Club News

Monday 4th August 2014

Petesy is back
After a somewhat quiet start to the season Petesy McCoy returned with a vengeance last weekend as he returned an excellent 43 points to take his first prize of the season.
Have not been able to make it up to the club this weekend so I’M bereft of news and contrary to general opinion I am not going to make up any results—so Mattie you did not win, even in my dreams.
The only other result that I have to hand is from the Doubles where hot favourites Eugene McCullagh/John McCauley are through to the next round but were made to fight to the 18th by the young pairing of Cathal and Francis Simpson. I promise a complete update on all competitions in a fortnight as there will be no notes next week.
As has been the case this past couple of weeks on behalf of the Capatain, Committee and members sincere condolscences are passed to member Sean Cooney on the recent death of his sister and also to Past Captain Sean Cunningham on the death of his father Jimmy. May they rest in peace.

Monday 28th July 2014

Collie’s Boys Do It Again
Congratulations to Collie Stuttard and his Rossmore Cup team who for the second round running defied the odds to make it through to the semi-final of this prestigious competition. Trailing Nuremore G. C. 3-1 from the away leg and missing four of his regular team Collie had great faith in the men he took in and this was justified as the team won 3-1 at home and went through by a one hole margin. Not sure who they meet now but the squad that Collie has assembled could well be good enough to go the whole way.
On the home front this weekend was a Single Stableford compettiton but there were a few gremlins with the computer so I do not have the final result to hand. I do knoe that there were good cards returned by Seamus McNulty with 38 points, Michael McCreesh with the same score and Kenny Murphy with 37 points and Mattie Rice with 39 points. However I will be very surprised if these scores are not dwarfed by the time all the cards have been returned.
The Wednesday Cup continues to draw a good crowd each week and last Wednesday I managed to qualify for the play-off returning 21 points which was one in front of the very consistent Shane Kiernan. Still plenty of weeks left for those who have yet to make the grand play-off.
A reminder to those still in the Fred Daly that the closing date for round three is the 31st July. Garry O’Hare has to be the red hot favourite to take the title this year.
On behalf of the Captain, Committee and members sincere sympathy is expressed to Kiernan , Francis and Cathal Simpson on the death Kierans mother and the boys granny. Also sincere sympathy to member Noel Hughes on the death of his brothrt. May they rest in peace.

Monday 21st July 2014

Ruairi Is Captain’s Day Champ
A brilliant evening of competitive golf as thirty members made it through to the third nine. A big crowd remained around the 18th green to welcome in all the members who made it through, the beautiful weather and an odd pint also proving an attraction.
Niall Hughes was the first to post what seemed might be a winning score but the eventual winner came out of the last three ball and it was young Ruairi Murchen who held off the challenge of first 18 leader Joe Murphy to claim the Captain’s prize. The gross prize went to John McCauley, Niall Hughes took third place, Seamus Kane was 4th, Gareth McLoughlin received the 1st 18 trophy, with Noel Hughes taking the Seniors prize. The nines went to Damien Ross, Raymond Murphy and Brian McGuinness. Peter McBride took the Juvenile prize with Oisin McLoughlin in second place. The visitors prize went to Peter Clerkin.
Captain Seamus McNulty presented all the prizes at the conclusion of the third nine, and in his speech he thanked all who had made the day so successful. He congratulated Donal on the excellent course conditions and the restaurant staff for all their help and co-operation.
Last week I did mention a few notables who failed to make the cut and was asked today how I had gone. Well a whopping big eight on the 15th was one reason why I did not make it. Could probably give you 17 other reasons as well. Well Paul McCann told me he had an eleven on the 17th so I’m in good company.
Some recent Fred Daly results include Garry O’Hare beating Clint Rushe, Niall Hughes winning out over Stephen Campbell, Petesy McCoy overcoming the in form Ruairi Murchen, Collie Stuttard beating Mattie Rice but the result of the round must be Kevin Watters who put out reigning champion Declan Campbell.
In the Doubles Gareth McLoughlin/Jim McLoughlin beat Paddy McKeown/Mickey McShane, Pat and Jim Malone accounted for Larry Crilly/Mickey McCreesh while hot favourites Garry OHare/Raymond Murphy beat Mattie Rice/Terry Mulholland.
Last Wednesday Night the winner was Noel Callan with Paul Kelly in second place.
The Player of the Year standings remain very close with John McCauley, Philip Hughes, John Murphy, Gareth McLoughlin and Paul Kelly all within a few points.
On a sad note the Captain, committee and members want to record their sincere sympathy to member and Past Captain Michael Savage and the entire Savage family and the recent death of Sinead at such an early age. May She Rest In Peace.

