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Valderrama offers Lawrie reasons to be cheerful

Brendan Mcdaid ,

Peter+Lawrie+Alfred+Dunhill+Links+Championship+GsKYqGckXJFlPeter Lawrie returns to Real Club Valderrama Open de España, Hosted by the Sergio García Foundation to play the 90th edition of one of the oldest national opens in Europe. Its origin linked to the appearance of those first Spanish professionals and a reflection on the development of golf in Spain during that time. Appropriately one of those prodigies, Sergio Garcia now Host of the event.

It was 2008 when Lawrie won Open de España – after a playoff with Ignacio Garrido – at Real Club Golf de Sevilla. A victory that formed an important part of the Dubliners success on the European Tour during the past decade. With Lawrie almost repeating the feat the following year at PGA Catalunya when he finished in a share of third place of the Open de España with Thomas Bjorn – both behind Fabrizio Zanotti and winner Thomas Levet

That win also consolidated a partnership with swing coach Brendan McDaid which saw the former UCD Sports Scholarship qualify for the 2012 US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Doing so through a crowded and competitive qualifier at Walton Health to earn the right. Although a frequent visitor to Andalucía Lawrie returns to Valderrama for the first time since the Andalucía Masters in 2011 where he finished in 15th place

For this year’s Open de España Lawrie will join forces with McDaid once again with the role of caddy added to the weekend’s chores for the experienced golf coach. Both men keen to rediscover some tournament form in the south of Spain, following a number of months working together off the course.

“Most of our work has been focussed on impact improvement” explained McDaid, “and getting Peter to compress the ball more at point of impact.”

“Being on the bag will allow me see the progress through the rounds and help keep building on the good work done through the winter,” concluded McDaid

In availing of his winner’s exemption the Open de España is very timely in what will be a challenging season for Lawrie given his reliance on invites and favours this season. All a result of having dropped out of the automatic places in the Race to Dubai two seasons ago. In 2015 Peter missed the cut 17 times, including the Open de España at El Prat in Barcelona. Although he finished 37th at the Challenge de Madrid some weeks later.
The previous year the former event winner missed the weekend play at NH Collection Open de España at La Reserva. However, in 2013 at El Saler in Valencia Lawrie finished 13th and on his return to the Real Golf Club de Sevilla he signed for a 16th place finish. A share of 15th place on his last outing at Valderrama might stir the memory bank for his trip this year.

Such history will prove a bonus for the Lawrie McDaid combination as they battle the 1997 Ryder Cup course, which has seen significant work done recently. Both on the bunkers and tees in order to bring them up to the same high standard as the fairways and greens.

Many of the cork trees lining the course have also been pruned, allowing more aggressive play from the rough, and a brand new high-tech pumping system has improved the playing conditions.

In terms of the Open de España the first event hosted in Andalucía was in 1966 at the neighbouring – and newly opened at the time RCG Sotogrande – where Argentina’s Roberto de Vicenzo stole the show. Four years later it was RCG Las Brisas in Marbella, another Robert Trent Jones layout, which saw a home winner, Angel Gallardo, the current Vice-Chairman of the European Tour.

That year Gallardo won by two shots over England’s Neil Coles and Christy O’Connor Sr. “I had always dreamt of winning my national Open; that was the most thrilling moment of my career” recalls Gallardo.

Nine years passed before the event returned in 1979 to southern Spain at Torrequebrada in Benalmádena, near Málaga, where South African Dale Hayes triumphed. In an event that for the first time had a title sponsor – Benson&Hedges.

In 1983 Eamonn Darcy prevailed over home favourites Manuel Piñero, José María Cañizares and Manuel Montes on a thrilling final day. Sir Nick Faldo’s 1987 carded a two-shot victory over Seve Ballesteros and South Africa’s Hugh Baiocchi.

Faldo later saying the win was a “major turning point”, which restored his confidence as two months later he claimed the first of his six Major titles at The Open Championship.

The event was held consecutively in 2005 and 2006 at The San Roque Club where Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Niclas Fasth, earned playoff victories over Peter Gustafsson and John Bickerton respectively. Then Seville hosted the 2008, 2010 and 2012 editions at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. A José María Olazábal layout that proved so favourable for Peter Lawrie.

At Valderrama Lawrie goes in search of his own turning point following his failure to regain a playing card at Q School in PGA Catalunya last year. But with renewed confidence, and a friend on the bag there are reasons to be cheerful for this 90th Edition of the Open de Espana.

Lawrie will be joined at the San Roque course by fellow Irish players Paul McGinley and Paul Dunne.

The Real Club Valderrama Open de España, Hosted by the Sergio García Foundation runs from April 14 – 17th 2016

Masters Preview – Rickie Fowler’s Year

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Rickie+Fowler+Shell+Houston+Open+Preview+Day+aZJi37bNHQulThis could be Rickie Fowler’s year at Augusta National.

Just fancy his chances even though he has not done anything special so far this year. He can hit it, pitch and putt it. So he has a very good chance this year.

