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Limerick Golf Course
Limerick Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest club's founded in 1891 it has a long and distinguished history. It has a proud and successful tradition of producing successful inter-club and representative golfers in both men’s and ladies golf. Its most famous son at the moment is Tim Rice. The clubs crowning success was when it won the European Cup in 1980, a unique feat for any Irish Golf Club. Limerick won the Bulmers Senior Cup at Galway Golf Club in September 2002.
Tiger Woods among many other top golfers have graced Ballyclough, Tiger set a new course record of 64 when he played in the J. P. McManus Classic in 2000, an event that raised £10 million for local charities.
This fine parkland course has mature tree-lined fairways, a great range of challenging holes and several water hazards. Its feature hole is the 466 m par-5 index 7.
Just 3-miles on the South side of Limerick City, the Club is in easy reach of the city centre. It has a fine clubhouse with bar and full catering. The visitor is assured of a warm welcome and a memorable game of golf at Limerick Golf Club.
|Green Fees Monday to Thursday:||€40|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€60|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15/25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€20|
|Website||Limerick golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Audrey Fitzgerald|
|Vice-Captains':||John Kelly & Fiona McGann|
|Hon. Secretary:||Alan Brady & Orla Finucane
|Club Pro.:||Lee Harrington 061-412492|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Wilton Dennehy & Liz Griffin|
|Comp. Secretary:||Mark Barry & Laura Comber|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Thursdays & Wednesday Mornings|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Limerick Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 7 December||Closed||1|
|Professional's Prize to the Ladies
||Saturday 21 April
|Professional's Prize to the Ladies
|Lady Vice-Captain's Prize||Tuesday 14 May||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Sunday 16 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Friday 28 June||Saturday 29 June||Closed||2|
|President's Prize||Saturday 29 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Tuesday 27 August||Closed||1|
||Saturday 31 August
||Sunday 16 June||Closed||2|
||Sunday 1 September
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 March||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford
||Tuesday 16 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 22 April||Open||1|
||Thursday 2 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 9 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 16 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 23 May||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 28 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 30 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 3 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 6 June
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 13 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 20 June||Open||1|
|North Munster Irish Srnior Cup (Q)||Saturday 22 June||Sunday 23 June||GUI||2|
|North Munster Irish Srnior Cup (Q)||Sunday 23 June||GUI||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 25 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 27 June||Open||1|
|Father & Son Scotch Foursomes||Sunday 30 June||Open||1|
|Mother & Daughter Foursomes||Sunday 30 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 4 July
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 11 July
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 16 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 18 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 25 July||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 27 July||Sunday 28 July||Open||2|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 28 July||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 27 July||Sunday 28 July||Open||2|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 28 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event
||Tuesday 30 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 1 August
|Singles Stableford||Monday 5 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 8 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 15 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 22 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 29 August||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 3 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 5 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 12 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 19 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 26 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 71 5,745 m|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 74 5,312 m|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 72 6,001 m|
Men's Course Record: Pro. 64 Tiger Woods (Old)
Ladies Course Record:
The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Junior Cup when they beat Connaught Champions Athenry Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match at Malone Golf Club in 2017.
They won the Munster Final when they beat Tipperary Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches at Cahir Park Golf Club on Sunday 3rd September. They were led out by Fiona McGann who beat Yvonne Daly-Ryan by 1-hole, she was follow by Emma Guinnane who had a 3 and 2 win over Renagh Murphy, next on the tee was Siobhan Conway who went up the 19th before registering her point against Mary Riordan, in the penultimate match Heather Fitzgerald recorded a halve against Anne Kinane-Creamer when called-in, in the bottom match Ann O’Mahony lost her match by 3 and 1 against Jo Kinihan.
They made the long journey to Malone Golf Club in Belfast where they met Ulster Champions Lurgan Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Thursday 28th September. They were led out by Emma Guinnane who had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win over Sian Mulholland, she was followed by Fiona McGann who lost out to Christine Hagan by 4 and 2, next on the tee was Siobhan Conway who had a 1-hole win over Lynne Hanna, in the penultimate match Emily Walsh lost out to Susan McMorrow by 1-hole, in the bottom match Heather Fitzgerald had a 2-hole win over Orla O’Dlown and with that a place in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
They met Stackstown Golf Club on the Friday and were led out again by Emma Guinnane who had a 1-hole lose against Mairead Cronin, she was followed by Fiona McGann who had a 3 and 1 win over Mary Horn, next on the tee was Siobhan Conway who lost out to Kate O’Connor by 1-hole, in the penultimate match Emily Walsh had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Marian White, in the bottom match Heather Fitzgerald clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final with a 3 and 1 win over Anne O’Connor.
They met Connacht Champions Athenry Golf Club in the decider and were led out yet again by Emma Guinnane who beat Maire Carr by 5 and 3, she was followed by Fiona McGann who had a 4 and 2 win over Nicola Nally, next on the tee was Siobhan Conway who recorded a 4 and 3 win over Pat Jacobsen and with it the Green Pennant, the penultimate match of Emily Walsh against Nicola Burke and bottom match of Heather Fitzgerald against Teresa Coen were both recorded as halves when called-in.
Limerick Golf Club were runners-up in the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday 23rd September 2017 when they lost out to Connaught Champions Galway Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match in the decider.
They were led out by Owen O’Brien who lost out to Liam Power by 3 and 1, he was followed by Séan Poucher who lost out to Joe Lyons by 4 and 3, next on the tee was Ciaran Vaughan who recorded a halve against Liam Nolan when called-in, the penultimate match of Michael Reddan went 2 and 1 against Ronan Mullarney and in the bottom match Justin Kehoe recorded a halve against Luke O’Neill when called-in.
They beat Leinster Champions Carton House in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
They won the Munster Final at Trelee Golf Club on Saturday 12th August when they had a 3-matches to 2-matches win over Ballybunion Golf Club.
They were led out by Owen O’Brien who beat Ed Stack by 2-holes, he was followed by Sean Poucher who lost out to David O’Driscoll by 3 and 2, next on the tee was Ciaran Vaughan beat Hannes Boch by 3 and 2, in the penultimate match Mike Reddan lost his match against Senan Carroll by 3 and 2 and in the bottom match Justin Kehoe recorded a 2 and 1 win over Peter Sheehan and with that their place in the All-Ireland Deciders in September.
The boys’ from Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy at Galway Golf Club in 2016 when they beat defending champions Kilkenny Golf Club in the morning by 4 matches to 1 match.
First on the Sean Enright who had a 2 and 1 win over Harry Duggan, he was followed by Ciaran Vaughan who beat Kevin Power by 4 and 3 next up was Luke O’Brien who halved his match against Jeff Kealy, in the penultimate match Morgan Hanley also halved his match against Richard Duggan in the bottom match Ross Fitzgerald recorded a 4 and 3 win over James Everard.
In the afternoon they met Connacht Champions Athenry who had dispensed of Ulster Champions Holywood Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 in their Semi-Final.
Keeping the same order Sean Enright beat Michael Shiel by 3 and 2, Ciaran Vaughan beat Michael Kennelly by a similar margin, Luke O’Brien recorded a 2 and 1 win over David Kitt, Morgan Hanley halved his match against Cillian Lawless as did Ross Fitzgerald against Louis O’Hara.
Limerick Golf Club has a long and proud tradition of producing good teams to win green pennants but to my records this is the first Fred Daly Trophy to be captured by the club although they did win the All-Ireland Club Youths at Kinsale in 2006, well done lads.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Dungarvan Golf Club on Saturday 15th August 2015, when they beat Tralee Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the Semi-Final and accounted for Monkstown Golf Club in the decider by 3-matches to 2-matches.
First on the tee was Pat Murray who beat Fergal O’Sullivan by 3 and 2, next up was Mike Reddan lost out to Gerard Deegan by 2 and 1, he was followed by Mike O’Kelly who recorded a 2 and 1 win over Eoghan O’Donnell, the penultimate match of Darragh Fitzgerald against Joseph O’Neill was halved, in the bottom match Justin Kehoe beat Darren O’Sullivan by 2 and 1 and booked their place in the All-Ireland Finals.
They made their way to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland deciders, where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Knock Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Pat Murray lead them out again and had a 1-hole win over fellow International Michael Sinclair, he was followed by Sean Poucher who lost his match by a similar margin against Colin Fairweather, next on the tee was Michael O’Kelly who lost out to James Patterson by 3 and 2, in the penultimate match Darragh Fitzgerald lost his match against Mark McMurray by 2 and 1, the bottom match of Justin Kehoe against Simon Miskelly was recorded as a halve.
The other members of the team were Michael Reddan, Eoin O'Brien, Ciaran Vaughan and Mark MacGrath (who was unavailable as his college in the states would not release him). They were captained by Frank O'Mahony and Sigrid Maher was Vice-Captain.
Limerick Golf Club reached the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Shannon Golf Club on 17th August 2014, where they lost out to Tramore Golf Club in the decider.
