The Annual 3 day 4 Person Team (any combination) Golf Club Classic
takes place this weekend commencing on Friday 31st May and concludes on Sunday. All club members are asked to support by getting together to form a team or by sponsoring a Tee or Green. Great work is being done by Anne McCarthy and Lady Captain, Roisin Kerr of the Club Classic Committee who are in charge of running the event. Visitors from our neighbouring Clubs are very welcome to participate. A number of time slots are still available and you may contact Mary in the Clubhouse at (047) 56017. Presentation of prizes will take place on the Sunday night. If you have raffle tickets please sell them or get them back to the Classic Convenors please.
This Thursday 30th May is a charity stableford (€10.00). This will be a local charity ladies so please support if you can. The following Thursday 6th June (already!!) is foursomes so please arrange a playing partner and opposites in good time.
Once again comment must be made about the splendid look of the
course. Hugh John and Finbar are doing a wonderful job along with our trusty volunteers. Don’t the tee box signs look smart with their lick of varnish?!
In this centenary year the “mad May” of inter club competitions is living up to its reputation where, over the past couple of weeks, the club is inundated with teams from all over Ulster turning up for matches and practise rounds in the various competitions. At this stage it looks as if “mad May” will continue into “mad June” as most of the teams are doing quite well. The Captain, Gerard is having a very busy time but despite the commitment he is enjoying the occasion and is buoyed by the performances of the teams. Pat Ryan’s Ulster Fourball team were first out and they set the standard with a comfortable 4 – 1 at home to Mannan Castle and despite a much more difficult match away managed to secure a place in the next round against Dunmurry. For various reasons Pat King experienced some difficulty in selecting a team to travel to Mayobridge in the Junior Cowdy and did extremely well in achieving two halved matches. He was able to field a much stronger selection for the return game at home to achieve a 3 –1 victory and win the match overall by two
holes. They now play Edenmore or Tandragee in the next round. Mayobridge may be able to avenge this defeat very shortly because if they overcome Rossmore they will face Clones in the second round of the Rossmore Cup. Clones overcame Lurgan by the narrowest of margins on Sunday when the teams finished level on four matches each but got
through on holes won. The margin was just two holes. The Lurgan lads were understandably disappointed but went home happy after socialising with Leslie and members of his team for some time afterwards in the clubhouse. In the Cavan/Monaghan Alliance Castleblayney Golf Club were the opposition on Saturday and after a very closely fought contest the home club finished comfortable winners in the end. Of course not all games have gone our way and the Pierce Purcell team lost out to an excellent Rossmore team in the knock out stages of the competition at
the Slieve Russell last week. Our juveniles also lost out to Killymoon in the Ronan Rafferty on Sunday. They performed very well and are looking forward to doing much better in the Norman Cinnamon Cup next month.
The final of the Harte Peat Spring League was reminiscent of some of the great Gaelic football matches between Cootehill Celts and Kill Shamrocks where no quarter was given and all games went down to the wire. On this occasion the game was golf and the Cootehill team of Noel Brady, Paul Igoe, Marty Sherlock and Tony Greenan led by Donal O’Reilly overcame their Kill counterparts of Willie Lithco, Michael Galligan, Gabriel Brady, Ronan Brady and Tom McQuillan. The game was poised at two games each when the experience of Noel proved too much for Gabriel and the trophy went to Cootehill. Congratulations to both teams for a very entertaining final.
The winners in the Eugene McDonald Trophy Competition played
over last weekend are Overall Winner Donal O Reilly (72 nett), Category (0 – 14) Patrick McCarville (73 nett) Category (15-19) Shane Bonner (73 nett), Category (20 + ) Bernard McAvinney (76 nett).
Last Week’s GOY Stroke draw was well supported and as a result 3
sections were contended and 10 GOY points went to Lady Captain Roisin Kerr winner of Section A with net 73 and a hefty cut to the ol’ handicap! Hon Sec Eileen Kerr won Section B with net 77 and Teresa Hannawin claimed Section C also with 77 nett. So after just 2 GOY competition the front runner is Eileen Kerr with 19 points! BUT it’s early days yet!
The ladies club ran their “Turning The Tide Against Suicide” 3T’s
stableford fundraiser recently and Elaine Hamilton was the winner with 32
points and will join the men’s club winner (to be played July 7th),
Captain Gerard Kelly and Lady Captain Roisin Kerr at The Slieve Russell on the 10th of September for the regional finals. Thank you to everyone who supported this good cause especially the ladies unable to play but who donated the entry fee regardless. Well done also to runner up Helen Connolly.
We have 2 lots of results to give you! The letters drawn 13th May were CELQ and the 5 lucky dippers were Michelle Connolly Millbrook, Lisa
Clarke Lisnaskea, Jessica Cassidy an Colm McMahon both C/O Club and Jim Spicer Roslea. The letters for 20th May were BEKZ and the lucky dippers were Hubert Cassidy Smithboro, Darragh Flanagan Clones, Sean Rafferty Newbliss, Martin Clegg Cootehill and Bridie Keenan Ballybay. The jackpot now stands at 4,600