Bannerton gets the gong

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IPGC Golf from the Tara Court

Sunday, Nov. 13, Green Valley – Stableford

A Flight

1st Joe McArdle (15) net 71

2nd Richi Hurley (6) net 72

3rd Declan Kelly (12) net 72

B Flight

1st Brendan Bannerton (19) net 70

2nd Maurice Byrne (20) net 73

3rd Joe Peters (22) net 77

2’s: Joe McArdle, Rod Torrie and Geoff King

Nick Caulfield.
Nick Caulfield.

Another month gone round and time for our monthly medal again here at Green Valley.  Now that high season is approaching the number of players is going up so we had two divisions today with the cut off for the first division coming in at sixteen handicap.

Although we had two flights, unfortunately we have only one medal winner and that came in the B Flight today.  Brendan Bannerton is here on holiday for a few weeks and he is certainly getting the feel for the golf as he had his second win in a row and a net seventy to win the B Flight and the medal.  Maurice Byrne, who was having his first ever game with us came second with a net seventy three and Joe Petters was third with seventy seven.

In the A Flight Joe McArdle returned to the podium after a long absence and he was the winner with a net seventy one, which also included a ‘2’.  Richi Hurley had a net seventy two to claim the second spot and Richi beat Declan Kelly in to the third place on count back.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

Blue Tees

1st Nick Caulfield (5) 32pts

2nd Donal McGuigan (17) 30pts

3rd Craig Hitchens (15) 28pts

White Tees

1st Brendan Bannerton (19) 38pts

2nd Joe Peters (22) 37pts

3rd Frank McGowan (19) 36pts

4th John Kelly (25) 35pts

5th John Fenwick (20) 33pts

2’s: Craig Hithchens, Brendan Bannerton, Frank McGowan and John Fenwick

We were back at Mountain Shadow today with our friends from the PFGS.  While we found the course in very good condition the bunkers were in need a bit of attention to say the least, which is a pity.

Joe McArdle.
Joe McArdle.

Again we decided to make it enjoyable for everyone by giving them a choice of blue or white tees.  Today more of our golfers played off the whites and by far the best scores came from those who did.

All the winners off the blue tees came from the players from the PFGS today, with Nick Caulfield coming out on top with thirty two points.  In second place was Donal McGuigan with thirty points and Craig Hithchens took the third with twenty eight and the only ‘2’ of the blue tees.

In contrast all the winners off the white tees came from the Tara Court players.  Brendan Bannerton finished off his golf for this trip in style by having his third win in a row with thirty eight points.  Joe Peters is playing very good golf at the moment but today he had to settle for second place with thirty seven and Frank McGowan took the third with thirty six.  John Kelly has just arrived back and quickly made his mark by coming fourth with thirty five points while John Fenwick took the fifth and last place with thirty three.

Thursday, Nov. 17, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Yellow Tees

1st Declan Kelly (12) 34pts

2nd Jon Batty (7) 30pts

White Tees

1st Joe McArdle (15) 38pts

2nd Frank McGowan (19) 36pts

3rd John Fenwick (20) 33pts

4th Theresa Connolly (18) 33pts

This was our first time at Khao Kheow for a long time and today we played the A and C courses and found them in excellent condition.  For some of our group it was their first time to play the C course but it was praise all round from everyone.  Again we followed our usual practice of giving our golfers a choice of which tees they wanted to play off, with the majority today opting for the shorter white tees.

From the group who played the yellow tees, Declan Kelly came out the winner with thirty four points and Jon Batty was second with thirty and he also had the only ‘2’ of the day off either tees.

Off the white tees Joe McArdle was the winner with thirty eight points, a score which included a lot of three putts.  Frank McGowan has returned to form and was second today with a repeat of Tuesday’s score of thirty six points.  John Fenwick took the third place with thirty three, beating Theresa Connolly on a count back which went down to the last six holes.