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Claregolf.ie Junior Season draws to a close

THE 2022 Claregolf.ie junior golf season will draw to a close at the end of this month, after the staging of its final two junior events. 

The first of these events will be the under-13 short-course junior league taking place at Shannon Golf Club this Sunday, October 23. This development league was introduced after the short course summer series proved to be very popular.

The league has been run over eight weeks at four different courses in the county, Spanish Point, Lahinch, East Clare, and Shannon, and to date, it has proven to be very popular and hugely beneficial in the development and growth of the junior game here in Clare.

The second and final event takes place on Sunday, October 30, at the new-look Dromoland Castle, with the staging of the under- 14, 16 and 18 County Matchplay finals.

This event brings together the top eight junior boys within our county who will compete for the four titles on offer that day.

Eoin Magill, East Clare, will play Tom Clancy, Kilrush, for the under-18 title. Niall Melody Dromoland will play Rory Lills, Kilrush, for the under-16. Donnacha Mahon, Dromoland, will play Donnacha Halpin, , for the under-14 title, and MJ Hehir, Spanish Point, will play Cathal Rochford, East Clare, for the under-13 title.

In order to play in the finals at Dromoland, all players took part in the Claregolf.ie Parkland Championships at East Clare earlier in the year and finished first or second in their age group.

As a result of winning at East Clare there now is the opportunity for four of these young golfers Magill, Mahon, Hehir, and Melody to possibly achieve something special by winning two county champions in the same year.

Claregolf would like to thank all the clubs that took part during the year for the tee times they provided. Secondly, the junior officers and club volunteers for giving of their time at all the events, and finally sponsors, TTM Health Care Solutions, Michael McMahon. Seamus McHenry, East Clare Seniors and Men’s Club and P&M Golf Superstore.

The support shown by all mentioned will ensure the game continues to grow and be successful here in Clare and further afield.

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