UDGS (Ulster Deaf Golf Society) Par 3 Competition, Temple Course at Blackwood Golf Centre, Bangor
On Sunday 14th June 2015, a group of deaf golfers played on a challenging parkland Par 3 golf course. The group took advantage of the good weather on the day which made the course conditions more enjoyable to play on. There were good scores from several individuals however there could be one winner!
Damien Moore from Lurgan won the Par 3 competition.
UDGS (Ulster Deaf Golf Society) v IDGU (Irish Deaf Golf Union) 1st Shield Competition at Banbridge Golf Club, Banbridge – Sunday 5th July 2015
History took place for the first time when a Ulster Deaf golf team took on a ‘Rest of Ireland’ Deaf golf team for the very first time. Each team consisted of thirteen players and to be part of the winning team, each team had to combine the lowest net scores from six players out of a possible thirteen players. The completion was played on a stroke-play format.
The golf course was in excellent condition however the greens were slow due to moist and the unpredictable weather. The weather during the course of play was a nuisance with the players having to play in the heavy rain at times while at other times, the sun came out, making the conditions humid.
The Ulster team was bolstered with the recruitment of an international player, Gregory McCaughey who has represented Ireland in Deaf World Golf competitions. Experienced and low handicapped players, Damien Moore and Nigel Dallas were part of the Ulster team who were determined to show Ulster are a force to be reckon with.
On other side, the Irish Deaf Golf Union had a strong international presence with several Ireland golfers in their team and on the day, they proved to be too strong for the Ulster team. The Irish Deaf Golf Union scored a combined net score of 416 while Ulster scored a combined net score of 452.
The competition was a great experience for the Ulster players especially for the high handicapped players who will be hoping their golf game can improve with professional coaching in the year ahead.
The Ulster Deaf Golf Society would like to thank Bernard O’Reilly, President of the Irish Deaf Golf Union for approaching Eamon McCaffrey, Chairman of Ulster Deaf Golf Society, proposing the idea of this new competition.
The competition will be played again next year but in the Republic of Ireland.
Congratulations to the Irish Deaf Golf Union on successfully winning the competition and also to Gregory McCaughey for winning the ‘nearest to the pin’ trophy.