They beat Rathbane Golf Club in the opening round of the qualifiers at Shannon Golf Club on the 12th and 13th July by 4-matches to 1-match, they followed that with a 3 ½-matches to 1 ½-matches over Nenagh Golf Club, the they beat the home club by 3-matches to 2-matches and met near neighbours Castletroy Golf Club.
They met Castlemartyr Golf Club in the Munster Semi-Final and were lead out by Eoin O’Brien who lost his match against Kenny McGarry by 2-holes, he was followed by Irish International Pat Murray who beat Kieran McCarthy by 3 and 2, next up was Mark MacGrath who aha a 4 and 3 win over Mark Shanahan, in the penultimate match Darragh Fitzgerald beat John O’Brien by 2-holes, the bottom match of Michael Reddan against Davey Barry was halved when called in.
They met Tramore Golf Club in the decider, this time they were lead by Sean Poucher who lost his match against Robin Dawson by 2-holes, next up was Mark MacGrath who went down to Paul Flynn by 3 and 2, he was followed by Pat Murray who had a 2 and 1 win over Alan Thomas, Michael Reddan lost by 2 and 1 against Chris Butler, in the bottom match Darragh Fitzgerald had a 3 and 2 win over David Kiely.
Limerick Golf Club reached the Munster Semi-Final of the Barton Shield at Shannon Golf Club on Saturday 16th August 2014, they met Dungarvan Golf Club and were lead out by Martin Poucher with Sean Poucher who lost their match by 7-holes and were followed by Pat Murray with Mike Reddan who had a 3-hole win over Peter Mullaney with Alan Thomas.
They beat Lahinch Golf Club by 1-hole in the first qualifying match at Nenagh Golf Club on Saturday 28th June; they followed this with a 3-hole win over Charleville Golf Club before accounting for Shannon Golf Club in the regional Final by 1-hole.
My congratulations to Pat Murray who had an Albatross on the 279 yd’s 13th at Lahinch Golf Club on 26th July 2014 while playing in the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.
The Girls from Limerick “B” Team had a trilling win over the Limerick “A” Team at the Munster U-19 Inter-Club Matchplay played at Macroom Golf Club on Thursday 31st July 2014, when the match was decided on the 20th Hole.
The Team on the day was Aoibhin Maher who lost her match against Emma Guinnane by 5 and 4, she was followed by Emily Walsh who went all the way to the 20th-Hole against Heather Fitzgerald before clinching the winning point, in the bottom match Selena Ryder had a comfortable 6 and 4 win over Alix Fitzgerald.
They proceed to the All-Ireland Decider at Donaghadee Golf Club on 18th August 2014.
The Girls of Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Girls Inter-club Championship at Naas Golf Club on Monday 23rd August 2010, when they beat Ulster Champions Holywood Golf Club by 2½ matches to ½ in the semi-final, they met Leinster Champions The Heath Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final by 2 matches to 1 match. The team was Eimear MacManus, Sinead Conway, Nicole Power and Nessa McGann they were captained by Niamh Kitching the former Irish International. They played Holywood Golf Club in the All-Ireland semi-final and were led by Sinead Conway (24) who beat Hannah King (19) by 5 and 4, she was followed by Nessa McGann (26) who halved her match with Ellyn Anderson (19), the bottom match of Nicole Power (27) was a resounding 7 and 6 win over Nicole Tully (29). They played The Heath Golf Club in the decider in the afternoon Eimear MacManus (12) led the Limerick Girls and was narrowly beaten by Chloe Fitzpatrick (6) by 1-hole, she was followed by Sinead Conway (24) who won her match by 2 and 1 against Shannen Brown (13) the bottom match of Nicole Power (27) secured the pennant when she beat Mary Doyle (14) by 4 and 3.
The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Junior Foursomes in the ILGU Inter-club Championships when they beat Lismore Golf Club by 2½-matches to ½-match at Youghal Golf Club on Saturday 21st August 2010. First on the tee was Cliodhna Mulcahy with Trish Kennedy who halved their match against Amanda Power with Margaret Morrissey when called-in, they were followed by Ger O’Carroll with Marie Kelly who beat Brid Henry with Mary Beecher by 2 and 1, the bottom match Anne O'Leary with Miriam Feighery was a very convincing 7 and 6 win over Nora O'Sullivan with Connie Dowd.
