THE Team Ireland Golf Trust yesterday announced grants worth €217,000 to 17 aspiring men and women pursuing careers on professional tours around the world.
The golfers receiving the top award of €20,000 include Galway native Alison Walshe who has a card on both Ladies European Tour and the LPGA in the United States. Walshe last year announced her intention to represent Ireland in the professional ranks having competed for the USA in the Curtis Cup in 2008 as an amateur.
Tara Delaney, Martina Gillen and Down native Simon Thornton, who graduated to the European Tour last season, also collect €20,000.
Niall Kearney, Jonathan Caldwell and Gareth Shaw, all members of the victorious GUI European Championship Team in 2008 received €15,000 to assist them on the Challenge Tour circuit. Rebecca Coakley and Hazel Kavanagh will also receive grants of €15,000 to assist their campaigns on the Ladies European Tour, and their efforts to qualify for the European Solheim Cup Team in 2011.
Not alone will the golfers receive grant aid but all can avail of the world class facilities at the GUI’s National Academy at Carton House. The golfers on the Trust scheme also have free access to the network of service providers such as physiologists, sports psychologists, biomechanists, physiotherapists, and doctors offered by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) to the athletes on the International Carding Scheme.
This is the eleventh year of the Trust, which has provided €2.5 million in financial support to golfers to date. The Trust, which is administered by the Irish Sport Council, aims to contribute to an increase in the presence of Irish golf professionals on the various international Tours. Financial backing for the Trust is provided by the ISC, Fáilte Ireland and the PGA European Tour.
TEAM IRELAND GOLF TRUST GRANTS: Simon Thornton, (Down), (European Tour), (€20,000); Martina Gillen, (Cavan), (Ladies European Tour), (€20,000); Alison Walshe, (USA & Galway), (Ladies European Tour), (€20,000); Tara Delaney, (Carlow), (Ladies European Tour), (€20,000); Niall Kearney, (Dublin), (Challenge Tour), (€15,000); Jonathan Caldwell, (Down), (Challenge Tour), (€15,000); Gareth Shaw, (Antrim), (Challenge Tour), (€15,000); Rebecca Coakley, (Carlow, (Ladies European Tour), (€15,000); Hazel Kavanagh, (Dublin), (Ladies European Tour), (€15,000); Colm Moriarty, (Westmeath), (Challenge Tour), (€10,000); Michael McGeady, (Donegal), (Challenge Tour), (€10,000); Brian McElhinney, (Donegal), (Europro Tour/Challenge Tour), (€7,000); Peter O’Keeffe, (Cork), (Europro Tour /Challenge Tour), (€7,000); Richard Kilpatrick, (Down), (Alps Tour /Challenge Tour), (€7,000); Niall Turner, (Cork), (Europro Tour/Challenge Tour), (€7,000); Paul O’Hanlon, (Kildare), Europro Tour/Challenge Tour), (€7,000); Barrie Trainor, (Down), (Europro Tour/Challenge Tour), (€7,000);. Total: €217,000.
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