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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 3.4.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Padraig Harrington T It's a year of family fun at Esker Hills Golf Club where a father and son duo occupy the prestigious positions of Men's Captain and Junior Captain at the club in 2019. Wise owl, Paul Rabbette is the proud father to son Christopher, a Leinster U-18 Transitional Panel player who has long been bitten by the golfing bug. On March 3rd, the pair's drive-ins were held at the club on the same day, and if that wasn't unique enough already, it happened to snow for the occasion. We're all for family fun here at IGM Towers and a shout out must go to proud sister/daughter, Katie for bringing this one to our attention. It's certainly got us scratching our heads at the office to come up with a similarly powerful father/son duo captaining their respective clubs at the same time. We're still struggling so there's obviously good breeding in those Rabbettes! KEEPING UP WITH THE RABBETTES AT ESKER HILLS GB&I Curtis Cup member, Paula Grant won the Silver Salver for the second time in her career at the Royal County Down Scratch Cup. Grant, a member of the ILGU High Performance Panel, fired scores of 73 and 70 for a nine-under par total to comfortably fend off de- fending champion Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) at even par and Lucy Simpson (Massereene) who fin- ished one shot further back in third. Lisburn's Grant, Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) and Aine Don- egan (Woodstock) have claimed the first three scratch cups of the year and with 5 events yet to play, the overall circuit is still wide open. The players now trav- el to Woodbrook this weekend where, last year, Louise Coffey (Malone) pipped Molly Dowling (Lucan) and Smith on the back 18 to secure the title. GRANT GRABS SILVER SALVER AT 25TH STAGING Peter O'Keeffe he Bridgestone Order of Merit has ex- panded for 2019 and will incorporate the Mullingar Scratch Trophy for the first time. For the first time in 2019, the champion at Mullingar, scheduled August 10&11, will pick up precious points in the race to land the Bridgestone title. The Mullingar Trophy is the final event in the Bridgestone series, giving players one last chance to secure their Ireland cap with the top three players on the Order of Merit gaining automatic selection for the Home Internationals at Lahinch, September 11-13. The Mullingar Scratch Trophy is available to enter at www.golfnet.ie Meanwhile, the Bridgestone Boys Interna - tional Order of Merit has also been boosted with the addition of the German Boys (U18) Championship to the schedule. The GUI will send an official squad to the German Boys, which takes place at Golf Club St Leon-Rot (30 May-1 June). FAMED MULLINGAR TROPHY ADDED TO BRIDGESTONE SCHEDULE

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