This article appeared in the Cardiff Rabo Match Program
Annual Golf Outing
The start of the season usually sees the referee’s first social outing of the year. This year was no different as the annual golf outing took place in Woodbrook Golf Club outside Bray in Wicklow. Over 40 referees hit the tee boxes for the afternoon. The course was in splendid conditions with the greens proving difficult to stay on. Ciaran McGowan retained the trophy for another year with a splendid display of luck. Donal Brady won the active referees prize after dodging a few stay balls from behind. Clive Connolly won the visitors prize and Phil Smith won the mugs cup. Even Denis Collins who has won the mugs cup multiple times said he would have struggled to post a lower score than Phil.
Following the golf the referees retired for cigars and brandy, well not quite, but an excellent meal served up in the club house. The President Peter Donnelly handed out the prizes and thanked Woodbrook for hosting the outing. Many thanks also went to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens for organising the event along with the administration committee for their efforts.