Club competitions getting back in the swing

Balla

Last weekend’s stableford competition was played over 17 holes and Jim Rodgers with a score of 38pts was the winner. Noel Healy came home in second place on 35pts, thanks to his back nine play, which held off Stephen Minogue in third place. The ladies’ competition was won by Julie Loftus who scored 37pts to win by four from Geraldine Kilgallon in third place, with Rose O’Connor a point further back in third spot.

Ballyhaunis

Last weekend’s competition was sponsored by Val’s Bistro and Rory O’Connor took the win in the gents’ section with a score of 42pts. The top three all came in on 42pts, with David Murphy ending up in second place and John Moran third, with the placings decided by back nine play and count-back. In the ladies’ section it was also very close, with Niamh Henry taking the win thanks to a score of 37pts, just one point in front of Marietta Potgieter in second place. The junior competition was claimed by Kevin Kilbride with a score of 36pts,

Castlebar

The winner of the 15 hole V-Par weekend competition last weekend was club captain Paul Kilcourse who parred the finishing six holes to record a score of plus eight, narrowly beating Billy Evans Senior on a count-back. All the more remarkable was the fact that Paul had been at the 2013 captain’s dinner the night before where there wasn’t even standing room with the huge crowd of people who attended to honour last year’s captains.

Claremorris

It was a close run thing in Claremorris last weekend with Tommy Hynes just taking home the win with a score of 34pts. He finished just one place in front of Kevin Reilly who came home in second place on 33pts. The fourball competition was won by Ger Noone and John Haverty who scored 36pts between them. The ladies’ competition was claimed by Rina Keane who shot 27pts.

Mulranny

Following an invite from Belmullet Golf Club to use their facilities, a number of Mulranny golfers travelled to Carne on Saturday last and had a most enjoyable outing. Similar generous offers have been made by Castlebar and Ballina Clubs while Mulranny is not fully open. Anyone intending to play Castlebar should book a tee time from Monday to Friday inclusive. Mulranny is hoping to stage a 14 holes competition next weekend (contact 098-36262 or 087-6198188 for confirmation ). Members are urged to pay their membership as soon as possible as the current situation has put a strain on the club finances.

Westport

Westport Golf Club has been adjudged best parkland course in Connacht by Portside Media, publishers of the Golfers Guide to Ireland, when the results of its golf business awards programme were announced last week. The awards scheme recognises leadership roles played by Irish golf clubs and associated golf interests throughout Ireland. Westport Golf Club, which received the award back in 2012, also was joined on the night by representatives of Ballinrobe Golf Club which secured the best hidden gem in Connacht award.

In last weekend’s Winter League competition Liam Campion was the winner of the front nine section with a score of 49pts, just holding off John Allen who came second over the front half of the course. In the back nine section, Tom Keane was the winner with a score of 49pts with Vincent Rigney coming in second over the home nine.

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