|Best Hidden Gem in Ulster went to Portsalon GC.|
Paddy McCarthy (Portside Publications), Johnny Shields
(Portsalon), Joe Bedford (Project Co-ordinator for Paul
McGinley Design), and Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD
The food was excellent, the company entertaining and the mood exuberant. What else would you expect when there's a room full of award winners!
At the end of the evening, Greg Allen did a Q&A with Eamonn Darcy who was in attendance as the 'guest of honour'. And here's something that is quite remarkable about Eamonn... he turned Pro at the age of 16, in 1968. But guess what his handicap was when he turned Pro. Go on, guess.*
This is a man who won four big events (as well as a host of others) and sank the putt that saw the Ryder Cup team winning for the first time ever on US soil, at Muirfield Village.
So here are the awards that were handed out last night:
|Bernard Gibbons (Powerscourt GM), Eamonn Darcy, and |
Eddie Dunne (Awards panel)
Parkland Winner: Dun Laoghaire
Links Winner: Royal County Down (4th year in a row)
|Views over the 11th green at Royal County Down|
Ulster: Belvoir Park
|Enniscrone's mesmerising 13th|
Leinster: County Louth
Ulster: Royal Portrush
Overall: Druid's GlenLeinster: Carton House
Ulster: Hilton Templepatrick
'West & North West': Rosapenna
Munster: Fota Island
|Views over the 3rd green at Macreddin|
|The team from Bearna GC - Lady Captain and Captain with |
Pat Donnelan (3 time All Ireland winner)
Best Restaurant Ulster: Percy French Inn at Slieve Donard, Co Down
Best Restaurant Munster: Rozzers Restaurant, Killeen House, Killarney
You'll find copies of the Golfers Guide to Ireland in most clubhouses around the country. Pick one up - there's plenty to keep you occupied. And for a full set of photographs of the night... click here.
* Eamonn had a handicap of 12... that's 12, not 1.2.