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                                    Newsletter           February 2018       

                                                                          


Here we go again, starting a new year full of optimism!

 

I know a few members have spent the winter, or are just about to spend spring, in sunnier climes, but most of us haven’t had much golf since Christmas because of the weather, so things can only improve going forward.

 

By way of post mortem, 2017 wasn’t the best of years for numbers attending our outings. The first outing of the year in Dun Laoghaire and the Nationals in Cork were well attended. Not so our outings to Tipperary, Longford and Athlone.

 

It seems the more expensive the course, the better the attendance; either that or we went to the wrong course or had too many outings.

 

For that reason I’m cutting back, just a little, on the number this year.

 

For the second year in a row, we begin our golfing year by going to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Good Friday, 30th March.

 

We will then make another attempt to go to Birr G.C. in May, the home club of Tom Rigney, hopefully frost or floods won’t be a problem.

 

In June we return to Clonmel Golf Club where our good friend, Tony Horne, is Club Captain this year.

 

Tony is a long time member and a great man to help out when required. I want everyone on deck for our visit there, no excuses.

 

In August our National will in held at Mount Wolseley near Tullow in Co. Carlow.

 

We were there previously, when we were all much younger. A lovely Christy O’Connor designed course, very playable and fair. Well worth a visit.

 

We end our golfing year with a return visit to Portarlington Golf Club. This is the home club of two of our most loyal followers. A fine course, always in good condition, I’m looking forward to it already.

 

Those members not going to Dun Laoghaire on Good Friday might send on the Annual sub of € 25 when convenient.

 

I hope I will see you all at some stage during the year.

 

 

Outing to Athlone

 

We went to Athlone Golf Club as planned on Saturday, 30th September. It turned out to be our final outing of 2017.

 

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and a course in lovely condition.

 

It was a pity the turnout didn’t match the conditions; we only had 25 in attendance.

 

I was obviously mistaken in thinking a centrally located course, in good order at the right price might prove attractive.

 

I want to express my thanks to those who did attend and the people we met there who made us welcome.

 

As usual the course in Athlone proved a good test.

 

The winner on the day was the much golfed, David Hughes. He returned an excellent 40 points.

 

Second with 37 points off a 5 handicap was Eoin Prendergast. Third place was secured by Ger Clifford Snr with 36 points.

 

The prizewinners were as follows

 

1st
David Hughes 15
Portumna 40 points
2nd Eoin Prendergast 5
Claremorris 37 points
3rd Ger Clifford 12
Nenagh 36 points
4th Patrick Price 17
 St Margaret’s 35 points





Visitor John Lenehan 27
Tuam 30 points


World Tournament


A few members made the long trip down under to Melbourne, Australia for the 25th World Left –Handed Tournament last October.

 

In all some 214 golfers participated there.

 

We had three members who travelled. As usual the Irish left their mark, Johnny McNamara won his Flight and Michael Grant secured third in his. The third man got distracted.

 

Next up is Germany in 2019. More details in due course.

 

Outing to Dun Laoghaire


We begin our golfing year with a return visit to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Good Friday, 30th March.

 

Many members enjoyed our visit there last year and expressed an interest in returning. We had a very good turn out last year, much of it due to the hard work of Arthur Choyce.

 

I have taken a lot less tee time this year. Hopefully I will have room for everyone who wants to play, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

As those who played last year will know, there are 27 holes, laid out in three nines. We hope to play the one we did not play last year.   

 

The first tee has been reserved from 11.00 am -12.30 pm. Ring or text me at the usual number if you want a spot, 087 2539124.  Feel free to bring a guest.

 

The cost per person will be just € 40.

 

Anyone wanting a buggy etc, the phone number of the club is 01 2721866.

 

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Outing to Birr


Hopefully it will be third time lucky and that we will make it to Birr Golf Club on Saturday 12th May.

 

Mother Nature intervened on the last two attempts. We have the first tee there from 10.30 am – 12 noon. The cost per person will be € 30.

 

It is a while since we were in Birr, always a dry course in good condition. That and a central location should hopefully ensure a good turn out.

 

For a place on the timesheet, phone or text me at the usual number, 087 2539124.

 

For any queries, the telephone number of the club is 057 91220082

 

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The British Left – Handed Golfers are having their Nationals at the Marriott St Pierre in Chepstow near Cardiff on 17th & 18th June.

 

I have Entry Forms and full details for anyone interested in travelling.

 

The cost is 140; this covers B&B dinner and two rounds of golf, per person sharing. 

 

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