Brian McManus



One of the few Mourne men who came to be recognised by his initials only, BC had a most impressive record.

In 1944 B C McManus (Downpatrick) and P G Stevanson (Royal Portrush) were beaten in the final of the Hermitage Pro-Am Match play final by P O’Connor and Brendan Seannel of Woodbrook.

In 1946, B C reached the 4th round of the Irish Open at Portrush.

In 1948, he beat John Burke 2 and 1 in the first round of the Irish Amateur Open at Newcastle. Burke at the time was the holder of the title and won the Irish Amateur Close Championship eight times.

In 1949, Brian was beaten by Webster of Portmarnock at the 20th in the semi final of the West of Ireland at Rosses Point.

Also in 1949, Brian was the leading amateur after the 1st Round of the Irish Open in Belvoir Park with a score of one under par.

The Press had the following to say of him “One of the best performances of the day was that of Brian McManus, the young Newcastle amateur who is an auctioneer. He beat bogey (par) by one stroke. His card being:

Out    4 4 5 3 5 5 4 3 5 - 38

In      5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 - 36

The lead was shared by Flory Van Donck (Belgium) and Harry Bradshaw (Kilcoroney) both on 70. Of the field of 104 only 16 broke par (75) on that day.

Bradshaw was the eventual winner with A D Locke, the British Open Champion, runner-up. B C and Bradshaw became great friends.

In 1950 Brian reached the final of the Irish Native Golf Championships at Baltray, Co. Louth. En route to the final he knocked out J B Carr, six times winner of the Irish Close, four times winner of the Irish Open, and later to become the first Irishman to be Captain of the R & A. Brian was beaten in the final by B Herlihy of Portmarnock.

In later life he interested himself in Mourne’s Juveniles and was mentor to Eamon Crawford when the latter won the Ulster Boys’ Championship at Donaghadee in 1977, beating Tom Corridan, later an Irish International, at the 18th.