Cork golfers win gold at World Transplant Games
Irish transplant golfers put in an outstanding performance in Perth yesterday at the World Transplant Games.
Transplant Team Ireland seized Gold and Silver the top two positions in golf pairs while two more just missed out on bronze.
Proving to be an indomitable Cork duo, golfers Pat O’Sullivan from Mallow and newcomer to the team Hugh Nolan from Doneraile, each basked in the sunshine and their Golden medal glory with their gross score of 65 on the demanding par 70 Wembley Golf course.
This good news comes a day after fellow Corkonian teammate Mairead O’Mahony won gold in the 5km race event.
The Silver lining for Transplant Team Ireland’s golfers was when Dubliner Ron Grainger and Tony Gavigan from Longford, on form performance secured them second place position and another two medals for the team with a score of 79.
Pat O’Sullivan and Hugh Nolan competed in Category 1 (the lowest handicap group of those registered). They credited their win to making a good team, dovetailing between the two of them and helping each other out along the way. Pat described the course as “hard enough, the greens were tricky”, but both he and Hugh were keen to credit their organ donors for being the reason they were able to compete – coincidentally they were in hospital together after their kidney transplants.
They are both also grateful to Mallow Golf Club and McKenna Golf Academy for their support, as well as their families and friends.”
Golfers Dubliner Ron Grainger and Tony Gavigan from Longford, were awarded Silver medals in golf pairs Category 4 (handicap).