We are very grateful to Joe Lane for submitting the following report from the recent RTAI Golf Outing:
July 11th dawned as a misty and cold morning and I had some misgivings about going ahead with our planned outing to Muskerry.
I checked the forecast and, being an eternal optimist, I decided to go ahead. There were 21 people down to play and I certainly didn’t want to disappoint them or indeed lose the opportunity to showcase Muskerry to some of my friends from the RTAI.
The afternoon turned out to be sunny and warm and I was glad that I had decided to go ahead.
All 21 people who had planned to come arrived and we met and had scones and coffee while the teams of 3 were sorted according to the handicaps.
The format was Team of Three, Low, Middle and High Handicap playing together. Each person had to contribute a minimum of Three Drives and then the team all played out from there, choosing the best second shot etc until finally holing out.
The scoring was very close and 0.3 of a shot separated 1st and 2nd placed teams: Mary Healy, Bridie O’Brien and Joe Lane just shading it over Marie Power, Kathleen Long and Paschal McSwiney.
Thanks to the generosity of the RTAI and Club Professional Fred Twomey every team received a prize, a token and memento of their day in Muskerry. The feedback was very positive and I think it was a very worthwhile exercise which I hope will become a feature of the RTAI Calendar.