For the first time since late 2019, members of one of Laois’s longest running golf societies will be teeing it up this weekend.
The Laois Hurlers Golfing Society get their season underway at Abbeyleix Golf Club on Saturday June 12.
The first tee is reserved from 9am to 10.30am and this is the first of three outings the Society stages each year.
The origins of the Laois Hurlers GS date back to 1988 making it one of the longest running societies in the county.
Their Captain’s Prize takes place in September and they conclude with a Hamper Outing on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
Eamonn Jones the Captain for 2021 and all in the society wish him well for the year ahead.
To become a member, golfers just need to have played hurling at any level, must be a current member of a golf club and hold a GUI handicap.
Annual membership is €20 and each outing cost €20. 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.
This trophy is awarded to the player with the best overall score over a selected number of outings. Members of our society also have the opportunity of participating in All Ireland Hurlers events run by the Na hIománaithe Society.
They stage three Outings, the highlight of the season an Inter County team event in early September.
Since the society’s foundation, there can be little doubt but that it has delivered many hours of enjoyable golf to its members.
Its main aim is to continue contact amongst former players together with maintaining links between present day hurlers and those that have hung up their boots.
It is open to all, with new members of all golfing standards welcome.
If you wish to join the society and wish to play, please contact Alex Stenson on 086-2570757 or alternatively, just turn up on the day.
Sadly, there will be one notable absentee on Saturday next, Larry Mahony, following his recent passing.
A founder member, his contribution was truly immense, the driving force behind the success of our Society – he will be fondly remembered.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.