The 2012 Connacht Rugby Golf Classic was held recently in the Galway Bay Golf Resort. Set to the stunning backdrop of clear skies and the Atlantic coast the PGA Championship par 72 course saw over 40 teams mix with members of the Connacht Rugby squad to compete for some fantastic prizes.
The impressive winning score of 93 was carded by Joe Browne’s team which included Jim Byrne, Tom Durkan and Brian Fahy. They claimed the first prize, a Connacht Rugby season ticket each while second place went to the Eanna Ryan led Heineken Team, Gearoid Smith and Andrew O’Sullivan helping the team card 91 points and walk away with the prize of Aer Lingus Regional flight vouchers.
Mick Byrne’s team from Castlebar came 3rd with 89 points, they won a Fat Tony’s hamper each as well as exclusive tickets to the Ireland V South Africa match in November. Mickey McLoughlin’s team came 4th winning a range of Connacht Rugby merchandise while Dave Gleeson, Brendan Forde, Ray Caulfield and Ciaran Herbert came 5th with 88 points and each won a bottle of Connemara Whiskey.
The fine weather and a stiff breeze aided and abetted some impressive results and the standard of golf was exceptionally high, a fact attested to by the range of high scores returned.
Connacht’s Mark McCrea won “nearest the pin” and Rob Monroe had the “longest drive” while Niall O’Connor and Fred McCluskey both landed a prize in the bonus round by hitting their ball into the boat on the lake on the 7th hole. They won vouchers for Hartmann’s Jewellers and restaurant vouchers for Artisan for their skills.
The event took place at Connacht Rugby’s corporate golf partner’s Galway Bay Golf Resort. Nestled just outside Galway City in Renville, Oranmore, the Christy O’Connor Jnr designed course blends the tranquility of Galway Bay with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces.