Year 2001 at Athenry Golf Club

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Athenry Golf Club has started the new millennium going from strength to strength with further developments and successes during the year.

New course enhancements have once again made significant strides towards making it one of the premier inland courses in the Province and, with further developments planned, it could become one the best in the Country.

On the playing front the Club has had its most successful year in its 99-year history. After last year’s success in winning the Junior Cup Provincial title and representing Connacht for the first time, the Club’s Fred Daly Junior Team followed up by winning this title, again for the first time in the Clubs history. The winning of this blue ribbon of Junior Golf competitions featuring golfers off Scratch Handicap again is testimony to the work that is being put into Junior Golf at Athenry in recent years. The team were beaten by the All Ireland Champions, Hollywood on their home turf up in Donaghadee Co. Down in the Semi-Final.

A second Connacht title was brought to Athenry this year when the Jack O’Sullivan team were victorious over Co Sligo in a two-legged Final which they comprehensively won by 7 legs to 1 legs. Having led 4 legs to l from the home leg in Athenry they travelled to Rosses Point and needing to win 2 matches to win overall, they completed the job by winning the first two matches with the other three called in.

Other teams to perform with distinction were, The Jimmy Bruen Team, who reached the Connacht Finals in Roscommon only to be beaten by the home team on the 19th hole of the deciding 5th match, the Ladies Senior Cup Team who were also defeated in the Connacht Final and the Cecil Ewing Men’s team who were defeated at the Connacht Semi-Final stage.

There were some outstanding individual performances by members of the Club during the year. Most notably Michael Mulryan in the Junior Golf section and Tom O’Connor Snr. in the Senior section.

Michael won the Connacht Boys Open Championship in Westport and followed up by winning the Irish Junior Order of Merit award and All Ireland u-16 champion at the finals in Donaghadee Golf Club. He also broke the course record in Athenry with a 3 under par 67, played on the victorious Connacht Boys team who regained the lnter-provincial Championships.

Tom O’Connor from our Senior Men’s section also brought distinction to the Club by winning the Connacht Open Veteran’s Championship title by an incredible 18 shots margin held on his home course.

The coming year sees the Club celebrating its Centenary Year having been founded in 1902.

A Club history book is being produced with its launch planned for May 11th when a weekend of celebration will take place.

From the ladies’ section Daragh McGowan represented Connacht in the Inter-Provincial Championships.

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Published here 12 Jul 2023 and originally published Christmas 2001

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