The Balla town parks and golf club open day was won by Marie Flanagan and Carmel Henry with a score of 49, Niall Broderick and Diarmuid Gavin finished in second place with a 51 while Seamus and Audrey Hoban took third place. The pair of PJ Brett and Kevin Reilly took fourth, with fifth going to Dermot McMahon and Fiona Moylette. The good scores continued down the leader board with sixth place going to Enda Holian and Brian Fallon with a 52, the same score put Julie Loftus and Mary Lavin in seventh. The rest of the top of the table was finished with Breege and Oliver Moran in eighth, and Pat Dillon and Catherine McNulty finishing off in ninth place. Balla Golf Club Open Classic continues until Monday August 3. Get well wishes to Dick Heraty following his recent stay in hospital — all in Balla are looking forward to seeing you back in action on the golf course soon.
The club wishes to extend their congratulations to the Irish mixed foursomes team that narrowly failed to win the Connacht title at Roscommon Golf Club last weekend. After defeating Boyle 3.5 to 1.5 they lost to Portumna by 3/2 in the final. Congratulations to the Cecil Ewing team that defeated Tubbercurry 4/1 to reach the Zone final of the competition. Two hundred and six members played in the first round of the Captain’s Prize (Willie Feeley ) on Sunday last in atrocious conditions. Martin Higgins is leading the field with a 66, Pat Connaughton is lying second with a 69, others in contention are John Concannon (Milltown ) and Larry Weir who both recorded 70s.
Entries are invited for the three scratch cups to be held at the club on Saturday August 29. The Senior Scratch Cup (John Keane ) is for handicaps of 0-4, the Junior Scratch Cup (Permanent TSB ) is for handicap players of 5-9. The Fr Eddie Griffith Memorial Scratch Cup is for Handicap players of 10-18 handicaps. To enter contact 094 9371527. Open week begins at the club on August 9. For timesheet contact 094 9371527. The fee is €15 for visitors, €25 for mixed, and €7 for members. Large crowds are turning out for the open days on Thursday since the club reduced the entry for visitors to €15.
Open week was a great success and we would like to thank all our sponsors and everyone who played in it.
Monday's 18 hole stableford was sponsored by Allied Mortgage Brokers and was won by Sarah Prendergast. Second was Breta Fitzmaurice and third was Ann O'Sullivan. Tuesday was Scotch Foursomes sponsored by Elvery Sports, and Derval Molloy and Barbara Byrne just managed to claim first prize on the back nine, putting Sarah Byrne and Antoinette Starken into second place. Sheila Baynes and Marie Grimes won the gross and Una Lydon and Pauline O'Donoghue got third. Wednesday was the Mixed Scotch Foursomes sponsored by SuperValu, Tony McDonagh and Josephine McDonagh had a great score to get first place. Second went to Seamus and Claire Greenahan. Derval Molloy and Colin Dawson won the gross prize and Pauline and Chris Casey were third. Thursday was sponsored by Specsavers, and despite the weather Marie Downey had a mighty score of 42pts to take first place. Second went to Mary McKeon and third to Mary MacHale. Friday was a fourball betterball sponsored by Breaffy House Hotel. Mary McHale featured again with Mary Rose McNulty and came first and Cora Mulroy and Terry Mullen were second. Saturday and Sunday were the last days of open week and the 18 hole Stableford was sponsored by Heatons Sports World. Dolores Towey was the winner beating Angela Gill on the back nine. Connie White won the gross and Bernie Moran was third. Thanks again to all the sponsors and the players for making open week a great success. Raffle tickets will be circulated this week to all the members and we ask that you try to sell and return them as soon as possible. And thank you once again for your help in our fundraising efforts.
The gents fourball scramble was won by the team of Tommie Lyons, Redmond Lyons, Michael Reddington, and Joe Kelly with a score of 56.6 nett. Second place went to Tony Bree, Thomas McLoughlin, Alan Browne, and Anthony Browne who finished off with a score of 60.60 nett, and third place to Noel O’Malley, Eugene Lavelle, Peter Nally, and JF O’Malley who finished on 61.4 nett.
Jim Browne, junior co-ordinator, had a good day at the office on Sunday last. Facing a difficult zone semi-final against Ballinrobe in the Fred Daly Plate, team selection would prove to be the key. With four matches away, Browne secured two victories in Cloonacastle with victories for Matthew Golden and Ian Walsh. Funny how both players had similar preparations, competing in the gents 9 hole competition hosted by Mary McNicholas in her Captain’s Prize on Saturday afternoon. For the record Walsh won on the back 3 over Golden. Saturday August 1 sees the opening day of Westport Golf Club Open Week. There are daily competitions for ladies and gents.
Last weekend saw the ladies’ captain’s prize take place with Maureen Keane winning, Tara Fahy came second and Maeve O’Farrell took third place. The gross prize was won by Mary McDermott, with the rest of the places being made up by Olga Loughrey, Connie Coakley, and Pat Kelly.
The Cat 1 competition was won by Ann Corcoran, with Ann Maybury taking the Cat 2 prize and Gretta Murphy the Cat 3 win. Maureen Flynn won the past captains’ prize, with Theresa Walsh taking the back nine win and Nora Heraty the front nine prize.