They made their way to Donabate Golf Club to compete in the National Deciders, where they met Connacht Champions Mountbellew Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday 25th September. First on the tee was Cliodhna Mulcahy(16) and Trish Kennedy (25) who lost their match by 2 and 1 against Siobhan Fallon (16) with Mary Hyland (19), they were followed by Maria Kelly (24) with Ger O'Carroll (20) who halved their match against Connie O'Brien (18) with Kathleen Bergin (20), the bottom match of Anne O'Leary(17) with Miriam Feighery (30) went 5 and 3 to Helen Costello (15) with Caroline Delaney (23).
Congratulations to Pat Murray (Secretary/Manager of Limerick Golf Club) who won the Irish Amateur Close Championship, at Enniscrone on Wednesday 11th June 2009, when he beat Cian Curley (Newlands Golf Club) by 5 and 4 in the final.
Pat Murray was selected to represent Ireland in the European Amateur Team Championship at Osterakers Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th July 2010. The others on the team were Cian Curley Newlands G. C., Paul Cutler Portstewart G. C., Alan Dunbar Rathmore G. C., Paul Dunne Greystones G. C. and Dara Lernihan Castle G. C., they were captained by Kevin Flanagan.
Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Monkstown Golf Club on Friday 19th September 2008
They met Connacht Champions Castlebar in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in an early morning start on Thursday 18th September. First on the tee was John Reilly with Declan Barriscale against Padraic Rice with T. J. Prendergast, they won their match by the narrowest of victories by 1-hole. They were followed by Eamonn Grimes with Eamonn Grimes against John McHale with Michael Grennan, who had a very convincing 7 and 6 win from the men from Mayo. Next up was Michael Ahern with Michael Ryan, who lost out to Colin Dawson with David Molloy by 5 and 3. John Kemmy with Denis Ryan had a very comfortable 6 and 4 win over Michael McGing with James Jennings. The bottom match of James Gleeson with Gerard Gleeson against Charlie Muldoon with Des Carey was even more convincing when they recorded a 6 and 5 win over the men from the West. Their 4 matches to 1 match gave them an easy passage into the All-Ireland Final the following morning against Ulster Champions and regaining All-Ireland Champions, Warrenpoint Golf Club.
Again they were lead by John Reilly with Declan Barriscale against Seamus Sands with Damian Flanagan, and they lost their match by 4 and 3. They were followed by Eamonn Grimes with Eamonn Kirby who won their match by the solitary 1-hole margin against Andrew Ferguson with Paul Devlin. Next up the new pairing of Robert Fleming with Ronan Mulvihill who halved their match against Vivian O’Loughlin with Raymond Jackson. Jim Kemmy with Denis Ryan had a comfortable 3 and 2 win over Kieran Caldwell with Michael McGivern. The bottom match of John Gleeson with Gerard Gleeson against Noel Devine with Seamus Pentony again went Limerick’s way by 3 and 2. So Limerick Golf Club added yet another All-Ireland green pennant to their already large collection.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield at Monkstown Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday 23rd & 24th August 2008.It was on to Monkstown Golf Club outside of Cork City where the met Connacht Champions Athlone Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 17th September 2008. First on the tee was Michael O’Kelly with Martin Poucher against Mark Rowe with Aidan Dooley who won their match by 4-holes, they were followed by Pat Murray with Ger Vaughan against Ciaran O’Connor with Kelan McDonagh and they won there match by 1-hole giving Limerick Golf Club a comfortable passage into the All-Ireland Final the following day where they met Leinster Champions Portmarnock Golf Club.
First up was Michael O’Kelly with Martin Poucher against James Fox with Aengus McAllister, unfortunately they went down by 5-holes, they were followed by Pat Murray with Ger Vaughan against Michael Brett with Niall Goulding, who were narrowly beaten by a single hole, so the green pennant went again to the men from North Dublin.
Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Club Youths' Championship at Kinsale Golf Club in 2006, when the team was Sean Poucher, Cian McNamara, Patrick Sheehy and Colin McNamara, they were captained by Niall Corcoran.
The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the Southern District and were National Finals Runners-Up of the ILGU Senior Foursomes in 2006, when the team was, Ann O’Mahony, Marie Crawford, Mary Conlon, Siobhan Conway, Patricia Kelly, Vivienne Gabbett, Patricia Fitzgibbon and Trudy Murphy, they were managed by Margaret Hannon.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield in 2006, when they had epic tussle with Tramore Golf Club on the 20th August at the revamped Castletroy Golf Club, the match was decided on the first hole play-off.
It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Leinster Champions Mullingar Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 13th September.
First on the tee saw Michael O’Kelly with Dermot Morris against Des Morgan with Patrick Higgins, the Limerick pair won by 5-holes. They were followed by Pat Murray with Michael Kemmy against John Morris with Colin Cunningham, they lost by 2-holes but the team had done enough to see Limerick through to the All-Ireland Final against Co. Sligo the following day.
