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13th Annual Castle Schools Cup

(29 May 2017)

The 13th Castle Schools Cup golf programme for primary schools drew to a close with the finale played at Castle Golf Club on 29th May 2017. The day started with a light mist before the clouds parted to allow some decent sunshine.

This initiative to encourage school children from 8 to 12 years of age to play golf was organised and promoted by Haydon Chartered Accountants in partnership with Castle Golf Club.

In 2017, 45 boys and girls primary schools took part in the programme with 38 teams taking their place on finals days.

It is estimated that over 2,000 school children were introduced to golf and provided with coaching skills during the 2016/17 programme which started in most schools last September.

From as early as 7.00 am the school children arrived at Castle with great excitement as they prepared for the day. The Finale involves each school selecting a team of four boys and girls to represent their school in a nine hole competition. The boys play singles while the girls play in scramble format.

Castle’s Captain Barry McConville and Lady Captain Andrea Fitzgerald were on hand from early morning to lend a helping hand and witness at first hand the tremendous spirit and excitement generated by the young and enthusiastic school children.

The shot gun start commenced at 8.15 am and it did not take long before the tee shots were driven and the putts rolled in – it was certainly raining birdies!

Castle’s PGA Professional, Colin Clancy delivered a fantastic golf clinic on the day which demonstrated some of the finer skills and fun elements that can be enjoyed with golf. Plenty of prizes were earned by the young new golfers. Great appreciation was expressed by all to Colin for his great work.

Golf and the clinic were followed in the traditional manner by lunch with Castle’s Captains and the prize giving ceremony was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Lady Captain Andrea Fitzgerald stated that the club was proud to be associated with this event and congratulated all the teachers, parents and the young golfers for their tremendous performance on the day.

Hilary Haydon of Haydon Chartered Accountants thanked Castle Golf Club for their partnership contribution in the overall programme and congratulated all the boys and girls school teams who participated in 2017 programme and finals day.

He also thanked Gavin Caldwell and Mark Boobbyer (Principal) and their team for all their help and assistance during 2017 as St Columba’s College greatly assisted the golf programme by allowing all schools access to their 9 hole golf course and practice facilities.

To see full gallery from the day please click here

The overall winners for 2017 were as follows:

Boys:                                   St Joseph’s Boys National School – Terenure

Girls:                                    Mount Anville Montessori National School

Best Individual:                    Sean Benton, Scoil Treasa - Firhouse

 

Mount Anville Montessori (Emma Fleming, Lucy Kavanagh, Amelia Conroy and Georgia Kelly receiving the winner’s trophy and prizes from Barry McConville (Captain), Andrea Fitzgerald (Lady Captain) and Hilary Haydon (Promoter) 

 

 

 

St Joseph’s BNS Terenure (Charlie Quinn, Eoghan McQuillan, Robert Bell and Louis Moran receiving the winner’s trophy and prizes from Barry McConville (Captain), Andrea Fitzgerald (Lady Captain) and Hilary Haydon (Promoter) 

 

 

Sean Benton (Scoil Treasa) receiving his Individual Prize.

 

 

 

 

 

Year

Boys

Girls

2005

Terenure College

Mount Anville Montessori

2006

St Colmcilles NS

St Colmcilles NS

2007

St Colmcilles NS

Alexandra College

2008

Willow Park – Blackrock

St Colmcilles NS

2009

St Michaels College

Mount Anville Montessori

2010

Terenure College

Mount Anville Montessori

2011

St Michaels College

Mount Anville Montessori

2012

Willow Park – Blackrock

Mount Anville Montessori

2013

St Mary’s College Rathmines

Mount Anville Montessori

2014

Scoil San Treasa

Mount Anville Montessori

2015

St Josephs BNS Terenure

Our Lady of Mercy - Booterstown

2016

St Patricks BNS – Hollypark

Mount Anville Montessori

2017

St Josephs BNS Terenure

Mount Anville Montessori