The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club

Volume 5 Issue 10 - 10 August 2017


The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club



In spite of the weather, our Open Week was a brilliant success with members and visitors playing in the varied programme of events through the week.  I have received many favourable comments regarding our course, clubhouse, restaurant, facilities and our Social Media coverage of the competitions. I would like to thank Stephen McGuckin for all his work on the “actual” Social Media output. My thanks must also go to all concerned from our office staff, green staff, restaurant staff, bar staff, Professional Gary and Assistant David and especially our sponsors. You probably do not realise the background work done by all including a few forward thinking council members to make the week the success it evolved into. My thanks go to one and all and apologies if I missed anyone.  Please attend the forthcoming Prize Presentation Evening on Friday 18 August beginning at 9.30pm and make it an evening to remember.

On the Inter - Club front, unfortunately all male teams have finally capitulated with the Rossmore Cup team captained by Robert Langridge going down valiantly at Tandragee GC. Again I would like to thank all the team captains and team members for their endeavours and giving up their valuable time to represent Killymoon GC. So many matches were just pipped at the post; it can be frustrating, but that’s golf!! We still have the Junior Branch Ronan Rafferty team in the final and I know Lady Captain Maura still has a few teams in the mix and I wish them every success.

I would also like to thank all those members who contributed to the Captain’s Charity on my Captain’s Day. £650.00 has been forwarded to the Newry Hospice.

The Junior Branch Fund-Raising Golf Classic sponsored by Scott Turkington will be played on Friday 18 August. Tee times are available for teams at a cost of £100.00, to include golf and a meal, through the office.

Cyril Rafferty


Open week at Killymoon teed off with the McGrath Motors sponsored Open Stableford event on Saturday 30 July and a large field of 180 members and visitors produced a close race for the honours. If the improving condition of a course is indicated by the challenge it affords then Killymoon is certainly in top shape as scores in and around level par are proving to be worthy of a place among the prize-winners as was evidenced by Saturday’s playing of this McGrath Motors stableford event.

An excellent 40 point tally from Conor McGranaghan was easily the best score of the day and deservedly took the top prize. Second and third spots went to Barry Quinn and Brian Gogarty respectively with 38 and 37 points and Ronan Fowley took the gross prize. In the sections only Martin Whittle with a 37 broke the level par mark with the other winners Armand Shannon, Damian Rushe and Bernard McCaughey all taking the honours with level par 36s. The best senior on the day was Roy Montgomery with a 35 points return.

On Sunday 30 July it was the ever popular 4 Person Team Scramble sponsored by CFC Interiors which was the feature and as always some low scoring was the order of the day in this format and it took a countback to separate the top two both of whom finished on 52.2. First place went to the quartet of B. Martin, G.Toal, S Hughes and P. McKernan with second spot going to the team of H. Dunlop, K and J Averill and G Caskey. Best gross was collected by N. Graham, M Whittle, T Crooks and N Johnstone with a nine under par tally. In third place were P Donnelly, S Gormley, P Corr and P. Conway (55.7) with D. Whyte, G Thornton, L Mitchell, and N Talbot 4th with a nett 59. Fifth place went to the combination of E Mallon, M Devlin, S Kelly and T Doris posting 59.5.

The Open Stroke sponsored by Demesne Electrical played on Monday 31 July attracted an entry of 80 players. Unfortunately the electrical storm late afternoon put paid to most of the field completing their rounds after the hooter sounded to close the course. However a quorum under local rules had been reached to confirm a competition. Eoin Mallon posted a level par gross 70 equating to 65 nett to pick up the premier prize while Barry Quinn posted a 1 over par 71 to win Best Gross. The runner-up spot went to Norman Weir returning 73 gross equating to 66 nett on a better second nine holes of 31 to relegate Stephen Conway (66/33) to third place.  The remaining prizes through the Handicap Sections went to Niall Bradley (66/34), Andrew McKernan (71), Mark Molloy (74) and Alan McClenaghan (67).

Horrible weather conditions prevailed for The East Tyrone Shield sponsored by Robin Abbott meaning that the competition had to be cancelled. The East Tyrone Shield was then re-scheduled for Wednesday 09 August with 93 members and visitors participating. Seamie P Coyle signed for 41 points to take first place and win the competition by four points. Danny Maguire continued his fine run of form to take second place on 37 points and a better second nine of 19 points to relegate Martin Monaghan to third. The section winners were Rodney Hutchinson (36), Michael Corey (36), Mark Molloy (36) and Michael Lavery (34) with the best gross going to Lorcan McCoy.

The 2 Person Scramble played on Friday 04 August was very well subscribed with 57 pairs participating. The event was won by Mark and Michael Meenan with a 61 shot combined score edging Harry Dunlop and Martin Whittle into second place on 61.25. In third was the pairing of C and T Rocks from Moyola Park GC with 62.25 and the best gross prize was won by Bryan Martin and Steven Hughes with a 63.

