2008 - Ireland
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Golf Tour 2008 Dungarvan – Ireland
We all came with high hopes, tour virgins and veterans alike, all in hope that ‘nipper’ had surpassed previous successes and pulled off the big one? Five days to (try to) remember in the Emerald Isle.
Nineteen intrepid members/guests convened at the Gold Coast Hotel during Wednesday, the early arrivals sneaking in 18 holes as a taster. One glance at the trees growing at a 45-degree angle gave some indication of the strength of the prevailing winds, requiring brave tee shots being hit out to sea to carry the bay, plus greens, which would not promote hangover recovery as we tried to judge pace and break.
The first evening gathering saw the presentation of the tour shirts with our captain choosing some imaginative names and even more imaginative sizes! This was followed by the draw for the five nation’s team event to be competed for over the next three days. A great success the previous year, the competitiveness was always going to be high (unless you were French! Because not even the French team could stand if they themselves won!)
The day started off fine as we headed inland to this fine parkland course, but by the time the first group reached the fourth hole the heavens opened and it p*****d down for the remainder of the round. Many of us have never played golf in such atrocious conditions. Umbrellas were either breaking or just blowing away, and many of us failed to see any of a beautiful course as we had our heads down just trudging on to hit the next shot, trying to keep hold of our clubs!
Hats off to Nev, who defied the gods to post an impressive 34 points to take the honours on day one (the only player to score more than 30 pts on that course) and it was this that also helped the Irish team post an impressive lead, and at the end of day one the team scores were as follows
Ireland 112 Scotland 89 England 89 Wales 81 France (boooo) 73
Then it was off to the bar to try and control ‘honorary English Juan’ during his brandy bashing, Spanish supporting, semi final victory.
After scouring the TV channels hoping for a decent bit of weather, we were pleasantly surprised to find a stiff breeze but no rain for our next outing. We had some previous experience of this course, which was put to good use with players knowing that the last few holes would be tough to squeeze points out of, especially those holes into the wind. Finding the generous sized greens was not too hard putting was a different proposition.
Beefy proved victorious on this occasion (helped by 7 points off the final 2 holes) with a fine 33 points, but Brian, PK, Toddy, all scored 30+points and the lowest score a not unrespectable 20 pts.
Beefy's efforts also helped the Taff’s trim the Irish lead by ten points but there was still a great deal to play for on the final day. The team scores were as follows
Ireland 217 Wales 196 Scotland 193 England 188 France (still boooo) 164
Then it was off to the bar to try provide a little entertainment for the locals.
The final day of competition, and an inspired idea from Mr Chairman meant that the groups were sent out in ascending order of points with the top four point scorers competing for the honour of being individual Tour Champion2008, in the final group.
Another fine day and another cracking course (drivers on two of the par 3s for some of us!) All four golfers in the final group scored 30 points at least and these were joined by PK again, Milo, and Toddy.
The worthy winner with his second tour victory was Nev who secured the tour title adding another 33 pts to his impressive tally.
The Five nations title went to the Irish with 3 players in the top five individual, and “les Blues” proved equally popular losers of the tournament.
Final team scores are as follows
Ireland 337 Wales 306 Scotland 294 England 285 France 267.
The individual scores are as follows (now you can guess who was on the lash!!! )
Nev (Ire) 94pts
Matt (Ire) 89pts
Beefy (Wal) 85pts
Brian (Eng) 84pts
Milo (Ire) 81pts
Rob S(Wal) 78pts
Simon T(Eng) 71pts
Kelvin (Fra) 69pts
Alan (Sco) 69pts
Simone (Fra) 68pts
Robbie D (Sco) 67pts
Pete (Fra) 66pts
Tim (Eng) 65pts
last but not least
Then it was off to the bar where the Karaoke Kid suffered a shock defeat when out sung in a Curry House. Thanks to all, especially Simon, who helped to make this such a success.
WHERE TO IN 2009????.
Les Stallard clear your diary!