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CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over an expanse of 121 years, Portmarnock Golf Club has played host to some of the game’s most distinguished players, from early giants such as Harry Vardon, on to Henry Cotton, Bobby Locke, Sam Snead, Gary Player, and the game’s first super-star, Arnold Palmer.  More recently, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Paul McGinley have relished its very special challenge.

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The Irish Open

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From the inaugural staging in 1927, Portmarnock played host to the Irish Open on a further 18 occasions, delivering such illustrious winners as: Fred Daly (1946), Dai Rees (1948), Ben Crenshaw (1976), Hubert Green (1977), Severiano Ballesteros (1986), Bernhard Langer (1987), Ian Woosnam (1988 and ’89), Jose Maria Olazabal (1990) and Michael Campbell (2003). After the event had been revived in 1975, Portmarnock staged it from 1976 to 1982, from 1986 to 1990 and in 2003. And those championships included no fewer than 34 competitors who were either "major" winners in prospect or had already achieved the distinction.

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1959 Dunlop Masters

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There were predictable media reflections on Bobby Jones, when Joe Carr swept into an improbable, four-stroke lead after 54-holes of this highly-prized event. Ireland’s greatest amateur was to suffer the biggest disappointment of his career, however, when he was overhauled by Christy O’Connor’s course-record final round of 66. “The fact that Christy and I played in separate two-balls meant that I found myself fighting shadows,” said Carr. “While cheer after cheer swept across the links, I felt helpless to make a fight of it.”

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The Canada Cup

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Four years after winning the event with Ben Hogan at Wentworth, Sam Snead partnered newcomer, Arnold Palmer, to another American triumph. Referring to his first experience of links terrain, Palmer said: “I’ve learned a lot of shots I’ve never played before in my life.” Ireland’s duo, Christy O’Connor and Norman Drew, finished fourth and the individual award went to Flory Van Donck (279). The absence of Harry Bradshaw, the hero of Ireland’s victory in 1958, was naturally a disappointment to the host club. As it happened, illness meant he couldn’t have played, even if chosen.

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1965 Dunlop Masters

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Arguably the tournament’s most talked-of score was one which didn’t count. It was a 73 by Christy O’Connor Snr before play was abandoned. “This was one of the greatest rounds in the history of the game – and nothing in my experience since then, has changed that opinion,” was Tony Jacklin’s verdict on an occasion when O’Connor’s needed two drivers to reach the 14th. Bernard Hunt eventually won with 283.

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Alcan Golfer of the Year Tournament

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In deciding to stage the 1970 Alcan Golfer of the Year Tournament at Portmarnock, American Doug Smith, a key organiser, referred to the impact the 1960 Canada Cup had made. “We had never seen such a fantastic turn-out at any tournament on this side of the Atlantic,” he said. Australia’s Bruce Devlin on 278, cruised to the £23,000 top prize by seven strokes, but the biggest galleries of a memorable September Sunday followed Paddy Skerritt who won the subsidiary Alcan International Tournament. His £3,000 reward was the richest by an Irish golfer on home soil at that stage.

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The Amateur Championship

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Staged from Monday, May 23rd until Saturday the 28th, the Championship’s bumper entry of 204 included a predictably strong Irish contingent along with an unusually big turnout from the US. Patrick Campbell’s shock, fourth round victory over Dr Billy O’Sullivan created much excitement, but another Irishman managed a more lasting impact. Max McCready from the Sunningdale and Dunmurry clubs, emerged triumphant by beating Willie “The Wedge” Turnesa in the final.

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The Walker Cup

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An enduring image from what proved to be a comfortable American victory on September 5th and 6th, was provided by Phil Mickelson on the afternoon of the second day. From the tightest of lies off the back of the 18th green, he left seasoned observers visibly stunned by playing the most exquisite, sandwedge pitch to within two feet of the target to seal a one-hole win over Jim Milligan. Mickelson had given a foretaste of these skills during practice by hitting the elusive 15th green, playing both right-handed and left-handed.

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European Men’s Amateur Team Championship

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1997 saw the 20th European Men's Amateur Team Championship staged at Portmarnock Golf Club. Portmarnock members Noel Fox and Jody Fanagan were part of a strong Irish team lined up against International players like Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson and Henrik Stenson.

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The St. Andrews & The Jacques Léglise Trophy

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In 2012, Portmarnock Golf Club hosted the St. Andrews & The Jacques Léglise Trophy event. The Continent of Europe defeated Great Britain & Ireland to win the both trophies during a week on the windswept links.

