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27 Sept. 2017

First Place - Brendan McGovern - Marc Farry J1 Tournament, France

First Place - Brendan McGovern - Marc Farry J1 Tournament, France

Congratulations to Brendan on reaching first place at the Marc Farry J1 Tournament, Golf Du Champ De Bataille, France



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18 Sept. 2017

Higgins and McGrane Help GB & I Retain PGA Cup

Higgins and McGrane Help GB & I Retain PGA Cup

Article: Brian Keogh - Irish Golf Desk

Higgins and McGrane help GB&I retain PGA Cup
Damien McGrane and David Higgins won their singles in the final day as Great Britain and Ireland retained the PGA Cup at Foxhills Resort in Surrey.

The GB&I team defeated the USA 16-10 to register back-to-back victories in the biennial event for the first time since 1984.

Scotland's Greig Hutcheon holed the match-winning putt after compatriot Chris Currie had staged a stirring recovery to halve the match that retained the trophy. 

“It was all about being a team effort, there was no individual glory here,” said GB&I skipper Albert MacKenzie.

The USA won Saturday’s foursomes 3 and 1 to go into the singles a point adrift of their hosts, who were bidding to follow up their first away win at CordeValle in California in 2015 with a successful defence

The did it in style too, winning the final day singles session 7.5–2.5 with wins for McGrane, Higgins, Robert Coles, Matthew Cort, Andrew Raitt, Phillip Archer and Greig Hutcheon.

McGrane was two down to Mark Brown after three holes after a bogey, double bogey, bogey start and still two down after seven holes.

But he won the eighth with a bogey five to cut the deficit to one hole, then won four holes in a row from the 12th, going par-birdie-birdie-par to go three up with three to play before closing out a 3 and 2 win.

The Kells man finished the week with two wins, one half (in Friday's foursomes with Higgins) and two losses from his five matches.

Waterville's Higgins never trailed as he beat Adam Rainaud 3 and 2 in the singles and finished the week with three wins, one half and one defeat from his five matches.

 The comeback kid, however, proved to be Currie who was three down at the turn, but went up the 18th a hole to the good after halving the 17th.

His hopes of taking his tally to four wins, a defeat and winning the contest for the hosts were thwarted when his approach felled Coles’ caddy and his par was eclipsed by Rod Perry’s birdie.

The half point meant it fell to Hutcheon on the 17th to claim the half point needed for victory and deliver the coup de grace match-wise.

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18 Sept. 2017

Damien McGrane - Team Effort Delivers Cup Triumph

Damien McGrane - Team Effort Delivers Cup Triumph

17 Sep 17


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It would have come as no surprise had the brass band that serenaded the victorious Great Britain and Ireland team during the PGA Cup’s closing ceremony blasted out a few bars of Scotland the Brave.

In defeating the USA 16-10 to register back-to-back victories for the first time since 1984, a trio of Scots played influential roles at Foxhills Resort, Surrey.

Greig Hutcheon, an Aberdonian, holed the match-winning putt after Glasgow’s Chris Currie had staged a stirring recovery to halve the match that retained the trophy. 

Masterminding the triumph, meanwhile, and pulling the string behind the scenes was Albert MacKenzie, another son of Aberdeen.

Inevitably, MacKenzie made it clear the success was not solely down to his compatriots.

“It was all about being a team effort, there was no individual glory here,” he insisted.

And he was right.

Every member of his 10-strong team, vice-captains Cameron Clark and Martyn Thompson and numerous backstage staff, played their parts in what turned out to be a comprehensive victory.

That looked an unlikely scenario after the USA won Saturday’s foursomes 3 and 1 to go into the singles a point adrift of their hosts.

A close contest looked in the offing, especially as it has ‘previous’ in that respect.

The match at Slaley Hall in England four years ago ended all square and its successor in 2015 at CordeValle, California, resulted in Great Britain and Ireland prevailing by a point.

It was the first time Great Britain and Ireland had won on American soil and, at last, the Llandudno Trophy accompanied the visitors home.

The trophy, which is presented to the winners of the biennial competition, boasts a rich and curious history.

As well as bearing the name of a Welsh seaside town, the silver pot sustained a dent in its lid when dislodged from its perch in rural Dorset by earth tremors caused by an errant bomb dropped by the Germans during World War II.

Fast forward three-quarters of a century or so and it was the Americans who were left reeling after Great Britain and Ireland reprised the 7.5–2.5 singles victory they registered at Slaley Hall.

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With the benefit of hindsight, the Americans’ first tee shot executed by Mark Brown was a portent of things to come.

Despite taking an iron for accuracy, Brown’s ball arced its way west towards the driving range. To put the Americans’ demise down to poor play, however, does them and their opponents a disservice.

Robert Coles, Matthew Cort, Andrew Raitt, Phillip Archer, Greig Hutcheon and David Higgins all won their matches, as did Damien McGrane after trailing Brown by two holes.

The comeback kid, however, proved to be Currie. Three down at the turn, Currie went up the 18th a hole to the good after halving the 17th.

His hopes of taking his tally to four wins, a defeat and winning the contest for the hosts were thwarted when his approach felled Coles’ caddy and his par was eclipsed by Rod Perry’s birdie.

Reflecting on his match, Currie said: “Rod’s such a consistent player. He hits the ball very straight, he’s a good iron player and chips and putts great. He was one of the people I thought I could do with avoiding in the singles!

“I was three-down at the turn but got a couple of birdies and managed to put him under pressure coming down the stretch. He made a great birdie on the last to halve the match, which I thought was the right result. It was certainly a game of two halves and I’ll take that. It was another half point to where we had to be.” 

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The half point meant it fell to Hutcheon on the 17th to claim the half point needed for victory and deliver the coup de grace match-wise.

Describing how it unfolded, Hutcheon said: “I hit a great second shot in – one of the best I’ve hit all week but it went too long and I’ve left myself the tricky chip.  

“I managed to knock it down. But I’m glad no-one told me the putt was for the official victory because I might have missed it!

“I managed to roll it in. It is absolutely brilliant. At my age, I’m never going to get in a Ryder Cup team, so it’s absolutely the next best thing.

“As for Albert – he’s been fantastic. He has done all sorts this week. There have been messages, joke presents, team talks. He has been a great captain. It’s a great honour for me coming from the same neck of the woods – we’re both Aberdeen fans. To hole the putt that won the Cup is great.

“It has got to be right there with the best. I had a feeling when I saw I was playing seven that it could come down to me.

“But I have been playing with an injury this year. I had left hip problems and you put your body through a lot when you are pounding balls. So I haven’t been playing well.

 “Golf is an easy game when it is going well but when it goes bad it is so difficult. I found it hard this week. Albert rested me a couple of times and that was probably just as well – so I could get that half point.”

In doing so, Hutcheon ensured that, as well as winning the match, the cream of Great Britain and Ireland’s PGA Professionals succeeded where others have failed.

While the Ryder, Solheim and Walker Cups remain in American hands, the Llandudno Trophy stays at home. 

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14 Sept. 2017

McGrane has a PGA Cup Score to Settle

McGrane Has a PGA Score to Settle - Article Courtsey of PGA

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Damien McGrane is one of only two players in the Great Britain & Ireland team set to make a second PGA Cup appearance when America visit Foxhills Resort, Surrey, later this month, and this time revenge is on the menu.

The Irishman was part of David Llewellyn’s team that lost to the Americans by just one point at Celtic Manor in Wales back in 2000.

McGrane, 46, won two of his four matches as the hosts lost 13½ - 12½ on the final day, and he admits the narrow defeat was hard to accept.

“It was a great win for them but for us it was very disappointing because it was so achievable at that time,” said McGrane. “Our USA counterparts won that time around but it was certainly there for us for the taking.

“It was disappointing because half-way through the final day I remember it being very evenly matched and needless to say our side didn’t produce enough to win the match.

“I was a confident player and I had confidence in my own ability. I found it to be tough, very competitive and all of the matches were played in the right spirit. It was something I look back on with great memories and the week was very enjoyable.

