24 May 2017
By Bryan Smyth
The Cork University Hospital Cardiac Unit was the big winner with approximately €14,000 raised at the 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic held at the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links last week.
With two best scores to count on each hole, the winning team from Dunnes Stores with Philip Ward, Dave Barrett, Phil Barrett and Darren O’Brien returned an impressive score of 89 points. Professor Molloy’s team were narrowly beaten on a match of cards on the back nine. Fergus Shanahan with Michael Bennett, Barry Kiely, and Pat Shanahan also put in a fantastic score of 89 to come in at second place. In hot pursuit, the Cavanagh’s of Fermoy team with Michael O’Sullivan, John Byrne, Sean Cuff, and Kevin Byrne came third with 87 Points. The highlight of the day must be the problematic 17th par 5, Michael O’Sullivan sank a birdie putt, only to be out-done by team mate, John Byrne who had an eagle – giving the team a whopping 9 points!
Former Irish Rugby International and Chairman of Cork University Hospital Charity, Prof. Michael Molloy was on hand to welcome the players. Prof. Molloy noted, “This Classic is a marvellous way to spread the word concerning the Hospital itself. Many people don’t realise that CUH is the largest hospital in Ireland, serving a population of 1.5 million. CUH is also the only Level 1 Trauma hospital in the country, North and South and Ireland’s only hospital with cardiac surgeons providing full 24/7 coverage.
Miriam Forde, Head of CUH Charity said, ‘We are hugely grateful to all our supporters and golfers who contributed to making this event a huge success. I would like to thank the many Cork and Munster Golf Clubs who donated green fees, as well as the many local businesses and companies including East Cork Oil, Danone, Dunnes Stores, Cavanagh’s, Money Markets International, The Curragh, Keanes Jewellers, the Cliff House Hotel, Celtic Ross Hotel and The Europe Hotel. I would also particularly like to acknowledge Cummins Sports and the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club who have supported this event year after year. Finally, a very, very special thank you to Dr Will Fennell, Cardiologist, who has worked tirelessly for 20 years to organise this Golf Classic to benefit cardiac patient services at CUH.”
The final word went to Dr. Will Fennell, “Because of the generosity of all our supporters, we continue to make our patients’ journey a little easier at CUH and deliver the best care that they deserve, every day of the year.” If you would like more information concerning CUH Charity or make a donation, please contact Miriam Forde, firstname.lastname@example.org