Open Week 2017 glided to a conclusion on Saturday 05 August with an Open Team Waltz sponsored by DBS (Donaghy Building Supplies) and 57 teams participated. The “Waltz” is a format in which one score from the four man team counts at the first hole; 2 at the second and three at the third and this is repeated for the remainder of the round.

Stepping out in style the winning combination was Glenn Booth, Gareth Glendenning, Ian Hagan and David Atkinson waltzing their way to a score of 87 points. The placings were closely contested with count-back required to separate the three teams posting 83 points. In the end the order of finishers was 2nd Clarke and George Faulkner, Robin Cuddy and David Barnes; 3rd Gerard Lawn, Danny Maguire, Nathan Magee and Conor McGranaghan; 4th Graeme Blacklaws, James and Brendan Bleeks and Eddie Molloy.

All the prizes for Open Week Competitions will be presented at the Open Week Prize Presentation on Friday 18 August at 9.30pm.


Competitions continue this week – end with the Team Players’ Trophy under stableford conditions on Saturday. There will be prizes awarded to Non – Team Players and Senior Members over 65 years. Sunday 13 August brings the Draperstown Trophy again under stableford conditions. The Sperrin Cup (Medal) between members of Killymoon GC and Moyola Park GC will be played on Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 August with the first leg at Killymoon on Saturday 19. An Open 2 Person Scramble, any combination, under medal conditions of play fills the diary for Sunday 20 August.


The latest in the series of Senior Open Stableford Competitions was played on Wednesday 26 July with Martin Morris posting a score of 40 points to take the first prize. Patsy Monaghan’s better last six holes of 13 points in a 38 point haul saw him take second place from Paddy Donnelly. Norman Weir posted a gross 75 to pick up the spoils for Best Gross, The next event in the series will be played on Wednesday 30 August. Online Booking is now available.


The latest winner of the Category Prize for Senior Golfers in Saturday competitions is Roy Montgomery.   Roy returned 35 points to win the category in the McGrath Motors Open Stableford on Saturday 29 July and will now join the other 14 qualifiers in the inaugural playing of the 18 holes Senior Champion of Champions on Sunday 24 September. Only five qualifying competitions remain in this category.


 The Agrarian Trophy played on Sunday 06 August was a closely contested affair with the top of the leader-board highly congested. A 66 from Jonathan Young with a better second nine of 34 shots edged Barry McDaid into second with Sean Kelly third signing for a 67 nett. Best gross went to Martin Monaghan.


The competition for Mr Hugh O’Neill’s President’s Prize will be played on Saturday 02 September.

A booking sheet (divided into 1hr time bands) is available in The Professional’s Shop. Entry Fee is £15.00 (including 2s) payable at the time of booking.

The sheet will remain on display until 6pm on MONDAY 28 August

The Competitions Committee will then make the draw for times and playing partners. The completed draw will be posted in the clubhouse and on the Club Website on WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST at 11.00 am


The “battle” for the Waterloo Bell has now reached Week 15, to be played through 15 and 16 August, and with one week of competition remaining, the leader-board, based on nett scores, looks like this:

1 Mr Barry Monaghan       6          3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 4 2 2 2          53

2 Mr Darren McCabe        6          4 2 4 4 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 4 4 3 2 3          53

3 Mr Eoin Mallon               4          4 2 4 3 2 4 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 4 3 3 2 3          53

4 Mr Ronan Fowley           3          3 2 4 3 2 4 3 2 3 4 2 2 3 4 4 2 3 3          53

5 Mr Barry Quinn               2          4 2 4 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 3          53

6 Mr Ian Hagan                 14         4 2 4 2 3 5 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 4 3 2 3          54

7 Mr Micheal Haycock       8          4 3 4 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 2 3          56

8 Mr Martin Monaghan      2          4 3 3 3 4 3 2 2 3 4 2 3 3 3 5 3 3 3          56



The half way stage of the MUSA year was arrived at on Friday 7th June at Ardglass Golf Club. We had the most perfect day for golf and surprising for Ardglass there was no wind to trouble the 80 senior golfers. The benign conditions were reflected in the scores with Killymoon returning the joint 3rd best score of the day with a score of 151 points, by far our best score of the year. The best individual score was returned by the MUSA President, Joe McClelland of Lurgan with a fabulous score of 45 points. I am too modest to say who our best scorer was with 41 points.

In spite of our good score we only managed to move from 10th to 9th position. Since the last MUSA report for Forward we have also played Lurgan scoring 132 points keeping us in 9th place and today the 9th August we played Omagh but unfortunately did not score as well as expected only getting 126 points. As far as this year’s competition is concerned we may say goodbye to it and set our targets on remaining off the bottom position. The next outing is to Spa Golf Club on Monday 21st August, so here is hoping for a score similar to what we got at Ardglass. 

