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.

Inter Club Competitions.

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.