Jason Day obviously can’t be ruled out after being a nearly man for so many events he is now stringing together wins. Last week in Austin at the WGC Dell Match Play and before that at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

So that current form makes him a firm favourite. Although his back seems to be an issue at the moment.

Rory McIlroy is the leading Irish contender no doubt and the Dell Match Play might have sharpened him up somewhat and helped his confidence. A few unexpected cuts this season did not help his momentum and so I wish him a lot of luck this year.

McIlroy just needs to hold it together and tame any tendency to lose control at key times. Or make an unneeded aggressive strokes which get severely punished at the Masters. It’s a time to remain patient throughout.

Shane Lowry hasn’t done enough to suggest this could be his year. But he will have tremendous confidence after the WGC Bridgestone title win from last year. He has the game to do it though Augusta tests it for any weaknesses over 72 holes. The match play in Austin hinted that he is not in the same rich vein of form as of yet.

GMAC has a few demons gathered over the years at The Masters and distance seems to be main challenge for him at Augusta. His win in December at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba can do him no harm though.

Bubba Watson will be hard to beat as will Phil Mickelson. The latter travelling to Georgia slightly under the radar but showing some consistency in recent weeks.

Watson carding wins at hero World Challenge and the Northern Trust Open so will loom large as a possible contender on the Sunday afternoon

Adam Scott is up there too after his two wins this season – The Honda classic and WGC Cadillac Championship.

Outside chances include Brandt Snedeker who has shown some form this season. Or maybe Swede Henrik Stenson – always a firm favourite of mine. But again they need some consistency over the four days to be winners of a Green Jacket.

Another fancy is Louis Oosthuizen. He’s a tough, steady and competitive player with all the skills in his armoury to make the Masters his on this occasion. After coming so close in 2012.

Clearly he can manage his way around the Augusta course quite well   And has that that big easy swing that made Ernie Els such a success and hides the real power he gets on impact.

Jordan Spieth may arrive too exhausted after a Champion’s Year filled with lots of victories, commercial commitments and global travel. Recent weeks suggest it might have just taken its toll – as it does with every Masters Champion – and so the pressure might tell.

Then again Spieth might react positively to driving back down Magnolia Drive and the memory muscles help him just make it back to back titles.

No matter my money is still on Rickie Fowler

SNAG – Start New at Golf

Brendan Mcdaid


Our popular junior golf lessons are ideal for kids who fall into the following categories: Love the game and want to get better; just want to have fun at golf or try out golf for the first time,

Times Junior golf lessons are available in are:
Limerick on Fridays @ 4pm
Naas on Saturdays @ 3pm

All junior golf lessons are conducted in a group format. The cost for junior golf lessons is €10 per lesson plus the price of a bucket of balls. Individual junior golf lessons are also available on request.

All you have to do is register your child’s name by ringing in advance of class start time in each Academy. We can also organise suitable clubs for those of you that don’t have any with them.

The Brendan McDaid Golf Academy offer a 6 week, SNAG (Start New at Golf) Program for all school children.


106th Irish PGA Championship

Brendan Mcdaid ,

0601christyconnorjnrAn exciting three year agreement will see Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort both host and be title sponsor of the prestigious Irish PGA Championship.

The 2016 Irish PGA Championship will be staged on the Twin Oaks Championship Course from Wednesday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.

An exciting three year agreement will see Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort both host and be title sponsor of the prestigious Irish PGA Championship.

On the eve of the tournament on Wednesday, September 21, the PGA in Ireland will celebrate the late Ryder Cup hero Christy O’Connor with the inaugural Christy O’Connor Jnr Memorial Irish PGA Championship Pro-Am on the Twin Oaks course.

The official charity of the Irish PGA Championship will be the Shabra Charity – the Shabra Charity Foundation was founded by the late Oliver Brady and Rita Shah.

Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA in Ireland said: “We have witnessed many great and exciting Irish Championships over the years and I have no doubt that the Twin Oaks Championship Course will provide a testing examination for the players.

“We are pleased that this year’s event will not only be staged at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort but also sponsored by the venue and we thank the directors for their generous support of the tournament.

“The commitment is for three years and the directors of Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort have given their clear intention to support and host this historic tournament until 2018.”


He added: “Following the sad passing of Christy O’Connor Jnr it is fitting that, in agreement with his family and the directors at Moyvalley the Championship Pro-Am will bear his name and be titled – The Christy O’Connor Jnr Memorial Irish Championship PGA Pro-Am’.

“We are also pleased to announce that this year Shabra Charity is the ‘Official Charity’ of the 2016 Irish PGA Championship who will be promoting the work of their charity during the week of the Championship.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to work with everyone at Moyvalley to stage an Irish PGA Championship that will live in the memory.”

Rita Shah, one of the directors of Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort, commented: “On behalf of the directors, we are honoured and delighted to announce our support for the 2016 Irish PGA Championship. We recognise and value the important role that the PGA in Ireland play in supporting the development of Irish PGA professionals and Irish tournament golf.

“The Twin Oaks Championship Course will prove a serious and challenging test of golf for all who compete in this prestigious national event and we look forward to welcoming Ireland’s leading PGA professionals from across the country to play at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort later this year.”

