A nursing injury at the USPGA Championship did not stop major Champion Rory McIlroy from completing the next four rounds and will not stop him from visiting his hometown club in Holywood Friday to present the prizes in the competition that carries his name.
The 12-hour event, which will run between six in the morning and six in the evening, is a fundraising event for the young players of the club.
A new talent is however emerging from the club in the person of teenager Jess Carty whose two recent wins confirms her ability to make it big in golf. She won and established a course record in the Scratch Cup at Belvoir. She also won the Connacht Girls Under 18 Championship.
“She’s benefiting from her hard work over the past couple of years,” Holywood club professional Stephen Crooks said.
“She’s had a great month and is developing rapidly.”
Crooks predicts “a really good future” for the emerging golfing talent of the club where McIlroy started.
At a young age of 16, Carty has a golf handicap of two. She intends to compete in the Inter-pros and then for Holywood and in the finals of the all-Ireland club with Hannah King and Rachel Cormier.
McIlroy promises to be very busy in 2012 as he plans to rejoin the PGA Tour. He has dropped the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in May but is bent on adding The Players Championship which he missed this year.