Summer of good golf expected as captain’s drive in around the county



The winners of the captain’s drive in scramble held last weekend were the team of Stephen and Kathleen Minogue and Elaine O’Hora with a score of 45. In second place were Chris Mannion, Bernie O’Connor, and Michael Gannon with a score of 45.8, and in third place finished the side of Michael Neary, Dermot MacMahon, and Martin Moylette with a score of 46.8.

The Wednesday scrambles will commence on March 31 and are an ideal opportunity for beginners or those thinking of taking up golf. Refreshments and prize presentations will take place after each event. This weekend’s competition is an open Stableford competition sponsored by Myles Gilvarry and Associates Castlebar.


In last weekend’s Stableford competition Michael McHale won out in the 12 hole event with a score of 34pts, while Tony Forde junior came second with a score of 31pts.

The final of the spring league was played last Sunday in splendid weather conditions. With 29 teams taking part the competition was run on the basis of a shotgun start and everything ran like clockwork. The league final was won by the team of Brendan Kilgallon, Declan Murray, Mary Lowry, and Denis Bourke, with the side of John Doherty, Seamus Mulchrone, Eddie Keigher, and Helen Gallagher coming second. In the plate final the foursome of Phonsie McLoughlin, Pearce Forde, John Horgan, and Grainne Glacken took the prize. John Doherty, Seamus Mulchrone, Eddie Keigher, and Helen Gallagher came second.

The 2010 drive off will take place on Sunday April 4, this is an open draw competition and a time sheet is in operation.



Kung Fanning won in the ladies’ competition last weekend with a score of 39pts, she finished just one point ahead of Margaret Hierons in second place. The bronze medal position was taken by Nuala Fitzgerald with a score of 35pts. In the men’s competition Eugene Kilbride finished just ahead of Tom Fanning jnr thanks to his handicap when both men finished on 41pts. Tom Meehan was just one point behind in third place.


The Foodstore sponsored day in conjunction with the Captain’s Drive, was won by Fergus Maxwell who finished on 41pts. Brian Burke won the category 0-9 section with a score of 40pts, Martin Murphy won the category 10 to 18 section with a score of 39pts, and Padraig Naughton won the category 19 to 28 section with a score of 35pts. The ladies’ competition was won by Nancy McHugh with a score of 39pts, Mary McGing finished two points back in second place with Nuala Moran taking third with 34pts.

Kilconly community centre will host a fund-raising table quiz on Saturday night, March 27, at 9pm with the funds raised going towards youth development in the club. On Sunday the final of the McWilliam Park Hotel sponsored winter league will take place, and April Fools’ Day will tee off with a open 18 hole Stableford competition.

Goal golf classic

The organisers of the annual Mayo Goal golf classic, which takes place this year in Castlebar golf club on Thursday April 8, are aiming to make this year’s fundraiser the biggest and most successful yet. “Last year’s event in Westport golf club was a huge success,” said chairman Chris Farrell, “and considering it is the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world who are hardest hit during an economic downturn we’re hoping that Mayo’s golfers will do their bit this year to support the relief that Goal is providing to the people of Haiti.” Team entries for the golf classic are priced at €180, while tees and greens can also be sponsored for €80. It is hoped that over 40 teams will take part on the day. The prizes for the competition have been kindly sponsored by Pat Hughes of Carraig Donn.

To book a tee time contact the Castlebar golf club on 094 9021649 or contact one of the committee members: Chris Farrell in Ballina 096 73025, Marie Jacob Breslin in Claremorris on 094 9371592, Pat Hughes in Westport on 098 50300, or Mick Byrne in Castlebar on 087 2894277.  



The ladies’ 14 hole Stableford competition held last week was won by Maeve O’Farrell with 30pts. She finished just one point ahead of Áine Kavanagh in second place, with Nuala Hopkins coming home in third. The St Patrick’s Day gents’ competition was won by Michael Lavelle who scored 42pts, with Peter Nally just holding off Liam Gibbons to take second place. Last weekend’s rumble saw the side of Bill Hopkins, Tony Browne, Tommy Reilly, and Ciaran McGettigan win out with 79pts. The team of Matthew Golden, Charlie Golden, Philip Cawley, and Tim Coffey finished second.

Supervised practice sessions for juvenile golfers will take place from 11am to 12.30pm, tomorrow Saturday March 27 at Westport Golf Club. There is no fee and parents who are available to remain and assist with the sessions will be made most welcome.


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