Golf captains give a nod to epic rugby clash at Ashbourne drive-in

John Manning

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:32

Anne Gavin and Adrienne O’Sullivan selling the charity lollipops, which raised some much-needed funds for ARC House.
Anne Gavin and Adrienne O’Sullivan selling the charity lollipops, which raised some much-needed funds for ARC House.
Pauline Dooley, Barbara Mulcahy and Ladies Captain, Mary Cassidy.
David Farmer, Dennis Walsh and Tom O’Keefe.
The captains – Mark McCormack, Mary Cassidy and Tom Mulcahy – plant a tree to commemorate their season.

IT was captain's drive-in day at Ashbourne Golf Club recently when rugby and golf met on the fairways as the big event took place against the back drop of the showdown between Ireland and England in the Six Nations.

With a nod to the rugby, the new captains arrived bedecked in Irish jerseys for the big event aboard some special FM104 buggies, thanks to club member and programme manager for the radio station, Dave Kelly.

Tom Mulcahy is this year's captain for the men and for the lady members of the club, the new captain is Mary Cassidy.

They were joined by junior captain Marc McCormack for the drive-in which saw a huge turnout among the membership on the day.

President of the club, Greg O'Hara and vice captains Eileen Doolan and Richard Moore were all there on the day and the vice captain's placed the ball for the opening drive by their respective captains.

It was a proud day for the Ashbourne club which is thriving under the chairmanship of Joe O'Reilly and to commemorate the 2014 drive-in, a tree was planted close to the 10th tee box.

The club also used the event to raise a few bob for charity too, by asking members to place a 'lollipop' where they thought the captains' opening drives might land.

All the money raised in this golfing version of 'spot the ball' went to ARC House.

The three captains walked to the tee box through a guard of honour formed by members and their golf clubs and after the golf was over there was plenty of craic to be had back at the clubhouse.

It was a day to remember for the three captains and all the members who came out to play and look forward to another great year on the fairways at Ashbourne.

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