Club President Arthur Hanley, was present at the Clubhouse to meet and greet all of the competitors in both the Ladies and Men’s Clubs competitions on Saturday and Sunday last, the 4th and 5th of June for the staging of this year’s various “President’s Prizes” to both of the respective Clubs, and all were rewarded with splendid weather over the entire weekend.
The Men’s competition was played on Killeen course, and many of those who played considered that the pin placings on some of the greens were indeed very difficult, which greatly inhibited the potential of many of those competitors from recording better scores than they actually returned.
The Men’s competition attracted an entry of 260 competitors, and only 16 of those who played recorded better than level par scores, so anyone who was amongst that group were indeed deemed to have played a very good game of golf.
The competition was won by Derry McCarthy with a magnificent score of 6 up, and that score proved to have been of such a calibre that Eugene O’Sullivan who was in second place was two back at 4 up. Derry played one of the great rounds of his long and illustrious golfing life, and he was actually around in two under par gross, after getting off to a flying start when he stood at 4 under par after 8 holes. Derry’s seven year old son Brian was acting as caddie for his father for the very first time, and Derry attributed much credit to him.
The evening’s festivities started at 8 P.M. with a drinks reception, which was followed by a two course buffet, and at 9.30 The Club’s Male Choir entertained us all with their renditions of many popular numbers.
Club Captain Liam Hartnett then commenced the formal proceedings with a brief resume of Arthur’s career his family and golfing life, and Liam welcomed Arthur’s family, his beloved wife of 50 years, Patsy, who is the current ex-officio Lady Captain, and two of their Daughter’s Deirdre and Barbara, and their son Stephen, and Liam advised that Arthur’s and Patsy’s 50th wedding anniversary was coinciding with the President’s prize on the exact same weekend.
Lady Captain, Mary O’Rourke followed with a brief appreciation on behalf of the Ladies Club.
President Arthur then followed on with an amusing and entertaining speech during which Arthur paid credit to many of those who had helped out in any way towards making the weekend such a tremendous success, and this was followed up with the prize presentations, of all of the competitions, and it was good to see Arthur’s son Stephen well up amongst the prize-winners.
The Men’s competition results are as follows.
1st Derry McCarthy (6) 6 up,
2nd Eugene O’Sullivan (5) 4 up,
3rd Greg Murphy (7) 3 up,
Best gross Donal Considine (2) 70
4th Stephen Hanley (12) 3 up,
5th Liam Healy (12) 2 up,
6th Neilus Hayes (19) 2 up,
7th Paul Twiss (14) 2 up,
8th Fergal O’Shea (7) 2 up,
9th Eddie O’Sullivan (13) 2 up
10th Denny Lyons (8) 2 up,
11th Dermot O’Connor (9) 1 up,
12th Franc O’Rourke (28) 1 up,
13th Sean C. Brosnan (8) 1 up,
14th Rory O’Sullivan (16) 1 up.
Standard Scratch fell at level par.
The Club’s J.B. Carr team were in action on Friday the 3rd of June when they played against Ennis in the home leg
of their tie. Nick O’Brien who is one of the joint team managers was called upon to fill a vacancy after there was a
last minute withdrawal from the team. Nick went on to prove to have been a most effective replacement
on the team when he holed his pitch in to the 15th green from 90 yards to win his match by a margin of 5/3.
The results were as follows,
match 1, John Hickey and John Clifford won 2/1.
Match 2, Seamus O’Connor and Donie McSweeney lost 1 down.
Match 3, Dermot Roche and Enda Curtayne won 2/1.
Match 4 Nick O’Brien and Padraig Griffin won 5/3.
Match 5 Con Healy and John Wall lost 6/5.
Killarney will now take a most slender lead of 3 matches to 2 matches when they will travel for the “away” leg of the tie to be played at Ennis, the date has yet to be finalised.
The next Men’s Club competition will be on Sunday the 12th of June, will be the “exchange day” at Tralee Golf Club, and the competition is being kindly sponsored by Cross Refrigeration.
Club Captain Liam Hartnett, on behalf of the entire club wishes to pass on sincere condolences to Club Member Brian Clarke and to all of the Clarke family on the recent passing of Brian’s Brother Dessie at a very young age.
PRO Men’s Club.