Proceeds from big event to go to the Sully fund

Fund: John ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan

AN annual memorial pitch and putt tournament held in memory of a hugely popular former member and officer of the Deerpark club in Killarney will this year support a fund set up to help another well-known Killarney man.

For the past 27 years the progressive club has organised the Ricky Kelly Memorial in tribute to one of its most dedicated ever members who passed away at a young age.

Ricky, from Dalton’s Avenue, was not only a great player but he was very actively involved in off-course activities and club administration for several years.

This year’s memorial tournament, scheduled for the weekend of September 20-22, will be held in aid of John ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, from Woodlawn, who fell seriously ill last October when he developed sepsis.

Members of Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club and Ricky Kelly’s family presenting the proceeds from last year’s memorial tournament to Ian O’Connell

He was initially treated at University Hospital Kerry before being transferred for specialist care to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where he remained for several months. A mechanic by trade, Sully has undergone several major surgeries, including a six-hour operation on his spine.

He was recently transferred back to the hospital in Tralee, to be closer to his family, and although he is improving, he still has a long road ahead.

A fund was set up by his friends to help meet some of the huge medical bills incurred and to make his home more accessible for when he returns.

The Ricky Kelly Memorial will be a 36-hole three-ball scramble and the entry fee is €90 per adult team with a fee of €30 for teams under 16 years of age.

All adult teams must include one non-registered member of Pitch and Putt Ireland and the presentation of prizes, sponsored by the Tatler Jack, will take place in the Deerpark clubhouse on Sunday, September 22 at 6.00pm.

Last year’s Ricky Kelly Memorial raised proceeds for the Ian O’Connell Trust.

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