Year end Turkey Shoot Charlesland 5th November 2017

We played the last outing for 2017 in Charlesland Golf Club it is fitting that it was in Greystones the base for the foundation of the society some years ago.

It was a fine autumn day with clear sunny skies and a strong wind that created its own challenge, again we were blessed with the weather as we have been in 2017.

The course was in very good condition dry under foot with good run on the fairways and the greens were in excellent shape.

This was the final round of the Golfer of the Year challenge which was contested over the six outings in 2017 with the five best scores to count.

The competition on the day was really for the top five places in the GOY competition the winner James McCormack had an unbeatable lead after showing great consistency in scoring over the year in spite of handicap cuts after being in the prizes previously.

It being the Turkey shoot and the final of GOY we did not have a general prize fund on the day but here are the results of the Charlesland outing.

1st Place   Aidan Egan (20)        31 points

2nd Place  Tony Birmingham      30 points   ( back nine)

3rd Place   Derek Byrne              30 points

It was a very close result and good scoring on the day with the windy conditions.

Our 2017 Golfer of the year was James Mc Cormack who deserved the title with a great display of scoring consistency at all six rounds his final points total was 147 an average of 29.7 points over the five counting rounds.

The other positions in the top five are;

1st   James Mc Cormack   (15)         147

2nd   Aidan Egan   (20)                      130

3rd   Tony Birmingham (21)               124

4th   Jack Killane   (28)                       114

5th   Brendan Toolan  (14)                  111

 

These five-people qualified for a draw for a top prize of a fourball in Druids Glen and this was won by Brendan Toolan.

There were two other prizes in the draw of a two-ball in Charlesland and the winners were Jack Killane and Aidan Egan respectively.

The members also had the Turkey Shot vouchers handed out which in this case were gift cards for wine from O’Brien’s wines so everyone who supported the society on the day went home with a prize.

This was my last day as Captain and it was my pleasure to have organised the years golf and prizes and to be able to pay back those loyal supporters of the society in 2017 with our Turkey Shoot outing.

We have a new captain for 2018 Mike Connolly and the Vice-Captain for 2018 is Pat Dowling and I wish them every success with the role next year and I am looking forward to playing some good courses again on the La Touche 2018 Golf Tour.

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Captains Prize Day Druids Glen 30th September 2017

Alan Mc Bride Captains Prize Winner

Well the penultimate round of the La Touche 2017 tour at Druids Glen was also our Captains Day, and again we were lucky with the weather on what is a great course and on many peoples favourite courses to play list.

Signs of the recovering Celtic Tiger also makes it quite expensive to play but it is such a fabulous venue, even in the dark as some of us found out, but I don’t regret the choice and hope everyone enjoyed the day.

The late start and failing light for the latter groups meant that the event became a 16-hole competition rather than the normal 18 holes.

The main prize of the day was of course the Captains trophy to be held by the winner until the 2018 Captains Day and a special Captains prize of a fourball at Killeen Castle, along with the other normal prizes on offer on the day.

Results

1st Place    Captains Trophy winner    Alan Mc Bride  (21)           29 points

2nd Place                                                    Brendan Toolan (15)          25 Points (count back)

3rd Place                                                      Shay Byrne (20)                  25 Points

High Handicap                                         Aidan Egan (20)                  22 Points

Visitors Prize    2018 Membership         Tony Wyley (10)                31 points

Tony who played as a visitor had  the best score of the day so well done on that.

Longest Drive    10th Hole  Tony Wyley

Nearest the Pin    8th Hole Shay Byrne

Thank you all of you who played and supported the day and I hope that you enjoyed the day as much as I and my visitor David did.

We only have one more outing in Charlesland to go on Sunday 5th November and this will be our Golfer of the Year finale as well as the traditional Turkey shoot event. Hope that you can all get out for this and of course it is our AGM where Mike will take over as Captain for 2018.

Below is the latest total points for Golfer of the Year don’t forget the best five from six scores to count.

Total after 5 outings points
James Mc Cormack 145
Aidan Egan 119
Tony Birmingham 94
Brendan Toolan 94
Chris O’Connor 93
Jack Killane 91
Geoff Fernihough 90
Shay Byrne 84
Alan Mc Bride 83
Darragh Costello 78
Donal Coyle 76
Pat Dowling 72
Derek Byrne 65
Mike Connelly 57
Gary Mongey 44
Gregory Whelan 32
Derek Holmes 27

 

Mount Wolsley Golf Club away trip Saturday 26th August

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A small select group of golfers made it to our away trip to Mount Wolsley, a big thanks to Mike Connolly for organising the trip on our behalf, and also those who supported the outing by attending. I must mention that someone had a birdie on the 12th hole, by the way, I think it was Mike.