The All-Ireland Final say Limerick field the same formation, Michael O’Kelly with Dermot Morris went 3-down to David Dunne and Serryth Heavey in the first match. They were followed by Pat Murray and Mick Kemmy against Ken Kearney and Keith O’Neill, their 4-hole loss gave the men from the West their 4th Barton Shield victory, having won done the three-in-a-row from 1995 to 1997.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senor Cup and were drawn against Leinster Champions Hermitage in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Rosslare Golf Club on Friday 16 th September 2005.
Irish International and club Secretary/Manger Pat Murray was drawn against Brian O'Connor in the top match in which he suffered a 2 and 1 defeat at the hands of he Hermitage No. 1. Michael O'Kelly was up next against Greg Bowden only to lose by 2holes. Dermot Morris played Sean O'Flaherty in he 3 rd match which ended all-square. Michael Kemmy (nephew of the late Jim Kemmy, Labour T. D. for Limerick for many years) had a bad day on the links against Greg Massy, Greg Vaughan in the bottom match had a 2 and 1 win over Alan Dowling. The match ended in disappointment for the Limerick squad but as their captain said in his speech "We will be back" and I have no doubt they will.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Championship of the Irish Club Youths Championship in 2005. The All-Ireland deciders were played at Kilkeel Golf Club, in this three man team event where they compete off scratch with two cards to count.
They were second to The Island Golf Club in the decider with a score of 304. Vini O'Dowd returned rounds of 76 and 75, Sean Poucher short rounds of 82 and 73 while Patrick Sheehy returned rounds of 80 and 78.
Patrick Sheehy was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.
Pat Murray the General/Manager of Limerick Golf Club was selected on the Munster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004.
Cian McNamara won The South of Ireland Open Championship at Lahinch Golf Club on 28th July 2004 when he beat Greg Bowden on the 21st Hole. This makes Cian the youngest player to win the Championship, Mark Campbell having won it at 19-years of age in 1999 was the previous youngest winner. Cian received his first Senior Cap for Ireland on 8th September 2004 when selected to play in the Home Internationals at Prestwick Golf Club.
Catherine Tucker was selected on the Munster Girl's Interprovincial's, she won the Connacht Senior Championship and was selected on the Munster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.
Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Lahinch in 2002, when they beat Douglas on the 19th, when Karl Bornemann kept his nerve to par the 385 yard Index 6 to clinch the match. The team was Greg Vaughan, Tim Rice, Martin Poucher, Dermot Gallagher, Michael O'Kelly, Dermot Morris and young Cian McNamara, who had six birdies in his match. They were captained by Tim's father Billy. They were drawn against the Leinster Champions Portmarnock in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Galway Golf Club on the September 6th. They had a very convincing win over the Portmarnock team by 3-one-half matches to 1-one-half. They were drawn against the Bulmers Barton Shield winners Clandeboye on the Saturday when they had another fine win by 4 matches to 1 match. I was delighted the hear Jack Lynch's (President of the GUI) speech, when he presented the cup to his home club after a laps of twenty years. The team on the day was young Cian McNamara (is he the youngest golfer to win a Senior Cup medal?) against Andy McCormick, Cian playing off +1 at 16-years of age won the top match by 1-hole. Tim Rice halved his last match against C. Moriarty as an Amateur Golfer having served his Country and Club with distinction for many years at Boy's, Youth's and Senior Level. Michael O'Kelly halved his match with C. Murphy, Mick Kemmy (nephew of the late grate Jim Kemmy Labour T. D.) had a 4 and 3 victory over T. Spence and Greg Vaughan had an even more convincing win over J. Caldwell by 6 and 5 in the bottom match.
Ger Vaughan won the Bank of Ireland Mid-Amateur Open Championship on his home course on 12th July 2003 when he returned rounds of 74, 69 and 71 to beat K. Bornemann of Douglas Golf Club by the narrowest of margins.
Cian McNamara won the Munster Boys Open Championship at Tipperary Golf Club having shot rounds of 73,72, 73 and 68 for a total of 286 to win by 2-shots from C. McAleavey of Banbridge Golf Club on 18th August 2003.
At the tender age of 16-year old Cian McNamara had a wonderful year in 2002, when he won the Junior British Open Championship at Royal Mussleburgh, ten days later he helped Ireland into fourth place in the European Young Masters. It was then on to Blairgowrie in Scotland to represent Ireland in the Boy's Home International in early August 2002. Cian then captured the Irish Boys Amateur Championship at Thurles Golf Club on August 23rd. Cian was selected on the Irish Team for the European Young Masters, at Augsburg, Germany in July 2002, where they finished fourth to Spain, France and England. Cian was needless to say on the Munster Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort from August 28-30.
