Sweetnam stands tall at Parichat

Ken Hole (left) & Jon Batty.
Ken Hole (left) & Jon Batty.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Jan. 7, Parachat – Stableford

A Flight

1st Jerry Sweetnam (10) 36pts

2nd Andy Featherstone (5) 34pts

3rd Joe McArdle (16) 29pts

4th Nick Caulfield (5) 29pts

B Flight

1st Ken Hole (17) 30pts

2nd Larry Eden (21) 29pts

3rd Pat Carty (26) 26pts

4th Donal McGuigan (19) 26pts

2’s: Andy Featherstone, John Chambers and Ritchie Martin.

A different venue for our regular Sunday competition today and we decided to try Parachat for a change.  The course was in excellent condition with fast greens but there are a lot of blind water hazards on it and a few very strange holes, so it is either a love it or hate venue.

Maybe it was because we had never played it before but the scoring was very poor with only one of our group managing to play to handicap and most of the others not even breaking twenty five points.

Jerry Sweetnam was the man of the match today and he won the A flight with thirty six points.  Andy Featherstone played his usual steady golf to come second with thirty four points and also, as usual, had a ‘2’.  Joe McArdle got the third place on a count back over Nick Caulfield who let it slip on the back with only twelve points.

In the B flight Ken Hole was again the winner, this time with thirty points ahead of Larry Eden in second.  Pat Carty won a count-back over Donal McGuigan to come third.

Tuesday, Jan. 9, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

Mountain Shadow was in good condition and we had 30 players split into blue & white tee divisions with an even split of 15 in each group.

The blue tee division was won by Paddy Naughton (16) with an even par 36 points three ahead of Nick Caulfield (5) in second.  Andy Featherstone (5) picked up the bronze with 32 points and Sean McNamara (13) was a further point back in fourth on count-back over Leo McCauley (19).

The white tee division had the best score of the day with first place going to Marc Brunner (10) on 38 points.  Taking second was Russell Gilroy (17) with 35, Glenn Armitstead (19) was third on 31, one ahead of Donal McGuigan (19) in fourth, and the fifth and final podium spot went to Derrick Kane (26) with 28 points.

Mark Kobrin had the only 2 from the blue tees and Russell Gilroy did likewise in the white division.

Thursday, Jan. 11, Greenwood – Stableford

White Tees

1st Jon Batty (6) 37pts

2nd Andy Featherstone (5) 36pts

3rd Phelim Moran (10) 36pts

Yellow Tees

1st Russell Gilroy (17) 35pts

2nd Pat Carty (25) 31pts

3rd Paddy Naughton (16) 30pts

4th Joe Peters (25) 29pts

5th Sean McNamara (13) 29pts

6th Mark Kobrin (10) 29pts

2’s: (white tees) Andy Featherstone, (yellow tees) Evelyn McNamara.

We found Greenwood to be in absolutely beautiful condition today with everyone raving about how good it was.  With all the rain on the previous day the course was going to be playing long so we gave a choice of tees; the long whites or the shorter yellows and most of the group went for the shorter option.

As it turned out, the best scores came off the longer white tees and here Jon Batty had an excellent round and won with 37 points. We then had two players on 36 and Andy Featherstone won the count-back ahead of Phelim Moran.

The scoring off the yellow tees wasn’t nearly as good and Russell Gilroy was the winner with 35 points.  Pat Carty was second four points behind and Paddy Naughton took third with 30.  We then had four players with 29 points and here Joe Peters won the count back to come fourth, ahead of Sean McNamara, Mark Kobrin and Jim Kelly respectively.