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Remarkable double and rare feat for Greg Culley

Remarkable double and rare feat for Greg Culley

The “Golfer of the Year” rota began at the weekend with the Dr. Spain Cup after the original stater, the Bogey Cup, had to be postponed recently. Off to a remarkable early lead is Greg Culley, who can certainly be dubbed “golfer of the week”, he not only led the Spain event but had already won the Open Singles on Thursday! A quick fire double and a rare feat for Greg, now down well into a single figure handicap. As he played in the Saturday section he was winning twice in only three days.

The Spain Memorial competition was having its seventh running, having begun in 2007 when Dr. Niall’s family donated a trophy for that excellent purpose. Inaugural victor was Philip Egan, followed in order of year by John Smith, Seamus Troy, P.J. Bowden, P.J. Mackey and Liam Fahey. The prize list for this occasion is G. Culley (9) 39; E. Maher (6) 38; E. Hughes (11) 37; gross, K. Kennedy (plus 2) 33; J. Waters (21) 37. The C.S.S. was 34. Culley shot nines of 21,18 for his success. Easy to identify the most spectacular figure on his card, on “eagle” three at the 13th that propelled him on with a great boost. He was out in two over 38 shots despite a few early bogeys. Eddie Maher had 17,21 for second, shooting nine pars in a brilliant second nine. Young Evan Hughes scored 17,20 with a nice back nine of 39 featuring a birdie at the 13th. The gross maintained Kieran Kennedy’s command of that category with three over while John Waters looked to be bringing home the bacon after a first nine of 22 points, but added 15 to take the final prize.

The Thursday Open Singles resulted: G. Culley (11) 40; L. Kemerer (14) 33; B. Fallon (18) 35; A. Ryan (6) 34; W. Culley (8) 32. The first leg of Greg’s double was readily achieved, won by a distance with 19,21. A gross 38 on the clubhouse side was the key to victory, he was level par from 10th to 15th. Second went to L. Kemerer for 15,18. Juniors Brian Fallon and Aaron Ryan were placed 3rd and 4th, by club rule, with 18, 17 and 16, 18 respectively for 35 and 34. The Culley factor got added emphasis as former Sars player Wayne took fifth with 16,16. The C.S.S. was 33, testifying to the difficult conditions which the leader shrugged aside in style. Our warm congrats to him on a spectacular double.


Thursday, Open Singles; Sunday, Club Singles (Stroke), “Golfer of the Year” event; Sunday 21st, 18h Scotch Mixed Foursomes; Sunday 28th Club Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups.


Tuesday 2nd April 2013 18 Hole Singles S/F

1st Denise Connor (20) 36pts, 2nd Frances Ronayne (21) 35pts, Gross Marian Finn (8) 21 Gross Points. 2’s Competition - no winner.

Sunday 7th April 2013 18 Hole Team of Three (Waltz)

1st Triona Gleeson (17), Bernie White (20) Clodagh Cox (35) 68 pts (38 on last 9)

2nd Jacqueline Corbett (11), Annette Boland (13), Susan Troy (17) 68 pts.

2’s Competition Orla McKevitt @ 3rd.

The Spring League is now in it’s third round. All players are asked to play in as many rounds as possible.

We have now commenced an “18 Hole Competition with a Difference”. Entry fee €5.00. Enter once and record the date and your best score for one hole in any 18 Hole Club Singles Competition. See notice board for details.