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National Championships

For our 2017 National Championships, and for the first time, we went to Cork Golf Club near Cork City on Friday 18th August. 

The weather was quite variable throughout our round. It was warm but we experienced a few showers, some strong wind and also lovely sunshine.

While numbers attending were down on last year, this was as expected. We still had a full timesheet with fifty four players participating.

The Cork Golf Club course is a little different, in that it is laid out in parts of an old quarry on the edge of Cork harbour. It is not overly long with several blind holes.

Many of our members were playing it for the first time and seemed to enjoy it.

The winner of the Bob Charles Trophy and Gross Prize, not for the first time was Pat Butler from Kilkenny G.C. Pat finished with 30 Gross Points. 

I think that is the fourth time Pat has walked off with Bob, but this time while carrying a shoulder injury!

The trophy will soon be able to find its own way to Kilkenny.

It turned in to a family affair with son Patrick, coming second on 29 Gross Points.

The National Trophy and the Nett Prize was won by Ger Clifford Jnr. who finished with a fantastic 43 points. Philip Harte was second with an excellent 40 points and David Hughes got third with 38 points.

The Best Senior and winner of the Martin Quinlan Trophy was Tom Buckley. He had 40 points. Tom has now won the National and the Seniors, Only Bob remains.


The full list of prize winners was as follows:


Pat Butler
Kilkenny 30 pts
Patrick Butler
Kilkenny 29 pts


Ger Clifford 15
Blessington Lakes 43 pts
Philip Harte    13
Portumna 40 pts
David Hughes 
Portumna 38 pts
Ray Rochford 13
West Waterford 37 pts
Paddy Kelly 
Portumna 37 pts

Best Senior

Tom Buckley 16
Corrstown 40 pts



Colm Coffey
Lee Valley
35 pts
John Solan 8
U.S.A. 31pts

I would like once again to express our thanks to Martin Quinlan for his generous sponsorship of the Seniors Prize and more besides.

It was nice to again have Karen and Ron Walker from the British Left Hander’s with us. They hopefully enjoyed their visit.

I would like to thank Mick Dunne, Padraic Connolly and Tony Horne for all their help on the day.

Subject to confirmation, and all going well, for our 2018 Nationals we intend going to Mount Wolseley near Tullow in Co. Carlow on Saturday 18th August.


Our future………….

By year end we will have seven outings this year. Two of the outings this year were poorly attended. In line with the general fall off in the number of people playing golf, our membership is dropping.

It is hard to believe that following a national trawl for members in 1991, we had over 600 members.

The plan for 2018 is to have fewer outings and try and recruit new members.


Outing to Co. Longford Golf Club

We went to Co. Longford Golf Club as planned on Saturday, 1st July.

We had a poor turn out. However the course was in good order and we met some very nice people there. The weather was a little unkind, we got a few showers.

It was good to see Pat Mulvihill in the winner’s enclosure; it’s a while since he was there. Not so Pat Butler who finished in 2nd place.

The full results were as follows:

Pat Mulvihill 13
Portumna 36 ptd
Pat Butler  
Kilkenny 36 pts
Patrick Price
St. Margaret’s 35 pts
Tony Horne 18
Clonmel 33pts
John Henriques 13
Galway 26 pts

I thought members might be interested in playing a course that we hadn’t played previously. I got that wrong. My thanks to those who did make the trip.


Mini outing to Macroom, Co. Cork

Some of our National participants took advantage of the free round of golf in Macroom G. C. on the day prior.

The hills there were new to some having not played there previously, one in particular. Unlike the song that starts, “They envy me the hills of Clare”, he doesn’t envy the Macroom members having to climb those hills.  I think he was joking because he played well. He of course is too young to remember the song!

I have a few golf balls for the winners, if I can remember who they were. No doubt I will be reminded.

The hills on the course didn’t bother a few of our fittest members. After the golf they sought further exercise in not so near Ballyvourney on the Kerry border.

The location was selected because some dance or other was being held there. Well that is what they told me.


Outing to Athlone G.C.

We go to Athlone Golf on Saturday 30th September.

The first tee has been reserved from 10.30 am to 12 noon. The cost per person will be € 30.  

This outing was originally planned to take place in 2015 but the floods put paid to it, twice.

It’s been a while since we played Athlone, I think the course might well have undergone some alterations in the meantime. 

Many of you are already on the timesheet, others can ring me at the usual numbers, 087 2539124 or 093 55310 if you want to play.

Those already on the sheet should arrive and be ready to play a little earlier; this is because we are unlikely to have a full sheet.

Some might be going to Athlone GC for the first time; the course is a few miles from the town to the right off the N.61, the Athlone to Roscommon Road. Follow the signs for the Hodson Bay Hotel.

For those wanting to contact the club, the telephone number is 090 6492073.


Final Outing of 2017

Our last outing of the year will be to Birr Golf Club in Co. Offaly. It will take place on Saturday, 11th November.

The first tee has been reserved from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

The cost per person will be € 30.

I’ll have the timesheet in Athlone, otherwise ring me at 087 2539124 or 093 55310 for a spot.

Our member Tom Rigney is President in Birr GC this year so I hope members will make a special effort to play.

After a few outings where our numbers were small, a good turnout would give us all a bit of hope for 2018. Birr is known to be a dry course and it’s fairly central location makes it an attractive venue.

The contact telephone number for Birr Golf Club is 057 9120082.



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