The recent passing of Ciaran Corrigan saddened all those who knew the avid golfer from Armagh. A member for over 40 years, Ciaran was a gentleman, quiet in demeanour and a regular visitor to the area. To his lovely wife Marie and all his family, the club sends its condolences. May he rest in peace.
Dan McCole’s passing removed another link with the early history of our club. He helped me with my research several years ago and was a mine of information. Dan’s uncle, Tommy McLoone was in charge of the Downstrands L.D.F. during the war and as a young lad, Dan recalled three metre-wide trenches being dug on any flat ground such as the fourth fairway at Narin and Portnoo Golf Course or at Sandfield to prevent aircraft from landing. He was a member of the Portnoo Dramatic Club which raised a lot of money for the club during the hard days of the fifties and early sixties. The club would not exist today were it not for the efforts of Dan and the many other amateur thespians who volunteered their time and energy over several years. We sympathise with his loving family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Michael Gallagher turned back the clock last Wednesday, skating round the links in 38 points over just 16 holes. The nine-handicapper still retains all the shot-makling ability that saw him play off low single figures in days gone by and it’s good to see him playing so well again.
Kevin Nicholson won Sunday’s Turkey competition with an impressive 42 points over 18 holes. The weather conditions were favourable and Kevin went round in just 12 over par to win by two from Gerald McDwyer.
After both Denis Carbery and Micheal McGinley finished on 30pts with the back 9, back 6, back 3 and last hole tied, it was decided to declare last Friday’s result a tie, with both men winning 10 bonus points in the race for the overall winner, which will be decided at Xmas. Manus Boyle was a shot further back on 29. With the 4 best cards to count for overall winner, Micheal McGinley has 20 pts followed by Barney Cunningham on 15, a point ahead of Denis Carbery on 14, with Manus Boyle on 13. The tee is again booked from 10 to 11 this Friday 19th.
November 10: 1. Michael Gallagher (9) 38; 2. Sean Connaughton (20) 35; 3. John McBride (9) 34 b.o.t.; Twos: 3 balls November 14: 1. Kevin Nicholson (18) 42; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 40; 3. Frankie Kennedy (13) 39 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 5 balls
Sunday November 21st: Single stroke turkey Wednesday, November 24th: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;