While the snow and rain of the previous two weekends had mercifully departed, the hardly souls competing in the St Patrick's Day Open at County Armagh Golf Club still had to contend with biting winds and the resultant perishing temperatures.
Shea Smyth, however, has long since proved himself to be a man for all seasons, and he topped the leaderboard in the Armatile-sponsored event after a peerless 39-point outing.
The three-handicapper was crowned Golfer of the Year last term and, on recent evidence, looks poised for a similarly successful 2018 campaign.
Shea Smyth, who won the St Patrick's Day Open at County Armagh Golf Club, receives his prize from Paul Quinn of Armatile Ltd, competition sponsors. Also pictured are Club Captain Colm Shannon and runner-up, Paul McKeown.
Governing bodies lead #TheFairWay for Irish Golf in 2018.
Handicapping, one of the hottest topics in golf, is the subject of a new awareness campaign from the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU).
The governing bodies for golf in Ireland have joined forces in an effort to tackle cheating and safeguard integrity in the handicapping system.
"There is still a culture of tolerating handicap cheating in golf.Just because others are cheating the system does not make it okay," says Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI.
"For club golfers, the integrity of the game depends on each individual observing the spirit and intent of the handicapping system," says Sinead Heraty, CEO of the ILGU.
The awareness campaign runs over two weeks from 21 March to 4 April. Golf clubs and their members will have access to key information and resources on handicapping through the GUI and ILGU website, www.thefairway.ie
Don't forget about the 9-Hole ‘Masters' Par 3 Ladies & Gents Stableford on 6th April. Now in its 3rd year and 2nd year of sponsorship from Iron Designs