Our Ulster Cup side were the stars of the weekend, defeating fancied Ormeau Golf Club over the two legs of this first round clash. Having won three matches in Belfast, the lads were confident of progressing in the home leg and they duly got the required four and a half points. We congratulate them on their success and wish them well in the next round against either Warrenpoint or Virginia. Ormeau were gallant competitors, excellent hosts and appreciative guests in Narin.
Entries are being taken for the annual two-day Pro-Am to be played on June 26th and 27th. The entry fee remains at 500 euro per team of three. Entries will be open to club members until April 30th.
Sean McGinley continued in his rich vein of form in Sunday’s Dolmen Centre event. The Killybegs golfer had finished runner-up in last Wednesday’s Open and so was eager to go one better in this 3golf competition national qualifier. His front nine was nothing to rave about, but after pars on 10, 12, 13 and 14, he knew that a good finish would set a fine target on the day. He did just that and had the best finish of several golfers who also finished on the same 40 point total. Runner-up, Seamus McGarvey had a notable eagle on the par four eighth.
Tom Rawdon had no sooner sat down in his seat after two walks to the podium during the recent presentation than he was at it again, returning an excellent 40 points in the Wednesday Open. The damage was done on the back nine once again, with a birdie on 13 adorning all the other good golf coming home. He had two shots to spare over Sean McGinley in second.
Rumours have swept the club that a mature golfer shot 49 points last week in a friendly fourball. It is difficult to test the veracity of this particular report but my sources are usually reliable and never biased. I send my good wishes to the Glen man in question!
Our professional, Connor Mallon managed to somehow return from New York where he was promoting the golf club for a week or so. Together with his trip to the World Golf Fair in Florida earlier in the year, Connor is working hard to realise extra green fees and business opportunities for the club in the years ahead. We have learned on the grapevine that his trojan efforts at the club have not gone unnoticed at the Park and we congratulate him on his invitation to meet the President at Arás an Uachtaráin.
The entry sheets for the Spring Foursomes. Clements Mixed Foursomes and Dr. McCloskey Matchplay have been posted in the clubhouse.
Members are also advised that they must have played in four sponsored events in 2010 in order to win the Captain’s Prize in August.
April 18: Dolmen Centre stableford and 3golf qualifier: 1. Sean McGinley (16) 40 b.o.t.; 2. Seamus McGarvey (11) 40 b.o.t.; 3. Brian McGonagle (13) 40 b.o.t.; Cat A Columba Gavigan (11) 40; Cat B Paddy Breslin (13) 38; Cat C John Callaghan (23) 37; Nines: Kieran Cunnea (17) 21; Pauric O’Donnell (22) 23; CSS 73; Twos: 4 balls each.
April 14: Wednesday Open: 1. Tom Rawdon (19) 40; 2. Sean McGinley (17) 38; 3. Tony Dooley (16) 37 b.o.t.; Twos: 5 balls.
Friday April 23: Fourball Invitational Stableford, open
Sunday April 25: Abbey Hotel single stableford
Wednesday April 28: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee;