Memory of legend to inspire home golfers

It has been a mixed week in more ways than one. The weather seems to have taken a turn for the worst ahead of the weekend, while earlier in the week we bid farewell to a legend of Irish golf, Christy O’Connor Snr.

  Today (Thursday, 19th) sees the Irish Open tee off in the K Club in Kildare as Irish golfers attempt to make it a hometown win. An each way bet on Shane Lowry anyone?

  In Roscommon, there have been plenty of golfing highlights from the past week and we start in Castlerea where last week’s ladies’ competition was won by Celia Mulligan on 38 points.

  The men’s competition was won by Sean Naughton with Matt Griffith in second place.

  There has been plenty going on in Carrick-on-Shannon too with a Lynch Cup qualifier seeing all the ‘big guns’ make it through to match play.

  Keith Hogg hogging the limelight with 44 points. Last year’s winner, Albert Hogg, begins his defence against last year’s captain’s prize winner, Colm Griffin.

  In the ladies’ Bush Hotel Stroke competition, Lorna Baker finished first with Ann Campbell in second place.

  To Boyle next where Shane Loftus reached the lofty heights of first place in the PGA Tankard competition with 41 points, Michael Reid took second spot with 39 points. Gary Carty was crowned the winner of last Thursday’s 12-hole as Tommy King finished one point behind in second place.

  In Roscommon, Seamus Mulryan won the men’s competition while Ruth Lennon won the ladies’. Ricky Browne was victorious in the senior men’s and B. Kyne took the ladies’ competition. There will be a Club Classic on the 4th and 5th of June, so why not fine-tune your game before then by calling club professional, Philip Murphy, on 086-8894232.

  Finally to Athlone where Dennis Hellen beat Dan O’Connor to the punch in the PGA Tankard competition. Elsewhere, in the AWGS competition, P. Ryan came out on top with 27 points while B. Connolly was second on 25 points.