Young golfing enthusiasts came together last week in Rathbane to put their wits against one another for the club’s Junior Grand Finale competition.
The captains prize for juniors was went to three budding young golf stars. Chris Dunford scooped first prize with 47 points. Frank Lang and Connor Linehan were awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively, both with a tally of 44 points.
The final took place following an extensive Junior programme which is aimed at improving young players’ technique and handicap.
“The programme begins in January. We play intermittently until the Mid Term break in February whereupon there is a week of lessons every day. During this week the juniors also have numerous games of golf and we continually asses them, all the time making changes to their handicap”, says Pat Hannan, Head of Rathbane Junior Golf academy.
There is normally a competition for Juniors every Tuesday during the programme, Pat adds.
Junior players from the club take part in county competitions such as the Limerick League and have also taken part in national competitions as well, including the Fred Daly tournament and the Junior Foursomes competition.
Pat explained how popular the sport is becoming with Limerick’s youth: “there are now approximately 87 junior members in the club, both boys and girls.”
“A lot of hard work has gone into the programme, Pat so I am delighted at how successful it was,” added Pat
He also said how useful golf can be for young people and how it can improve their lives: “The programme teaches the players responsibility. They are completely in charge of their own destiny. It also teaches them honesty and integrity and these qualities will be very beneficial to the players later in life.”
The event was sponsored by Rathbane Golf Club, Mack Trading and is closely affiliated with Limerick sports partnership.
With this year’s programme a success Pat hopes to see its return again next January when more young talent will show of their golfing talent.