Lady Captains Prize
Biblical rain and blistering sunshine.....must have been the Lady Captains Prize
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After Old Testament type rain forced the abandonment of the first day of the Lady Captains Prize on Tuesday last, there was a tsunami of sun cream on Saturday as the Ladies successfully completed their blue riband event.

What a competition it was? Four ladies finished on a net 70 and had to be separated by way of countback.

In the end Evelyn Sheehan sneaked through with 13, 14, 15 and 18 ensuring that her last six holes were sufficient to claim the Prize. After a difficult opening four holes Evelyn slipped into the groove through the latter part of her outward nine. Out in nett 35 she was well in contention as the tension grew around her. Her inner Nelly Korda emerged after the turn as a raking 20 foot putt across the green proved crucial on the 10th. The smell of victory abounded! Brilliant wedge play proved critical through the middle part of her incoming nine and as the tension grew Evelyn kept her head for an inward 35 and a nett 70. So it was quickly off to write the speech and to keep on eye on Sky Sports for the progress of her closest rivals!

Marie Gleeson, following family advice over breakfast (which she had to cook herself!), showed superb form from the outset. Two and four proved tricky but the consistency which is the mark of the Gleeson golfers shone through and Marie eased through her opening nine in a nett 35. A par on 10 propelled her to the front of the pack and it was game on! A setback on 17 gave her no time to recover but a long par putt for victory on 18 was almost enough to take this years crown! Nearly, but no cigar!

In third place, on nett 70 (!), we had Bionic Breda Boyle. Always living on the edge Breda's round had tension and adventure bursting from every seam! What else from the bionic woman? A majestic outward 34 had her in pole position early on but living on the edge can be tenuous. Two holes, 11 and 14, proved the difference in the end and left Breda to settle for the third place on the podium.

Orla Collins love and expertise for and with numbers won't extend to countbacks as despite a wonderful 33 out it was the 37 shots on the way home that took her off the podium. Unfortunately for Orla, it was less double entry and more double bogey that took her out of the running. Nevertheless, a superb round with a memorable par on the first ensuring that Orla was a real threat from the very start. In the end winning Class 2 proved some consolation for not quite being able to step on the podium.

Huge congratulations to Mary Fetherston who took the Best Gross prize with a gross 85. Pars on 1, 9, 11, 14 and 17 and dazzling birdies on 3 and 12 reflected a wonderful masterclass of golf. Well done Mary!

Ita Redmond took Class 1 with a nett 74 edging out Therese McDonnell and Liz Walsh just one and two shots behind respectively.

The aforementioned Orla Collins came out top of Class 2 with Doreen Martin snatching second place with a 72 just ahead of Roseanne Regan in 3rd.

Pauline Murray stormed home in a nett 35 to take Class 3 just edging out Mary Coffey and Rosaleen McGarry-Lynch.

Mary Hayes took Class 4 with Maureen Coughlan just four shots behind in second and Christiane O'Sullivan just behind in 3rd.

You will see Alice McGlynn around the club these days sporting a crystal studded tiara as she brought home the new title of Queen of the Par Threes! When told Martin is reported to have said "Cinnte nach raibh sí ina Banríon i gcónaí".

Joan Keegan won the nearest the line prize as her drive bisected the fairway.........as usual! Good thing it wasn't raining!

A brilliant day! The disappointment of Tuesday was soon forgotten. Great, competitive golf with some brilliant scoring on the day. Congratulations Lady Captain we all hope you enjoyed your day and a huge thanks to all who supported Linda on the day with preparation and competition management. Well done all!

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