€20bn bill no handicap on green for Seanie
Published 28/04/2010 | 05:00
THE strain of helping to bankrupt the country is making impressively scant impression on Seanie FitzPatrick's golf game.
The man, dubbed the fallen angel of the boom, is in the newspapers again today but as a winner rather than one of the biggest loss makers of the banking sector.
The cool-headed Seanie took third place at Greystones' Golf Club President's Qualifier last Saturday and is now eligible to compete for one of the club's most prestigious competitions.
In fact, so well did he play that he may be in danger of losing a shot or two.
On a sunny, still afternoon last week, Seanie managed to get around the picturesque course in 83 shots which, given his handicap of 15, puts him at two shots below the course standard scratch of 69.
The former Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank must now go head to head with one of just 64 qualifying members in the knock-out round of the competition.
Evidently, the opportunity to practice afforded by his dual membership of both Greystones and Druids Glen is paying dividends, so to speak.
When you're facing the wrath of a nation reeling from the €20bn, give or take, that you have cost them, even minor triumphs on the greens and fairways of your local club must be a welcome diversion.
Only this week, the silver-haired, perma-tanned Seanie learned that the hearing into his personal debts must be in public, despite his plea that it be held in camera.
All that pressure is enough to send anyone to seek out the kind of tranquility that can be enjoyed by less than 1,000 privileged souls who play at
a course complete with panoramic views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow mountains.