WHAT STARTED off as a casual golfing endeavour between friends has since blossomed into a full scale golf society in Knockananna that now boasts 29 members and is growing fast.
Friends Wayne Bracken, Anthony Tracey, John Keogh, Paddy Tracey and Thomas Roche had been playing golf the odd weekend for a few years but were keen to create something more structured and official yet still maintaining the friendliness and banter they were enjoying on the course and as the society's Captain's Weekend approaches on October 20 in Kilkenny they can celebrate a complete success in that regard. However they are also keen to attract new members and enhance the golfing experience for all players.
"Going forward we would like to invite people of all ages to join the society," said Wayne Bracken, the driving force behind the project. "Myself and the boys had been playing on and off for three years and we came up with this idea to have something that would attract people who had moved away from the village back for these monthly games so as to reconnect. We didn't know if it would work out but it has," he added.
This year alone the society has played in Macreddin Golf Club, Glen of the Downs, Knockanally in Kildare, Coollattin and Knightsbridge in Trim. But for the captain's golf weekend it is off to Kilkenny for the society where they will discover who the overall champion for 2012 will be as well as who will lift the Captain's Prize.
Anyone interested in going along for the craic and for the golf can contact Wayne on 086 0557296 and they can avail of an attractive offer of a round of golf and a night in the Kilford Arms Hotel as well as a breakfast roll prior to playing, the presentation of prizes and dinner that evening and breakfast the following morning for €125.
The society is prepared for a tense and nervewracking final day as the society's secretary Tomas Roche, who is leading the scoreboard, and five chasing players are in with a real chance of lifting the overall title.
The Captain's Prize on the day is a four-night stay in Spain.
"A society like this is all about the camaraderie among people. It brings people together, people who don't live in the village anymore and people from all over the place. Everyone is welcome. All you need is a sense of fun," said Wayne.