We are into the second half of the 2018 season of Summer Social Scrambles and it is a good point to once again acknowledge the support for the Club of Derek Yeates and Profile Events through their sponsorship of these events. Thanks Derek.
As golfers signed in for this evening's scramble we were proudly displaying the Donadea Trophy and Pennant won yesterday at Knockanally Golf Club. Tulfarris entered this Interclub competition last year for the first time and brought home the Runners Up Pennant. This time round the same team of Miriam and Gerry Solan, Ann and John Horan, Rosaleen Prescott and Noel Reilly and Mary and John Curley went one step better and took the silverware.
The weather was ideal again for this evening's scramble and a massive turnout of 56 golfers took to the fairways and greens - all again in excellent shape despite the difficult drought conditions. Well done to David Brady and his team.
As I played in the second last group out checking the scorecards fell to Ann and Tom O'Shea. Tom had his work cut out separating some excellent returns.
First up was the Best Gross for the year which up to tonight was being led by Brendan Daly and Denis Mahon with 31 shots. This score was matched this evening by Mary and John Curley but Tom was spared the need to do a Countback comparison on these two cards. Stephen Cullen and Mick Curran pipped them both with an excellent score of 30. But matters didn't end there.
Conor Fallon and Tom O'Rourke returned a card with one eagle, six birdies a par and a bogey - for a fantastic Gross score of 29 for nine holes. This is not only the leading Best Gross for the 2018 season but is the best achieved since the Gross competition was introduced in 2013. Really well done Conor and Tom.
And so to the Nett scores this evening. Conor and Tom's great Gross converted into a Nett 25.4. Mary and John Curley's Gross converted into a 24.4. But as Mary and John had a 'win' last week their handicap was reduced by one shot giving us a 'tie' for second place. Tom O'Shea's Countback skills separated the two pairs and the bottles of wine for second place went to Mary and John Curley.
While all of this excitement was going on Bethany and Colm Smith - who regularly travel from Rosslare for the scrambles - returned a super score of 24.6 to take them to the winner's podium this evening. Well done Bethany and Colm on your great score.
Which just leaves the matter of the leading Best Nett to be settled. Up to tonight Mary and John Curley had posted a 26.4. This was bettered by both Conor and Tom and Bethany and Colm this evening. But Mary and John went two shots better to 24.4 to continue to lead this contest. Great shooting.
We have five more scrambles before we finish on 22 August. Is there better than tonight's 29 Gross and 24.4 Nett out there. Time will tell.
Until next week.
Ann and John Horan