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 Advanced Professional.
Connacht won the inaugural Under 14 Interprovincial Championship in style in Athlone, beating Ulster in the deciding match by winning the first three matches. Former West of Ireland champion Joe Lyons, Connacht’s Captain, bestowed the wisdom of his years of Championship experience on his charges as they took the initiative on the first day’s place with impressive wins over Munster and Leinster. They never took their eye off the prize against a strong Ulster team, which included Slieve Russell’s Odhran Maguire, a brother of current Women’s World Amateur No.1 Leona.
They hit the ground running with victory for Sean Carroll and Eoin McGrath in the foursomes by 3/1. Due to an injury incurred on the previous day, Ulster’s Scott Millar was unable to compete and as a result his match with Darren Leufer was called a half. With the result of the first match, this mean that Connacht now only needed one more point, and that winning point was clinched by Darragh Connolly, with a 2/1 victory over Odhran Maguire. Luke O’Neill sealed Connacht’s triple crown with victory on the final green against Jack Duffy, while Ulster scored a victory through Aaron Marshall, who defeated 2014 Irish Under 13 champion Patrick Callaghan – also on the final green.
The U-16 team of Fergal Collery, Patrick Callaghan, Daragh Connolly, Seán Carroll & James Carroll brought home Castle Dargan's 3rd Connacht GUI Pennant in as many years when they won the U-16 Interclub Strokeplay Championship on Friday 26th June. Impressive rounds of 2 over & 4 over par from Seán & Daragh were followed up with an 81 from Patrick & 83 from James giving a team score (best 4 from 5) of 314 to take the Michael O'Donohue Cup by 9 shots from Galway GC who finished runners up.
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.
Castle Dargan Golf Club offer a 10% discount for any children of current full members who wish to join the club juniors. All new members will be assessed by Xavier Médas (PGA Professional). Contact the Golf Shop on 071 911 8080 or email Xavier on firstname.lastname@example.org