Newsletter September 16th 2015

Dear Members,

I have a number of club updates this evening

All Ireland Foursomes:

Stephen Byrne and Paul Reid represented Tulfarris in the finals at Powerscourt Golf Club on Monday 7th September. Although it didn’t go their way on the day, the club are immensely proud of their achievement. Well done Lads.

South Leinster Trophy:

The team unfortunately lost to Coolattin in the semi final in Carlow on the 9th September. Coolattin went on to beat Callan 4/3 in the final. The standard of golf was high and the boys were just edged out on the last putt on the last green in a very exciting finish. A disappointing result but we had 4 very good wins over Mount Wolesley, Curragh, Knockanally and Naas on the journey to the semi- final. Manager John Britton would like to express his thanks to his panel for their commitment and he hopes the experience was enjoyable, one that will stand to them in the long run. John also would like to thank Tom O’Neill for his coaching and support and Noel Kelly and Tom O’Shea for their valuable assistance since March. Much appreciation was shown to Captain Ciaran, the Committee and the many club members who supported the team on the day.

The team who represented Tulfarris in the semi –final were as follows (Please see the attached team photo):

Enda Daly, Pat Mahon, Tom Browne, Jim Carty, Brian Sweeney, Chris Shelley & Ian Murphy

Reserves: Mick O’Toole, Rob Nagle and Colum Smith

Cock of the Walk:

In sunny but very windy conditions on Thursday 10th September, the Tulfarris team were unfortunately unable to repeat the heroics of 2012. Charlesland were the winners on the day with an excellent score of 141.5 for their combined best two pairings. Captain Ciaran would like to thank the past captains who tried their best on the day and also congratulate both the winners Charlesland and the host club Woodbrookfor presenting their course in great condition and looking after us so well in the clubhouse.

The team that represented Tulfarris in Woodbrook was as follows:

C. Curley & P. Fitzpatrick

N. Robinson & P. Daly

B. Daly & L. Broderick

All Ireland Captain’s Prize Winner’s Tournament:

Late last night, I received word that our Lady President’s superlative run of form has continued in Roscrea. Maria Carvill came third with 40 points securing her place next May in a sponsored trip to the Algarve in Portugal. Louise Lehane was the wonderful caddie on the day and rumour has it that President Niall is unlikely to merit a place on the plane. Hard luck Niall!

Well done Maria. I also attach a photo from the day in Roscrea.

Captain’s Charity:

Just a quick note to remind everybody of Saturday’s event in aid of St. Anne's School, Ballymany Cross, The Curragh, Co. Kildare. We hope many of you can attend and bring friends and guests along for what promises to be a great day. The entry fee is €100 per team and tee-boxes can be sponsored for €50. Donations are also very welcome. For sponsorship / donations please contact Ciaran on (087) 8105113.

The Lakeside Challenge:

This annual competition with our nearest neighbours, Blessington Lakes G C, will take place on Saturday 3 October. Tulfarris will host the event this year.

You still have the opportunity to play yourself onto the team as there are a couple 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 after the September medal and P N Whelan Trophy competitions will be automatically selected.

Captain Ciaran Curley and Vice-Captain Kieran Ryan will play against their Blessington Lakes counterparts and Ciaran 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: J McCarron, P Dolan, K Ryan

Cat 2: D Ash, M McGrath, G. Cheung

Cat 3: K O’Connor, C Wynne, C Anderson

Birdie King:

With 4 events left , the battle for the Birdie King Crown is really hotting up. Each Class is very much in the balance so every birdie, eagle or the elusive hole in one can make a big difference.

In Class 1 (H/cap 0-11) John Field is leading John Gannon simply on tiebreaker with a superb total of 265. Last year’s champion Stephen Cullen is not giving up his title without a fight lying in 3rd place on 210 points.

In Class 2 (H/cap 12-17) M Deaton & P Pedersen are tied on 75 points.

In Class 3 (H/cap 18-28) Rob Croft leads J Daly by a solitary birdie

Updated table will be available shortly on http://tulfarrisgolfclub.com/birdie_king_

Tulfarris Trophy:

The event held on the 5th and 6th September in memory of Eugene McGonagle proved to be a great success. Congratulations to all the winners particularly Lady President Maria Carvill and John Curley for their wonderful golf played. The feedback was positive particularly around the format where a nice balance of fun and competiveness was hopefully reached.

Special thanks to Mark, Norma and the resort for hosting this event –we hope that it is an annual fixture that can go from strength to strength.

Mark asked me to mention that the resort are also donating 500 euro to the Irish Cancer Society.

The 2015 winners were:

Longest Drive – Liam o’Loughlin and Catherine Curley

Nearest The Pin – Joe Gardiner and Francis Lambe

Junior – Jay Curley

1st Nine – Shemus Dore

2nd Nine – Stephen Cullen

3rd Nine – Mick Curran

Leading Qualifier – James Mulligan

Ladies

3rd Place – Teresa McGonagle

2nd Place- Catherine Curley

Winner – Maria Carvil

Gents

3rd Place – Liam O’Loughlin

2nd Place– Paddy Carthy

Winner – John Curley

Away Scores:

The introduction of the new Golfnet system in 2015 has proven to be problematic in a some areas. Our handicap secretary, Greg Edwards is asking members to be particularly vigilant that any away scores of note leads to a prompt corresponding handicap adjustment in Golfnet. If you do not notice a prompt reduction in your handicap, please contact Greg to discuss further.

Kind Regards

Shemus Dore

Hon Secretary