The LEDGER

6 October 2017

 

Match Results

 

Time             DUGS            QUGS           UCDGS DUGS

vs

QUGS

DUGS

vs

UCDGS

QUGS

vs

UCDGS

8.00 Kenny Johnson 9

David Bunworth 18

Alistair Dick 6

Chris Connolly 17

Karl O’Neill 6

Frank O’Riordan 11

DUGS

5/4

DUGS

3/1

QUGS

1up

8.08 Huntly Lauder 8

Pat Garvey 17

Brian Fleming 3

Alan Irwin 16

Colum Kenny 1

Eamonn Kelly 12

DUGS

7/5

DUGS

7/5

QUGS

2/1

8.15 Johnny O’Driscoll 3

Fergus Duddy 14

Peter Greene 2

Ian Emerson 14

Diarmuid Finan 9

Mark Asple 10

DUGS

3/2

DUGS

4/3

UCDGS

1up

8.23 Dave Conway 5

David McNamara 12

Mark Lindsay 6

Chris Gardner 12

Michael Keane 9

Dermot Fullam 11

DUGS

3/1

Halved QUGS

2up

8.30 Fran Quilty 5

Brian Dunnion 10

Gary Jones 5

Stuart Gough 21

Bryan McSweeney 0

Pat Reidy 12

DUGS

6/5

DUGS

4/3

UCDGS

2/1

8.38 Jamie Myerscough 6

Donald Hickey 12

Michael Curran 6

Rab Brady 10

Des Fullam 9

Paul Talini 14

QUGS

2/1

UCDGS

1up

UCDGS

3/2

Points 9.5 4.0 4.5 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
13.30 Kenny Johnson 9

Pat Garvey 17

Brian Fleming 3

Chris Connolly 17

Karl O’Neill 6

Eamonn Kelly 12

QUGS

3/2

UCDGS

2/1

QUGS

4/3

13.38 Huntly Lauder 8

David Bunworth 18

Alistair Dick 6

Alan Irwin 16

Diarmuid Finan 9

Frank O’Riordan 11

QUGS

2/1

UCDGS

1up

UCDGS

1up

13.45 Johnny O’Driscoll 3

David McNamara 12

Mark Lindsay 6

Ian Emerson 14

Colum Kenny 1

Mark Asple 10

QUGS

7/6

UCDGS

6/5

UCDGS

3/2

13.53 Dave Conway 5

Fergus Duddy 14

Peter Greene 2

Chris Gardner 12

Bryan McSweeney 0

Dermot Fullam 11

QUGS

4/2

UCDGS

5/4

UCDGS

1up

14.00 Fran Quilty 5

Donald Hickey 12

Michael Curran 6

Stuart Gough 21

Michael Keane 9

Paul Talini 14

DUGS

3/2

DUGS

8/6

QUGS

5/4

14.08 Jamie Myerscough 6

Brian Dunnion 10

Gary Jones 5

Rab Brady 10

Des Fullam 9

Pat Reidy 12

QUGS

2/1

DUGS

6/4

QUGS

4/2

Points

 

3.0 8.0 7.0 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
Totals

 

DUGS + 12.5 QUGS = 12.0 UCDGS = 11.5      

 

 

Match Report

A beautiful day of blue skies, sunshine, and warm weather greeted the golfers from DUGS, QUGS, and UCDGS as they assembled at Royal County Down for the Ledger. And, as the golfers entered the clubhouse, the day got better for there on display was an object so infrequently seen, and by so few of the contestants, that it had come to be shrouded – not unlike the yeti or the unicorn – in speculation and mystery after being “mislaid” for many years by UCDGS.  There, on display, was the Ledger.

And then the day got even better as it emerged that UCDGS had, for the first-time in living memory, fielded a team with not only the requisite number of players but also the requisite number of single and double figure handicaps. Some cynics wondered aloud if this extraordinary turn of events might be connected to the introduction of penalties in 2017 for teams in breach of the Ledger rules but upon such speculation the match report will refrain from comment. (Whether the more comprehensive match report to be entered in the Ledger will exercise such restraint remains to be seen.)

A new format, foursomes match-play morning and afternoon, was introduced for the 2017 Ledger with the secondary objective of faster play and the primary objective of a much longer lunch. Both objectives were achieved – though the wisdom of the latter objective proved to be for DUGS (yet again) dubious at best.

Going into lunch DUGS on 9.5 points had a commanding lead over QUGS and UCDGS on 4.0 and 4.5 points respectively. Indeed so insurmountable was the DUGS lead considered to be by some – which number certainly did not include the DUGS match manager who, all too often, had seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by DUGS post-lunch golf – that they kindly, or with Machiavellian purpose, offered congratulatory toasts to DUGS throughout a long lunch.

But as the afternoon unfolded these congratulations were indeed seen to be premature. After the first four sets of matches in the afternoon were concluded the DUGS lunchtime score of 9.5 points was unchanged whereas QUGS had improved to 9.0 points and UCDGS, on 11.5 points, had taken a two point lead in the Ledger. For DUGS it was looking as if bitter lamentation would, again, be the order of the day but fortunately for DUGS (and especially fortunately for members of DUGS team) the DUGS pairings in the final two matches rallied to achieve the narrowest of victories (DUGS 12.5, QUGS, 12.0, UCDGS 11.5) in the closest competition in the history of the Ledger. This was the cue for a very long night of celebration of which little can be said because little is recalled.