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Wednesday 24th April 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 24.4.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2019. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Liam Kelly, Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team T here's no doubt that the weather over the Easter weekend has helped my mood but I'd like to think my outlook would be positive regardless af- ter what has been a very encour- aging April for Ireland's touring professionals. Leona Maguire returns to ac- tion this week in Morocco having picked up a maiden pro win and it's great to see her joined on the Ladies European Tour by her sister Lisa who'll be looking to make her own mark in the paid ranks after an admittedly slow start. With Steph Meadow back in action in California, Olivia Mehaffey and Julie McCarthy tearing it up in the intercollegiate circuit and the Maguire twins en- tering full swing, women's golf in Ireland is in really great shape. And after what had been a relatively dry spell for our top male performers, Lowry's win in January aside, it looks like our stars of the PGA and European Tours are beginning to hit the right notes too as the season gathers pace. Seamus Power's top-10 at the Heritage was par- ticularly encouraging after a disastrous wraparound season, while although Shane Lowry fell short of the winning post, his tied- third at Hilton Head has seen his place secured for next month's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. While having secured his win at Puntacana, Graeme Mc- Dowell is steadily climbing the rankings also in a bid to join Low- ry at the year's second Major. With Paul Dunne and Michael Hoey both with live chances at the Trophy Hassan II and the likes of Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson set to get their Challenge Tour seasons into full flight at the Turkish Airlines Open this week, things are about to get frantic on the Irish golfing scene and we can't wait! Shane Lowry and his caddie, Beau Martin share a smile from the first fairway during the RBC Heritage Maybe it's just heatstroke but there's a lot to like about Ireland's current crop of golfers ahead of another packed week on Tour IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

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