The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club
Volume 5 Issue 5 - 17 May 2017
It is with deep regret and sadness that I relate to you the death of Mrs Carol Laird at 5.20pm on Friday past 12 May. Carol was a much valued member of the Ladies Branch having served as Lady Captain in 2006 and her presence around Killymoon will be sorely missed by everyone. A Cremation Service in Roselawn Crematorium on to-day Wednesday 17 May at 11 am will be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving in Derryloran Parish Church at 3pm. On behalf of the Council and Members of the Killymoon Golf Club I would like to convey our sincere condolences to Past President Alastair, Nick and Emma and the extended Laird Family.
Our golfing season continues. Killymoon GC hosted a Qualifying Round of the GUI Pierce Purcell Shield on Sunday past with 13 clubs participating. The GUI Officials present and representatives from all of the clubs were wholesome in their praise of the condition of our course. This is due in no small measure to the endeavours of Raymond, his team and volunteers Roy Montgomery and Nigel Stewart who have given of their time to carry out “watering” duties during the recent dry spell.
As you will read elsewhere in this issue, our teams have been performing well with qualification in both the Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell events and a second round victory for the All Ireland Four-Ball team. I would like to thank the team Captains and all the team members for their mighty efforts in representing Killymoon GC.
You will also find in this issue details of the Captain’s Shoot-Out, a new fun competition for 2017 sponsored by Caulfield Insurance and the Captain’s Week Programme of Events beginning on Monday 19 June. Everyone is invited to participate in the all-inclusive programme.
Finally don’t forget the next Prize Presentation Evening on Friday 26 May at 9pm.
CAPTAIN’S SHOOT-OUT 2017
The Captain’s Shoot – Out sponsored by Caulfield Insurance will be played on Sunday 11 June with a Shot-Gun Start over the front nine holes at midday. The competition is open to both ladies and gents. Dependent on entries players will tee off in groups of six with the lowest nett score dropping out at various stages through the nine holes until one player remains at the finishing ninth hole. Full details on the competition will be with the entry sheet which will be available on the Professional’s Shop from Saturday next 20 May. Entry is £5 per person which entitles you to a complimentary Pint, Glass of Wine or a Soft Drink.
CAPTAIN’S WEEK 2017
The schedule of events for Captain’s Week beginning Monday 19 June reads:
MONDAY 19 JUNE: 9 holes 2 PERSON SCRAMBLE (any combination).
SHOTGUN START AT 6pm – PRIZE PRESENTATION 8.30pm
TUESDAY 20 JUNE: CAPTAIN’S PRIZE TO JUNIORS – PRIZE PRESENTATION ON CAPTAIN’S NIGHT
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE: 9 holes 4 PERSON TEAM EVENT
SHOTGUN START AT 6pm - PRIZE PRESENTATION: 8.30pm
Each team MUST include ONE lady member. Gentlemen are asked to enter as a 3 person team and lady members will be allocated by a draw.
THURSDAY 22 JUNE: CAPTAIN’S PRIZE TO LADIES – PRIZE PRESENTATION CAPTAIN’S NIGHT
FRIDAY 23 JUNE: Course closed except to those playing for the Captain’s Prize.
SATURDAY 24 JUNE: CAPTAIN’S DAY – THE CAPTAIN’S PRIZES – 18 HOLES MEDAL
The time-sheet will be available in the Professional’s Shop from Saturday 27 May.
Traditional Music in the bar from 6 – 9pm
PRIZE PRESENTATION AT 9.30pm
Dancing to the Ultimate Decades Show from 10pm. Everyone Welcome.
Entry sheets will be available on the notice-board from Monday 29 May.
INTER-CLUB COMPETITIONS UPDATE
Better news on the inter-club front over the past two week-ends. The Jimmy Bruen team, captained by Roy Montgomery, qualified at Enniskillen GC on Sunday 07 May and will now take on Clones GC back at Enniskillen for a place in the last 16 of this GUI event.
