While the game of Pitch and Putt may be experiencing a slight downturn in numbers nationwide nobody can point the finger at the Ladies of Templemore.
Over the last number of weeks they have been to the forefront of National and Provincial competitions up and down the country.
As mentioned a couple of weeks back Tipperary Senior Ladies captured the Munster Inter-County title in Tipperary Hills. There are 6 on the team with Lakeside providing half of them, Martha O Brien, Bridget Shelley and Mary Quinn.
What most of you don’t realise though is that Bridget and Mary are actually Intermediate players but due to the lack of Senior Ladies throughout the county they came through the qualifying process to make the team. Which makes their achievement all the more remarkable as all the big name counties would have 6 seniors playing meaning the lads are continually punching above their weight.
Last weekend in St.Stephens in Cork the inaugural Intermediate and Junior Inter-County competitions took place. The Intermediate team took second place behind the Rebels with Bridget and Mary being joined by Frances Ryan. Pride of place went to the Tipp Juniors with Lakeside having their biggest representation here with newcomers Josie McCormack and Elaine Quinn being joined by veterans Lily O Brien and Helen McMorrow. The most pleasing aspect is that the club are being represented not just at the top level but right across all the grades which is great news as it will hopefully encourage Ladies of all standards to come out and play.
And just a couple of weeks ago young Sive Shelley claimed 2nd place in the Munster Girls Juvenile Strokeplay. To put that into context the girl that beat her claimed 2nd place in last weekend’s National Strokeplay in Navan. So the next generation is also in safe hands. Everyone in the club would like to say a collective well done to all the girls who are certainly keeping Lakeside and Templemore on the map.