Date posted: 17 August 2019, 8:04pm

Oh, the Autumn time is coming - and Winter can't be far behind.....!!

Plummers' Golfer of the Year

With just three (counting) sessions to go, our version of the Race to Dubai is really hooting up, with at least a dozen leading contenders with points totals in excess of 100. The coveted Purcell Trophy is up for grabs. Out front are Leigh Dolan and Derek Ryan on 118, while Dave Mulvin, Denis Ryan and Ray Woodroofe are well placed on 109. This is when it gets interesting. Quite a few dark horses are well poised to mount a late run......The pace-setters average nearly 20 points for their six sessions to date. Their handicaps are dropping ....Can they improve? Should they hold back? Will nerves become a factor? ......!! Stay tuned for further updates...

Plummers Matchplay

Meanwhile, that man Leigh Dolan also features in the Plummers Match-play, having qualified to meet Declan T Smyth (aka "DTs") in the final. It promises to be a fascinating match with both players performing consistently well throuhout the season. (Leigh and Tim McStay are also contesting the semi-final of the Glenageary Cup, flying the Plummers flag against George O'Connell and Stephen Connolly, having dispatched some Killiney luminaries in earlier rounds).

"The Hand of Friendship" returns.....

On Thursday 15th, an illustrious "Band of Brothers" - well, fellow Plummers headed up to Edmondstown with one goal in mind - to extend a hand of friendship to our long-standing friends in the Edmondstown "44s" (and to apologise for the Jewish jokes told by Paddy McMahon on the occasion of our last visit!). We ended up by taking "The Hand of Friendship" trophy - that we had last held in 2012 - back to Killiney!! In a truly sporting match, we emerged victors by the narrowest of margins - a mere 191-189 combined total. Great credit to Paul Donaldson and John Waldron (again!) for a stunning 44 points vistory, but also to all players (Captain Brendan Barrett, Brendan Conway, Brendan McAndrew, Michael Purcell, Dermot Divilly, Colm Dennehy, Louis Lavelle, Bryan O'Neill, Karl Unger and - yours truly! - for a superb performance.

The Greystones High Noon Challenge - Friday, 30 August

We still have a limited number of spots available for our final competitive inter-club match in Greystones on 30 August. Playing handicap must be 18 or higher on the day. If interested, please enter your name on the notice in the Changing Room.

Plummers' Captain's Prize and Dinner

Plans are well advanced for my Captain's Prize and Dinner on Monday 9 September. Hoping you can make it - places will be limited as its a Shotgun start at 5pm with Dinner at 8pm.

And finally - according to the YR-No forecast, cool clear skies are predicted for Monday afternoon and early evening. So if you're not already booked, do yourself a favour - grab one of the few remaining spots. Because our Monday sessions end in three weeks time....!!

Ronan King
Plummers Captain 2019