Eamon Branigan last missed a fairway in 1987

Eamon Branigan really is a remarkable player, after considerably lowering his handicap to the mid single figure range last year Eamon fired in a score of 22 pts at the weekend singling his intent to keep the downward pressure on his handicap. Brilliant stuff Eamon. Cat 1 was won by Dougie Houlihan with 20 pts. Dougie played an important part in last years run to the Duggan cup semi final partnering John Lonergan in every single round…..which leads me to Cat 2 which was won of the same mark, 20 pts by, guess who, yep John Lonergan, must check with the boys how many matches they actually won in the Duggan cup, “ah boy sure the feckin manager always played us away” Well done John boy might be the only thing Cork win this year. Cat 3, always a dogfight of a category was won by Bernard Moorehouse with a return of 19 pts, well done Bernard. Supervalu vouchers on the way to you all well done again.

So we are in the last week of the league. In the team comp “Under Par” in 2nd spot need to replace a 36 pts with a 40 pts as they are 3 behind “Are We There Yet” who in turn are looking to dump their lowest score of 37 pts.

Find the Joker

Last year “Find the joker” provided much needed revenue to fund our progression into the latter stages of a number of Interclub competitions and many thanks to our regular and occasional players. This season we now have an option where you can sign up to play every week with the fee being taken from your Competition funds. Details of how this operates and permission slips to allow the weekly deduction can be found on the counter beside the competition sign in book. Please support thanks Folks.

Annual subs time

Afternoon all, that time of year the club would like to remind members that the annual subs are now about due. Subscription to a GUI affiliated golf club is the most cost effective way to play and compete in the game we love. Paying your sub on time helps to run the club and maintain the course effectively throughout the year.

No shows are a pain

Something that needs to be said folks, listening to members around the club in recent weeks it seems that instances of people not showing up for their slot or cancelling very late are increasing. This can be a pain in the Swiss Roll especially if it means that you are a 2 ball or 3 ball playing behind a 4 ball. There are options available to the club if this pattern persists. So can all of us please do each other the courtesy of always showing up or letting our playing partners or club know if you do have a make a late cancellation. Its not as if the weather is bad in anyway…..

Nice one James

James Butler from the Big Hitters won the weekends comp with an excellent score of 22 pts. James strong finish saw him eclipsing Cat 1 winner Jim Goulding on the last 6, only one over Jim well done, (Duggan cup and Fred Perry management team please note) and Cat 2 winner John Tierney on the back 3, unlucky John. Cat 3 was won by Pat Gleeson with a return of 20 pts, hatS off to Pat, well done sir. In the team event with 2 cards still to go “Under Par” and “Are We There Yet” lead the way on 276 pts from “Slumdog Slingers” on 276. with the “Heebee Geebies” a further 3 back on……ehhhhmmmm oh yea 273. The top 4 teams are now looking to better 36 pts in the last 2 rounds so all to play for gents.

Jason thorpedo’s the Field

And he sure did, Jason played his 9 holes in one under par with 2 consecutive birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes following on from his only bogey on the 2nd. Provincial towns banker lads. Jason’s efforts resulted in 2 dozen points being proudly penciled into the scorebox on his card. We are gonna need bigger boxes Jim. Cat 1 was won by Noel Guerin with 19 points, well done Noel. Cat 2 honors went to Mark Farrington with 23pts, would have taken the overall most weeks Mark, always the some Bo…….sorry had to self censor. Cat 3 went to Liam Devine who also returned 23 pts. This was our first “Drop Weekend” with competitors in both the team and individual leagues dropping their worst score. Have a look at the tables which have your lowest dropped score and the next worse score to be dropped nicely color coded, lots of ifs, buts, maybes etc, better than looking at Corrie or Emerdallas. In the team event the “are we there yets” on 274 lead by 4 from “lifes a pitch” and “slumdog slingers” 4 back on 270. So we all got to target beating our next lowest score in the weeks ahead, The leagues will tighten up as people with easier scores to drop propel themselves up the table. Watch out for someone coming from nowhere with 4 nines in the twenties to pinch your voucher on the last day…. oh the excitement.

M K Dons the winners mantel…again.

Apologies on the headline could not help myself, anyway groundhog day Mick Kenny had 24 pts and won again ah here lads, seriously Though Micheal really well done again. Micheal has shown some brilliant form the past few weeks, hoped you have not peaked too early for those anxious interclub managers all queuing up at your front door. Another great field again at the weekend, really need to book your BRS slot early people.

In the category prizes Jamie Stafford took cat 1 honors with 21 pts, did not know you played Jamie excellent stuff. Cat 2 was won by Tony Bergin with 22 pts well done Tony. Cat 3 was won by Sean Murray also with 22 pts. super stuff Sean, that lovely roast beef might still be on offer in Supervalu Newbridge lads.

In the team section “under par” on 274 pts now lead the way from “are we there yet” and last weeks top spotters “lifes a pitch” who seemed to have gotten a puncture in slipping back to 3rd. Next week is our 8th in the league (best 8 cards for final score) so the following week the individual Categories will get interesting as players try and drop their worst card.

Kevin Mac Collects

An excellent return of 22 pts saw Kevin Mac Donald win the latest round of the Winter League at “Kildare’s premier golfing venue”…Jim Russell said to say that…. Just looking at some of the recent scores Kevin has posted for his team i am not surprised that he will be driving out the gate next week with a nice Voucher tucked in his Sky Rocket. Another great field again this weekend folks with over 130 cards dropping into the returns box.

Class 1 was won by Kesh O Reilly on the count-back L3 with a score of 19pts, well done big man. Class 2 honors were taken by Mick Spenser with a score of 21 pts, good to see Mick getting back into form, well done sir. Class 3 was won by James Johnstone also with a return of 21 pts. Congrats James. The weather this weekend a little more tricky and this was reflected in the scores but such a benign start to the year weather wise surely has to be redressed by Evelyn C at some stage. In the team section of the league the gentlemen from the “Lifes a pitch” crew currently have everyone else in the rear-view mirror with 233 pts. “Catch us if yis can ladz”

Midweek Magic from Mick

Micheal Kenny’s (16) 20 pts was good enough win the prize in this weeks Midweek 9 holer. Micheal’s form in recent weeks has been consistently good. Just look at the scores Micheal has contributed to his team in the last 5 weeks 22pts, 19pts, 20pts, 21pts and 21 pts. Brilliant stuff….your gonna be busy this Summer Micheal.

The fields in the midweek competitions can sometimes be quite small when compared to the weekends but according to a lot of golf pro’s and coaches there is nothing better for sharpening up your game than regular competition and our midweek 9 holers, which you can play in as often as you like by the way are ideal in this regard.

2 dozen for Dave

The calm spring like weather over the weekend saw a large entry of 110 competitors take to the Fairways to compete in the Winter League. When all was sorted late last night Dave Fox’s card sat proudly at the top of Kesh’s pile. Dave had 24 pts, great round Dave 5 pars and 4 bogeys, very tidy.

Class 1 honors went to Alan Flanagan with 21 pts, well done Alan. Cl 2 honors were secured by Cormac Noone with a score of 22 pts on the countback, 2 over for 9 and 2 birdies in a row, bout time Mr Noone. Cl 3 was won by Paul English with a score of 21 pts. Good shooting Paul.

The team to catch are the Under Par Lads who lead the field by 5 on 198 pts from “Life’s a pitch” and “are we there yet” both on 193 pts.

I see a number of teams struggling to get there players out some weeks so if you have missed some weekends please do your best to get a score on the board for your team for the remainder of the league.