Liam McNeill



The Prize Presentation Evening for all competitions played during Open Week 2017 will take place at 9.30pm on Friday evening 18 August. In addition to the Open Week Presentations, prizes will also be presented for the Agrarian Trophy, the Team Players’ Trophy, the Draperstown Trophy and the Junior Fund-Raiser played earlier in the day.

 Members are reminded below of the Terms and Conditions around Prize Presentation Evenings:

  1. The prize-winner is expected to attend.
  1. In his absence he is obliged to contact the Competition Secretary to nominate a deputy to accept his prize.
  1. A prize-winner MAY NOT act as nominated deputy.
  1. A nominated deputy may only accept a prize or prizes on behalf of ONE prize-winner.
  1. In Pairs and Team Events ONE member of the pair or team present may collect the prize.
  1. Prizes not accepted will be returned to club funds.



The Champion of Champions 2017 Qualifiers List has now reached 26 with another 10 places up for grabs into the 36 holes season finale, kindly sponsored by Time Bar+Venue, James Street, Cookstown,  before the final day of qualifying on Saturday 16 September with the Alexander Cup.

The latest member to qualify is Jonathan Young after posting 66 nett to win the Agrarian Trophy on Sunday 06 August.

 Following the original format for the competition, Champion of Champions 2017 will now be played off with 36 holes on Sunday 24 September with the first round from yellow tees starting at 8.30am and the second round from white markers teeing off at 1pm. The winner will be the Best Aggregate Nett over the 36 holes. In the event of a tie for first place, a sudden death play-off, beginning at the first hole, will determine the winner.



A Golf Classic sponsored by Scott and Turkington to raise funds for the Junior Branch is being organised within the club for Friday 18 August. The monies raised from the event will go towards helping the Junior Branch in its development. The event will take the form of a 4 Person Team Waltz Stableford with entry of £100 per team to include 18 holes of golf and a meal at the end of play. Anyone wishing to enter a team or sponsor a tee is asked to contact the Office or the Pro Shop.



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Kieran Rogers, winner of the Junior Scratch Cup 2017

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Glenn Booth, winner of the Teachers’ Trophy 2017

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Colum Campbell, winner of the MacFlynn Memorial 2017

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JD McLaughlin, winner of the TP Mulholland Memorial 2017

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Nathan Magee, winner of the Dr J Flanigan Memorial 2017

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Martin Morris, winner of the July Senior Open 2017

Photographs by TGM Photos



With three events remaining, the Team Players’ Trophy, The President’s Prize and the PG McErlean Memorial, to decide the Golfer of the Year 2017, Adrian McKenna leads on 336 with Nigel Graham and Stephen Canavan on 332. The latest leader - board is posted below. The current scores are based on all 10 competitions played to date. At the conclusion of the 13 events, the ten best scores from 13 will count towards the eventual winner.

Mr Adrian McKenna 42 + 32 + 37 + 35 + 34 + 32 + 32 + 31 +27 + 34 336

Mr Nigel Graham 36 + 38 + 33 + 28 + 30 + 26 + 36 + 36 + 32 + 37 332

Mr Stephen Canavan 34 + 37 + 30 + 30 + 38 + 37 + 25 + 32 + 33 + 36 332

Mr Ian Hutchinson 34 + 34 + 31 + 34 + 29 + 33 + 37 + 31 + 27 + 34 324

Mr Stephen Mulholland 34 + 33 + 32 + 31 + 36 + 31 + 26 + 36 + 29 + 24 312

Mr Thomas McGeown 37 + 35 + 0 + 28 + 38 + 36 + 34 + 29 + 34 + 31 302

Mr Patrick L Dargan 31 + 31 + 32 + 35 + 34 + 34 + 25 + 30 + 21 + 27 300



The Annual Match – Play Competitions have all reached the semi – final stage and the finals in each division will all be played on Friday 01 September, teeing off at 3pm.

In the Sloane Cup semis, Roy Montgomery will play Matthew Kempton and Mark Meenan will take on Gary McCabe.

The semi – finals in the Twigg Cup sees Paul Sheehy play Shane Mullan and Stanley Heron will meet Tommy McGeown.

The penultimate stage of the Presidents’ Trophy will see Roy Montgomery and David Whyte play Matthew Kempton and Christopher Purvis and James Burke and Marc McCabe will meet Frank McGurk and Michael Corey.

 Ronan Fowley and Michael Meenan will play Conor McGranaghan and Sean McKenna in the first of the Greensomes Shield Semi Finals while in the bottom half of the draw Kieran Hughes and Bryan Martin will take on Brian Gogarty and Stephen Mulholland.

