Congratulations Portumna Golf Club’s SAM MURPHY who has been called into the Ireland Under 16 squad for the coming year. This is a 12 man squad that will be coached for the year in Carton House under the National coach - Neil Manchip. They will compete for Ireland in various tournaments throughout 2017. This is a huge achievement for the young Portumna man and is well deserved as Sam has represented his club, his province and his country very well in 2016. He assisted his home club in qualifying for the AIG Barton Shield and Junior Cup provincial finals, he represented Connacht in the Boys Inter Provincials and he represented Ireland in the Scottish Under 14 Open in Carraigielaw, Scotland last August.
He has had a number of individual successes also when he finished second after a playoff in the Leinster boys U14 Open at Balcarrick in July and he had a top-10 finish at the Leinster U16 Open Championship at Beaverstown.
The Golfing Union of Ireland have confirmed their national boys’ coaching panels for the 2016-2017 season. There are 12 players included in the Ireland Boys’ (under-18) Panel while six boys have been added to National Development Panel. Next season’s Under-16 National Panel will also contain 12 players.
Irish Boys’ Champion Mark Power from Kilkenny and Irish under-16 champion John Brady from Rosslare have been selected on the National Boys’ (under-18) Panel with Brady graduating from last year’s under-16 panel. Edward Walsh and Sean Enright have also been promoted from the under-16 panel. Co Louth’s Thomas Mulligan declared himself unavailable for selection.
Holywood’s Keaton Morrison won the Irish Under-14 Championship in 2016 and has earned a place on the National Under-16 Panel along with clubmate, Tom McKibbin. The panel also includes Munster U14 champion Conor Byrne, Connacht U14 champion Luke O’Neill and Leinster U16 champion Josh Mackin. Connacht U16 champion Allan Hill from Athenry is one of six boys named on the national development panel.
NATIONAL BOYS U16 PANEL 2016-2017
Sam Murphy (Portumna)
Luke O’Neill (Connemara), Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Sean Doyle (Black Bush)
Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Josh Black (Hilton Templepatrick), Tom McKibbin (Holywood)
Keaton Morrison (Greenacres), Josh Mackin (Dundalk), Conor Byrne (Strabane)
Jack Egan (Muskerry), Patrick Callaghan (Castle Dargan)
NATIONAL BOYS (U18) PANEL 2016-2017
Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), Jack Hearn (Tramore), Andrew Mullhall (Waterford Castle)
Mark Power (Kilkenny), Cameron Raymond (Newlands), John Brady (Rosslare)
Edward Walsh (Mallow), Robert Moran (Castle), Jack Madden (Dungannon)
Sean Enright (Limerick), Jack Doherty (Carton House), Ross Kelly (Tuam)
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL 2016-2017
Allan Hill (Athenry) Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) Liam Power (Galway)
Jonathan Keane (Lahinch) David Kitt (Athenry) Scott Jones (Belvoir Park)