don’t have the pressure there that I just have this one start and I have to make the most of it. It usually takes a few tournaments to get a bit of form and then you keep it going. It’s never really as simple as coming out all guns blazing. I feel like I’ve got more than one chance.”
Although Casey failed to make the cut at Mount Wolseley in 2015, his game started to click at Q School in November and he produced some of his best golf, including rounds of 64 and 65, to top the qualifiers at Panoramica. While he failed to maintain that form throughout the Final Stage at PGA Cataluyna, he now feels better equipped for the challenge of life on tour.
“I started working with Jussi Pitkanen just after Q School and he would be big into pressure practice and things like that. Since I’ve been with Jussi, I feel I practice a lot better. Before I was a bit hit and miss with how I practiced. I’d come away from it feeling like I hadn’t achieved anything. This way you’ve got your score recorded and you’re trying to beat those scores every time,” he says.
With access to world-class facilities like the GUI National Golf Academy in the grounds of Carton House, practice is never a pain.
“Carton House with Team Ireland is essential because there’s nowhere else to compare with it in Ireland. It’s a great place to go,” he says. “I went to Lumine in Barcelona a few weeks ago and that was the only warm weather practice I’ve had this year. Obviously the heat on your back is great in Spain. I think you can do just as much at home if you know what you’re doing.”
This week he is playing his first event of the season, the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge​ at Sokhna. After an opening round 73 (one over), he is already facing a battle to make the cut but he is more than willing to face those challenge. He only has to think back on The Speech and how he overcame his greatest fear.
“Once you do something as difficult as that, it can make a lot of things seem so much simpler.”​
*Brian Casey is one of 12 players who receives funding and support from Sport Ireland through the Team Ireland Golf scheme, which is administered by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI).


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25 Apr. 2016

McGrane Paying It Forward

Click on the link to read this article about Headforts Damien McGrane


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21 Apr. 2016

Follow the progress of Headforts Rory McNamara and Brian Casey

Follow the progress of Headforts Rory McNamara and Brian Casey at this weeks challenge tour event. Rory starts with opening round of 69 for T26 place.



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9 Mar. 2016

McNamara wins maiden title in Casablanca

 Headforts Rory McNamara wins his maiden title in Casablanca, click on link to read full article from The Irish Golf Desk


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7 Mar. 2016

Irish Golfer Magazine

Another Great Article "A New Beginning, Brendan McGovern looks to chase his dream to the Senior Tour" Click on Link to read more http://digital.irishgolfer.ie/i/646539-march-2016/71

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16 Feb. 2016

There were three at the top - including Headfort's Brendan McGovern

After a windy start at the La Manga Pro-Am in Spain. The opening round of the 2016 La Manga Club International Pro-Am was a closely fought affair with players having to contest with gusting winds of up to 30mph. It looks set to be an incredibly competitive tournament with a field consisting of three-time Aegean Airlines Pro-Am Winner NicoloGaggero, the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship Winners Craig Shave and Matthew Cort (also the current PGA Professional Champion of Europe), as well as the PGA of Ireland’s Brendan McGovern, who recently earned his European Seniors Tour card. The final round of the tournament takes place tomorrow. Follow scoring at http://www.pgae.com/news/three-at-the-top-after-windy-start-to-la-manga-club-international/


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10 Feb. 2016

McGovern secures Seniors Card

The Irish Golfer reports "Brendan McGovern all set to tee it up with Europe's elite Seniors", read full article here http://digital.irishgolfer.ie/i/638628-wednesday-10th-feb-2016


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10 Nov. 2015

Q-School Update

Dunne makes Playoff; Casey tops;Hume's playoff agony after 63. Click on the link to read the full article http://www.irishgolfdesk.com/news-files/2015/11/9/kwdaagemz5r671a59dicjufw37wjjz

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9 Nov. 2015

Exciting Update from Q-School

Headfort's Brian Casey going from strength to strength at Q-School. Click on Link to read full article http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/golf/brian-casey-continues-relentless-march-at-european-tour-school-1.2422043

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9 Nov. 2015

All the news from Q-School

Click on the links below to read all the latest from Q-School


Casey on fire but other irish outside qualifying mark; Selfridge KO with injury



Big Q-School move for Paul Dunne




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