For our 2017
National Championships, and for the first time, we went to Cork Golf Club near Cork City
on Friday 18th August.
was quite variable throughout our round. It was warm but we experienced a few
showers, some strong wind and also lovely sunshine.
numbers attending were down on last year, this was as expected. We still had a
full timesheet with fifty four players participating.
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.
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
will soon be able to find its own way to Kilkenny.
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.
list of prize winners was as follows:
| Philip Harte
| Lee Valley
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.
like to thank Mick Dunne, Padraic Connolly and Tony Horne for all their help on
confirmation, and all going well, for our 2018 Nationals we intend going to Mount Wolseley near Tullow in Co.
Carlow on Saturday 18th
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
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
results were as follows:
| Patrick Price
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.
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.
location was selected because some dance or other was being held there. Well
that is what they told me.
Outing to Athlone
We go to
Athlone Golf on Saturday 30th
tee has been reserved from 10.30 am to
12 noon. The cost per person will be € 30.
was originally planned to take place in 2015 but the floods put paid to it,
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.
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.
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.
wanting to contact the club, the telephone number is 090 6492073.
Final Outing of
outing of the year will be to Birr Golf
Club in Co. Offaly. It will take place on Saturday, 11th November.
tee has been reserved from 10.30 am to
The cost per person will be €
the timesheet in Athlone, otherwise ring me at 087 2539124 or 093 55310 for a
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.
telephone number for Birr Golf Club is 057 9120082.