Letterkenny Golf Club’s newly-appointed PGA professional Seamus McMonagle hopes to see Donegal juniors take their place at the forefront of Irish amateur golf.
Players like Seamus and his brother Ciaran, Brian McElhinney and his fellow Northwest clubmate Michael McGeady excelled on the amateur scene in the late 90s and early “noughties”.
Now Seamus is hoping to help coach a new generation of top players from his new base in Letterkenny, where he was formally welcomed this week by Captains’ Ivan Furey and Jacqueline Ireland, lady vice-captain Mary Fowley and club P.R.O. Eamonn Davis.
“I want to start producing good golfers out of Donegal,” he said. “It has not really been happening because there hasn’t been any standard of coaching
“It’s a new chapter for me, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Seamus will also be available for private lessons and said he plans to work with beginners, seasoned golfers, ladies and gents, as well as the existing members.
And having been associated with other clubs in Donegal over the past five years, he hopes to get to work with Letterkenny’s junior players as soon as he can.
He will continue to work with members of other clubs around the country and states that he hopes that with quality coaching, Donegal can start producing quality golfers for the professional circuit.
Revealing big plans for the town club, he hopes to develop a new indoor teaching bay where those availing of lessons will be taught in state-of-the-art facilities.
The Barnhill course already includes a practice area but Seamus said that, during the winter months, it’s important to have somewhere for golfers to hone their skills.
Donegal GAA captain, Michael Murphy, who’s also a keen golfer and member of the Barnhill club, was also present to offer his good wishes to Letterkenny Golf Club's new addition.
The Captains, President, committees' and all members wish Seamus every future success at Letterkenny Golf Club.