Luttrellstown Castle left a lasting impression on the latest Irish Golfer Event field as the Series swept into the capital for the first time this year on Sunday.
There was plenty of sunshine but a telling breeze blowing to keep competitors honest too as the luscious fields of the pristine parkland presented a full examination of skills on the day.
With three categories in operation this year once more and over €5,000 in prizes, competition was fierce as ever, however it was Liam Hickey who showed the field a clean pair of heels in Category One to claim top honours amongst the men with 39 points off his 9 handicap.
An ever-consistent performer, Hickey books his place in this year’s Grand Final with the win and collects a brand-new TaylorMade SIM driver to add to his arsenal for his next outing with us.
Fighting for places, Garreth Arbuthnot settled for a very respectable second place with 37 points off 11 while Niall Cunnane took third with 36 points off 6.
In Category Two, Graeme O’Flaherty off 13 is edging ever closer to our Category One zone after blasting his way to 40 points to help himself to a TaylorMade SIM driver. The only person to reach the magic 4-0 on the day, O’Flaherty edged out Shane Moriarty who returned a superb 38 points off 16 while Michael Murphy’s better back nine ensured he took third with 36 points.
In the Ladies Category, Mary Duane was all class in grinding out a stunning 36 points off 5. Without many shots to play with, Duane plotted her way around the Dublin venue in fine style to take home a TaylorMade SIM Max driver and also book her place at the K Club Grand Final.
Miriam Horan’s better back nine pipped Adrienne O’Sullivan for second place after both ladies finished up with 33 points on the day.
In the Nearest the Pin competition, Maura Madden was throwing darts to 3 feet on 11 and with that effort, she collected the prized Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley.
In the Long Drive comp, Lar Ryan hit a bomb down 15 to take out the male prize while Pauline Danaher claimed the women’s award. Both smashers win a TaylorMade stand-bag.
While last but not least, Darren McCormack’s 74 wallops off the stick took home the Gross Prize on the day, a Sureshot Laser Rangefinder.
Thanks again to everyone who took part and well done to all of our winners, especially our category winners who we will see at our Grand Final later this year. A member of our events team will get in contact with you early this week to arrange collection or delivery of your prize.
Our next event at the K Club Straffan (July 24th) is currently sold out but there are still some spaces for Dromoland Castle on August 9th.
Don’t forget to keep checking IrishGolfer.ie for updated Nature Valley Order of Merit details and the latest news on the events series.
Please find below the results in each of the categories;
CATEGORY #1 (Gents up to 11 handicap)
1st Place LIAM HICKEY (39pts / 9 h’cap) TaylorMade SIM Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place GARRETH ARBUTHNOT (37pts / 11 h’cap) TaylorMade SIM 3-Wood
3rd Place NIALL CUNNANE (36 pts / 6 h’cap) BB9 TaylorMade Spider X Putter
CATEGORY #2 (Gents 12-24 handicap)
1st Place GRAEME O’FLAHERTY (40 pts / 13 h’cap) TaylorMade SIM Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place SHANE MORIARTY (38 pts / 16 h’cap) TaylorMade SIM Max 3-Wood
3rd Place MICHAEL MURPHY (36 pts / 13 h’cap) BB9 TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue
CATEGORY #3 (Ladies)
1st Place MARY DUANE (36 pts / 5 h’cap) TaylorMade SIM Max Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place MIRIAM HORAN (33 pts / 21 h’cap) BB9 TaylorMade SIM Max 3-Wood
3rd Place ADRIENNE O’SULLIVAN (33 pts / 26 h’cap) BB6 TaylorMade Hi-Toe Wedge
Nearest The Pin (13th Hole)
MAURA MADDEN (3’11”) Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley
Longest Drive (15th Hole)
Ladies PAULINE DANAHER TaylorMade Stand Bag
Gents LAR RYAN TaylorMade Stand Bag
DARREN MCCORMACK (74 gross / Scr) Sureshot Laser Rangefinder