In the Traders’ Cup, Andrew McKernan will play Alastair Lyttle and Kieran Hughes will meet either Barry Quinn or Seamus McKenna. The Match – Play Finals will be played from 3pm on Friday 01 September and the full schedule will be posted in the next issue of “Forward”.



Killymoon ladies played for the Killymoon Tankard on Thursday 27th July and Maggie Conway won with 39 points.  The runner up was Ann McCrea with 35 points on better second nine from Josie Donnelly.

The front nine was won by Madeline Dargan with 20 points from Josie Donnelly and Pamela Falkingham.  The back nine by Avril Marshall with 20 points.

There were three “twos”, Maggie Conway on 13th and Diane McIvor and Kate Lennon both on 11th.



The Craemill Open 3 Ball Team Event played as part of Open Week attracted a super entry of members and visitors with many clubs from around the province represented. The winners, signing for 59.8 nett, were the combination of Margaret Henderson, Sandra Lamont and Heather Campbell. The runners-up were Frances McKenna, Anne Smyth and Kay Simpson (60 nett) while third place was won by Sheila Kearney, Una Bradley and Roisin O’Hara (Kilrea GC) (60.6 nett).

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Winners of the Craemill Open with Sponsor Colin McCrea and Lady Captain Maura O’Kane

Photograph by TGM Photos



Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue on Thursday next 10 August with the Rhona Adair Trophy under medal conditions of play. Thursday 17 August brings the competition for the Veterans’ Trophy (Stableford) sponsored by Linda Lennon and an 18 holes competition. The final Open Day of the season the 4BBB Stableford, kindly sponsored Doris and MacMahon, will take place on Saturday 26 August. Online Booking is now available.



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Heather Campbell, winner of the Leeper Salver with Lady Captain Maura O’Kane

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Kate O’Neill, winner of the Bell Cup with Lady Captain Maura O’Kane

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Madeleine Dargan, winner of the 125 Trophy with Lady Captain Maura O’Kane

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Margaret Conway, winner of the Courier Cup with Lady Captain Maura O’Kane

Photographs by TGM Photos



Past President Alastair Laird would like to thank all those members who, following the passing of his late wife Carol, called to his home, forwarded messages of sympathy and attended the services. Your presence was greatly appreciated.

Alastair would also like to thank the Council and Membership for allowing him the honour of Honorary Membership.

The Captain’s Friday Evening Table Quiz Series in aid of Alastair’s Chosen Charities, Charis and the Newry Hospice, begin on Friday 22 September in the Members’ Bar at 8.30pm. Any members interested in sponsoring one of the quizzes are asked to contact Alastair or the Office.



 The Killymoon Ronan Rafferty team took full advantage of a quarter-final bye from County Cavan GC by defeating Silverwood GC in their semi-final to set up a meeting with Mourne GC in the final. Leading 16 – 4 from the away leg, the Killymoon Juniors only required 5 points from the home leg to advance to the final and the requisite number of points was quickly achieved. They will now play Mourne GC in the final and will have the opportunity to play the famed Annesley Links at Royal County Down.

Staying in County Down, 5 juniors travelled to the Don Patterson Open Competition at Warrenpoint GC on Thursday 03 August. In the Under 9 Section, played over 9 holes, Brendan Mulgrew came out tops on a better last 6 holes. Jamie Farley produced a lovely 3 wood tee shot to claim nearest the pin at the Par 3 10th hole and also went on to win the Under 13 Putting Competition. Lynton Donaghy, Callum McCreesh and David Monaghan also took part and this experience will stand to them for future competitions.


Brendan Mulgrew winner of the Don Patterson Open Competition at Warrenpoint GC 

Photographs by SC Photos

The Monday Competitions continue with Jamie Farley and Paul Monaghan the latest winners for July.



There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 30 July 2017. The letters were drawn by Kathy Hodgett. The Lucky Letters drawn were G H M Z. John Graham (G H L M) and Marty Kelly Online (D G H M) both each matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £100

There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 06 August 2017. The letters were drawn by Rodney Hutchinson. The Lucky Letters drawn were A S O X. Ovella Glendenning (A C O S) matched 3 letters and won the Mini Jackpot of £100.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place on this coming Sunday evening 13 August when the jackpot will be £10,000.00 and the Mini Jackpot will be £100.00.



It was a Saturday morning and Robert was beginning his pre-shot routine, visualising his upcoming shot when a voice came over the clubhouse speaker:

“Would the gentleman on the Ladies’ tee back up to the men’s tee please?”

Robert was still deep in his routine, seemingly oblivious to the interruption.

Again the interruption blasted out:

“Would the MAN on the LADIES’ tee kindly back up to the MEN’S tee?”

Robert had had enough. He broke his stance, lowered his driver back to the ground and shouted:

“Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot?”



The next issue of “FORWARD” will be available on the web on Wed 23rd August. We value your opinions and ideas and any member wishing to “Have Your Say” should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 18th August.


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