Northern Ireland Day 5 (Royal County Down)

After tapping in at Portstewart the heavens opened up for the trip south to Newcastle. Unfortunately the forecast wasn't looking much better for our final day at Royal County Down

As good fortune would have it we awoke to clearing skies and light sea breezes that provided cool but perfect playing conditions to tackle what Golf Digest rates as the #1 course outside of the US

The crew were on their toes for ready to experience this highly ranked lay out and see just what all the noise is about...As you can see from the pics the day couldn't have been much better to play golf and As one of the guys so poignantly put it in Open Championship speak.." We certainly got the best side of the draw every day on tour"

To a man the team thoroughly enjoyed the the course as a crescendo of sorts on the final day in Ireland..I stipulated that we play the green tees which were a little shorter (5750m) than we had played throughout the week and maybe a bit further up than where most players would naturally gravitate towards.

My intention ,given the number of blind shots over the heather clothed dunes was to get our team off the tee as between the gorse lined fairways in a position to understand this wonderful design and possibly even score the odd 3 pointer.

Well, thanks to Tony K's re handicapping system that afforded each player to play off a handicap reflective of their tour form, some had a few more shots up their sleeve than on previous days.

With that said the standout player of the day was Wayne Boberg from Royal Auckland with a whopping 49 points...(39 off his original NZ handicap) that lapped the field and in doing so stormed up the leader board to steal top honors for the weeks competition... I played with Wayne and he remarked afterward playing so well at R.C.D under blue skies with a fun group of guys was one of the most memorable days of his golfing career.

Great stuff Wayne and well played.. And with that, the golfing segment of the tour came to a fitting close with lunch in the majestic old manor clubhouse watching the opening day of the Open on the TV.

Royal Birkdale here we come...

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