We were all rewarded as well by having a great afternoon on what is a very well designed and well-kept golf course, only a hint of a shower threatened but didn’t cause too much disruption.

I must just mention that someone had a birdie on the 12th hole, by the way, I think it was Mike.

It was a good choice of venue the Course and the Hotel were ideal for our needs i.e.: Golf, Drink and Food and in some cases more drink and somewhere to sleep eventually, and not too far away in travel terms.

The honours on the day went to the following:

1st Place       Pat Dowling                 27 points (back 9)

2nd Place      Paul Doyle                   27 points

3rd Place      Eugene Fitzpatrick       25 points

We all enjoyed a relaxing evening with dinner and drinks after the golf and it was great to get together without the usual need to get home after our normal outing and an opportunity to chat.

The day after with thanks to Paul Doyle for organising, we got a slot at Kilkea Castle Golf Club, there were only four of us in the end. The 10 am start was a bit of a challenge alright but after a good breakfast the four of us were almost ready to play.

The course is just re-opened after its spell in Nama and they have done a good job in getting it back in shape. The greens and fairways and bunkers were all very good and the rough was shall we say challenging for those visiting it.

We didn’t have prizes for the day but in the end Chris O’Connor took the honours with the best score.

A trip like this is well worth doing and should be considered again for next year from the start of the season rather than left till the last minute to give more people an opportunity to join in.

Our next outing is Druids Glen on the 30th September and is the Captains Prize outing hopefully we will have a good attendance for this on the day.

Geoff Fernihough

Captain 2017

 

Castleknock Golf Club 29th July 2017

Another round on our 2017 Tour completed after a great day out at Castleknock Golf Club playing for the Alan Keogh Memorial Trophy.

The weather again was fairly kind to us a few small showers to help remind us of where we live but it didn’t spoil what was a good day of golf on a very well presented golf course in excellent condition.

It was great to see Karl Keogh back in action after his long layoff from golf and I think he was surprised at how well he played and perhaps how much he has missed his golf as well.

 

Karl had very kindly agreed to present the Alan Keogh Trophy to the winner on our behalf and it was fitting the day was very close to the sixth anniversary of Alan’s passing. It is a nice way to recognise someone who had had a close association with our society and is sadly missed by all who knew him.

Congratulations to Shay Byrne for his win on the day and who is now the holder of the Alan Keogh trophy for 2017. It was a fairly close battle for the prize only 2 points the difference between Shay, Brendan and Alan so a close encounter.

Let me once again thank all who played and supported our event by inviting visitors as well, they all seemed to be having a good time and I hope that we can welcome them again, and maybe potential members for 2018.

This time we have some photo’s of the day to share on our blog hope you enjoy them.

Castleknock Results are as follows:

1st Place                Shay Byrne (24)                        34 points

2nd Place               Brendan Toolan (17)                 32  points

3rd Place                Alan Mc Bride  (22)                   32  points (countback)

High Handicap        Derek Bryne (26)                     30  points

Long Drive               Chris O’Connor

Nearest the pin        Liam Fitzmaurice Visitor

Our next outing is Druids Glen 30th September and is the Captains Day where we will play for the Captains Trophy and Captains Prize.

Please note that the qualification for playing for the Captains prize is that members must have played in two rounds prior to this event. The players eligible to play will be listed closer to the event.

There is a good value deal available in Druids Heath, our members may be interested in a Mens Get Into Golf program being run by the Druids Heath golf pro Patrick Geraghty

The details are as follows:

Our PGA professional Patrick Geraghty will be holding a 6 week mens beginners programme starting Thursday the 10th of August. Classes will be from 7 to 8 pm every Thursday. The cost of the programme is €70. non-members. For more information please contact Patrick on 086 8112077.

http://www.druidsglenresort.com/druids-academy.html

Tulfarris Golf Club 17th June 2017

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Another La Touche outing in fantastic weather the best day of summer so far I think, and the course was in great condition and it was a pleasure to be out there in such a wonderful setting that is Tulfarris.

It is a tough enough course that doesn’t take any prisoners, scoring points here was difficult and that was reflected in the scoring on the day.

