Mick win his first ‘major’ at Clonmel golf club

Mick Mullane made it look easy when winning his first major, the Captain’s (Mr. Patsy O’Keeffe) Prize, at Clonmel Golf Club on Saturday last, from a field of 177 players who had set out the previous week in the hunt for glory.

Mick Mullane made it look easy when winning his first major, the Captain’s (Mr. Patsy O’Keeffe) Prize, at Clonmel Golf Club on Saturday last, from a field of 177 players who had set out the previous week in the hunt for glory.

Maybe it’s his relaxed attitude these days – Mick retired from the Garda Siochana last year and also retired from his position as Honorary Secretary of Men’s Golf in Clonmel Golf Club – that he did not appear to be under any pressure when coming from 6 shots back at the start of the day with a final round of 66, or was he?

Playing off of 11 handicap, he covered the first nine in a very good 2 over par, thanks to a birdie 3 on the 7th hole. However, he found his game slipping away when he found himself three over for the first four holes of the back nine and went to four over following another bogey on the 15th.

As all Clonmel golfers know, facing into the final three holes – par 4, par 3, par 5 – is a daunting task on any day, not to talk about the Captain’s Prize, but Mick – probably humming some tune from the Banner County to keep himself focussed – covered these last three holes in level par for a fantastic 66 and was leader in the Clubhouse.

Mick then had to wait an anxious hour for the rest of the field to finish, all of whom had started out with a better qualifying score than him, and when Billy Byrne, in the second last group, came in with a 67 to tie Mick’s overall score the long wait was over as Mick’s second day 66 was good enough to win on the count back.

While Billy may have been disappointed not to win on Saturday, he shrugged it off with a win on Sunday with a very fine 37 points. There was attendance in the Clubhouse that night for the presentation of the beautiful prizes and the winner, in his acceptance speech, told the audience he did not realise how winning a major could bring so much excitement and enjoyment to him and he thanked the Captain for the beautiful prize. The Captain thanked all of the players and congratulated the other winners and the night concluded with great food and also great entertainment from Sean Callaghan.   Results

Captain’s (Mr. Patsy O’Keefe) Prize, Saturday 18th August

1st  Mick Mullane      (11) 139 B9

2nd  Shane O’Keefe (12) 129

3rd  Billy Byrne (10) 139

1st Gross Trevor Creed (4) 155 B9

4th  Jimmy Ryan (12) 140

5th  Jim Butler (13) 142

6th  Richard Power (14) 143

2nd Gross  Richie Whelan (3) 155

1st Senior  John Bolger (13) 144

2nd Senior  Liam Maunsell (15) 145

Pat Captain Terry Sullivan (18) 73

Best Qualifier  Pat Quinlan (14) 67 B9