Local golfer aims for All Ireland glory

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Dromoland Golf Club member Noel O’Connor.

DROMOLAND Golf Club member Noel O’Connor has qualified for the final of the inaugural GUI All Ireland Gold Medals event to be held at The Ryder Cup course at The K Club on Tuesday Oct 6.

With the introduction of this new competition by the Golfing Union of Ireland, club golfers had a unique opportunity to participate at individual level in a national GUI event.

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Spread across three different handicap categories, the competition was open to all club members.
Noel automatically qualified for the final having returned the best score in a club competition nationally in July with a haul of 49 points in a club stableford comp, playing the course in 75 strokes off a handicap of 16.
36 Golfers in all will compete in one of three handicap categories – 9 and below, 10-17 or 18 and over.
Currently playing off 12 Noel will feature in the mid category in his bid to bring a medal back to Limerick.

Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf at The K Club said: “I, along with my team are honoured that The K Club is hosting the inaugural 2019 All Ireland Gold Medal Final on our Ryder Cup Course in October.”
“We look forward to welcoming the all-Ireland finalists to what will be a thrilling end to this new competition. “
“The Ryder Cup course has hosted many special events including the Ryder Cup in 2006 and more recently the Irish Open in 2016, so the finalists will have a challenging day here in October.”
“We are delighted to work alongside the GUI in hosting this All Ireland Final and I wish all the competitors the very best of luck in their qualifying rounds.”