Clare Junior golf has successfully completed its twelfth year of providing junior golfers in our county with a competition structure that they look forward to playing each year. The results of this structure have seen junior golfers go on to compete in GUI national junior competitions series, and also represent their clubs at the highest level of interclub competitions.
The next stage of the junior golfer’s journey is to see them transfer to adult membership, bringing with them a true knowledge of the game, the history of their club, and lasting friendships with other golfers in the county and further afield.
Clare County Competitions 2018
CLARE SHORT COURSE SERIES
This was a new competition introduced in 2018 and was called The Autumn Series. It was played over Five rounds at four different venues. Dromoland, East Clare, Lahinch, and Shannon. The juniors taking part were under fourteen years of age and the golf courses were set to a length that allows them to reach the green/green side in regulation.
Our first winner was Donnacha Halpin from Shannon.
CLARE JUNIOR LEAGUE.
This competition has been running for twelve years, it is for juniors under sixteen years old. This year due to unseen circumstances it was reduced to one round and the venue was Shannon Golf Club. The winners on the day where LAHINCH (pictured below). In 2019 the league will be played over four rounds at Venues to be decided.
CLARE BOYS OPEN PARKLAND CHAMPIONSHIP.
This is an eighteen-hole medal event, it was staged in Shannon this year. This competition is for three age groups U14, U16, U18 and. There is a gross and nett winner in each age group.
U14 Winner: Eoin McGill (East Clare)
U16 Winner: Ross van der Dussen (Shannon)
U18 Winner: Ronan Hayes (East Clare)
CLARE COUNTY MATCHPLAY.
This competition is played in Dromoland each year, the qualified as the top two gross, and nett winners in each age group at the Parkland Championship.
U14 – Winner: Eoin McGill, Runner-up: Niall Melody (both East Clare)
U16 – Winner: Mathew Whelan (Ennis), Runner-up: Cal Connolly (Lahinch)
CLARE BOYS OPEN LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
This is a 36 Hole medal event staged at Castle course Lahinch for golfers under eighteen years old. This is the oldest Junior competition in the county.
- Winner: Patrick Naughton (Limerick GC)
2018 County Competition Results
- Short Course Series:
- Winner Donnacha Halpin (Shannon)
- Junior League Winners: Lahinch Golf Club.
- Parkland Championships: U18 Ronan Hayes East Clare. U16 Ross Van Dussen Shannon U14 Eoin Magill East Clare
- County Matchplay: U16 Matthew Whelan Ennis U14 Eoin Magill East Clare.
- Links Championship: Patrick Naughton Limerick GC.
2018 National GUI Competitions and Awards
This year a total of eight juniors from the county took part in the GUI national competition structures Johnathan Keane and Cal Connolly Lahinch, Matthew Whelan and Ronan Herbert Ennis, Eoin Magill East Clare and Connor Flynn Dara Casey and Georgie Pyke from Shannon. Well done to them all, and especially their parents for traveling to those competitions that where staged all around the country.
Of the eight that took part in the GUI competitions, two were selected for interprovincial teams:
Ronan Herbert Ennis and Johnathan Keane of Lahinch.
Well done to East Clare on Reaching the Munster Final of the Fred Daly Plate, they were defeated on the day 3-2 by Mitchelstown. Congratulations to everyone who took part in that Final.
Finally, well done to Johnathan Keane who won the Munster U18 Order of merit for 2018.
(Kevin Glynn, Johnathan Keane, and Jim Long)
With the staging of The Irish Open, and also the Home Internationals at Lahinch Golf Club in 2019, it is hoped to see an increase in juniors taking part in competitive club, county, and the National GUI competitions during the coming year.
In order to promote and bring awareness of all that is good in Junior golf for 2019, we will RELAUNCH the Clare County Golf WEBSITE and Facebook page. These media platforms will display all the upcoming events, competitions and their results within the county, and also highlight any new to golf programs for both juniors and adults at the different clubs around the county.
The success of the Autumn short course series proves there is an appetite for competitive golf at a young age in our county.
With your support, we can, and must grow the numbers participating in the game of golf at grass root level, for without them, our clubs and the game will have no future.