The Cups of Lahinch – Juniors
The Harley Cup
The Harley Cup was presented by Sir Thomas Harley to Lahinch Golf Club in 1956. Sir Thomas was a Liverpool solicitor who fought with distinction in two World Wars and received the Military Cross. He was an influential member of the British Conservative Party for many years. He came on annual holidays to North Clare and loved fishing and shooting with his great friend Joe Connole, District Court Clerk in Ennistymon 1922-1968. Since 1964 the Harley Cup is the premier competition in Junior golf at Lahinch.
The Lissadell Cup
The Lissadell Cup was presented to Lahinch Golf Club in 1969 by Derry Culligan. Derry Culligan was a dentist by profession and a keen student of golf. The cup was presented with the aim of promoting Junior golf at the Club. The Culligan family home is located just a stone’s throw from the tee box to one of the most famous holes at Lahinch “The Dell”. Derry was Captain of the Club in 1968 and President in 1986. Derry’s ancestors came from Ruan, a great hurling parish. His father presented the first hurling sliothar to St.Flannan’s College Ennis which is widely regarded as the home of Clare hurling.
The Hamill Cup
The Hamill Cup was presented to Lahinch Golf Club in 1970 by Cormac Hamill. Cormac was one of many Northern golfers who came to Lahinch on holidays and fell in love with the village. The cup is now one of the major girls competitions at Lahinch.
The Eileen Roughan Memorial Trophy
The Eileen Roughan Memorial Trophy was presented by the Ladies of Lahinch Golf Club in 1975. Eileen was a member of an old Ennistymon family and made a valuable contribution to the Club both as a player and an office holder. She joined the Club in 1928 and was Lady Captain in 1954. Her father J.J. Roughan built the lower part of the promenade at Lahinch in 1913 at a cost of £2,100. Her brother Joe ran a hardware store in Ennistymon which was one of the finest shops in Co. Clare during the 20th century. The Roughan family were also prominently associated with the growth and development of Ennistymon Bridge Club.
The Klondyke Cup
The Klondyke Cup was presented by Dr. Paddy Bugler in 1976 to Lahinch Golf Club. Paddy Bugler won the South of Ireland Championship in 1954. In the final he beat J.A. Mahon of Muskerry. The Buglers were an old and respected Clare family. Originally from the Mountshannon area in the east of the county, Buglers Pharmacy in Abbey St. was a noted Clare landmark all through the 20th century. Paddy’s father, Harry, was regularly seen in the shop up into his ninetieth year. Since its inception the Klondyke Cup is run off in a match play format in the Junior Golf section of the Club.
The Mick Power Cup
The Mick Power Cup was presented by the Power family of Cork to Lahinch Golf Club in 1992. The cup is an Under 16 competition played on the Castle Course. Mick Power was a prominent member of Muskerry Golf Club and won the South of Ireland in 1950 and in 1952 defeating Paddy Leyden and Norman Drew in the finals. He once held in his possession at the same time the South of Ireland, the East of Ireland and the Irish Close Championship trophies. He won 3 All Ireland Senior Cup medals and 1 All Ireland Barton Shield Medal with Muskerry G.C. He was a member of the Irish International team from 1947 to 1954. He was conferred with Honorary Life Membership of Lahinch Golf Club in 1950.
The Fairways Trophy
The Fairways Trophy was presented to Lahinch Golf Club by Brud Slattery in 1992. It is an Under 12 competition played on the Castle Course. Brud Slattery was an influential member of Lahinch Golf Club from 1935 when he first became a member until 1997. He served as Honorary Secretary/Secretary Manager to the Club from 1954 to 1984. He was President of the Club in 1988 and served as Captain for the celebration of the Club’s Centenary in 1992. He was conferred with Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 1950. He was also a Trustee of the Club. He won the South of Ireland Championship in 1947 and won All Ireland Senior Cup (1959) and All Ireland Barton Shield (1955) medals with Lahinch. He won 10 Munster Senior Cup medals and 8 Munster Barton Shield medals representing Lahinch. He was a great ambassador for Lahinch and for Irish golf, retaining a wonderful memory for names and faces. He was a marvellous administrator and his name will forever be linked with the development of Lahinch Golf Club in the 20th century.
J B Carr Trophy
The J B Carr Trophy was presented by the Carr family to Lahinch Golf Club in 1997. It is a 36 holes Open Stroke Under-19 competition played in August on the Championship course. The trophy is a replica of the South of Ireland Championship Trophy which Joe won in 1948, 1966 and 1969. Joe Carr was the most successful Irish amateur golfer of his era winning twelve East of Ireland and twelve West of Ireland championships. He won the Irish Close title on six occasions. He represented Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup a record eleven times.
The Dell Trophy
The Dell Trophy was presented by the three Heskin sisters Oonagh, Ann and Mary to Lahinch Golf Club in 1997. It is a Singles Competition for Girls Under-19. The trophy is named after one of the oldest and most famous golf holes at Lahinch “the Dell”. The Heskin family have a long association with Irish Ladies Golf. Two sisters, Oonagh and Ann played for the Irish International team on numerous occasions between 1967 and 1977. Ann was President of the I.L.G.U. in 2005-2006. The family are also prominent members of Douglas Golf Club and featured on many All Ireland winning Senior Cup teams with Douglas. Oonagh was Lady Captain in Lahinch in 1988 and Mary was Lady Captain in 2003. The Heskin family represent a link between Cork and Lahinch Golf Club which dates back to the earliest days of golf at Lahinch.
Valerie Hassett Trophy
The Valerie Hassett Trophy was presented to Lahinch Golf Club in 2004. The competition is a Clare V Limerick Girls and is played for on the Old Course. Valerie Hassett was Lady Captain of Lahinch Golf Club in 1997. She was a member of the Irish Seniors International team from 2003 to 2009 and a Munster Interprovincial player from 1971 to 1999. She won an Irish Senior Cup medal with Ennis Golf Club in 2007. She was British Seniors Champion in 1996 and a finalist in the U.S. Seniors Championship in 1998.