Team Ireland Golf Trust

Team Ireland grants — Does the system work?

When you hand out more than €3.2m to 88 golfers over a 16 year period — €3.38m to 92 golfers if you count the class of 2016 — you can expect a little bang for your buck.

Team Ireland grants — Does the system work?

Dunbar to scale Alps

Alan Dunbar
Alan Dunbar during the third round of the Alstom Open de France, at Le Golf National, Versailles. Picture: David Lloyd/www.golffile.ie

There’s life after the European Tour Q-School and while it’s a far cry from the Race to Dubai millions, seven Irishmen have decided to part with €600 to continue their golfing odyssey at next month’s Alps Tour Qualifying School in Spain.

Six of the best - Ireland's hopefuls braced for Q-School exams

The wailing wall. The scoreboard at the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage tells the harsh truth.Philip Walton compared it to a prison sentence and there’s no time off for good behaviour. If it goes well, you have six rounds - 108 holes of golf - to finish in the top 25 and ties and earn a ticket to the 2013 Race to Dubai.

Team Ireland grants cut by 11.4%

Paul Cutler will receive €15,000 from the Team Ireland Golf Trust as he attempts to find his place on tour in 2012. Picture golffile.ie/Luke Walker/golffupport.nlThe Team Ireland Golf Trust today announced grants totaling €139,000 to 15 aspiring golfers - a reduction of 11.4 percent on the €157,000 awarded to 15 players last year.

Putting the key to Hoey's quest for stardom

Michael Hoey basks in his moment of glory. Picture by Stuart Adams/www.golffile.iePutting coach Phil Kenyon might not have been amused by our recent Darren Clarke anecdote regarding the Dungannon man’s deep mistrust of his ability to putt as the Open loomed at Sandwich.

Clarke made a mockery of his own assertion that “I still can’t f***ing” putt by winning the Claret Jug with an impressive display on the greens when it really counted.

And Kenyon can take a bow again following Michael Hoey’s sensational two stroke victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course on Sunday.

Ireland still on course for three tour events in 2010

Ireland looks likely to survive the cash crisis and stage a hat-trick tour events this season.

Challenge Tour marketing executive Mark Aspland confirmed yesterday that he was "very hopeful" that the Challenge of Ireland would go ahead in July despite the economic gloom.

And it also emerged that Failte Ireland is planning to invest in the Irish Seniors Open again in addition to its announced support for the 3 Irish Open in Killarney.