KERRY FAIRWAYS KENMARE
SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF
Without a club in Kenmare, some parents began to take their children to clubs in Killarney and Cork. Then in 2007, as a result of Michael Stephen Murphy’s participation with Harbour Point Special Olympics Golf in Cork, the idea was sown to try and do something similar in Kenmare. The Captains of Kenmare GC enthusiastically embraced the concept and Kerry Fairways SO Kenmare Golf was formed. The club has now grown to have 9 athletes, meeting every Friday/Saturday under the watchful eye of the very dedicated group of volunteers/coaches.
The paramount aim of the club is the enjoyment, participation and safety of the athletes and success was not long in coming, with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards being achieved by Orla Murphy, Fiona Riney, Kelly Anne Murphy, Ken Brown, Timothy O’Shea and Oisin O’Mahony. Michael S. Murphy has represented Ireland twice in the Annual Triple Crown Golf and Theresa McGuigan and Michael O’Leary represented Munster in the 2010 Ireland Games in Limerick. As a result of winning a Gold Medal at the Limerick Games, Michael O’Leary was chosen on the Ireland Team for the World Games in Athens. Here, in very unfamiliar and extremely warm conditions, he performed with distinction and achieved a Silver medal.
Kerry Fairways is always open to welcoming new members. There is no age limit and new members begin at Level 1 which offers coaching at Short/Long Putt, Chip/Pitch Shot, Iron and Wood Shots. Progression is through Level 2 Alternate shot with a partner, to Level 4 9 Hole Individual and finally Level 5 18 Hole Individual.
The group is indebted to Kenmare GC for the use of the course and facilities, without which it could not operate. From the outset, the Captains, Committee, Staff and Members of Kenmare GC have been fully supportive of the athletes, offering them encouragement, talking to them about their achievements and welcoming them home from various events .