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Gary Cullen’s interest in golf stemmed from his love of pitch and putt before joining Beaverstown Golf Club at the age of 13. Within a year he was down from 23 to a 4-handicap, setting a course record of 66 in a Club medal when he was only 15 years old! He represented the Club at all levels and went on to represent Leinster and his country at all levels.
1993 saw Gary’s first notable performance with a runner-up finish at the Ulster Boys Championship in Warrenpoint. From there, he went on to win the Carberry Cup for the best 72-hole score at the East of Ireland. He reached the semi-finals of the West of Ireland and the Irish Close Championships.
In 1998 Gary was runner-up in the Irish Amateur Strokeplay Championship before going on to claim the National title in 1999. The same year he finished 13th in the European Individual Championships.
Gary won a number of Irish International Caps at Boys, Youths and Senior levels between 1998 & 2001. He was the only Irish member of the European team to take on Asia Pacific in 2000 and won maximum points in this event.
Between 1995 & 2001 Gary held course records at Carlow GC, Waterford GC and his home course Beaverstown GC. During this period, Gary won the Senior Scratch Cup in Athlone GC (1997), Waterford GC (1998), Dundalk GC (1999) and Carlow GC (1999). In 1998, he partnered fellow Club Member and Irish international, Martina Gillen, when winning the East of Ireland Mixed at Luttrellstown Castle, a feat they repeated the following year.
In recent years, Gary has focussed his energies on the professional circuit, endeavouring to qualify for the European Tour. In 2007 he made the break-through, gaining admission to the EuroPro tour where he enjoyed some success. The highlight was when he won the Celtic Pro Tour Wicklow Open at Tulfarris Golf Club. Leading from the front throughout, he edged out Hermitage’s Greg Bowden by one stroke and banked the €1500 prize cheque.
In parallel to this, Gary competed on the Emerald Pro Tour in 2007. This tour was set up to provide Irish professionals with an accessible and affordable tournament. It runs through the winter months, from November to April, using tops clubs the length and bredth of Leinster. Gary had a great tour during the 2007 season and, with 9 wins, finished on top of the Order of Merit with 1180pts.