The morning I talked to West Cork ICA vice-president Brigid O’Brien, she was on her way to an 11am meeting with members interested in doing pitch and putt.
“We go once a month and then members can practise in their own local courses in between,” said Brigid, who would love to see a West Cork team enter the national pitch and putt competition. “We’ve never entered before, but we need to be practising.”
Cork Federation PRO Noreen O’Connell, a Drimoleague Guild member went along and said the training was open to all guilds in West Cork with a special rate for members from Drimoleague Pitch and Putt Club. “In 26 degree temperatures, we got some tutoring from Brigid and from Carol Stock, both golfers. We did just nine holes each.”
The national pitch and putt competition takes place in September, but before then some West Cork ICA members are heading to An Grianán. Altogether seven are signed up for the four-night stay in August. “It’s low enough numbers but not too bad either,” said Brigid, adding that numbers are on a par with a similar trip last summer when nine went.
“People go on holidays in the summer [which keeps numbers down]. But An Grianán is by the sea and you can do crafts and we hope to do palette painting.”
Meanwhile, some West Cork guilds have been celebrating big birthdays. Leap Guild had its 30th birthday two weeks ago and invited all past presidents, while Glengarriff ICA celebrated its 30th anniversary in April.