The Pierce Purcell team, captained by Stephen McGuckin, have also qualified for the last 32 match-play stage after finishing fourth at our home venue on Sunday past 14 May. The team will now travel to Loughgall GC to take on Portadown GC in a knock-out match to be played before 05 June.
The All Ireland Four-Ball team, captained by Oisin Monaghan, have also progressed to the last 32 (third round). Travelling to Fortwilliam GC on Saturday past with a 3.5 – 1.5 advantage, the Killymoon team will now meet Kirkistown Castle in the third round after gaining a one hole victory over the Belfast club after count-back.
The Senior Cowdy team, captained by Darren McCabe travelled to Silverwood GC on Friday past and will face an uphill task in the return at Killymoon on Friday 26 May after going down by 26 points to six.
It is a busy time for Team Captains and Team Liaison Officer Ronan Fowley with a lot of matches scheduled for the next few weeks. The Irish Mixed Foursomes team captained by Stephen and Donna Mulholland will take their team to Omagh GC on Sunday next attepting to qualify for the knock-out stages after narrowly missing out on qualificaation last year.
The Sam Rutherford team, captained by Eamonn McCann will entertain Portadown GC this coming Sunday at 2.30pm and Robert Langridge’s Rossmore Cup will host Silverwood at 1pm. Both matches are first leg ties with second leg dates to be confirmed.
Bryan Martin’s Senior Cup team will attempt to qualify at Rossmore GC on Sunday 28 May and Barry Monaghan will be hoping that his Junior Cup squad can make it to the match-play stages at County Cavan GC on Sunday 04 June. Our best wishes go to all our teams.
Competitions continue this coming week-end with the first leg of the Tyrone Cup (Medal) on Saturday. The Doctors’ Trophy, stableford, open to Lady Members, will fill the diary for Sunday. A Senior Open will be played on Wednesday next 24 May.
Saturday 27 May brings the Aaron Devlin Memorial under stableford conditions and the Holmpatrick Cup, a 4BBB National Qualifier in aid of the National Council for the Blind will be staged on Sunday 28 May.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2017
A further three members have qualified for the season finale Champion of Champions kindly sponsored by Time Bar+Venue James Street Cookstown. Michael Quinn, Dermot Donnelly and Shaun Hasson and Robin Stevenson will all take their places in the 36 holes championship after their victories in the Killymoon Cup, the Ferguson Putter and the PGA Captain’s Cup respectively.
THE KILLYMOON CUP
Saturday 06 May at Killymoon was a day of ideal weather ever improving greens and a large turnout of competitors to participate in the Killymoon Cup. Once again there was little to separate those at the top of the leader board with Michael Quinn taking the honours with a fine total of 43 points one ahead of Gary Hodgett Jnr on 42. The only other player to break the 40 point barrier was Matthew Kempton who took third. The best senior was Liam McNeill with 38 points and Martin Monaghan took the gross prize with a two over par 72.
The section winners were:-
Division 1: Kieran Rogers 39 points
Division 2: Gerry Mallon 38 points
Division 3: Kevin Teague 39 points
Division 4: Thomas McGeown 38 points
THE PGA CAPTAIN’S CUP
On a day when the weather conditions ranged from wet and windy to almost perfect for golf the PGA Captain’s Cup was the prize on offer at Killymoon on Saturday 13 May. The morning entrants had the worst of things with a pretty steady soaking the order of the day who took to the course up until lunch time. From there on in things improved greatly and at the end of the day Shaun Hasson took advantage of the conditions to take the honours with a nett 62. Runner up was Ronan Fowley who recorded one of the rounds of the year so far with a gross three under 67 seeing him record a nett 63. Wesley Hutton showed there some life in the old dog yet with a 65 to take third.
The gross prize went to Mark Meenan with a 68 and Tommy McGeown took the seniors prize with a 68.
