Alumni President’s Golf Competition

Saturday, August 31st 2013.

Dromoland Castle Golf Club

 Maurice Bergin, Alumni President organised a Golf Competition with a difference this year. Players competed simultaneously in 2 Events;

The Presidents Cup – Ireland vs Rest of the World – a “team” event

and

The Paddy O’Looney Trophy – Individual prize for the Best Stableford Round – Inaugural Trophy

Mary Bergin organised the day and shares her memories of the Gathering Golf below…

It was an early start but to my great surprise everyone turned up 15 mins before their tee time as requested, all raring to go.  It was a lovely sunny day and I sent them off in three balls, playing a stableford competition.

The first group off were:

  • Maurice Bergin, Michael Vaughan & Sean Foley, followed by
  • Margaret Flannery, Dan Dorrian & Niall Doris
  • Weldon Mather, Edward O’Loughlin & Gordon Benson ( John O’Connell joined them later)
  • Henry Anderson, Mary Anderson & Maureen Parkes
  • Paul Carty, Noel Hawkes & Nancy Hawkes and finally
  • Mary Bergin, Ralph Parkes, Des O’Brien &  Aidan O Sullivan.

The winners are listed as follows.

Overall winner Paddy O’Looney Trophy – For Best Graduate Score –  Aidan O’Sullivan (2011)

2nd prize Noel Hawkes (1975)

3rd prize Paul Carty (1980)

4th Prize Niall Doris (1962)

Winner for Ladies Prize – Nancy Hawkes

Nearest the pin winner – Maureen Parkes

Longest drive Ladies – Mary Bergin

Longest drive Men – Noel Hawkes

The Winners of the President’s Cup were the Away Team of

  • Des O’Brien  –  Captain
  • Noel Hawkes
  • Nancy Hawkes
  • Paul Carty
  • Weldon Mather
  • Edward O’Loughlin
  • John O’ Connell
  • Gordon Benson
  • Aidan O’Sullivan
  • Mary Bergin

Many thanks for all your support – a good time was had by all!

(Paddy O’Looney is a Graduate from 1972 and was the founder of SWING (South West Ireland Golf). Paddy retired from SWING in April 2011. Paddy has been the quintessential face of golf in Ireland for over the last three decades. Almost single-handedly he helped develop the golf tourism industry on the island of Ireland and particularly in the South West. His work was the catalyst for many new golf tourism operators coming into being, in new courses being established and increasing the revenue streams for clubs and the many players in our industry. There is hardly a person in the golf world who has not met with him and all who did loved his charm, wit and sincerity. In short he is a legend in his own lifetime.

Paddy unfortunately is quite ill and is being cared for by his wife Joey in Tralee. Any surplus from the golf outing will be donated to a trust fund “The Paddy & Joey O’Looney Trust” and the President intends that surplus funds raised during the Gala Dinner will also go towards this Trust.)

To book a tee time, please contact Mary Bergin

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