Monday 2nd July 2014

Jim Certainly Can Fix It
With superb weather and excellent course conditions Kenny Murphy enjoyed a brilliant first President’s Day. With over ninety members lining out it was going to be a very difficult task to qualify for the third nine. The early pace was set by Damian McMahon who returned a net 63 which turned out to be the leading score after the first 18.Immediate Past President Jim McLoughlin carded a 65 with Matt Rice, Cathal Simpson retuning nets 66. Squeezed in between these was Michael McCreesh who carded a 64.
With level par making the cut there was a total of thirty out for the third nine. Again conditions were superb and a good crowd of spectators surrounded the 18th green. At the end of the third there was no doubting the winner as Jim McLoughlin built on his first 18 to finish with a total of 94.5. Four shots adrift was John Shields, with Gerry Farrell taking third and Matt Rice in 4th place. Cathal Simpson took the Gross prize, Michael McCreesh had the first 18, the nines were taken by Philip Hughes, Seamus Kane and Thomas McKenna. Vice Captain Petesy McCoy went off with the Senior prize (could,nt believe you were that age Petesy). The juvenile prizes were also presented and I have misled the names but will publish this next week.
President Kenny presented all his prizes and congratulated all recipients, thanked the Committee for all their work in preparation for the day and congratulated Donal on the excellent course conditions.
Captain Seamus McNulty then presented his Drive-In prizes and the results of that was as follows.
Cathal Simpson( Kierans son, only way Kieran can get a mention) took first prize,The Gross prize went to Paul McCann, Philip Hughes took the Division 1 prize with Joe Kindlon securing the Division 2.Declan Campbell and John McCauley took the nines with Noel Hughes lifting the Senior prize.
The evening concluded with the running of a Nite@ the Races and sincere thanks to all who contributed to this. There was also a few songs and an odd bit of craic.
Rossmore Victory
Congratulations to Collie Stuttard and his Rossmore Cup team who overturned a 3-1 away defeat with a superb 4-0 home victory over a very strong Downpatrick team. The next opponents are not yet known but confidence is high within the team.
Captain’s Day is Sunday 14th and the Time-sheet is available in the club house.
There is a Committee meeting at 9.30 this Wednesday.
Will give you an update of the Fred Daly and Doubles competitions next week.

Monday 16th June 2014

Heartache for Juveniles
After their great win over Killymoon our Ronan Rafferty team were extremely unlucky to lose 21-19 to a very strong Edenmore team. Despite this loss Convenors Damian and Gareth are more than satisfied with the improvement of all the Juveniles and hopefully the coaching and competitions will be able to continue in the Saturday morning slot. New members are always welcome.
Rossmore are the only success story
Congratulations to Collie Stuttard and his Rossmore Cup team as they completed an excellent home win to secure the tie against a highly fancied Edenmore team. Having secured an excellent away leg win there was always a chance of a slip up but Collie has put together a very talented team and hopefully they can go far in this competition. Next up is a visit to Downpatrick .
In the Sam Rutherford competition we were unable to overcome a very strong Omagh side and missed out by a total of eight holes over the two rounds. There was a similar story in the Junior Cody as Paul Kelly’s team were outgunned by our near neighbours Clover Hill. Not suggesting anything of course but is Paul not a Mullaghbawn man!!
In the Holmpatrick Cup qualifying round last weekend it was a clear cut win for the pairing of Collie Stuttard and Gareth McLoughlin who returned 45 points, well in front of any other pair.
In this weekends Single Stableford, Eclectic competition, no one could match the excellent 46 points returned by the in form Kevin McCauley.
The Doubles match-play deadline has been extended to the 25th June, to accommodate those members who have been playing inter-club games( at least that is what Christy told me). The highlight of Round 1 to date has to be the victory of Kieran Simpson/Gerry Fegan over the pairing of Niall Clarke/Shane Kieran. This now makes the Simpson/Fegan pairing firm favourites to take this years title (well you know my record of making people favourites). There was also an excellent win for Michael McShane and Paddy McKeown over the fancied pairing of pearse Maginnis/Tom Smith.
The Fred Daly first round is now complete and there was a great win for Tom Smith over the hotly fancied Kevin Donnelly (must buy Kevin a strimmer), and for Joe Kindlon over past winner Paddy McKeown. Good to know you got through one round Joe!!
Next Sunday is President’s day and as a full turn out for Kenny is expected a timesheet is in operation and members must sign up to a time. The competition is over 27 holes with the usual conditions, and after the third nine there will be the presentations and a Nite@ The Races. All members, old and new are asked to support this fund-raiser. Good luck to all on the day.

