Club Notes – 1st September 2015


Joe Kennedy (21) was the popular winner of Mr Frankie Houston’s Presidents Prize on Saturday past, which thankfully was played on a beautiful day weather wise.  Joe returned an excellent total of 42 pts, despite a blank hole at the first, Joe had raced to the turn carding 22pts and a further 20pts on the back nine saw him set his winning total that held up for the remainder of the day. Joe, a relative newcomer to the game, expressed his gratitude to the President on the wonderful prize, and then going on to thank all who had congratulated him on his win and added he felt he was inspired from above as he felt his dad Vincent who passed away a fortnight ago was looking down on him and would have been a very proud man at his achievement. The unlucky runner up was Nicky Patton (6) who had put a faultless back nine together of two under playing the last but an uncharacteristic loose drive left him largely blocked out and led to a bogey 5 which ultimately cost him the win, nevertheless his total of 41 pts was excellent golf and only one over par on the day. Garvin Godfrey (13) finished in third place also with 41pts thanks mainly to a very strong finish where he parred the last four holes although he may point to a double bogey 6 at the 14th hole which also may have cost him dearly. Gary King (17) was one of the early starters and his morning return of 39 pts held on to take fourth position with Michael Thompson (14) fifth with 38 pts. Fred McGavigan (4) took yet another gross prize in a fantastic season for him once again, his 33 pts being just enough on the day. The nines went to Jason Gourley (10) with 22 pts for the outward nine and to Mark McCrea (10) who had a similar total for the inward nine.
The President received many plaudits for his excellent post dinner speech thanking everyone who had not only helped him on his big day but throughout his tenure to date.

As a prelude to Presidents Day the Presidents Mixed Foursomes was played on Wednesday past with 26 pairs competing despite the incessant rainy and cold conditions on the night. The winners were Margaret Wolfe and Gerry Casey with 31pts for the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Mary McCrory and Maurice McGettigan with 29 pts with Kathleen Hoynes and Francie Devine in third with 28pts, the gross prize went to Lorna Duffy and Dr Ciaran Kelly.

Saffron Indian Restaurant Open
The final Thursday open event of the season also went to Dr Ciaran Kelly (11) with 38 pts, Ciaran has thankfully bounced back from his recent illness in great fashion, the runner up was Fred McGavigan also with 38 pts with Dr Paul Armstrong (18)  third with 37pts,the gross prize went to Conal Cooke (2) with 32 gross pts.

Bank of Ireland Holiday Open
The final Monday open of the season was also played this week sponsored by the Bank of Ireland Open, the winner was Martin Patton (12) with 38pts, with Fred McGavigan (4) again featuring to take second place with 37 pts, Hugo McCusker (12) took third place also with 37 pts with Paddy Kennedy taking the gross prize with on this occasion with 33 pts.

Last week’s Ladies competition was for the Lady Captains Charity and saw Catherine Connolly (20) take the top prize with 36pts, the categories went to Bernie O’Kane (20) with 35pts and Carole McFeeters who had 35pts in category two.

In club representative golf this week Sean MacIntyres Lawson Cup team had a good first leg final result on Sunday against Castlehume, putting in a very strong finish to secure a 13-3 lead. Oliver McNally’s O’Hare Cup team have a tough task in their final after a narrow 10-6 win over Black Lion G.C and will have to play well in Thursday’s second leg at the Co. Cavan venue. Peter Doherty’s Donegal Senior League team have also advanced beating Portsalon GC. after Conal Cooke won in a play-off at the Donegal venue almost holing his second shot, the match having previously finished level overall at 7 matches each and the teams had run out of time to complete the tie.

The popular JJ’s Monday Club team event will commence on Monday next the 7th September with the Thursday club set to begin on Thursday 10th September. The Thursday club are running an 186 holes qualifying sweep this Thursday 3rd September £3 which includes 2’s.

The timesheet for the Captains Outing to Portsalon G.C. on Saturday 4th October will be posted this weekend

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Deane Wolfe
Entries are still being taken for Last Man Standing which begins on Sat 12th September.
Tommy has organised the return of the Club Dinner this year on Saturday 7th November with tickets costing £20, music will follow the meal with the fantastic “Lee Roy Brown band” this event is aimed at all members with both the ladies and gents section invited to attend.

Wednesday 02 September – Mixed
Thursday 03 September – Thursday Club
Friday 04 September – Lady Past Captain’s Day
Saturday 05 September – Bistro 49 – Medal
Sunday 06 September – BP Day – Open
Monday 07 September – JJ Monday Club
Tuesday 08 September – Members’ Cup Ladies

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