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The Craic Golf Society - Inaugural Tournament


By Robbo
July 23 2004

Yet another initiative has grown out of this site. The Craic Golf society held their inaugural tournament on the 16th July. Herewith from the driving force behind it all, Robbo, a report on the days events. New Page 1

CRAIC GOLF SOCIETY MASTERS 2004

The golfing world stops and holds its breath every April as the worlds best players assemble in Augusta (USA) to compete in the ultimate tournament in golf, the US Masters. After 72 holes over 4 days the winner is invited to the Butler Cabin and presented with the coveted Green Jacket by the previous year’s winner.

Well, it was the ultimate until now. For on Friday 16th July 2004, nineteen golfers from the newly formed Craic Golf Society, teed off in the inaugural Craic Masters tournament at Bird Hills Golf Club, somewhere East of Twyford. No prying press, no spying Sky TV; a blanket of secrecy had been thrown around the event to protect the identities of the players (and keep their employers in the dark) as they assembled in the club house for coffee and bacon sandwiches. At last the mysterious veil of the message board was uncovered as famous names such as Giles the Drunk, Cool Hand Luke, Craic Me Up and Danger Darren met putter to putter, ball to ball, in a fight to the finish. After weeks of planning and preparation (and the occasional prayer to the god of good weather) the Eastiebeastie’s version of Ernie Els put club to ball at 10 am local time. Krissovo’s drive was straight and true, and although no one was quite sure where he was aiming, the game was afoot.


Krissovo strikes the first ball

Situated in parkland to the East of Reading, the Bird Hills course measures 5943 yards off the yellow tees and par is 72. It is a benign place to swing a stick at a ball, but care must be taken with the strange magnetic fields around ditches, ponds and trees. In typical Craic value for money fashion most players walked nearer 10000 yards than 6000, sowing golf balls like acorns in inaccessible places, like modern day Dukes of Wellington. The last two off the tee, OxonRob and Robbo, had cunningly hired a buggy for the day and quietly zoomed around the course surveying the carnage enfolding in front of them. When we finally reached the 18th all the other teams had sought the sanctuary of the clubhouse bar, and were swapping tales of such magical shots that would have seemed perfectly ordinary at Hogworts.


Nearest the pin - Steve Dean

More banter over lunch preceded the prize giving. Mr. Dean won the nearest the pin competition and Big Stu launched the ball a mighty distance to claim the longest drive. In the individual stableford event Spencer Heydon and Wilf Cook took 2nd and 3rd places respectively but the winner of the Craic Masters 2004 was Conrad Shannon with an amazing 51 points playing off 15 handicap. Proudly sporting the Green Cap Conrad revealed afterwards that he is the proud father of a 4 week old baby boy, who until 2 days previous was called “baby”, but is now known as Aidan. True winners are made of strange stuff indeed!


Longest drive - Big Stu

More events are planned for the Craic Golf Society, on a quarterly basis. Suggestions have been put forth for an International team challenge, and a better ball competition, but all players are currently licking their lips in anticipation of the next golfing “major”…….the Craic Open. With everyone wishing to enter, it promises to be a mouth watering prospect. Such was the spirit in which the Masters was played, Wilf Cook (a guest of Richard Hall) announced the kind offer of providing the trophy for the Craic Open. His generous and sincere attitude summed up the day perfectly.


Tournament winner - Conrad Shannon

The Craic Golf Society looks forward to holding many future events, check the site or email craicgolf@londonirish.org for further details.

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