Offaly Golf Log (March 6)

New Tullamore Golf Club Captain Dermot Scanlon Drives In
This week’s Offaly Golf Log. To have your club’s notes included simply e-mail them to damian@offalyexpress.ie before 12pm each Tuesday.

This week’s Offaly Golf Log. To have your club’s notes included simply e-mail them to damian@offalyexpress.ie before 12pm each Tuesday.

Tullamore Golf Club

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Competition Results

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2013

Two competitions were held last weekend, primarily to mark the Captains Drive-In which took place on Sunday evening. The first was a Men’s singles played over 14 holes on Saturday and with a shotgun start on Sunday morning. Unfortunately the cold weather prevailed so it was played on temporary greens. First prize went to Nigel Kearney (14) who finished with 35 points and he was closely followed by Tony Cleary (18) who had 37 -2 = 35 points. Third place went to Stephen Ahern (21) who finished with 34 points and he just pipped Gerry McCarthy (18) who also had 36 – 2 = 34 points for 4th place.

The second competition of the weekend was a mixed 3 person team event played over 18 holes and 24 teams took to the course. The weather had improved by the time it got under-way so the competition was played on full greens. The eventual winners were Ann Moore, Jimmy Minnock and Mossy Clavin who finished with 82 points who were closely followed in second place by John Daly, Paul Daly and Jacinta Cox with 81 points. Third prize went to Shane Cahir, Eileen Cahir and Adrian Cahir who finished with 80 points. Congratulations to all the prize winners and sincere thanks to our sponsors on the day for the lovely prizes.

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Meat Vouchers

The Meat Voucher Winner for the combined weeks 20, 21 and 22 was Joe Feely with a score of 34 points.

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Next Week’s Competition

Members are asked to note that next week’s fixture is to be played on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th Mar and is a 18 hole Fourball Betterball Stableford competition sponsored by David Cogley.

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Captains Drive-In

A huge crown turned out for this year’s Drive–In for Captain Dermot Scanlon and Lady Captain Frances Silke. Despite the huge crowd in attendance, nerves didn’t seem to be an issue for Frances as she stood up to the tee and smashed a great ball down the middle to a distance of 142 yards. No pressure on Dermot then!! He certainly didn’t appear to be under any pressure and with the perfect golf swing he cracked a huge drive to a distance of 277 yards. Both drives were said to be the longest in nearly 20 years of drive-ins!!. The Drive-In was followed by drinks and refreshments in the Clubhouse and a special word of thanks to Vinny and his catering staff for laying on super food. The prizes for guessing the drive distances were kept in the Scanlon family as Dermot’s son John was nearest to Dermot’s drive and his other son Mark guessed nearest to the Lady Captain’s drive. Congratulations to both Captains and best wishes for their respective Captaincies during 2013.

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Table Quiz

A table quiz in aid of the Offaly Hospice took place in the Clubhouse on Friday night 1st March and there was a great turnout of 23 tables for a very enjoyable night. €960 was raised for the Hospice on the night. Last year’s winners of Benny Molloy, Joanne McBride and Colm Burke were joined this year by Michael Bryant and there was no stopping them as they came home in first place again with a great score of 89 points out of 102. Many thanks to all involved in particular Tom Corroon and Ollie Bryant who organised the quiz and to Martin Darcy who set and asked the questions on the night. A special word of thanks also to all the sponsors of prizes on the night.

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Winter League (sponsored by JD Scanlon and Co., Solicitors)

This year’s Winter League is very kindly sponsored by JD Scanlon & Co., Solicitors. The firm has over twenty five years’ experience of providing a comprehensive range of legal services to both public sector and private clients. Centrally located in Tullamore, they are ideally positioned to represent all your legal requirements. They provide the highest standards of professional legal representation and advice, as quickly as possible, and at a reasonable cost and their proactive approach to customer service is to deliver cost effective, professional legal services, promptly and courteously. The quarter finals get under-way on Saturday 9th March with the following line-up: 11.50 am ; Hampers or T-shirts v The Lucky Ones and 12.20 pm ; Pedros v The Selectors. The following Saturday, 16th March sees the remaining quarter finals with the following line-up: 11.50 am ; The PD’s v Six Pints and 12.20 pm ; The Flas v Pick n Mix

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Club Restaurant

Have you a special occasion coming up? Tired of the same old venues? Why not try the Restaurant at Tullamore Golf Club. Set in comfortable surroundings in the woodlands of Brookfield with scenic views of the course and ample parking, the Club Restaurant welcomes members, families, and friends for Sunday Lunch which is served from 12.30pm to 17.00pm. Also available for family occasions such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, Confirmation and Communion. For bookings please contact Vinny or Marie at 057 9323316.

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Pro-shop

Looking for a golf gift for a loved one? Why not call to the Pro Shop at Tullamore Golf Club. The Pro Shop is open every day and stocks all the major brands of all golfing equipment from golf balls to the newest GPS systems. Also in stock at the moment are the newest drivers from Taylormade, Titleist and Ping with the newest Callaway drivers expected in stock in early March. Call in for a test drive!!

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Club Membership

Tullamore championship golf course is now open for membership and with no entry fee for 2013 it offers a fantastic opportunity to join one of the best golf clubs in Ireland at a very affordable price. Application forms can be found on the website www.tullamoregolfclub.ie or by contacting the club directly on 057 9321439.

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Quip of the Week

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.