FRIDAY last saw the launch, in Glengarriff Golf Club, of the first Dr Maureen O’Hara Blair Memorial Classic, as it is the first since the iconic star’s death in October, 2015. It is also, of course, the 32nd continuous classic and festival of golf to bear her name.
The festival was initially launched in 1984, the brainchild of Maureen herself and some of the local golfing talent. It was hoped to generate some tourist activity for the town and area and to raise some funds for a new clubhouse. In its early days, the golf classic was played over one weekend as a ladies’ singles and a gents’ four-man team event, but over the years it has changed and developed.
The open festival will run from Friday, June 24th, to Sunday, July 3rd, and includes a ladies’ fourball competition, a gents’ singles competition, a ladies’ and gents’ senior singles competition, a juvenile competition, a mixed foursomes and a gents’ four-man team competition.
Maureen’s family have expressed their wish to continue their association with the event and in light of that wish, her grandson Conor Beau Fitzsimons and family will be sponsoring trophies for the winning classic teams.