GUI-Ulster Branch Officers Visit Clones.

The Ulster Branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland is composed of two committees, namely the Provincial Council and the Match and Handicap committee.  Each year they play a challenge match against each other at various clubs around the province and on this occasion they chose Clones for their annual outing in recognition of our centenary year celebrations. The match took place on Wednesday 19th June and the great and the good of the elite of Ulster golf converged on the club early for an 11.30 a.m. start. Other than branch Secretary, Kevin Stephens
who was unable to travel and sent his apologies there was a full turnout.  The Captain Gerard, President Martin, Men’s Secretary Kevin and Competition Secretary Micky were invited to participate as guests while Stephen Trant and Melvyn Brogan were drafted in at short notice to
replace two officers who were unable to play. The match was a fourball betterball with the five best cards to count and the Provincial Council emerged victorious on this occasion. The general impression of the course and facilities was very favourable. They found the course interesting, very scenic, magnificent greens and very challenging, a
fact that was reflected in the scoring and all were loud in their praise for
the clubhouse and the catering. In his welcoming address the Captain, Gerard Kelly said the club was proud and privileged that such an august body of gentlemen visited our club during our centenary year. Clones is a small club and this visit has bestowed a great honour on the club.  In reply Mr Peter Sinclair, Chairman of the Ulster Branch said that he was delighted to accept the invitation to hold this match in Clones and when he mentioned that the day was an outstanding success he knew he was speaking on behalf of everybody concerned. The GUI don’t often visit small clubs, that is clubs with small memberships but as a result of this
outing Peter hoped to do more of it in the future. He thanked the club for
their hospitality and the efforts they made to make everybody welcome and wished the club well for the remainder of the centenary year.