22 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Soon the verdant greens and lush fairways of Concra Wood will be the setting for the 2016 Northern Standard Under 18 Boys Golf Championship. The increasingly prestigious competition which pits the luminous skills of the major minor players from South Ulster against one another has cemented a place for itself in the golfing calendar and this year’s fare is expected to attract a record entry when the runners and riders line up on July 19th next at the resplendent Concra.

The brainchild of a think-tank from Rossmore Golf Club, the Northern Standard sponsored event was first hatched in 2012. Fittingly, a top gun from host club Rossmore, Ryan O’Doherty, captured the inaugural prize.

O’Doherty was the first of a stream of talented winners who have followed in his wake; one of whose number is Mannan Castle gunslinger Ronan O’Callaghan, winner of the U18 title in 2014.

O’Callaghan has since used the Boys’ Championship triumph has a stepping stone to construct an even rosier career at Youths and among his stablemates at Mannan Castle.

Last year, for instance, he was the awarded the title of Golfer of the Year and he has managed to lever his handicap down from three to one.

In last year’s Captain’s Prize at Mannan Castle, he shot a three under par (gross) and in the club’s President’s Prize competition, he recorded two under par. Some going.

Ronan is eyeing up a professional career in golf. He recognises that he has a lot of improving to do but he has the belief and the confidence to continue to progress.

Pointedly, he fingers the winning of the Northern Standard U18 Boys Championship title as pivotal to giving him the mental tools to stay focussed on forging a pro. Career:

“I would advise any golfers under 18 to enter the Northern Standard competition because I found it definitely worthwhile,” Ronan says.

“If they enter it and put in a good few rounds, it’ll give them a great confidence boost and if they can go the whole way and capture that winning feeling, it …..


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