A very busy weekend at Mount Juliet saw the Pro-Am take place on Friday last with the top 30 Irish professionals teaming up with 30 teams of three amateurs to play over 18 holes for valuable prizes. This was followed by the Lexus Race to Mount Juliet on Saturday and this was the last round of the order of merit for the members of the Irish P.G.A. with an impressive €50,000 up for grabs.
On Sunday the Member/Guest competition took place and like the professional tournament of Saturday both sections of this competition was won with an impressive score as well. The final round of Ladies Invitation days took place on Wednesday last also. Plenty of golf with the condition of the course coming in for loud praise from the professionals and amateurs alike.
A great week of golf was enjoyed by the Lady Captain, Sally Gleeson, who featured in the three competitions on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Sally led her team to victory on Wednesday in the 3 person rumble on Lady Invitation day. She then proceeded to be third in the pro-am on Friday and was second in the 18 holes singles on Sunday.
On Friday last the Pro-Am was won by a team from Lexus with 93 points led by professional, John Dignam. In second place with 90 points came the team led by Robert Giles who just beat the Mount Juliet team on a countback. The format of the team event was two scores to count on each hole and a very enjoyable day was had by all with the day finishing with a dinner in Kendals Restaurant with after dinner entertainment by Barry Murphy of Aprés Match fame.
On Sunday the member/guest 18 holes singles was played for and after an initial delay of nearly 2 hours, due to frost, all players got finished with some hot scoring deciding the outcome of the prizes. Best score of the day was returned by Brendan Meehan from Galway who had a remarkable 43 points. This score was made up of nines of 21 and 22 points respectively. Brendan was level par for seventeen holes and the only slip-up he made was at the 15th where he failed to score. He just edged out Liam Brett from Callan by a point and this result could have been reversed if Liam had scored on the 15th or the 18th where he drew blanks on both holes.
The ladies section was won by young Darcey Carr who returned an impressive score of 40 points off her handicap of 9. The good weather meant a great turnout of competitors for all competitions last week.
Results Ladies Invitation Day 3 Person Rumble
Wednesday 13th October
Sally Gleeson (14)
Judy Daly (14) Little Island G.C.
Anna Maloney (9) Clonmel G.C. 79 points
Brona Reidy (13)
Maeve O’Reilly (14) Powerscourt G.C.
Edel Barron (12) Powerscourt G.C. 78 points
Helen Scully (19)
Ann O’Shea (12) Powerscourt G.C.
Siobhan Fahey (14) Powerscourt G.C. 72 points
Results Member/Guest 18 holes Singles
Sunday 17th October
Winner Brendan Meehan (9) Galway G.C. 43 points
Second Liam Brett (18) Callan G.C. 42 points
Third Bryan Phelan (15) 39 points
Winner Darcey Carr (9) Milltown G.C. 40 points
Second Sally Gleeson (14) 37 points