Athenry Golf Club – Easter 1998

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Since its relocation to Palmerstown in 1977/78, Athenry Golf Club has undergone many developments. In the early 1990s the club expanded dramatically both in membership size and more strikingly in development to clubhouse and course. While the developments to both have been widely applauded by visitors to the club, for the members the most poignant feature of all that the new structure still holds at its core, the original 9-hole parkland course, situated in the backdrop of the forest, and the bungalow shaped clubhouse that the members of the l970s and 80s worked so hard to create.

The retention of these features has ensured that while Athenry Golf Club is spiralling forward with a constant eye on potential future developments, its past and those who created it will never be forgotten.

In 1991 the official opening of the new 18 hole course took place, however further improvements have being made to the course, the construction of a new 14th green and with the purchase of a further 11 acres of forest, the extension of the 16th hole, the construction of the new 17th and the extension of the 18th has given the club, 3 of the best finishing holes, which any club would be envious of. At the present time the 5th, 8th and 18th greens are being redesigned and with the planting of a further one thousand trees the course is now becoming a test for golfers of all handicaps.

The club was honoured in 1995 by the Connacht Branch of the G.U.l. by the holding of the Connacht Finals, and many tributes were paid to the members and committee in their preparation for the finals, the magnificent condition of the course, taking into consideration the drought conditions of that year and also the catering both within the club and the extra facilities provided in the car park.

The club were further honoured in the following years by the staging of the Connacht Seniors and Veteran’s Open Tournaments and also by the staging of the Golf Foundation Schools Tournament, which was won by Presentation College with a team comprised of Junior Members of the club.

Competitively, the club compete in all Inter Club competitions both Ladies and Gents. In recent years the Ladies have won the Lina Black Tournament and were narrowly beaten in the final of the Connacht Senior Ladies Club Championship. The Men have been victorious in the Cecil Ewing Shield and Jack O’Sullivan Trophy and were most unfortunate to lose in the final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1996. The Junior members won the Kenny Trophy in 1994.

A major breakthrough was made last year when the club reached the semi – finals of the Senior Cup only to be defeated by the eventual winners and All Ireland Champions Co. Sligo.

The membership of the club has increased dramatically over the past number of years and is now closed having a total of seven hundred ordinary members, five hundred Men and two hundred

Ladies. There is also one hundred and fifty Juniors and seventy five Student members. The standard of our Junior golfers continue to improve and the structures and practices being put in place by the Junior committee will assist in developing them as competitive golfers and augurs well for the future of golf in Athenry.

The club is administered by a three tier structure, the Management Committee, who have overall responsibility for the running of the club, its Secretary being Eileen Burke, and Treasurer Seamus Mulkerrins, the Men’s Committee has responsibility for the Men’s competitions and the Ladies Committee has responsibility for the Ladies competitions. Joint Presidents for the year 1998 are Leo Gardner and Mary Cresham and the Captains are Padraig Flattery and Carmel Burkitt. The chairperson of the club is Noel lvers who was last year’s Captain.

Founded in 1902 and having been located at Rockfield, Raheen and Moonbaun before coming to Palmerstown, the club is eagerly looking forward to celebrating its Centenary in the year 2002 when l’m sure many a story will be related about the difficulties and achievements experienced by members over those one hundred years.

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Written by Eoin Hosty P.R.O.

Published here 22 Mar 2023 and originally published Easter 1998

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