Hyland gets the medal

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Liam Hyland & Francis McGuigan.
Liam Hyland & Francis McGuigan.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Feb. 10, Green Valley – Monthly Medal/Stroke

Time for our second monthly medal of the year here at Green Valley on what was a very nice day for golf. We had three flights again as the numbers are staying up.

Liam Hyland (H/cap 10) played very well today and was a clear winner by two shots of both the medal and the A flight with a net sixty-nine. Craig Hitchens (11) came second in the same flight with a net seventy-one and Jerry Swetnam (11) was third with a net seventy two.

In the B flight Joe McArdle (18) took the win with a net seventy-one and we then had two players tied on net seventy-two – here Lawrie McBride (13) won the countback to nudge Michael Williams (12) down to third.

Terry Mangan (21) was the winner in the C flight with a net seventy-two, John McGarry (23) came second with a net seventy-three and Pat Carty (24) was third with a net seventy-six.

We had only one 2 today, coming from Bob St Aubin.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Pattavia – Stableford

We had a good sized field today for our monthly visit to Pattavia – a course with good value high season prices and a very well maintained layout. We had 3 divisions with the split coming at “A” up to 11, “B” 12-19 and “C” 20+.

In A flight we had 2 players having their first game with us today and shooting it out for the honours. With both playing level par golf off the stick, Richard Fearby (H/cap 3) took first place ahead of his good friend and playing partner Jack Grindvold (3) on countback after both posted 39 points. In third place and also playing in this hot group was Kevyn Wright (10) with a fine 38 points.

B division was won by Francis McGuigan (15) with 35 points, Teddy Lodge (13) was second on 33 and in third was Donal McGuigan (18) with 30.

Playing his last game this trip, Larry Eden (22) won the C flight with 35 points, second went to Gerry Doyle (27) on 28 and one point behind in third was Don Byrne (20).

There were three 2s today, from Teddy Lodge, Wayne Antlitz & Paul O’Callaghan.

Thursday, Feb. 14, Khao Kheow – Stableford

We gave a choice of tees today at Khao Kheow, with the majority deciding to play off the shorter whites where we had two flights. We played the A and B nines and found the course to be in very good condition.

We got what was by far our best score off the longer yellow tees. Francis McGuigan (15) really turned it on and won by a clear eight points from his nearest rival with an excellent forty-two points. As this is a very difficult course off those tees this was exceptional golf and probably one of our best ever scores here. Ian Speirs (11) got second place with a more modest thirty-four points and to make it a family affair Donal McGuigan (18) took third place with thirty-three. Nick Caulfield (7) completed the podium in fourth with thirty-two and we had one 2 off these tees, coming from Liam Hyland.

In the A flight off the white tees Ted Morris (17) was the only one to play to his handicap and was winner with thirty-six points. Joe McArdle (18) came second with thirty-three and John Walshe (22), who was playing his last game for this trip, went home with money in his pocket as he came third with thirty and also had a 2.

In the B flight John McGarry (23) was the winner with thirty-five points, Joe Peters (23) was second on thirty-two and Sean Hallahan came third with thirty-one. We had two 2s off these tees, by Sean Hallahan and John Walshe.