Castleisland Ladies Win Noreen Moore Trophy

The Castleisland Members’ Golf Club Ladies team which won the Noreen Moore Trophy League when they defeated Ballybunion in the final. Included are front from left: Marie O’Connor, Kadie Colbert, Maryann Downes captain; Bridie Collins, Mary Cross and Marian Kerrisk. Back from left: Kim Mullins, Geraldine Collins, Jackie O’Connor, Ann Stuart, team manager, Catherine Walsh, Angela Kelliher and Norma O’Neill-Collins. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Noreen Moore Trophy winning Castleisland Ladies Golf Club team members are is still on a high after their dramatic 19th hole win over Ballybunion at the seaside links recently.

The team, which was captained by Maryann Downes, earned the famous Kerry golf trophy the hard way and had to battle their way through four other clubs en route.

Four Tough Encounters

Ballyheigue, Ross, Tralee and Ballybunion stood between the Castleisland club women and the title.

The club hadn’t won the cup since 2004 and there was a link. Ann Stuart was on the last winning team from the Island and this year she was the team manager.

Golf on the Map

The Noreen Moore Trophy was named after the woman who put women’s golf on the map in Kerry.

With her husband, Kevin Moore they ran the Tralee Bay Hotel for years. The establishment became known as a top seafood restaurant and hence the ‘Lobster Trophy’ came into being.

The competition began its life just over 30 years ago as the Tralee Bay Hotel Trophy.

Represent their Clubs

A native of Aughacasla on the Tralee to Castlegregory Road, Noreen Moore wanted ladies in the high handicap brackets throughout Kerry to have the opportunity to represent their clubs in competition.

Following her death at just 56 years of age in 1985, the trophy was named in her honour and is now one of the the most popular on the Kerry circuit.

A Fair Reflection

Now the trophy rests in the appreciative hands of Castleisland Ladies Club Captain and team Captain, Maryann Downes.

The team is made up almost equally of women from Abbeyfeale and Castleisland and the surrounding parishes.

The win is more than a fair reflection of the efforts being put into the ladies club with coaching sessions for new members introduced over the past summer.

With thanks to Ger ‘Flash’ Walsh in Ballybunion and Joan Ferriter in Castlegregory for the additional information on the late Noreen Moore.

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