Sweetnam swoops for the medal

Jerry Sweetnam (Left) & Joe McArdle.
Jerry Sweetnam (Left) & Joe McArdle.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, August 12, Green Valley – Medal

1st Jerry Sweetnam (11) net 67

2nd Peter Henshaw (27) net 71

3rd Russell Gilroy (16) net 74

A small field of nine players for this month’s medal round and we were away on time and around in about 3-1/2 hours. The course was in excellent condition after the Pro’s tournament the previous week and the greens were also a bit faster than usual.

We had a runaway winner today with Jerry Sweetnam shooting a fine net 67 to win the medal. Peter Henshaw was second four shot back and also recorded the only ‘2’ of the day. The third and final podium place went to Russell Gilroy.

Tuesday, August 14, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

With only six players today we were finished in about 3 hours 15 minutes and the course was again in fine condition

The scores seemed to suggest that one player was playing a different course to the others. Sitting on 35 points with 4 holes to play a great score was looming, but a 0 (two in the water) 1, 0, 2 finish saw Craig Hitchens (12) still finish in first place with a ‘what could have been’ 38-pointer. A distant second was Donal McGuigan (17) on 30 points.

Craig made it great day all round for him as he also had the only ‘2’ of the day.

Thursday, August 16, Burapha – Stableford

1st Joe McArdle (17) 34pts

2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 33pts

3rd Kevin Blake (8) 31pts

Today we were back at Burapha where we played the unusual combination of the A and C courses on what another beautiful day for golf. When we started first it was carts on the path only, which is a bit of a nuisance as carts are compulsory here, bur later on they allowed them on the fairways.

Despite being held up by a five-ball at first, which let us through after the sixth hole, we still got round in under three and a half hours.

Joe McArdle has just returned from his annual trip home for a month to Ireland and it looks like the holiday did him good as he came out the winner in his first game back, albeit he was helped by the fact that the rest of the group didn’t play great. Even more important, Joe beat his playing partners Russell Gilroy and Kevin Blake who at least got some consolation by coming second and third. We had no ‘2’s today.