Men's Vice Captains Prize
Aidans blistering parfest leaves the field floundering!
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Tom Hogan's much awaited Vice Captains Prize produced sparkling golf, in sparkling sunshine (on Sunday at least) on a sparkling golf course.

The second part of a spectacular weekend for the Club saw the Men produce a tremendously competitive event which proved just as exciting as the Ladies put together on Saturday.

The ever popular Aidan Kilkenny, playing on Sunday afternoon, produced a major winning back nine full of fairway splitting drives, majestic iron play and putts reminiscent of Jordan Spieth in his pomp. An early par on 3 and three pointers on 2 and 6 had set Aidan up for an early charge. However, the sparkle eluded him on 7 and he had to be satisfied with 17 for his outward nine.

Clearly irked at the turn he exploded into action on 10 going par, par, par, par for 13 points from the first four holes of his journey home. Three points on 15 and 17 brought him back in an astonishing 24 points for an 18 hole total of 41, sneaking past the leader in the clubhouse.

Understated as always Aidan smiled his way to the recorders hut to claim his victory! Congratulations Aidan.

Less than an hour earlier Denis Rigney had claimed the clubhouse leader status with an extraordinarily consistent performance, Faldo like in its execution. A three pointer on 2 set the round up and pars on 3 and 9 secured 21 points for the outward nine. Not one point dropped on the way out as Denis serenely hit the fairways, smoked his long irons and converted his putter into an imitation of Harry Potters wand.

Serenity was again the key for his inward nine, pars on 12 and 16 left him in pole position. Unfortunately, the only dropped point of the round on 14 proved costly although in truth Aidans back nine would have edged him home anyway. Nevertheless, a remarkable round from Denis, a real masterclass in focus and consistency. Well done!

In third place was Martin Morris with 39 points. Despite a tricky start three pointers on 4, 6 and 9 brought him out in 18 points and well in contention. Pars on 10 and 12 and suddenly Martin was looking at his first major victory. Further three pointers on 16 and 17 brought him home in a superb 21 points. However, he could only sit and contemplate as Aidan and Denis tore the course apart.

Outward pars on 4, 7, 8 and 9 powered Ger Gilroy to a gross 40 for his first nine. Equally impressive pars on 10, 12, 13 and 14 brought him back in 41 to take the Best Gross prize with a total of 81. First gross prize of the season and the gauntlet well and truly thrown down!

Twenty one points and a brilliantly consistent front nine ensured that Liam Sharkey took the front nine prize. The back nine prize fell to Thomas Duffy. A par on 11 was a portent of the brilliance to come as birdies on 12 and 14 powered Thomas to a marvellous 23 points.

Congratulations to all of our class winners, Shane Mallen, Neil Davidson (his mother was thrilled), Barry McCall and President Tony O'Herlihy. A special mention for new member Cameron Mudie who, playing in his first major with the Club, took third place in Class 3. Welcome to the honours list Cameron!

What a weekend we had. Two brilliantly competitive major competitions and a Covid safe prizegiving ceremony, the good times are coming back!

Congratulations to Vice Captain Tom on a superbly staged competition, well done it was a blast!

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