Many golfers look towards April as the real start of the golfing season with the Masters Tournament generally regarded as the official start as it is the first of the four Majors.
Closer to home, Laois Hurlers Golf Society get their season underway on Saturday, April 20, with a three-man team event at Rathdowney Golf Club.
This is the first of three outings the Society stage each year.
The Captain’s Prize takes place in late summer and they conclude with a Hamper Outing on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
Within the Society the most sought-after prize is undoubtedly the Ollie Fennell Trophy in honour of the Clonad and Laois legend who was a long-time member. It is awarded to the player with the best overall score over a selected number of outings.
Members of the society who have represented Laois at Inter County level, also have the opportunity of participating in All-Ireland Hurlers events run by the Na hIomanaithe Society.
They stage a Captains Prize, Christy Ring Trophy with the highlight of the season an Inter County team event in early September.
The Society has grown in popularity since its inception in 1988 offering an ideal opportunity for members to renew old acquaintances and cement friendships born on the hurling fields of the past.
Sadly, there will be one notable absentee on Saturday. Finty Kealy, following his recent passing – a great supporter of the Society, he will be fondly remembered. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam
To become a member, golfers just need to have played hurling at any level but must be a current member of a golf club and hold a GUI handicap. Annual membership is €20 and each outing costs €20.
The Society invites members, current and new, to Rathdowney on Saturday next.
First tee is reserved from 8.50am to 10.30am. Brochan O’Reilly is the captain for 2019.
If you are interested in joining please contact Larry Mahoney on 0863085006 or Alex Stenson on 0862570757.