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Paul Conroy Wins Munster Boys



Current Full Time and former Transition Year student Paul Conroy from Enniscorthy Golf Club impressively led the Munster Boys Championship from start to finish. Paul who has been in excellent form so far this season having already won the British Schools Championship at Trevose Golf Club back at the beginning of May once again showed his potential with this win at Waterford Castle Golf Club.

Paul began the three day tournament with an excellent five under par 67. Maintaining this good form he went out on the second day to score a very solid one under par 71. Paul began the third and final day with a two shot lead ahead of the remainder of the field. After three birdies on the front nine he had extended his lead over Max Kennedy in second place to a comfortable three shots. A bogey on the 12th was then followed by a birdie. A triple bogey on the par three 16th hole still could not derail him. He then recovered with a birdie on the 17th and at that stage he was back to three clear of the field again. Paul signed for another one under par 71, finishing the tournament on an impressive 7 under par.

With two good victories already under his belt this season Paul will be looking to push ahead for the remainder of the season and continue his success. Due to his recent success Paul has now been selected for the Leinster Interprovincial Team and we wish him every success with that. Paul also has aspirations to gain a scholarship to the states in September 2019.











 

BRENDAN LAWLOR WINS AGAIN

Congratulations to former student Brendan Lawlor on another win on the EDGA Tour this time at the Czech Masters.

Brendan has been playing some fantastic golf of late winning his second event on the EDGA Tour which included a first ever hole in one.

Well done Brendan!






 

LWGS Visit

Lee Westwood Golf School Visit Darren Clarke Golf School



With just two weeks left of term LWGS came across to Northern Ireland to experience what it’s like to be a student at the DCGS. Arriving on the Monday and not heading home until the Saturday it was sure to be an action packed week for them. A total of over 30 LWGS students from both Cheshire and Essex locations made the trip and came across to team up with the 12 DCGS students at their facility.

During their time in Northern Ireland they spent a few days utilizing the world class practice facilities on offer, a couple of days on the golf course playing competitions and finally a couple of evenings visiting the famous city of Belfast.

Upon arriving on the Monday morning the Cheshire school headed out to use the range to get in some early practice ahead of a busy week. Having seen the practice facilities for the first time they were amazed at how pristine and exclusive they were. Having spent most of the day out on the range, pitching and putting greens as well as the 3 hole training course they then headed for their digs that evening for an early night. The Essex school then arrived on Tuesday morning. They then teamed up with Cheshire and once again they made use of the practice facilities whilst they had them all to themselves.

A visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue of the 2019 Open Championship to play a round of golf came on Wednesday. For some it was their first time playing a links style golf course and that in itself brought its own experience. On what was glorious weather the students thoroughly enjoyed their experience playing one of the best links course in Ireland.


On Thursday all three schools were scheduled on the range for the majority of the day. With over 40 students using the facilities an action packed schedule was put in place to ensure that each students maximised their time spent practicing. There were various short game and long game challenges set out as well as a shoot out qualifier on the 3 hole training course for each school. Three students qualified from each school for the shootout final that afternoon. After 8 competitive holes it came down to two DCGS students on the final hole. Paul Conroy was the eventual winner ahead of runner up Dylan Carton.

There was more competition on offer the following day. On the Friday each school competed against each other at Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club. The school with the highest average stableford points over the 18 holes would be the winner. The school who came out on top on the day with a better average by just a single point was DCGS.

On the Saturday morning the Cheshire school travelled back to their home base at High Leigh Park Golf Club. During this time the Essex students spent the best part of their day on the range competing in various different challenges.

The following morning the Essex school then travelled back to their base at Stoke-By-Nayland Golf Club.

All in all it was a fantastic trip that each and every student thoroughly enjoyed. It gave every student a mix between great practice and competition as well as providing a very relaxing feel as they experienced various parts of the country as well as making great friends along the way.




   

Paul Conroy British Schools Champion

British Schools and Colleges Finals 2018 - Trevose Golf Club




What started as a dream became a reality for Paul Conroy last week as he was crowed British Schools Champion. Paul was part of the team representing the school in last weeks British Schools and Colleges Championships at Trevose Golf Club. It was a two day event with 
individual and team crowns to play for. Paul produced rounds of 67 & 72 to finish one shot clear of the field and take the victory.



In the last group on the first round Paul produced an awesome 67 (-5) in breezy conditions to hold an overnight lead. A round which included seven birdies and just two pars was one that Paul will never forgot. Starting with a great par save on the first followed by a par on the second before a dropped shot on the third Paul then kicked into gear on the fourth. Three birdies in a row from the fourth to the sixth gave Paul the platform to build from. Two more birdies on the seventh and eighth before another great birdie on nine left Paul three under par for his first nine holes.



Paul continued on his fine scoring on the back nine. Another birdie on the par five 10th hole followed by a par on the long par three eleventh hole gave Paul the perfect start to the back nine. He then followed that with a birdie on twelve, bogey on the thirteenth and another birdie on the fourteenth. This left Paul five under par with four holes remaining. Paul continued on his aggressive style of play and was extremely unlucky not to find more birdies. However pars on his remaining four holes was enough to see him finish the opening day as the leader.



