This evening Tulfarris had their first outing in the 2014 South Leinster Trophy competition against Carlow Golf Club who had home advantage - 4 players at home and 3 in Tulfarris.
The Tulfarris team was Captain Les Broderick, Pat Mahon, Alan Rice, Darren Ash, John Devereux, Brian Sweeney and Colum Smith. The Team Manager is John Britton and he was ably assisted by Tom O'Shea who looked after matters at home in Tulfarris.
The closeness of the match could be seen in vivid detail with 6 matches completed when it arrived at 3 all with John Devereux "still alive", but 1 down playing the 18th in Carlow. He duly won the 18th to bring the match to the 19th. What happened next was a joy to watch - it made the trip to Carlow worthwhile on its own. John was on the green on this 432 yard Par 4 hole in two magnificent shots and he duly "drained" his 35ft putt right into the middle of the cup for a birdie to win his match and the overall for Tulfarris.
John has "form" in this regard having won on the 20th in Roscrea in similar circumstances a few years ago. Well done John.
Team Manager John Britton also has "form" in this competition - having managed the team (with Noel Kelly) to win the overall competition in 2008. John said immediately afterwards that this was a great platform on which to take on the rest of this years competition. His parting shot this evening was: "Watch this space".
The opponents in the next outing is Borris Golf Club on a date to be agreed.
Well done to John, Tom and all the team on an excellent performance in the name of Tulfarris.
Finally, good luck to Lady Captain Maria Carvill and the Ladies Club team in their Challenge Cup match tomorrow against Woodenbridge in Wicklow .