Young Dunfanaghy golfers on the national stage


Young Dunfanaghy golfers on the national stage

Dunfanaghy Golf Club Captain Denis Martin and Lady Captain Mary Lafferty invited four of the club's junior members to a presentation at the clubhouse on Saturday morning.

First up was Emma Forbes who was selected for the Irish under 16s girls team to play Scotland in early June. What a fantastic achievement for Emma who has worked so hard on her game since joining the club and being taken on by coach Seamus McMonagle. The club members all wish Emma the best of luck in Scotland.

Next up was Luke Kelly who recently got a call up to the Ulster Boys training camp. Luke played for the Ulster Under 14s team in a practice match against their Under 16 counterparts. In doing so, he performed exceptionally well and is well on his way to much bigger and better things.

Finally, best friends Conor Hanna and James Sweeney competed last week in the Irish Boys (US Kids Golf) Championships in the famous Portmarnock Links course in Dublin.

Conor took part in the age 12 category and played some flawless golf on his way to an amazing seven shot victory. In the age 11 category James also played some great golf and was leading with a few holes to play. However, a couple of mistakes in the last few holes proved costly. Nevertheless James finished in third place showing that he too has the game to compete with the best young golfers in the country.

Both Conor and James have now qualified for the European Championships in Scotland at the end of the month. Good luck to both boys. We will all be keeping a close eye on your progress.

It is notable that all four of the young players are coached by Professional Seamus McMonagle. Seamus has a great interest in junior golf and has proven himself to be one of the best coaches in the country.