The Yanks are coming! The Irish are ready! And it promises to be a right old shoot-out between them, but the biggest winners in the end will be the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team.
The second staging of the McSorley’s Hennessy Cup golf match will have an Irish setting in picturesque Mount Juliet this year after being played in Florida in 2012.
The event, which commemorates the memory of Eamon Hennessy, who was a true friend of sport in Kilkenny, will be played on Thursday, September 5 as a fund-raiser for the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team.
The competition is an 18 hold Stableford with the teams of four made up of any combination, ladies or gents. The best two scores will count, with three scores counting on the 18th.
Entry is limited to 32 teams, and the cost is 165 euro per person. Eighty euro from all entries goes to the Homecare Team. Of course that entry comes with all the frills.
Green fees included
A bus will ferry participants from Langton’s Hotel, John Street, at 10am; there will be breakfast roll available on arrival and there will be refreshments on the 9th hole.
Green fees and competition free are also included, and an exclusive lavish gala buffet to include complimentary bar from 8.30 to 10pm is part of the deal also.
This golf match with a difference is part of the Langton Gathering event which will run on September 4, 5 and 6. Another little perk from involvement in the golf is admission to Kilkenny greyhound track on the Friday (September 6), when the feature event will be the Langton Cup final.
Non-golfers who would like to be part of the fun won’t be excluded, and for 50 euro they can enjoy a gala buffet in Langton’s during the Gathering event.
Dick Lyons, that great ambassador from Kilkenny in New York, will be flying in for the event, as will another resident of the Big Apple, Henry Ollie Holden from Callan, who is in the construction business, and Simon Kearney, proprietor of McSorley’s in Fort Lauderdale, all of whom were great friends of the late Mr Hennessy.
The latter is brother of former Kilkenny All Star, Joe Hennessy of the James Stephens club.
80 Yanks coming
In all, around 80 people are expected to cross the Atlantic for the event, which will turn the golf into something like a Ryder Cup clash. The McSorley’s Hennessy Cup is currently resident in Kilkenny, but the Yanks aim to take it back with them.
There will be an Open Day in Mount Juliet on the Wednesday, September 4 as part of the Gathering. Tee times in Mount Juliet have been booked from 9 to 10.50am and 1.40 to 3.30pm. Green fees 50 euro per person.
The contact for booking here is Frances Reynolds at Mount Juliet (056-7773071).
Irish contacts for the event are Sean O’Neill (086-2797804), Eamon Langton (086-8377638), Stephen Murphy (086-8040056), Lisa Hennessy (086-7739416) and Maria Hennessy (086-3037615).
The American contacts are Dick Lyons (0019148061308), Simon Kearney (0019546369111), Kevin Ludke (0019545511956) and Henry Ollie Holden (0016462961862).