Hannon at the double


IPGC Golf from the Tara Court Golf Group

Sunday, April 12, Green Valley – Stableford

Another early start for us today but unfortunately it still didn’t save us from getting caught in the rain, which usually comes later on in the day and if you get an early start you can usually avoid it.  Today it lasted a long time, around an hour and a half so some of our group decided to call it a day and retired.  However, for the rest of us it was a case of staying on under the shelter or getting wet trying to get back to the clubhouse so we waited it out and when it did eventually stop we finished our round.

The course actually dried out quickly, especially considering how long the rain lasted and it was very playable.  It certainly didn’t affect some of our golfers as Gerry Hannon, Kevin Blake and Shaun Merriman all managed to score thirty seven points, with Gerry winning out on the count back, leaving Kevin in second place and Shaun in third.

Ted Morris & Gerry Hannan.Ted Morris & Gerry Hannan.

We had three others on thirty five points and Alec Hoare won the count back to lead that group ahead of Norman Cheetham in fifth and Sean Connolly, who just missed out on thr prizes.

There were three ‘2’s recorded, from William Bishop, Russell Gilroy and Greg Barry.

1st Gerry Hannon (14) 37pts

2nd Kevin Blake (9) 37pts

3rd Shaun Merriman (10) 37pts

4th Alec Hoare (17) 35pts

5th Norman Cheetham (15) 35pts

Tuesday, April 14, Eastern Star – Stableford

Back in Eastern Star again today for another very cheap round of golf, especially as today was a public holiday it was even better value.  Even though the greens had still not fully recovered from the recent pole-forking and sanding, it was still very enjoyable.

We had a few new members playing with us today for their first time and some of them quickly made their mark.  Alan Bishop was one of them and he was the only one today to play to his handicap and take the win with thirty six points, which is a good score on this difficult course at any time.

We then had three golfers tied on thirty four points and Shaun Merriman won the count back to take second, relegating Alec Hoare into third and Derek Kane, who was playing his first game with us, into fourth.

Mark Lang also had a very good payday as he got the only ‘2’ of the day.

1st Alan Bishop (23) 36pts

2nd Shaun Merriman (10) 34pts

3rd Alec Hoare (17) 34pts

4th Derek Kane (22) 34pts

Thursday, April 16, Burapha – Stableford

Back at Burapha again and the course was very quiet, probably because a lot of people were away for Songkran, so we got around reasonably quickly.  Actually we were going very quickly until we arrived at the tenth green to find that three groups of Koreans had decided to take a rest at the shop and when we got there they all moved up to the eleventh tee box, so we had a long wait there but afterwards it moved on ok.

Again, because this is a very long course we decided to give everyone a choice of tee boxes, blue or white, and most of our group decided to play off the whites but actually the best scores came off the longer blues.

Gerry Hannon had his second win of the week, scoring an excellent thirty eight points off the blues and Jon Batty was second on thirty seven.

Off the white tees Ted Morris was the only man to play to his handicap and was a clear winner with thirty six points.  In second place and four points behind came Pat Carty and in third place was Frank McGowan with thirty one, beating Shaun Merriman on a count back.

Shaun Merriman recorded the only birdie ‘2’ of the day.

Blue Tees

1st Gerry Hannon (14) 38pts

2nd Jon Batty (8) 37pts

White Tees

1st Ted Morris (13) 36pts

2nd Pat Carty (25) 32pts

3rd Frank McGowan (17) 31pts

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.