Tim Rice played in the 101st. All India Amateur Championship and Nations Cup match at Royal Calcutta Golf Club on February 10th to the 17th 2002. Tim Rice was selected on the six-man Irish team for the Lytham Trophy on the 6th-7th May. He was selected on the European Team Championship at Ljunghusens G.C., Sweden from 3rd to the 7th July 2001. Tim was again selected on the Irish team for the European Strokeplay championship in Denmark from the 22nd to the 25th of August 2001. Tim was selected to represent Ireland in the Governor Hugh Carey Cup at Portmarnock Golf Club on the 8th-9th May 2001.
The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the ILGU Southern District Junior Cup in 2003, when the team was, Ailish Dilger, Ann Bradshaw and Breda Moloney.
They won the ILGU Minor League in 2003, when the team was, Caroline Larkin, Ailish Noone, Cliodhna Mulcahy, Ann Breen, Anne Murphy, Lena Sexton and Nuala Gaffney, they were captained by Nuala Kilroy.
Sheila Galvin was selected on the Munster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002 She played at The Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001
Lady Captain Judi Lyons and her Captain's Prize winner Mona O'Rourke qualified for the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Classic Nation Final at Druid's Glen on the 1st October 2001.
Mary Lee qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 35 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & Country Club for the Final on 13th September. She was joined by club-mate A. O'Mahony who returned 34 points and won the front-nine on the day.
J. Quane was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.
Prior to 2001:
Limerick Golf Club won the European Club Championship (KAS Trophy) at Santa Ponsa, Majorca in 1980, when the team was, Ivan Morris, Jack Harrington, Vincent Nevin and Pat Cotter was non-playing captain.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Tramore Golf Club in 1976, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Billy Rice, Pat Walsh, Ivan Morris and Jack Lynch.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup again at Lahinch Golf Club in 1980, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, Michael Galvin, Jack Lynch Michael Roberts, Pat Walsh, Billy Rice and they were captained by J. A. Jolmes.
Then in 1982 they won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup for the 3rd time at Co. Sligo Golf Club with James Carew, Billy Rice, Juan Fitzgerald, Raymond Egan, Jack Lynch, Michael Galvin and Vincent Nevin, they were captained by Joseph O'Donovan.
They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Tramore Golf Club in 1967, when the team was Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, J. G. Geary, Billy Rice and P. J. McPolan.
They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield for the 2nd time in 1976, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, Michael Galvin, Jack Lynch Michael Roberts, Pat Walsh, Billy Rice and they were captained by J. A. Jolmes.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1975 at Royal Portrush, when the team was Gerry Casey, Michael Roberts, John Gleeson, Tim Duggan, Ray Smith and James Carew, they were managed by Noel McDonogh and captained by Eddie Tuite,
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1977, when the team was Gerry Casey, Vincent Barrett, Noel McDonogh, Ray Smith, Michael Roberts James Carew and Eddie Tuite, they were captained by Pat Cotter.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1979, at Royal Portrush, when the team was James Carew, Gerry Casey, J. Fitzgerald, J. Hurley, Michael Roberts, John Gleeson and Eddie Tuite, they were captained by Jack Lynch.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1988, at Cork Golf Club when the team was Michael Kemmy, Ray Egan, Brian Morris, Paddy Power, Richie Cummins, Dermot Gallagher and James Carew, they were managed by John Gleeson and Captained by Ivan Morris
The Girls' of Limerick Golf Club won Smurfit Irish Juvenile Girls in 1990, when the team was Ashling Keane, Ailish Barry and Gillian Fitzgerald, they were captained by Nora Ward.
Lady Captain in the Millennium Patricia Fitzgibbon and her Captain's prize winner Ena Holmes, were given a sponsors invite to the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Druid's Glen on 2nd October, 2000.
The Boys' from Limerick won the Munster Section of the Fred Daly Trophy and went down to Banbridge, the winners, at Strandhill in the National Finals on 22nd August 2000. The team was Cian McNamara, Brian Clancy, Emmet Naughton, Vincent O'Dwyer and Gary Rainsford.
Tim Rice, when based in Toledo, Ohio, won the Friends First Senior Scratch Cup at Mullingar on 2nd August, 1999, with 4 sub-par rounds of 71, 70, 71 and 70 to beat Chris Whisler from the USA by 2 shots. Timmy got his first call up for the Senior International Team, in 2000 and was one of the five Irish players on the Walker Cup panel, for this year.
