Golf Classic 2022 - Round Up and results.
September 19, 2022
Killavullen GAA Golf Classic went off splendidly on Friday and Saturday of last week, in glorious weather in Doneraile Golf Club, when over 50 teams participated. The course was in fabulous condition, and there could be no complaints from the golfers on that front. The remedial works, to the 1st and 2nd Tee and Green areas were all very well signposted, with drop zones available, for the balls that strayed into those spaces.
The winning team was a home team, from Doneraile Golf Club, with Captain Dermot O Driscoll, Lady Captain Paula Russell and incoming captain for 2023, Jimmy Power in that team. They set a hugely impressive score of 65 points, which other teams could not reach. They played late in the day on Saturday, but for long periods of the weekend, the score to beat were 61 points from the Tom O Shea team, of Tom, Donie Mellerick and Damien O Connor. Tom and his friends was the very first team out on Saturday morning. From Friday evening, the team sponsored by Rory Lankford, of Paul Hickey, Patrick Scannell and Simon Kelly set the pace with 59 points, with a very impressive closing back nine score of 32 points. So that was how the scoring ended.
Fionn Woods won the longest drive for Men on the 5th and 14th holes, and it was a monster belt of a ball, while Sheila O Gorman won the women competition on the 3rd and 12th hole, from the team from Mallow Credit Union.
For the nearest the pin completion, only two names made the board, initially Brian O Driscoll, with a great shot to within 2 metres of the hole, but that was bettered by Paul Hickey, with a great shot, played with a 7 Iron, to with 1.4 metres of the hole. Nobody else got within that distance.
The raffle results were as follows;
1st – Anna Cotter
2nd – Harry Dorgan
3rd – Joe O Mahony
4th – Ned Dwane
5th – Andrew Daly
Killavullen GAA were very grateful to the course in Doneraile, and to Frank Carey, secretary of the club, and to Mary Roche and her family, in the kitchen whose food over the course of the two days drew widespread praise. No classic could go ahead without an amount of work in the background, and several stepped forward to assist, for which the club is very grateful.
The weekend was not without a very significant loss though, in that we sorely missed the presence of Tommy Hayes, and his dad Paul and Uncle Pat, who have played with us, every year, of the classic, with Tommy being the good golfer in that team.
Sadly and tragically, Tommy lost his life. Our deepest sympathy to Paul, Joanne, and his sister Alison and all the extended Hayes families and their connections in Killavullen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as a family, at this very difficult and sorrowful time.
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