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Thurles claim honours at Play in Pink finals

​​With the support of the Irish Ladies Golf Union, ‘Play in Pink’ continues to go from strength to strength and has raised over €800,000 since 2012 with the monies going directly to the charity.

  • 24 October 2019

​Caption: Attending the 2019 National ‘Play in Pink Final’ for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute held at Dromoland Castle Golf Club

Dromoland Castle provided a stunning setting for this year’s National Finals of ‘Play in Pink’, the golf charity that supports the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

In 2019, 130 clubs hosted their own colourful fundraising ‘Play in Pink’ days, and the bar was set very high for the 26 teams that earned their place in the National Final. A sea of pink descended on Dromoland Castle on Sunday 22nd September and this majestic course ensured that only the very best of golf would tame it. 

Given the year that is in it, it may have been fate that the top honours would go to Tipperary, with Laura Ryan (5) and Marie Slattery (15) from Thurles Golf Club claiming first place with a terrific score of 43 points. They were followed closely by Imelda Shields (36) and Ann Callaghan (28) representing Co. Cavan Golf Club, who also posted 43 points but were pipped on tge back 6.

In the Gross category the ‘Play in Pink’ competition has attracted some of the country’s top golfers. The winners on the day representing Co. Louth Golf Club were past international Deirdre Smith (+3) and up and coming junior Emily Murray (5) who carded an impressive 36 points to claim top prize.

‘Play in Pink’ aims to play golf for fun and for good, and anyone who participated in one of the many events can testify to this. With the support of the Irish Ladies Golf Union, ‘Play in Pink’ continues to go from strength to strength and has raised over €800,000 since 2012 with the monies going directly to the charity. The main winner is the research programme at the Lambe Institute in NUI Galway - led by Professor Michael Kerin. Thanks must be given to all the Lady Captain's who hosted their local 'Play in Pink' days for th benefit of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.

Miriam Hand, National ‘Play in Pink’ co-ordinator said:
 “All of this would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and Golf Clubs nationally who help make these events more successful each year. The final day served up great golf, played in the very best of spirits. I extend my heartiest congratulations and thanks to all who competed.”