Another Ryanair golfing fiasco damages Liam Grehan’s Q-School prep

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Liam Grehan's broken hybrid head

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A lack of legroom was the least of Liam Grehan’s worries after he was left shocked and disappointed that his golf clubs had been damaged on a Ryanair flight from Spain to Dublin last week.

A broken driver shaft and a damaged hybrid head is what greeted Grehan when he opened his travel golf bag when returning home from the Las Brisas Pro-Am and as he prepares to head away on Monday again for the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School, this has put a dent in his preparation.

“It was desperate, I didnt want to tweet it straight away it happend a week ago. The airport gave me a sheet of paper and they wanted me to fill in but it turned out to be the wrong forms,” said Grehan who has spent the last week trying to get used to new clubs ahead of the trip to South Africa.

“I’ve been intouch with countless emails & calls with no help at all from there customer services. I’m hoping i will be able to get something, hopefully someone will get back to me and sort it out. It’s a pity and it’s some shock when you open the bag.”

A rescue mission was quickly put in place for the K Club professional and Roc Golf sent him out a brand new driver and hybrid while Keith Bardon from Titleist sent more clubs to the Mullingar Golf Academy, where Grehan is originally from.

“I got lucky Roc golf sorted me out with a driver and a hybrid, they were so quick sent me gear to Mullingar Golf Academy. I have clubs but it will take time to get used to.”

Grehan had a travel bag to protect his golf clubs but it was damaged as well with a hole visible at the head of the bag that is supposed to protect the club heads in the golf bag.

“I had a bag boy and it broke in the bag and that’s how bad it was I’m lucky I had that otherwise it could have been worse.”

It’s the latest in Irish golfing fiascos to happen involving Ryanair after Joe Lyons was not allowed bring his Spanish Senior Amateur Trophy on board with him after winning the title in February.

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