Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland has appointed Damian Mooney as its new Golf Professional and Barry McCauley as Golf Operations Manager.
Mooney has more than 30 years of experience in the golf industry and is a leading name on the Irish PGA Circuit. He has played in numerous events on the EuroPro Tour, Challenge Tour and European Tour, and played and captained the first ever Irish Team to win the European Team Championships in Spain.
Mooney says he is delighted to take up the role of Golf Professional at Lough Erne Resort where, as a player, he was successful in winning one of his Ulster PGA Championship titles at Castle Hume.
He said: “I am very enthusiastic about this new adventure with Lough Erne Resort. They have amazing golf facilities and some exciting development plans for the future. We hope to encourage golfers of all abilities to visit the resort and we will be making an extra effort to introduce more juniors from the local area to the wonderful game of golf. The team here have made me feel very welcome and we are looking forward to reopening in the near future.”
Mooney will be available to provide tuition six days per week based at the resort’s Golf Academy, as well as delivering indoor and outdoor group lessons. Members and visitors will also be able to tap into his vast experience with club custom fitting using the resort’s state-of-the-art trackman technology.
McCauley, with credible operational experience from various roles within the resort, now heads up the golf operations. This strategy focused role includes the management of the resorts retail outlets, practice facilities at The Golf Academy, golf course green fees and time sheets, organisation of corporate golf events and golf societies, golf competitions, not to mention networking and meetings with Golf Tour Operators who bring International golfers to the resort.
McCauley believes Mooney will be a great asset to the resort. He said: “Our mission at Lough Erne Resort, as a premier golf destination, is to provide exceptional golf experiences. The introduction of our new Golf Professional Damian Mooney strongly endorses this mission, with his professionalism and golfing calibre which is highly regarded within the golf industry.”
McCauley’s connection connection with Lough Erne Resort stretches back to 2004 when he began working in the Castle Hume Clubhouse whilst studying at Queens University. His association with the resort has been in place ever since, initially working as part of the greenkeeping team when The Faldo Course was being created and progressing through to his more senior appointment as Resort Sales Manager.
The resort has been closed since lockdown began on December 26 and is set to welcome back members from April 1. No date has been set by the Northern Ireland Executive to permit the reopening of the resort and golf facilities for non-members, but it is hoped it will be in the not-too-distant future as the resort looks forward to a strong summer ahead.