Pa Fla RIP

Paddy O’ Flaherty or Pa Fla as he was familiarly known joined in 1953 and from that time until Christy Greene arrived in May 1954 he hit the ball along the ground and lost at least one ball and 2/6 every time he played.  He got one lesson from Christy and went out the following day and won the Hilton Cup. From then on he was hooked. Pa proceeded to get his handicap reduced to 1 and for nearly two decades played in all the major Irish championships represented Connacht in the Inter-provincial championships and played in the Barton and Senior Cups with Rosses Point. Paddy rates Pat Brennan as the best match player the club ever had and at one stage was three up on the great Joe Carr in a match in the West of Ireland but eventually lost by 2 and 1 on a terrible day. Joe went on to win the title that year but was very impressed by the Clones man. It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of this honorary member just days before his 92nd birthday. Pa coached many of the ladies in their early golfing prowess. Pa would be perched on the edge of his little chair beside the practice putting green to instruct on chipping and putting.  Paddy also was a regular “on the book” in major competitions taking the entry fees and giving out his usual golfing advice. Paddy celebrated his 90th birthday at Clones Golf Club surrounded by family and friends. To recognise the contribution and dedication to the game, Clones Golf Club renamed The Scratch Cup in Pa Fla’s honour and it is known now as the Paddy O’Flaherty Cup.  Thank you to everyone who attended the removal and stood in the guard of honour. Paddy’s daughters Grainne and Deirdre were overwhelmed and asked that the members of Clones Golf Club be thanked most sincerely. Deirdre said that her father would have been very proud and honoured. May he rest in peace.