Any of us, who are old enough and with an interest in the wonderful game of hurling, will remember the part Eamonn Grimes played as Captain on the Limerick All-Ireland win in 1973. Eamonn, like so many of us "old hurlers" has taken to the fairways, where we can still compete and our eye hand coordination seems to stand to us. When I took up golf after hurling, I thought it was the easiest game in the world. The ball was stationary, there was nobody "coming at you" and you could take as long as you liked within reason to hit the ball. My first handicap was 10 and then I learned, it went out not in. Anyhow, enough about that. Eamonn won his President's Prize for the second successive year in 2000, playing off 12 he shot 45pts. No mean task at Limerick. I'm sure he would have given his left-arm to have won successive All-Ireland.
Gareth McKeon won the Irish Independent "Golfer of the Month for April", winning a superb, limited-edition painting by Robert Ballagh, and a Fourball at Druid's Glen.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
Pat Murray represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1995 to2010 playing 42-times won 14-matches halved seven and lost 21-matches accumulating 35-points;
Cian McNamara represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2002 to2007 playing 15-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 7-matches accumulating 15-points. Cian McNamara represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2005 playing 2-matches, won 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2000 to 2004 playing 24-times won 13-matches halved two and lost 9-matches accumulating 28-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 2005 to 2007 playing 16-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 8-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 2005 to 2007 playing 18-times won 9-matches halved one and lost 8-matches accumulating 19-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in from 2000 to 2002 playing 18-times won 12-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 25-points;
Timmy Rice represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2000 to 2001 playing 14-times won 6-matches halved three and lost 5-matches accumulating 15-points.He represented Ireland at international Youths level from1997 to 1998 playing 8-matches, won 2-matches and lost 6-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1994 to 1995 playing 13-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 15-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1997 to 2002 playing 28-times won 10-matches halved three and lost 15-matches accumulating 23-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1995 to 1996 playing 11-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 7-matches accumulating 7-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 1993 to 1994 playing 12-times won 6-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 13-points;
K. Kearney represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1987 to 1988 playing 10-matches, won 5-matcheshalved three and lost 2-matches accumulating 13-points;
Pat Collier represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1994 playing 54-times won 3-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 6-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1999 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1997 playing 6-times won 1-match and lost 5-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1993 playing 6-times won 1-match and lost 5-matches accumulating 2-points;
P. Sheehy represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2005 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 2007 playing 3-times won 0-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 0-points;
J. G. Fitzgerald represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1983 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1981 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;
J. V. Lynch represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1972 playing 4-times won 1-match halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3-points;
M. G. Morris represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1969 to 1983 playing 44-times won 21-matches halved four and lost 19-matches accumulating 46-points;
Pat Murray represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1994 to 2009 playing 69-times won 29-matches halved eight and lost 32-matches accumulating 66-points;
E. O’Brien represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1956 to 1957 playing 12-times won 8-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 17-points;
M. O’Kelly represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1999 to 2006 playing 16-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 8-matches accumulating 13-points;
Billy Rice represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1967 to 1982 playing 29-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 17-matches accumulating 22-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1964 to 1965 playing 4-times;
G. Vaughan represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1998 playing 3-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 5-points;
P. Walsh represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1961 playing 4-times won 1-match halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3-points;
D. Morris represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1974 playing 1-time won 1-match and lost 0-matches accumulating 2-points;
M. G. Morris* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1965 to 1969 playing 8-times;
Martin Poucher represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 2000 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 1997 to 1998 playing 11-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 15-points;
Colin McNamara represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2004 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;
Emmet Naughton represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2003 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;
Vincent O’Dowd represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2001 playing 5-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 7-points;
C. Tucker was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000;
Ailish Barry was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Saint Nom La Breteche, France in 1992;
Orla Barry was a reserve for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, and played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Gog Magog Golf Club in 1994 in 1996 she was selected on the Ladies Senior Munster team, which played in the Interprovincial Championship at Portstewart G.C., from the 9th to 11th August, 2000;
Olivia Chawke played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Formby Ladies Golf Club in 1996;
Sheila Galvin was a reserve for the Irish Girls' Home Internationals in 1996, 1997 and played at Mullingar Golf Club in 1998;
History of Limerick
Instituted 1891 affiliated 1909
The GUI Yearbook 1967 credits the Murray family for introducing the game to the city. The Murray's had moved from Scotland to Castleconnell in 1888. The three sons were friendly with the Phelps family who were members of Limerick County Club. The Blackwatch Regiment and Sir Alexander Shaw were the other main guiding spirits behind its foundation.
