The ninth Laois International Golf Challenge took place from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2 and once again proved to be a great success.
The event has grown over the years and still attracts visitors from oversees and across Ireland to take part every year.
This year the challenge was held in Rathdowney, Abbeyleix and Mountrath and the final took place in the Heritage Golf Club in Killenard.
With great weather throughout the four days those participating really enjoyed the golf each day and all the courses involved were highly commended by all the golfers for the great condition that each course was in.
At the Awards Ceremony held in the Heritage Golf Club on Thursday, May 2, Chairman of Laois County Council Cllr Paul Mitchell welcomed everyone to the awards and said he was delighted to see so many people returning every year to participate in the Laois Challenge.
He complemented all the winners and all the clubs across the county that get involved every year. He acknowledged the support of Laois County Council and Laois Tourism and the Laois International Golf Challege Committee.
County Manager Peter Carey, who is also Chairman of Laois Tourism, complemented all involved especially the Golf Challenge Committee and its Chairman Tom Treacy. He said that the Golf Challenge was now one of the highlights of the many events and festivals that happen every year in Laois.
He also acknowledged the support given to the event by the golf clubs around the county. Welcoming the new Laois Rose, Ms. Sarah Conlon who was also present on the night, he looked forward to the many more events that were taking place in Laois this year including the Rose of Tralee Regional Finals, the Electric Picnic and the National Ploughing Championships.
Vice Captain of the Heritage Golf Club Gerry Campion welcomed everyone and said he was delighted to see another great turnout this year at the Golf Challenge. He said Laois had a lot to offer visitors and that all the golf courses in Laois were of a very high standard and were a joy to play on.
MC on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy who announced all the winners over the four-day event.
1st Terry Campion & Kathleen Maher (39 Pts); 2nd Denis Porter & Brian McFarland (38 Pts); 3rd Brian Colgan & Pat Tynan (38 Pts); Nearest to Pin Emlyn O’ Reilly (2’ 3”); Female Longest Drive Kathleen Maher; Male Longest Drive Dermot Carolan
1st Dermot & Emlyn O’ Reilly (41 pts); 2nd David Power & Ollie Lambe (38 pts); 3rd John Coyle & Andrew Lambe (38 pts); Nearest to Pin Charlie Patton; Female Longest Drive Ann Glancy; Male Longest Drive Dermot Carolan
1st Denis Porter & Brian McFarlan (41 pts); 2nd Adrian O’ Reilly & John Hill (40pts); 3rd Oliver McNally & Pat McAnany (40 pts); Nearest to Pin Dermot Carolan; Female Longest Drive Ann Glancy;Male Longest Drive Emlyn O’ Reilly
1st Jack Carty & Marty O’ Connor 39pts; 2nd Steve Cronley & Tommy Kane 38pts; 3rd David Power & Ollie Lambe 38pts; Best Oversees Players: Mark Ensor & Mike Ansell 35pts; Best Female Players: Eileen Reilly & Anne Sweeney 29pts; Tom Treacy Perpetual Cup: Eileen Reilly & Anne Sweeney
1st Ann Clancy & Margaert Hynes 27pts; 2nd Allan Browne & Robert Leeffe 27pts; 3rd Neil Evans & Robert Thomas 24pts