IT was another very enjoyable weekend at Ardglass Golf Club at the annual International Tournament took place.
30 international visitors faced up to 30 members of the seaside club and the cup was again retained by Ardglass after an interesting duel.
Jack Murphy, Ardglass club organizer, said, “On Saturday, the front nine was played by greensomes with Ardglass winning 9-6 and then the back nine by four ball better ball with Ardglass coming in with 9 ½ to 5 ½, but the real action was much closer which this score does not reflect.
“On Sunday, the played their singes and the score settled at 17-13 fro Ardgass with the home team winning 35 ½ to 24 1/2 . This was a very credible performance by the international team who thoroughly enjoyed their round in Ardglass.
”It was very close at a couple of stages. But the craic was absolutel;y magnificent and that is what all off the golfers were playing for. This competition is now a regu;ar fixture in our golfing calendar and we always look forward to them coming over from Canada, America and elsewhere. We even hd golfers from Japan, Scotland and England and a couple of ex-pats in there to.
“On Sunday Albert Sealey organized a few juveniles of the club to play with them and this was a great opportunity for our young players to experience the game at a different level.
“The course was in magnificent order thanks to John Moore head greenkeeper and his team, and Gerard Sands in the kitchen and all the bar staff were great in helping out with the hospitality making everyone very welcome. Paul Vaughn in the pro shop too played his part over the week end in looking after the visitors.”
Jack explained that on Saturday evening there was much merriment in the clubhouse as they all watched Rory McIlroy increase his lead on the way to claiming the US Open Championship.
And there was one moment of surprise celebration as Jack explained, when everyone wished Dessie Connolly a happy 70th birthday. “He received a golf bag as a present from the members and we had his name embossed on it… just in case he forgot who he was at any time on the course given his senior age! It was all good craic.
“Next year we hope to have more accommodation provided for the visiting team in Ardglass itself. If anyone knows of a house to let for that weekend, or has space, just contact the Golf Club and we will make arrangements with you.
“This was another very enjoyable weekend with great friends many from across the Atlantic. We look forward to next year.”
John Yates from Toronto, one of the early mentors of the golfing tournament, said, “It just seems to get better and better. The craic definitely gets better each year – and friendship grows year on year. It’s amazing when you are over 50 you tend no make that many more lifetime friends. In Ardglass we have made many friends. We look forward to the tornament every year – the guys in Ardglass are great.”