There was a large and representative attendance of members at the club on Saturday evening to support the Captain, Gerard Kelly and the Lady Captain, Roisin Kerr as they engaged in the traditional Drive-In to launch the 2013 golfing season. As is her wont, Roisin hit a wonderful drive down the middle and despite the resultant pressure and not to be outdone, Gerard, with that classic swing of his followed with an equally impressive drive. Their performances richly deserved the bubbly presented to them afterwards by the President. The members withdrew to the clubhouse where they enjoyed excellent refreshments generously provided by the ladies. In her address, Roisin said that she took on the job with great trepidation but with the support and goodwill she has received to date was very confident of doing a good job during her year of office. Gerard then outlined his program and ambitions for the centenary year, the highlights of which were a twinning arrangement with Letterkenny G. C who are also celebrating their centenary, a centenary book outlining the history of the club, an extended Open Week, visits from the G.U.I. and a centenary ball in October, all details of which will be announced later. Kevin Hickey complimented both Captains for their input to date and expressed the consensus view that the club were privileged to have people of the calibre of Gerard and Roisin to lead it during this important year.
The result of the Fourball Betterball Competition held to honour the Captain was as follows, 1st George Crowe & Mike Keane (41pts) 2nd George Pugh &Sean Bonner (41pts) on countback. Congratulations gentlemen.
The Captain and President represented the club at the A.G.M. of the Cavan/ Monaghan Alliance in Belturbet on Friday evening last. In his report the Secretary,Fergus Lane, stressed the difficulties he had encountered in communicating with clubs during the year and “sometimes thought that people were deliberately trying to avoid contact”. He also felt that this problem had more to do with communication within clubs as between the clubs and theAlliance. There was full agreement that this must be tackled and all delegates attending undertook to rectify the situation within their own clubs. Clones, under the direction of our Captain will be doing so immediately. He is determined to ensure that all information will be communicated to the relevant people and they, in turn, will be expected to carry out their duties accordingly. Fergus also stated, “after a lot of manoeuvring and quite a few hiccups all but one of the cups and trophies were decided” All of the one day events were extremely successful and well organised as was the Alliance Shield but there appeared to be a lack of interest in the others. As a result it was agreed to abandon the Treacy Cup and the Howell Cup for this year. After intervention from Clones the Norman Cinnamon Cup was given a reprieve for another year in the hope that interest might be revived and participation improved. The alliance Cup will be held in Clones this year on a date to be arranged.
The Captain, Gerard, outlined the Clones program of events for the Centenary year and was given a great reception. The club will indeed have the support of our friends in theAllianceduring this historic year of 2013.
The letters drawn on 25th February were PUCK with no winner of the 3,300 jackpot now at 3,400. The 5 lucky dippers for 20 were Lisa McAviney Newbliss, Sally Hibbit Clones, Bennie Connolly Smithboro, B. McMahon Clones and Orla Gilligan Lisnaskea. Monthly sellers prize of €100 to Vincent Lynch.