TIGS Braves the Weather at Druids Glen

TIGS Braves the Weather at Druids Glen

Despite strong wind and rain throughout the day yesterday, TIGS members enjoyed the Etihad Airways-sponsored outing at Druids Glen and, it being the first outing of the year, Greg Cawley of TecSupport was presented with the Irish Travel Trade News trophy for TIGS Golfer of the Year.

ITTN Golfer of the Year

Neil Steedman, News and Features Editor of Irish Travel Trade News, presents the ITTN Golfer of the Year trophy to Greg Cawley, Managing Director of TecSupport, along with TIGS Captain Eileen Penrose

The winners on the day were John Power, with 37 points playing off 13, and Helen Kelly, with 27 points playing off 22. John said: “No-one is more surprised at this than me. We had a great day – and obviously the way to do it is with jet lag!” Helen said: “We got soaked by the fourth hole, but Druids Glen is a fantastic course.”

At the prize presentations dinner in the clubhouse, Shay Mitchell announced that 15 new members had already registered this year and he welcomed those new members attending, as well as “three old and returned” members.

TIGS Captain Eileen Penrose of Emirates said: “Thank you to everyone for staying out there on this wet and windy day!” and thanked Dave Walsh and Etihad Airways for sponsoring both the day and golf-pro Barry Power of Barry Power Golfing Academy.


Barry Power of Barry Power Golfing Academy analyses TIGS members’ golf swings

Barry spent the day videoing the swings of each player at the third tee and then in the evening, before and after the dinner, analysed each player’s drive for them individually using the Digital Coaching System, including video comparisons with top professional players. The solution to a better swing was often “more rotation”, as it was for Michael Doorley, who was assured that: “Your swing just needs a bit of tweeking with a bit more rotation – and a bit of WP40!” Barry can be contacted at


TIGS Captain Eileen Penrose (centre) presents a cheque to Niki Stanford and Emma Taaffe for their three charities

Eileen Penrose also presented a cheque to Emma Taaffe and Niki Stanford towards their recent charity climb of Kilimanjaro in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation, the Irish Cancer Society, and St Frances Hospice.


Men’s winner John Power (centre) receives his prize from Eileen Penrose and Dave Walsh of sponsor Etihad Airways


Ladies winner Helen Kelly receives her prize


Class 1 winner was Jack Sheill with 34 points off 9


Class 1 winner was Tanya Airey with 27 points off 23


Class 2 winner: Gilbert Barrington with 27 points off 18


Class 2 winner: Joanne Burgess with 24 points off 33


Class 3 winner: John Galligan with 32 points off 21


Back 9 winner: Dermot Merrigan with 16 points (Stephen McKenna was Front 9 winner with 20 points)


Front 9 winner: Eileen Penrose with 15 points


Back 9 winner: Karen Keogh with 13 points


Longest Drive winner: Dermot Merrigan


Longest Drive winner: Karen Keogh


Nearest Pin winner: Brian Short with 10 feet


Nearest Pin winner: Tanya Airey with 2 feet


Guest winner: Derek Hunter with 29 points off 15

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at

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