World Pitch & Putt Champion Wins Danny Broderick Memorial

Liam O'Donovan, Bruff Pitch & Putt Club member and world champion.
Liam O’Donovan, Bruff Pitch & Putt Club member and world champion.

A Limerick man who won the World Pitch and Putt Strokeplay title in Norway just recently, came to Castleisland on Sunday to carry off  the Danny Broderick Memorial Pitch and Putt Cup.

Liam O’Donovan, a member of Bruff Pitch and Putt Club, was one of 140 players involved in the tournament in ideal conditions on the widely admired course.

Long List of Successes

He has already won provincial, national and European titles and the prestigious Castleisland tournament is the latest in the long list of successes.

Killarney’s Damien Fleming from the Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club,  was the runner-up.

Danny’s daughter and often playing partner, Julianne won the ladies’ prize.

The late Danny Broderick was one of the Castleisland club’s most proficient players.

He played with an economy of fuss and movement that hallmarks genius in any sporting discipline.

Peppering the Pin

Danny Broderick, Denis Brosnan Pitch and Putt 12-5-1991
In his element: The late Danny Broderick (second from left) with Seán Hickey, Denis and Fergal Brosnan playing on the Castleisland course. ©Photograph: John Reidy 12-5-1991

I remember watching Danny and his group in action one evening years ago. While they were all hitting and staying on the greens, Danny’s tee shots were peppering the pin and holding or backspinning towards the flags.

There is also a darts tournament in his honour as this was another sport at which he excelled.

Danny was equally at home on the amateur dramatics stage – wherever it was. And it was at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre through the greatest part of the final years of his life. Before that he shone on the Astor and community centre stages as part of the Tops-of-the Town troupes.

His Final Bow

It was while playing pitch and putt on the local course that Danny took his final bow to this world on the evening of May 13th 2010.

There have been many fine winners of the memorial cup on the greens where Danny plied his skills. It is appropriate then that a world champion would grace the course with his presence and take away the trophy which honours the man to whom the game meant so much.

Club Preparing for Munster Inter-County

Castleisland Pitch and Putt Club is now preparing for the Munster Inter County Championships on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th.

The competition will cater for all grades with ladies and juveniles playing off on Saturday.

Senior and junior men’s competition will be played on the Sunday.

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