‘Pawdweg Hahwington’ causes a Major stir among the brains trust in Foley’s bar
Vinny sides with Phil Mickelson at 22s
Graeme McDowell: will be flying the Irish flag at Merion.
Whenever the US Open rolled around, the lads in Foley’s got twitchy, something which had as much to do with holing short putts on Howth’s notorious glassy greens, as to identifying the most likely winner of world’s most rigorous Major.
It was a prize worth winning as first past the post on the hill of Howth won a €200 free bet on the US Open, while everyone else was allowed a wager to the value of their stableford score in the outing.
The gesture was immensely popular for the punting-daft regulars of the Society while Boru Betting’s risk was off-set through decent coverage in the Clontarf Courier and the Northside Express.
Sometimes, a sting demanded Angie put on the bravest of smiles, like in 2010 when Two-Mile Boris, Foley’s resident chess grandmaster, placed his 30 hard-earned points on Graeme McDowell at 66/1, and pocketed almost €2,000.
On the flip side, Dial-A-Smile’s outing win in 2011 had caused consternation. After his €200 free bet on Sergio Garcia came unstuck, the grumpy barman had marched into Boru Betting on the Monday and demanded the stake money as compensation.
Perusing the card
After some persuasion by Vinny and The Reverend, who were casually perusing the card at Carlisle, Dial-A-Smile took his leave, in high dudgeon, arguing that he had won the outing and should have something to show for it.
Dial-A-Smile had been black-balled for membership since and now despised everything about the Soiled And Ancient Society. Thankfully, he wasn’t on duty in Foley’s on Monday night as Angie recorded the various selections for the week’s business at Merion.
When it came to golf, the brain’s trust in Foley’s bar was a cerebral crew, their knowledge hardened by regular fills of Sunday night golf from the States, and fills of pints which provoked debate.
For the free throw at the US Open bull, it was agreed that any money won would be put behind the bar. There were six in the syndicate, Charlie Vernon having replaced the late, and much missed, Shanghai Jimmy. For a toff, Charlie was a popular chap who rolled his r’s a bit like Roy Hodgson and was known as Elmer – after Elmer Fudd – behind his broad back.
None of the six-ball had touched the day’s winning score of 37 points posted by Big Dave. Instead, they returned scores, ranging from 22 (Brennie) to 32 (Fran).