The day commenced with the golfers and chefs gathering for lunch in Powerscourt. This gave everyone a chance to discover which former friends and colleagues had turned out for the alumni summer outing.
At 2.00pm over 150 Rory McIlroy-inspired golfers took to the East and West Courses for a fourball scramble. This was the second year that both courses were in use, and it was fantastic that so many alumni could be accommodated at the event. The scramble proved a great success as it facilitated a competitive yet fun aspect to the day. By mid-afternoon the sunshine had made a very welcome appearance, highlighting the quality and splendour of the Powerscourt grounds.
In the meantime, the cookery participants made their way to Ballyknocken. Catherine Fulvio began the class by proudly showing everyone her budding garden and explaining the various herbs and vegetables that are growing. Soon after, everyone moved to the kitchen where the class dispersed into small groups to start their gastro experience. A BBQ theme was the order of the day, so a variety of meats, salads, breads, sauces and desserts were prepared by the novice chefs. The weather was glorious, which really added to the summer feel of the afternoon.
By late evening the golfers had made their way off the courses and were joined by the cookery participants in the golf club. Terence O’Rourke, Managing Partner at KPMG in Ireland, hosted the golf prize-giving, and the winning team comprised Michael Flynn, David Ryan, Michael Kearns and his father, PJ Kearns, who left KPMG 60 years ago. The individual prizes for the longest drive went to Adrian Bailie (East Course) and Brian Delahunty (West Course) and the nearest pin to Michael Geraghty (East Course) and Brian Nolan (West Course).
Dinner was served shortly thereafter and this drew the wonderful summer alumni outing to a close. Thanks to all our alumni who joined us on the day – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
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