Leinster Senior Qualifying: Charlesland G.C.
On our return to this level of competition ,the mostly young team of third years Alex Brady (5) and Jack McGarry(6) from Rosslare G.C. and sixth year Brad Cohen from Wexford G.C.were selected to play for the CBS.
The format for the event was Strokes with all competitors playing off Scratch(0) and all three scores to count. The day was mostly fine and the venue was Charlesland G.C Greystones an Eddie Hackett designed parkland course built in 1992 which measures 6,700 yards off the blue tees but on the day we were playing off the slightly shorter white tees (6,500 yards). Tha course was firm and fairly open and was playing quite short.
Alex off 5 teed off first. After a steady front 9 of 3 over he had a couple of double-bogeys ,but recovered strongly to finish birdie-par.His 10 over total was a creditable effort for a first-time outing on a new course.
Brad off 6 was second out. He had an excellent level par front 9 but the 13th was unlucky for him when a bad lie in the greenside bunker at the long par 3 resulted in a double-bogey 5. He bounced back immediately with an incredible birdie on the tough index 1 14th and a chip-in birdie at the last gave him an excellent 2 over par 74 finish.
Jack off 6 went out last. His front nine was the picture of steadiness unlil the 9th where visits to the rough, the water and a bunker resulted in a dreaded double-bogey. On the back nine he recovered brilliantly with birdies on 12 and 13 and a steady finish gave him an excellent 4 over 76 total.
These three scores added gave us a 16 over 232 total,which, in the context of the range of
scores on the day(224 to 288), was a top class performance.
St. Gerards,Bray 224 and Gorey C.S. 225 were the qualifiers on the day while we were in a commendable fifth place from 21 competing schools.