The 10th Laoids International Golf Challenge took place from Monday, May 19 to Thursday, May 22.
This Golf Challenge has grown over the years and still attracts visitors from overseas and across Ireland to take part every year. This year the challenge was held in Portarlington, The Heath & Portlaoise Golf Clubs 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 the 22nd, Leas Caithaoirleach 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.
Director of Services for Laois County Council Mr. Kieran Kehoe, complemented all involved especially the Golf Challenge Committee and its Chairman Tom Treacy. He said that this Golf Challenge was now one of the highlights of the many events and festivals that happen every year in Laois. He too also acknowledged the support giving to the event by the Golf Clubs around the County.
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 a joy to play on.
Golf Committee members Louis Brennan thanked all those who turned up again this year and the clubs, he thanked Ballybrittas Motor, and Musgraves for their support and also welcomed the new visitors from England, who participated for the 1st time in the Challenge.
MC on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy who announced all the winners over the four-day event