McArdle departs on a winning note

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IPGC Golf from The Tara Court Golf Group

Sunday, June 28, Silky Oak – Medal

Today, because Green Valley had sanded the greens, we moved over to Silky Oak and most of our members were very impressed with the new layout, the only complaints being that there are just three par 3s and three par 5s.  It still needs time for the new fairways and greens to mature but even with that everyone seemed to enjoy it and we will certainly be back again.

Because they have not yet put the stroke index on the new score cards we could not play our usual stableford game and had to play medal instead.  I think this is the first time we have ever played medal and it was a new experience for some of our members.  For one man it was no problem and Joe McArdle returned a net 69 to win the day by three strokes.  Then we had two players with net seventy 72s, with Russell Gilroy winning the count back to come second ahead of Alec Hoare.  Phelim Moran rolled in fourth with a net 73 and both Paul Hird and Rod Torrie finished one further back, with Paul winning the count back.

Declan Kelly and Joe McArdle were the only players to record ‘2’s on the day.

Joe McArdle & Pat Carty.Joe McArdle & Pat Carty.

Tuesday, June 30, Crystal Bay – Stableford

Today we decided to take a trip up to Crystal Bay, this is a course which we seldom play but it is actually very nice and also in very good condition with very good greens.

We were put out on the A and C nines and played off the white tees, which at 6,450 yards is a reasonable length.  We had the course to ourselves so got round quickly.

We had a smaller group out today but still two people managed to play to their handicaps.  Joe McArdle had his second win of the week with 36 points, beating Declan Kelly into second on a count back, with Phelim Moran being surprised to hear that his 32 was enough to get him the third place.

There were no ‘2’s today.

Thursday, July 2, Burapha – Stableford

We had a large group out again today as our friends at Pratumnak Golf joined us to play the A and B nines at Burapha, and as they all played off the long blue tees we decided to have two flights.  It was a beautiful day for golf, not too hot and with a nice breeze.

In the A flight, Joe McArdle, who was soon to be headed over to Ireland for a month’s holiday, had to settle for fourth place today with 33 points.  Both Kevin Blake and Declan Kelly had even par rounds, with Declan getting the better of the count back to take second place, but Paul Pavloff had the best score of the day and was the clear winner with 37 points.

In the B flight we had three players on 30 points and Jimmy Johnson came out on top of the count back which went down to the last three holes to claim fourth place.  Russell Gilroy filled third spot on 31 and Paul St Pierie was second with 35, but Pat Carty was the only one in the B flight to play to his handicap and won with 36 points.

Declan Kelly got his usual ‘2’ with a thirty foot putt on the first par three, and Jon Batty also managed to slip on in for a share of the pot.

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 and ring Joe on 0892491364  and they will book you in.