12 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The inaugural Farney Challenge last weekend proved to be a golfer’s dream tournament even if the weather wasn’t always kind over the three days of competition. Rossmore, Mannan Castle and Concra Wood take a bow! by KEVIN CARNEY

In a week that saw summer beat a path back to our doorsteps, the Farney Challenge shone like a beacon. For once, the race to lift the Anglo Celt Cup next month took a back seat as upwards on 120 golfers sought to get their hands on arguably the most glittering prize this parish has come up with on the golfing scene.
Devised by a think-tank from Rossmore Golf Club aided and abetted by the good burghers of Concra Wood and Mannan Castle Golf Clubs, the Farney Challenge did exactly what it says on the tin.
A raft of aspiring golfers took to the fairways at the aforementioned three courses on Thursday last, June 4th (Concra Wood), June 5th (Mannan Castle) and June 6th (Rossmore) to battle it out for prize money totalling 3,000 euro in challenging weather conditions.
One of the event organisers – current Rossmore Captain – Donal Guckian was pleased as punch about how the three-day event panned out:
“To be honest, I wasn’t really surprised by the response that we got this year because they’re three great courses and the prize money was quite substantial too.
“It turned out to be a wonderful competition. It was great to hear such positive feedback and everyone we spoke to were looking forward to playing in it again next year.
“In all respects, it exceeded expectations and we were more than happy with the number of participants given the fact that the event is a first-timer.
“We had entries from as far away as Belfast, Dublin, Down, Meath as well as Armagh, Louth and Fermanagh which was brilliant.
“Bringing so many golfers over the three days to county Monaghan is great for golf locally but also for the tourism industry.
“It was great to see so many amateur golfers, locals and otherwise, getting out on the courses and playing their heart out.
“Hopefully the event will go from strength to strength. I’ve no doubt in my mind that it’ll grow legs and get bigger and bigger every year.
“The players were delighted with the condition of the courses and even though the weather was a bit inclement on the last day and, overall, there were some quite testing …

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