McArdle back on top

Joe McArdle.
Joe McArdle.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, March 4, Green Valley – Stableford

A Flight

1st Andy Featherstone (4) 39pts

2nd Stuart Brown (8) 37pts

3rd Lawrie McBride (13) 34pts

B Flight

1st Russell Gilroy (18) 38pts

2nd Ger Lodge (19) 36pts

3rd Ken Hole (17) 34pts

C Flight

1st Paula Kopatz (22) 38pts

2nd Joe Peters (23) 37pts

3rd Pat Carty (25) 35pts

Although the numbers are still holding up we managed to get all of our group out on Green Valley today instead of splitting them up on two courses as we have been doing over the past few months.  We got great praise from lots of our golfers for the condition of the course which is probably as good as it has ever been.

We had very good golf today, probably the best we have had in a long time, and the best score came in the A flight from our lowest handicapper, Andy Featherstone, who went round in one over par gross to score an excellent 39 points off his four handicap.

In the B flight Russell Gilroy was the winner with 38 points while Paula Kopatz took the honours in C flight for the second week in a row, also with a 38-pointer.

The big money winner was Declan Kelly who had the only ‘2’ of the day and plundered the rollover pot.

Tuesday, March 6, Pattavia – Stableford

On a very hot & humid day we had 26 and the course was in great condition.  We had 2 divisions with the cut being 18 for A flight and 19+ for the B flight.

Russell Gilroy (H/cap 18) thought he was sitting nicely to win the premier division on 36 points until the last group cards came in and he found that Nik Evans (H/cap 14) had usurped him with two points more.  Nik also had two ‘2’s on his card to take the lion’s share of the pot from Russell, who only had one.  Dickie Rock (18) was third with an even par 36 points after losing out on a count-back and Michael Williams (13) placed fourth after edging out Kevyn Wright and Andy Featherstone, all on 35.

The B flight was won on a count back by Joe Peters (23) with 37 points, beating Pat Carty (25) on the back-nine and in third place was Marie McGuigan (28) with 32. Fourth place also went to a count-back on 31 points, with Alec Smith (23) getting the better of Fred O’Connor (29).

Thursday, March 8, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

A Flight

1st Joe McArdle (17) 40pts

2nd Andy Featherstone (4) 37pts

3rd Ken Hole (17) 35pts

B Flight

1st Pat Carty (25) 39pts

2nd Donal McGuigan (20) 38pts

3rd Joe Peters (23) 35pts

Pleasant Valley is a little bit expensive for this time of year but it was worth it as it is in excellent condition and everyone enjoyed it very much.

We had two flights with the cut for the A flight coming in at nineteen.  We got our best score of the day in this flight as Joe McArdle had 40 points, his best tally and first outright win in a long time.  Andy Featherstone had thirty seven to come second but as usual Andy also had a ‘2’.  Ken Hole won a count-back to come third ahead of Russel Gilroy.

We also had very good scoring in the B flight and Pat Carty won it with 39 points.  Donal McGuigan came second one point behind and Joe Peters was third with 35.

We had seven ‘2’s today, coming from Andy Featherstone, Declan Kelly, Dale Walton, Donal McGuigan, Francis McGuigan, John Kelly and Nick Caulfield.