Tipperary to the fore again!
The last of the “majors” was played for on Saturday and it foretold pending doom for Kilkenny with the winning of the President’s (Des Fitzgerald) Prize by Tipperary member, Tadhg Gleeson, and he did it as convincing as the hurlers did. Tadhg, who was Captain of Mount Juliet in 2005 and had never won a competition in his long association with the club, like the hurlers certainly came good on the day that mattered. He spreadeagled the large entry of competitors with a stunning round of 45 points off the white markers to win easing up.
The President’s Prize for the ladies was played in conjunction with the men’s prize and this proved to be a family affair with Des’s wife, Brenda, winning the honours by the narrowest of margins from Tadhg‘s daughter Sarah. Snapping at both players heels came Nora Deane just a point behind with Tadhg’s wife, Sally, a further point behind Nora in fourth place.
Tadhg had nines of 23 and 22 points respectively on each nine holes and had a total of 11 pars with the remainder of his round comprised of 7 bogies off his handicap of 16 which has now been reduced to 13 as the S.S. for the day was 35 points. I am sure that little adjustment is the least of Tadhg’s worries after his great victory and Tipperary‘s All Ireland. In second place came Paul Barrett who is certainly playing very consistent golf at the moment which he indicated by almost winning the last competition played.
Brenda played very good golf as well and but for failing to score on the short par three 11th, she would have reached the 40 point mark. This was her only hole not to register a point at, which was an indication of her consistency. Congratulations to both Tadhg and Brenda on their achievements and Brenda still has a chance of the double if she wins the Lady President’s Prize in October.
As a result of the weekend results, the Golfer of the Year competitions in both categories has tightened up considerably with only the September medal to decide the outcome. At the top of the men’s competition, Stephen Price and Michael Brennan are locked together on 36 points and they are just in front of Alan Hearne who has 35 points.
In the ladies section, Amelia Drumm is 5 points clear of Ruth Skehan but both can improve their total by featuring in the September Medal next Sunday and a top three finish by either player could decide the winner.
Last Wednesday the Ladies Invitation for September took place and this was a fourball betterball competition with the usual good entry. The winners of this competition were Myra Phelan and her visitor from Milltown, Helen Cosgrove, who had 40 points. They just beat the mother and daughter combination of Sandra and Darcey Carr, also Milltown, by a point. The Kilkenny and Borris visitors came up trumps in the nines.
Forthcoming fixtures include the September Medal next Sunday and the last of the Summer Series, which as usual is a team of four event, takes place next Wednesday 15th September. The Winter Series is scheduled to commence on the 20th October. Bookings for any of these competitions may be made by phoning 056 7773071 or 7773064.
President’s (Des Fitzgerald) Prize, Saturday 4th
|Winner||Tadhg Gleeson (16) 45 points|
|Runner Up||Paul Barrett (10) 38 points|
|Category 1||Michael Brennan (12) 37 points|
|Category 2||Pat Doyle (14) 37 points|
|Category 3||Stephen Skehan (18) 37 points|
|1st Nine||John Barrett (16) 19 points|
|2nd Nine||Sean O’Neill (14) 21 points|
|Longest Drive||John Brennan|
|Nearest the Pin||Jim Blanchfield|
|Past Captain||Peter Quigley (7) 34 points|
|Winner||Brenda Fitzgerald (20) 38 points|
|Runner Up||Sarah Gleeson (16) 38 points|
|Third||Nora Deane (14) 37 points|
|Fourth||Sally Gleeson (14) 36 points|
|1st Nine||Amelia Drumm (22) 23 points|
|2nd Nine||Anne Murphy (33) 17 points|
|Longest Drive||Mary Quigley|
|Nearest the Pin||Wendy Beirne|
|Visitors Prize||Ger O’Reilly (30) 37 points|
Ladies Invitation Day, Wednesday 1st September 2010
|Winners Myra Phelan (23) & Helen Cosgrove (14)||40 points|
|Second Sandra Carr (17) & Darcey Carr (10)||39 points|
|1st Nine Jo Duggan (19) & Mary Browne (22)||21 points|
|2nd Nine Rebecca Nixon (16) & Margaret Geoghegan
Next Sunday the September Medal is down for decision