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Welcome to Ireland – Two days of golf at the Island Golf Club

Jon Kiger

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Donabate/Portmarnock, Co.Dublin, IE -- The advance crew (Wally and Dennis Gresham, Mark Hoban, Jake Coldiron and myself) arrived in Dublin Thursday morning. With rain forecasted for the full group's first round at the Island Golf Club on Friday morning, Wally, Mark and Jake decided to shake off the jet lag and head out a day early for an afternoon round. The weather improved to sunny skies and a great introduction for them to Irish links golf.

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Mark Hoban, Wally Gresham and Jake Coldiron snuck in an early round at the Island Golf Club.

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The skies cleared. Here's Jake Coldiron on his way to shooting a 76.

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Some of the towering natural dunes at the Island.

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One of the many revetted bunkers at the Island.

On Friday morning our Matthews coach arrived at the airport to greet the rest of the trip participants and loaded all the golf clubs and luggage for our week’s trip. Simon Smyth – our driver from the 2015 trip - is with us again for the week. Thirteen golfers played in rainy weather but enjoyed the round very much.

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Jorge Croda and Matt and Cheryl Crowther make a return trip to The Island Golf Club Friday morning

Having played The Island Golf Club on Thursday, Mark, Wally, Dennis and Jake opted to do some sightseeing in Dublin on Friday morning, starting with St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, above and below.

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After golf on Friday, a quick bus ride took us from The Island to Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, where we settled in for a nice dinner sponsored by longtime trip sponsor Syngenta. The meal was in The Snug – a new venue adjacent to the golf shop at the hotel.

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Mike Cook, Dennis & Wally Gresham and Jake Coldiron at Friday’s dinner.

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Syngenta’s Tripp Trotter welcomes the group to Ireland.

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Jake Coldiron reunites with Josh Webber and visits with John Brauer in the Portmarnock Hotel. Josh arrived late Friday night from Exeter in the UK.

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The menu from our opening dinner Friday night at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

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