Douglas' Jack Murphy wins the Ulster U14 golf championship

Douglas' Jack Murphy wins the Ulster U14 golf championship
Jack Murphy from Douglas is the Ulster U14 Championship winner.

DOUGLAS’ Jack Murphy won his first provincial title last week when he won the Ulster Under 14 Championship. 

The 2019 Kerry Boys champion had been in action for Douglas over the weekend in the Senior Cup and he continued his good form in Monday in Donaghadee, Co Down. 

Murphy went out in a level part36, he had a birdie on the seventh but gave back the shot on the ninth hole. 

He started smartly on the 10th all with another birdie but bogied the11th to return to level par. Another bogey followed on the 17th but crucially Murphy birdied the final hole to shoot and level par 71. 

That birdie on the final hole was the difference between Murphy winning and coming second, he beat Fiona Dublin on the countback which went down to the last two holes. 

Ronan O’Keeffe (Monkstown) Paddy Quill (Cork) and John Doyle (Fota Island) all finished in the top 10. It was a busy week for Murphy, he followed Monday’s trip to Down with a top 15 finish at the Munster Boys Under 16 in Roscrea on Wednesday. 

After that it was back to County Down on for the Ulster Boys U16 on Friday. Murphy had another solid performance, shooting a 74 to finish inside the top twenty. 

Zak Collins (Muskerry) also finished with a 74 in Carnalea.

It was a busy week in Ulster and the province also hosted the Ulster Seniors in Slieve Russell. 

Karl Bornemann was one off the lead after the first round and unfortunately for the Douglas man, he finished in second place after leading for much of the second round. 

Karl was desperately unlucky not to capture his first championship. A lost ball on the 18th meant that he finished in a tie for the lead and lost out to Jim Carvill on the countback. 

Bornemann had carded five birdies on the championship course to put himself in contention. He had opened with a bogey free 69 in the first round. 

There were other notable performances from Cork golfers. Fota Island’s Sean Alley finished in 5th place, John O’Brien (Castlemartyr) was 11th while Peter Morris (Douglas) and Thomas Healy (Muskerry) were in the top twenty.

The Mullingar Scratch Cup took place last weekend and it was the first of the Bridgestone Order of Merit events on the revised GUI schedule. 

A late start due to fog on Saturday morning meant that two rounds were not possible, reducing the event to 54 holes. 

Although holder John Murphy had returned to the US there was a strong Cork presence. James Sugrue finished in a very creditable third place in his first ranking tournament of the year, an eagle three on his final hole helped him to jump a few places in the final standings. 

Kinsale’s Gary Ward recovered from a poor start in the final round and had three birdies and eagle in his final nine holes to finish in 13th place. 

He also had an impressive round of 68 on Sunday morning. Peter O’Keeffe was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut and he finished in 17th place following solid rounds of 72, 73, 72.

There was good news for golf clubs with the launch of a new grant from the R&A. 

They have committed to a £7 million funding package, €600,000 of which is to be made available to Irish clubs. 

Over the past number of months Golf Ireland has been lobbying on behalf of golf clubs with governing bodies including The R&A, Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland to examine what support packages can be put in place to assist clubs during this difficult time.

With the Covid-19 pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in domestic and international travel, many golf clubs and facilities are facing serious financial difficulties.

The fund is being provided to help national associations to support those clubs and facilities, although some of the money may be used for other activities key to the future health of the sport. 

Golf Ireland is responsible for administering a funding package of €600,000 which aims to deliver immediate funding to golf clubs meeting specific criteria, up to a maximum grant of €10,000.

One key condition of receiving the funding regards to the Women in Golf Charter. Successful clubs must become a Women in Golf Charter signatory within three months of receiving the funding and commit to achieving a number of Bronze, Silver and Gold commitments in the areas of visibility, governance, participation, culture and gender balance within a set timeframe. 

Clubs must also demonstrate a clear financial need for the grant as a result of the pandemic and it is expected that the club Management Committee has already put in place all cost saving measures and reductions where possible to address the current crisis. 

The financial support can be used in various ways, including to support clubs to become more sustainable, reduce costs and become more energy efficient. 

Applications are open until 4th September with successful clubs receiving their grants before the end of September.

Separately, the Government’s revised Restart Grant Plus Scheme means support will now be provided for enterprises that could not access the original government grant scheme. 

Rateable sports businesses’/clubs may be eligible for a minimum grant payment of €4,000 up to a maximum of €25,000. 

The Grant assists with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

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