Sporting history will be made in the coming days when the Irish PGA Championship will be played out on the magnificent greens at Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club with the finest players in the land putting their skills to the test in a magnificent woodland setting,
The scene is set for a talk on golf in Bunclody Library on Thursday (booking 053 9375466) at 7 pm given by retired colonel William H. Gibson, who published his first book in 1988 as an exploration of early Irish golf from 1608 to 1922, and he is currently completing work on a book entitled Early Military Golfers, 1744-1815.
Clubs all over the country have tapped into his expertise on the sport and its history and the Golf Union of Ireland has also utilised his services. In 2011, he was honoured by the Irish Golf Writers Association which presented him with a distinguished services to golf award.
The history and heritage that is the sport of golf will be fully explained and illustrated by William H. Gibson in Bunclody Library and then it is a case of crossing the road and taking in the PGA Championships.
The 109th edition of the PGA championship will see participants challenged by the Jeff Howes designed course. Bunclody is a 7,164 yards parkland golf course, it has the only lift from one hole to another in Europe!, and has been open since March 2009.
The scenery is extraordinary with forest and river taking control of the atmosphere on a challenging course located on 300 acres of breath-taking parkland belonging to the former Hall-Dare Estate in the rolling countryside around Newtownbarry House.
The event will be proceeded by a Pro Am tournament and will get underway properly on Monday, August 19th. The tournament has brought out the stars of the Irish golfing world and has been won by the likes of Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Christy O’Connor in the past.
It is said that Bunclody is “fast becoming another glittering jewel in Ireland’s crown of fine golf courses,” but following the GPA championships it will have stood the test of the best and its reputation in the golfing world will be further enhanced.