The section winners were:-
Division 1: Keith Black 65
Division 2: Clarke Faulkner 66
Division 3: Marc McCabe 67
Division 4: Patsy Ryan 65
CATEGORY PRIZE FOR SENIORS
The latest winners of the Category Prize for Senior Golfers in Saturday competitions are Terry Rafferty and Tommy McGeown. Terry posted 38 points to take the honours in the Killymoon Cup while Tommy returned a nett 68 to capture the prize in the PGA Captain’s Cup.
Seniors, over 65 years, are reminded that to be eligible for the prize in this category the word SENIOR MUST be written on the scorecard.
CAPTAIN’S FRIDAY EVENING SWEEP
The latest in the series of Captain’s Friday Evening Sweeps continued over the past two Friday evenings. On Friday 05 May, the 2 Person Champagne Scramble was won by the combination of Caolan Quinn and Dermot Donnelly posting 22 points and winning on the last two holes from James Burke and Shaun Hasson. Third place went to Darren Hampsey and Kevin Thom.
Friday 12 May brought a 2 Persons Aggregate Stableford with 15 pairs taking part. The combination of Rodney Hutchinson (23) and Roy Montgomery (19) returned an aggregate 42 points to take first place from Caolan Quinn and Dermot Donnelly (41 points). Third place was won by Nathan Magee and Danny Maguire posting an aggregate 40 points.
There will be no competition this coming Friday 19 May but the Captain’s Sweep continues on Friday 26 May with the format being a 4 Person Team Waltz. Online Booking is now available. Entry is £2 per person and members are asked to register and pay the entry fee in the bar. Play is permitted from 4 until 7pm. Conditions of play and scorecards will be available in the bar with the entry sheet. The Prize Presentation will take place at 9pm and, at least one member of the team MUST be present to collect the prize or the prize will pass.
THE WATERLOO BELL ECLECTIC 2017
The Waterloo Bell Eclectic teed off on Tuesday 02 and Wednesday 03 May with 50 members participating. Mark Meenan posted 38 points to take the first prize but needed a better second nine holes of 22 points to see off the challenge of Past Captain Niall Johnston who in turn needed a better second nine to relegate Mark Devlin to third place.
In Week 2, played on Tuesday 09 and Wednesday 10 May, another good entry took part. Jonathan Young posted the best score, 41 points to take first place with Niall Casey (40 points) and Eoin Mallon (39 points) taking the minor placings.
A complete up-to-date Waterloo Bell Score Report is posted on the notice-board.
MID-ULSTER SENIOR ALLIANCE - MUSA
MUSA (Mid-Ulster Seniors’ Alliance) is a 10 team 10 event competition for players aged 60 and over with a maximum handicap of 24. Each club is represented by 8 players with 4 stableford cards to count in the competition. Two events take place each month from May to September. This year’s competition started at St. Patricks’ Downpatrick on 2nd May. Killymoon have made an average start only, gaining 131 points putting us in 8th position. Our best scorer was our club President with 38 points. A Lisburn player had a hole in one at the 11th, so senior golfers can still play the game. The scores of all the participating teams are on display on the noticeboard downstairs along with the fixture list. The next event is at Portadown on 19th May, so here is hoping for a better score. Killymoon will be hosting the final day and dinner this year on 26th September.
In addition to the league fixtures MUSA also holds a knockout 4BBB competition consisting of 16 teams known as the H.D. Gregg Memorial Trophy, in memory of one of the founding members of the Alliance. Gerry Molloy is the captain of this team. Killymoon drew Kilkeel in the first round. This competition is played on a home and away basis during the months of May to August, but as yet no matches have taken place.
PRIZE PRESENTATION EVENING – FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017
The next in the series of monthly Prize Presentation Evenings will be held on Friday evening 26 May at 9pm. Prizes will be presented for: The Senior Open on 24 May, The Fred Daly Memorial, the Dental Trophy, The Killymoon Cup, The Ferguson Putter, The PGA Captain’s Cup, The Doctors’ Trophy and the Sunday Sweep (May 22). Members are reminded below of the Terms and Conditions governing the collection of Prizes at Prize Presentation Evenings.
- The prize-winner is expected to attend.
