So Last night was our Wedding Open Evening. We started putting up our Christmas decorations first thing that morning, tinsel, baubles & fairy lights were being festively arranged in perfect positions around the hotel. As darkness fell reception was twinkling perfectly & as 6pm arrived the lanterns were lit on the stairs & we excitedly waited for our guests to arrive. Upstairs in the Aungier Suite is where most of our weddings take place & this is where we invited everyone to visit. The Aungier Suite was beautiful, candles, fairy lights, fresh flower & a splash of Christmas to top it all off. The smell of mulled wine drifted around the room & I have to say the canapés were delicious too (I had one or two) The Candy station was a real hit during the evening as everyone filled a bag of sweets for the journey home. I guess my favorite part is always the Brides & Grooms, how happy they look & how excited they are at the prospect of their Wedding Day Dreams coming to life…
Michael McDermott shot a course record 6 under par 65 in today's first round of the PGA Irish Championship at Roganstown sponsored by Cassidy Golf and Downes Syndrome Centre. A former West of Ireland champion, Michael is a qualified Professional teaching at Pure Golf Leopardstown. Michael has won events worldwide including the 2000 Transvaal Amateur in South Africa and the PGA EuroPro Tour 2007 Stoke-by-Nayland Championship. Michael has started this eek well having won the professionals prize in the charity pro-am on Wednesday with a 3 under par round of 68. His course record round today contained 6 birdies and 12 pars in windy conditions. McDermott leads the field by 1 shot from Michael McGeady. McGeady has a Challenge Tour victory to his name after triumphing at the Wales Challenge in 2008 but lost his card for the second-tier European circuit at the end of the 2011 season. David Mortimer is 1 shot further back on 2 under par. Roganstown's resident professional Geoff Loughrey lies in a tie for 4th place on 1 under par. Play continues on tomorrow with the top 50 and ties going through to the final 2 rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Weather conditions are windy but the sun shone all day today and it looks like we'll have dry conditions and spectacular golf through the rest of the Championship.
The Championship this year will take place in the week commencing 7th October. Everybody is welcome to come and watch the cream of Irish PGA professionals compete in this the biggest tournament of the Irish PGA season
8th October - Practise day
9th October - Pro-Am
10th and 11th October - Round 1 and 2 with a field of 108 PGA professionals (Past winners and the top players in the order of merit qualify automatically and there are a number of other categories who are exempt but the competition among Irish professionals to play in the event is such that there will be 2 qualifiers, one in August and 1 in September to arrive at the final field of 108)