Monday 26th May 2014

Excellent Result in Edenmore
Collie Stuttard’s Rossmore Cup Team secured an excellent result in their away leg last Sunday and have a one match advantage going into the home tie next weekend, and while there is nothing definite in sport I would expect the team to make it through to the next round.
In our Fred Daly match-play Philip Hughes beat Robert Toman on the 15th, Kevin McCauley had an excellent win over the in-form Pat Malone. Sean McLoughlin beat Joe Martin Garry O’Hare won the battle of the big hitters accounting for Paul McCann and Petesy McCoy won his battle with Kieran Bellew on the 16th.
Kenny Murphy won last Wednesday with 21 points and this pushes him into second place in the overall standing, just behind Kevin Donnelly and a couple ahead of Mattie Rice.
In the Player of the Year standing the leader is Michael McCreesh (I know), followed closely by Philip Hughes and Malachy O’Rourke.
This weekends competition was part of the Eclectic series and the early pace was set by Joe Kindlon with 39 points, with good returns also from Terry Mulholland and Larry Crilly.
Presidents Day
The Presidents Day competition has been put back a couple of weeks to 22nd June and also on that evening we will have the running of the Nite @ the Races. The presentation of prizes for the Presidents Day and the Captains Drive In will take place prior to the horse racing commencing. Any member who has yet to purchase a horse is asked to contact Michael Savage as he has still some stable room.
Competition Convenor Christy has requested that there should be no match-play on Wednesday evenings, so as to accommodate the Wednesday Cup.

Monday 19th May 2014

Juveniles secure super win
Congratulations to Gareth, Damian and the Ronan Rafferty Juvenile team who had a great victory over a highly rated Killymoon team by a score-line of 14.5 to 3.5.
In the Pierce Purcell competition our team were unable to match the feat of the Juveniles as they failed to secure a qualifying berth out of Tandragee. The Rossmore Cup team under the Captaincy of Collie Stuttard were away to Edenmore this weekend and next weekend it will be the turn of the Sam Rutherford team who are up against a very strong Omagh side.
Last weekends Three man Scramble was won with 58.5 net by the threesome of Collie Stuttard, Kevin Donnelly and Seamus McNulty.
This weekend was set aside for the first round of the Fred Daly and I know for certain that John McCauley and Petesy McCoy both made it through to the next round. There was a very close battle between Philip Hughes and Robert Toman but notsure who eventually got the upper hand.
On behalf of the Captain, committee and members sincere sympathy is sent to our Vice-Captain Petesy McCoy on the recent sad death of his brother. May He Rest In Peace.

