A morning drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of the competitors taking their chance at event two of the 14-strong Irish Golfer Event Series on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House, and with more than €5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs once more, the categories were fiercely contested.
The Monty looked there for the taking with the high hay cut back and the wind easing and sure enough, some strong numbers were put up across the day.
In Category One, Ger Treacy returned a bucketful of points to go one better than last week at Baltray and take top honours with a superb 42 playing off 8. The Gowran Park player has been in a rich vein of form so far this season and Monty’s bunkers proved no match for the sound slugger.
Treacy was a runaway winner by five points, beating Ballinasloe’s Shane Kelly’s hard-fought 37 points into second, with Mark O’Grady securing third over Paul Farrelly on countback.
Treacy was going home happy after adding a Taylormade M5 Driver to his personal collection for the win while Kelly picked up a M5 3-wood for second and O’Grady won a Taylormade Hi-Toe wedge for third.
The scoring was off the charts in Category Two as Declan Bowe shot the lights out with a smashing 41 points playing off 12. The Beach Park swinger went home with a Taylormade M6 Driver as ample reward for a day where it all clicked for Bowe.
15 Handicapper, Mark Kavanagh grabbed himself an M6 3-wood for his second place score of 40 while Shane Moriarty grabbed himself the Taylormade lob-wedge for third.
Everyone was a winner in the Ladies Category as just three turned up to contest the podium places. In the end it was Emma Grant, playing off a 26 handicap, who bettered all with a stellar 36 points as she avoided the bunkers en route to the win.
Grant collected a Taylormade Kalea Driver for a super performance, with last week’s winner and Gowran Park star, Aishling Costelloe taking home a Kalea 3-wood for second while Karlee Colbert won a Kalea rescue after posting 23 points in third.
In the Gross Prize, Lar Ryan was a worthy winner after taking advantage of conditions to fire a 73 in Maynooth. Ryan’s big-hitting display earned himself a Golfbuddy LR7 laser for the performance.
Derek Jones landed himself a Motocaddy S1 Digital 2019 Lithium Golf Trolley for hitting it inside four-feet at the signature short hole, the par-3 17th.
There was double joy for Aishling Costelloe who grabbed a Taylormade stand-bag for smashing the long drive for the ladies on eight while Michael O’Sullivan grabbed a stand-bag of his own after hitting a bullet at the same hole.
It was a day where the rain mercifully held off at the former home of the Fitzgeralds of Kildare and the smiles in the clubhouse told the story of a day of fun had by all. With the Irish Golfer Series returning to Carton’s O’Meara Course in October, we’re already looking forward to returning, and with a new clubhouse renovation almost complete, it’s sure to be quite the visit.
The third of our 14 events nationwide takes us to Lough Erne on May 12th with spots still available. Competitions are singles stableford and are open to all with a GUI/ILGU handicap.
With over €5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs at each event, live scoring, Masters Draw tickets and first tee announcements for all players, don’t miss your chance to be part of the ultimate Tour experience.
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Full Scoring from the event HERE
CATEGORY 1 (Handicap – up to 11)
1st Prize – TaylorMade M5 Tour Driver – Ger Treacy 42 points off 8 Handicap
2nd Prize – TaylorMade M5 Tour 3 wood – Shane Kelly 37 points off Handicap
3rd Prize – TaylorMade 60 degree Hi-Toe wedge – Mark O’Grady 36 points off Handicap (BB9)
CATEGORY 2 (Handicap 12-24 / 36 Ladies)
1st Prize – TaylorMade M6 Driver – Declan Bowe 41 points off 12 Handicap (BB9)
2nd Prize – TaylorMade M6 3 wood – Mark Kavanagh 40 points off 15 Handicap
3rd Prize – TaylorMade 60 degree Hi-Toe wedge – Shane Moriarty 39 points off 17 Handicap
LADIES CATEGORY (Handicap up to 36 max)
1st Prize – TaylorMade Kalea Driver – Emma Grant 36 points off 26 Handicap (BB9)
2nd Prize – TaylorMade Kalea 3 wood Aisling Costelloe 34 points off 12 Handicap
3rd Prize – TaylorMade Kalea Rescue – Karlee Colbert 23 points off 22 handicap
Longest Drive – 8th HOLE
LADIES – TaylorMade 2019 Stand Bag – Aisling Costelloe
GENTS – TaylorMade 2019 Stand Bag – Michael O’Sullivan
Nearest the Pin – 15th HOLE
Motocaddy S1 Digital 2019 Lithium Golf Trolley – Derek Jones 3 foot 9’’
Golfbuddy LR7 Laser – Larry Ryan – 73 points off +1