Date: June 29, 2009

Stacey Keating blog: Climbing Irish peaks

Stacey Keating writes: Yet another week has passed and another tournament completed! The Irish 72 Hole Stroke Play was played at Douglas Golf Club, Cork. The course was in great condition and the members were very friendly. The Irish Ladies Golf Union put us up for the week, in a great place! I happened to get talking to a couple of young kids while I was practicing and asked if anyone wanted a bag to pull for the week! Hint hint! Then this young kid was jumping up and down saying, “Yes, yes I will, I will!” So Alex and I were a team. He was awesome! I had a ball this week. I played fairly steady all week, had -1,+2 and +1 to finish in 6th position, which wasn t to bad but as per usual, could have been better. I actually was pretty happy because i hadn t been hitting it well just doing a lot of scrambling. I didn t shoot the lights out but things came together a little more this week which is promising! Julia also finish on a total of +2 and 6th, and Bec finished 14th. Also there was a teams event where the best 2 out of 3 scores count. Australia finished 2nd behind Scotland, which we felt was a good result! Then on the last night (Sunday) it was someone s birthday so I had a mate take us out for a bit! Well the Irish sure love an occasion, don t they? Quote of the week came from an Irishmen, as it was Sunday night and we asked what time they have to be at work in the morning: Oh Monday is pretty much optional around here. Very funny and it wasn t a lie. Also on our day off, my mate took us to the second highest mountain in Ireland, and we climbed it!! 2 and 1/2 hours and we were at the top. Pretty tough on the legs but worth it when we got to the peak! I am on my way up to Dublin to caddy in the Ladies Irish Open for Kirsty Taylor. I am very excited about this because i feel it will be a good learning week for me- particularly given this is where i want to be playing next year, on the Ladies European Tour. So I will be taking it all in, and I do thank Ally Munt for teeing this one up for me.