On day two Paul was playing in the first group. Rain early on made things slightly more difficult but the calm conditions were very beneficial. A round which again started with two pars before a dropped shot on the tricky par three third hole. Pars in his next five holes left Paul one over for his round and four under for the tournament. A fantastic drive down the par five ninth hole and an even better iron shot to five feet with an eagle putt to match meant Paul finished one under for his front nine and 6 under for the tournament.



Another excellently played par five from Paul on the tenth hole left him with yet another great chance for eagle. Paul went on to make his birdie to take him to two under par. A good par on the eleventh followed by a disappointing triple bogey dropped Paul back to one over par for his round. However Paul once again showed tremendous character to bounce back with a birdie on the thirteenth hole to take him back to level par. With his excellent ball striking tee to green he continued to give himself more birdie opportunities on his final five holes. However it was five pars to finish giving him a very solid round of level par to leave him 5 under for the tournament.



It was an anxious wait for Paul to find out the scores but in the end it was enough for him to take the victory by a one shot margin. Paul played excellently right throughout the whole week and fully deserved the victory. This will give him the confidence and belief going into the new season and we hope to see plenty more results like this.



Well done Paul! 





 

US Masters Trip 2018

Masters Delight For Gareth & Jules!

It was the opportunity of a lifetime. To be able experience the U.S Masters first hand was always going to be an unforgettable experience.       

For Gareth Reid and Jules Preston it was exactly that. Currently Full Time students at the s
chool they set off for America on Wednesday 4th with SGH Golf Tours for their six day trip. The trip was to include five nights all inclusive accommodation, three rounds of golf and a hospitality ticket to the fourth and final day of the 82nd Masters Tournament.

They stayed at the 4* Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbia described as a lovely hotel with great facilities and very friendly and welcoming staff.  On the Saturday they began their playing on Thursday at Cobblestone Park Golf Club. The following day they then played Woodcreek Private Members Golf Club. It was a shot gun start team event which was described as being great fun working together as a team. On their third and final playing day on the Saturday they played Jonescreek Park Golf Club. The courses were described as excellent with a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. With lots of water hazards and extremely quick greens all three courses provided a great challenge but also provided great rewards.

So then it was time for the Masters! It was the 5th day of the trip and the day everyone had been eagerly awaiting. A hospitality ticket for the final day of the Masters can only be described as golfing heaven and both Gareth and Jules had experienced it. An experience described as overwhelming with a certain wow factor to it and a place where you could feel the history surrounding it along with the sheer perfection of the golf course itself it was most definitely going to leave a lasting impression.

When asked was Augusta National Golf Course what you expected Jules’ immediate response was ‘No. It exceeded my expectations greatly. I expected it to be perfect of course with the perfect fairways and greens but the design of the course along with the undulations and the lush green grass made it picture perfect. The wildlife was amazing also’. 

Throughout the day there was plenty to see but so much they didn’t want to miss. They managed to visit every hole on the course apart from the 6th, 16th and the 17th which was a fantastic effort! The most notable players they watched during play were Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed (Champion), Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood. It’s certainly not every day you get to watch world class players. They were treated to many incredible shots throughout the day. However the one that stood out the most and indeed the best shot they witnessed all day was that of Tiger Woods’ on the par three 4th Hole when he struck his iron shot to within 4ft of the hole to make birdie.  

Having spent a total of 12 hours at Augusta National Golf Club  there was plenty of other things to experience not only the golf. A huge Professional Shop, the famous food and beverage and of course meeting a few other famous people to go with it. The Pro Shop could only be described as huge accommodating approximately 1000 at one time with a vast array of merchandise on sale. Needless to say there was some time and money spent here! There was then of course the food and beverage. With the famous Egg Salad sandwich only costing $1.50  and a drink $2.00 this represented the uniqueness and the value at the Masters.

Among the most famous people they met was Rick Shiels. Known for his Youtube reviews across the U.K for all the top Golf manufacturers Jules was lucky enough to meet him and get his picture taken whilst having a quick chat.

As the day drew to a close and with more patrons in attendance than ever before that week they managed to get the perfect view by the 18th green to witness the 82nd Masters champion Patrick Reed clinch the winning putt and claim the famous Green Jacket. A memory that will no doubt be ingrained in their minds forever.

A fantastic day throughout and one they certainly will not forget. The most memorable moment relived from Jules, ‘When I walked through the entrance to Augusta National and seen the practice range first hand it really hit me just how amazing this place was’. Gareth’s most memorable moment came watching World No.1 golfer Dustin Johnson hitting driver off the second tee. Gareth described it as ‘an absolute pleasure to see him hit the ball and how far it travels. He said he will never be able to explain the sound the driver makes when he strikes the ball’. Gareth has already informed us that he has already started saving for next year!





   

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