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The Captain Mr. Brian Purcell is pleased to announce the hosting of a PRO AM event on Friday 27th April 2018, to celebrate the life and times of Ireland’s first great professional golfer Michael "Dyke" Moran, on the centenary of his death in 1918. He was born in 1886 in a small one-roomed cottage in the demesne of what was to become the Royal Dublin Golf Club. The cottage, located between the 3rd and 13th holes, was called Curley's Yard after Michael’s grandfather Patrick Curley.

John Dwyer (Head Professional), Wesley Pappin (Secretary PGA Southern Branch), Brian Purcell (Captain), Peter Finnegan (Chairman Organising Committee), and Jeff Fallon (General Manager).

Michael Moran was the playing professional at Royal Dublin from 1908 to 1914 during that time he won the Irish Professional Championship on five consecutive occasions from 1909 to 1913, a feat which has never been equalled, including the 1910 Irish Championship at his home course at Dollymount. He also finished in joint third place tied with Harry Vardon in the Open championship in 1913 at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake). He was the first Irishman to win prize money at the Open.

Michael Moran was 32 years of age when he died of wounds in France on 10th April 1918; 100 years ago and is buried at Le Cateau Military Cemetery in Nord, France.

The Michael Moran Challenge Cup

The PRO AM will incorporate the playing of The Michael Moran Challenge Cup, a pro only event, which was inaugurated in 1920 by the Southern Branch of the Irish PGA to commemorate the career of Michael Moran. It has been won by some of the great names of Irish Golf Christy O’Connor, Harry Bradshaw, Willie Nolan, Philip Walton and Paddy Mahon along with our own John Dwyer, Leonard Owens and more recently Neil O’Briain and Niall Kearney. The 14th Hole at Royal Dublin is named Moran’s in his memory.

Family members will be in attendance at the event as will the Captains of the PGA (GB&I) and the PGA (Irish Region) and representatives of Clubs with which Michael Moran was associated.

Each team will consist of four players, one PGA Professional and three Amateurs with the PGA Professional being assigned to your team. There will be a morning shotgun start at 09:00 and afternoon shotgun start at 14:30. The entry fee is €400 per team for the morning to include lunch and €500 per team in the afternoon to include dinner, goody bags and prizes are also included.  To make a booking please contact Louise Thompson in the office. Email or phone 01 833 6346

This PRO AM probably the first Royal Dublin has hosted since the 1980’s when the Irish Open was at Dollymount, will provide an opportunity for the Club to celebrate the memory of Ireland’s first great Professional golfer, such an important part of our heritage and will be a showcase for our Club. Members are encouraged to support this event and invite guests and friends for what should be a special day in the Royal Dublin calendar in 2018.

Peter Finnegan

Chairman Organising Committee