The O’Connor family have welcomed the announcement and stated: “On behalf of our family we are touched by this kind gesture from the PGA in Ireland to pay tribute to Christy’s untimely and unexpected passing by hosting a memorial pro-am in his name.

“Christy was a proud member of the PGA in Ireland during his career as a professional golfer and this is a very fitting mark of respect which we hope will help to continue his legacy and commitment to the game of golf.”

The Irish PGA Championship has been staged since 1907 and has been won by golfing luminaries such as Fred Daly, Harry Bradshaw, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington.

Last year, Niall Kearney made it back-to-back victories with an emphatic14-shot victory at Dundalk GC.


Sunday Golf Lessons Dublin

Brendan Mc Daid ,

The Brendan McDaid PGA Pro Golf Acadamy is delighted to announce that due to unprecedented demand since the introduction of Trackman Pro to the academy we are now providing Golf Lessons in Dublin every Sunday from 11am – 3pm.

The Trackman Pro provides the most accurate 3-D swing and ball analysis tool in the world. TrackMan Pro is used by the elite players of the PGA and European Tour to analyse and better understand their own strengths, weaknesses and areas of their game which need the most attention.

The combination of my golfing experience and Trackman Pro has been a huge success with golfers who wish to improve their golf game.

I can provide both individual golf lessons and group golf lessons on request.

During your Golf Lesson in Dublin we can focus on any of the key areas that you want to improve such as:

  • Driving
  • Pitching
  • Putting

Or we can focus on your overall game. Regardless of what part of your game needs help we can improve both your game and the pleasure that you get from your round of golf.

Book A Lesson
I would be delighted to help you improve your golf game. You can book your golf lesson Here or phone 087 2436805



Trackman Pro Golf Lessons

Brendan Mc Daid
trackman pro

Brendan McDaid is delighted to now offer his clients the smartest and most accurate 3-D swing and ball analysis tool in the world. TrackMan Pro is used by the elite players of the PGA and European Tour to analyse and better understand their own strengths, weaknesses and areas of their game which need the most attention.

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Free Walkin Golf Lesson

Brendan Mc Daid

Free Gold Lessons
A Lovely morning to hit a golf ball or dare I say it, Get a Golf Lesson !!. Tomorrow I’m going to do taster golf lessons for people that want or need help with their golf swing. The Lessons will be in Spawell from 11-12 pm, 3-4pm,7-8pm. I love to see you all there.

Free Golf Lessons Limerick

Brendan Mc Daid
Golf Lessons Limerick

Brendan McDaid PGA Golf Professional will be providing free golf lessons Limerick at Munster SME Business Summit 2014 at Limerick Racecourse. No Booking required but early attendance at limerick racecourse will be essential

Brendan McDaid PGA Golf Professional will be providing free golf lessons Limerick at Munster SME Business Summit 2014 at Limerick Racecourse[/caption]

The Brendan McDaid PGA Golf Academy are offering exhibitors/attendees at the Munster SME Business Summit 2014 at Limerick Racecourse free Golf Lessons on the day.

Brendan McDaid will be at the Brendan McDaid Golf Academy stand at the Limerick Racecourse on 13th November 2014 from 9am-6pm and will be providing PGA Golf Lessons free of charge on the day.

Tickets to the event are €20 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or can be booked in advance at

Come along and visit our stand and see how a golf lesson from the leading PGA Golf Coach in Ireland can improve your game.

Brendan will be delighted to show you how he can improve your driving, pitching and putting.

No booking is required for golf lessons at Limerick Racecourse and golf lessons will be provided on a first come first served basis.

Brendan will also be available to answer any golf questions that you may have.

Junior Golf Camp Limerick at the Limerick Golf Range

Brendan Mc Daid

Junior Golf Camp Limerick

Junior Golf Camp Limerick

We are running a three day Junior Golf Camp in Limerick from 29th – 31st Oct 2014 at the Limerick City Golf Range and Golf Academy. The golf camp rune from 2-4pm for the three days. Junior players of all levels are welcome to participate.

The Golf Camp will be a great way to introduce players to the game or for the more advanced players to improve their golf game in a fun and friendly environment.

Total cost for the three days is €60 which includes golf balls.

Limited number of places available.

Brendan McDaid Qualifies for the 104th Irish PGA in Adare

Brendan Mc Daid
adare Manor Golf Club

Brendan McDaid (PGA Pro European Golf Coach) has qualified for the 104th Irish PGA in Adare Manor.

In an interview after having qualified for Irish PGA Brendan stated “I feel it is important to show that I can not only teach people how to play golf but that I can actually play golf myself at the highest level. Every week I teach people how to improve their game and I feel it is time to demonstrate that I practice what I preach. I haven’t played at this level since I gave up the European Tour in 1987 to became a full time golf coach, so I am really looking forward to playing in the Irish PGA in Adare”.

Brendan will not be available to give golf lessons during the Irish PGA but will be available to give golf lessons from Monday the 6th October.
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