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.
Thursday 7th June saw a new venture of a Golf Outing in Muskerry Golf Club.
The idea was conceived in Dubrovnik and we had a “reunion” outing after that.
Many people there expressed a desire to have another such outing.
There was a good turnout of 29 people taking part, divided almost straight down the middle between men and women.
Joe made up teams of three, based on the relative handicaps of the players. There were 10 teams as Joe press-ganged a Muskerry member to join the last team!
We played a scramble which meant that everyone was involved irrespective of their handicap. This form of competition lends itself to the social aspect of the outing.
The winning team was made up of Albert Groarke, John Purcell and Kathleen Long. They had a great score of 65 which won by a shot.
The prizes, which were subsidised by the R. T. A. I, were bought from Fred Twomey who has just recently taken up the position of Professional in Muskerry.
After the Golf most, if not all, of the players enjoyed the Catering in the Clubhouse and consequently were present for the Prize-giving.
The feedback was most positive and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Everybody expressed an interest in playing such a format again and Joe says he would have no problem organising it.
Here is a selection of photos taken on the day by Mags McCarthy.