Special Olympics golfers impress at Doneraile

​​​Doneraile Golf Club in Cork hosts 45 players from Munster Special Olympics

  • 20 May 2019

​Picture: Ireland international Peter O'Keeffe at Doneraile

Doneraile Golf Club recently hosted Munster Special Olympics with 45 players getting to test themselves, many of them for the first time.

The golfers, playing across 15 divisions, took to the Cork course on two Mondays in April. At level five, the standard was high and a number of players tried out level two (9-hole alternative shot) and level four (9-hole singles) for the first time in competition.

Last year, Ireland international Peter O'Keeffe gave of his time and expertise to coach players at Mahon GC as part of a programme run by Cork Sports Partnership. O'Keeffe, who plays out of Douglas, was on hand to present medals to the players along with Jim Doody and Marie Murphy, the club captains in Doneraile. Shaun Hennessy and Michael McSweeney from Special Olympics Munster helped to run the event.

Also on hand to present medals were Mairead Moroney and Jean Moloney from Ennis Golf Club. They were part of the successful Ireland team that competed in Abu Dhabi at the World Games, where they won silver in their division. Michael P Murphy and Karen Walsh represented the Munster Branch of the GUI at Doneraile.

Later this year in Doneraile, the organisers plan to stage a scramble and development day for athletes with the purpose of identifying athletes suitable for progression to the next level.