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Michael Moran
Dublin/Seaham
Michael Moran Michael “Dyke” Moran, probably the best of Ireland’s early golfers, was born in the demesne of Dollymount golf course (Royal Dublin) in 1886. He began his working life as a caddy then was appointed assistant professional at Dundalk in 1907. The following year he returned to Royal Dublin as assistant to Tom Hood.

1909 saw the start of his dominance of the Irish Professional Championship, winning it on five successive occasions. Many, on both sides of the Irish Sea, thought he would be the first to bring the Open Championship to Ireland and the
1913 event at Hoylake was his best chance. With the disastrous ten in his third round, followed by four shots to escape a bunker, resulting in an 89, he did remarkably well to finish third with his final round of 74 being the best of the day. His star was in the ascendant, playing in the News of the World Tournament that year and finishing 12th in the French Open.

He became professional to the Seaham Harbour course in Durham in 1914. Then came the war and he enlisted as a cavalryman in the South Irish Horse and fought in France. The regiment disbanded and returned to Ireland in 1917 but he went back to France with the Royal Irish Regiment. He was wounded in the Battle of the Lys in April 1918 and died of his wounds in the German-controlled hospital at Le Cateau.

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