Manager Dave Reid ( Assisted by Derek Yeates)
Missed Qualifying in Athy finishing 6th on 366 from 14 teams . The lads were unfortunate to get the worst of the strong wind & rain late in the day and were in the running right to the last few holes.
The panel put in a lot of hard work & practice as acknowledged on the day by Club Captain Mark Reilly & Dave & performed strongly on the day despite just coming up short.
Team : John Horan & Robbie Nagle, Kevin McDonald & Arron Kehoe, Allan Britton & Mick O’Toole, Chris Sheeley & Brendan Bartley, Owen Welsh & Sean Atkinson.
Managers: Tom O'Shea & John Britton
Leinster Runners up from 142 teams:
Leinster Final: July 24 v Castlecomer in Tullamore
Castlecomer prove too strong winning 3.5-1.5
Team: Paddy Carthy & Robbie Nagle, Enda Daly & John Horan, Paul Reid & John Devereax, Alan Kavenaugh & Peter Pedersen
From team manager Tom O’Shea:
“ The Tulfarris dream of a Leinster Pennant came to an end at the last hurdle of the Pierce Purcell Shieldon Sunday in Tullamore.
I fondly remember the qualifying round in Tulfarris on the Saturday followed by two match-play rounds on the Sunday. The Battle of Arklow in the wind was followed by the tight tunnel golf in Citywest.
The true grit demonstrated in previous rounds was continued in Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we “Won/qualified for the Runners-Up Plaque” in a match which went to the 19th.
On Sunday we met Castlecomer who have the reputation of being formidable opponents. We lost 3.5 to 1.5 matches unfortunately.
On the day we were beaten by a better team who managed to find the killer blows and a bit of luck on the back nine which we had found and delivered to opponents in earlier rounds.
There is no blame to be laid on anyone as they all did their best on the day.
To put the game outcome in some context:-
We lost the first match on 18.
We won the second match on 16.
The third match was called in on the 16th green at 1 down but looking likely to go all square having won the previous three holes.
The loss of the fourth and fifth matches thus sealed our fate.
I was gutted with the outcome as were all of those present, players and supporters.
With the hindsight of a day, I am proud of what has been achieved by the entire panel. Through the Pierce Purcell project they evolved into a cohesive team fighting as hard as possible for one another.
I am particularly impressed by those on the panel who never got to play over the entire project but hung in to support and caddy for others. My thanks also to the other travelling caddies.
One team member deferred the departure of his holiday for two days to play in Citywest. That is commitment on a huge scale by him and his family.
Presumably there are others who made sacrifices I am not aware of.
It would be remiss of me not to recognise the sacrifices made by families of the panel through the practice and playing period of the team.
My wife Kay equally supported my “gone to the golf club” absences and was instrumental in ensuring we had refreshments for the panel through the matches.
My good friend John Britton was an equal partner with me in this great journey to Tullamore. A wedding in Italy made it impossible for him to be with us in Tullamore. Perhaps he was the missing ingredient!!
Last but not least we had our “Golf Mentor” Tom O’Neill who gave huge amounts of his time to coach the group and individual panel members over the whole Pierce Purcell period. Whenever he could he attended the away match venues. His message of “It all comes down to the short game” was proven to be true every time.
I recall some parts of John Milton’s epic “Paradise Lost” where the “Devil” reflects on his expulsion from Heaven. This might be useful for future forays into inter-club.
“What though the field be lost?
All is not Lost; the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And the courage never to submit or yield.”
The players on Saturday and Sunday were:-
Les Broderick, Pat Mahon, Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carthy, Robbie Nagle, Paul Reid , John Devereux, Peter Pedersen and Alan Kavanagh.
Best wishes to the Brennan Cup and Cullen Cup teams who play their semi-finals in the near future. They deserve our support
Tom O’Shea and p.p. John Britton”
From my own perspective it was one of the finest club performances in the history of Tulfarris GC and we are immensely proud of this group’s journey. I attach a few photos of the panel.
