Legends Golf Society

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A special tribute to Harry Bradshaw marked the launch of the Legends Golf Society at Edmondstown Golf Club twenty-eight years ago on 4th October 1990. 'The Brad' regaled a large gathering of society members and invited guests with delightful memories and stories from his career.

Saluting legends in golf was one of the society's fundamental objectives from the outset, and over the following decade members and guests celebrated the careers of a whole host of golfing greats at our annual International Golf Awards occasion.

Recipients of our Legends in Golf award and Blue Jacket have included the Voice of Golf Peter Alliss, amateur legends Joe Carr, Michael Bonallack and Peter McEvoy, Irish Ryder Cup stars Christy O'Connor Snr and Eamonn Darcy, Dr. Golf  John Jacobs, five times Open champion Peter Thomson, colourful American Doug Sanders, and Mark McCormack, founder of IMG, the top sports management company.

Meanwhile, our Distinguished Services to Golf award has been presented to such luminaries as Scottish golf coach Bob Torrance, the doyen of golf writers Peter Dobereiner, European Tour officials Tony Gray and Bill Hodge, and seven magnificent Irishmen who made a noteworthy contribution to the game in their chosen field... PGA professionals Ernie Jones, Watty Sullivan and Joe Craddock, event organiser Cecil Whelan, GUI officials Ivan Dickson and Gerry O'Brien, and Colm Smith, who spent over 40-years covering sport for the Irish Independent.

Our Awards occasion regularly attracted 180+ members and guests during the 1990's. Indeed, the timesheet for our 1995 tribute to Peter Thomson at Grange Golf Club was full from 6.50am until 4.10pm with 216 golfers joining in our salute to the legendary Australian.

Souvenir programmes produced for each Awards event have included personal tributes to our honorees by many of the world's top golfers including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Kel Nagle, Bob Charles, Bruce Crampton, David Graham, Tony Jacklin, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.

During the 1990's the society also made a contribution to charitable causes through the annual Philip Walton Charity Classic.

A biennial Continental Golf Classic, embracing a selection of Europe's top courses, was another popular concept during the 1990's and the society celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010 by arranging a trip that embraced three of the greatest links courses in the world...Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St. Annes and Royal Liverpool. 

In more recent times the society has functioned in a different mode to the 1990s. The focus has been on a more relaxed and informal approach to golfing life and these days the society's members and guests enjoy three or four sociable, low key events at top courses each year.

Philip Walton has been the society's President since the launch outing in 1990, the year he made his breakthrough on the European Tour with victory in the French Open. The hero of Europe's 1995 Ryder Cup victory at Oak Hill in New York is an ideal figurehead for a society whose members are, quite simply, passionate about golf.

The society has also been served by four magnificent captains....Antonio Mendes (1999-2001), Des Stirrat (2002-2004), Michael O'Donoghue (2005-2007) and Frank McNulty (2008-2011).

Event Organiser, Declan O'Donoghue, can be contacted on 086 2902831