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Ted Morris (left) & Joe McArdle.
Ted Morris (left) & Joe McArdle.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Dec. 2, Green Valley – Stableford

Today, we had our largest group out for a long while. Two flights with the cut coming in again at seventeen and the best score came in the B flight. Peter Henshaw (H/cap 29) had an excellent thirty eight points for a very clear win while Ken Hole (21) took second place with thirty five and Joe Peters (26) third with thirty four. We then had two players with thirty three and here Terry Mangan (22) won the countback to come fourth, just nudging Gerry Hughes off the podium.

In the A flight we had two players with thirty seven points and here Paul Butler (17) won the countback to come first and even better he also had a ‘2’ to make it a very good payday. Donal McGuigan (17) also had thirty seven but he lost out to Paul and had to settle for second place. Russell Gilroy (16) came third with thirty four points and Paul Pavloff (5) was fourth on thirty three.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, Pattavia – Stableford

We were back at a popular course again and had 22 players in 2 divisions with the spit at 6-16 & 17+. The course was in excellent condition as usual and the greens were a little bit slower than normal.

“A” division was won today by the only person to better their handicap, Nik Evans (H/cap 15) with a fine 38 points. In second was Glenn Armitstead (16) with 35 points, rhird went to Craig Hitchens (11) on 32 and Russell Gilroy (16) placed fourth with 31.

Occupying top spot in “B” division was Jean Fok Chak (19) with 34 points and there was a three-way tie for the minor places on 30 points; Joe Peters (26) took the silver ahead of  Donal McGuigan (17) in third and Joe McArdle (18) fourth.

There were three ‘2’s, coming from Shaun Merriman, Nick Caulfield & Derrick Kane.

Thursday, Dec, 6, Bangpra – Stableford

Ted Morris was celebrating his eightieth birthday at Bangpra today and to mark the occasion we added on a few extras in the form of long drives and near pins, which we don’t usually do. Although Ted himself didn’t win today, the fact that at his age he is still able to play very good golf means he is actually a champion every day!

We had two flights with the cut coming in at thirteen and because this is a very long course with very tricky and fast greens the scoring wasn’t great, with only one player managing to play to his handicap. That player was Joe McArdle (H/cap 18) who was very happy to win the B flight with thirty six points. Wayne Antlitz (14) took second place with thirty one and Joe Peters (26) was third on thirty points.

In the A flight, Phil Mitchell (8) was playing his first game with us in a long time and he came out the winner with thirty five points. Denis Lea (13) placed second with thirty three and Kevin Blake (8) was third with thirty two.

The long drive was won by Jerry Sweetnam and he also won a near pin, along with Craig Robson, Kevin Blake and Phil Mitchell. Joe McArdle got the only ‘2’ of the day.