Monday 5th May 2014

Apologies (I’ll blame Christy)
My apologies to the tried and trusted pairing of John Murphy and Michael McBride who had in fact returned a superb net 63.5 to win last weekends Foursomes competition. So once again my apologies and also to Philip and Garry who thought they had won, but hadn’t. Nothing for second place in this club boys.
This weekend was a Major Stable-ford and I have no doubt that I have the correct winner as I happened to be playing with him. Micheal McCreesh, despite having to get up a couple of times during the night to look after Larry’s cow that is due to give birth, returned an excellent 40 points to take the overall prize. Paul Kelly returned the same score but was beaten on a count-back and had to be satisfied with the Division 2 prize. Philip Hughes took the Division 1 prize with 38 points. I promise you will not have it taken away this week Philip. Young Stephen Campbell showed a good return to last years form by taking the Gross prize, with nines being won by Robert Toman and Kevin Donnelly.
Last Wednesday night the prize went to Kieran Watters with 22 points and once again there was an excellent turn out for this ever popular competition.
In the Player of the Year table it is Philip Hughes who leads the way with 154 points, followed by Joe Kindlon with 152, Declan Campbell 148 and Kevin Donnelly with 147. So its all very tight after the first couple of months.
Next weekend there will be a Three-man –Scramble and this fun format should get all involved and maybe even give Rodney a chance. Might help make up for his disappointment over Liverpool losing out!!
Congratulations to our Ronan Rafferty Juvenile team who put up an excellent display to come away from the strong Killymoon club with a 10-10 result. Gareth informs me that they are quietly confident of finishing the job at Ashfield next Saturday. Best of luck lads and anyone who has an hour to spare might pop up and cheer them on.
A reminder that Presidents Day is on Sunday 1st June and a Time-sheet will be in operation.
The draw for the Fred Daly and the Doubles Matchplay will have taken place on Sunday so check the notice-board to see who you have to play. I fancy Michael McCreesh—that is to win the Fred Daly—I don’t actually fancy him.

Monday 28th April 2014

Garry and Philip prove a good pairing
This weekends competition was a Foursomes format and although this is not the most favourite format for many members there was still an excellent turnout. Declan Campbell and Seamus Kane continued their good doubles form from last year as the set the early target with 66. Christy O’Brien and Padraig Daly proved to be another good pairing but they were unable to match the 65 returned by Garry O’Hare and Philip Hughes. Hopefully the cards returned will help Pierce Purcell Captain Raymond to finalise his team for the qualifying round in two weeks times.
Wednesday Cup
This competition continues to be a popular midweek break and last week it was Aidan Carragher who proved to be the midweek specialist as he returned 25 points over the nine holes. Mattie Rice told me he was going well with 19 after eight but even an eagle at the 9th would not have caught Aidan. ps He did not eagle it, seemingly some sand got in the way!!
Next Wednesday is week four so anyone, like myself, who has yet to feature had better make a start.
Fred is back
Next Sunday will see the draws for both the Fred Daly Singles and the Doubles match-play. Christy has informed me that fees must be paid for the competitions if members want to be in the draw. Now you have been warned—someone please tell Thomas Hughes.
Best wishes to Gareth/Damian and the Ronan Rafferty team as they head to Killymoon next weekend.
Best wishes also to the lads heading on their annual trip to Scotland next weekend.
I have seen many a sight at Ashfield over the years, as we waited on the 7th tee-box on Sunday the effort that Kieran Simpson and his playing partners Gerry Fegan and Eugene McCullagh went to, in order to retrieve Kieran’s ball out of the water was hard to believe. At one point Gerry was seen coming with half a tree. Thought it would have been easier for Kieran to walk across the water—he does think he is a golfing God!! Must have been a very personal ball-maybe Caroline bought it for him.
On behalf of the Captain, Committee and members sincere sympathy is sent to Committee member and Past Captain Raymond Murphy and the recent death of his mother Lily. May She Rest In Peace.

Monday 13th April 2014

The first real signs of Spring encouraged a good turn out of members for the weekends Stroke competition. The sun shone brightly on Sunday morning and there was not a cloud in the sky, although there did seem to be a few in Eugene McCullagh’s head after a somewhat late Saturday night.
In keeping with the conditions there were a number of sub seventy returns made, with Pearse Maginnis and Kenny Murphy showing that there is still some life left in older(more mature) members as with John Shields they carded net 66.
However this was not enough to get any of these three into the prizes as top prize went to young Kieran Bellew who returned a net 64 while the Division One Category went to John McCauley with a net 65 and the Division Two prize was taken by Noel Hughes who carded a very good net 66.
Due to some technical difficulties it was necessary to postpone the Night at the Races on Saturday but this will take place in May. The exact date has yet to be confirmed. All who bought a horse can rest assured that they will be fed and watered between now and the race night ( the horse that is).
Next weekend is the usual Easter competition, and is a Single Stroke format. The competition can be played over the Saturday, Sunday or Monday and you may enter each day if you are so inclined.
The Wednesday cup got of to an excellent start with almost 50 members out the first evening. As has been the case over the past number of years the scoring was very close and Mattie Rice, Kenny Murphy and Raymond Murphy all returned 22 points over the nine holes. Not sure who won on the count-back but I’m sure someone will tell me—probably Raymond!!
Don’t forget Tom Rushe’s Lourdes Three-Person-Scramble on Saturday 26th . Lots of super prizes on offer.

