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Laois golf club unveil captains for 2021 season

Br Fitzpatrick and Emelyn O'Reilly new Heath Golf Club captains

A Laois golf club has named its captains for the 2021 season.

The 2021 Club Captain at the Heath Golf Club is Ber Fitzpatrick. Originally from Allenwood in Kildare, Ber has been living in Portlaoise since the 1980s.

She joined the club in 2015 after trying golf for about a year and took to it like a duck to water.

Fitzpatrick has represented the club regularly on the Minor Cup team, the ILGU/GUI Mixed Matchplay with some success and the Countess of Granard.

She was runner up in a Captain’s Prize, won the Perpetual Cup, was runner up last year in the same event and features regularly in club competitions.

Ber participates in every competition that is organised at the Heath and was a member of the team that won the Winter League last year.

Ber served as Competitions Secretary for the Ladies section in 2019, a role which she carried out with skill and excellent good humour.

Meanwhile, Emlyn O’Reilly has been confirmed as the Men’s Captain in The Heath for 2021.

Emlyn is from a notable musical and sporting family in Portlaoise and now lives in Ballacolla.

He joined the Club as a Junior, aged 9, and has served on the men’s committee as an elected member and as
Competitions Secretary and President.

He won a Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize and the Intermediate Scratch Cup as well as featuring in numerous Club competitions. He was selected for many teams including the Jimmy Bruen and the Barton Cup.

Along with his teammates, he won the Regional Final of the Captains and Officers Event in Galway in 2019.

In keeping with his family tradition, Emlyn can be relied on to burst into song when called upon. He also has a great sense of humour, a definite asset in his new role.

Golf clubs are set to open around the country for the first time this year on April 26.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.