Last Sunday we witnessed the first official duty for the incoming Captains for 2014 with the occasion of our Mens Captain Thady Greene and Lady Captain Esther Fearnleyâ€™s Drive In.
A large crowd gathered for the proceedings which included the red carpet treatment from Ballykisteen Hotel for both Captains upon their arrival.
Both Captains were very well turned out in their Club colours and mingled among the crowd who enjoyed tea and scones in the Junction One bar before the big event.
Willie Hartnett, Tony Browne and Alan Dunphy carried out the draw for the 3 person scramble with great efficiency with a total of 31 teams taking part. Just after 12.15, Thady and Esther made their way to the 10th tee box for the eagerly awaited Drive In and Thady set the tone by hitting a super drive down the middle of the fairway followed by a huge cheer from the onlooking crowd. Following a bit of hush, Esther calmly proceeded to hit an terriffic drive down the middle of the fairway to formally announce their arrival in office and the start of a new golfing season at Ballykisteen. Finally, it was Junior Captain Ben Downey to â€˜hit-offâ€™ from the 10th tee box and he followed the senior captains with a super drive down the middle of the fairway to close the formalities.
Everyone then departed for their respective tee boxes for the 9 hole scramble in perfect conditions. Afterwards, all assembled in the Ballyk bar for finger food, drinks and for the presentation of prizes, all at Ballykisteen Golf Club wish Esther and Thady unqualified success for the year ahead.
The winning team in the scramble were Dan Oâ€™Donnell, Hughie Walsh and Iestyn Winn, with Keith Hoare, Norrie Greene and Bertie Quirke in 2nd place and Sarah Toomey, Richard Keays and Evan McGrath in 3rd.