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In Pictures: Ladies Winter League in The Heath and Mountrath Captain’s Drive-in huge successes for golf clubs

The Heath Golf Club completed the Ladies Winter League last week end.

Nine teams of seven golfers registered for the event over a period of 14 weeks. The organisers gave us great names; Cockatoos, Peacocks, Magpies, Pigeons, Woodpeckers Pheasants, Flamingos, Kingfishers and Pelicans.

The format of the competition was a 9 hole stapleford, running competition (that means games could be arranged when the weather was suitable) and three best scores to count per week.

So they togged out like Michelin men; two pairs of trousers being obligatory, four or five layers of upper wear, winter gloves, hand warmers, two layered hats and if those were not available two hats. Most of the women were barely recognisable under all that gear.

The Cockatoos established an early short lead, but the Peacocks were having none of it and took over the lead until week 9 and could be found strutting around waving their tales. Meanwhile the Magpies were hovering in readiness for a steal but the Cockatoos emerged from hibernation and took the lead in week 10.

The Pigeons were on everybody’s tail, looking for a few pickings. The Kingfishers went fishing, the Flamingos posed prettily, the Pelicans were socialising maybe in the pub and the Woodpeckers were busy pecking at wood.

By week 10 the Cockatoos took over the lead, the Peacocks had to lower their tails, the Magpies were still swooping to get that steal, but the Cockatoos and Peacocks were having none of it. Week 11 saw Cockatoos and the Peacocks involved in a fight for first place, the Magpies still swooping to no avail and the Pigeons still pecking at the pickings.

Due to inclement weather the final week was extended over two weeks, creating maximum suspense. So nobody knew who the winners were until the presentation; the Cockatoos quietly held their nerve, with six of the team putting in at least three rounds over the final two weeks to make those pars and birdies with success.

And the Magpies and Peacocks had an incredible fight for 2nd and 3rd place, with the Peacocks winning out by one point.

1st Cockatoos; (653 pts) Póilín Hooban (Captain), Sadie Ging, Bernie Aldritt, Marion Mills, Veronie Naughton, Siobhán Bergin-Corri and Carmel Doorley.

2nd Peacocks: (647 pts) Mary Culliton (Captain), Rita MacNamara, Frances Dunne, Kate Brickley, Maureen O’Leary, Ita Doyle and Rovena Fahy

3rd Magpies: (646 pts) Catherine Reilly (Captain): Helen Bergin, May Tyrrell, Maude Quigley, Betty O’Donnell, Mary Cotter and Mary P Dunne

THE HEATH

Meanwhile in Mountrath, they had their captain’s drive-in recently where photographer Michael Scully was on hand to capture some great pictures:

MOUNTRATH 

Captain, Dan Scully, Lady Captain, Breda Beere and Lady President , Mary McCarthy and friends at Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in . Photo: Michael Scully
Captain, Dan Scully, LadyPresident, Mary Mc Carthy ,Lady President and Lady Captain, Breda Beere arriving in style for Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in . Photo: Michael Scully.
Lady Captain, Breda Beere, Captain, Dan Scully and Lady President , Mary Mc Carthy raise their glasses at Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in . Photo: Michael Scully.
Ready with the champagne at Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – Ciara and Fiona Lalor, Caroline Phelan and Hannah Meade . Photo: Michael Scully.
Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – Breda Beere ( Lady Captain ) with extended family. Photo: Michael Scully.
Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in Dan Scully ( Captain 2020 ) with extended family. Photo: Michael Scully

Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – Geraldine Delaney, Trisha O’Rourke and Mary Ozenbrook. Photo: Michael Scully.
Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – P.J.Scully and Liam Fitzpatrick. Photo: Michael Scully.
Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – Freya Parkinson, Sally Scully, Mary Stackpool, Bryan Scully and Rose O’Dea. Photo: Michael Scully.
Mountrath Golf Club – Captains Drive-in – Yvonne Heffernan, Ber Dunphy, Sean Delaney, Aoife Heffernan and Paschal Dunphy.. Photo: Michael Scully.

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