A public meeting was called on 12th December, 1891, at the Library of the Old Athenaeum. At the meeting, Alexander Shaw, later Vice President of the GUI, was elected Captain, with seven others on the committee.
The initial location was the racecourse near Ballinacurra House, off the Patrickswell Road. The racecourse proved unsuitable during the summer months as the grass was too heavy. The adventuress golfers of the club travelled as far as Kilkee to play their golf in the summer and later to Lahinch, nearer, but yet some 36 miles from the city, a considerable distance in those days. The Limerick Club is credited with founding both of these clubs.
The course at Ballyclough was bought from Mrs. Crawford in March, 1919, having moved there in 1908. It was their eight location since its foundation. After the racecourse, they moved to a site near the Tennis Club, but had to move on as the tennis players complained about its courts being hacked up.
Mr. Fred Ballingal, Lord Dunraven’s agent at Adare, laid out the new eighteen-hole course, which was officially opened on 11th June, 1925.
Limerick was the home of the J. P. McManus Classic, which saw the worlds top golfers grace the course every two years. In 2000, The Tiger set a new course record of 64, on his first visit to Limerick.
Roll of Honour
|Mary Bermingham||1989||Ladies Captain|
|Senan O'Connor||1989||Men's Captain|
|Noreen Reeves||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Austin Reid||1990||Men's Captain|
|Peg Walsh||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Terry Clancy||1991||Men's Captain|
|Phylis Mehl||1992||Ladies Captain|
|John Tucker||1992||Men's Captain|
|Geri MacAree||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Curtin||1993||Men's Captain|
|Anne Walsh||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Ger O'Donoghue||1994||Men's Captain|
|Cora De Freitas||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Cyril Burkley||1995||Men's Captain|
|Maureen McMahon||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Jim O'Shaughnessy||1996||Men's Captain|
|Phil Collier||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Quane||1997||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Dalton||1998||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Connor||1998||Men's Captain|
|Betty Patterson||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Madden||1999||Men's Captain|
|Dr. John Leahy||1999||President|
|Patricia Fitzgibbon||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Robin Bowe||2000||Men's Captain|
|Judi Lyons||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Leonard||2001||Men's Captain|
|Vivenne Gabbett||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Galvin||2002||Men's Captain|
|Betty Roach||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Billy Rice||2003||Men's Captain|
|Paula Comber||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Jack Lynch||2004||Men's Captain|
|Lena Sexton||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Juan Fitzgerald||2005||Men's Captain|
|Carmel Kirby||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Seamus O'Sullivan||2006||Men's Captain|
|Geri O'Shea||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan V. Smyth||2007||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Kirby||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Leyden||2008||Men's Captain|
|Anne Malone||2009||Ladies Captain|
|John Donovan||2009||Men's Captain|
|Christine Conway||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Tommy Dalton||2010||Men's Captain|
|Jane O’Donnell||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Damian Gleeson||2011||Men's Captain|
|Anne O'Leary||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Peter English||2012||Men's Captain|
|Ray O’Halloran||2013||Men's Captain|
|Rachel Reilly||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Ger Gallagher||2014||Men's Captain|
|Mary Lee||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Leahy||2015||Men's Captain|
|Marie Moran||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Frank O'Mahony||2016||Men's Captain|
|Noel Sexton||2017||Men's Captain|
|Dierdre O’Malley||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Ger Browne||2018||Men's Captain|
|Audrey Fitzgerald||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Brien Morris||2019||Men's Captain|
|Ciara Magill||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Tara Whelan||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Grainne D’Alton||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Owen O'Brien (0)
||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Michael O'Kelly||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Martin Pouncher||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Michael Reddan||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Limerick
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Michael Wallace||14 March 1997||8th||9-Iron||131 yd's|
|Jim Quane||28 April 1997||14th||5-Iron||153 yd's|
|Tom Forde||9 July 1997||5th||6-Iron||173 yd's|
|Jamie Brown||30 July 1997||5th||5-Iron||173 yd's|
|M. Wallace||13 March 1999||8th||131 yd's|
|Des McNamara||30 March 1999||14th||4-Iron||153 yd's|
|Anne Walsh||03 September 2002||14th||119 yd's|
|Deirdre Harbison||11 October 2005||8th||7-Iron||98 m|
||21 April 2009||16th||9-Wood||115 yd's|