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Forward Vol.6 Issue 9


The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club

Volume 6 Issue 9 - 18th July 2018


The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club

Welcome to the 9th issue of forward 2018, a fortnightly newsletter which, over the spring and summer, will carry news and results from around the club.



I firstly want to start by thanking and congratulating all the Team Captains and Team Players for their efforts throughout this season. There is still a chance of silverware reaching these parts with four of our teams in quarter final ties over the next two weeks. I sincerely thank you for your endeavours.

Our course continues to blossom. Societies and Corporate Groups are wholesome in their praise of the condition and lay-out of our course. My thanks again go to Raymond McAllister and his staff for their excellent work in keeping our course to the fore.

Our Multimesh UK sponsored Open Week 2018 is also just round the corner teeing off on Saturday 04 August and I would ask members to support our sponsor Kevin McCabe and to try and encourage visitors to our course if you can.  I will take this opportunity to remind all players to properly repair divots and pitch marks. As you will be aware, divot bags are available to assist in this regard.

The Annual Junior Branch Fund-Raiser will be played on Friday 17 August and I would appeal to members to enter a team. Entry Forms are available in the Office and at the Bar.

Finally the next in the series of Prize Presentation Evenings will take place on Friday week 27 July at 9pm. The Terms and Conditions state that if you are not present to collect your voucher or have not nominated someone to collect it on your behalf it is returned to club funds, no exceptions…                                                                                                                          


Harry Dunlop


Competitions continue this Saturday 21 July with the Mac Blair sponsored Dr J Flanigan Memorial under medal conditions. Sunday brings an Open 2 Persons Mixed Scramble again sponsored by Mac Blair and again under medal conditions. The first leg of the Sperrin Cup Medal will be played at Killymoon on Saturday 28 July and the East Tyrone Shield supported by Robin Abbott and under stableford conditions will be played on Sunday 29 July.



Saturday 04 August: Multimesh UK Perforated and Expanded Metal Open Stableford

Sunday 05 August: Multimesh UK Medical Trays Open 4 Persons Team Champagne Scramble – Medal

Monday 06 August: Multimesh UK Woven and Welded Mesh Open Stroke

Tuesday 07 August: Multimesh UK Catering Baskets and Trays Open Stroke

Wednesday 08 August: Multimesh UK Stainless Steel Weldmesh Gents Senior Open (50 years plus) Medal

Friday 10 August: Multimesh UK Oven Racks and Trays 2 Persons Scramble Medal

Saturday 11 August: Multimesh UK Agricultural and Veterinary Mesh Open 4 Persons Team Waltz Stableford




In superb weather and on a course in pristine condition too equally distinct formats were played at Killymoon as Saturday 07 July hosted the MacFlynn Memorial Stableford event and Sunday 08 July saw the Greensomes Shield Qualifier, both competitions sponsored by DBS – Donaghy Building Supplies Cookstown.

With glorious sunshine the order of the day on Saturday a large entry contested the “MacFlynn” with low scoring the order of the day. Danny Maguire showed a fine return to form posting 62 nett early on Saturday morning and had to endure a long wait to secure top spot. Dermot O’Neill returned a nett 63 (gross 71) for second place while another one over par 71 secured the best gross for Jonathan Young. Best Senior went to Paul Hampsey posting a 68 nett.

The sections were all 64 nett and the winners were:

Division One:     Don McKernan                 64 (BSN 31)

Division Two:     John Forrest                      64 (31)

Division Three: Ryan Devlin                       64 (31)

Division Four:     Nigel Moore                      64 (28)




On Sunday 08 July conditions were again perfect for the Greensomes Shield where the top four teams qualify for the match – play stage. The qualifiers are:

  1. 1.    Thomas Megarry and Nigel Stewart        64.6
  2. 2.    Eoin Doyle and Seamus Coyle              67.8
  3. 3.    Paul McElhone and Dermot Donnelly                     69.4
  4. 4.    Don and Nathan McKernan                70.8


1 v 4

                                                                                          2 v 3


The holiday weekend at Killymoon saw the TP Mulholland Memorial event with Brendan P Conway  leading the way home with a 41 point total but had to rely on a better second nine of 22 points to see off the challenge of Paul Martin who took second place. Best gross on the day went to Gavin Toal with 34 gross points on a better second nine of 17. Norman Weir took the Seniors Prize posting 38 points and the Divisional Prize Winners were:

Division 1:           Ryan Conway                   40 points

Division 2:           Rory McMullan                36 points

Division 3:           Damian Rushe                 38 points

Division 4:           Niall Owens                       37 points


The Killymoon Cup was played on Sunday 15 July and the combination of wet conditions and the holiday week-end resulted in a restricted entry. However, Nathan Magee topped the pile with a return of 66 nett to pick up the trophy with Roy Montgomery (70 nett) in second place. Best Gross, a 4 over par 74, went to Martin Monaghan.


