Friday, 10 February 2017 22:12

Forward Vol.7 Issue 2


Volume 7 Issue 2

The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club


With the beautiful weather, the longer evenings and course improving every week it is encouraging to see so many players entering our club competitions.

Our course is really beginning to come into shape and that is down to the hard work of the Greens Staff led by Head Green – Keeper Raymond McAllister, Course Convenor Niall Johnston and Director of Golf Gary Chambers.

I would like to remind all seniors over 50 years that on Wednesday 24 April we will be playing for the PGA Staysure Seniors Trophy and an opportunity for the winner to play with Club Professional Gary Chambers at Seapoint GC on Wednesday 29 May.

What a fortnight for our lucky letters draw with Mary Ferguson winning the Jackpot of £3250 on 24th March and Joan Monaghan again wining the Jackpot of £2050 two weeks later on 7th April. It is great to see deserved winners who support our club, congratulations Mary & Joan. 

I would just like to remind members that the entries for the Annual Match Play Competitions (Sloane Cup, Twigg Cup, Abbott Adair Mixed Greensomes, The Boomer Senior Match-Play and President’s Trophy) are open and can be made this year through the Professional Shop. It is still great value @ £5 to test your match play skills.

I would like to thank the team Captains who volunteered to lead our Killymoon teams this season and wish them all good luck. Cyril Rafferty leads the first team into action this week with home leg Tuesday 9th & away leg Thursday 11th in the Fred Perry Team Trophy against neighbours Moyola. Best of luck Cyril and any support would be greatly appreciated.


Hugh Doyle


The golfing season is now under way.  As you will be aware our greens have now been scarified and sanded.  We will be over-seeding them shortly and hope to have the same fantastic greens as last year.  The Course Committee met recently and carried out a hole by hole assessment.  We have identified some areas which we intend to let grow saving time cutting and also saving on fuel, such as the back of the first, right hand side of the second, front of the twelfth, right hand side of 13th. Some other minor matters for Raymond and his staff but I am sure you agree our course is in good shape for this time of the year.  I intend to carry on with the Hole Management Scheme as it was very successful last year.  If you want to be included onto last years’ list I will leave a book at the pro shop to add your name. There will be a list in each locker room and on the club notice board and website in due course. Later on this month I will organise a Volunteer evening so look out for the email.  Your assistance would be greatly appreciated and a free pint as reward beckons. Lastly my thanks to Joe Martin of JM Paving for the transformation of the area at the front of the course, looking good!!

Keep it down the middle!

Niall Johnston


Competitions continue this coming week-end with the Loughdoo Aggregates sponsored Fred Daly Memorial, a National Qualifier under Medal conditions of play on Saturday and the Dental Trophy, Medal Scratch, again supported by Loughdoo Aggregates on Sunday. Saturday 20 April brings the McDaid Trophy under medal conditions and supported by Hughes Glazing while a Club Stableford Sweep (Mixed Gender), again supported by Hughes Glazing, will be played on Easter Sunday April 21. Easter Monday brings the Hughes Glazing Open Stableford (Mixed Gender).

A competition new to the Killymoon Fixture List, the PGA Seniors Staysure Trophy, and mixed gender  open to members over 50 years will be played on Wednesday 24 April. The winner of this National Qualifier will qualify to play with PGA Club Professional Gary Chambers at Seapoint GC on Wednesday 29 May.


Entries for the Annual Match - Play Competitions (The Sloane Cup, The Twigg Cup, The Boomer Senior Match – Play, Abbott Adair Mixed Greensomes and The Presidents’ Trophy) are open and can be made through the Professional Shop. Entry fee will be £5.00 per person per competition payable at time of entry. Entries will close at 5pm on Friday 26 April.




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The first three members have qualified for the season ending 36 holes Caulfield Insurance sponsored Champion of Champions. Lenny Kelly returned a score of 39 points on Saturday 30 March to win the Darren Clarke Trophy in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. Lenny will be joined by Glenn Pearson and Jason Kelly.  Glenn returned 65 nett to win the PGA Tankard on Saturday 06 April and Jason posted 63 nett to pick up the Magherafelt Trophy played on Sunday 07 April. The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 26 April at 8.30pm.


