During these difficult and uncertain times, many people are missing golfing on the fairways or keeping up to date with the latest pros in action. We wanted to take this opportunity to hear from the general golfing public and share some of their positive golfing stories. Last week we shared your stories on how you got involved in golf (CLICK HERE to read) and today we are going to share your greatest golfing memories.
With so much time to reflect on golfing highlights and the throwbacks on social media, it was difficult for many to pinpoint just one memory. Although, GUI and ILGU cups and shields are currently postponed this year, many have taken the opportunity to reflect on their past experience and some have shared how representing their club has been their greatest golfing memory.
“My greatest golfing memory is standing on the first tee box playing my first Barton cup match”.
“Sinking a 12ft putt on the 18th to win our match and over overall match against local rivals and friends in Naas golf club”
CGI Participation and Business Development Officer Rory Leonard has played representative golf for Ulster and Ireland at boys, youths and senior level, and having won several tournaments over the years, his favourite moment was winning with his home club; “The thing I cherish the most is winning the Barton Shield with my home club (Banbridge) in 2003”.
Caption: CGI Participation and Business Development Officer Rory Leonard in action at Royal Portrush.
While many come and go at golf throughout their lives due to study, work and family commitments, Hilary Hall from Enniscrone golf club found herself fortunate to be able to play golf through college; “What a hard question. There are so many to choose from, but I would have to go with signing my NLI (National Letter of Intent) in 2004 to play golf at Queens University of Charlotte”.
The chance of getting a hole in one in golf is 12,500 to 1, and while some of us may never experience a hole in one others get to experience many, like CGI participation officer Jennifer Hickey who has had three!!! No matter what the weather or occasion, a hole in one is rare and will probably be remembered for the rest of your life. The following was easily recalled for one player; “My hole in one on the old 5th in Laytown and Bettystown. I remember the weather was horrific”.
Another player recalled how she missed seeing her ball go in; “I remember my first, and only, (so far) hole it one on the fourteenth hole in Strandhill. It was a windy day so I decided to play a low punchy six iron. It was going towards the green so I was happy and proceeded to pick up my tee. As I did, my two playing partners told me it went in. I didn’t believe them as I had been playing terrible up to that point. I couldn’t believe my luck when I walked up to the green and saw my ball in the hole. Even though it wasn’t in competition, it’s still one of my favourite memories, despite the fact that I didn’t see it go in”!!!
With many historic golfing moments to choose from one person recalled how the 1985 Ryder Cup stuck out for them, when Europe beat the USA in The Belfry to take the Trophy for the first time in the competitions history.
Many of this years Mens and Womens professionals tournaments have been postponed or cancelled. This year’s Masters has been postponed and many of us are looking forward to watching it and experiencing Augusta from the comfort of our homes, one player reflected how they got to experience a Masters Sunday in person; “I only started playing golf in 2007 and had never watched golf prior to that, but I got to witness Garcia win the Masters in 2017 in person at the 18th green in Augusta. It was just incredible”.
Not all of us will be get to witness a major competition beyond our television screens but Siobhan from Mullingar was able to secure a major of her own as her greatest golfing memory; “Winning the Lady Captains prize”. For now we can keep practicing at home so that we are ready when we return to the courses.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing stories on your favourite things about golf, and what you miss most about golf at the minute. If you would like to share any of your golfing memories CLICK HERE.