Monday 6th April 2014

Kenny on Fire(no not literally)
Kenny Murphy continued his excellent early season form as he took this weekends Major Single Stableford competition. Kenny returned a superb net 43 points in very blustery and at times wet conditions. Kevin McCauley took second place with 40 points with Mattie Rice and Damian McMahon both a further point back.
In the early stages of the Player of The Year it is Crossmaglens Joe Kindlon who is on top of the list closely followed by Kenny Murphy, keven McCAULEY AND Mattie Rice.
Apologies to John Shields as I mistakenly give Tom Rushe credit last week for partnering Terry Mulholland to win the four-ball-better ball competition. It was of course John who was Terry’s partner.
Tom was on my mind as he had asked me to mention that his annual Three Person Scramble in aid of the Lourdes Committee will take place on the 26th April. Usual conditions will apply.
Next weekends competition is a Single Stroke(yes I have checked), the following weekend is the same format, while the weekend of the 26th/27th says a Foursome format as Raymond tries to get his Pierce Purcell team finalised.
Night @ the Races
Saturday the 12th sees our Night at the Races in the Club House. It is planned to commence at 9.00pm and all members are asked to turn up and support this very important fund raiser and it is usually an evening of great craic. Hopefully the Reporter will join the Examiner in buying a horse!!
The prizes for The Captains Drive-In will be presented on the night. So if you have one to collect be there!!
Club Membership
A reminder to anyone who has yet to pay Club membership to the Treasurer that this must be done by next weekend as the GUI list will be amended after this.
Wednesday Cup is Back
This Wednesday sees the commencement of the 9-hole Wednesday Cup competition and as stated last week as well as the usual individual prize there is an extra competition this year, and more details about this will be released at the appropriate time (exciting ain’t it)
Juvenile coaching and competitions continue each Saturday morning. Newcomers are always welcome.

Monday 31st March 2014

Malachy and Joe in the prizes
This weekends competition was a Stableford Singles format and Malachy O’Rourke returned 40 points to take the Category 1 prize while Joe Kindlon continued his good recent form by taking the Category 2 prize with 38 points.
Last weekend Terry Mulholland got back into the winners enclosure as he and partner Tom Rushe won the Four–Ball-Better Ball competition.
A reminder to members that the Nite@ the Races will take place on Saturday 12th April and all are asked to support this event. Names of horses and monies should be with Michael Savage by Wednesday night as they go for printing the next day.
There will be a Committee meeting this Wednesday night.
Next weekends competition is, I think, a Single Stroke format, but just in case I’m wrong check the web site—would hate to put anyone on the wrong track.
The Wednesday Cup gets back into action on the 9th April and this very popular competition has a slight variation this year, so make sure you get of to a good start.

Monday 17th March 2014

Raymond’s trial a success
Raymond Murphy was content that the Foursome competition played last weekend gave him a good insight to the players available for the qualifying round of the Pierce Purcell. Perhaps his contentment was partly due to the fact that the competition was won by himself and Kenny someone as they returned a net 63.5 edging out Christy O’Brien/Aidan Carragher by just half a shot.
This Sunday sees the official start of thee 2014 summer season with the Drive-ins for the respective Captains Seamus McNulty and Breige Hearty. All members wish both Captains a successful and rewarding year and they will have the backing of members in all their endeavours.
Seamus got his Drive-in off to the perfect start as using the Michael Rock Driver he planted his Tee-shot firmly down the middle of the first. Showing the Captain due respect Vice-Captain Petesy McCoy and Secretary Paul McCann made sure that their drives finished a respectful distance behind that of Seamus. I’m fairly sure Paul had to hold back a bit on his, think Petesy was giving it all he had—late nights do eventually catch up on you.
As expected there was an excellent turn out of members all keen to get their year off to a winning start. The early risers all returned good scores but the best of these was the net 65 from Declan Campbell, perhaps showing that he should have been cut a few more shots last year. Kevin O’Neill was also going well, if the 30 yard putt I saw him hole on the 17th was any indication.
Will not have the full returns in time for this week so a full report will be available next week. At the time of reporting the lead is held by Philip Hughes who returned an excellent 63, with an super start and finish to his round, even if the middle section was slightly below par. In second place was Shane Kieran but I have a feeling that there will be other low scores to come.
Good to see that our snazzy dressers in 2013 Patrick Malone and Kieran Simpson tried to continue the trend but they were definitely outdone by the very colourful Kevin Donnelly— now that’s what I call class. Perhaps we should have a dress day for one of our competitions.
A reminder to all members and friends that we are running a nite @ the races on Saturday 12th April. Horses can be purchased at £20—no one ask Michael McCreesh as I already have him and Larry.