We had four visitors including Brendan O’Brien who it was good to see again, and  ten paid up members played making a field of fourteen people competing for the honour and the prizes, again supplied by O’Briens.

Let me thank again all of you who supported the event and also brought along visitors as well making up the numbers is so important to keep the finances in balance especially with such low numbers now playing.

Tulfarris Results are as follows:

1st Place                Greg Whelan  (21)                        32  points

2nd Place               James McCormack (17)               30  points

3rd Place                Aidan Egan (20)                           27  points

High Handicap     Darragh Costello(23)                   25  points

Long Drive             Mike Connolly

Nearest the pin     Mike Connolly

Our next outing is Castleknock  on Saturday 29th July and this will be the Alan Keogh memorial Trophy event.         http://castleknockgolfclub.ie/

The first tee will be 11.50 am and the usual prizes will be available. Please put it in your diary and see if you can round up any visitors for the day as well.

Once again the earlier that you can let me know your intentions on playing in Castleknock is always appreciated.

Woodenbridge Golf Club 21st May 2017

 

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Once again hope that everyone enjoyed our annual outing to Woodenbridge, it is a course that seems popular with most of my golfing acquaintances and is usually well attended.

The weather wasn’t quite up to the standard set so far this year but whilst dull for most of the day we didn’t get too wet and it didn’t affect the playability of the course.

We had eighteen members and seven visitors, hence the visitors prize making twenty three players in all so thanks to you all for your support on the day and am looking forward to our next outing at Tulfarris on Saturday 17th June first tee 11.10am.

Woodenbridge Results are as follows:-

1st Place                             Brendan Toolan (20)     37 points                    

2nd Place                            James Mc Cormack  (19)  32 points           

3rd Place                            Tony Birmingham   (23)     28 points

High Handicap                  Jack Killane  (28)     26 Points                

Nearest the pin Hole 8        Pat Dowling                                      

Longest Drive Hole 18      Gavin Holmes (visitor)

Visitors Prize                   Robbie Tighe (14)     35 points

 

The top three spots for Golfer of the Year Standings after two outings are:

James McCormack    60 points

Pat Dowling       53 Points

Tony Birmingham     52 points                 

The prizes again were wines picked from an O’Brien’s Wines selection for their restaurant customers which would not be available for normal retail sales and I hope that the winners all enjoy their prizes.

The next outing is not that far off and will be at Tulfarris Golf Club on Saturday 17th June 2017 first tee 11.10 am. The cost will be €45 and there will be the normal prizes on offer.

As ever the earlier that you can let me know your intentions of playing the better and any and all visitors are of course welcome.

 Geoff Fernihough

Captain 2017

 

 

Arklow Golf Links Saturday 8th April 2017

 

 

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We had a great day for our outing in Arklow the course was in good condition and the weather almost perfect for playing golf. Although the number playing was a bit depleted it didn’t spoil the day for anyone and all those participating seemed to have had a good time out on the course.

Welcome also to our new members Tony Birmingham and Alan Mc Bride both had a positive La Touche experience for their first outing as Tony won Nearest the Pin and Alan the Arklow 4 Ball raffle prize.

The greens here are certainly a challenge with plenty of twists and turns and please don’t mention those deep bunkers as anyone who was in one will attest to the difficulty of playing out.

The scores achieved reflect the difficulty around those greens and bunkers and nobody had an easy run out there. As you can see it was all very close in the end.

Results are as follows:-

1st Place         Pat Dowling (21)    30 points                    

2nd Place       Donal Coyle (21)   29 points                     

3rd Place       James Mc Cormack (20)  28 points           

High Handicap      Aidan Egan (22)         27 points                 

Nearest the pin Hole 7        Tony Birmingham                       

Longest Drive Hole 18      Darragh Costello                          

The prizes were wines picked from an O’Brien’s Wines selection for their restaurant customers which would not be available for normal retail sales and I hope that the winners all enjoy their prizes.

I was hoping to add some photos to the blog but the photographer, who is now fired by the way, seemed to want to chop off the top of people’s heads. Next time maybe we can get some taken that I can use.

Well the next outing is only six weeks away so please plan early and put it in your diary, it would be nice to see more members playing.

That outing is on Sunday 21st May at Woodenbridge Golf Club first tee 12 noon.

There will be prizes again for 1st,2nd and 3rd places High Handicap and nearest the pin and longest drive and will again be a selection of wine.