The Summer Social Scrambles had their 'finale' for 2019 this evening. Given the not so pleasant weather conditions there was a great turnout of 30 golfers this evening bringing the average number taking part each week since the beginning of June to the high 30s - great numbers for 9 holes on a Wednesday evening during a ‘dodgy weather’ summer.
The celebrations and presentations afterwards (including some extra 'last night' prizes for those present) were in the Members Bar - and we were treated to a finger food reception generously supplied by Resort General Manager John O'Grady. Our thanks go to him and to all the Bar and Restaurant staff who looked after us during the Summer. Special thanks go to Davy and Norma in the Golf Shop for all their help and also to David Brady and his crew for the excellent presentation of the course throughout the Summer.
On a personal note Ann and I say thank you to the Members for the gift presented to us this evening from the Club. It is very much appreciated.
And so to the results:
In second place tonight (after a countback) with a great score of 29.2 were Denis Mahon and John Mulligan. The first prize was won by Jon Crocker and Gina Phelan also with 29.2 - which included an upward adjustment of 1.0 for two second place results in recent weeks. The highlight of their winning round was Gina’s tee shot on the 6th hole. There were varying reports of it’s precise proximity to the hole - but suffice to say they got the birdie!
Well done to all the prize winners.
In the past 12 weeks we had no less than 19 different 'pairs' winning the 1st and 2nd prizes and the average winning score was 26.7. Great golf by a good spread of golfers.
Up to tonight the Gross Scramblers of the Year competition was being led with a score of 32. Father and son combination Brendan and John Daly registered this score on 24 July. Tonight they went out to secure their position and played opposite the aforementioned Denis Mahon and John Mulligan. Denis and John went ‘all out’ to catch the Daly’s and they matched the Best Gross score of 32. With birdies on the 6th and 8th, followed by an excellent eagle on the 9th they were confident that they had pipped Brendan and John at the post. On the countback they had 21 on the back 6 but the Daly card revealed that they had 20 to win by ‘the narrowest of margins’. John and Brendan Daly are this year's Gross Scramblers winners. Great scoring lads.
The Best Nett was achieved on 3 July by Paddy O’Reilly and Dean McGarr. This super score of 25.0 was based on an excellent Gross of 33 - all 3’s and 4’s on the card. They are the overall winners in the Nett Scramblers of the Year competition. Congratulations to them.
The Summer Scramble series has again been generously supported by Derek Yeates / Profile Events and in addition to the financial support directly to the Club Derek presented the prizes to the Best Gross and Nett winning pairs. Thanks Derek.
And finally we are pleased to report that all your €2 weekly Entry Fees covered all the other prizes throughout the Summer so the event was ‘cost neutral’ for the Club.
Thanks to everyone who took part over the summer - we hope you enjoyed the golf and the camaraderie.
Regards Ann & John Horan