- Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Profile
Launched by the Ladies of Woodenbridge Golf Club in September 2014 to provide the lady golfers throughout Ireland with a competition similar to the long running and very popular JB Carr Tournament for men, the competition has proved a huge success.
One of the great features of this competition is that it brings together clubs that might not ordinarily meet. It is growing to be one of the largest inter club golf competitions in the country for senior lady golfers (Click here for Previous Winners)
All ILGU affiliated golf clubs across the island of Ireland are invited annually to participate in the Mary Mc Kenna Diamond Trophy Tournament. The format for the competition is Scotch Foursomes Matchplay. Each team selects 10 lady members (5 pairings) over the age of 60years, playing off full ILGU handicaps subject to a maximum handicap limit of 50.
The competition is run at regional level and ultimately the successful finalists from each region come together to play the All Ireland semi-finals and finals usually the second week-end in September In Woodenbridge Golf Club, County Wicklow.
Our Patron, Mary Mc Kenna MBE loves to come to Woodenbridge. Over the entire weekend she attends to welcome the teams, make loads of new friends and present the prizes to the winning teams. The presence of our wonderful golfing legend is always appreciated by all participants.
The 2022 campaign will commence in Mid January. 2022 marking the sixth competition, due to the Covid 19 pandemic we had to postpone the competition in 2020 and 2021. We have no doubt that we can build again on the success of previous years. Entry forms available on www.woodenbridge.ie Click here for 2022 Entry form.
We wish to express our appreciation to our new major sponsor this year Nurse On Call. Nurse On Call has over 500 client Hospital/Organizations on their books and provide Nurses and Carers countrywide. We also acknowledge and thank Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge and to Cassidy Wines who have been supporting this competition for the last 5 years. There are beautiful prizes for all four Provincial winning teams and we acknowledge the hard work of each of the team managers also with a prize for their hard work.
All the members of Woodenbridge Golf Club are looking forward to welcoming back the participating teams to the All Ireland Finals this year and to an exciting and competitive weekend of golf on the 9th 10th and 11th September 2022.
Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy Previous Winners Roll of Honour
Year Winner Runner Up 3rd Place 4th Place 2022 Portumna Golf Club - Connaught Donabate Golf Club - Leinster Cahir Park Golf Club - Munster Banbridge Golf Club - Ulster 2019 Newlands Golf Club - Leinster Co Sligo Golf Club - Connaught Tralee Golf Club - Munster Malone Golf Club - Ulster 2018 Slade Valley Golf Club - Leinster Ballinrobe Golf Club - Connaught Malone Golf Club - Ulster East Clare Golf Club - Munster 2017 Royal Tara Golf Club - Leinster Belvoir Park Golf Club - Ulster Tuam Golf Club - Connaught Thurles Golf Club - Munster 2016 Slade Valley Golf Club - Leinster Belvoir Park Golf Club - Ulster Clonmel Golf Club - Munster Tuam Golf Club - Connaught 2015 Woodenbridge Golf Club - Leinster Malone Golf Club - Ulster Roscommon Golf Club - Connaught Cahir Park Golf Club - Munster
- Mary McKenna MBE
Mary McKenna is arguably Ireland's greatest ever female golfer and was awarded an MBE (member of the British Empire) for her services to golf by British Ambassador, Dominick Chillcott, in June 2012. The winner of twelve domestic championships and a member of nine consecutive Curtis Cup teams, Mary, who began her career in 1968, also captained the Curtis Cup team on two occasions.
Below is a bio of many of Mary McKenna's fantastic achievements and her amazing contribution to Irish Ladies golf over her career.
Irish Close Champions 1969, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989 Leinster Champion 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 Leitrim Cup 1973,1974, 1976, 1977, 1980,1983,1985, 1990, 1991, 1995 Runner-up British Stroke Play 1976 British Stroke Play champion 1979 East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes (with Eddie Dunne) 1979 East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes (with Paul Rayford) 1987,1989,1991 Elm Park Mixed Foursomes (with Pat Mulcaire) 1970,1971 Elm Park Mixed Foursomes (with Brian Whitaker) 1987,88 Semi-Final U.S Amateur Championship 1986 Semi-Final British Matchplay Championship 1969, 1979, 1982, 1991 Mother & Daughter Competition 1987 Vegliano Team Trophy 1969,71,73,75,77,79,81,83,87 Curtis Cup Team 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 Irish Team for Home Internationals 1968,91,93 Irish Team for European Team Championship 1969,71,73,75,79,81,83,85,87,89,91 British Strokeplay Champion 1979 Sunningdale Foursomes(with Maureen Maddil) 1984 Avia Watches Foursomes (With Tegwen Perkins) 1977 Avia Watches Foursomes (With Belle Robertson) 1984 & 1986 Irish Stroke Play Foursomes (With Evelyn Hearn) 1989 & 1993 Great Britain & Ireland Team at the World Championship 1970,74,76,80 Captain G.B & Irl Team at the World Team Championship 1986,90,92 Daks Woman Golfer of the Year 1979 Irish Golf Writers Award 1977, 1979, 1982 Hermitage Scratch Cup 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 Woodbrook Scratch Cup. 1991 Galway Scratch Cup 1992 Shannon Scratch Cup 1993 Tramore Scratch Cup 1993 Cork Scratch Cup. 1995 Heath,Waterford,Castletroy Scratch Cup Winner Captain G.B & Irl Team for Espirito Santo Trophy World Team Championship 2000 Captain Irish Ladies Golf Team (2003 winners of Home International Matches) 2000 & 2003 Ladies International Seniors Team 2002 & 2008 British Ladies Open Seniors Champion 2001 Irish Ladies Open Seniors Champion 2006 Runner-up Irish Senior Ladies Close Championship 2008 Captain G.B & Irl Team for Vagliano Trophy 1995, 2007 Captain G.B & Irl Team for Curtis Cup St. Andrews Scotland 2008 Semifinal US Amateur championship 1980 Leinster championship 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 Joint runner-up British Stroke-play 1996 ILGU Golfer of the Year 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991
- About Woodenbridge Golf Club
Founded in 1884, Woodenbridge Golf Club near Arklow, Co Wicklow is one of the longest-established and most picturesque golf courses in Ireland.
Described by the legendary Joe Carr as "Ireland's Augusta" and "The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem", the Patrick Merrigan-designed, 18-hole parkland course is set in a natural amphitheatre divided by the meandering Avoca River, in a valley surrounded by mature forests on both sides. The course measuring 6,341 yards from the back tees, with a par-72 and a standard scratch of 72, is a true gem, providing all golfers with a challenging round.
Woodenbridge GC is listed in the Golf Digest - Ireland's top 100 ranking golf courses, and is renowned for its superb course condition and lightning fast, undulating greens. The award-winning, state-of-the-art clubhouse which overlooks the course and Avoca River, has a full bar and excellent restaurant ensuring every visitor has an experience to remember. www.woodenbridge.ie