Insomniacs event at Westport
SHORT GAME:THE annual Insomniacs Golf Event takes place at Westport Golf Club next Saturday at 4am. The competition – in its 17th year – is a great favourite with the members and normally attracts a number of non members who wish to avail of this unique experience.
Traditionally the purpose of the event was just to have a bit of fun and this theme continues this year, with an entry fee of € 10 being charged which includes a full Irish breakfast after the round.
Westport Golf Club will certainly be the place to be next Saturday morning for what should be a most unusual experience for those who have not participated before.
There is a timesheet in operation and golfers are requested to register their entry by contacting the club on 098 28262.
THE Don Patterson Open juvenile competition, sponsored by FPM Chartered Accountants, will take place at Warrenpoint GC on Thursday, August 9th.
Played over nine hole there are three categories for boys and girls at under-nine, under-11 and under-13 on December 31st, 2011. Closing date for entries is July 30th 2012. Entry fee £5/€ 8. In addition free coaching will be provided on the day.
Details are available on www.fpmca.com
Grange Dublin Boys’ Championship
RYDER Cup star Paul McGinley is inviting ambitious young golfers to follow in his footsteps by playing in the Allianz-sponsored Grange Dublin Boys’ golf championship, on the course where he learned his golf.
The 36-holes annual event takes place at The Grange GC on Friday, August 3rd, for players of 16 handicap and under.
It will be the 19th staging of one of the most popular events on the boys’ golf calendar and McGinley, who has maintained his strong ties with the Grange club, says: “I am delighted to be associated with the event as it is crucial that golf is supported at underage level. I commend my sponsors Allianz and my club Grange for their on-going commitment to this championship.”
THE Island GC is the venue for an open team of four event in aid of the Hospice on Monday, July 29th. Cost for the team is €200 and places on the time sheet are available by phoning Sarah at 087-2113691.
Clarke to receive PGA award
BRITISH Open champion Darren Clarke – who will defend his title at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s next week – will receive the PGA Recognition Award at this years annual PGA luncheon in London.
The Ulsterman, who was due to receive the award last year, follows in the footsteps of other Claret Jug winners Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin and the late Seve Ballesteros in winning the award which celebrates his outstanding contribution to the game.
Clarke will pick up the accolade on Friday, December 21st, at the Grosvenor House Hotel which stages the PGA annual charity fundraiser which among others helps the PGA Benevolent Fund.
“We had considered Darren for this award long before his Open triumph because he had already made an immense contribution to golf,” said PGA chief executive Sandy Jones. “His outstanding success in becoming Open champion in 2011 meant his commitments prevented him from collecting this award last December.”
The PGA is also hosting lunches at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, on December 13th, the Hilton Hotel, Manchester, on December 14th and Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on December 19th. For more information on booking a place at any of the four PGA lunches email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0044 161 941 4535.