Last Irish Golf Report 2018
Akarana Golf Club hosted the final round of this year’s championship and forty of the finest golfers we could assemble in short notice were not disappointed with the course and conditions. In the blistering nineteen degree heat, Diarmuid and Andy’s heads must have swelled. They thought everyone was there to see them fight it out for the title but people actually came for the average golf, good craic and amazing prizes.
Andy Gray started the day knowing an average round would leave Diarmuid needing nearly forty points to come from behind and take the title. After nine holes it was still up for grabs with Andy on 15 points and Diarmuid on 19 but the wheels came off for the challenger on holes 12 to 14 after only taking a couple of points. Andy was steady all day and was the comfortable winner knowing before the last two holes he would extend his overall lead and had won. A very happy and deserving winner who led most of the year, Andy said he was very proud and looked forward to defending it next year. The challenge has been laid down for anyone aiming to have the odd, questionably shaped, trophy on their shelf next summer.
Keith, Shane and Patrick were grouped with Gerry Quinn. This gave them the privilege of witnessing Gerry’s fifth swing change in as many weeks, along with the mood swings and outbursts that goes with it. The most concerning change in Gerry Quinn’s game is the new putting technique which I witnessed in October at Titirangi but was too emotionally scarred to write about at the time. Prowling like a kitten around a piece of string, Gerry then stands behind the ball to see the line while taking one step forward and two steps back. Anyone that plays with Gerry and sees this technique 36-54 times during a round, I guarantee they will be walking off the course with a song stuck in their head; the 1987 hit from The Desert Rose Band, One Step Forward Two Steps Back.
As always, the Irish golf outing was not without controversy and after a blissful day, in came the final group on the final hole. The long drive prize was up for grabs and a regular winner, Richie, could see the marker just a short distance from the green. On the tee Richie “didn’t catch it” but as we walked up the fairway via the trees on the right, his ball was level with the long drive marker but on the other side of the fairway. Pat brought out the distance laser and deemed Richie’s ball was closer to the pin by two meters. As Diarmuid stood in the bunker, hoping his next shot was not from the carpark, Pat’s brother (formerly Darryl, formerly Lefty) came running out of the clubhouse and leapt of the deck shouting “erroneous!”. Darryl correctly insisted the distance must be measured from the tee and following little resistance from Richie, Roisin was presented as the long drive winner.
The winners and places on the day were:
1st Pat Prendergast 39 points - The Irish Cup Trophy
$40 Golf Warehouse Voucher & a bottle of wine
2nd Brendan McCahill 38 points - $30 voucher
3rd Nick Margison 37 points - A lovely golf hat
4th Keith Lawson 36 points - Bottle of wine
Longest Drive Roisin Brady on the 18th hole
Closest to Pin Patrick Deane on the 5th hole
Closest to Pin Darragh O’ Connor on the 12th hole
Best team Nick Margison & Peter Bonisch
Peter Hickey of Anne Duncan Real Estate was good enough to raffle off a bottle of champagne to anyone that would take his card. Peter has also very generously suggested a small sponsorship of next year’s prizes so keep your calendar free for the upcoming Irish golf outings where you will be playing for a new house, possibly. You will have to beat Andy so if you think you can get 48 points then you will be the proud owner of your very own ‘lock up and leave’.
Thanks to Gerry for doing the prize giving again. We really appreciate the lies and verbal abuse that you manage to crowbar into your speech every time. You build people up to break them down, one step forward and two steps back…
We will see you in February for the inaugural Paddy McAuliffe trophy at Waikare. Potentially this will be the first outing of the year and it would be brilliant to get as many people there as possible for a little tribute to the great man that our group lost this year. If you would like to sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Richie & Diarmuid
Irish Golf CEO and Administration staff