The second edition of the Golf Ireland Coaches’ Cup took place this week at Carton House.
An initiative of Golf Ireland which began last year, the Coaches’ Cup is an opportunity for any coaches involved in Golf Ireland’s development pathway to come together and play in a competition at the end of the season.
Michael Collins and Keith O’Neill are the 2022 champions, winning the Greensomes event with a level par score on the Montgomerie Course.
Collins is the National Coach for Ireland’s Men’s team, while O’Neill is a PGA Professional based in Sligo that coaches Area Development panels in the West region.
Speaking after the event, High Performance Director and National Coach Neil Manchip told golfireland.ie, that it was brilliant seeing an increase in participants from last year’s event.
“When we first held the Coaches’ Cup last year we spoke of starting a tradition that would would be both competitive and fun, but would also enable our coaches to share their experiences and ideas, all of which feed into our High Performance programmes across all levels and ages”
“Already one can see how the day has proved invaluable in doing just that, giving us plenty of food for thought as we plan for the forthcoming season and what we can do to innovate and improve what we bring to the game in Ireland.”
“2022 has been a really outstanding year for Irish amateur golf both here and abroad and I’d like to thank all of the coaches across the country for their commitment and dedication to their craft which has been vital in driving the success of our golfers.”
“We are very much looking forward to 2023 but in the meantime I’m delighted to celebrate Michael and Keith’s success in the 2022 Coaches’ Cup who add their names to the trophy first won in 2021 by Chris Jelly and Hugh O’Neill.”