With the continuing good weather favouring all golfing activities, last weekend saw a full programme enacted on Saturday and Sunday. Norman Kilroy had his panel of charges for participation in the Duggan Cup out in preparation for the coming season. There was a challenge match arranged between two teams of five pairs and this proved to be very informative with some pairings showing excellent early season form. How very different the weather made, compared to 2011, when hardly any golf took place until late February. Norman was pleased with his trials and has now laid a marker for other team managers to start work on their panels.
On the competition front, a Member/Guest Fourball Stableford took place on Sunday with a good entry including some new members featuring. The scoring was excellent with all prize winning scores exceeding the 40 points target off 3/4 handicap allowance. The winning pair of Denis Treacy and Dean Smithwick scored 45 points which included a bonus point on the 1st hole. They had nines of 22 and 23 points and just edged out the Callan pairing of Sean Brett and John Dwyer.
Denis and Dean finished their last nine holes in style with Denis scoring four points for his birdie on the long 13th and Dean finishing with two fours on the 17th and 18th for a further six points. The Callan pairing also came with a run on the last nine holes as well with a further 23 points which included four birdies, three from Sean Brett and one from John O’Dwyer. They only just failed by a shot to overhaul the winners. In third place came the father and son pairing of Tony and Michael Collins with a score of 42 points.
The popular Winter League for members resumes next Sunday with tee times from 10am onwards.
Results: Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 22nd January
Winners Denis Treacy (10) & Dean Smithwick (12) Kilkenny 45 points
Second Sean Brett (10) & John O’Dwyer (5) Callan 44 points
Third Michael Collins (11) &Tony Collins (14) Tramore 42 points