The Summer is officially over - and the Summer Social Scrambles are over for 2017. We had a great turnout of 60 golfers this evening for the last of the Social Scrambles. Incidentally, the average number taking part each week has been more than 37 - great numbers for 9 holes on a Wednesday evening!
The celebrations and presentations afterwards (including some extra 'last night' prizes for those present) were again in the Members' Bar - and we were treated to finger food generously supplied by Resort General Manager John O'Grady. Our thanks go to him and to Derek, Tony and Sean tonight and all the Bar and Restaurant staff who looked after us so well during the Summer. Special thanks also go to David Brady and his crew for the excellent presentation of the course throughout the Summer and to Davy and Norma in the Golf Shop for all their help.
On a personal note Ann and I say thank you to the Members for the lovely gift presented to us this evening by Captain Mark and Lady Captain Catherine. It is very much appreciated.
This evening the Gents Club Committee also presented a number of their outstanding prizes from previous weekly competitions. Congratulations to all the prize winners.
An undoubted highlight of the 2017 scrambles was a Hole in One on the 19th of July by Andy Doran. He 'aced' the 6th and shortly afterwards I was approached by Con Matthews who will be known to many of you as one of our excellent greenkeepers. Con has another talent as an artist and some time ago he had painted the view from the 6th tee towards the green. He very generously offered this work of art to be presented to Andy and with a suitable inscription added it was duly presented to Andy tonight by Captain Mark.
And so to tonight's results:
We had 3 pairs tied on 28.4 and following a detailed Countback in third place tonight were Rosaleen Prescott and Richie Sweetman. In second place were Mary and John Curley. The first prize was won by Martin Cummins and Vinny Moran.
Well done to all of them.
In the past 12 weeks we had no less than 22 different 'pairs' winning the 1st and 2nd prizes and the average winning score was 27.2. Great golf by a good spread of golfers.
An interesting statistic is that this year's average winning score is 0.4 higher than last year! What does that tell us?
The Best Nett for 2017 was achieved early on in the summer on 5 July by Lady Captain Catherine Curley and Pat McCartan with a super score of 26.0. They are the overall winners in the Net Scramblers of the Year competition. Congratulations to them.
For the past 4 years the Best Gross winning scores have all been 30. For 2017 the Gross Scramblers of the Year competition was again won with a score of 30. Brendan Daly and Mick Curran registered this great score of 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 4 pars on 9 August. Mick and Brendan won last year's competition and have now successfully 'defended their title'. They are this year's Gross Scramblers winners. Fantastic scoring lads.
Thanks to everyone who took part over the summer - we hope you enjoyed the golf and the camaraderie.
John & Ann Horan