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Lady Captain Julie's Update

Dear Ladies,

No one can call Sandra Biggart or I “fair weather golfers!” We played eighteen holes on Thursday afternoon despite an absolute deluge of rain. Needless to say the cards weren’t great but at least Sandra is now a bit closer to acquiring a handicap. We thought that we were the only eejits on the course but there were a few other likeminded golfers battling on. However when we were finishing, and it was still raining heavily, there were a crowd of young bucks ready to tee off at the first. They really should have been wearing their wellies! I am enjoying playing with our novice ladies. At least I can show them that experienced golfers can also play terrible golf and they shouldn’t feel nervous about putting their names down on the timesheet with people who they do not know.

In a normal year Henry and I like to play different courses both near and far. Of course none of them can measure up to Lurgan. However last Sunday we travelled all the way to Magheralin to play in an Open at Edenmore with the Bradfords. Katrina and I were quite looking forward to it- it was where, along with Joy, our golfing careers began. It was a very depressing afternoon. Our golfing skills looked as if they hadn’t improved over the last twenty two years. The fairways seemed very narrow and the rough grass was so long that it was like hitting out of a silage field. Anyway the grub was good and Poor Henry offered to drive home so at least, for me, the day ended on a better note!

After the trauma of such bad golf, we couldn’t face battling with the wee white ball on Bank Holiday Monday. Instead Poor Henry and I headed off to Ballyroney for a six mile hike over the Lackan Bog. It’s the only surviving raised bog in that area and we had it all to ourselves. On the way home we stopped in Rathfriland for an ice cream. I think it fortified us as we’re ready to do battle again today. It was my second ice cream last week as on Wednesday I took my niece, Lucy to Bangor and Donaghadee for a day out. The Cabin still wins the ice cream stakes!

The rain definitely stopped play for many last week and Mr President’s two day event was postponed at the last minute. Luckily the Ulster section of the Irish Boys Inter –Club final went ahead and the young bucks from Lurgan did us proud and came home with the Runners Up shield. Peter was very proud of them and said that their preparation and effort were 100%. Perhaps they were the ones out practising on Thursday evening. Sandra and I were in very good company after all!

Happy Golfing

Lady Captain Julie

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