Competition for club prizes heats up


Dermot MacMahon, Finola Moylette, Pat Mohan, and Martin Moylette who won the first prize in the annual open golf classic in Balla recently with a score of 123. In second place were James Lavin, Mary Lavin, Mary Brett, and Pat Walsh with a score of 120. Third were Padraic McVann, Patsy Noone, Mary Neary, and Maureen Noone with 119. Fourth went to Bernie O’Connor, Tommy Walsh, Marie Flanagan, and Geraldine Kilgallon with 119. Fifth prize winners were Mary Lavin, James Lavin, Neil McNeil, and Brian Lynch with a score of 115.

The prize for the all ladies’ team was won by Breege Jennings, Breege Moran, Rose O’Connor, and Patricia Larkin, while Seamus Holian, Padraig Martin, Enda Holian, and Conor Holian won the all men’s team prize.

The visitors’ prize went to Maureen Noone, Mary Joyce, Nellie De Wilde, and Maureen Molloy.

Kitty O’Connor got a hole in one on the 17th. The competition was sponsored by Eddie Egans Jewellers, Castlebar; Heatons Sportsworld, Castlebar; Tommy Griffith PEL, Balla; Rockys, Castlebar; and AIB, Castlebar.

The scramble, sponsored by Aidan Moran from the driving range in Castlebar, was won by Jimmy Sheridan, Joe Healy, and Kitty O’Connor. In second place was Rose O’Connor, Matt Leonard, Carmel Henry, and third place went to Marie Flanagan, Pat Kilgallon, and Bernie Burke.

The weekend competition sponsored by the Credit Union was won by Aodhan MacSuibhne with a score of 36. Vincent Gibbons took second place with a score of 35 (back three ), with Colm Walsh in third place. The ladies’ competition was won by Finola Moylette with a score of 39, Elaine O’Hora came second with a score of 36 and Geraldine Kilgallon came third on a score of 35. Captain’s Day (Bob Leggett ) takes place on Sunday August 15 – timesheet is now in operation in the Clubhouse. Ladies play on Saturday and there is also a scramble for junior members on Saturday at 1pm.


Last weekend’s stroke competition saw Paul Finnegan pick up the win in the junior section with a score of 66. The ladies’ competition was won by Kung Fanning with a score of 67, four ahead of second placed Ailish O’Connor. Padraig Cunnane won the gents’ competition with a score of 66, just one ahead of second placed James Burke, with Seamus Swift coming home in third place with a score of 67.


In the Joe Gavin Opticians sponsored competition, Gerry Mulligan won out last Sunday, Stephen Langan came home in second place with PJ Ruddy claiming third. In the hookers and slicers competition Vinnie O’Hora was last week’s winner with a score of 30pts, Tom McNulty came home in second only half a point behind, and Noel Hopkins took third with a score of 27 pts.


The 18 hole stableford competition held last week, which was sponsored by The Beauty Rooms, Balla, was won by Christine Gordon who scored 42pts. Mary Gibbons came home in second place with Maureen Molly in third. This year’s Clarfelt match play competition will be organised with players picking their own partner, and all players are asked to put their names on the entry sheet located in the clubhouse. Anyone who hasn’t got a partner yet is asked to put their names down also and they will be paired up.


This year's lady golfer of the year (GOY ) competition is turning into a classic. Golfer of the month in July, Marie Grimes, has slipped back into third place. Defending champion Maureen Keane is playing some great golf and has certainly maintained her good form of last year. Maureen is currently in the silver medal position. But as we enter the business end of the season, it’s Nuala Moody who finds herself with a strong five point cushion over the rest of the field. With Kay Browne, Jean McAleer, and newcomer Bernie Bergin still in the hunt, the President's Prize (Bridie Hughes ) is in two weeks’ time and the outcome could come down to that competition.

The re-scheduled AIB gents (GOY ) competition will be played next weekend. Tickets are now available for the club development draw. Members can purchase their tickets from any committee member or at the club. The draw is limited and there are some great prizes on offer. The Carrowholly team scramble, in its third year, will be played later this month. There are still some times on the sheet. Further details can be got from the competition committee; John Collins, Liam Friel, and Hugh Golden. The Mayo open junior boys’ championships will take place in Carrowholly later this month. Full details of the competition will be announced next week.


In last weekend’s competition sponsored by Flannery Insurance, Castlebar, Alan McAdam was the winner with a score of 39pts. He just held off Aidan Grealis in second place with Willie McGee back in third place. This Sunday coming (August 15 ) is President’s Prize Day. All players are asked to put their name down on the draw sheet by today (Friday, August 13 ) or contact the club on 08736262 or Mary on 086 1683894.


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