Two competitions were played for in the last week with the running of the Family Day and the first Monthly Medal of the year decided last Sunday.
As usual the Monthly Medal is a Golfer of the Year competition and it really heralds the commencement of the golf season. The four winners were Stephen Price, Noel Murphy, Gerard Magee and Mary Quigley and as a result of this competition both Stephen Price and Mary Quigley are the early leaders in the Golfer of the Year competition. Stephen is looking for a unique double as he was Golfer of the Year in 2007. Mary, only new to the game, showed enormous promise last year when her handicap came tumbling down from 36 to 31.
Stephen Price and Gerard Magee had fine rounds of golf on a testing day to record 37 and 36 points respectively and after the recent inclement weather the course, off the white tees, was playing every bit of its almost 7000 yards in length.
The Family Day proved to be a success for Padraic O’Connor as it was during his Captaincy that the competition was first introduced. Padraic partnered his son Hugh to record 38 points to win this year’s competition from the present Captain Peter Quigley and his brother John by virtue of a better back nine holes. The format of the competition, as usual, was a fourball betterball stableford and the winning pair scored 18 points on the first nine holes and rounded off the scoring with 20 points on the back nine. This was enough to beat the Quigley brothers who had a first nine holes score of 21 points but failed to record any points on both the 12th and 18th holes for a back nine holes total of 17 points and this was to prove their downfall.
On the Inter Club scene the only team in action was the Ladies Junior Foursomes Team who played their second round (second leg) against Woodlands Golf Club. After holding a commanding lead in the first leg they consolidated their lead by winning comfortably. They secured their victory by winning the first match out by a margin of 3 and 2. The winning pair of Rita Garvey and Mary Fulton thereby ended any hope that the opposition had of a comeback. They now progress to the 3rd round of this competition and at the time of going to press the opposition is not yet known.
The Leinster Fourball Team will play Mountain View as the latter have defeated St. Helens in the first round and the Barton Cup team will soon be in action against Waterford.
The final round of the Waterford Crystal sponsored Winter Series takes place this week and will be reported on in next week’s edition of this paper.
In two weeks time the first of the new Summer Series commences. This will be held once a month and the format is a 4 person team event with a shotgun start at 2pm each day of the competition. The competition fee will be the same as the Winter Series.
Congratulations to Darcey Carr who had her first “hole in one” on the par three 3rd hole last week. Darcey is the daughter of John and Sandra and granddaughter of the famous J.B. For a young lady of only 13 years of age she is following in the family footsteps and as a matter of interest she holed out with an 8 iron.
Results – March Monthly Medal
Category 1 – Stephen Price (10), 37 points
Category 2 – Noel Murphy (18), 34 points
Category 3 – Gerard Magee (20), 36 points
Ladies – Mary Quigley (31), 32 points (last nine)
Results Family Day
Winners Padraic (18) and Hugh O’Connor (14) 38 points
Runners-Up Peter (7) and John Quigley (9) 38 points