Some club updates to digest before the holiday weekend
Rumble For Crumlin
We had a good turnout for this year’s event. Amidst the competitiveness of the event, the social spirit of the day shone through with a wonderful €1000 raised for the hospital. Nigel Fisher, Heather Fisher and Alan Rice were worthy winners on the day with 83 points and are eligible to represent Tulfarris in the Leinster Finals in Woodbrook Golf Club on the15th September.
The race for the coveted title is heating up. The following members are leading the way in their categories but with 3 months to go, there is still plenty of time to catch them:
Category 1: Stephen Cullen
Category 2 : Darren Ash
Category 3: Joe Gardner
The full tables will be shortly posted on the website http://www.tulfarrisgolfclub.com/birdie_king_
August Open Weekend:
With the August Bank Holiday looming why not play a social round of golf around the lakes. All guests most welcome.
Hopefully we can tempt you with a Singles Whites on Sunday and the final chance this year to test yourself on our Blues Course with a Singles on Monday.
The timesheet is open and can be booked online or via the proshop.
Elder Lemons Society:
All over 55’s and their guests are welcome to join the ELS on any and every Tuesday morning. The golf has been hot in recent weeks with Padraig Whelan recording an eagle on the 1st hole and a hole in one on the 2nd a week later. Interestingly Gerry Grehan, sports psychologist was his playing partner on the day!
The next away day is set for Tuesday 30th August in Bunclody GC. Please contact Noel Kelly (email@example.com) for more details
The Lakeside Challenge
This annual competition with our nearest neighbours, Blessington Lakes G C, will take place in September (Date TBD). Blessington Lakes will host the event this year. Having won the trophy for the first time last year, we get the chance to retain our title on away soil.
You still have the opportunity to play yourself onto the team as there are a number of Golfer of the Year events still to be played. The leading three players in low, medium and higher handicap ranges in the Golfer of the Year table as of a certain date (TBD) will be automatically selected.
Captain Kieron Ryan and Vice-Captain Mark Reilly will play against their Blessington Lakes counterparts and Kieron will also have a further three "Captains Picks" - one from each of the handicap ranges - giving a total team of 14 to represent the Club.
Those currently filling the automatic places are as follows:
Cat 1 0-11 Hcap: J Lambe, P Daly, S Dore
Cat 2 12-18 Hcap: D Fogarty, A Kavanagh, A Kehoe
Cat 3 19-28 Hcap: D Yeats, J Mulligan, P Chivers
President Les Broderick had a great turnout for his President's Prize with nearly 90 members taking to the fairways. The course was presented in excellent condition. Compliments must go to Dave Brady and his team for the fine work they are doing on the course. We had nearly 60 members staying on for the meal and presentation of prizes and thanks go to the resort for laying on a lovely lunch.
The scoring was tight at the top and the top 4 were separated by a mere 2 points. Congratulations to John McCarthy who clinched the major with 39 points. A list of all the prize winners from the day are below.
Winner: J McCarthy39 Pts
Runner Up: Gordon Cronin 38 Pts
3rd place: Les Broderick 38 Pts.
4th place: Ian Murphy 37 Pts
Best Gross: John Curley 31 Pts
Front nine: Damian Fogarty 21 pts
Back nine: Derek Garvey 20 pts
Leading Junior: Ben Murphy 34 points
Nearest the Pin: Myles Burke
Longest Drive: Mick Curran
15 teams played in the champagne scramble in lovely conditions. The course looked fabulous and many noted the fun nature of the format.
Scoring was very tight with 3 teams reaching the 100 point mark and we would very much like to thank those who played on the day and provided sponsorship.
The winners on the day were:
1st : John Daly, Mark Daly, Ciaran Cahill, Scott Broderick
2nd: Kieron Ryan, Dermot Ryan, Donncha Ward, Liam Murray
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.
The first leg semi-final takes place this Sunday in Tulfarris at 1530 with return leg in Rathfarnham GC at 1500 on Sunday 7th August.
The semi final against Delgany GC takes place on Sunday 7th August in Tulfarris at 1200.
We wish the managers Lady Captain Lindsay Dore, Ciaran Curley, Brendan Daly and their panels the very best of luck. It goes without saying at this stage of the competition that all support will be most welcome.
Dates for the Diary:
Lady Captain Lindsay Dore’s Prize Round 1 – 14th August
Gent’s August Medal – 13th/14th August
Lady Captain’s Prize Round 2 – 21st August
Captain Kieron Ryan’s Prize Round 1 – 21STAugust
Captain’s Prize Round 2 & Dinner– 27th August
Shemus Dore, Hon Secretary