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2018 Celtic Quaich

Carrying on a long, proud tradition, started by the Club's first Secretary and true Scot, Sybil Beaton, 10 hardy gofers showed up at Pierpont for Celtic Quaich.  Weather is always an issue during the winter in Belgium and this was only the second Celtic Quaich in the last 4 years. 

Starting with a wee dram of aqua vitae on the first tee, the competition was off to a good start.  One flight enjoyed the tradition so much, they stopped for another at the turn.  We welcomed a new member playing with us for the first time, Juha Vauhkonen.  As a Finn, Juha had no issue with the weather.  It was practically balmy.  As a matter of fact, in addition to Juha we also had, a Swed, a Norwegian, a Canadian and an American from a northern state - all places where golf is not played in January!

The scores were good, considering the time of year.  Due to the small field, there was only one category and unisex skill prizes.  Starting with skills, coming out for only his second NGC event, Thomas Nilsson put his ball closest to the pin on #15. While Chris Mooneyham put it farthest and straightest on #17.  The best score of the day, and winner of the the Celtic Quaich for 2018, was Jeff DaRin with 38 Stableford Points.  Second with 36 was Rick Froh and third was Dag Whilhelmsen with 29.

L to R - Winner Jeff DaRin, 2nd Rick Froh, Club Secretary Nikki Hayes. 3rd Dag Wilhelmsen

L to R Closest to Pin Thomas Nilsson, Treasurer Rick Froh, Longest Drive Chris Mooneyham

Robert and Chris before the round

A wee dram for Chris and Robert

10th hole warm-up

Chris shows the form that won him the longest drive

Juha, Chris and Jeff on 10th

Juha has a Pierpont Gallery

Dag warm and dry in the club house

All in all a good way to start the NATO Golf Club's 2018 season.

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