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Following the highly successful Captains Drive In the competitive season at Killymoon Golf Club swung into action with the APS Architects LLP sponsored Darren Clarke Trophy being contested on Saturday with a large entry of 188 members vying to pick up the local honours and qualify for the final at a venue to be decided.  After a winter season which saw a plethora of scores in the mid 40s taking the top prizes it was a much more challenging course which greeted competitors and this was reflected in the day’s scoring where a 39 point return from Lenny Kelly proved enough to triumph. In second with a final 38 point total was Nigel Graham and Paul Martin lifted the gross prize on the day. Hugh O’Neill carded a 36 to take the senior prize thanks to a sparkling closing nine holes tally of 21 points.

In the various categories the winners were:-

Division 1:         Clive Cahoon                                  35 points (BSN 20)

Division 2:         Glenn Booth                                   37 pts (BSN 18)

Division 3:         Ryan Devlin                                    36 points (BSN 20)

Division 4:         Peter Jackson                                 37 pts (BSN 17)

The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 26 April at 8.30pm



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On Sunday 31 March it was back to pairs with the APS Architects LLP sponsored Council Shield up for grabs in a 4BBB format. It was once again a closely fought affair with Dermot O’Neill and Gerard McNally emerging winners with 45 points over the 18 holes just a point ahead of Roy Montgomery and David Whyte. Gerard Lawn and Danny Maguire finished third with 43 points and James Burke and Michael Corey took fourth with their 42 point return edging them home by virtue of a closing 24 points on the back nine.


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A combination of gorgeous weather and the eternal optimism that always marks the start of the golfing season saw almost 50 four balls wedged into a packed timesheet at Killymoon on Saturday for the PGA Tankard National Qualifier sponsored by JM Paving.

As has been the case of late there was little to separate those at the top of the leader board with Glenn Pearson finally coming out just ahead of the pack with a nett 65 and he now goes on to partner club professional Gary Chambers at the Tankard Finals to be played at Warrenpoint in October.

A shot in arrears was James Farrell with a 66 who held onto the runner up spot thanks to a closing 31 over the second nine.

The gross section last year was dominated by one player and Martin Monaghan showed he intends to continue where he left off as he carded a fine 71 to claim the prize on Saturday with Sean MacMahon taking the senior prize with a 68.

In the various sections the race for prizes was also closely fought with count-back required to sort out three of the four sections. In division 1Donal Casey needed to negotiate the closing six holes in nett 23 to take the prize while Neal Ruddock needed a closing 34 to see his 66 claim the Division 2 honours. A 67 from David Pollock saw him claim the Division3 honours but he needed a 33 around the back to edge home and a 67 was enough to give Sean O’Neill top spot in Division Four.


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Sunday 07 April saw the Magherafelt Trophy supported by JM Paving competed for and a fine 63 paved the way for Jason Kelly to take top spot. Ian Hutchinson was second with 66 needing a better second nine of 30 to hold off Cyril Cush who finished third also with a 66. Eugene Donaghy took the gross prize with a 74.  


A competition new to the Killymoon Fixture List, the PGA Seniors’ Staysure Trophy, and mixed gender open to members over 50 years will be played on Wednesday 24 April. The winner of this National Qualifier will qualify to play with PGA Club Professional Gary Chambers at Seapoint GC on Wednesday 29 May. Online Booking is now available.


Members are reminded of the following in respect of competition entry:

  1. ALL cards taken out in competition MUST be returned and entered in the computer. Failure to return cards will result in a possible suspension of handicap.
  2. From 01 April through to 30 September, the Saturday timesheet is for competitors only from 7am until 4pm. Members putting their names on the timesheet MUST enter the competition.


