This evening we had 40 golfers for our Wednesday Scramble and more than the usual share of excitement.
Past Captain Gerry Lambe "aced" the sixteenth with a perfectly hit rescue club. The ball rattled the pin and flew straight into the hole. His son Ciaran who was his partner in the scramble and their playing partners Joe McConville and his son Daragh were on hand to witness the event which was reported on in full detail in the Hotel bar afterwards as Gerry treated all present to the customary drink. Well done to Gerry on what was his second hole in one. Perhaps this is a good omen for Gerry's horse which runs in Galway tomorrow - No One Tells Me (I think) is the name for those of you who are into these things!
The hole in one contributed to Gerry and Ciaran's net score of 28.4 which got them second place. They were pipped at the post by a great score of 28 from Shemus Dore and Lindsay McGuire.Congratulations to both of them on their win.
These scrambles are becoming somewhat of a family occasion. In addition to fathers and sons Joe and Daragh and Gerry and Ciaran we also had Noel A and Alan Kelly. The Lambes were also represented by Lady Captain Frances and their daughter Claire. John and Mary Curley were accompanied by their son Eoin and their "prospective daughter in law" Catherine Hayes. Noel Reilly was partnered by his daughter in law Corina Lavin Reilly. P N Whelan played alongside his nephew Cian. The biggest family contingent on the night must surely have been Tom and Ann Daly, with their son Brendan and daughter in law Ann Murphy Daly and their three grandson caddies Mark, John and Colm. In addition to these family connections there were all the other usual "odds and sods" who turn up each week in ones and twos and get paired off on the evening so feel free to come along and join in the fun each Wednesday.
There must be something in the water around Tulfarris because in the last Club competition - the first round of the Captains Prize - long time member and all round good guy Richard Cowley "aced" the second hole on his way to the top echelons of the leader board. Richard also used a rescue club as he drew the ball in off the bank on the right of the green and into the cup. Richard treated as many members as he could find - and many seemed to find him - in the Hotel bar on Sunday afternoon. Well done to him also.
Richard will have a late start on Saturday week 7th August for the second round. If you want to check your tee time you can call the Golf Shop next week or you can have a look at the Club's website www.tulfarrisgolfclub.ie. There you will find a "provisional" draw sheet which will be updated over the weekend. If there are any members who played in the first round and cannot play in the second please let us know now so that the final time sheet is not disrupted on the day. Similarly if there are any members who did not play on Sunday who now wish to play in the second round please let us know also. I would remind those members that there are still prizes on offer such as Day 2, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive - not to mention the Captains "goodie bag".
There are still some tickets available for the Dinner and these can be purchased at a cost of €35 each by contacting Vice Captain Pearse Daly on 085 1743751 or at email@example.com. Tickets can also be purchased from the Starters at next weekends Open Days.
For those of you with an interest in the statistical end of things a quick look at last Sunday's scores shows a really closely packed leader board. In contention for the Captains Prize are at least 30 players who are within 6 shots of the leaders. That is not to exclude the rest of us who are slightly futher adrift. Of these 30 players 14 players are single handicap golfers and sixteen are 10 upwards. So it would seem that the Captains aim of having as wide as possible a field of contenders going into Day 2 has worked. Lets see what delightful pin positions he sets up for us on the 7th.
There are still some lines available for the Open Days on Sunday and Monday 1 and 2 August. You can book your time by contacting the Golf Shop - 045 867609.
Finally, Tulfarris got honourable mention in the All Ireland Pitch and Putt winners speech last weekend when Declan McCarron thanked his brother James for arranging for him the use of the practice putting green at Tulfarris ahead of the event. I am not sure if he got any particular putting tips from James, or is it the other way round! Congratulations to Declan.
Regards in Golf,