Junior golf at Castle Dargan Golf Club has gone from strength to strength and under the watchful eye of Paul Little, the club’s Junior Convenor, the younger members of Castle Dargan can take advantage of the excellent facilities and numerous activities in a safe and structured environment.
Paul has been a member of Castle Dargan since the club’s formation and has been involved with junior golf from the outset. A keen club golfer Paul plays off a handicap of 6 and is a fully qualified volunteer coach, licenced and insured by the Professional Golfers Association, to this end Paul has undergone full Garda vetting and extensive child protection training. Castle Dargan Golf Club has adopted The Code of Ethics for Golf for Young People as recommended by Junior Golf Ireland, the Golfing Unions of Ireland and the PGA. Parents can rest assured that their children feel safe and protected within a positive sporting atmosphere whether they are playing in competition or enjoying one of the many camps and group lessons run by Xavier Medas our resident PGA Professional.
2014 was an incredibly successful year for all the Juniors here at Castle Dargan both in team events and for individual players. Patrick Callaghan followed up his win in the 2013 Connacht Close U-12 Championship in style by becoming the inaugral winner of the Irish Boys U-13 Amateur Open Championship held at Malahide GC in August. With Daragh Connolly coming in 3rd and Sean Carroll finishing 4th, the lads were the talk of the town and their exploits really put Castle Dargan to the forefront of junior golf in Ireland. Patrick went on to finish 3rd in both the Ulster Boys U-13 Open and the Connacht Boys U-14 Close, he also came close to winning the Leinster Boys U-14 Open eventually finishing 4th after finding the water on the final hole!
Not to be outdone, Sean Carroll put in a sterling performance in County Derry to win the Ulster Boys U-13 Open Championship. Sean played some great golf all season coming close on a number of occasions, finishing 4th in both the U-13 Irish Open & U-13 Munster Open, all his hard work came to fruition on 18th August at Moyola park GC to become the Ulster Champion.
Below left: Pathrick Callaghan, Irish Boys U-13 Amateur Open Champion 2014. Below right: Sean Carroll, Ulster Boys U-13 Amateur Open Champion 2014.
This years U-16 Inter Club Strokeplay Tournament is being held in Castle Dargan on Friday 26th June and with so many boys having produced great performances on the course last year, there will be stiff competition for the 5 places available on this team. Performances in club competions & GUI events as well as handicap will be taken into account when the team is picked.
This year the Kenny Cup North Zone Qualifiers are scheduled to be held on Friday 10th July at Swinford Golf Club, Co. Mayo. Castle Dargan will be trying to win this Provincial title for the 3rd year in a row, a feat only managed once before byThe Kenny Cup is an U-17 Tournament and I have entered three teams this year in order to give as many lads as possible the opportunity to represent their Club at a higher level.
This year the Connacht Close Qualifier for U-12, U-14, U-16 & U-18 will be held on Tuesday the 21st of July 2013 in Strandhill Golf Club, Co. Sligo.
Please see the 2015 Junior Year Planner in the Pro Shop or ask Paul Little for further details of relevant Championships.
*10% discount for children of full members
NB: All new members will be assessed by Xavier Médas (PGA Professional)
Junior Club Competitions
• 18 Hole Singles Stableford Every Weekend
• Monthly Medal on Last Weekend of Every Month
• Junior Matchplay Competition Through the Summer