The Captains Drive In on New Year’s Day - Jimmy Cass, Gwen Walshe and Cian Flavin - was very successful and while three very nervous looking new Captains stood before a huge gathering of members on the first tee, they all three drove magnificently into office.
The Drive In was preceded by the usual ‘hot ones’ and then 132 ladies & gents took to the course for a very successful 12 hole champagne scramble. We wish them the best of luck for their year ahead.
Results of New Year’s Day Scramble
1st Kevin o Gorman (13), Martin Hanton (15), Jim Meehan (26) and James Meehan Jnr (11) 69pts.
2nd Liam Flynn (15), Fergal Condon (13), Tom O’Donnell(13) and Colman Walsh(15) 68pts
3rd Helen O’Donoghue(12), Shane O’Donoghue(5), Denis O’Donoghue(22) and Michael O’Malley(16) 66pts
Even the poor weather throughout the weekend didn’t deter the players from getting this annual Winter competition - which is kindly sponsored by the Lemongrass Restaurant group - off to a great start and we are indebted to them for their generosity. Fifty five pairs took to the first tee and the conditions were as tough as they have ever been with strong winds and afternoon of rain on Saturday and an even stronger wind on Sunday.
All of this generally kept the scores down but in the Magic 5 section (for the low handicappers), Edmund Pyke and Thomas O’Neill, off of handicaps 7 and 9 respectively, showed why they are off these low handicaps when they returned a magnificent 7 Up on Sunday morning.
In the next section, the Magic 15 (where both players are Seniors) the brothers Pat and Donal O’Connor off of handicaps 19 and 18, had 3 Up, also on Sunday, and beat Tom Bourke & Liam Maunsell, playing off of 23 and 15 on the count back. And in the Magic 20 section (for two players of any age or handicap) Brian McLean and Paul McGarry off of 7 and 13 had a great 7 Up to win this section. Brian and Paul actually won 8 holes but they were unfortunate when both of them lost the par 3 third. In second place in this section the breakdown went all the way to the wire where Ger Casey and Trevor Gough (16 and 20 handicaps respectively) just pipped Paddy Ryan and Richard Brannigan (13 and 19) on the last 4. These two cards were equal all the way through the breakdown of the last 6, last 3, last 2, last 8, last 10, last 1, last 11 and finally the last 4 before the result was certain.
Just a couple of points when entering the competition on the scorecard: 1 - it is not the Magic 7; 2 - The Magic 5 section is for players of + to 8 playing together; 3 - The Magic 15 section is for Senior players playing together (a Senior golfer is any golfer who is 60 years or over on the day of the competition); 4 - The Magic 20 section is for any players of any age with senior handicaps playing together, and, 5 - Players are reminded to use the universal signs for a Win (+), a Half (0) and a Loss (-) on each hole.
Lemongrass 12 Hole 4Ball 2nd to 6th January 2013
Magic 5 1st Edmund Pyke (7) & Thomas O’Neill (9) 6 Up
Magic 15 1st Pat O’Connor (19) & Donal O’Connor (17) 3 Up B6
2nd Tom Bourke (23) & Liam Maunsell (15) 3 Up
Magic 20 1st Brian McLean (7) & Paul McGarry (13) 7 Up
2nd Ger Casey (16) & Trevor Gough (20) 6Up L4
The Lemongrass Restaurant sponsored Magic 5, 15, 20 continues each week until the final which will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1st to 3rd.
The Captains’ Drive-In was a great success with ace drives all round by men’s Captain Jimmy Cass, Lady Captain Gwen Walshe and Junior Captain Cian Flavin. There was a huge turnout and a great day of golf was had by all. A nice social occasion followed in the Clubhouse.
1st Kevin O’Gorman, Martin Hanton, Jim Meehan and James Meehan 69pts; 2nd Liam Flynn, Fergal Condon, Tom O’Donnell and Colman Walsh 68pts; 3rd Helen O’Donoghue, Shane O’Donoghue, Denis O’Donoghue and Michael O’Malley 66pts We were delighted to have CNN golf correspondent, Shane O’Donoghue, playing with his mother and father Helen and Denis.
12 hole Festive prizes continues for the month of January play any day including Wednesday.
Monday 7th January 2013 9 hole scramble continues. Draw at 10 and 10.30am Spring league please out your names down on the sheet in ladies locker room Teams of 4 12 hole stableford, best 3 cards to count.