Limerick Golf - A generous challenge for women golfers

In his weekly Limerick Leader golf column, Ivan Morris argues the case for women golfers

In his weekly Limerick Leader golf column, Ivan Morris argues the case for women golfers

Although most male golfers don’t give a damn (they’re selfish buggers!) it’s inexplicable in this day and age that there are no women members on golf’s governing body (The R & A), which if the truth be told appointed themselves the arbiters of the rules with no democracy involved.

Ever since it began in 1964, the Mid West Alliance has been noted for its innovative support for the best golfers in the region.

The MWA organizing committee with the blessing of Dromoland Golf Club made a landmark decision by embracing equality and inviting women with a qualifying golf handicap to take part, side by side with men. Only one stipulation – they must play from the men’s tees!

Over to you ladies, I hope this generous-spirited challenge will be accepted because it could help to strengthen women’s golf in North Munster.

Those intending to play should enter immediately as places are strictly limited. The fee is €35 per round for non-members of Dromoland and €25 for members of the home club with a discount of €10 available to juniors.

There will be gross and nett prizes, including nearest to the pin at the 7th & 13th, and an overall champion (nett and gross) for the best 4 returns out of the 5 rounds that begin on January 20 & 27; February 17 & 24 and March 10.

Contact the pro shop at Dromoland (061-368144) for tee times as soon as possible. The handicap limit is 9.

Gary Player Hits 77

ON November 1, one of my all-time golfing heroes ‘hit’ 77 and I’m not talking about his golf score. 77s have been few and far between on Gary Player’s scorecards in the 60-years+ that he has been touring the world.

Gary reckons that he has logged 15-million miles on airlines, equating to flying to the moon and back 30-times! What I like most about him is that he is not shy about speaking his mind and expressing contrary views. He marches to his own drum and bangs it very loudly when he feels like it.

Apart from his golf game, Gary cares most about physical fitness and proper nutrition. He hasn’t eased up, as he got older.

Through daily workouts and diet, Gary has succeeded in slowing down the aging process as much as anyone ever did. Four years ago when he was 73-years old, Gary played in The Masters for the 52nd time.

He couldn’t quite drive over the rising slopes on the fairways that are a feature of the course. His low trajectory ball flight slammed into them and stopped dead. At 7,500 yards, the course was too long for a man of Gary’s age. The realistic par for him was 85 but Gary hit fairway metal after fairway metal onto or near the greens.

In between shots, he walked briskly and held his head high, chatting freely with all and sundry and scored a remarkable 78. After his round he spoke to the media: “I’d like to think that I play (every round) with tenacity, never giving up on a single shot, even to the last putt I hit,” he said.

Gary Player talks the talk but he walks the walk as well. I wish I had a quarter of his guts and gumption!

My first, and most important golfing guru, Very Rev. Gerry Enright “revered” Gary Player. Fr. Enright said that more than anyone else, Player got the maximum out of his God-given talents.

There’s no higher compliment to a life lived - the parable of the talents and all that? I am not a tall man but when I met Gary for the first time I was surprised to find myself towering over him. He called me “Sir,” and was in no rush to get away.

Talking to Gary Player would fill you with good intentions to practice harder, eat less and get fitter. Nobody followed this advice more diligently than the man who so willingly dispensed it.

Social Media Open

LIMERICK man, Tom Kennedy, is a bundle of energy and ideas. His latest effort is to organize the ‘2013 Social Media Open’ - an International Pairs Event for teams of 2. Day 1 – Wednesday, 10th April – golf at Mount Juliet with an overnight in Kinsale that includes a Meet and Greet Party at White Lady Hotel.

Day 2 – Thursday, 11th April – golf at Castlemartyr, Overnight in Kinsale. Day 3 – Friday, 12th April - golf at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, overnight in Kinsale. Day 4 – Saturday, 13th April – optional rest day or play an extra round of golf. Day 5 – Sunday, 14th April - golf at Old Head Golf Links, followed by prize-giving dinner in Old Head Clubhouse. Later, watch Rory McIlroy winning his overdue green jacket in the final round of the US Masters on the big screen at White Lady Hotel and overnight in Kinsale.

The price of the package is: 4 Rounds, 5 Nights @ €505 Per Person. A Golf Only package is €275 Per Person. A deposit of €150 per team is due by 30th November.

Teams accepted on a first come first served basis. All enquiries to Tom Kennedy - socialmediaopen@gmail.com/