Hehir and Barrett LA bound

Pictured at the presentation of the Audi Ireland quattro Cup is Audi brand ambassador Kathryn Thomas with (L-R) Christian Gussen, managing director, Audi Ireland; Clement Hehir and Tom BarrettAudi Cork’s Clement Hehir and Tom Barrett saw off oppostion from 41 rival teams to claim victory in this year’s Audi quattro Cup final at Mount Juliet.

The Kilmallock natives, who play out of Charleville Golf Club, won by a single point on 44 points from Naas pair Arthur Ryan and John Kelly (43) with Audi Athlone duo John Conniffe and John Kelly (42) taking third.

Hehir, with a handicap of 20, and Barrett, playing off 16, will now go forward to represent Ireland in the world final of the Audi quattro Cup which will be played at Trump National Golf Course, Los Angeles in early October.

Close to 700 golfers, half of whom were Audi drivers, competed in seven regional heats between May and July at venues such as The K Club, Fota Island and County Sligo (Rosses Point) with the final taking place at  Mount Juliet.

Christian Gussen, managing director of Audi Ireland commented: “This country has such a strong tradition in golf at amateur and professional level and the competition was fierce this year.

“We are delighted to reward our loyal customers by affording them the opportunity to play some of the most prestigious golf courses throughout Ireland in the Audi quattro Cup and to be in with a chance to represent Ireland in the United States later this year.

“Almost 85,000 golfers will play in 800 tournaments all over the globe in the 2013 Audi quattro Cup. This superb competition has come a long way since German Audi dealers organised an event for 6,000 golfers playing 51 tournaments back in 1991.”