Extensive preparations by the club and resort went into hosting the Pierce Purcell qualifying event last weekend from an administrative, catering and course perspective and from the feedback received it has proven to be a great success. Special thanks must go to Norma Storey, Mark Howell and David Brady for their efforts.
It was a memorable weekend for the club which has given us all a great lift for the rest of the season:
The Pierce Purcell Panel truly excelled itself over the weekend. In the qualifying round on Saturday, Tulfarris came third, 10 points behind the first team and 9 points ahead of the fifth team. 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.
The Sunday morning semi- final match against Cill Dara 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.
In the final against Dunmurry, 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.
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.
One of the GUI representatives on Saturday, Lorcan Doyle from Woodenbridge, was a lifelong friend of Paddy Merrigan. He said Paddy had a great affection for Tulfarris. Paddy left Lorcan his accreditation certificates to the British and European Institutes of Golf Course Architects. Lorcan offered these certificates to Tulfarris Golf Club. I accepted his kind offer and hold them at the moment.
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.
The Team management was a team event between John Britton and myself. It was a sort of “foursome” operation. Without John, I would not have taken on the role and I am grateful for the partnership we have.
The team had a super victory on Sunday to top off a wonderful day’s golf for Tulfarris. The visiting team, Edenderry, proved to be a strong side and tough opposition. Tulfarris were represented by Stephen Cullen, Lindsay Dore, Frances Lambe, Niall Robinson, Kieron Ryan, Mags Ryan, Shemus Dore, Louise Lehane, John Field and Maria Carvill, and emerged victorious with 3 wins, 1 match going down the 19thand another down the 18th when called in.
We now progress to the Quarter Final, opposition to be confirmed but venue confirmed – our home turf!
Thanks to all who supported and cheered on the team. It is much appreciated.
Ciaran Curley & Lindsay Dore
Shemus Dore,Hon Secretary