Sunday’s singles turned into a scoring spree as the wind of the past few weeks abated and a number of players made quite a move up the order of merit. None more so than John O Connell who was leading by just 1 point coming into Sunday but opened up a bigger gap with a fine 43 pts. Two under after 4 with birdies at 1 and 4 he played steady golf to the 13th where another birdie started a run of pars to the 17th and he then hit a wedge to 3 feet at the last for a 4th birdie and a back nine of 22pts to add to the 21 pts gathered on the front. This meant a round of just 73 shots which continues the fine gross scores that have been seen recently. The new clubs obviously did what it said on the tin! In second place was Mick Murphy who also had 43pts but the other way around as he went out in 2 over par and back in 4 over to have nines of 22 and 21. Mick had a run of 3,3,3,3 from the 4th hole and was unlucky to run in to another 43pts. On any other day he would have been assured of the win. Third went to another big hitter in Brendan Russell who had a splendid 41pts. Brendan had 19pts to the turn and continued to make substantial lodgements all the way to the finish, adding 22pts with 2 closing pars very importantly lifting him into that 3rd spot. Mark Jordan had 40ps, with 39pts from Pat Delahunty and Philly Bourke, 37’s from Frank Russell and Tom Stapleton and 36’s for Toddy Sweeney and Padraig Moloney.
Quite a number of those on the timesheet for Sunday morning either failed to show up or turned up late. This can happen to anybody but please make a phone call to either your partners or the comp. secretary so that those present can be reorganised into 3 balls and get away from the situation whereby 2 balls end up behind 3 balls and spend much of their day waiting to hit a shot. It might be no harm to check the speed of play either and remember that you should be right behind the group in front and not just ahead of the group behind. Rant over !
Friday’s singles brought another new name in to the winners circle as Bernie O Rourke returned a fine 38pts to record his maiden victory. Bernie has definitely caught the bug and the practice is obviously paying off. Ann will have to watch out if she is to remain at the helm when it comes to the golf in that house. Well done Bernie.
On Saturday morning our Bruen team play Slievenamon in Tipp town with the winners to play Mitchelstown that afternoon. John Galvin is the team manager and we wish them all the best of luck. Tipperary is a happy hunting ground following the success of the JB Carr boys there on Thursday last when they beat the host club to progress to the next round. Congrats to all involved.
Results; Friday 3rd; 1st Bernie O Rourke  38pts.
Sunday 5th ; 1st John O Connell  43pts, 2nd Mick Murphy  43pts,3rd Brendan Russell  41pts.
Fixtures; Friday 10th Open Singles. Sunday 12th 18 hole singles. This will not be a counter for the Order of Merit or the G O Y as the Bruen will hopefully be in action but it is an ideal opportunity for those who need to get in their cards to qualify for the Captains Prize which is only 5 weeks away. You need to have played three 18 hole singles to be eligible so get going. The Wed mixed continues and is proving very popular so get your name in to the draw by 6.45.