IT was more a weekend of celebration in Pitch and Putt this weekend as opposed to competitive action as Saturday saw Deerpark and Tralee stage social functions of different descriptions.
Deerpark hosted the inaugural Danny Nolan Memorial Three Ball Scramble over 18 holes before going down to Corkery's Bar for the prizegiving. Rather strangely the inaugural winners of the competition were a duo as opposed to a trio as David Hayes and Michelle Tuohy came out on top with a 30 Nett, three ahead of the team of Paul Cronin, Fiona O'Donnell and Adam O'Reilly in second. The Gross prize was won by the team of Damien Fleming, Johnny O'Brien and Jason O'Connor with a score of 40.
Meanwhile, Tralee hosted their celebration for Jonathon Goodall also last Saturday in Kirby Brogue Inn, a good crowd turned up and a great time was had by all with Jonathon receiving presentations from the club and County Board on the night.
In action last Sunday, Deerpark hosted their Christmas Hampers (sponsored by O'Callaghan's Gala, Killarney and Mr Damien Fleming) while in the Gleneagle John O'Halloran Captain's Prize was played.
Paddy Murphy triumphed in Deerpark with a score of 88 points, one ahead of John McGrath who claimed the Senior Nett prize with 87 points. Damien Fleming won the Overall Gross with the same score; Kieran Buckley was the Intermediate Nett winner on 82, Martin O'Connor was the Junior prize winner on 85 with Betty O'Brien and Creagh Courtney respectively the Ladies and U-16 prize winners.
Steve Shine was the winner in the Gleneagle for the second year in a row ahead of Sean Ashe in second with Andrew O'Callaghan third. Denis Looney won the Overall Gross, Daniel Shine the 18 Gross and the captain John himself winning the 18 Nett. Sean O'Brien won the Past Captain's prize.
The Whitefield Charity Open in aid of St Marys of the Angels takes place there starting this Friday through to Monday and we encourage all Kerry players to support the competition.
Next weekend is the final major weekend of the season with two National titles down for decision. They are the National Schools Final in St Bridgets, Kildare on Friday which sees the St Brendan's College, Killarney team of Jason O'Sullivan, David Harnett and Michael Cronin representing the county.
On Saturday - and hopefully Sunday - the Deerpark team of Gerry and Hugh O'Sullivan along with Adam O'Reilly take part in the National Scramble competition in Castleton and Navan, Co Meath. The County Board would like to wish both teams the best of luck in the respective competitions this weekend.