With the stage set for the KPMG Irish Kids Golf Tour’s All-Ireland Trophy, Druids Glen delivered a fitting production as the curtain fell on another overwhelmingly successful campaign for the innovative Tour.
Having kicked off with its inaugural Easter Trophy at Killeen Castle back in April, the ever-evolving Tour, which offers professionally conducted competitions for both boys and girls aged 13 years and under, touched down for Provincial Trophy competitions at Slieve Russell, County Sligo, Mount Juliet and Fota Island before staging its Grand Final at Druids Glen.
It’s been a remarkable rise to prominence for the KPMG sponsored series with each event averaging 90/100 plus kids eager to escalate their development through the amateur ranks of the game.
For founders, Gordon Smyth, Head Professional at PGA National Slieve Russell & Ciaran Cahill, it’s been a great treat to witness the emerging talents taking to the fairways all around the country but they admit that the progress made with the Tour itself would not have been possible without the backing of some of the finest venues in Ireland.
“For us, it’s so important and we’re so grateful to have such high calibre venues on our roster,” said Smyth.
“Druids Glen has hosted four Irish Opens, Killeen Castle a Solheim Cup, Fota Island’s hosted three Irish Opens. Mount Juliet can boast two WGC’s and three Irish Opens. Here at the PGA National at Slieve Russell, we’ve hosted 2 European Tour events and each year we’re playing the Championship Course at Rosses Point that hosts the best amateurs in the country every year for the West of Ireland and of course, this year’s Irish Amateur Championship.
“We can’t thank the clubs enough for allowing their courses to be used and to give youth a chance. It’s a great privilege to be able to promote junior golf in such significant venues around the island and long may it continue.”
The aim of the tour is to prepare kids for competitive golf and Druids Glen delivered on that promise, presenting a layout that saw the kids thrive despite a miserable August’s day. The clouds were no match for the smiles on arrival and goodie bags packed with Titleist golf balls, TaylorMade tees, Golf Bars, McGuirks Vouchers and our own magazines helped lift spirits further. Keelings even had punnets of fresh strawberries for everyone on the day.
“It really is a great team effort and we couldn’t keep going without the continued support and commitment from these companies to junior golf here in Ireland,” added Smyth.
“KPMG have been huge since they came on board. They’re so influential in golf, from Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis to the likes of Paul Dunne and Lisa & Leona Maguire who they support here in Ireland.
“They’ve been heavily involved and I have to mention Tricia Gallagher who’s the Head of Marketing and David Deighan who’s the Head of Communications at KPMG. They’ve really pushed the Tour forward and it’s great to have KPMG committed to us right up until 2021.”
The great news is that despite hosting their All-Ireland finals, an unexpected but much welcomed Autumn Trophy has been announced for Sunday, October 13th at Lough Erne, extending the Kids Golf offering that bit further for the first time this year.
Online booking is expected to open in the middle of September and with roughly 100 spots available, this will sell out fast.
To get your child involved in the Autumn Trophy, keep up to date at www.irishkidsgolftour.com and on social media, while we’ll also feature fresh updates here at IGM. You won’t want to miss it.
All Ireland Trophy Druids Glen Results
1st Louis Galvin-Kinsale GC
2nd Adam O’Loughlin- Nass GC
3rd Killian Butler- Clonmel GC
1st Sean Keeling- Roganstown GC
2nd James Coffey-Dun Laoghaire GC
3rd Matthew Kelleher-Fota Island GC
1st Evan Monaghan – Tullamore GC
2nd Charlie Smyth- Slieve Russell GC
3rd William O’Riordan-Greystones GC
1st William Walshe-Delgany GC
2nd Isaac Oliver- Ballinasloe GC
3rd AJ Hayes-Dungarvan GC
1st Eoin Burrows-Holywood GC
2nd Adam Doherty-Balmoral GC
3rd John William Burke-Ballyhaunis GC
1st Ollie McEvoy-Ballycastle GC
2nd David Lucas Vasko-Waterford GC
3rd Charlie McHugh-Carlow GC
1st Jack McKee-Moyola Park GC
2nd Tomas Owens-Massereene GC
3rd Ardagh O’ Shea- Carlow
Girls 13 And Under
1st Laya Cristina-Royal Malta GC
2nd Anna Brewster- Royal Belfast GC
Girls 10 And Under
1st Kayleigh Mulholland-Moyola Park GC
2nd Gemma McMeekin- Massereene GC
3rd Saoirse Butler- Clonmel GC