Denham Bowl Tournament
31th August 2019
“The team chosen to represent DUGS for the 2019 Denham Bowl, on Saturday the 31st of August, was Darragh Coghlan, Richard Knightly, Andrew Stokes, and Ruairi Kennelly. Gerry Connolly and his wife Catherine once again showed the DUGS team warm hospitality. A bed for each competitor, swapping stories about our times at Trinity over some fine whiskey, and a chauffeur service to and from the course in Gerry’s infamous Mercedes M-Klasse 4×4.
Stokes and Kennelly attended the traditional pre-tournament dinner. Coghlan and Knightly flew in later that evening and when they arrived at the club circa 9pm they stumbled upon an intoxicated competitor who had fallen asleep on the lawn outside the clubhouse. To Captain Coghlan’s relief, Gerry had kept his watchful eye on the DUGS during dinner and Kennelly and Stokes were found upright inside the club house.
The DUGS partnered the 32 Club for the day’s play on Saturday. Denham was playing hard and fast with greens running exceptionally quick. Too quick for Coghlan, who uncharacteristically had a cold day on the greens. His partner Stokes was sent walking back to his bag to retrieve his putter several times when he wrongfully assumed that he had putt it ‘stone dead’. Reports from the partnership of Kennelly and Knightly weren’t much brighter, which included incredible recovery shots from the trees only to find out the wrong ball had been played and a shank on a par 3 that led to an 8. When all was said and done, Coghlan and Stokes shot 77-77 and Kennelly and Knightly shot 85-76 which left DUGS in T-8th out of 24 teams. Not the results the team was hoping for. Coghlan will once again have to go back to the drawing board in search of a winning combination but is left undeterred that success in the tournament is certain and not too far away.”