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November 1982 November 1977

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

Wex­ford golf pro­fes­sional Damien McGrane is on cloud nine this week af­ter se­cur­ing his European Tour card for next sea­son.

His steady progress was re­warded at the qual­i­fy­ing tour school in Spain when he fin­ished in 32nd place, with the top 35 along with ties be­ing guar­an­teed their tour cards.

The adopted Wex­ford man was over the moon with his per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly af­ter his in­volve­ment in the fin­ish of the chal­lenge tour ex­empted him from some of the ear­lier qual­i­fy­ing rounds.

This would have in­creased the pres­sure on many a golfer, but Damien played out of his skin in Spain to earn his card in very special cir­cum­stances.

He was lucky to have for­mer Wex­ford as­sis­tant pro­fes­sional Liam Bowler - his for­mer club col­league - as his caddy for the qual­i­fy­ing rounds.

The Meath na­tive is now guar­an­teed in­vites to eight European Tour events next year, and the Be­fore the Lotto was the Ir­ish Sweep­stakes, and large ad­verts en­cour­aged peo­ple to buy a ticket in the hope that a good horse would lead them to a for­tune.

Forty years ago this month, you could buy a ticket for the November Sweep for £2. If that was too much, quar­ter shares were also of­fered, at 50p each. The prize fund for that big race was to be £70,000.

An­other con­test that month had a dif­fer­ent sort of prize. ‘Win a gal­lon of Welsh Whiskey!’ de­clared an ad­vert placed by the Welsh Tourist Board. The lucky win­ner would also re­ceive a trip to the dis­tillery in Dyfed to pick the prize up in per­son.

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