Our Annual Kildare Boys Scratch Cup will be held this year on Monday 13th July and once again will be kindly sponsored by O'Connor Family. The competition will be played over 36 holes and all entrants must be under 19 years of age on 1st January 2015. Entries must be received before 6th July and to view rules and download entry forms click HERE. The draw will appear on our website from Thursday 9th July.
Jack Hume, playing in his 1st Irish Open, showed his class at Royal County Down shooting rounds of 75 and 73 for +6, missing the cut by the narrowest of margins. The golf course played tough, a par 71 measuring 7,186 yards, with gusty cross-winds and the occasional squally shower thrown in. The Irish Open gave the amateurs the opportunity to measure their game against the top professionals, and Jack came so close to making the final 2 rounds. Teeing off on the 548 yard 18th, he knew a birdie would likely see him make the cut. A solid drive and a perfect lay-up left a wedge for his 3rd shot. In the air it looked stone dead, only to hit the flag a foot up, kick 15 yards right and off the green, taking the birdie chance away from him. It was a cruel break!
However, Jack can be very proud of his 1st Open. His +6 saw him finish in the top 70, level with US Open Champion Martin Kaymer, ahead of the other 3 amateurs in the field, with many big names behind him, including Rory McIlroy (+9), the tournament host.
Though tickets for the Irish Open were sold out early, it was great to see over 25 Naas Golf Club members in Jack’s gallery. A special mention to Gavin Lunny, who was a super mentor and caddie to Jack this week. Next up for Jack is the St Andrews Links Trophy on June 5th followed by the British Amateur at Carnoustie on June 15th.