Wind Fuelled Challenge at Shannon Chamber Golf Classic

It was a case of the storm before the calm at Shannon Chamber’s golf classic last week as 172 golfers from a field of 43 teams took on the challenge of bringing in the winning score to claim the top prize of a fourball at the stunning Waterville Golf Links in Co Kerry. The high winds added a great challenge to the day as evidenced by the exhilarated expressions on the wind-burnt faces as the score cards were handed in.

The winners, John Leonard, Jody McDonagh, Peter Doyle and Robert Keane representing Willis Towers Watson, scooped the top prize with a score of 85, with Atlantic Aviation’s team of Jason O’Dwyer, Alan Brigdale, Michael Sillery and Paul Hayes following in hot pursuit, to claim second with 83 on the back nine. Shannon Golf Club  represented by President Bridget McCaul, Captain Pat Murphy, Lady Captain Helen O’Donnell and general manager Mike Corry came third with 83 points, again on the back nine and got some great practice in ahead of the Captain’s Day last Saturday. 

Presenting the prizes and commenting on the success of the day, Shannon Chamber president Julie Dickerson said: “The support we receive each year for this annual event is truly amazing. This year’s timesheet was a sell-out well in advance of the day, which proves that business and leisure do mix and that networking can take place in any environment. That’s what the day offers; the chance to meet a great cross section of business executives from across the region while taking some down time. The Classic is growing year on year and challenges the Chamber team to add something extra in every year. The success of the event is down to the team, most of whom, while not golfers, are increasing their knowledge of the rules and terminology of golf so that the day runs without a hitch.”

Always a well-organised event, this year’s Classic was sponsored by Eirtech Aviation Services & International Aerospace Coating (IAC) and co-sponsored by Atlantic Aviation Group, The Park Inn by Radisson, Ei Electronics, Idex Pump Technologies Ltd., Avara Pharmaceutical Services, Shannon Commercial Properties Ltd. and the Pepper Group. A total of sixteen prizes were on offer on the day, generously donated by a large array of companies, with tee sponsorship from 38 companies adding colour on the tee boxes. Three lucky golfers also went home with flights for two from Shannon to Stockholm, kindly sponsored by Shannon Airport.

Full results below:

Place & Team Score Prize
1: Willis Towers Watson  (14:52) 85 4-ball Waterville Golf Links + 4 Btls Wine
2: Atlantic Aviation Group (14:36) 83 (b9) 4-ball Trump Int. Golf Links
3: Shannon Golf Club 83(b9) 4-ball Dromoland Golf Club + Steak dinner
4: Signature Flight Support 83 4 x €60 dinner vouchers Carrygarry Country House
5: Media Team 82(b9) 4-ball Adare Manor GC
6: Zagg International (11:08) 82(b6) 4-ball Limerick Golf Club
7: Radisson Blu Limerick 82(b6) 4-Ballykisteen GC + lunch
8: Avara 82(b9) 4 x €50 One4All vouchers
9: Bendash Managed Services 82 4-ball Ballyneety GC
10: GE Sensing 81(b6) 4 x Dinner vouchers Clayton Hotel Limerick
11: Sweeney McGann Solicitors 81 4 x €50 vouchers Keane’s Jewellers
12: Willis Towers Watson (14:04) 80(b9) 4 x Dinner vouchers Shannon Springs Hotel
13: CREGG Group 80(b9) 4-ball Roscrea GC
14: Shannon Comm. Properties 80 4-ball Nenagh GC
15: Atlantic Aviation Grp (14:28) 79(b9) 4 x €25 vouchers Durty Nelly’s
16: Grant Thornton 79 Lunch for 4 at The Inn at Dromoland


Nearest the Pin: Pat Murphy, Captain Shannon GC

Longest Drive Men: David Clohessy, Pepper Group

Longest Drive Ladies: Elaine Kelly, SES


Shannon to Stockholm Flights  (compliments of Shannon Airport):                                             

  • Pat Murphy, Captain Shannon GC
  • Paul Murray, Lufthansa Technik Shannon
  • Morgan Lyons, Compuscript

Dinner Voucher ‘Off the Bone’ South Court Hotel: Kieran Blake, BOI Shannon

Dinner Voucher ‘Curry House’ South Court Hotel: Damian Gleeson, Grant Thornton

Hamper sponsored by Lloyds Pharmacy: Claire Bracken, Bendash Managed Services

Winners: Willis Towers Watson

2nd: Atlantic Aviation Group

3rd: Shannon Golf Club

Longest Drive Ladies: Elaine Egan

Where did my shot go?!


The Shannon Chamber team: Dympna O’Callaghan, Lizana Kizaite, Cillian Griffey, Saoirse Downes (deputising for her Mum, Helen Downes!) and Barbara Bowe.