Leinster Semi Final: July 23 v Powerscourt in Tullamore.
Tulfarris defeat Powerscourt 3.5 - 1.5
Team: Paddy Carthy & Robbie Nagle, Enda Daly & John Horan, Paul Reid & John Devereax, Alan Kavenaugh & Peter Pedersen
Leinster Quarter Final July 10 v Kilcoole at Citywest
Tulfarris victorious 3-1 in tough windy conditions in a gritty come from behind win.
Leinster Rnd of 16 June 25 Arklow
Tulfarris deafeat Wexford 3-2 with the last match going down the 19th in fading light at 9:10pm in a monumental fightback showing true grit with 3 matches coming from behind on the back nine ( 1 being 3 down after 9, 1 being 4 down with 5 to play & the other 1 down after 13, to snatch victory.
Team on the day Eoin Welsh, Brendan Bartly, Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carty, Jim Carty, Paul Reid, Chris Shelly, Peter Pedersen & Robbie Nagle.
Thanks also to reserve Charlie Magee & other supporters who made the journey to Arklow who all played their part in getting the team across the line.
Team of the Day: Eoin Welsh/Brendan Bartley, Paddy & Jim Carthy, Enda Daly & John Horan, Paul Reid & Chris Shelley, Alan Kavenaugh & Peter Pedersen with great support from other panel members caddying & many club supporters who made a big difference to the teams back nine performance when matches were tight. The scene around the 18th green was like a home match for Tulfarris.
Group Qualification & matchplay ( Saturday/Sunday June 13/14)
In the qualifying round on Saturday, Tulfarris came third, 10 points behind the first team and 9 points ahead of the fifth team. Team: Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carty, Jim Carty, Paul Reid, Chris Shelly, Darren Ash, Pat Mahon & Rob Nagle, Owen Welsh
Being the first club out the tension rose as Cill Dara’s score came in ahead of us and finally Dunmurry Springs lead the field. Coolattin came in fourth.
Sunday morning semi- final match Tulfarris defeated Cill Dara ( 3-0 ) was monumental with Cill Dara’s first team being their banker, by reputation. They were ably restrained by our first team until the 14th. For us this was a success as it meant they were denied a quick victory which would have boosted their team morale. From there on things only got better with Tulfarris winning or ahead in all four matches. Team: Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carty, Jim Carty, Paul Reid, Chris Shelly, Les Broderick, John Devereax, Peter Pedersen & Alan Kavenagh.
In the final Tulfarris defeated Dunmurry, 3-0 in a marathon battle ensued with our first two teams winning on the 15th/16th hole. The remaining three teams were all down around 2-3 holes through the 9th but fought back valiantly to win one match, be in a wining position in a second and a halving position in the third. The true grit of the entire team shone like a beacon in the afternoon. Team: Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carty, Jim Carty, Eoin Welsh, Pat Mahon, Paul Reid, Chris Shelly, Peter Pedersen & Alan Kavenagh.
I have avoided naming names in the particular matches as the entire panel played their part in the success of the team. When not playing they supported their team-mates and in the final, they caddied for those who needed physical or companion support. Despite not naming individuals above, the mental strength of Jim Carty and Chris Shelley in their approach shots to the 17th in the afternoon will long be remembered.
We also had a match-play “rookie” on the team, Alan Kavanagh, who excelled in both of his matches.
The panel of John Devereux, Les Broderick, Enda Daly, John Horan, Pat Carty, Jim Carty, Paul Reid, Chris Shelly, Peter Pedersen, Alan Kavanagh, Darren Ash, Rob Nagle, Owen Welsh and Pat Mahon played their hearts out and surely did well by Paddy Merrigan’s legacy.
A GUI representative was heard to say on Sunday that more than 150 golfers left Tulfarris as ambassadors of a great course. All credit to the great work done in recent weeks.
Tom O’Neill was always available to gently tweak the skills of our players, which is much appreciated.
