A great crowd of 30 players turned out on Wednesday evening to battle it out for the annual Captain’s Shoot-Out. Divided into 4 groups the players headed out onto the course. After 3 holes the 3 players with the highest nett score drop out with the remainder playing sudden death until each group is left with one player. Out of the 4 groups the players to progress to the final shoot out were Pat Brady, Eddie Kelly, Brendan Flynn and Conor Fallon.
The first shoot out was a 100 yard shot into the 9th green. Conor played first with a fine shot pin high and about 20 feet left of the pin. Brendan took dead aim and rolled up to about 15 feet short of the hole while Paddy’s shot was 20 feet right of the pin. Eddie took dead aim and aggressively flew the ball over pin and through the green. Left with a difficult chip shot Eddie failed go get up and down meaning he was to bow out at this stage.
Now it was down to 3 players with the challenge being a short pitch from the 1st tee to the 9th green. Conor and Paddy played super shots to what was a tight pin leaving themselves with 3 foot putts. Brendan’s shot came up short of the green and also failed to get up and down being in a similar position to Eddie earlier.
Now down to two players Conor and Pat halved the first shoot out meaning Captain Paul would choose a very difficult position for what would prove to be the final shoot out.
Setting them up behind a tree at the back of the 9th green Conor was up first and just failed to make the putting surface while Paddy’s shot got a little bit hot and ran though the green. Conor played his chip to within 8 feet but Paddy left himself with too much to do failing to get up and down from the front meant Conor was left with the 8 footer for victory which he dually holed.
A good week for Conor so far coming off a hole in one on Sunday but the question still remains, can he become the first person to lift both the Captain’s Shootout and Captain’s prize in the same week? Only time will tell.
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