Westport captain’s prize goes right to the wire

Ballyhaunis

In last weekend’s EPS sponsored stroke play competition Marietta Potgieter was the winner of the ladies’ section with a fine score of 68. Second place was taken by Marge Hierons, who finished with a score of 70, and Anne Greenaway finished with a score of 71 to claim third. The gross prize was collected by Kung Fanning. In the gents’ competition Alan Henry was the man who came out on top. He finished with a score of 65 to hold off second placed Paul Hickey and third placed Paul Finnegan. The gross competition was won by Seamus Ludden.

Ballina

Last weekend’s Trevor McMorrow sponsored stableford competition was won by John Doherty, who finished up with a score of 43pts. Martin Ryan came home in second place just one point further back. The competition for third place was fierce with Malachy Burke and Bryan Cox fighting it out. Burke’s better scoring on the back nine saw him just pip Cox after both finished on 41pts.

The first draw of the confined fundraising event will take place at the monthly presentation of prizes on Sunday August 1.

Castlebar Ladies

Last week was Open Week at the club and it turned out to be a tremendous success. The Friday competition was a four-ball betterball which was sponsored by Parson’s Shoes. In first place was Connie White and Breda Gilvary, who scored 40pts. Second went to Mary Rose McNulty and Breda Fitzmaurice with 38pts. The final competition of the week was the 18 hole stableford sponsored by Cunningham Golf. Margaret Tighe was the outright winner with a great score of 42pts and in second place was Maura Phelan with 39pts. Sheila Baynes was gross winner and third place went to Margaret Byrne who finished on 39pts.

Last weekend the senior foursomes girls’ team of Connie White, Sheila Baynes, Aoife McHale, Carmel Moran, Leah Kerr, and Mary Rose McNulty took part in the Connacht finals in Longford Golf Club. The girls played some magnificent golf and beat a very strong Athenry team 3-0 to gain a place in the final. They were drawn against an incredibly strong Galway team and although they gave them a good run for their money the Galway girls just pipped them to the final.

Western Care fundraiser

The Crossmolina voluntary branch of the Western Care Association held a fundraising stableford competition in Enniscrone Golf Club last week. There was a great turnout and the near ideal conditions produced high scores on the day. John Stephens from Tuam was the winner with a score of 45pts. He was followed home in second place by local player Paul McStay who finished on 41pts, while Philip Kinsella came home in third and Tom O’Shaughnessy finished in fourth.

Westport

It may have been Reek Sunday but in Westport Golf Club, it was captains’ prize day. The junior play-off began proceedings and the form player in the club Joe Hastings was a well deserved winner. The six hole play-off saw 26 men face off in the main event. Damien Gibbons secured the leading qualifier position with a score of 66 nett; he would go on to finish fifth overall. The excitement, as is the norm with most golfing stories, revolved around the final group on the final play-off hole. Defending champion Eugene Cranley and Kevin Powell, who made up half of the final group, were neck and neck as they hit the final green. Cranley rolled in a 25 footer to leave Powell contemplating a nasty little five footer. It was a win or nothing putt. It never touched the sides of the hole and dropped straight in to give Kevin Powell the win.

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