Captains Prize Qualifier
The largest entry of the year turned up for Adrian Stewart`s Captains Qualifier last Sunday. After a wet week it was great to see the sun and warm temperatures again, but competitors had to battle a stiff westerly breeze as they set out. 40 plus ties would qualify for next weeks second round, so everyone knew going out that mistakes had to be kept to a minimum. The returning Chris Merrigan certainly kept mistakes to a minimum as he posted the best score to lead the way with an excellent 65. Chris benefiting from intensive warm weather practice over the last 6 months, and with a tan like a certain Mr. H. Stenson. Young Aaron Duffy holds second after a fine 66, with Andrew Phillips in third after a 67. Andrew making a great recovery after a lost ball off his first drive. Next up on 69 are Seamie Feery, and Adrian Duffy. Adrian making it two family members at the business end of proceedings. Exactly 40 players qualified, with those on 76 scraping in, the wind having its effect on the scoring. Round 2 gets underway from 9.50am next Sunday with the qualifiers going out in reverse order. If you have qualified but for some reason cannot make it – please contact the clubhouse in order that the time sheet can be run off in an orderly fashion. Please check the club website, facebook, or ring the clubhouse for your time next Sunday. Note tee times are provisional. The Captain`s Plate for the non-qualifiers will proceed the main event, with a few slots available after 11.30. Play will also be allowed on Saturday.
Coaching for Juniors continues every Monday until the end of August. The Junior Captain`s Trophy will be contested on Sunday 1st September, with a free entry for all who participate at the Monday sessions.
The Walsh Kealy sponsored 9 Hole Championship continues every Thursday evening. Last Thursday it was out on the back nine where Derek Hannon won with 19pts. Series leader Liam Lynch was absent last time, renewing his nuptials, but other contenders failed to make serious in-roads. Liam has a handsome lead, with other front 9 hole experts following, Seanie Geoghegan in second, Mickey Dunne in third and Pat Fay 4th. The Captain is best of the rest. There are nine prizes to be had, plus draws on cards for other prizes, so the more times you play the better your chances. This competition runs until mid September, so get there every Thursday evening to improve your chances.