The first in the series of Captain’s Friday Evening Sweeps tees off on Friday 26 April. The format for the first competition will be 9 Holes 4BBB Stableford. 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 6.30pm. Conditions of play and scorecards will be available in the bar with the entry sheet. The Prize Presentation will take place at 8.30pm and, at least one member of the team MUST be present to collect the prize or the prize will pass.


Play has started in the Inter-Club Competitions with the Fred Perry Trophy Team captained by Cyril Rafferty taking on Moyola Park GC in the first round first leg at Killymoon on Tuesday 09 April. The Killymoon team will take a slender 3-2 lead to the second leg which will be played at Moyola Park GC on tomorrow Thursday 11 April.


Another busy two weeks for Killymoon ladies!  The PGA Tankard on Thursday 28th March was won by Heather Campbell with a nett score of 73.  The runner up was Noreen Sheehy also with 73 nett on a BSN from Ivy Montgomery.  Ivy won the front nine with 31 nett and Daphne Ruddock won back nine with 37 nett.  Rhonda Glover had a “two” at the 11th.

On Thursday 4th April the Glasgow Cup was won by Vicky Boland with a great Winning score of 69 nett and Lesley McGlaughlin was runner up with 71 nett.  Donna Mulholland won front nine with 34 nett and Anne McCrea the back nine with 37 nett.

Oonagh McCoy’s Junior Foursome team had a successful home win against Castlerock winning all three matches.  This takes them through to the second round where they will play either Rockmount or Ardglass.

Last Friday the ladies travelled to the beautiful Lough Erne Resort for Lady Captain’s Overnighter.  While the forecast was grim the sun shined on arrival and the weather was reasonable throughout the day.  After a lovely meal in the Loughview Restaurant there was a presentation.  Evadne Steele came out as winner with 37 points and runner up was Josie Donnelly with 34 points.  Diane McIvor had best gross and Sandra Lamont and Anne McCrea won the “nines”.

To round off the weekend the ladies had a Fun Day 4BBB nine-hole competition on Sunday back in Killymoon to introduce the new rules.  The pairing of Pat McConnell and Rachel Stewart won with 27 points and Runner up were Kate O’Neill and Anne Smyth with 23 points.  Golf was followed by refreshments and a Quiz.

Good luck to all the teams with their matches in the next few weeks!

Avril Marshall



The Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue to-morrow Thursday 11 April when the ladies will play in the Darren Clarke MS Qualifier under Stableford conditions of play. On Thursday 18 April the Nellie Garrett and Peugeot Foursomes under Stableford conditions fill the diary and ladies have the option to play in both competitions on Sunday 07 and Sunday 14 April respectively.



Effective Tuesday 30 April 2019, the following are the Summer Opening Hours for Fairways:

MONDAY:           CLOSED (Open on Bank Holidays)

TUESDAY:           12 – 6pm

WEDNESDAY:    12 – 6pm

THURSDAY:        12 – 3pm and 5 – 9pm

FRIDAY:               12 – 3pm and 5 – 9pm

SATURDAY:         10am – 9pm

SUNDAY:             10am – 8pm


Effective Tuesday 30 April 2019 the following are the Summer Bar Opening Hours:

MONDAY:           CLOSED (Open on Bank Holidays)

TUESDAY:           1pm – 11pm

WEDNESDAY:    1pm – 11pm

THURSDAY:        12 – 11pm

FRIDAY:               12 – 11pm

SATURDAY:         11am – 11pm

SUNDAY:             12 – 11pm


The Friday Evening Table Quiz Series continued in the Members’ Bar on Friday 29 March with 7 teams participating. Trying again, the combination of Alan and Lesley Ferguson, Richard and Karen Earls and Mary Rafferty took the major honours by one point from New Season.

The final quiz in the Friday Evening Series in aid of the Air Ambulance NI will take place in the Function Room on Friday 10 May teeing off at 8.30pm. The quiz will feature the usual eclectic mix of Pot Luck, True or False, Dingbats, Family Fortunes, Films and Picture Questions. Entry is £5 (incl. Light Supper) per person and teams are limited to a maximum of 6 persons. Please get a team together to support this very worthy cause. Anyone interested in sponsoring Quiz or Raffle Prizes is asked to call in the office or email

Currently, the monies raised from the series stands at £1619.00 and the Cheque Presentation to the Air Ambulance NI will take place in the Function Room at the conclusion of the quiz.




