2011 Golf Classic

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Skibbereen RFC 2011 Golf Classic

Last Saturday was the twentieth anniversary of the holding of the first Skibbereen RFC Golf Classic and it can be marked down as one of the best to date both socially and economically. The weather was expected to turn nasty in the evening according to the weather guru’s but they were proven wrong this time and the day held up and even improved as the evening wore on, thus ensuring all sixty odd teams got through the day in beautiful sunshine and without incident and not an umbrella in sight. Once again Skibbereen Golf Club hosted the classic and there were compliments all round by the various speakers at the presentation of prizes to the hard working ground staff and the pristine condition of the course, as well as some equally merited compliments to the Bar and catering staff for looking after everyone’s needs throughout the day.

Skibbereen Rugby Club President John Field was as usual the organiser supreme of this very popular classic and over the years he has consistently built up an enviable list of teams to call on – but perhaps more to the point this well attended outing is really a testament to John’s popularity within the Golf and Rugby fraternity. And of course the man charged with the task of compiling the time-sheet and keeping a ‘special-slot’ for each team entry is local Auctioneer and equally popular Golf and Rugby enthusiast – Charlie McCarthy, who completes his task with due diligence each year.

Once again the main sponsor for the classic was Heineken Irl. and the beautifully inscribed Cork Crystal glass were well received by all winners on the day. John Field in his address paid a special thanks to Skibbereen native and former rugby club member Pat Maher who as National Events & Sponsorship Manager for Heineken Irl. has consistently shown himself to be a true friend to the rugby club and always available to help the club out in whatever way he can. Pat in his reply expressed his delight to be associated with the club and complimented the club on their Junior 1 performances over the years and maintaining their Division 1 status. Pat went on to wish the club continued success in the coming season and complimented John Field on his appointment as club President and said the club is in good hands.

Golf Club Captain Pierce Barrett said the club was delighted to be associated with the rugby club classic over the years and went on to say that in the harsh economic climate we now find ourselves it is appropriate that clubs should help and support each other in whatever way they can – in order to survive in these challenging times.

The winning team returned an unassailable 57 points to leave their nearest rivals trailing a full 5 points behind. It should be said that on the par four 18th hole,  winning team captain Garrett O’Sullivan had an ’eagle’ 2 ,having holed out his 5 iron second shot to the green – and recorded a mind boggling 5 stableford points for his efforts - on this hole alone. With that kind of luck it just had to be their day.

The following is the list of prize winners:

First

57 Points

Garrett O’Sullivan

John O’Sullivan

David Barry

Second

52 Points

John Coughlan

Jonathan Coughlan

Peadar O’Murchú

Third

52 Points

Pat White

Paudí  O’Shea

Eoin Murphy

First Ladies

47 Points

Pauline McNicholas

Ann Price

Noreen McCarthy

Sponsors Team

51 Points

Pat Maher

Anthony O’Donovan

James Hicks

Non -Handicap

52 Points

Noel Collins’ Team

Longest Drive

Derry Mannix

Nearest the Pin

Seamus O Brien