Golfer of the year title decided in Westport


Last weekend’s competition in Balla was sponsored by The Sheebeen Golf Society. In a tight finish Junior Prendergast was the winner with a score of 36pts. His play on the back nine saw him hold off Aodan MacSuibhne in second and John Walsh in third. Both men also finished on 36pts with MacSuibhnie’s back six play separating him from John Walsh. The ladies’ competition was also won after a tight finish on 36 points. Breege Jennings was the winner thanks to her scoring on the back nine, with Aine McDonald second and Geraldine Kilgallon back in third on 35pts. Breege Jennings’ win on the day saw her also become the overall winner of the Balla cup.


Gerry Tuffy won the 18 hole stableford competition sponsored by Joe Winters Jewellers with a score of 42pts. Enda Jones was two points behind him in second place, with Martin McElligot third a point further back.

The club would like to congratulate club member Adrian Wall who won the award for most improved golfer nationally in handicap category four and now goes on to join other category winners in a special competition on the Montgomery Course at Carton House, plus the benefit of special tuition from Shane Lowry's coach. This is a great achievement for Adrian and he is wished well by all the members. The club plan to hold a race night in the clubhouse on Sunday October 30, details will be posted on the notice board in the coming days and all club members are asked to support this fund raising venture.


The EPS Ltd sponsored stroke competition was won by David Burke with a score of 64. He finished five in front of Michael Mahony in second place with Seamus Luddon coming home third. The ladies’ competition was claimed by Marietta Potgieter.


Paddy Burke was the winner of the AIB sponsored competition last weekend with a score of 40. He finished just in front of Paddy Duffy in second place with Shane Quigley finishing in third place. The gross prize was won by David Carney with a score of 29 and Barry Redmond was the best placed junior.


Niall McCarthy was the winner of the Peter Coyne competition with a score of 44pts. Alan Ferrick came home in second place on 40pts with Brian Farragher third, Andrew Finn fourth and Tadhg Mullen in fifth place. Seniors competitions for the winter will commence in the club on October 5.


The final event in the Sherry Fitzgerald Crowley Golfer of the Year competition was played in autumnal conditions with competitors taking part the Top 30 Grand Final, at Westport Golf Club on Sunday last. Long time points leader, Michael Groden and leading qualifier Tony Bree were separated by the smallest of margins, going into injury time, with both knowing that they had arrived at “winner take all Sunday.”

Following some excellent form in the month of June, where he clinched his second Captain’s Prize, ten years after his first, Michael found himself 1000 pts ahead of Tony and must have being confident of capturing the GOY title. However, Tony would have a six week purple patch from mid August and found himself the leading qualifier going into Sunday’s competition. But it was Michael who emerged successful after the round to claim the title after a titanic battle.


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