INTERNATIONAL DUTY Pictured from left: Seán Fitzgerald (GUI Connacht U-18 Team Captain), Roland Kandiah (Westport Golf Club Captain), Harry Gillivan (GUI U-18 development team member), Mary Dolan (Westport Golf Club President), Ciaran McGettigan (former Junior Convener) and Tom McHale (2016 Junior Convener). Pic: Frank Dolan
WESTPORT golfer Harry Gillivan helped Ireland to victory over Wales in the recent Cardigan Cup Challenge.
The Rice College student, a product of the junior golf programme at Westport Golf Club and reigning club champion, played part as the Irish national U-18 development squad beat a select Welsh U-18 at Cardigan Golf Club in west Wales.
Gillivan, a one-handicapper, beat Jordan Pearson 4&2 in the penultimate match, while Ross Kelly (Tuam) sealed victory for Ireland by defeating Luke Harries (1 up) in the final game. Foursomes partners, Gillivan and Kelly, both maintained their unbeaten record over the two days.
The one-handicapper is following in the international footsteps of Westport’s Cathal O’Malley, who became the first Westport golfer in 99 years to reach a handicap of +2 in June 2007, and the first Westport golfer to reach a +1 handicap.