Tipperary school students secure golf scholarships

Winners of the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort 2013 Junior Golf Scholarship award: Jack Ryan (Doon CBS) with his proud father Mike and Lucy McCormack (St. Michael's N.S. Tipperary Town) with proud mum Joanne and Marion O�"Riordan, Golf Professional (centre.
There was great excitement at the winners’ presentation of the 2013 / 2014 Junior Golf Scholarship at Ballykisteen Hotel recently. In conjunction with the Ballykisteen Junior Golf Club, the hotel sought applications from boys and girls junior golf enthusiasts from over thirty local primary schools between the ages of 7-13 years. This cumulated in the final winner’s presentation of the scholarships at a ceremony in Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort.

There was great excitement at the winners’ presentation of the 2013 / 2014 Junior Golf Scholarship at Ballykisteen Hotel recently. In conjunction with the Ballykisteen Junior Golf Club, the hotel sought applications from boys and girls junior golf enthusiasts from over thirty local primary schools between the ages of 7-13 years. This cumulated in the final winner’s presentation of the scholarships at a ceremony in Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort.

Lucy McCormack from St. Michael’s N.S. Tipperary Town and Jack Ryan from Doon C.B.S were the lucky winners of the scholarship that includes a year’s golf membership at the Ballykisteen Golf Club, plus two full coaching programmes by PGA professional Marian Riordan.

“Ballykisteen has a very vibrant junior golf scene but we wanted to give something back to the community by offering this golf scholarship programme,” said Marion. “The scholarship also creates a link between us and all the national schools that surround the hotel. The finalists didn’t have to have a connection to golf or a family member who already plays and it was a challenge to whittle down all the entries to ten boys and ten girls.”

The young applicants had to write a short essay on the subject, ‘Why you would like to play Golf at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort’ and from the hundreds of who applied, a short list of ten girls and ten boys was made before the judges had a tough job deciding on the two winners.

“It was a difficult task but what stood out for us was the mention of sportsmanship in the essays and also for those looking for the opportunity to play golf for the first time,” said Marion.

Lucy McCormack from St. Michael’s N.S. Tipperary Town was delighted to have won the girls scholarship. “It feels fantastic to win. I played a little snag golf before with Marion but I’m looking forward to playing more now.” Proud mum Joanne was with Lucy to accept the award.

Jack Ryan from Doon C.B.S. won the boy’s scholarship and his father Mike was with him to receive the award. “We’re very proud of Jack. I don’t play golf but his mother plays a little bit and I’d say that influenced Jack’s wish to be put forward for the scholarship.”

Neasa Fahy-O’Donnell (Lady’s Captain at Ballykisteen) said the Ladies golf club was delighted to be able to be involved in this scholarship programme. “These children are the golfers of the future and raising the profile of golf locally is important for the club. Marion, our golf professional, has been synonymous with this golf club since her arrival 18 months ago and with Keira O’Keefe’s efforts we have a great turnout today.”

Congratulations to all the children who reached the top twenty finalist positions.

For further information on further Junior Golf Academy’s please contact the Pro-Shop on 062-32117 or golf@ballykisteenhotel.com