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A Four Ball comprising members from Clare, Cork and Limerick has won the third annual Clare Ultimate Golf Challenge.
In the only competition of its kind in Ireland, 400 golfers are afforded the opportunity to play all of County Clare’s 10 golf courses between April and September. The top 8 ranking teams competed in a final held at the Greg Norman-designed links course in Doonbeg this week. Other participating courses included Lahinch, Dromoland, Ennis, Woodstock, Shannon, Spanish Point, Kilrush, Kilkee and East Clare.
The 2012 Clare Ultimate Golf Challenge winning team includes Michael O’Brien and Conor Moroney (both Castletroy, Limerick), PJ Moroney (Shannon, Clare) and Andrew Moloney (Charleville, Cork).
Barbara Faulkner, Chair of the Clare Tourism Forum said that all proceeds raised by the event will go towards the Forum’s 2013 marketing campaign. Ms. Faulkner congratulated the winning Four Ball on their achievement after they beat off competition from almost 100 other teams, while she also acknowledged the contribution of Clare’s ten golf clubs to the success of the competition.
She added: “Through hosting the Clare Ultimate Golf Challenge, the Clare Tourism Forum offers golfers the unique opportunity to play all ten Clare golf courses, including two of the world’s top 100 ranked courses. Since its launch in 2010, this initiative has helped to secure the continuation of the successful and effective marketing and promotional activities carried out by the Clare Tourism Forum.”
Clare Tourism Forum marketing executive Maureen Cleary said that the Challenge, now in its third year, has gone from strength to strength with most counties in Ireland represented during the past three years.
“We are delighted this year’s competition has once again generated funds that will be injected into marketing and promotional activities during 2013. The Clare Tourism Forum is very grateful to the participating golf clubs, without whose support this event would not be possible,” Ms. Cleary added. 

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Image: The 2012 Clare Ultimate Golf Challenge winning team receive their first place trophy from Barbara Faulkner, Chair of the Clare Tourism Forum. The team members are (L-R): PJ Moroney (Shannon, Clare), Andrew Moloney (Charleville, Cork). Michael O’Brien and Conor Moroney (both Castletroy, Limerick), presented by Barbara Faulkner Chair of Clare Tourism Forum.