Montague signs off in style


IPGC Golf from the Tara Court

Sunday, Jan. 22, Green Valley & Silky Oak – Stableford

Once again we had a very large group out, in spite of a lot of players not turning up, so we decided to split up and run two competitions, one at Silky Oak and the other at Green Valley.

Declan Kelly came out the winner at Silky Oak with thirty-five points.  Kevin Blake showed that he has retained his good golf by coming second with thirty-three and Damian Montague and Leo McAuley both had thirty-two points but Damian claimed the third place on count back.

Sean McNamara was playing his last game for this trip and he made sure he wasn’t going home empty handed by getting the only ‘2’ of the day.

Damian Montague.
Damian Montague.

Over at Green Valley we had the largest part of the group playing so here we had two flights with the cut coming in at fifteen handicap.

In the A flight, Criss Martin was the winner with thirty six points.  Vincent Gras is back for one of his regular short trips and today he came second with thirty three points.  We then had three players on thirty and on the count back Paul Pavloff got third place, Phil Clerehan took fourth and Paul Bray lost out on the prizes today.

In the B flight Gilbert Brossnan was a very clear winner with thirty six points.  We then had five players with thirty one points and second place went to Peter Henshaw, beating Joe Peters on count back with John McGarry Sean Hallahan and Don Byrne all being kept out of the prizes.

We had no ‘2’s here today.


Tuesday, Jan. 24, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

As we had another very large group booked to play at one of our favorite courses, Mountain Shadow, some of them went to join with our friends from the PFGS who were playing in Crystal Bay to help ease the pressure.

As usual we gave our players a choice of the longer blue tees or the shorter white ones, with the majority opting for the blues.  The scoring was modest and Craig Robson kept up his steady golf and was the winner with thirty-four points.  Pat Carty took second with thirty-one and John Long, on his first ever visit to Thailand came third today with twenty eight points.  Vincent Gras got the fourth place with twenty-six, beating Derek Kane on count back.

The scoring was better off the white tees and today Sean Hallahan had his best score so far on this trip and was a clear winner with thirty-seven points, which was also the best score of the day.  John Kelly came second with thirty-five and John McGarry, who is also playing very good golf this year, got the third with thirty-four.  Terry Kelly got the fourth spot with twenty eight points.

The big winner of the day was Tony Dire who had the only ‘2’ and came out with the biggest pay check.


Thursday, Jan. 26, Bangpra – Stableford

We were back here at the monkey course, Bangpra, today and after looking at some of the scores I think the monkeys would have played better golf than some of our group did.  Also they would have probably have filled in and marked the cards better than some did!

Although this year is generally quiet and some of our regular golfers are out sick and not playing we are getting larger groups out than ever before.  Again we had two flights and today the cut came in at nineteen, which was much higher than usual.

Damien Montague was playing his last game for this trip and he went out with a bang by winning the A flight with thirty-seven points, which is a good score for this course.  Paddy Naughton has settled in quickly and today he came second with thirty-six points and Jack Fetherston took the third with thirty-five.  John Long has been playing very steady golf and today he came fourth with thirty-four points and to make it even better he also had a ‘2’.  Craig Robson was also playing his last game for this trip and again he was steady and came fifth with thirty three and Leo McCauley got the sixth and last place with thirty one.

In the B flight the scoring wasn’t quite as good and Serge Straeton was the winner with thirty-six points.  John McGarry was again on the podium and e came second with thirty two, third place went to Joe Cuddy with thirty one and Larry Eden came fourth with twenty eight, beating Joe Peters on count back.  Pauline Byrne got the sixth and last place with twenty six points.

2’s: Eugene Woods, John Long, Frank McGowan.