- In his absence he is obliged to contact the Competition Secretary to nominate a deputy to accept his prize.
- A prize-winner MAY NOT act as nominated deputy.
- A nominated deputy may only accept a prize or prizes on behalf of ONE prize-winner.
- In Pairs and Team Events ONE member of the pair or team present may collect the prize.
- Prizes not accepted will be returned to club funds.
LADIES’ BRANCH COMPETITIONS
The Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue to-morrow Thursday 18 May when the ladies host the first of this year’s Open Competitions, the Dobbin Cup, sponsored by McAleer and Rushe. Ladies will then play in the Leeper Salver, medal, on Thursday 25 May.
LADIES’ BRANCH RESULTS
NOREEN WINS CENTENARY TROPHY
On Thursday 04 May, Noreen Sheehy won the Centenary Trophy with 39 points and qualified for the Mary Peter’s Trust which will be played in Massereene Golf Club on 15 August. The runner up in the Centenary Trophy was Josie Donnelly with 37 points on better second nine from Carmel Hagan.
The front nine was won by Kathy Hodgett with 21 points and the back nine by Anne MacMahon with 21 points. 2s were recorded by Anne Smyth at 7, Oonagh McCoy at 11 and Grainne McBride at 13.
On Thursday 11 May, the Ladies played in the Australian Spoons Greensomes. The combination of Dianna McLean and Colleen Conway returned a score of 40 points to qualify for the Ulster District Final at Killymoon on Tuesday 25 July. Best Gross with 25 Gross Points went to Diane McIvor and Rhonda Glover while “2s” were recorded by the pairings of Diane McIvor and Rhonda Glover at 2, Heather Campbell and Catherine Irwin at 7 and Sheila Doonan and Ann Haycock at 7.
LUCKY LETTERS LOTTERY
There was no winner of the £8900.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 07 May 2017. The letters were drawn by Sharon Gallagher. The Lucky Letters drawn were B E J Z. John McBride ( B E J G) and (B E J T), Ann Bleeks (C E J B) and Stacey Hodgett (B D E J) each matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £100.00.
There was no winner of the £9000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 14 May 2017. The letters were drawn by Claire McGuckin. The Lucky Letters drawn were M U F C. Paddy Dargan ( C F M O), Fiona Coney (C F J M ), Kate Corr (C F M Q ), Matthew Kempton (C F M E ) and Joseph Bradley ( C J M U ) Online each matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £100.00.
The next Lucky Letters draw will take place in the Members’ Bar at 5.30pm on this coming Sunday evening 21 May when the jackpot will be £9100.00.
Tickets are on sale in the Bar and Online at www.killymoongolfclub.com. Follow the link for Lucky Letters.
MAY BALL – SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017
The inaugural May Ball took place on Saturday 13 May with 100 members and guests in attendance. After a Prosecco Reception and a delicious meal provided by Fairways Restaurant, those present were treated to a great evening’s entertainment with the Ultimate Decades Show. Pictured below, courtesy of TGM Photos, are some of the guests.
COOKSTOWN BRIDGE CLUB UPDATES
The latest results from the Cookstown Bridge Club hosted by Killymoon GC every Wednesday evening read:
WEDNESDAY 03 MAY
NS: 1. Ann Brennan and Joe Fee 2. Daphne Ruddock and Brian Clarke
EW: 1. Christine and Paddy Chivers 2. Maureen McCourt and Muriel Davidson
WEDNESDAY 10 MAY
NS: 1. = Ann Brennan and Joe Fee 1. = Carol and Matt Collier
EW: 1. Elspeth Cummings and Christine Crockett 2. Maureen McCourt and Muriel Davidson
AND FINALLY ………….
A golfer stood over his opening tee shot for what seemed like an eternity. Looking up. Looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed. He was driving his partner mad. Finally the exasperated partner says:
“What is taking so long? Hit the blasted ball please!”
The guy answers:
“My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse and I want to make this the perfect shot!”
The playing partner responds saying:
“ Forget it, man, you will never hit her from here!”