The PRO’s would like to thank you for reading us on Facebook, looking at our website www.clonesgolfclub.com reading the notice boards, viewing us on WhatsApp and of course reading the wonderful local and national papers. This is the last publication from us read us again in 2020!
President Catherine Farrell, Captain Padraig Connolly, and Lady Captain Bridie Keenan would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a great golfing 2020.
Without Finbar and Hugh John we would not be able to boast such a magnificent course. Thank you, gentlemen, for all your hard work, we really appreciate what you do.
The ladies Christmas party night was a great success with wonderful food, presentation of prizes including the all-important Hampers. All team participants received a prize! The Maureen Lynch League was also presented and there were party games organized by Roberta Hamilton which kept everyone entertained.
Lotto night started on a somber note with a minute’s silence to remember long time attendee of the Lotto, Bridget McCabe who died on the 5th of December. Bridget always introduced herself as one of the lotto committee and indeed she will be sorely missed. A great character gone too soon.
The numbers drawn on the 9th December were 11, 16, 18 and 30 and there were no winners of the 2,500.00 jackpot now tolled over to 2,600.00. The 5 lucky dippers each winning 20 were Sarah Duffy Traynor’s Shop, Sean McBrien Newtownbutler, Cormac McAdam Newtownbutler, M & M Heraghty Donegal and Brendan Newbliss. Well done to them!
The annual seasonal thank you party for the lotto crew took place on Monday 9th December which was generously sponsored by Packie McCarville The Creighton Hotel and James Connolly. Thank you to all sellers and tellers and most of all to everyone who buys our lotto tickets.
The Joint Club (Management) AGM was well attended on Sunday evening last and Brian Morgan opened the meeting as Club Secretary who proceeded to read last years minutes, there were no matters arising. The theme was to champion the good news
such as the 31 new members ( 23 novices, 6 returning members, 1 family membership and 2 new members), The continuing improvement of the course and the work done on the greens thanks to Paddy McKeown, Finbar and Hugh John. The “open all year round” condition of the course is attracting players to come and play, when their own course may be closed. Secretary Brian requested members to “brag” about our course and facilities at every opportunity. The Treasurer Tom Cassidy then presented his report which made satisfactory reading due in no small part to the fund-raising efforts of the Lotto, the Classic and fundraising evenings held during the year. Huge thanks to the people who organised same and in particular to Phil McCrystal, Mickey Connolly and the entire lotto team, Sammy Mealiff and Melvin Brogan and everyone who organised a fund-raising event or supported same. Treasurer Tom mentioned some unavoidable and essential expenses such as the fire department’s request for upgrading doors, the need for upgraded buggies and costs connected to the financing of the club. These are one off expenses so matters are improving. Secretary Brian then reflected the past year’s events especially the sad passing of life member and past Lady Captain Bridget McCabe, former member Eugene Cassidy and also Eamon Mullen who was one of the quietly busy members of the volunteer group. There were no Motions. Secretary Brian said that a presentation was to be made to long standing member Martin Taylor who joined the club in 1966 for all his dedication, work and wise guidance over the years. Martin Taylor was suitably humbled and rendered speechless, which is not usual for him. He was presented with a crystal commemorative and managed an emotional and heartfelt speech of gratitude. The election of officers then ensued. President Father Jerry White has concluded his 2 years of service and nominations for a new President were sought. Catherine Farrell was nominated, seconded and she graciously accepted the position and said she would do her very best as President of the club. Brian Morgan agreed to continue in his role as Secretary. Tom Cassidy, despite stating that he was standing down as Treasurer last April was persuaded to stay and will continue in the role for the coming year. The election of committee members then followed and the committee for 2020 are:
President Catherine Farrell, Secretary-Brian Morgan, Treasurer Tom Cassidy and serving members Captain Padraig Connolly, vice Captain Denis Parker, Lady Captain Bridie Keenan, elected members are Collette McCahery, Paddy McKeown, Gerry Traynor, Pat McCabe, Brid Finlay, Roberta Hamilton, Sammy Mealiff and John Fyfe. Teresa Hanawin kindly agreed to take on the role to monitor and control the direct debit members payments following the standing down of Kathleen Leonard who has done a marvellous job over the past 6 years
Under AOB, the ladies Secretary Collette McCahery requested that the ladies competition day be changed from a Thursday to a Wednesday, the meeting had no objection. The meeting was brought to a close by President Catherine Farrell who wished everyone a happy golfing season in 2020 .
The presentation of the Winter League prizes will be made on Thursday 12th December in the clubhouse at 8pm. There is a prize for everyone who played (at least 3 times) and nibbles will be supplied. The clubhouse will be looking festive so all ladies come along (even if you are not getting a prize) and enjoy the fun! There will be party games! The Par Pyramid, The Silver Medal and Bronze Medal, Silver Spoon and the Birdie Tree will be presented along with the weekly prizes for the latter months of the season.
Thank you to Lady Captain Bridie Keenan and the ladies club for putting up the Christmas decorations in the clubhouse! It looks very festive.
The numbers drawn on the 2nd December were 5, 8, 15 and 16 and there were no winners of the 2,400 jackpot now standing at 2,500. The 5 lucky dippers each winning 20 were Anne McManus C/O Toer Bar, Michelle McGlone Scotshouse, James McCaughey Clones, Tanya McCaffrey Kill and Darragh McCarren Tempo. Well done to them!
Men’s Club Annual General Meeting.
At the recently convened meeting of the Club’s A.G.M. the following were elected to run the affairs of the Club for 2020,
Captain. Padraig Connolly
Vice Captain. Denis Parker.
Secretary. Tommy McCormick
Treasurer. Pauric Geoghegan
Competition Sec. Paul Jenkins/ Joe Smith
Handicap. Sec. Leo Herbert
Committee. Melvin Brogan, Sammy Mealiff, Pat McCabe,
Kevin Collins, Frankie Dolan.
Auditor. Gerard Kelly