Avril goes wild at Bangpra

Avril Wildsmith.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Jan. 6, Green Valley – Stableford

We certainly got 2019 off to a flying start here at Green Valley today with the best scores we have had here in a long time. We also had a record number of ‘2’s with nearly one third of the players getting one.

The cut for the A flight came out at fifteen and this is where we got the best score of the day. Paul Pavloff (H/cap 6) had two blanks on his card but he still scored a magnificent forty points on the other sixteen holes to come out a clear winner. After that we had four players with thirty six points and here Michael Williams (13), who had twenty-three points on the back nine was a clear winner of second place ahead of Shaun Merriman (12) in third, Nick Caulfield (7) fourth and Gerry Hannan just missed out on the prizes.

In The B flight we also had great golf and Leo McCauley (20), just arrived from Ireland, took the win with thirty-eight points. Both Peter Henshaw (28) and Paul Butler 17) also had thirty eight on the scorecard with Peter taking second and Paul third on countback while Pat Carty was fourth with thirty-four.

We had seven ‘2’s today, from Joe McArdle, Michael Williams, Nick Caulfield, Shaun Merriman, George Cullen, Joe Peters and Donal McGuigan.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, Pattavia – Stableford

Pattavia is becoming a very popular course and today we had our largest group for the high season so far, with 30 players.

We had 3 divisions with “A” cut at 17 & “B” 18 + and we also had a Silver/Red tee division.

“A” division was won with the best score of the day, with Craig Hitchens (12) having a solid 40 points. Second went to Sean McNamara (15) on 36 points, Nick Caulfield (7) was third on 35 and fourth spot was a tight affair with the countback going to the 18th hole after both Gerry Hannan (12) and Ted Morris had 34 points overall, Gerry getting the nod for the final podium place.

“B” division was also won with a good score and in first place was Joe Peters (24) with 38 points. Bernie Stafford (18) was second with 34 points, third went to Pat Carty (23) on 33 points and in fourth was Jean Fok Chak (19) with 31.

The Silver /Red comp was won by Peter Henshaw (28) with 34 points and second was Evelyn McNamara (24) with 31.

We had three ‘2’s, coming from Jerry Sweetnam, Nick Caulfield & Craig Hitchens.

Thursday, Jan. 10, Bangpra – Stableford

We had our first visit here to Bangpra for this year and today the greens were back to their previous lightning fast speed, with many tales of three-putting and even more on some occasions.

The cut for the A flight came out at sixteen and the winner was Wayne Antlitz (13) with thirty two points. Both Declan Kelly (12) and Gerry Hannan (12) had thirty one points but Declan won the countback to come second.

In the B flight we had what was by far the best score of the day. Avril Wildsmith (31) came back a few weeks ago and told us she had lost five shots on her handicap. After today’s score she will be losing a few more as she scored a magnificent forty two points, a full ten points ahead of Kevin Page (19) in second place while Joe Peters (24) featured in the prizes again today, this time in third with thirty points.

Gerry Hannan had the only ‘2’ of the day.