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The Tuesday Open Medal Series sponsored by Bathe NI continues to attract good entries especially from visitors. The competition played on Tuesday 03 July saw Ciaron Corey take first place posting 64 nett. Aidan O’Neill (Dungannon GC) posted 68 nett for second needing a better second nine of 35 nett to push Rodney Hutchinson into third place. Best Gross went to Dungannon’s Joseph Timlin with a one over par 71.

On Tuesday 10 July, 60 members and visitors teed off and JD McLaughlin posting 68 nett took first prize with Glenn Booth and David Atkinson, both 69 nett, filling the minor places while a 3 over par 73 from Ronan Fowley took the spoils for best gross.

On Tuesday 17 July 62 members and visitors took to the fairways in glorious conditions and Rory McMullan posting 63 nett took first place. Conleth McCaughan, a visitor from Ballycastle GC was runner-up signing for 66 nett and had to rely on a better second nine of 34 to relegate Julian Costelloe to third place. Best Gross, a one over par 71, went to Mark Meenan.



The Sperrin Cup, the annual medal competition between members of Killymoon GC and Moyola Park GC will take place at Killymoon GC on Saturday 29 July with Moyola Park being the venue on Saturday 01 September. Timesheets for the Sperrin Cup are now available in the Pro Shop. The Entry Fee, to cover both days, will be £12 payable at time of entry and the starting time chosen will apply to both legs of the competition. Members should note that GUI Smartcard will be required for entry on both dates.



The latest winners of the Category Prize for Senior Golfers in Saturday competitions are Norman Weir and Paul Hampsey. Norman picks up two prizes for his returns in the Scratch Cups and the TP Mulholland Memorial kindly sponsored by Ms Maureen Mulholland, while Paul posted 68 nett to win in the MacFlynn Memorial Stableford on Saturday 07 July.



A Golf Classic sponsored by Scott and Turkington to raise funds for the Junior Branch is being organised within the club for Friday 17 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 Champagne Scramble Stableford with entry of £100 per team to include 18 holes of golf, a goody bag sponsored by Newell Stores, Dungannon and Coalisland 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.



The Fred Daly competition paired us against Murvagh in first round which turned out a comfortable fixture as we won both home and away ties. Next up Bangor which we feared would be a tougher hurdle and so it turned out losing both legs although the winning margin in the home leg saw the Killymoon boys put up very spirited performances with only a couple of holes separating the players as the matches were called in; a measure of how well our guys are developing their games especially in match play.  We can be very proud of their efforts.

Our main focus now is with the Ronan Rafferty taking on last year’s opponents in the final so we can expect another titanic struggle, after disposing of Edenmore in the first round. First leg takes place this Wed 18th July with return leg in Newcastle on Sunday 22nd July. Two key players are missing through holidays so it's expected our panel available can cope.

In the Craigavon Cup we travelled to Edenmore and lost by 17 to 11 points going down in two games on eighteen green. The positive news was the performance of our young players Brendan Mulgrew and Lynton Donaghy who between them tallied 6 from 8 points. They played some lovely golf on a course which they hadn’t been on before.

A much improved Loughall claimed victory on our soil in a close contest on Sat 7th July before we got back on the rails with a home victory over Edenmore three days later.

A new fixture on the calendar takes four lads to Rockmount on Thursday 19th July for a stableford competition where all four cards count to decide final placings. The lads will be expecting to do well such is the confidence within the group. There is also an open competition in Castlerock during July and another in early August at Dunmurry both of which we will be attending.

Remaining fixtures in Craigavon Cup will see us in Loughall on 26th July before a final home and away game against Armagh early August. It is great to have competitive outings for the boys helping to develop their golf skills as well as develop as young ambassadors for the club.

Paul Rooney



A further three members have qualified for the season ending 36 holes Champion of Champions kindly sponsored by Time Bar+Venue James Street Cookstown.

Danny Maguire posted 62 nett to win the MacFlynn Memorial on Saturday 07 July.  Brendan P Conway was victorious in the TP Mulholland Memorial Stableford and Nathan Magee won the Killymoon Cup on Sunday 15 July.


The latest in the series of monthly Prize Presentation Evenings will be held on Friday next 28 July. Prizes will be presented for Tuesday Open (26 June), The Killymoon Seniors Cup, The Killymoon Scratch Cups, The Teachers’ Trophy, Tuesday Open (03 July),the MacFlynn Memorial, Tuesday Open (10 July), The TP Mulholland Memorial, The Killymoon Cup, Tuesday Open (17 July),Open 2 Persons Mixed Scramble,  the Dr J Flanigan Memorial, Tuesday Open (24 July) and the Senior Open (25 July),

Members are reminded below of the Terms and Conditions governing the collection of Prizes at 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. Bar Staff on duty CANNOT be nominated to collect prizes.
  1. Prizes not accepted will be returned to club funds.


