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Gripping contest on cards

THERE will be more prizes on offer than Nicholas Parsons used to give out on the Sale of the Century.

The Grip competition celebrates the memory of Kevin Blackburn. It takes place next weekend and brings down the curtain on the Dublin season.

It's the tournament everybody wants to play in. Having a laugh is as important as avoiding the bunker.

Four courses will host the two-day festival -- CPM, Glenville, Lucan and RGSC. It's a three-person team event.

Remarkably, 135 teams have entered. They represent more than 20 clubs. And it's a sure sign that the event is forever tightening its hold on the pitch and putt folk.