For the first time in its four-year history, the Danny Broderick Memorial Scratch Cup was won by an ‘outsider’ last Sunday. Kieran Earls from the Parteen club in Co. Clare was victorious after 54 holes on the Castleisland course. He held off the challenge of local favourite Mike Browne to claim the honour with Listowel’s Declan McCarron coming in third.
Just under 100 played at the course on Sunday as it was the first time Castleisland ran Intermediate and junior gents’ competitions as part of their Scratch Cup day.
The Intermediate competition was won by local player, James Dignan with Deerpark’s Creagh Courtney in second. The Junior competition (the Lorna Looney-Brosnan Memorial Cup) was won by Deerpark’s James Fleming with county board secretary, David Hobbert from Tralee finishing second overall.
Julianne Browne, a daughter of the late Danny Broderick , was the winner of the ladies prize at the event.
The late Danny was as gifted a Pitch & Putt player as anyone anywhere and it was fitting that his last act in this life was indulging in the game he loved and on the course he knew so well on May 13th 2010.
A founder member of the club in the mid 1960’s he was the holder of several Munster championship titles won on a variety of courses throughout the province.
He shared the distinction with his daughter, Julianne of being the first father and daughter combination to win a Munster title. Fitting then that Julianne came up trumps again on Sunday on an occasion which marks the memory of her dad, her mentor and a very special playing partner.
Julianne has been winning top-class P&P competitions for years as you’ll see from the photograph here from 2004.
While James, for a relative newcomer to the game, has already clocked up some notable wins in recent times and is now looking at a greatly pared down handicap in the wake of the Danny Broderick Memorial Weekend.