***Photos available on the Celtic Cup Flickr Page***


12th Annual Celtic Cup

The 12th Annual Celtic Cup was held on September 11th at the Ernie Els designed Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, MD.

The day began with a moment of silence, led by Wounded Warrior Charles Eggleston, to honor those who lost their lives 16 years ago on 9/11 . We were delighted to have Board Chairman Jim Carroll and the new Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall each say a few words of welcome before the start of the tournament.

18 teams of four completed a course that is designed to test a golfer’s ability to balance risk and reward with obstacles such as water elements, rock outcroppings, stone walls, and significant elevation changes.  

The post-tournament reception was emceed by Executive Director Bryan Patten and included words of praise for the Irish American community from Ambassador Mulhall, a live raffle, and the presentation of awards.

Ambassador Mulhall presented awards to our top three placing teams for the 2017 Celtic Cup:

-In Third Place: Lenore Martinez, Dan McNamara, Andy Mekelburg, and Frank Cantrel, Jr.

-In Second Place, the returning champions from last year: Mike Collins, Dave Adler, Brian Zumwalt, and Chris Herndon

-To round out the top three, in First Place, the team from the Northern Ireland Bureau: Terry Blanton, Ed Tafoya, Ty Herriot, and Kent Hagen

Congratulations to all the teams that completed the challenging course at Whiskey Creek!

Over its 12 years the Celtic Cup has raised over $750,000 for the Washington Ireland Program, and this event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Many thanks to all involved in creating this great event!

Enjoy a selection of photos from the day in the gallery below. To view or download all of the photos from the day please follow this link to the Celtic Cup flickr page. Many thanks to our volunteer photographer Jim Burke!

12th Annual Celtic Cup

Whiskey Creek Golf Club

Date Published
19th September 2017