Tipperary’s Greatest Golfing Ambassador

Tipperary’s Greatest Golfing Ambassador

On March 31st Rockwell College Union will present its Rockwell Person of the Year Award to past pupil Arthur Pierse, Tipperary’s greatest ever golfing ambassador in Cahir House Hotel. Arthur was one of five boys, four of whom attended Rockwell College. In turn, all four of Arthur’s children passed through the hallowed halls of Rockwell over the past fifteen years.

“It is with great honour that as Rockwell College Union president I present the award to Arthur in recognition of his distinguished golf career and in gratitude of his continued support of Rockwell College since leaving in 1971” said Donal Higgins, President, Rockwell College Union. 

Arthur’s golfing journey which has taken him all over the world and has seen him excel at the very highest levels nationally and internationally in amateur golf from the 1970s right up to the present day. 

Arthur tussled with the legendary Joe Carr in the West of Ireland in 1972 where he first burst onto the amateur golf circuit; he met icons such as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus when competing in the famous ‘Duel In The Sun’ British Open at Turnberry in 1977; he was selected for Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy teams; he led the Carroll’s Irish Open at Woodbrook in 1975 when shooting seven birdies, one par and one bogey on the front nine on Day One. Latterly Arthur competed in the USA in both Senior Professional and Amateur championship doing remarkably well, and crowned a remarkable career with perhaps one of the proudest days, amongst a plethora of proud days, by capturing the British Senior Amateur Championship in 2007 at the age of 56 - with his daughter Jill caddying for him. 

"Four amateur majors (two Wests, the North and East) plus seven runner-up places, 99 Irish caps, the British Senior Amateur in 2007, a Walker Cup appearance and one of only two Munster men to play on the GB&I Eisenhower Trophy team barely reflect Arthur Pierse's contribution to the game of golf in Ireland. These were just some of his astounding achievements in a phenomenal career and we are delighted that he continues to support young Rockwellians, helping them be better golfers.” added Donal.

Tickets for the Annual Dinner Event are available on here.  

We would be delighted to welcome both past pupils and Arthur’s friends to Cahir House Hotel on March 31st.   

For further information please contact:

Donal Higgins,


Rockwell College Union

Mobile: 087-2853624 or email: donal_higgins@prochem.ie