Golfer of the year competition nears an end in Westport

Golf

Balla

In last weekend’s stableford competition, sponsored by Cox’s, Castlebar’s Tommy Foy was the winner. Foy finished with a score of 53, just one ahead of Aodan MacSuibhne who finished on 54. Padraic Cuffe was the third placed man also finishing on a score of 54, but losing out on second place thanks to MacSuibhne’s better scoring on the back nine. The gross prize went to James Lavin. The ladies’ competition was won by Imelda Flatley who shot a 53. Carmel Costello came home in second place after scoring a 55, and Mary Gillard took third with a 56 on the back nine. The youths’ prize was claimed by Marissa Brett who shot a 62. The winner of this weekend’s competition will receive the Joe Leavy memorial trophy. Members are reminded that the club outing to Mulranny will take place on Septmber 25 and those interested are asked to get their names in as soon as possible.

Ballina

The Sunday stableford competition, sponsored by Caffrey’s picture framing service, was won by Kenny Casey on 41pts. Second place went to Kenneth Sheridan who scored 40pts, with Michael McNamara coming third on 49pts. The hookers and slicers gala day took place last Saturday in Castlebar and John Carden was the man to come out on top with a score of 43pts. Martin Maguire came home in second with Paul Cawley third.

This weekend is the club classic, which will run from today, Friday, to Sunday. The competition is open to ladies, gents, and visitors and the entry fee is €100 per team. The competition is sponsored by Ballina Beverages and there are lots of valuable prizes on offer. For more information contact Tina in the club office on 096 21050.

The Ballina ladies, who won the Connacht challenge cup recently, will head to Donabate Golf club on September 25 to play in the All-Ireland semi-finals. The team is made up of Josephine O’Hora, Eithne Daly, Shauna Smith, Marie McLoughlin, and Ann McLoughlin.

Ballyhaunis

The Eddie Murphy menswear sponsored Cassidy cup for ladies was won by Margaret Dyer with a score of 41 points. The category 0-24 was won by Kathleen Fanning, with Helen Cleary taking the category 25-36 win. The gents’ competition was claimed by Liam Rochford who score 65. David Murphy came second with a 67, while Derek Walsh won the gross prize thanks to a score of 76.

Castlebar

The Lady President Maureen Tobin's prize was held on Sunday and Carmel Moran showed that she is no longer the bridesmaid and won first place with a great score of 65. Carmel has been second in many majors but managed to bring in a massive score to finally break her streak by beating Francis O'Dowd into second place on countback. Lady President Maureen Tobin had a great turnout for her day and night and was blessed with the weather as the rain held off till after all the ladies had completed their rounds.

Claremorris

The CBE sponsored competition last weekend was claimed by Peter Hynes who scored 68. The category one prize was won by Peter Coen who scored 71. Brian Cavanagh hit 72 nett to claim category 2, and Mark Killeen won the category 3. The ladies’ competition was won by Una Clarke who hit 71 on her round, and Stephanie Morley came home in second place.

Westport

As mentioned last week, John Gavin won the Liam Walsh Plate. Honourable mentions must also go to all the other prize-winners Eamon Lawlor, Pat McIntyre, and Teddy Walsh, and category winners Gar Golden, Bill Hopkins, Tom Reilly, and Padraig Cunningham.

Ian Walsh has had a week he’ll remember for a long time. He won back to back open days at Castlebar and Westport on Tuesday and Wednesday, and followed this with a podium finish in Ballinrobe on Thursday. In total he bettered his handicap by four shots in three days and now plays off 7.

Joe Kelly enters the first of the GOY playoffs next Sunday having established a 1,000 point lead over his nearest rival, Michael Lavelle. In previous years Joe’s coronation as champion golfer would have taken place weeks ago but with the new format, the golfer of the year title is still all to play for.

Joe currently stands on 2,525 points but, with 1,750 points going to the winner in each of the next two competitions, nothing can be taken for granted.

A reminder that only those gents who have competed in six GOY competitions to date will be eligible to collect points in next Sundays’ competition.

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