I played both of the first two events and have only good things to say about them. A very well stocked goody bag on arrival, then to the first teebox, where you are announced over the loudspeaker, very "The Open" like, I can still hear it now, "And on the first tee, from ***** golf club, mister back9bandit. From there it is free fruit and drinks every 3 holes and a mega burger and drink once you have completed the first 9 holes. The events are quite expensive relative to open singles fees but the prizes and the whole atmosphere more than makes up for it. There are three categories, handicaps up to 13 and handicaps over 13, oh and the ladies of course. First and second prizes in each category. G20 drivers for first, 2 cleaveland wedges for second. 2 long drive prizes of a Seiko watch each. 4 nearest the pin prizes, weekend in Farnham Estate for 2, weekend in carton House for 2, a Golfglider electric trolly and a set of Cleaveland CG16 irons.
I was pipped for the irons in Portmarnock but am now the proud owner of 2 cleaveland wedges, courtsey of a scratch free 37 points in Killarney.
I would encourage anyboby thinking of going to one of these events to give it a go.
I would also like to thank John,Mike,Tom,Denis and Jem for the fivers.See ye all in Cahir in the morning. I forgot to get change so bring the exact fivers for me.Hahahahahahaha.