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Murphy Blasts Field to Pieces at Blainroe…

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail01_smallOur outing last Friday (Mar 8th) at Blainroe went ahead, in spite of dire weather forecasts, and several cry-offs from the (several) wimps among us. A field which numbered 25 on Wednesday, rapidly dwindled to a mere 13 by Friday morning, and I have to say it was not looking great as we headed south on the M11 in the drizzly and persistent early rain. After locating a coffee machine in the foyer of a deserted Blainroe Golf Club, Padraic’s enormous catering experience at last produced a result, and he figured out how to get it working…things were starting to look up. Just after geting a coffee each, the catering staff turned up and offered us….coffee. It was still raining as we headed to the first tee, but within a few holes it had stopped, and the day proved to be reasonably pleasant for the rest of the round. Joe Buckley, Gerry Reid and Alan Dooley were seen trying to contact Jim Gorman to get some enhanced navigation classes after geting lost after thr first, playing the wrong hole and the geting caught up in a different club competition. In truth, the lower holes on the course were barely playable after the heavy overnight rain, notably the 1st, 9th and 18th where there were large pools all over the fairways. We also experienced heavy fog on the 7th, where the drive had to be hit blindly into the white-out…in my case, out of bounds (were else?). Having cancelled our outing to Blainroe last year due to very heavy rain, it was good to get to play it and in spite of the heavy conditions, the scoring was remarkably good. Our Treasurer Jim Murphy shattered all previous records with a magnificent 43 points, which included a blank on the 472 metre P5 index 18 4th hole…well done Jim. In joint 2nd, all on 32 points were Padraic Conneely, Tony Corcoran, Joe Buckley and Alan Dooley, with the rest of the field just a few shots further adrift. Best Woman, by a mile was Penny Rooney – she set an example to our other lady members (by at least turning up!) – well done Penny. Best Team was Peter Ryan, Padraic and Adam Winkelmann with 75 pts, followed by Gerry Reid’s team (Gerry, Joe, Alan) on 71. Back to The National Yacht Club for an excellent meal in the bar and the usual craic to round off an excellent day. There are a few images in the Gallery – take a look, and pass on any additional pics and I’ll include them. The next outing is to Woodbrook on Friday 12th April. This will be a bigger outing so make sure to get your name in early as we have a limit on the tee time available.