Munster Rugby Golf Classic 2007
2nd September 2007 By Munster Rugby
Two well known figures from the world of horse racing shared a victory of a different kind at the 2007 Munster Rugby Golf Classic at Dundrum House Hotel.
Jockeys Charlie Swan and Kieren Fallon joined Dundrum’s Willie Crowe to take the top prize of the best overall
score in the annual event, finishing on 52 points and narrowly beating the Highlifters team of Vincent O’Flaherty,
Jim Tobin and Con Kelleher. The winning team were presented with their prizes by Munster’s Anthony Foley
and John Hartery, Chairman of the Munster Management Committee.
Now in its seventh year, the Classic returned to the magnificent setting of Dundrum House Hotel, where the very
first competition was held. Due to unprecedented demand for places, for the first time the Munster Rugby Golf Classic was
held over two days this year, with separate prizes for each day and a prize for the best overall score, all sponsored by
Heineken Ireland. Munster Rugby were delighted to welcome Polaris World on board as Event Sponsor, with the
Irish Examiner continuing their support of this fundraising event as Media Sponsor.
On Thursday the OB Fire & Safety team of Michael O’Brien, Alan O’Shea and Robert Kidney finished in first place
with a score of 51 points, followed by Great Stuff Caterers’ Robert Twohig (Muskerry), Noel Lynch (Frankfield)
and Pat Wallace (Bandon) on 50 points. The Radisson SAS Hotel Limerick team of Stephen Hanley, Eddie McGrath
and Dominic Macken came in third on 49 points. On their heels were Ron Lehane, Tim Deasy and Richard Deasy of
Timberland and Dave McHugh, Alan Rowe and Eddie Walsh of Team McHugh. The longest drive was won by Ron
Lehane of Timberland, with his team mate Richard Deasy winning the Nearest the Pin competition on the 6th hole.
On Friday, with the Dundrum House Hotel team and Highlifters in a close finish on 52 points apiece, they were followed
by the Mahers Sports team of Tom Maher, Niall Maher and S. Birmingham on 50 points. In third place came 4Imprint
on 49 points, followed by Mardyke Arena and South East Scaffolding. The longest drive was won by Bruce Wood of
Premier Marketing Group, with Paul Moloney of adidas winning the Nearest the Pin competition.
Munster Coach Declan Kidney lent his support by participating in Thursday’s competition, and he was also on hand
at the evening formalities to present the day’s prizes. On Friday, Munster’s Anthony Foley and Shaun Payne also
competed in the event.
All competitors were automatically entered into a draw for a trip for two to the Rugby Hall of Fame Golf Week at
Sesimbra in Lisbon in Portugal (October 5th – 12th 2007 which was kindly sponsored by Munster Sports Travel.
Colm O’Brien who played on the Clarion Hotel team was the winner of this fantastic prize.
All funds generated at the Munster Rugby Golf Classic will go towards the development of Youths Rugby in the province.
Thursday 30th August 2007
1st: OB Fire & Safety- Michael O’Brien, Alan O’Shea, Robert Kidney (51 points)
2nd: Great Stuff Caterers- Robert Twohig (Muskerry), Noel Lynch (Frankfield), Pat Wallace (Bandon) (50 points)
3rd: Radisson SAS Hotel Limerick- Stephen Hanley, Eddie McGrath, Dominic Macken (49 points)
4th: Timberland- Ron Lehane, Tim Deasy, Richard Deasy (49 points)
5th: Team McHugh- David McHugh, Alan Rowe, Eddie Walsh (49 points)
13th Hole- Longest Drive: Ron Lehane, Timberland
6th Hole- Nearest the Pin: Richard Deasy, Timberland
Friday 31st August 2007
1st: Highlifters (52), Vincent O’ Flaherty, Jim Tobin, Con Kelleher
2nd: Mahers Sports (50)- Tom Maher, Niall Maher, S. Birmingham
3rd: 4Imprint (49)- P. Morgan, Ian Keartland, Marc O’Neill
4th: Mardyke Arena (49)- Patsy Ryan, Sean Ryan and Michael Crowley
5th: South East Scaffolding (49)- Vincent Woodlock, Ollie Baker, Donal Ryan
Longest Drive: Bruce Wood (PMG)
Nearest the Pin: Paul Moloney (Adidas)
Overall Best Card of the Two Days: Dundrum House Hotel- Willie Crowe, Charlie Swan,
Kieren Fallon (52)
Munster Sports Travel Golf Holiday Draw: Colm O’Brien (Clarion Hotel team)
First prize in Thursday’s competition went to the OB Fire & Safety team
The Irish Examiner team in full swing
Timberland’s Richard Deasy
John Hartery, Chairman of Munster Management Committee, Richie Hunter (Polaris World) and Munster Team
Manager Shaun Payne