Club leagues get moving around the county



Last weekend’s competition saw Liam Ralph win out in the gents’ section with a score of 35, he finished just one ahead of Gus Heraty in second place, and Stephen Walsh came third with a 33. The ladie’s section was won by Aine McDonald with a fine score of 40, five back in second place was Julie Loftus, and Aine MacSuibhne came third with a 33. This weekend’s competition is a Stableford competition. Membership fees are now due and should be sent to Mary Brett, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris. Membership tags will issue in due course. Green fees for 2010 remain at €10.

Congratulations to Marie Flanagan, Pauline O'Connor, Cian Mannion and John Walsh who were winners of the fun music quiz held in Mannions last Friday night. Thanks to Willie the Pink who set the questions and was quiz master for the night and also to Bob who organised the event, and to Chris Mannion for the refreshments and the use of his premises for the occasion.


In the latest round of the Ballyhaunis Golf Club Winter League sponsored by An Lochán Bar and Restaurant, Ballyhaunis, Nuala Fitzgerald came first with a score of 39pts off 28. Marina Coyne came second with a score of 37pts off 25, and Mariette Potgieter came third with a score of 37pts also off 14. The gents’ section was won by John Dillon with a score of 44pts, Shane Freeman came second with a score of 40pts, the same as third placed finisher Pat Feeney.



Last weekend’s nine hole Stableford competition was won by PJ Corrigan with a score of 22pts. The 15 hole stableford saw Enda Jones win out on 40pts, just one point ahead of Des Cronin. In third place came Thomas Forde who scored 38pts. The club also ran a second nine hole Stableford competition with Greg Battle coming out on top in this one with a score of 26 points, just one ahead of Enda Jones with 25pts.

The draw for the Spring league is now posted on the notice boards including tee times for rounds one and two. This competition starts on Sunday and players who have put their names down for the competition should check their teams and tee times to ensure a timely start on Sunday next. Players are requested to pay the competition fee before round one commences.


Round four of the Open Winter League took place last weekend. The fine weather resulted in a great turn out of members. In the men’s section Martin Murphy, Pat Connaughton, Johnny Monaghan, and Declan Hession scored 84 points to come first. The team of Ger Noone, Martin Higgins, Dara Higgins and Joey McDonnell came second with 80 points. In third place were Kung Fanning, Derek Walsh, Michael Lyons, and Pat Feeney on 79 points.

The Captain’s Drive In will take place at 6pm on St Patrick’s Day. The final of the Open Winter League will take place on St Patrick’s Day. Twenty- five teams will qualify for the grand final of the competition. The presentation will take place at 6.30pm. Members are reminded that the 10am Mass on Saturday next in St Colman’s Church, Claremorris will be celebrated for Chris Fenwick, a former president and Lady Captain of the club.   


Both Winter League formats were postponed on Sunday last following overnight frost. A reminder that Nuala Hopkins’ team only requires a podium finish to guarantee her team, the ladies winter league title for 2010. A non-podium finish, for Nuala, could allow the respective teams of Maureen Keane and Jackie Di Lucia to grab victory from the jaws of defeat.

With last Sunday’s gents’ Winter League postponement, the date for the final currently stands at March 21. In order to stay on schedule it is foreseen that each round of the matchplay must be finished within one week. Following next week’s final round of Stableford, we would ask all qualifying teams to make the appropriate arrangements as soon as possible.


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