The days when the late Fr Ned was one of the great driving forces behind the Midlands Scratch Cup might be gone but Carlow Golf Club will turn back the clock this weekend with a return to 72-hole combat.
Former South of Ireland champion and career amateur John Greene spearheads the local challenge but he faces some serious competition from the like of Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan, Naas duo Jonathan Yates and Conor O'Rourke, Galway's short game wizard Ronan Mullarney and Grange's Robbie "S.B" Pierse to name just a few of the top 75-man field.
That said, the man to beat must be Slieve Russell's Seamus Cullen, who is going for an incredible three in a row.
The championship course, created in 1922 and brilliantly redesigned by Tom Simpson in 1937, remains one of the great Irish tests.
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