The Annual Mount Juliet Charity Run took place last Saturday and there was a large turnout of contestants for this chiefly fun day with most of the activities taking place on the estate and the more serious participants incorporating the road to Stoneyford in the half marathon part of the run and finishing their competition in Mount Juliet. Over 800 people took part in all the events with a considerable amount of funds raised for charity.
Sad to hear of the recent death of one of the great professional golfers of the last century and one who should be remembered for great feats on the golf course. I refer to the late Billy Casper who visited Mount Juliet some ten years ago when he stopped over off a cruise ship at the port of Waterford. The writer had the pleasure of meeting him and he regaled me with some great stories of his life. He won 3 major championships and a total of 51 tournaments between the mid 1950’s and the mid 70’s and represented the U.S.A. on 8 occasions in the Ryder Cup team. He was a true gentleman and a fine ambassador for the game of golf.
On the golf course, the first Member/Guest competition of the New Year took place on Sunday last and the format was a fourball stableford. Low handicaps were to the fore in the prizewinners with one of the partnerships playing off 3 and the other partnership with a +2 player. On a typical February day with a cold wind making conditions quite tricky, both partnerships made light of the conditions to record impressive scores. The winners had 44 points with the runners-up just a point behind. The winning combination of Pat Joyce and Robert Barry had nines of 21 and 23 points respectively for their round. In second place came the father and son combination of Frank and Gavin Smyth who finished a shot behind on 43 points.
The next two weekends will include some team practice times for forthcoming participants in inter club events which are due to commence in the not too distant future.
The Winter League continues next Sunday and again on Sunday week.
|Results Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 15th February|
|Winners||Pat Joyce (14)|
|Robert Barry (3) (Edmondstown)||44 points|
|Second||Frank Smyth (16)|
|Gavin Smyth (+2)||43 points|