I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be your Captain for 2019. I completely understand how important the role is for Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and I will carry out the role to the best of my ability. Every time I walk past the Captains board by the stairs on the way in I have to pinch myself to see my name up there with all those that have been honoured to wear the jacket I am now wearing.
I would like to sincerely thank Derry McCarthy who asked me to be his Vice-Captain this year. Derry has been a fantastic Captain over the last 12 months and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the members in his role. I know he was very proud to be captain during the 125th anniversary year of our club.
Derry has achieved a lot as Captain – 2 shot reduction in his handicap, a first for many captains over the years and it’s something he reminds us pretty regularly – it usually goes the other way, of course that Hole In One in Southerndown Golf Club in Wales in August when we travelled over, I’m sure it’s something you will remember for years to come. Thanks for everything Derry. Thanks to Boys Captain Kieran O’Connor and Girls Captain Mairead Martin who were great ambassadors for the juniors in 2018. Well done on your year.
The European Tour Team Championship was held at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in 1975. Thousands of spectators watched the competition under fabulous sunshine as the Scottish team ran out as eventual winners.
The Irish Open was held on Killeen in 1991 with a clinical Nick Faldo emerging as winner over Colin Montgomerie with David Feherty setting a course record of 65 on the closing day.
The Irish Open was once again held on Killeen in 1992 where we seen massive attendances witness a dramatic finale with Nick Faldo emerging as winner in a heart stopping play-off with the relatively unknown South African, Wayne Westner.
The Curtis Cup was play on the Killeen course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in 1996 with the ladies of Great Britain and Ireland beating the USA team in a famous victory.
The Lackabane course hosted the Irish Ladies Open Championship in 2002, which was won by Iben Tinning from Denmark in 2002 and by Sophie Gustafson from Sweden in 2003.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club was the proud host to the Ryder Cup Challenge Tour Event in 2005, which was won by Mark Warren or Scotland and then again in 2006, which was won by John Wade of Australia.
The Irish Open returned to Killarney Golf & Fishing Club again in 2010 where England’s Ross Fisher claimed a famous victory.
The Irish Open was again held at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in 2011 where Simon Dyson came out on top to claimed victory.