Paddy Noonan, Mary O'Neill, Lorraine Troy and Martin Hayes
Winners of the PJ Bell National Mixed Team Competition 2011
John Charles, Stella Kinsella, Jacinta O'Mahoney and Paul Healy (accompanied by Mrs Bell)
PJ Bell-3rd Place
| The weather proved very unkind to the teams playing in the P J Bell competition at Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club on Sunday, June 12th. The players arrived to be greeted by heavy rain and at one stage there was a 30 minute postponement to see if there would be any improvement. Despite the difficult playing conditions there were some good scores returned in the first session with St. Bridget’s A leading the field with 78 points, in second place Cunnigar (B) (John Charles, Jacinta O'Mahony, Paul Healy and Stella Kinsella) on 76 with Lakeside B in third place on 74.|
Playing conditions eased slightly in the early afternoon but were still extremely testing. Cunnigar B set the pace returning a score of 157, St. Bridget’s A were chasing hard with 120 points for the first three scores but failed to overtake Cunnigar B and ended up on 153. Initial challengers, Lakeside B, faded to a total of 140. Fermoy A scored strongly in the second round to finish on 148. With conditions improving slightly scoring got easier and Cunnigar B went into the lead on 157.
As the competition reached its finale the scoring intensified and Cunnigar C (Paddy Noonan, Lorraine Troy, Martin Hayes and Mary O'Neill) returned a score of 158, just one shot ahead of long time leaders Cunnigar B on 157, a score matched by Fermoy B who just edged out Cunnigar B on the back 9. The gross section was won by RGSC A on 128.
Well done to everyone who put in such an enormous amount of work over the past few weeks to have the course in such pristine condition. The catering on Sunday was fabulous. Well done to Sheila and her team. All in all, despite the atrocious weather, our hosting of this national competition was another organisational success for the club.
1st Cunnigar C - 158.
2nd Fermoy B -157 on back 9.
3rd Cunnigar B - 157 on back 9.
Gross RGSC A -128.
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