1 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A day when the sun split the stones, the bonhomie stole the show and Damien McGrane beat the course record.
The visionaries who established Rossmore Golf Club 100 years ago could scarcely have organised a better Centenary Pro-Am.
Last Saturday was a red letter day for Monaghan’s most ancient golf club as blue chip professionals aligned to the Professional Golfers Association from around the country joined local golfers to pay homage to their club’s founding fathers.

The professsionals went down a bomb with the 153 wannabes who made up the 51 teams who took part in the mother and father of Pro-Ams to be held at the famous course.

The event was sponsored by the Rally School of Ireland but there was nobody racing to leave the course or the 19th either such was the joyous, sporting and friendly nature of the exchanges last Saturday.

Of course, there was money to be won on the course. All told, 8,000 euro would be given out on the day.

The prizes for the amateurs amounted to the princely sum of 2,000 euro, to be divvied up between the first five teams (of four) and a novelty prize.

The entry fee per team was 300 euro for which you were guaranteed (not) to play the best golf of your life, a meal fit for a king and a goodie bag.

Last Saturday Sean Kilroy, current President of Rossmore Golf Club and chief organiser Sean Kilroy bore the smile of a king in his counting house counting all his money. He will doubtless remember last weekend’s Pro-Am for the rest of his days.
As things panned out, household name Damien McGrane sported a smile a mile wide too after he posted five-under over the 18 holes to grab the first prize of 1,000.67 euro on offer for the individual strokeplay winner.

Would his success have anything to do with the fact that he walked the course earlier on Saturday taking copious notes?
Mens’ team winners, Glen Robinson (Professional), with Cian McGonnell, Tiarnan McGonnell and James Owens were entitled to take a bow too as were the ladies team priize winners of Steven Quinlan (Professional) with Della Hunt, Finola Hunt and Kanita Crawford.

Horse racing commentator Des Scahill was on hand to make some of the presentations to the winners and impart a few tips to the also-rans.

But, truth to be told, in National Hunt parlance, it was definitely a case of winner(s)-alright, winner(s)alright at Rossmore last Saturday.


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