It is a case of “quarter-final mania” at Killymoon at present with four teams having reached the round of the last eight in their respective competitions.

In the GUI competitions both the Irish Mixed Foursomes and Junior Cup squads will contest their matches next week with both teams facing opposition from County Donegal. The Irish Mixed Foursomes captained by Club President Hugh O’Neill will play Letterkenny GC at Strabane GC on Sunday next 22 July tee off 4pm and the Junior Cup team led by Barry Monaghan will play Portsalon GC at City of Derry on Saturday next 21 July tee off 4pm. Any support would be welcomed.

In the Cowdy Association competitions, the Senior Cowdy team captained by Darren McCabe travelled to take on the defending champions Lurgan GC in the first leg and came away with 12.5 points from a possible 32 available. This result gives them a good chance to progress when they entertain Lurgan on Sunday 29 July tee off at 1pm.

The Robert Langridge led Rossmore Cup team will travel to Rossmore GC ON Saturday 28 July tee off 2.30pm and will entertain the Monaghan club in the second leg on Sunday 29 July tee off 2.30pm.

Good luck to all our teams.



There was no winner of the £2650.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 08 July 2018. The letters were drawn by Club Captain Harry Dunlop. The Lucky Letters drawn were M R T Z. Dennis Toner (HMRT) and Ronnie Charles (JMRZ) both matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £100.

There was no winner of the £2700.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 15 July 2018. The letters were drawn by Sharon McVey. The Lucky Letters drawn were C L M T.  Terry Duffy (DLMT), Darren McCabe (CDLM), Marc McCabe (CLMS), John Fowley (CELT), Colm Kelly (CLMO) and Gordon McAlister (ACLM) each matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £120.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place at 5.30pm on this coming Sunday evening 22 July when the jackpot will be £2750.00 and the Mini Jackpot will be £100.00.

Tickets are available at the bar and online at



The World Cup Sweeps, sponsored by WS Mercer Ballymena, have concluded and the winners were:

SWEEP ONE:       France                 Mary Rafferty                              £100.00

                              Croatia                 John McBride                             £40.00

                              Belgium               Teagan McGuckin                       £10.00

                              England               Hugh O’Neill                               £10.00

SWEEP TWO:     France                 Stephen McGuckin                       £100.00

                              Croatia                 Gary Chambers                          £40.00

                              Belgium               Cyril Rafferty                               £10.00

                              England               Barry Monaghan                         £10.00

Prizes are available for collection at the bar.



With the weather so ‘unseasonably’ hot it was amazing to see how much we actually need the rain for the course and a bit of cool air.  On the plus side it did give a lot of run on the ball.  This fortnight saw the end to another couple of our teams.  Both Cowdy and Junior Cup teams had just too much to do against a strong opposition so will now rest up until next year. 

  • Our hopes are on the Mary McKenna Team who had another great round beating Castlehume at home on Saturday 14th July.  The Team will now play Malone in the regional final with both a home and an away leg.  Well done to all in the Mary McKenna. 
  • The Tyrone and Fermanagh will play Newtownstewart away on 25th July with the return on 12th August. 
  • The Mixed Foursomes play Rosapenna in Strabane on Sunday 22nd so hopefully the run will continue.

Thursday competition results

Thursday 5th July saw the Summer Trophy Competition, and this was won by Siobhan Rooney with 38 points and runner up was Heather Campbell with 36 points.  The 2-ball scramble played on the 12th was won by Colleen (good to see you back) Conway and Madeline Dargan with a 69.50 and runner up was Heather Campbell and Diane McIvor with 70.75.

Thursday 19th July sees the Courier Cup being played for – don’t forget you can also play on Sundays.

And good luck to Colleen who is playing in the 2018 World Deaf Golf Championship at Carton House, in Maynooth, Co Kildare, from July 24th to 27th 2018.  Take care of that knee Colleen.

                                                                                                                                                      Kathryn Kerr


Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue on Thursday next 19 July when ladies will play for the Courier Cup (Medal) while Thursday 26 July brings the Killymoon Tankard under stableford conditions of play.





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A man goes for a quick round of golf at his local club. On the first tee a male visitor is about to tee off in front of him. The visitor takes a brand new ball out of his bag and places it on the tee.

“Thwack! He slices it into the tree.

He reaches into his bag, takes out another brand new ball, tees it up and “Thwack”, he slices it into the trees again.

He stomps back to his bag for another ball when the man waiting approaches him and says:

“Er, excuse me but I notice that you are losing a lot of brand new balls. Why don’t you use an old one?”

The visitor looks at the man and replies:

“Because I’ve never bloody had one!!!”


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