Cullen makes it a double


IPGC golf from Tara Court Golf Group

Sunday, Jan. 4, Green Valley – Stableford

Back at Green Valley today for our usual Sunday game.  Now with so many of our Irish friends back to visit us for the winter we had a very large turnout and our biggest problem was getting enough tee times, but the staff at Green Valley are very helpful to us and we managed to get a place for everyone.

We had two flights today, A flight up to 16 h/c and B flight 17 and up.  In B flight the scoring wasn’t so good, with four people leading the way on 34 points.  Ger Lodge was the victor after edging Andy Galvin, who is starting to get the hang of Green Valley, into second place.  Andy in turn pushed Jimmy Johnson into third and Frank McGowan took fourth.

George Cullen & Michael Lyne.George Cullen & Michael Lyne.

In A flight it very different scoring, with George Cullen running away with it with what was by far the best round of the day, 43 points.  Phil Clerehan had 36 points and beat Paul Pavloff into second place on a count back and Joe McArdle took fourth with 35.

We had five people sharing the ‘2’s pot, namely Nick Looby, Joe Peters, Phil Clerehan, Michael Lyne and Andy Galvin.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, Pattavia – Stableford

A Flight

1st George Cullen (13) 38pts

2nd Ted Morris (12) 33pts

3rd Shaun Merriman (9) 32pts

B Flight

1st Joe Peters (20) 40pts

2nd Angela Montague (29) 34pts

3rd John Kelly (28) 34pts

On Tuesday we went to Pattavia where the greens are always the most difficult part of the challenge and although today they were just a little bit slower than before, they still caught out most of our golfers.

For Joe Peters the greens seemed to be no problem and he racked up a great score of 40 points, which was by far the best of the day.  Another man who didn’t find putting too tough was George Cullen, who also had a very good score of 38 points and who won his division for the second time this week.  Well done George, expect a good reduction in handicap for next week!

Angela Montague was second in the B flight after beating John Kelly into third on a count back.  In A flight, Ted Morris took the silver with 33 points and Shaun Merriman was third juts one further back.

There were three ‘2’s, coming from Frank McGowan, Shaun Merriman and Angela Montague.

Thursday, Jan. 8, Eastern Star – Stableford

A Flight

1st Joe McArdle (12) 35pts

2nd Jack Behan (15) 33pts

3rd Donal Lyne (16) 32pts

B Flight

1st Michael Lyne (19) 36pts

2nd Pat Carty (24) 32pts

3rd Damien Montague (19) 30pts

We were back at Eastern Star today after a long absence to find the course in beautiful condition: the greens were excellent and fairways also very good.  When it is in condition like this it is definitely one of the best courses around, hopefully they will be able to keep it like this and we will be going back again soon.

Eastern Star is a difficult course and only one of our golfers managed to play to his handicap; this was Michael Lyne who won the B flight with 36 points.  Four points behind in second was Pat Carty and on his last day with us for this year, Damien Montague took third with 30.  Damien had been kept out of the prizes on Tuesday by his wife Angela, but she didn’t play today to give him a chance!

In A flight, Joe McArdle won with 35 points, two up on Jack Behan in second while Donal Lyne was a further point back in third, making it a succesful day for the Lyne family.  Donal also shared the ‘2’s pot with Declan Kelly.

Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364.