Ireland second at World Deaf Championships

The Irish team at the 13th World Deaf Golf Championships in Hawaii

The Ireland senior deaf team produced a brilliant final day fightback to ultimately finish in second place at the 13th World Deaf Golf Championships in Hawaii. 

Host nation USA won the championship at Kaua’i’s Wailua Golf Course. 

The team of Philip Grehan (manager), Geoff McCormack (captain), Derek Maguire (Portlaoise), Don Conway (IGolfUK), John Bosco Conama (Lisheen Springs), Philip Quearney (Swords GC) and Reggie Carroll (Carrick on Shannon) mounted a gallant final day comeback. 


The team received coaching from the Golf Ireland Academy as part of the Golf Ireland Golf4All support programme. 

 Ireland were ranked fifth in the six team championship after 54 holes but Conway, McCormack and Carroll came out fighting in the final round as the Boys in Green charged up the leaderboard. 

On the final day Ireland jumped above Canada, Sweden and Australia into second place while England took the wooden spoon in sixth. 

Carroll shot a final round of 88 to share sixth place in the Super Seniors (over 65s) while Conway’s low round of 79 saw him share sixth also in the Senior individual as USA’s Bill Roberts won. 

McCormack was 18th in that category after a final round of 83 while Quearney was 24th, Carroll T-25th Maguire T34th and Conama 36th. 

This was a team effort with all five members having at least one counting card each day, meaning everyone can go home knowing they contributed on the world stage. 

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