Golf Update

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailElm Park Golf Club stepped in to save the day as Charlesland fell victim to the atrocious weather. With an appalling forecast for the Friday of the outing there was a doubt if the event would take place at all, Anyway, the event was shortened to 13 holes in case of rain, but with an 18-hole option. Despite the gloomyoutlook 30 golfers showed up in Dublin 4, including Seamus O’Morain who arrived via Charlesland. As it turned out the rain stayed away and some hardy souls even managed to get 18 holes in. Elm Park was in remarkably good condition, especially the greens, although some holes were out of play. Liam Nicholl dragged his team to first prize, with the Flying Fifteen’s maintaining their good run of form in second place. The Murphy’s, Jim and Maureen with Kevin Blake and Alan Pope were third. Individual honours went to Liam Nicholl, for 13 holes and Roger Bannon for the 18. Anne Irwin, Linda Corcoran and Roni Dunne shared the ladies prizes. Roger Bannon, despite playing with a handicap that fell by 7 shots over the year won golfer of the year, a remarkable performance. The usual supper and high jinks followed in the National. The committee commissioned a survey and data from this will help them plan next year’s festivities. Based on a show of hands, strong support for an “away” event in 2010 is apparent. Your committee is already looking into a number of options, and is considering Portugal (5 days of sunny golf?), Wales (3-day weekend to tie-in with an ISORA event?), Rosslare (+ Hotel for 2/3-day weekend, including Woodenbridge). We’ll see what comes out of the research! The programme for 2010 is not yet finalized, but will be soon. The first event of the year will be to Rush Golf Club, a 9-hole true links course. I played this many years ago, and it is a treasure. This small event will be restricted to the first 20, and will be formally announced (cost, format, etc…) in mid January via the usual email. Alan Dooley – Golf Coordinator