Monday 3rd March 2014

Apologies for having no notes last week, I was on Grand-dad duty, despite what certain members might think.
Last weekends competition was a Single Stableford and was won by Kenny with 44 points followed by Philip ( how did you know I missed a penalty) Hughes with 42 points.
This weekends competition was a Single stroke and Paul McCann, playing off 7 recorded an excellent 62 which matched the 62 of John Shields(17), but as Paul had the best last 6 he took first place. This was an excellent score by Paul considering he recorded a four over par 8 at the 17th.
Christy has pencilled in a Foursome competition next weekend, he claims because the Pierce Purcell captain requested it, personally I think he has another reason—me a cynic- no way??
On a more serious note Juvenile Convenor Gareth has asked me to write that Juvenile coaching commences next Saturday at 9.00. All juvenile members and any other boys or girls who want to avail of the excellent coaching on hand are asked to turn up. Remember we will then only be one week away from the Captains Drive-In.
A reminder to all Senior members that the time-sheet for Captains Drive-In will be available next weekend. Seamus has worked hard for the club over the years so I will expect all members to come out and support his drive-In.

Monday 17th February 2014

Despite Larry Team South Win Through-Rodney Accepts Wooden Spoon with Grace (who is Grace?)
Larry Crilly (Team South) commiserated with Northern Captain Rodney Quinn and assured him that over the three weeks he did his best to ensure a Northern victory as he managed to lose all three of his matches. Despite this effort it was the Southern team who won through as they overcame the 8-6 deficit to win the singles by a whopping 12-5 scoreline to give Captain Ruairi Murchen a second weekend to celebrate. Last weekend it was the birth of a baby boy, and all the Northern team were hoping that he would be unable to make it and leave Kevin Donnelly in charge (Kevin I was told to write this-honest).
For Team South there were wins for Ruari Murchen over his opposite Captain, Mattie Rice (how did he make team South?), Tom Rushe, Kevin Donnelly, Paul Kelly, Michael McCreesh (yes not a misprint), Kieran Bellew, Petesy McCoy, Padraig Daly(did he not hitch a ride with Seamus?) and Nial Clarke.
The matches between Philip Hughes/Raymand Murphy, Eugene McCullagh/Shane Kierans, Joe Kindlon/Jim Malone and Pearse Maginnis/Jim McLoughlin ended all square while Team North’s only winners were Paul McCann, Gareth McLoughlin and Michael Smith.
So congratulations to Ruairi and his team but more importantly all the funds raised will be going to the Special Baby Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital (requested by Gareth McLoughlin).
Committee meeting this Wednesday night at 8.30.
A reminder to members that Club membership must be paid on or before Captains Drive-In, which is scheduled for Sunday 16th March.
Next weekend’s competition is a Single Stableford and may be an opportunity for one of us to get a win as many members are away on the annual pilgrimage to Spain . Best wishes to all who are going, don’t you worry about the rest of us being cold and wet.

Monday 10th February 2014

It’s Still not the Ryder Cup but it is close
The golfing gods were certainly shining on Sunday morning as the incessant rain of Saturday give way to beautiful sunshine and the second round of matches lived up to all the hype that had been floating across Facebook all week.
The first match went the way of the South as Gerry Fegan/Mattie Rice proved too strong for the Aidan Carragher/Robbie Toman pairing. It was all square after the second game as Gary Loughran/Jim Malone had a two and one victory over Jim McCloughklin/Raymaond Murphy. Match three went to the North as the strong pairing of Gareth McLoughlin/Philip Hughes overcame the Mullaghbawn pair of Kenny Murphy/Paul Kelly.The next three matches ended all square as Kieran Simpson/Eugene McCullagh rallied from three down on the 15th to get the half against Kieran Bellew/Terry Mulholland, the same result for the tie between Paddy McKeown/Christy O’Brien and Padraig Daly/Mickey McCreesh while the Norths Captain Rodney Quinn partnered by Paul McCann scraped a share against the Souths stand in Captain Kevin Donnelly and Tom Rushe.In the final tie the Camlough pairing of Michael Smith/Pearse Maginnis stole a win over Larry Crilly/Petesy McCoy. Larry will be happy to explain. All this means that the score going into next Sundays singles is the North are leading by a score of 8-6. The draw will be made, fairly, at 8.30 and hopefully Ruairi will be back to rally the South(not that Kevin did a bad job)
The Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday night has been deferred to Wednesday19th, this to allow Michael Smith watch Arsenal get beaten. Amazing how Secretary Paul McCann can be so generous after a 5-1 win.
On behalf of the Captain, Committee, Management and members sincere condolences are sent to member Garry O’Hare, past member Paddy O’Hare and the O’Hare family on their recent bereavement. May He Rest In Peace.

Monday 27th January 2014

“Ryder” Cup washed out
Sunday morning lashing rain meant that the proposed start of the “Ryder” Cup competition did not materialise and the intention is that this will now start next Sunday with the draw being made at 8.30. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us all then.
Apologies Needed
I had, (not my fault as I report what I,m told), listed the last two competition winners incorrectly. Kevin Donnelly had in fact pipped Kenny Murphy on the weekend of the 12th January and last weekend Eamon McCann had returned an excellent 39 points over fifteen holes but Christy was unaware of this. Apologies to Kevin and Eamon and one more slip up Christy and your history.
It would seem that I also listed Captains Drive-In as the 9th of March when in fact it is the 16th March. Someone is going to have to get their act together.
As already stated the “Ryder” Cup format will hopefully get under way next Sunday, weather permitting.
Good news on the dining front as the new restaurant management are up and running and the reports that I have received are that the quality of food is excellent and the service as always is top class.
On a sad note the Captain, Committee and members want to express their sincere condolences to Donal and the Murtagh family on the recent death of Mrs Murtagh. May she Rest in Peace.

Monday 20th January 2014

Happy New year To All
Welcome to 2014. It has been a quiet few weeks on the course with many members still taking their Winter break. No doubt that a good few will follow Terry Mulholland’s well tried motto of not playing until the bumble bee hits the window.
Newly elected President Kenny Murphy set his year in motion as he took first prize on the weekend of 11th/12th returning a very respectable 36 points over the allocated 15 holes. This week it was the turn of Rodney Quinn whose 34 points was enough to edge out a few others on the count-back rule—getting fed up of this!!
Christy is currently drawing up the competition schedule for the season and two dates already to plan for is captain’s Drive-In scheduled for the 9th March and before this the “Ryder” Cup format competition promoted last year by Jim McLoughlin which will be run over three weeks commencing the 26th January. As with last year there will be a north –south split of members ( not as in the wee north and the republic), but the geographical make up of members. If you want to participate in this competition, all monies to a charitable cause, you must get your name on the sheet before the last Sunday in January. Some suggestions for the Charity to benefit from this competition have been made but no final decision has been taken so any member with a good cause in mind please forward this to a Committee member. The two Captains for the respective areas will be Rodney Quinn and Ruairi Murchen—good luck to both-they will certainly need it.
As stated the season programme is being drawn up so any member who can secure a sponsor for a competition please let Michael Savage know as soon as possible.
Club subscription 2014.
All members are asked to check the notice-boards regarding details of Club Membership subscription for the year. There is a slight change this year and information reference details for insurance purposes is essential.
Handicap Convenor Malachy reported to the Committee reference the annual review of handicaps and there are some amendments so members are asked to check the updated print-out. There will be some happy men and others who may be a little less happy. Will Kieran Simpson be happy? Is he ever happy?
Apologies to Terry Mulholland, met him on Sunday and he informed me that he has been playing all winter—never noticed this on the scoreboard Terry, or perhaps the bumble bees have become confused with the seasons!!
Happy 2014 to all.