NYC Golf Society – Killiney GC Outing


Kish Trophy.

25th November 2011

Over 40 golfers headed out into the bracing westerly for the final 18 holes of what has been a phenomenally successful year for the society. Yet again, the weather gods smiled on us (cold but mostly sunny), and kept the rain away, although there was quite a serious wind-chill. Anyway, it was great to see such numbers turning out so late in the year, and my apologies to those of you on the waiting list who could not be accommodated. It was especially great to see Padraic Conneely joining us, the first of many we hope, an “All Killiney” team under Karl Ungar, and Peter Craig representing RStGYC. The “Kish” is the biggest and most prestigious trophy of the year, and normally, it features teams from the other waterfront clubs and entities. This year, because it was so late in the year, and because we had the 9-hole course booked, we decided to keep it local, limit it to 42, and to change the format to team-of-three. The consensus was that this format is better / faster and should be considered for future outings. The Killiney course was really well presented, especially with the amount of rain which fell overnight, and the greens especially are worthy of special praise. Although we were on winter tees, they were well setup and did not take from the enjoyment of the day at all. It was good to see the pace of play holding up, and being in the final grouping (the night shift?) with Jim Murphy and Mary Wharton, I was happy enough with a round duration of just over 4 hours. The entire group headed back to NYC for our Presentation Dinner, where over 50 were greeted with a wine reception in a beautifully presented JB Room. This is a tribute to Hilda’s creative skills, and the good work of the staff at the club. Each table also had a few bottles of wine lying in wait, thanks to Jim’s astute management of the Golf financials (without which we would be in ruins!). A late but very welcome request from Jackie Flynn and Ida Kernan to raise funds for the local Christmas Dinner charity (run by Margaret Browne for the past 25 years) resulted in a large and very generous number of contributed items for what was supposed to be a single hamper, but ended up as 3. These were raffled among ourselves and the Flying15ers upstairs, and yielded €865 – a huge thank-you to all who contributed. After another great meal, the prize-giving got under way. The winner of the main prize, The Kish Trophy was Team Janet Green, with a superb score of 77 points. All 3 players posted good scores and it was great to see Johnny Rooney playing so well on the winning team. At the Kish outing, we usually present the Royal Marine Trophy for the Best Lady on the day, and this was awarded to Kerri Cullen. Other winners on the day were as follows… 2nd Team – Team Bannon / McCourt 3rd Team – Team Cullen/Coleman/Corcoran/Quinn 4th Team – Team Buckley/O’Moráin 5th Team – Team Wharton/Murphy/Dooley 2nd Lady – Cathy Dooley 3rd Lady – Mary Crowe 4th Lady – Penny Rooney 5th Lady – Denise Lambe 1st Man – Tony Corcoran (on back 9) 2nd Man – Roger Bannon 3rd Man – NL 4th Man – Joe Hogan (José) 5th Man – John Westman Longest Drive (men) – StJohn Bannon Longest Drive (ladies) – Kerri Cullen Nearest Pins – Linda Corcoran, Ted McCourt Bailey Bowl – Golfer of the Year 2011 (ladies) – Mary Wharton Golfer of the Year 2011 (men) – Tony Corcoran (don’t worry Tony, it’ll turn up!) Thank You’s: Hilda Byrne, for acquiring and planning of all prizes, purchasing and set up of table displays, prizes displays Jim Murphy, for single-handed management of all financials / admin on Fri morning (a tough task before going out to play your own game), for putting-up with me for 18 holes and for managing our finances so well throughout 2011.


Your Committee will soon be planning for 2012, and we are planning 8 outings. Probable Agenda: Feb – a seaside links Mar / Apr – 2 Leinster courses May – back to Connemara June – a Leinster course Sept / Oct – one of these to be The Kish, the other a trip? (Concra Wood or Bunclody?) Nov / Dec – End of Year Bash Any comments on this or any other aspect of the Golf Society would be appreciated. NYCGS is affiliated to the GUI.

Connemara PostScript:

While in Connemara, or more specifically the Abbeyglen Hotel, some members of the golf society invited a small group of Americans to join in the fun,…basically forcing drink on them, and then allowing them to force drink on us. This culminated in an invite to them to “drop in” to the National Yacht Club when they made it to Dublin the following day. Well, that is exactly what they did, and they were made feel very welcome by Anne-Marie Ryan and others, with whom they had a drink or two and a very enjoyable couple of hours. A parcel (no, it was not ticking…) arrived at the club last week, addressed to José and JosB and the NYC, straight from South Carolina USA, and containing 4 really nice golf caps and a tin of biscuits. We know what the golf caps are for, but are still trying to figure out the biscuit connection…the committee is sitting next week on this. Hmmmm!. A response is being formulated….. Watch for the next episode. Photos – Joe Fallon