“It was my first time so obviously the thrill of the whole week was fantastic and David Llewellyn was a super captain and Celtic Manor was a fantastic venue, so I have very fond memories of playing in my first PGA Cup.”


McGrane went on to become a regular on the European Tour for 12 consecutive years and won his maiden title at the China Open in 2000, while also finishing as a runner-up on three occasions.

And although he enters this year’s PGA Cup in a different frame of mind at the other end of his career, there is still more than enough fire in his belly to banish the memory of 16 years ago.

“Back then I was hungry and I wanted to play golf, whereas now all of a sudden I find myself on the other side of the spectrum where I don’t have much ambition in the game anymore, whereas back then I had it all to prove.

“It was certainly a different mindset back then but I’m still very competitive and my golf game is very good so I’m happy with what I’ve got.

“I’ve been on the Tour full-time since 2003 so invariably I know most of the players in the team and I would have met them on the golf course many, many times. It makes up for a strong and competitive team and hopefully with a bit of luck we’ll have enough to win the trophy.

“I hope I can be part of a winning team this time around, none of us are going there to finish second and we’d love to do it. The team spirit is good which is very important and Foxhills is a beautiful venue.

“We certainly have all of the factors that will be needed to win the matches, but on the day it’s a different matter. This year there will be no stone left unturned.”

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The County Meath man provides a wealth of experience to the 10-man team having won the PGA in Ireland Order of Merit on no fewer than four occasions, his most recent success coming last year.

McGrane is joined by compatriot David Higgins at Foxhills Resort for the event which runs from September 15-17.

And he hopes they both will enjoy success in the foursomes and fourballs if selected together.

“I played on the Irish amateur team with David Higgins many years ago and David and I are very competitive in the Irish region, we’ve had many head-to-heads here in Ireland.

GB I PGA Cup Team 002 Web

2017 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team:

Phillip Archer (Birchwood Golf Club)

Rob Coles (Maylands Golf & Country Club)

Matthew Cort (Beedles Lake Golf Club)

Christopher Currie (Caldwell Golf Club)

David Higgins (Waterville Golf Links)

Garry Houston (Carden Park Golf)

Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre)

Christopher McDonnell (Golf at Goodwood

“David is playing well and I am playing reasonably well and I think, if we get the chance to play together, we will be a very strong combination.”

“I know David very well, he’s a super player and if there was an opportunity to partner with him I would cherish that.”

For more information about the PGA Cup and to follow all the action and live scoring from Foxhills from September 15-17 click here.


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15 Aug. 2017

Another win for McGrane in Cork Pro-Am

Another win for Damien McGrane in the Cork Pro Am.

Click here to see the final results https://pgaireland.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgaireland17/event/pgaireland1747/contest/4/leaderboard.htm

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27 July 2017

Congratulations to the Leinster Golf Under 14s Team


Congratulations to the Leinster Golf Under 14s Team - including Headfort's Cian McFadden - who were winners of the U14 Interprovincial Championship at The Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort today. The Leinster Team comprised Liam Abom, Alex Bolger, Cian McFadden, Brandon St. John, Joseph Byrne and Michael Fitzgibbon - plus Captain Ger Ennis and Manager John McGrath. Photograph is courtesy of Patrick Bolger. View results at www.golfnet.ie/guilive#/competition/1066046/roundrobin

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21 July 2017

Old Course - annual maintenance programme

Our annual maintenance programme of sanding fairways and hollowing coring and sanding of greens will commence on the Old Course next Monday, 24th July. This will result in the Old Course being closed for play till Wednesday 26th July. This programme will follow the advice of our consultant agronomist and should result in maintaining our courses to a continuing high standard for the next 12 months. The New Course will have the same treatment starting on Tuesday, 8th August. We appreciate your understanding of this essential work and the resultant inconvenience it may cause you.

