RECENTLY 51 members of the New Ross seniors golf club made the annual trip to Coolattin golf club in County Wicklow, a county known worldwide as the Garden of Ireland.
It is an apt description of this most scenic county and the gem that is Coolattin golf club epitomises all of that in great detail with its glorious displays of mature trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, and many other flowering shrubs seen at their best.
The course was in pristine condition with its lush fairways, well trimmed rough, tricky undulating greens.
The professional layout was a tribute to the green keepers and it certainly made the visit and the round of golf most enjoyable. Thank were extended to the professional at the club for his help and also the catering staff who served up excellent food.
Members played in teams of four with the two best scores counting on each hole. As could be expected playing on a strange course, scores were hard enough to come by. In the end there was a clear winners with 85 points.
Andy Ronan (13), Sean Murphy (16), Richie Byrne (23) and Jamesie Murphy (23) put two nines of 42 and 43 together which was good enough to claim first prize. Second on 82 points and the runners-up spot were Willie Byrne (11), Kevin Treacy (13), Bill Naddy (19) and Frank Boyle (22).
A better back nine, 45 against 42, saw Eddie Keher (9), Kieran O’Grady (18), Dick Cahill (19) and Seamus Bradley (24) take third on 81 points. Fourth prize, with the same score of 81 points, went to Joe O’Farrell (16), Fr John French (17), Michael Long (19) and Tom Kent (23).
Nearest the pin prize on the 18th hole went to Kieran O’Grady.
The regular outing is on Thursday (May 31). Draw for teams at 10.40am.