Managers: Mark Reilly & Seamus Dore
May 19 Unfortunately, we came up short in Blainroe last Sunday. As team managers Mark Reilly and myself really appreciate the effort the whole panel put in in preparing for the event. Thanks also to Peter Pedersen and Tom O'Neill for their support on the day. Although it didn't go our way they represented the club proudly.
The team on the day was:
Paul Reid & John Horan
Darren Ash & Les Broderick
Charlie Magee & Declan Fitzpatrick
Pat McCartan & John Devereux
Eoin Roddy & Aidan Pierce
Manager Mark Reilly & Seamus Dore:
May17 Regional Qualifying competition in Gowran Golf Club.
The team was Captain Les Broderick and Pat McCartan, Kevin McDonald and Darren Ash, Greg Edwards and Brian Nolan, John McCarthy and Martin Cullen and Charlie McGee and Dave Reid. Regrettably Tulfarris did not "make the cut" on this occasion with four Clubs going through to this morning's Regional Semi Finals - Waterford, Borris, Carlow and the host club Gowran. Team Manager Shemus Dore thanked the team and other panel members for their efforts in preparing for the day and also thanked Mark Reilly for his assistance in Gowran.
Hard luck guys and on behalf of the Club thanks to Shemus, Mark and all the players.
Manager - Stephen Cullen
Semifinal: Away to Corrstown:
The Tulfarris team was John Horan and John McCarthy, Leonard Murphy and Paul Reid, John Hyland and Les Broderick, Alan Britton and Dave Reid and Greg Edwards and Brian Nolan.
We were all very disappointed but afterwards Team Manager, Stephen Cullen, said that each member of the panel could hold their head high and he thanked them for all their efforts through the Qualification stages and then in the Leinster Quarter Final. "Getting into the top four from the more than 170 affiliated clubs in Leinster was a great achievement", he said .
Captain Noel A Kelly thanked Stephen and the panel for their great work since April in getting the Club this far despite our relatively small membership numbers. He congratulated everyone involved and thanked all those members who had caddied, ball-spotted and generally supported the team.
Callan came out ahead of Coollattin in the other semi final and the home draw obviously worked again to the advantage of Corrstown as they came out as Leinster winners at the end of today.
Quarterfinal: Defeted Edenderry at Bodenstown
John Hyland and Les Broderick, Micheal McGrath and Leonard Murphy, Alan
Satelle and Charlie Magee, Alan Britton and Dave Reid and John McCarthy and John
Horan were the five Tulfarris pairs who came out ahead with a 3/2 win in a
closely fought contest.
Sunday 19th May: Matchplay Rnd 1: Defeated Kileen @ Naas 4-1
Saturday May 18th: Stroke Play qualifer:
Grange - 358.
Tulfarris 2nd place - 362 ( Alan Satelle and Charlie Magee, John Horan and John McCarthy, Paul Reid and Leonard Murphy, John Hyland and Les Broderick, Alan Britton and Dave Reid
Killeen were third - also 362
Newlands were fourth with 363. Among the 14 teams that failed to make the top four were Clubs
such as Naas, Beechpark, KClub, Lisheen Springs, Milltown and Castle.
Manager: Kieron Ryan & Stephen Cullen
May 19th; Regrettably Tulfarris did not make it through the Pierce Purcell Competition Regional Qualifiers today in Slade Valley.
There were 18 Clubs taking part and Tulfarris finished "mid-table" in 10th position with a combined score of 375 from the best four of the five pairs playing foursomes on a tricky golf course.
The four clubs through to tomorrow's semi finals are Killeen (358), South County (361), Milltown (362) and the home club Slade Valley (also on 362).
Tulfarris was represented by John Horan and Gareth Nolan, Pat McCartan and Dave Reid, Paul Thomas and Pat Mahon, Leonard Murphy and Les Broderick and Alan Satelle and Charlie McGee.
