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Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Introduction

Woodenbridge Golf Club Launches

Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Tournament


Friday, 5th September 2014:   The Ladies of Woodenbridge Golf Club are delighted to announce that they are launching an all -Ireland senior club championship for woman (over 60 years), which will be run in a similar way to the successful JB Carr Tournament for men.  The tournament will be called the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Tournament, after Mary McKenna MBE, Ireland’s greatest female golfer.

ILGU affiliated golf clubs from across Ireland will be invited to participate in the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Tournament for 2015.    The format for the tournament will be Scotch Foursomes Matchplay with each participating club selecting 10 lady members over the age of 60years (playing off full ILGU handicap + courtesy shot to the away team).

The competition will be run firstly at county level, then regional level and ultimately the finalists will play the semi-finals and finals over the last weekend in August 2015 at Woodenbridge Golf Club with a gala dinner and presentation by Mary Mc Kenna MBE who has kindly given her name to this prestigious tournament, which we hope, will become the largest inter club golf competition in the country for women.

Lady Captain of Woodenbridge Golf Club, Aileen Sheehan said “The members of Woodenbridge G. C. are very proud to launch and host this impressive event and anticipate great interest from ILGU affiliated golf clubs around the country.   We look forward to organising, what will be, a very prestigious annual event in the golfing calendar. “

One of the great features of this competition is that it brings together clubs that might not ordinarily meet.  The weekend programme begins on the Friday evening with a reception in Woodenbridge’s clubhouse for the finalists and a draw for the semi-finals which are played on the Saturday.   The final will take place on the Sunday and the presentation ceremony following a gala dinner.      The event is expected to be as popular, with lady golfers across Ireland as it has been with men over the past 18 years.

For further information, please contact:

Susan Fitzpatrick, Woodenbridge Golf Club, 0402 35202


About Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna is arguably Ireland's greatest ever female golfer and was awarded an MBE (member of the British Empire) for her services to golf by British Ambassador, Dominick Chillcott, in June 2012.   The winner of twelve domestic championships and a member of nine consecutive Curtis Cup teams, Mary, who began her career in 1968, also captained the Curtis Cup team on two occasions.  Mary McKenna is currently President of the Irish Ladies Golfing Union.

About Woodenbridge Golf Club

Founded in 1884, Woodenbridge Golf Club near Arklow, Co Wicklow is one of the longest-established and most picturesque golf courses in Ireland.  

Described by the legendary Joe Carr as "Ireland's Augusta" and "The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem", the Patrick Merrigan-designed, 18-hole parkland course is set in a natural amphitheatre divided by the meandering Avoca River, in a valley surrounded by mature forests on both sides.  The course measuring 6,341 yards from the back tees, with a par-72 and a standard scratch of 72, is a true gem, providing all golfers with a challenging round.

Woodenbridge GC is listed in the Golf Digest - Ireland's top 100 ranking golf courses, and is renowned for its superb course condition and lightning fast, undulating greens.  The award-winning, state-of-the-art clubhouse which overlooks the course and Avoca River, has a full bar and excellent restaurant ensuring every visitor has an experience to remember.

About JB Carr Diamond Trophy

In 1996, Woodenbridge Golf Club inaugurated the very popular JB Carr Diamond Trophy Tournament which has since become the men’s Senior Club Championship of Ireland for over 60's, with almost 200 clubs from across Ireland participating.  

The competition was the brainchild of a distinguished Woodenbridge member and past Captain, the Late Fr. Gerry O’Brien.   His vision was a tournament for mature golfers from all corners of Ireland.   The semi-finals & finals are held each year in Woodenbridge Golf in September.   This year, the final is taking place on 6th & 7th September.

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