August 7th and 9th will forever be embedded in my memories, the genuine love and support I felt from everybody in the club has been overwhelming. The success of these days was thanks to many people and things. Yes, the weather played a huge part in the success of the two days but so many other factors were responsible too. Firstly, I’d like to thank the ladies who participated and on Day 2 we had over 160 ladies on the timesheet. This is the first time this year that we had a full timesheet from 7.40 a.m. onwards. The leaderboard after Day 1 on Sunday was so exciting and the fact that Doreen Brennan, a Trustee and long time member of the club was in the lead with an incredible nett score of 65 made it all the more exciting. The good wishes, cards, gifts I received from so many ladies was unbelievable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I would like to thank my committee who have supported me and worked so hard throughout the year to ensure that we have fun and camaraderie as well as a great golfing calendar. The work they cumulatively did to make my Captain’s Days was great and they are hugely appreciated by me. I must single out Ann Cafferky and her competitions committee for a big thank you for the huge body of work that they did to provide results for us.
Thank you to all who were rostered to duty at the welcome desk, to our starters and rangers and to our photographer Tony Corcoran who took photos at the Captain’s Dinner.
Thank you to Mark Wyse who provided my gift for goodie bags, to Liz and Ian Cuddihy of Centra, Delgany, for providing the goodie bags and to the Juice Box which provided healthy juices at the halfway mark.
Thank you to Gavin and Jeff for all their help throughout the two days. Jamie and his team looked after us so well over the two days – it certainly is going to affect my waistline! Chef Tony and his crew provided excellent fare throughout the two days and the meal we were served at Captain’s Dinner was excellent. Thank you so much to all in Catering and Hospitality for the efforts they made to make the event so special.
The course presented in a great condition. Due to dry and warm conditions the fairways were fast and greens were slick. Thank you to Dave, Stephen and everybody on Course staff. Thanks goes to Eamonn Bradshaw who was at hand to help at all times during the competition. Mark Carwood, Briege, Lisa and Caitriona have been a great support but particularly Briege as she guided me through my lists and invitations and helped assure me that I wasn’t forgetting anything. A huge thank you to Marian Lambe for her beautiful floral artistry ably assisted by Finola Palmer. To add to all of this I was delighted to host a breakfast with Captain Pat, Vice Captains Betty and Tom, Mark and Gavin on Sunday and in the evening I had a lovely dinner with my committee. On Day 2 I had lunch with my friends and was very proud of the club and staff in the service provided.
One of my favourite events of Day 2 is Afternoon Tea with ladies who no longer play golf but who were long time members of the club. It was lovely to welcome them and we had great conversations and sharing of stories. Dinner and prizegiving on Tuesday was amazing, the food provided was excellent and the anticipation of results was palpable. My prizes for winners were two beautiful paintings painted by our own member Siobhan Mooney and the reaction of the members to the paintings is an endorsement of her talent. I wish her well as she continues to grow in her craft. I hope everybody enjoyed the 2 days as much as I did and that we will have many more occasions to celebrate in the future.
Finally, congratulations to Rosemary Cooney who was a worthy winner of the prize to the Ordinary Members and to Rita O’Brien who was winner of the 5 day prize.