Mick Cunningham - Juvenile mentor par excellence
Former Westmeath County Board Juvenile Officer Mick Cunningham is honoured to be involved in the 2020 Irish Juvenile Open. "I was delighted to be asked by the Lough Owel committee to assist in the running of the juvenile open," says Mick.
Cunningham, who has already been instrumental in generating a number of early entries, will play a key part during the tournament. "I expect my role will be to coordinate the start of the event and the tallying of scores."
Familiarity with the host venue will help."I know the Lough Owel course extremely well. Indeed I remember it from its inception to the fine course it is today."
Lough Owel is known as "The Monster" but Kilbeggan member Mick has no fears for the youngsters that will tackle it. "It is a longish course, but most juveniles dabble in the long game, so they will relish the challenge."
Mick Cunningham, who acted as Juvenile Officer for Westmeath County Board for over a decade, is renowned for masterminding underage success at all grades in Westmeath and Leinster and across Ireland. "I started at club level and I progressed. It was the sheer enjoyment I got from seeing our juveniles competing and enjoying the game."
Asked to detail his formula for success, Mick explains that adaptability has been a key component. "My approach can vary. In some cases it is player led and in others I lead, but enjoyment is and always was at the heart of my coaching."
He is confident that the full allocation of juvenile places will be taken up. "The 54 spots should be filled, I hope."
Mick remains a keen player and, juvenile matters complete, hopes to take his place in the VII Irish Open. "As for the adult open I have entered, despite being in recovery from knee surgery."
A proud son of Ireland's Lake County, Mick Cunningham is glad that the top international players will grace his native heath. "It is great to have the event in Westmeath and I look forward to it!"