Loughdoo Aggregates (LA) started trading in 1991 with just three part-time staff.  From these humble beginnings the company has continually expanded and we now employ 25 people.

We supply sand, gravel and decorative stone and our quarry is highly renowned for its hard-wearing stone and our sand is very sought after in the precast concrete industry in which we have built up a reputation for supplying excellent products with a fast and efficient client service.  As our business grew more land for quarrying was acquired and in 2005 we opened our new quarry and installed a new screening system and CDE treatment plant.

In 2006 we ventured into the concrete business and later that year we began making blocks.  After a slow start we saw an upturn in trade and we realised that sticking to our principles of supplying a quality product at a realistic price was beginning to pay off.  We then applied for the highly sought after "quality scheme for ready mixed concrete" award and received this in 2007 in recognition of our quality concrete.

With the acquisition of more land for quarrying in 2008 we are looking forward to supplying aggregates and concrete to our loyal customers for many years to come.  At Loughdoo Aggregates we also supply golf courses and playing fields throughout Ireland with aggregates for drainage for the improvement of these grounds such as at Dungannon Golf Club, Bundoran Club, Sligo race course and the new Lough Erne Golf Club designed by top golfer Nick Faldo, to name just a few.  We have also supplied many horse arenas throughout Ireland with different grades of sand.

Products available include: ready mixed concrete, screed blocks and bricks, washed sand and gravel supplies, decorative stone and coloured pebbles for driveways and patios, all grades of sand for the sports industry. We also offer next day delivery and all Ireland coverage.    

LOUGHDOO AGGREGATES is pleased to sponsor the Fred Daly Memorial and the Dental Trophy at Killymoon Golf Club




50 years in the business

Hughes Glazing has been serving the Cookstown area with their glazing needs for nearly 50 years.


We specialize in mirrors for all types of things, gyms, hairdressers, dance studios etc., we also have a specialist in house design man who can put anything on a mirror or normal piece of glass. We cover all aspects of glazing, from measuring jobs to completion whether it is broken down double glazing units or glazing something brand new. We supply both residential & commercial. We cut all our glass to size and are unique in that no one else offers that in the local area.

If you have any queries or would like a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

One of our Professionals will be more that glad to see to your needs.

At Hughes Glazing we cut all our glass to size and are unique in that no one else offers that in the local area.

We offer a number of services including:

Glass Repair|Mirrors|Balustrades|Safety Glass

Shower Doors|Tabletop Glass|Fire Rated Glass

Kitchen Cabinet Glass|Custom Mirrors|Shop Fronts

Hughes Glazing is pleased to sponsor the McDaid Trophy, Club Sweep and Easter Monday Open at Killymoon Golf Club




Pictured below is Mary Ferguson receiving her cheque for £3250.00 from Club Captain Hugh Doyle after Mary scooped the Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 24 March. Mary’s winning letters were B R S T.

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There was no winner of the £2000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 31 March 2019. The letters were drawn by Nigel Stewart. The Lucky Letters drawn were B O Y Z. There were NO winners of the Match 3 Mini Jackpot of £100.00.


Lightning struck twice in 2 weeks when Joan Monaghan matched all four letters (A J N O) to win the £2050.00 Jackpot.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place on this coming Sunday 14 April at 6pm in the Members’ Bar when the jackpot will be £2000.00.


On their honeymoon a husband confesses a secret to his new wife.

“Darling, I am a golf addict” he says. “You will never see me at weekends and all our holidays will be at golf resorts”.

“I have got a confession too” replies his new wife. “I am a hooker”.

“That is not a problem” replies the husband. “Just keep your head down and your arm straight”.


The next issue of “FORWARD” will be available on the web on Wednesday 24 April. 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 Monday 22 April.

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