Record tumbles at the feet of Mairead Martin in Killarney

John Shortt

Garrett Donnery (General Manager), Anne Looney (Lady Vice Captain), Mairead Martin, Mark Heinemann (PGA Professional), Tom Prendergast (Club President)

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club honorary member, Máiréad Martin shot a ladies’ record breaking 11-under par 63 at a recent open day hosted on Killarney’s Irish Open Killeen Course.

On the August Bank Holiday, the now +3 handicapper shot an incredible 10 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey for a superb 45 stableford points to win the competition which was open to visitors and members, male and female, with an official ILGU/GUI handicap.

The 19-year old, who took up golf at the age of 11, is currently on a scholarship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and is aiming to follow her dreams of becoming a professional golfer by the end of her four years.  She enters year 2 at the end of August.

Mairéad has had a very decorated career to date and owes much of her success to her parents, her coach, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s Mark Heinemann, her junior coach, who was David Keating and her physiotherapist Ailish Mulcahy.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s Head PGA professional and Mairéad’s coach, who is based at the newly revamped Killarney Golf Academy at Lackabane, is understandably thrilled with his player’s development.

“Mairéad is a tremendous talent and works extremely hard on her game. She is very diligent in her practice and always gives 100% effort even when things aren’t going her way. She is very ambitious and is willing to leave no stone unturned in order to get to the next level.”

The new General Manager at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Garrett Donnery was delighted to present the young star with a certificate to acknowledge her incredible achievement of an 11-under par showing that unsurprisingly earned Martin 1st prize and the lowest gross score at the open day.

“We are delighted to attract golfers of Mairéad’s calibre to Killarney. It was a truly incredible score and everyone at Killarney wishes her the very best for the future.

“We have taken a lot of feedback from members and visitors this year and made tweaks to our open days, including rewarding players who shoot the lowest gross score on the day. This has been well received by everyone and the courses are in superb condition and continuously improving,” said Donnery.

When asked about advice for up and coming golfers, Mairéad noted that golfers should always try to persevere through the bad days because the good days are just around the corner.

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