At the end of the day's golf Team Manager Stephen Cullen thanked everyone involved for their committment to the panel training in Tulfarris, to practising at Slade Valley and for their efforts today.
Club Captain Niall Robinson echoed these remarks and thanked Stephen and his fellow Manager Kieron Ryan for their good work also.
2011 Team Manager: Michael Curran
Qualifying Round: May 14 at Blessington Lakes
Tulfarris competed against seven other clubs in the Regioal Qualifiers of the Pierce Purcell Shield yesterday at Blessington Lakes (formerly Boystown) Golf Club. Tulfarris came out a fantastic 11 strokes clear of the second placed team. They returned this morning for the semi final in which they were drawn against the home Club Blessington Lakes.
The Tulfarris Team was Keith Turner/ALanSatelle, Martin Lenihan/John Devereux, Shemus Dore/Ian Murphy, Stephen Byrne/Dave Reid, Damien Geoghegan/Ger Ryder, Mark Reilly/Charlie Magee and Ger Cronin/Les Broderick.
Mick Curran, Team Manager has just send me the following report ofthe outcome.
"Tulfarris lost to Blessington Lakes in the narrowest of margins, won 2 matches 4 and 3 and 3 and 2, we lost two matches 3 and 1 and 3 and 2, our last match didn't look good being 2 down with 3 to play but with a huge courageous effort brought the match down 18 all square. A putt that narrowly missed from Dave Reid's putter forced the match down 19. Blessington Lakes had a great up and down for par to win and again Tulfarris miss out on the finals by a single stroke.
My appreciation goes out to all my players, their huge effort and the manner they went about their business, Hats off to them, they can be proud, I am proud".
Team Manage: Michael Curran
May 23: In the Pierce Purcell Shield competition, yesterday Tulfarris came out in second place from 15 different Golf Clubs in the Regional Qualifiers played over the difficult terrain at Roundwood Golf Club. This was achieved through the great work of Team Manager, Mick Curran in preparing the panel for the competition over the past number of weeks. This placing brought us back this morning to Roundwood for the Regional semi-final against Killerig Golf Club. The five pairings, playing foursomes golf, lost narrowly with the final pairings going all the way down the 19th - the narrowest of margins. I have just heard that Killerig went on this afternoon to win the final bringing them through to the closing stages of the Leinster Competition.
Well done and thank you to Team Manager, Mick Curran and to the players - Keith Turner, Alan Satelle, James McCarron, Les Broderick, David Reid, John Devereux, Martin Lenihan, Damien Geoghegan, Ger Ryder, Charlie Magee & John Horan
Manager: Noel Reilly
May 16th: Tulfarris battled it out with host Club Craddockstown and 14 other Clubs in the Regional Qualifier for the Pierce Purcell Shield. In atrocious weather conditions - which forced the Irish Open to postpone their play - the Tulfarris team qualified for the semi-finals which were played this morning (Sunday). The results of the qualifiers which involved the four best gross scores from each team of five foursome pairs were as follows:
1st: Millicent 369
2nd: Kilcock 370
3rd: Tulfarris 371
4th: Curragh 373
In the first semi-final Millicent beat Curragh and in the other one Tulfarris beat Kilcock - again in wet and windy condidtions this morning. Tulfarris defeated Millicent in the afternoons final. They are now just 4 games short of the All-Ireland.
June 13th: Tulfarris were beaten last evening 3/2 by Moate at The Heath in the Leinster quarter-final of the Pierce Purcell competition.
The 5 pairs from Tulfarris were James McCarron/John Devereux, Stephen McEntee/Alan Britton, Gareth Nolan/Frank Lewis, Keith Turner/Les Broderick and John Horan/Mark Reilly. They were greatly assisted by caddies Brendan Daly, Tom O'Shea, Jim Byrne, Billy Reilly and Jerry Lambe. Comiserations (and thanks) to them and to all those members who turned out to support them. Finally congratulations to Team Manager Noel Reilly and his Assistant Jim Byrne in getting the club to this advanced stage in the competition.