I am delighted to be able to report that Tulfarris were the outright winners of the Cock of the Walk Trophy yesterday.
This is Wicklow's most prestigious interclub competition with 17 teams playing for the Trophy which was first played for in 1948. Yesterday it was Tulfarris' turn to host the annual event and we took full advantage of the "home" venue.
Each Club is represented by its current Captain and five Past Captains. They play in three fourballs and the format is Scotch Foursomes. Two of the three scores count and the third is used in the event of a tie.
Tulfarris was represented by Captain Niall Robinson and Jerry Lambe, Paul Fitzpatrick and Pearse Daly and Brendan Daly and John Horan. Our winning score was 135 and the runners up were our neighbours down the N81 - Baltinglass - with a score of 141.
The presentation of prizes took place in the Lime Tree Restaurant overlooking the 18th and Tulfarris looked really well and the more than 90 Captains and Past Captains from all over the county were most impressed with the condition of the course and its beautiful location. (And yes - the weather was ideal for golf).
The team's celebrations were rounded off when they were joined by none other than Tom Bryan (who was also celebrating his birthday) who was on the Tulfarris team which won this Trophy on one previous occasion in 2000. The longer standing members of the Club might remember that some people queried this particular win on a day when the weather conditions were not so good and the competition was curtailed somewhat! Tom was very happy nevertheless to point to the Tulfarris name on the Trophy as evidence that it was indeed Tulfarris' first "Major" win. He was delighted also to congratulate yesterday's winning team.
In his speech the Captain thanked all involved - especially Vice Captain Noel A Kelly and Competition Secretary Les Broderick for their work in organising events on the day. He also thanked the Resort Staff including Norma who looked after all the guests so well and also David Brady and his staff for the excellent presentation of the course.
At the AGM last year the Captain Niall Robinson in his incoming address mentioned a number of events that were planned for this year and specifically mentioned our hosting the Cock of the Walk Trophy Competition as an event that he would like the Club to do well in - I am sure we will find some way to mark this achievement before Niall goes out of office!
Well done lads.