The scramble competition held last week saw the team of Jack O’Connor, Aodhan MacSuibhne, and Margaret Forkan win out. In second place was the trio of Oliver and Breege Moran and Sean Kelly, with Marie Flanagan, Seamus Cleary, and Breege Walsh coming third.
The Stableford competition sponsored by Lavins Foods was won by Gary Heneghan with a score of 38, Padraic Cuffe came second with a 36, with Noel Hoban coming third also on 36. The ladies’ competition was won by Marie Flanagan who shot a 37, to finish just ahead of Elaine O’Hora, and Breege Jennings came third. The category prize was claimed by Joe Monaghan, with Marissa Brett taking the youths’ section. Lady Captain’s Day takes place this weekend, the timesheet is posted in the clubhouse, men can play any time up to 4pm on Saturday, and the presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday night in the Olde Woods, Balla.
There were a number of Stableford competitions held in Ballina last weekend, with Dermot Timlin taking first place in the 18 hole Stableford event last Friday, Cian Burke with a score of 42 took the win in the Saturday competition, with Ronan Connor coming home in second place on 40pts. The Sunday event was won by Des Sweeney with a score of 40pts, Paul Calway claimed third thanks to a 37pts score and a good back nine finish to keep him just ahead of Leo Smith in third. Ballina GC take on Athenry GC in the final of the Fred Daly competition next weekend. The competition is played over two legs and the first leg will be held in Athenry on Saturday July 10 with the second leg in Ballina on Sunday July 11. Tee off time in Ballina is 1pm and this promises to be a real tough encounter with the cream of junior golfers from both clubs battling it out for the title. A good crowd is expected on both days so do try to get along to the Ballina course on Sunday afternoon and give the boys your support.
Golf lessons for senior class primary students will take place at Ballina Golf Club over the coming weeks. Registration takes place on Monday July 12 at 7pm in the clubhouse and the fee is €25 for five lessons. This is a great opportunity to get into golf over the summer months and to get the basics of the game right at an early stage.
Last weekend was the first round of Lady Captain Antoinette Starken's prize. The weather although dry was extremely blustery, and by times almost knocked over a few of the lady golfers. However the wind did not affect Cora Mulroy who is leading at the moment with 67. Second with 69 is last year’s winner Deirdre Moylette. And in third at the moment with 71 is Mary Lawlor, who is always in the top end of the leaderboard. With lots of ladies close behind it is still anyone’s game. Any senior ladies who would like to play in the 9 hole competition on Saturday contact the Lady Captain. The entry for the Alex Campbell mixed club matchplay competition is up on the golf shop door. Put your names down as soon as possible as the draw will be made at the end of the week.
Last weekend saw the Lady Captain’s prize take over the course in Claremorris. This year’s Lady Captain Peggy Tawse saw Ann Moran take first place with a score of 71nett, Kung Fanning was close behind finishing with a score of 72 nett, with Catherine McEveney finishing in third place also on 72nett. The gross prize was won by Eimer McEvoy with Claire Prenty coming third and Una Clarke coming fifth. The men’s competition was won by Seamus O’Toole with Martin Murphy in second and PJ Brett in third. Walter Hennelly took the gross prize and John Brady fourth.
June Mathastein would like to thank all the lady members for their generous support and the kind wishes expressed to her and her family on Lady Captain’s Day. She was delighted with the day and is looking forward to the rest of the season. She notes that the current standings in the ladies GOY table, following her competition, are very close indeed, with only seven points covering the top seven positions; Marie Grimes has been joined at the top of the table by Nuala Moody.
The Jack O’Sullivan team under the stewardship of Eugene Lavelle had a very comfortable 3-1 victory over a well fancied Ballinrobe team on Thursday night last week. They now have a home fixture against Achill in the third round on Thursday next, July 15.
With no competitions taking place on Sunday due to the inclement weather conditions, a quick look at the current standings in the GOY table makes for some interesting reading. Joe Kelly has led from day one. But Paddy Donohoe and in particular Peter Flynn have also carried their good form from the opening exchanges through to last week’s round seven.