IPGC Golf from The Tara Court Golf Group
Sunday, Jan. 17, Green Valley – Stableford
It was back to our normal stableford competition today here in Green Valley. While it seems to be generally accepted that this year is very quiet and the numbers way down on previous years, it doesn’t seem to have affected the Irish with most of the usual suspects back for their regular winter break.
For some reason today the scoring was very poor despite it being a perfect day for golf. We had only one golfer who managed to better his handicap, this being Allan Parker and he did it in style with forty points for a clear six points win in A Flight and by far the best score overall. In a distant second place was Kevin Blake who beat Joe McArdle on a count back which went to the last six holes. Nick Caulfield came in fourth with thirty three points and Michael Williams was fifth with thirty two.
The scoring was even worse in B Flight: John McKenna had just arrived from Ireland and was surprised to learn that he actually won with a thirty two points. Ger Lodge took the second place with thirty one, beating Andy Galvin on a count back which also went down to the last six holes. We had another count back to decide fourth place with Jack Behan coming out on top and Damien Montague having to settle for fifth.
Allan Parker made it an excellent payday for himself as he shared the large ‘2’s pot with and Jack Behan.
1st Allan Parker (10) 40pts
2nd Kevin Blake (9) 34pts
3rd Joe McArdle (13) 34pts
4th Nick Caulfield (5) 33pts
5th Michael Williams (13) 32pts
1st John McKenna (17) 32pts
2nd Ger Lodge (19) 31pts
3rd Andy Galvin (24) 31pts
4th Jack Behan (16) 30pts
5th Damien Montague (18) 30pts
Tuesday, Jan. 19, Bangpra – Stableford
Today we made the trip to Bangpra, a course which we hadn’t played in some time. We had been told before we went that the course wasn’t in great condition but as we had it booked already we decided to give it a try. When we got there everyone though it was in excellent condition, maybe the rain it had got on the previous days had helped it and we had no complaints.
As usual the length of the course and the very tricky fast greens caught out most of the group and the scoring wasn’t very high, with none of our players managing to play to their handicaps. The nearest we got was John McKenna who won the A Flight with thirty five points, a reasonable score for this course.
Paddy Naughton and Joe McArdle both had thirty four points in A Flight but Paddy won the count back to come second and Joe had to settle for third. We had another count back for fourth and fifth places with both Don Byrne and Craig Robson on thirty three and Don coming out on top for fourth.
In The B Flight Frank McNamara was the winner with thirty two points and Brian Lalor took second after beating Angela Montague on count back. Elsa Lalor joined her husband on the podium, coming fourth with thirty points and Fred O’Connor took the last place with twenty nine.
Both Barney Sheedy and Denis won more money than most of the winners as they shared a large ‘2’s pot with on each.
1st John McKenna (17) 35pts
2nd Paddy Naughton (16) 34pts
3rd Joe McArdle (13) 34pts
4th Don Byrne (17) 33pts
5th Craig Robson (16) 33pts
1st Frank McNamara (18) 32pts
2nd Brian Lalor (23) 31pts
3rd Angela Montague (30) 31pts
4th Elsa Lalor (29) 30pts
5th Fred O’Connor (26) 29pts
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’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364.