On Friday last the first ball of this years Captain’s prize was struck and by close of play on Saturday some familiar names were on top of the leaderboard. Out early on Friday, Patsy Stapleton took advantage of the better conditions on that evening to shoot a 67 and this was to be the leading score until late on a much less pleasant Saturday when it was matched by Phonsie Deegan. Then close to the end last years first round leader Denis Maher brought in a 66 to put him in the same posititon that he occupied this day last year. 69’s were returned by Brendan Russell, Mick O Connor,Denis Ryan and Tim Shanahan.On 70 came Frank Lysaght, Joey O Dwyer, Pat Looby, Denis Tuohy, Matt Butler, Tom Connolly and Ted Kennedy. Those on 71 were Mick Hickey, George Ryan, Eamon Connolly, Donal Hayes, Ciaran Hassett, John Hassett and John O Connell. If conditions on Saturday were difficult then Sunday was just brutal, especially for those later starters who had to contend with driving rain and gale force winds. No surprise then that the early leader in the clubhouse was out earlier than those mentioned above and Dessie Hennessy added a fine 67 to his 73 to lead on 140. Soon afterwards Joe Fitzpatrick jnr followed in with a 71 to go with his 72 for 143. Sumesh Babu finished with a 145 and it looked like the cut could go to 150 at this stage. Joey O Dwyer then added a 71 to his 70 for 141 and John O Connell put a 74 with his 71 of Saturday for another 145 and the leading gross at that stage. Soon the leaders were finishing and with Denis Maher and Patsy Stapleton both shooting 71 they were still at the head of affairs with 137 and 138 respectively. Phonsie Deegan added 73 for 140 and Pat Looby also shot 73 for 143.The cut came at 148 which is the highest for a number of years but was indicative of the very tough going which everybody encountered. At 18.30 fifteen players lined up for a shot gun start to the 9 hole play-off and as ever at this stage a large crowd had gathered. Soon the rumours were going around; ‘he had a 7’ , such and such is in bother on the 2nd, ‘he had a ball out of bounds’ etc, but as we got near the finish it became obvious that Denis Maher was going best of all with Dessie Hennessy now his nearest challenger. Denis had led at this stage last year and that experience stood him in good stead as he cooly finished off the job this time around. Dessie hung on for 2nd and Patsy[otherwise known as the buggy man] was 3rd.Full results as follows: 1st Denis Maher 170.5; 2nd Dessie Hennessy 174.5; 3rd Patsy Stapleton 178; Gross John O Connell 161; 5th Pat Looby 179.5; 6th Joey O Dwyer 179.5; 7th Phonsie Deegan 180.5; 8th Joe Fitzpatrick 181.5; Past Captain Denis Tuohy 182.5; Seniors Mick Keely 149; Best 1st 18 Tim Shanahan 69; Best 2nd 18 Tim Connolly 71; Best final 9 Jim Russell 37; Best 18+ handicapper Sumesh Babu 183.5
Congratulations to all the winners and congrats to Mick and his family for a lovely weekend and a beautiful array of prizes. Mick told us on Sunday evening that there had been no rain in Drombane all day, obviously he forget to tell the man above that the golf course is in Templemore when he was praying for the fine weather.
Looking to the future and with the Captains over the attention will now turn to the Presidents prize which will be played over the weekend of July 29,30 and 31. This will be slightly different this year with an 18 hole qualifier on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday morning and a 9 hole play-off on Sunday evening commencing at 3.30. The timesheet is now on display in the clubhouse and a draw for partners will take place on Wed 27th. Next Friday we have an 18 hole open singles and a non counting singles on Sunday.
Junior golf continues every Monday at 10.00 sharp and parents are encouraged to stay around if possible to give a hand with the youngsters.