John Lennon can add the Glenties Cup and August Medal to his list of ‘Major’ victories following his superb round of 65 in last Sunday’s competition sponsored by Glenside Bacon. The 1997 Captain’s Prize winner was in a class of his own, achieving six pars on his front nine and then matching his par tally from the first nine on the way home. But for a couple of double bogeys, the score would have been threatening the 60 mark! The sponsor, John Molloy grabbed a share of the spoils in winning his category, while Hugh Boyle’s front nine of four over gross augurs well for his assault on Michael Glynn’s Captain’s Prize this coming weekend. On that note, I wish the imperturbable, debonair and self-deprecating Glenties honouree the best of weather and pray that his speech is as short as his backswing.
Joseph McLoone just can’t stop winning at present and on Wednesday last he defeated a huge field of 184 golfers to win the weekly mid-week open competition. His handicap is now in single figures, a remarkable turnaround from the start of the year and one wonders how much lower he can go. A little birdie at 7 was duplicated on 16. A further eight pars were scored in the challenging conditions and the eventual score of 39 points was one better than Connie McGinley in second.
The Friday Mixed Greensomes are proving very successful and will resume on August 21st following Captain’s Week. The latest victors in the open draw format were Frankie Kennedy and Ann Hayden, with the latter winning for the second week in succession, with a different partner each time.
The Committee thanks those who have already sold tickets in the fundraising draw and urge the holders of those tickets not yet sold to make a special effort to try and generate as much revenue as they can for their club. The prizes are lucrative, with a 20-year membership or alternatively a cash prize of 5,000 euro as the first prize. The draw will be held on September 26th and tickets cost 10 euro.
Our professional, Connor Mallon is to be congratulated on his fine performance at the Ulster P.G.A. last week where he finished on a high note at two under par on the fabulous new Lough Erne course in Enniskillen. His recent intonations may have fallen on deaf ears, but despite feeling under the weather throughout, the aspiring troubadour impressed his novice caddy with the accuracy of his mathematical calculations and course management. The result leaves him currently 17th on Srixon Order of Merit.
August 5: Wednesday Open;
1. Joseph McLoone (10) 39; 2. Connie McGinley (12) 38; 3. Anthony Thompson (18) 37; 4. Eamonn McGuinness (19) 36 b.o.t.; Twos: 6 balls each; C.S.S. Home: 73; Away: 76.
August 7: Friday Mixed Greensomes Results, 13 holes:
1. Frankie Kennedy & Ann Hayden 31 b.o.t.; 2. Donie McCole & Bernie Tonry 31; 3. Rab Brady & Mary Fitzpatrick 30;
Glenside Bacon & Glenties Cup:
1. John Lennon (16) 65; 2. Patrick Gallagher (18) 67; 3. Frank Dohan (19) 68; Cat A John Molloy (7) 70; Cat B Barry McCrea (11) 69; Cat C Tony Boner (18) 72 b.o.t.; Nines: Hugh Boyle (21) 28.5; Edward Sparshott (17) 31.5; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls each
August 14: Captain’s Mixed Foursomes, closed
August 15/16: Mr. Michael Glynn’s Captain’s Prize, Stableford, Closed
August 19: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 25 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee;