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Westport winter league runners-up: From Left to right: Joe O'Haire, Bill Hopkins, Sean Fitzgerald (Captain), Kieran McGettigan, John English.

Westport winter league runners-up: From Left to right: Joe O'Haire, Bill Hopkins, Sean Fitzgerald (Captain), Kieran McGettigan, John English.

Ballyhaunis Golf Club

In the April 5 competition Padraic Cunnane won the junior section with a score of 34 playing off 19. Mage Hierons won the ladies section with a score of 35 off 15, with Ann Greenway coming home a shot behind with a handicap of 32. The men’s competition was won by Dave Hierons who shot a 47 off 21, five points back in second place with a 42 was Ivan Freeley and John Doyle came second with a 41 off seven.

Diramuid Finnegan won junior section in the April 12 competition with a score of 40, Mariette Potgieter won the ladies’ section with a score of 36 on the back nine and Joan McGuire came second with a score of 36. The gents section was won by Derek Walsh with a score of 41, Edward Webb came second with a 40 off 14.

Westport Golf Club

Next Sunday April 19, will see the District Day Competition taking place in memory of the late Jim Lyons. In a slight change in format from last year’s competition, teams need not be from the same district.

However, it is expected that a number of teams may enter into the spirit of the competition as bragging rights between the residents of Rosbeg, Carrowholly, Carrabawn, Kings Hill, Knockranny, Fahy and Slogger can be very important on the night of the presentation.

Jim Lyons loved his golf. He celebrated his 80th birthday with a family fourball in Carrowholly teeing it up that morning at 8.30am. He never visited the prize table that often but holds a unique golfing distinction. On the 40th anniversary of the recording of the Buddy Holly classic; "Peggy Sue", Jim would be a part of a very special day at Westport Golf Club.

At the close of play, the competition secretary Liam Gibbons could not believe his eyes. 3 holes-in-one were recorded; Tommie Reilly (12th ), Albert Gallagher (12th ) & Jim (14th ). The occasion is recorded for prosperity in a portrait of the three golfers which hangs in the committee room at Westport. It is certainly unusual to mention “holes-in-one” on two consecutive weekly notices, following Blaine Lynch’s achievement at Carrick-on-Shannon but it would be extra special if one was recorded this Sunday.

Castlebar ladies

The 13 hole Wednesday competition sponsored by Maguire Shoes was wone by Susanna Kenny with 28 pts (back 9 ). Second also with 28pts was Patsy Connor.

The AMAM was played and very well supported over the Easter weekend and congratulations to Breda Mulroy and her team on winning Ladies’ Team Prize. Thanks to all who played.

On Sunday the 18 hole competition was sponsored by Hastings Insurance and Dolores Towey won 1st prize with a great score of 42. Second was Lady Captain Betty Gannon with 39pts and 3rd was Daryl Conroy with 37pts. Don't forget that the beginners classes will be starting soon so please let any ladies you know who would like to take up the sport.

Mayo Cancer Support Association

The Mayo Cancer Support Association is organising their sixth charity golf classic on Friday May 8. As in previous years Carraig Donn will be the main sponsor. Whilst not everybody can be a winner, in addition to the prizes for the top three this year there will be a lucky dip where everyone will have a chance to win a prize.

Mayo Cancer Support Assocation are very appreciative of your support over the years and they are very conscious of the demands on people in these difficult times. For this reason they have reduced the entry fee to €120 for a team of four or €30 per person. Tees and greens are available for sponsorship at €75 each. A time sheet will be in opereation and you are asked to contact either Ann Duffy on 086 375 3704 or Karen Cox on 087 645 5870 for more information.


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