Walker Cup Fever Grips Dungarvan

As members gathered on the 19th at West Waterford golf club for the customary pint on Sunday morning last there was only one topic of conversation, Gary Hurley’s participation in next weekend’s Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Liverpool. With the excitement reaching fever pitch as the travelling supporters deck themselves in club shirt and hat one can only dream of the excitement as the big weekend approaches.

Back in 1924 CO Hezlet became the first Irishman to play in the iconic competition, and since then 38 others including Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy have represented Ireland on the team. On Saturday 12th September history will be made when the famous five add their names to the roll of honour. Paul Dunne, Cormac Sharvin, Gavin Moynihan, Jack Hume along with West Waterford’s Gary Hurley will join forces with their GB & I team mates as they take on the U.S team in their quest to reclaim the Walker Cup.

Aglish is a small village close to the town of Dungarvan and is the birthplace of Gary Hurley. A good tee shot hit from outside Gary’s door would end up very close to Villierstown, home of the great John Treacy. A few more shots would land you in Touraneena, birthplace of Seamus Power now playing as a professional on the Web.com tour in the U.S. We are honoured to have three members who have blazed a trail in the highest levels of international competition.

Waterford has a great sporting tradition which transgresses all codes and our supporters are always on hand to cheer any individual or team representing the Decies. Over the past week West waterford GC has been inundated with messages of congratulations and good luck for Gary. We are most appreciative of each and every one of those messages. The Gary gang will be out in force at Royal Lytham this weekend to cheer on their hero and their team in what promises to be an historic sporting occasion.

Gary Hurley is Munster Young Golfer of the Year

Golf_Munster_Awards_Gary_Hurley_Nov2010Congratulations to Gary Hurley who crowned a magnificent year in his golfing career by being awarded the title of Munster Young Golfer of the Year 2010. This major achievement comes as no surprise when one considers the record of this young man over the past year. Gary represented his country in the Boy’s Home international at Southerness and had the distinction of being undefeated in his six matches as Ireland romped to an emphatic victory.

Two weeks later Gary competed in the British Boys Amateur championship at Kilmarnock (Brassie), once again holding his own in competition with 252 golfers from 20 countries. Loyal clubman that he is, Gary took an early flight home to represent his club in the Senior Cup semi final at Castletroy on August 15th. To crown a year of achievements Gary was chosen as one of only two junior golfers to represent Ireland at Sawgrass in the United States. All at West Waterford will rejoice in Gary’s success in 2010, and look forward to many more memorable performances in the future.

Photo: From left Gerard Keane of Keanes Jewellers Cork Sponsors, Gary Hurley, Michael Cashman Chairman GUI Munster Branch

Gary Hurley in contention in NSW

Gary Hurley in contention in NSW
02 February 2012 

The Irish challenge at the New South Wales Medal Tournament intensified considerably on Day 2 of the tournament, with Reeve Whitson, Gary Hurley and Niall Gorey all moving into contention for the title with 36 holes to play.

Gary Hurley, who lay in a tie for third after a first round 70, carded a 74 in difficult conditions on a demanding Mona Vale GC to consolidate his position, three shots off the pace in a tie for fourth.

He was joined on 144 by Reeve Whitson, who added a second consecutive 72, and both players are one shot ahead of Niall Gorey who carded one of the best rounds of the day at Mona Vale, a one-under 71, to lie in a tie for eighth.

Dermot McElroy ground his way to a 76 to make the cut on the number. All four players will be hoping to at least finish in the top-32 in the event, which would entitle them to compete in the New South Wales Match Play Championship next week in Elanora. 

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Day 2 Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship

Day 2 Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship - Gary Hurley advances...

27th January 2012

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It was a good day for the Irish players on Day 2 of the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship at Belmont Golf Club outside Sydney, with all five competitors making the cut.


Richard O'Donovan added a solid 71 to his opening 70 to lead the Irish challenge, while Gary Hurley (pictured above) scorched back into contention with a 67 for 143, the same total as Reeve Whitson, who added a 72 to his opening 71. 

Dermot McElroy found some form for a 69 to leave him on 144, while Niall Gorey held his nerve to grind out a 72 for 147, making the cut on the mark.

Australian Daniel Nisbett carded a 68 for 133, and leads the way by one stroke from compatriot Nathan Holman and Australian Amateur