Captain`s Drive In: Sunday 13th March saw Club Captain Adrian Stewart, Lady Captain Patricia Mahon and Junior Captain Colm McGuinness, officially get their year underway with the annual Captains Drive-in. Last years event was hampered by snow, but thankfully Sunday turned out to be fine for the large crowd of club and family members who had gathered at Castle Barna to greet their arrival.
The Captains arrived courtesy of a beautifully restored 1930`s orange Fordson tractor. Our thanks to Bill Pilkington and the Faile Vintage Club for supplying the transport. After all the handshakes, hugs, kisses and photos it was up to the first tee for the actual drives. James Mahon acting as MC tried his best to settle the nerves of each Captain. First up was Patricia who opted for accuracy over distance, and she got her drive away with a gentle smooth swing. Next up Colm showed no nerves whatsoever, and with the confidence of youth hit a huge drive right up the middle. This left all the pressure on Adrian, especially when most expected him to use his putter. With quivering arms and jelly like legs Adrian took aim and with perhaps his best swing ever, sent the ball up the middle of the fairway, much to his relief and to the astonishment of all the onlookers. A 9 hole mixed scramble followed and that was won by Stephen Comerford, Deirdre Garry & Angela Murphy, ahead of Anne Hughes, Vincent Murphy & James Mahon.
The it was back to the packed clubhouse for some mould wine, food and music. Best wishes to each of our Captains in the year ahead.
Earlier in the day there was a 15 hole rumble sponsored by O`Grady Crane Hire. Ambrose O`Brien must have a very sore back this week as he had to carry Keith Bracken and Chris Merrigan all the way to post the winning score of 79pts. Runners up were Andy Dowdall, Sean Geoghegan and Terry O`Neill on 77pts. Coming up there will be an Open Singles on St. Patricks Day. Next weekend there is a single stableford sponsored by Expert, Tullamore. This event will also include the final of the free sub competition takes place. Qualifiers note that play is only available on Sunday from 10.00am. Please check the time sheet to book.
Our seniors open continues every Tuesday and our open Stableford continues every Thursday.
Bookings can be made at www.castlebarna.ie or by phoning the clubhouse on 057 9353384.
New members always welcome