Men’s Teams Update

July 2018

 

It has been a hectic, and at times, an exciting few months on the teams’ front. From Senior Cup to Powerscourt Cup and mixed foursomes, our players have been very busy and have acquitted themselves admirably whilst representing Bray Golf Club with skill and commitment.

The Senior Cup panel has had a great season. Over the winter/spring they participated in the D’Arcy Cup and reached the semi-final. Along the way, the highlight was overcoming Dun Laoghaire 5-0 on their own course. Then in June these lads reached the regional final of the Senior Cup having won 3 matches before being narrowly beaten by the might of Dun Laoghaire.

Both mixed teams did very well and gave us some moments to remember. Our Metropolitan Trophy team had a good run before Greystones proved a tad too strong in a very close 5-4 defeat. This Greystones team has just won the first leg of the semi-final 8-1 against Naas!

The thing to note is that we have had our fair share of victories this season and any defeats have been by the narrowest margin. No team has been beaten “out the door”. All this shows that teams representing BGC are to be feared and respected by our opponents.

The best news is that we still have a men’s team going strong…….our Powerscourt Cup team has reached the semi-final stage of their competition. Very well done lads and keep it going.

 

This year saw the introduction of short-game coaching for lads selected on our panels. Over 100 participated and we got through it even though it was the worst winter/spring weather in living memory. There is no doubt that it helped the teams to perform better. Huge thanks to Brian Donnelly of Swan Plant Hire for supplying floodlighting and to our professional, Dara Lernihan, for the way in which he made the coaching sessions fun and something the guys looked forward to.

There was also Pilates for men running over the winter and spring. Upwards of 35 availed of these classes. Those who took part were unanimous in their praise for teacher, Laura Bhreathnach, and all benefitted from the classes.

There has been a great buzz in the club these past few months and having teams involved and doing well helps to create and maintain this atmosphere. One of the great things about playing golf in Ireland is the competitive inter-club golf scene. People re-live the matches, remember all the great shots and bemoan the bad bounces and the rakers sunk by opponents! This is a huge part of what being a member of a golf club is.

We look forward to celebrating that Powerscourt Cup pennant arriving in our club in September. No pressure Billy & John!

 

Philip Salter, Men’s Teams’ Director.