Kevin Kidney

On behalf of the Course Committee

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21 July 2017

Another win for McGrane

Another win for Damian McGrane in the Royal Curragh Pro-Am sponsered by Newbridge Silverware.   Please see link below for full results -


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17 July 2017

Cian McFadden picked for U14 Interprovincial

Cian McFadden (Headfort) has been picked to play on the U14  Leinster Team in the Interprovincial Championships which is being played in Blarney Golf Club on the 25th and 26th July.

Leinster Team


Liam Abom (Edmondstown)

Alexander Bolger (Foxrock)

Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass)

Michael Fitzgibbon (Howth)

Cian McFadden (Headfort)

Brandon St John (Portmarnock)

Team Captain - Ger Ennis (Athy)

Team Manager - John McGrath (Royal Tara)


Non-travelling reserve - Gavin Rochford (Bray)

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10 July 2017

Interclub Matches


Interclub Matches


The following teams won their quarter finals over the weekend:


Jimmy Bruen Shield - will be playing in the Semi-Final and hopefully the final  on the 22/7/2017 in Kilkenny.


Ladies Challenge Cup Team and the Ladies Minor Cup Team - will be in their Semi Finals on Sunday 6th August in Woodbrook.

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29 Sept. 2016

Ireland to Battle with England on Day 1 of SHIM

The Senior Home International Matches began yesterday at Alyth Golf Club, Scotland and will run until Thursday 29th of September. Ireland entered the Matches as Senior European Team Champions and also have recent Irish Senior Open Stroke Play Champion Gertie McMullen (The Island) and 2016 British Senior Amateur Open Champion Laura Webb (East Berkshire) within their ranks.
Day 1 began as a tight affair with all three of the morning foursomes matches heading down the 18th hole. Unfortunately however, it was England who won the opening session claiming the 18th in two of the matches, leaving them with 2 ½ points from 3 heading into the afternoon singles.
Ireland’s luck didn’t increase after lunch. Both Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown) and Laura Webb (East Berkshire) got off to a good start. Three and 4up through 7 holes respectively, they closed out their matches 2&1 and 5&4 adding to the half point secured in the morning foursomes. It was not to be for the Irish in the other 3 matches however as Mary Sheehy, Maria O’Reilly and Gertie McMullen fell short securing a 5 ½ to 2 ½ win for England.
Ireland will now face Wales on Day 2 with the foursomes pairings lining up as follows;
Carol Wickham & Sheena McElroy vs. Ann Lewis & Sharon Roberts
Laura Webb & Suzanne Corcoran vs. Jane Rees & Denise Richards
Mary Sheehy & Maria O’Reilly vs. Chris Harries & Olwen Davies
Results Day 1 England (5 ½) vs. Ireland (2 ½)
AM Foursomes (2 ½ - ½)
Jackie Foster & Catherine Rawthore beat Gertie McMullen & Maria O’Reilly 2holes
Julie Brown & Aileen Greenfield beat Carol Wickham & Sheena McElroy 1hole
Helen Lowe & Karen Jobling halved with Laura Webb & Suzanne Corcoran
PM Singles (3 - 2)
Catherine Rawthore lost to Carol Wickham 2&1
Julie Brown beat Mary Sheehy 4&3
Katherine Russell beat Maria O’Reilly 2&1
Karen Jobling lost to Laura Webb 5&4
Jackie Foster beat Gertie McMullen 5&4
Irish Team
Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna)
Sheena McElroy (Grange)
Gertie McMullen (The Island)
Maria O’Reilly (Headfort)
Mary Sheehy (Tralee)
Laura Webb (East Berkshire)
Carol Wickham (Laytown and Bettystown)
Captain: Pauline Walsh (Headfort)
Manager: Valerie Hassett (ILGU President/Ennis)
Order of play at Alyth
Day 1 – Scotland v Wales, England v Ireland
Day 2 – Ireland v Wales, England v Scotland
Day 3 – Wales v England, Scotland v Ireland
Each day sees 3 foursomes teeing off at 8.30am and 5 singles played at 13.10. 

- See more at: https://www.golfnet.ie/news/ilgu/1874/ireland-do-battle-with-england-on-day-1-of-shim#sthash.KC92OQvd.dpuf

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