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A Quick 18 with Jim Gavin: His favorite course, sporting hero and what he would change about Gaelic Games

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After an incredibly successful tenure as Dublin manager, he is a legend in GAA terms, leading the Dubs to five straight All Ireland titles in a golden era for the county.

His attention to detail was second to none and although he has now retired from his post, he will be rubbing shoulders with some of the legends when he takes part in the Celebrity Series event at the Donegal on August 16th at the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal Irish Legends Presented participates from the McGinley Foundation.

A host of stars hit the famous Old Tom Morris links including Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, Donegal’s Daniel O’Donnell, former Republic of Ireland footballers Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton and Kevin Moran and hurling duo Anthony Nash and Joe canning .

British athletics legend Kriss Akabusi, former British & Irish Lions number eight Scott Quinnell and England cricketer Graeme Swann will also compete, meaning Gavin will have to go to the practice ground and get ready.

Although he loves the game and plays more often than during his managerial career, his main goal is to enjoy good company and have fun.

1. How is your golf? My golf is where it should be. It’s proportional to the amount of practice I put in, which isn’t much. I’m Director of the Irish Aviation Authority, which takes up all my time. I know from the coaching in Dublin that without training you will just perform at this level. Getting out once a week is a challenge. I managed Dublin for 12 years and the only time I actually played was when I was on holiday in West Clare at Doonbeg.

2. How did you start playing the game? My father Jimmy was one of the founding members of Craddockstown and he is now 86 and very proud of how the course has matured over the years. It’s a beautiful course, really well maintained with lots of great challenges. After The K Club it’s the best parkland in Kildare for me. We grew up playing everything around the house and dad played golf so we chipped his clubs or went to the local pitch and putt club in Clondalkin Mills. Then we started playing with Jimmy Kelly, a good friend of mine who has since passed away, in Bodenstown, which is no longer there. So that’s where I started getting my Grá for golf. Then in cadet school in the Defense Forces I played quite a bit outside of the Curragh or Royal Curragh. There was also a strong, healthy golf presence in the Dublin football team where many players played and that drove it forward.

3. Choose your weapon… driver or putter? And why? I’m a decent putter and maybe I take that for granted so I’d say the driver because when I’m hitting decent drives I’m comfortable with anything from a six-iron in my hands.

4. Links or Parkland? Why? I really enjoy The K Club and I love Grange and Castle but if you rush me I’d probably say Links in good company for the view.

5. When were you happiest on the golf course? Probably playing with my dad Jimmy. Or in similarly good company. I’m not obsessed with my golf but I enjoy the game.

6. Who was your sporting hero as a child? Anton O’Toole. The Blue Panther. He was left footed like me but much taller. He was incredibly brave and he had a beautiful grace about him. He would have played in those legendary Dublin teams, played six straight All Ireland Finals in the 70s, won three and won again in 1983. The team that won in 1983 is probably the best Dublin team. His goals against Cork in the semi-finals that year were legendary.

7. Name a rival you particularly admired and why. Paul Curran was a defender who shaped me in many games and it was always a tough day at the office. As a manager, Colm Cooper has always been a great player. But we respected everyone.

8. What are your golfing ambitions? Do you have one? To get my handicap in the single digits. I don’t have a schedule, it’s a journey. I’ll come when my golf game is done.

9. Name your dream fourball (you don’t have to be a golfer). And name the venue. From a coaching perspective, I would have John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball coach; from politics Nelson Mandela; and as a former military emperor Marcus Aurelius. If I could have a fourth and just watch them, I’d have Chuck Yeager, the test pilot. The man with the right stuff. The venue? The entire island of Ireland. We have so many good courses that you can’t go wrong. But if I had to pick one to end the journey, it would be the links in Doonbeg.

10. If you could change one thing about the modern ATM, what would it be? I’m not going to get into the rules debate, but I would say put the linesmen or women on the field. In basketball they have three referees in an area of ​​500 m2. Our pitch is around 12,000 m² and we only have one.

11. If I gave you a mulligan in your career, what would it be? No, I don’t believe in mulligans. You deserve nothing in life; You have to earn it. You get what you deserve. The people who say a county like this deserves to win a championship are wrong. It just doesn’t work that way.

12. If you only had one more round to play, where would you play? Don’t say Augusta National unless you absolutely have to. Doonbeg Golf Links in good company, then retire to the members’ bar and watch the sun set over Doughmore Bay. I took the Dublin team there during the five in a row shoot. We practiced at the local course, played a game of golf and then retired to the restaurant and watched the sun set throughout the day. Nice.

13. What is your favorite par 3? They lost that great par 3 14 at Doonbeg to a storm and to me it’s a shame they didn’t get permission to protect that coast. My parents are both from West Clare, and while Clare County Council gave permission to protect Doonbeg, the central government said no, you can’t. It annoys me every time I go down there and see the remains of the old 14th. The Dell at Lahinch is a fantastic par 3 and 10th at Hermitage leading towards the Strawberry Beds and the River Liffey. This is a spectacular hole.

14. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing. I’m content with what I have and what I can control.

15. What is your most prized possession? My grandfathers Sean Vaughn and Michael Gavin fought in the Revolutionary War. I’ve never met her, but I have Michael Gavin’s Revolutionary War Medal. This is a valuable possession. I recently got it framed.

16. If you could change one thing about your Golf, what would it be? Maybe a little more consistency from the tea.

17. Who is your favorite golfer of all time? Why? That’s easy. Seve Ballesteros. Growing up in the 80s, I remembered great summers. The most notable was Carroll’s Irish Open at Royal Dublin in 1985 when he potted that long putt down the 18th green to beat Bernhard Langer.

I loved the way he played, his resilience and his courage. I actually studied him afterwards. When people say that athletes have a natural talent. Well, they could be genetic – their size or their fast-twitch fibers. But what he said was: “To give yourself the best possible chance of fulfilling your potential, you have to prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.” I’ve used this quote a lot with players and teams.

18. What is your idea of ​​perfect happiness? Hearing my kids Yasmin and Jude laugh.

For more information on the Legends Tour experience, visit www.legendstour.com

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