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Laois International Golf Challenge 2014

The 10th Laois International Golf Challenge took place from Monday 19th May to Thursday May 22nd. This Golf Challenge has grown over the years and still attracts visitors from oversees and across Ireland to take part every year. This year the challenge was held in Portarlington, The Heath & Portlaoise Golf Clubs and the final took place in the Heritage Golf Club in Killenard. With great weather throughout the four days those participating really enjoyed the golf each day and all the courses involved were highly commended by all the golfers for the great condition that each course was in.

At the Awards Ceremony held in the Heritage Golf Club on Thursday May the 22nd, Leas Caithaoirleach of Laois County Council Cllr Paul Mitchell welcomed everyone to the awards and said he was delighted to see so many people returning every year to participate in the Laois Challenge, he complemented all the winners and all the clubs across the county that get involved every year. He acknowledged the support of Laois County Council and Laois Tourism and the Laois International Golf Challege Committee.

Director of Services for Laois County Council Mr. Kieran Kehoe, complemented all involved especially the Golf Challenge Committee and its Chairman Tom Treacy. He said that this Golf Challenge was now one of the highlights of the many events and festivals that happen every year in Laois. He too also acknowledged the support giving to the event by the Golf Clubs around the County.

Captain of the Heritage Golf Club Gerry Campion welcomed everyone and said he was delighted to see another great turnout this year at the Golf Challenge. He said Laois had a lot to offer visitors and that all the Golf Courses in Laois were of a very high standard and a joy to play on.
Golf Committee members Louis Brennan thanked all those who turned up again this year and the clubs, he thanked Ballybrittas Motor, and Musgraves for their support and also welcomed the new visitors from England, who participated for the 1st time in the Challenge.
MC on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy who announced all the winners over the four-day event. The results are as follows,



Monday, 19 May 2014 – Portarlington

3rd Place Philip Ubber/Jonathon King (42 Points)
Hython & Prescot Golf Club – Liverpool

2nd Place John Galvin/David Galvin (42 Points)
Dooks Golf Club – Co Kerry

1st Place Michael Buggie/Pascal Dunphy (44 Points)
Mountrath Golf Club – Co Laois

Nearest to Pin (Male) Eddie Maxwell (City of Derry)
Nearest to Pin (Female) Anne Sweeney (Ballybofey Golf Club)
Longest Drive (Female) Deirdre Galvin (Portlaoise Golf Club)
Longest Drive (Male) Michael Morton (Cladwall Golf Club – Liverpool)

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 – The Heath Golf Club

3rd Place Niall Maher/Michael Brennan (42 Points)
Mountrath Golf Club – Co Laois

2nd Place Eamonn Maxwell/Edward Maxwell (42 Points)
City of Derry

1st Place Emlyln O Reilly/Dermot Carolyn (44 Points)
The Heath Golf Club – Co Laois

Nearest to Pin (Male) Ronnie Reilly
Nearest to Pin (Female) Ann Clancy
Longest Drive (Female) Susan Delaney – Portlaoise
Longest Drive (Male) Andrew Lambe

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 – Portlaoise Golf Club

3rd Place Tony King/Pat McNespy (38 Points)
Hayton & Prescot Golf Club - Liverpool

2nd Place Kieran Rigney/Adrian O Reilly (38 Points)
Heritage Golf Club Esker Hills

1st Place Chris Murphy/Jim Fitzpatrick (39 Points)

Nearest to Pin (Male) Phil Ubber
Nearest to Pin (Female) Eileen O Reilly
Longest Drive (Female) Margaret Hynes
Longest Drive (Male) Kieran Rigney


Thursday, 22 May 2014 – The Heritage Golf Club

3rd Place Denis Porter/George Turner (44 Points)
Strabane Golf Club

2nd Place Michael Buggie/Pascal Dunphy (44 Points – 22 Back 9)

1st Place Niall Maher/Michael Brennan (45 Points)


Thursday, 22 May 2014 – The Heritage Golf Club

3rd Place Mark Enser/Michael Insil (35 Points)

2nd Place John Reid/Ambrose Larkin (35 Points – 19 Back 9)

1st Place David Power/Ollie Lambe (36 Points)
The Heath

Best Female Overall Emlyn Cromley/Michelle Fanning (92 Points)

Best Overseas Meurig Evans/Martin Tales

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