Glorious sunshine greeted 25 teams of players as the annual Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic took place at The K Club yesterday. This annual event helps to mark the start of the highly anticipated Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival and is just one of the ‘off the track’ events which are run by Dubai Duty Free over the festival weekend.
Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin, led out the teams following a shotgun start, and the field of 100 players worked their way around the stunning Co. Kildare course which was home to the 2006 Ryder Cup and the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. The teams of four competed gamely throughout, though they weren’t aware of each other’s final scores until they were revealed at the barbecue reception later.
There wasn’t much between the teams at the top of the leader board throughout the afternoon, but it was an appropriate winning team for the weekend that is in it, with two-time Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winning jockey Mick Kinane featuring on the victorious team which was captained racehorse owner Barry Connell, while Ger Delamere and Catherine Kinane also played their part in the victory. The winning team finished with a score of 91 points.
The four members of the winning team also received two tickets with full corporate hospitality for the exclusive Dubai Duty Free VIP Pavilion at the Curragh on Saturday, 30th June.
Johnny Treacy, who captained last year’s winning team at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic, finished in second place this year as his team which featured Dominic Ward, Seamus Tully and Gerry McIntyre recorded a score of 88 points.
The team captained by Amanda Farrell and featuring Cathy Sammon, Dylan Hughes and Ryan Hughes finished in third with 87 points.
Amanda Farrell also won the ‘nearest the pin’ award, while The K Club’s Lady Captain Karen Palmer recorded the longest drive out of all the ladies, while George Munnelly won the men’s longest drive competition.
Speaking after the event, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin, said; “I would like to congratulate all the players who took part in what was another great edition of our annual Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic. It was once again very competitive, and we were blessed to be able to play on this fine course in glorious sunshine throughout the day.
“This is our 11th year as title sponsors of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, and our annual Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic is a big part of our overall festival as it signals the start of a busy weekend.
“As ever, the staff at The K Club have been most welcoming and attentive. We will be hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball here tomorrow evening in order to support The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.”
After coming in from the sunshine following their rounds, all players enjoyed a beautiful evening barbecue on the balcony of the Palmer Clubhouse which overlooks the 18th green on the Ryder Cup course. Legendary racing commentator Dessie Scahill gave out some exclusive tips ahead of the weekend of racing before the various prize winners received their trophies.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball will be held this evening (Friday, 29th June) before the main event of the weekend takes place at the Curragh when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby goes to post at 5.15pm on Saturday, June 30th.
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