No hurlers on the ditch at the Rathdowney Errill GAA Golf Classic

Teams travelled to support Laois GAA club from Tramore, Clare, Dublin and Galway.

Rathdowney/Errill GAA Club hosted their annual golf classic on May 25/26 at the picturesque and immaculately prepared surroundings of Rathdowney Golf Course raising much needed funds towards the future development and promotion of hurling in the Rathdowney/Errill Parish.

Unlike last year, the conditions were perfect with brilliant sunshine throughout the day, which resulted in some exceptional scores being recorded, with only two strokes separating the top teams. Over 180 golfers participated, including some former and current players and many other golfing enthusiasts who were willing to take the time out of their busy schedule to help support the club. Regardless of one’s golfing ability, everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

A total of 45 teams did battle, some travelling from as far away as Tramore, Clare, Dublin and Galway.

In the end it was the M W Hire Group team of Mattie Walsh, Billy Fitzpatrick, J J Tobin and Joe Costello who claimed the top prize in Category 1.

The Tynan brothers, Liam and Mark, along with the Jones boys, Robert and Emmett, were a match for all comers in Category 2 while Liam with a stunning drive, down the 18th, also managed to take home the Men’s longest drive prize, despite some agonisingly close rivals. Other prizes were hotly contested on the day with Patrick Whelan clinching the Nearest to the Pin prize and Kathleen Guilfoyle winning the Ladies Long Drive.

There were plenty of teams made up from non-regular golfers, some showing a natural talent for the game, with the winning prize going to Brian “BB” Bowe, David McKelvey, Brian Campion and Jimmy Corrigan. Ray “Swanee” Kelly had the dubious honour of losing the most golf balls.

It was noticeable that both himself and Dan Bourke spent a lot of time either looking for or borrowing golf balls, while Liam “Snookey” Smeaton, seemed to spend so much time in the bunkers, one might have thought he was an employee of the Club. Despite some adventures, all appeared to be having a lot of craic but a large quantity of sand will be on the Club’s agenda this coming week.

In conjunction with the Classic a raffle took place in which the star prize was for two nights accommodation in Lyrath House. The lucky winner was Arlene Cleere from Errill.

The club extends a special thanks to Lorcan Dunne, Joe Fitzpatrick and the greenstaff for ensuring the course was in such fine condition and presented to the competitors so immaculately.

Feedback from participants was very positive, receiving favourable comment throughout the two days play. Also, a big thank you from the club to Michael Munroe and Rathdowney Golf Club who couldn’t have been more helpful in both the build up to the event and on the day itself.

The club would like to thank main sponsor Flynn’s Medical Hall and all the other companies and individuals for making the event such a wonderful occasion. Looking forward to a repeat performance next year.

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