The 2016 Shanballymore GAA golf classic took place in the well prepared Doneraile golf club last Saturday and now in its eight year it turned out to be a major success with members, players and supporters of Shanballymore GAA club taking to the course on wet windy day that thankfully didn’t dampen the spirits of the players.
The first set of golfer’s set off at 8.10am and twelve hours later the last team putted on the eighteenth green and bought an end to another successful days golf. This very well supported event is a great chance for the players to swap the hurling field with the golf course but reports are that the word “Four” was heard from early morning to late evening and a number of golf balls could be seen drifting off into the many trees around the course, but the strong winds are getting most of the blame for this.
When all players were finished their round of golf they were treated to a dinner and a big thank you to Mary and her staff for the outstanding service provided throughout the day. The presentation night in the club house was kicked off with local singer John Curran getting the large crowd going and keeping everyone entertained for the night. Conor Hannon was on hand to thank those who helped out in the lead up to the event and on the day.
A big thanks to Doneraile golf club who every year have the course in wonderful condition, thanks to all the organising committee who put many hours into making sure the event went off without a hitch. Thanks to Mary O’Regan, Noreen Burke, Helen McCarthy and Mag Buckley for all their help during the day in the club house.
A big thanks to our main sponsor Micheal O’Donovan and family of Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan who have been behind the team and club for many years and thankfully remain to be main sponsor of the team. A special thanks to everybody who sponsored teams, tee box’s and greens on the day and to all the players who took to the course and braved the elements and made the day very enjoyable.
1st Sponsor Mary & Mike Roche Doneraile golf club, team Tom O’Connell, Pat O’Leary, Darragh O’Leary.
2nd Sponsor Avonmore Electrical, team Stuart Jack, Sean Crowley, Micheal Tuohy.
3rd Sponsor John Curran Construction, team John Curran, Conor Curran, Thomas Sheehan.
4th Sponsor O’Riordan sheds Ballyhea, team Tom Meade, Eileen Coleman, Margaret Coackley.
5th Sponsor Killdorrey Gaa, team Sean Dennehy, John Coughlan, Sean Coughlan.
Longest drive sponsored by Danny Buckle, winner Thomas Sheehan Doneraile.
Nearest the pin sponsored by Conor & Mary Hannon winner Thomas Sheehan Doneraile.
Puck Fada Sponsored by QSI Ltd winner Sean Lynch.