McBride set for Hilary debut at Laytown and Bettystown
The Island's Paul McBride. 

The Island's Paul McBride. 

Walker Cup star Gavin Moynihan might be missing the 2014 season as he chases the American  dream in Alabama, but his close pal Paul McBride will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his Island clubmate when he makes his debut in the first RaboDirect sponsored Hilary Golf Society outing of the season.

The 18-year old, plus two handicapper — the reigning Ulster Boys champion and a member of the Irish Boys side that won last season's Home Internationals - will be at Laytown & Bettystown on Sunday (Feb 2) for the season-opener.

Founded by the legendary Joe Carr 61 years ago, the Hilary provides early-season competition for professionals and amateurs with a handicap of six or less, culminating in the final outing of the season at Sutton Golf Club in April.

 Gavin Moynihan (The Island) receives the 2013 Silver Medal. From left, Kevin Knightly (RaboDirect), Gavin Moynihan, Bill Thompson (Hilary Founder) and Pádraig Harrington (Stackstown) at Sutton Golf Club on 20 April 2013. Photo: Jenny Matthews /

New members must have a handicap of four or less and there is certainly no shortage of top class competition.

Moynihan captured the Silver Medal for the best average gross scores in the series last season before going on to win a Walker Cup cap.  

The Gold Medal for the best average nett was won by Gus Fitzpatrick from Naas. 

Three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington won the final event of 2013 at the Hilary's spiritual home, Sutton Golf Club, before being presented with Honorary Life Membership of the society and treating members to a question and answer session.

For more information about the RaboDirect Hilary Golf Society and details on how to apply for membership, visit

RaboDirect Hilary Golf Society — 2014 schedule

  • Feb 2nd — Laytown and Bettystown 
  • Feb 16th — Portmarnock Links 
  • March 2nd — Seapoint
  • March 23rd — County Louth
  • April 6th — Royal Dublin
  • April 11th — Portmarnock Golf Club
  • April 25th — Sutton