Breda White, Tipperary town’s Pitch & Putt champion ranked 4th in Ireland with county, Munster and Irish titles behind her, was bestowed the honour of a mayoral reception in Tipperary Town .
“ She has excelled for more than forty years and is still winning tournaments all over the country; in my opinion she is a most deserving recipient for this honour. She is an inspiration to all of the young people who are encouraged to follow in her footsteps,” said Mayor Anna Tuohy-Halligan.
Breda was born in Davitt Street sixth youngest of 15 children to Molly and John White. “I found my first golf club, a putter with a leather grip and a timber shaft, in my aunts house, Mary Nash (Ni Mac), when I was cutting her grass with a clippers for six-pence at the age of 11. I played day in and day out for a week but to my horror the head of the putter flew off. I went home devastated but there was no money to buy new clubs so Joan Ryan (nee Mac) who kindly lent clubs to all club juveniles helped me out. I would like to commend her for that support and generosity because without her I and others would not have achieved their goals.”
Breda won her first championship, the Munster Juvenile Stroke Play in St. Lukes, Clonmel in 1972 when she was twelve. “I felt on top of the world and my father took the juveniles down to Cranley’s pub and filled the cup with Miwadi orange. To my dismay the Miwadi came out the other end of the cup but the Perri crisps and the chocolate bar made amends for everything,” said Breda.
Sean Keane, present President of Tipperary Hills Pitch and Putt was a great inspiration to Breda throughout her years of playing. “Sean and Nellie Keane drove me to Navan, when I was just 16 years for my first All Ireland Senior Match Play championship. I’d like to especially thank Sean and wish him get well wishes at this time.”