Championships and Tournaments History

  • The Walker Cup

    1. 1991 - USA 14 matches - GB & Ire. 10 matches
  • The Amateur Championship

    1. 1949 - Max McCready (Sunningdale / Dunmurry)
  • The St Andrews Trophy

    1. 1968 - GB & Ire 20 matches - Europe 10 matches
    2. 2012 - Europe 12½ matches - GB & Ire. 11½ matches
  • The Jacques Léglise Trophy

    1. 2012 - Europe 13½ matches - GB & Ire. 10½ matches
  • The Home Internationals (Men's)

    1. 1930 - Ireland & England tied
    2. 1937 - Scotland
    3. 1949 - England
    4. 1961 - Scotland
    5. 1975 - Scotland
    6. 1983 - Ireland
  • The Home Internationals (Ladies)

    1. 1931 - Scotland
    2. 1961 - Scotland
    3. 1981 - Scotland
  • The Home Internationals (Boys)

    1. 2004 - England
  • The European Amateur Team Championship

    1. 1997 - Spain
  • The European Quadrangular Championship

    1. 1980 - Ireland
  • The European Boys Team Championship

    1. 2000 - Great Britain and Ireland
  • The Irish Amateur Open Championship

    1. 1899 - John Ball Jnr (Hoylake)
    2. 1903 - George Wilkie (Leven Thistle)
    3. 1907 - Lionel Munn (Dublin University)
    4. 1911 - E.F.Carter (Royal Portrush)
    5. 1920 - G.N.C.Martin (Royal Portrush)
    6. 1926 - Charles O.Hezlet (Royal Portrush)
    7. 1930 - William Sutton (Timperely)
    8. 1934 - H.Thomson (Williamwood)
    9. 1936 - J.C.Brown (Waterford)
    10. 1951 - Cecil Ewing (Co.Sligo)
    11. 1956 - J.B.Carr (Sutton)
    12. 2006 - Antti Ahokas (Finland)
  • The Irish Amateur Close Championship

    1. 1900 - R.G.N.Henry (Portmarnock)
    2. 1904 - George Wilkie (Leven Thistle)
    3. 1908 - Lionel Munn (Dublin University)
    4. 1913 - Lionel Munn (North West)
    5. 1919 - E.F.Carter (Royal Portrush)
    6. 1921 - Capt. E.F.Carter (Royal Dublin)
    7. 1925 - C.W.Robertson (Delgany)
    8. 1959 - Tom Craddock (Malahide)
    9. 1974 - R.M.Kane (Ealing)
    10. 1994 - D.Higgins (Waterville)
  • The Ladies British Open Championship

    1. 1931 - Enid Wilson (Notts Ladies)
  • The Irish Ladies Close Championship

    1. 1901 - Miss Rhona Adair (Royal Portrush)
    2. 1919 - Miss Janet Jackson (The Island)
    3. 1923 - Miss Janet Jackson (The Island)
    4. 1930 - Mrs J.B.Walker (Berkshire)
    5. 1934 - Miss Pat Sherlock (Hermitage)
    6. 1938 - Mrs J.B.Beck (Royal Portrush)
    7. 1954 - Miss Phil Garvey (Co Louth)
  • The Canada Cup (now The World Cup)

    1. 1960 - USA (Arnold Palmer & Sam Snead)
  • Alcan Golfer of the Year

    1. 1970 - Bruce Devlin (Australia)
  • Alcan International

    1. 1970 - Paddy Skerritt (St Anne's)
  • The Dunlop Masters

    1. 1959 - Christy O'Connor (Royal Dublin)
    2. 1965 - Bernard Hunt (Hartsbourne)
  • The Open Championship of Ireland

    1. 1927 - George Duncan (Wentworth)
    2. 1929 - Abe Mitchell (Private)
    3. 1934 - Syd Easterbrook (Knowle)
    4. 1938 - Bobby Locke (S.Africa)
    5. 1946 - Fred Daly (Balmoral)
    6. 1948 - Dai Rees (Wales)
  • The Irish Open Championship

    1. 1976 - Ben Crenshaw (USA)
    2. 1977 - Hubert Green (USA)
    3. 1978 - Ken Brown (England)
    4. 1979 - Mark James (Burghley Park)
    5. 1980 - Mark James (Unattached)
    6. 1981 - Sam Torrance (Caledonian Hotel)
    7. 1982 - John O'Leary (Unattached)
    8. 1986 - Seve Ballesteros (Spain)
    9. 1987 - Bernhard Langer (Germany)
    10. 1988 - Ian Woosnam (Wales)
    11. 1989 - Ian Woosnam (Wales)
    12. 1990 - Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)
    13. 2003 - Michael Campbell (New Zealand)
  • The Irish PGA Championship

    1. 1908 - James Edmundson (Royal Portrush)
    2. 1913 - Michael Moran (Royal Dublin)
    3. 1919 - Paddy O'Hare (Greenore)
    4. 1921 - James Cromwell (Royal County Down)
    5. 1925 - Moses O'Neill (Robinhood)
    6. 1937 - P.J.Mahon (Royal Dublin)
  • The Irish Dunlop Tournament

    1. 1947 - John McKenna (Douglas)
  • The Dubtex Tournament

    1. 1954 - Christy Greene (Milltown)
    2. Arthur Lees (Sunningdale)