The iconic Michael ‘Dyke’ Moran centenary pro-am was contested at The Royal Dublin.
Eamonn Brady with the Moran Cup Trophy
Moran was born in 1886 in a small one-roomed cottage on Bull Island, Dollymount in the demesne of what was to become the Royal Dublin Golf Club.
He was an assistant to professional, Tom Hood at Royal Dublin before taking up the job of professional at Dundalk GC in 1907. He then moved to Galway GC in 1908 before returning to Royal Dublin in 1909 as playing professional.
A group of Irish professionals convened a meeting in the North Star Hotel in Amiens Street, Dublin in 1907 to form the Irish PGA; Moran of Royal Dublin was elected its first chairman.
He won the Irish Professional Championship for five consecutive years from 1909 to 1913, a feat which has never been equalled.
He enlisted in the South Irish Horse Regiment in 1915 and later transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment. Michael Moran was 32 years of age when he died of wounds in France on 10th April 1918; 100 years ago and is buried at Le Cateau Military Cemetery in France.
The Moran Cup was inaugurated in 1920 by the Southern Branch of the Irish PGA to commemorate the career of Michael Moran and this year he was fondly remembered once more. Legendary journalist, Dermot Gilleece, was on hand to narrate the life of Moran while some recognisable names in golf picked up prizes on the day.
Clontarf’s Eamonn Brady won the individual strokeplay event with a superb six-under-par 66 that saw him scoot three shots clear of Michael McDermott and Brian Jnr McCormack in second place.
While the team event was won by St Annes, led by Cormac Hennessy alongside Ben Headon, Tom Menery and Tom Brophy who fired 89 points to take the prize on countback from Eoin O’Connor’s Kilkenny side. Irrespective of who took home the prizes, however, a great day played out in fine spirit was enjoyed by all.
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