Golf Ireland have announced four teams for forthcoming international events in Spain and Wales.
For the first time in the history of the European Nations Championship, Ireland will be represented by both a men’s and women’s team, with seven players traveling to Real Club de Golf Sotogrande for the event which runs from March 30 to April 2.
Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin), Robert Moran (Castle), Liam Nolan (Galway) and Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) will represent the men’s team in Sotogrande, while Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle), Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) and Aideen Walsh (Lahinch) form the women’s team.
Ireland has had a prestigious history in the men’s competition with Rory McIlroy (2006), Shane Lowry (2007) and Jack Hume (2016) all winning the Individual title.
14 players have also been selected for Girls’ and Boys’ International Matches against Wales in Cardigan GC on March 19 and 20. Six players make up the Girls’ team, while eight players form the Boys’ team for the two-day event on the west Wales course.
Ireland Men’s Team – European Nations Championship
Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin)
Robert Moran (Castle)
Liam Nolan (Galway)
Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas)
Team Captain: Niall MacSweeney (Athenry)
Team Coach: Michael Collins
Ireland Women’s Team – European Nations Championship
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Kate Lanigan (Hermitage)
Aideen Walsh (Lahinch)
Team Captain: Naoimh Quigg (City of Derry)
Team Coach: Donal Scott
Ireland Girls’ Team – International Match v Wales
Olivia Costello (Roscommon)
Kate Dillon (Oughterard)
Rebekah Gardner (Clandeboye)
Hannah Guerin (Royal Tara)
Katie Poots (Knock)
Caitlin Shippam (Ballykisteen)
Team Captain: Kate Gallagher (Castle)
Team Coach: Chris Jelly
Ireland Boys’ Team – International Match v Wales
Adam Buchanan (Malone)
Adam Challoner (Galway Bay)
Luke Cunningham (Galway Bay)
Fionn Dobbin (Malone)
Darcy Hogg (Belvoir Park)
Alex King (Faithlegg)
Sean McLoughlin (Co. Sligo)
Gavin O’Neill (Malahide)
Team Captain: Peter English (Limerick)
Team Coach: Stephen Hood