Winter leagues finishing off as Spring leagues kick off



Tom Jennings was the winner of last weekend’s scramble competition with a score of 40 points, he finished three points ahead of Martin O’Reilly in second place with Oliver Moran coming third with 35 points. Elaine O’Hora won the ladies’ competition with a score of 38, with Carmel Costello in second on 41 and Breege Moran taking third place with a score of 30.

A monthly newsletter is being compiled by Balla Golf Club outlining events in the club, results, and other snippets of information. Copies will be available in the clubhouse for members. If you want to receive a copy by e-mail send your e-mail address to Rose at [email protected]. Golfers are reminded that membership is now due and should be sent to treasurer Mary Brett, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris.

This weekend’s competition is a waltz format, for teams of three, and is sponsored by the club.


Last weekend saw Mariette Potgieter win the ladies’ competition with a score of 33 points, with Margaret Dyer coming second on a score of 32 points The men’s competition was won by Michael Lyons with a score of 40 points off 17, Aidan Fitzmaurice came second, with Shane Freeman finishing third.

Ballyhaunis Golf Club Winter League results


A total of 30 teams are participating in this year’s spring league and the competition is made up of both ladies’ and men’s members. The first round was played in ideal conditions last Sunday and the course was in great shape despite the recent cold spell of weather. Winners on the day were: Craig Doherty, Des Cronin, Jerome Tuohy, and Marie Forde with a nett score of 44.8.

The second round of the league will be played on Sunday March 7 and the tee times are posted on the main notice boards. A number of subs are available to fill in where team members are missing and this can be done by contacting a member of the competitions’ committee.


The fifth round of the Open Winter League went ahead over the weekend. In first place was the team of Jimmy Heggarty, Riana Kean, Rebecca Kean, and Chris Rushe with 83 points. In second place were Tom O’Shaughnessy, Bernie O’Brien, Peter Quinn, and Sean Daly with 80 points.

Sam’s Golf Society, Claremorris

Sam’s Golf Society will hold its first outing of the season to Claremorris Golf Club on Saturday next. Sam’s Golf Society is one of the biggest and most active societies in the region. For further information contact: Peter Killeen 086 2310847 or Noel Grier 086 2696770.


Colm O’Neill’s team will go into the matchplay stages of the Winter League as strong favourites to capture the 2010 title. Another strong team performance saw them win the back nine competition with a very impressive 48 points. Bill Hopkins’ team won the front nine competition on a point less.

However, defending GOY winner Neil Chambers may feel that his name is on the trophy having secured the final position at 16th seed by the slimmest of margins. He edged out Pat McNulty with a better last three hole score on the fourth qualifying card. The full matchplay draw is on the web-site and first round qualifiers are reminded to have their matches played before the deadline, which is this Sunday March 7.

As the only ladies team to secure two victories during the six week event, it was fitting that Nuala Hopkins along with team members Colette Fleming, Mary Feeney, and Natashia Collins managed to secure third place on Sunday last in the ladies’ Winter League and so secure the 2010 title.

New seniors deal at Westport Golf Club

A change to the Constitution at Westport Golf Club will come as great news to all senior golfers in the North West, who are still considering their playing options in 2010. Senior membership including a €100 bar credit, at the Championship course in Carrowholly now stands at €405 per person plus G.U.I. /I.L.G.U. levies. This represents magnificent value in the current economic climate. Westport has probably one of the most welcoming and active senior clubs in the region. It’s wide range of attractions for the competitive golfer include a Golfer of the Year competition that runs from March to September, monthly senior only competitions and a team mid-week summer league that covers May, June, July and August. The Fred Hawtree designed course is constantly featured in the higher bracket of parkland courses and the famous 15th was selected in the Irish Times Fantasy Parkland course in 2009.

Members can also avail of special discounted rates on buggy hire and on visitor green fees rates for their guests. Pre-season tuition is also available at the club, where resident head professional Alex Mealia can access problems and areas that could be improved in our state of the art, nine bay golf academy. Further information on this new offer is available at Westport Golf Club 098-28262 or e-mail [email protected]


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