Dai Rees beats an international field at the Irish Open Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin

The Irish Open Golf Championship was played at Portmarnock in Dublin in 1948. Dai Rees from Wales was the winner with a four round total of 297 finishing three shots clear of Australian Norman Von Nida.

Amateur filmmaker Norman Hodgson recorded Norman Von Nida  and Arthur Lees practising before their final rounds.  He also followed the eventual champion Dai Rees and filmed him playing a terrific bunker shot at the seventh hole. Joe Carr and Brennie Scannel also appear briefly.

The Irish Open Golf Championship was played at Portmarnock Dublin 7-9 July 1948. 

The film shown here was shot by Norman Hodgson (1905-1974). Born in Lenzie in Scotland Norman married Marjorie Towers in 1932 and came to live in Skerries, County Dublin in the late 1930s. He was an avid amateur film-maker who recorded many sporting and social highlights of Irish life in the late 1940s and 1950s. Norman’s films were deposited with the RTÉ Archives by his family and are known as the Hodgson Collection.