Later this week the Irish trio of David Higgins (Waterville) Mark Staunton (Delgany) and Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort)
will tee it up in the International Team Championship at Costa Navarino in Greece looking to bring the title home for the first time since 2008 when John Kelly, Robert Giles and Eamonn Brady won in Spain.
Last year, the team of Damien Mooney, Eamonn Brady and Michael McDermott led the way after round one but eventually finished the tournament in fourth, behind winners the PGA of Germany and this year 21 teams will compete over 72 holes on The Dunes Course, designed by Bernhard Langer with the best two individual scores each day counting towards the overall team score. A secondary event sees small and emerging Member PGAs compete for the ITC Shield.
“I’m looking forward to it. The last time I played team golf was, I suppose, when I was 21 and I got one of my final international caps for Ireland playing on a two-man team in Belgium,” said Mark Staunton who will be making his debut in the event.
“I have played in a few Alliance outings around Dublin recently and have been playing quite nicely,” added Galway born Mark who won the Irish Order of Merit in 2007.
“I went for a lesson a while ago and my scoring has picked up a bit over the last few rounds so hopefully I can take some of that form with me to Greece. I’ve no expectations but I do know I will be playing alongside a couple of very good players in David and Simon.”
Best of luck guys,.