Post-golf fun at rugby club outing
On Friday night I headed for the Ballymascanlon Hotel where the Rugby Club Golf Classic and Prize presentation night was taking place and a good sized crowd had turned out specially for the occasion.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with a group who were led by Enda Murray from Headford, Brian Sloan from Faughart, Des Duffy from Old Muirhevna, John Sharkey from Sportsmanshall, Tony Carroll from Kilcurry and Tommy Campbell from Newtownbalregan who was wondering why he was paying for all the drinks? The lads said they particularly liked the burgers'n'beers at the 10th hole and overall were quite happy with their few birdies.
Seated close by were David Reilly from Stabannon, Brendan O'Meara from Knockbridge, Malachy Duffy from Ravensdale and Fergus O'Callaghan from Redbarns Road who were joined by Peter Murtagh from Ravensdale whom, I was reliably informed was going to be on the winners podium at the end of the night and the word eagle was mentioned, but not following the sport, I hadn't a clue what they were on about.
I then headed outside where I caught up with Niall Breen from Ravensdale who said that he was happy enough with his round. He was chatting to Conor MacGuill from Seatown Place who had left his clubs at home and had just joined the lads at the 19th hole and wanted a big shout out for Rose McEntegart too.
After this I caught up with brothers Owen Fee from Heynestown and Gerry Fee from St. Alphonsus Road who were with John McErlane over from Portugal and Cathal O'Neill from The Hamiltons. The lads told me they were definitely 'in the frame' for some of the silverware after a lovely day of golf.
Heading for an adjacent table I caught up with a group who included Andrew Williams from Ardee Road, Neil Murphy from Bellurgan, Laurence, Mary and Larry Steen from Knockbridge who told me they were very pleased with their days' golf and Mary said the ladies had been out early in the morning and had a lovely round.
Not too long later I got a quick word with John Murphy from Faughart Terrace who said he had his son Eoin, Derek Williams from Ardee Road and Peter Murtagh whom I'd met earlier on his team and he was looking forward to picking up the silverware with the rest of the team.
I did manage a quick word with an extremely busy club President Denis Cahalane from Blackrock who told me the golf went well, he wanted to thank, the sponsors, organisers and players for such a successful event.
Not too far away I got a swift word with Alan Byrne from and Eugene McEntegart both from Blackrock who were looking forward to a good night, they hadn't participated, but were particularly impressed with the 19th hole.
After this I caught up with veterans Tommy Baldwin from Jenkinstown and Vivian Breen from Bellurgan who hadn't bothered with the golf but were looking forward to a good meal and a laugh with everyone there.
Not too far away I caught up with Gary Valentine from Ballybarrack and Eugene McQuaid from Monaghan who told me the round had gone really well and said they were more than happy with their 5 under.
Also in their company were Margaret Moynihan and Mary Murdock both from Blackrock and Cathy Cranny who assured me they were quietly confident and Margaret said she'd be somewhat disappointed if there wasn't some of the silverware coming home in the car with her afterwards!
Finally, I got talking to Hugh Pheifer from Ravensdale and Gearóid McMahon from Blackrock who assured me they'd a lovely afternoon of golf and if there was a prize for the best hackers, they'd definitely be in the running for it.