All’s fair for Noel and Vera.
After a dismal spell of weather, spring has sprung for the 2018 Blacklion captains Noel Melanaphy and Vera Waters. Noel and Vera welcomed a host of members to their drive-in in nearly perfect golfing conditions.
Following the traditional mulled wine and “ foosies”, club President Mel McLoughlin introduced the new captains. Captain Noel’s top priority for the year was course improvement; his aim being to ensure the course was in prime condition for members and visitors.
Both Captains launched long and straight drives on the first tee to tumultuous applause. The traditional nine- hole mixed foursomes was won by the two vice-captains Geraldine McGrory and Michael McHugh with Shauna Fee and father Gaby runners-up. The competition for men was won by Darren Boyle. Noel thanked all who had competed and made special mention of Dolores and her staff for the top-class catering.
Earlier in the day, teams 2 and 5 reached the final of the matchplay. Though both semi-finals were evenly contested, the surprise was the defeat of team 8 which had led the qualifying round from day one but such are the vagaries of match-play golf.
Mick and Brian see team 2 through to semi-final.
As team 9 stumbled, Michael McHugh (31) and Brian Love (29) secured the points to ensure team 2 reached the matchplay semi-finals of the spring league. Frank Collins played the captain’s part in scoring 31 points to win week 5’s individual prize on countback and to lead team 8 into first position. Frank was top individual scorer in the spring league with 146 points for the five weeks.
There are some mouth- watering ties in the semi-finals which will be played on Sunday March 4th, weather permitting:
Team 8 Team 2 1130
Frank Collins Jim Leonard
Noel Melanaphy Mick McHugh
Roly Curran Brian Love
Gerry Gilmartin Philip Maguire
Conor Leonard Vera Waters
Team 5 Team 4 1215
Joseph Keaney Jimmy Donovan
Kevin McPartlan Peter Cumisky
Michael McGuigan Seamus Falconer
Frank McCabe Fred Potter
Shauna Fee Narm Boshle
New Captain Noel top scores.
Team 8 has led the winter league for the first three weeks. Last week, Noel Melanaphy was instrumental in retaining the lead when he top scored with 33 points. Enda Cunningham was runner-up with 30 points.
Team positions after week 3
Aidan Wynne shot a creditable 29 points in the winter league and backed it up with a winning score of 31 points in sweep 2. Patsy McCorry was runner-up with 30 points.
Love is the winner.
After a poor start in week one of the winter league, team 2 was boosted back into contention with a blistering 35 points from Brian Love. Barry McGrory was runner-up with 33 points.
Team positions after week two:
Team 8 175
Team 1 171
Team 9 171
Team 4 170
Team 3 166
Team 2 165
Keep free Sunday 11th March for the Captains’ Drive-in.
Spring is here!
After a long winter, the spring league got underway last week. Nine teams of five players will compete over five weeks with the top three scores from each team counting towards a winning total.
Gold star for week one goes to Roly Curran whose 34 points helped team 8 to an early lead. Kevin McElhatton was runner-up on 33 points.
Team positions after week one:
With all teams evenly matched, this should be an exciting competition.
Top Tip is team 4: Jimmy Donovan’s experience and consistency augurs well for victory. Peter Cumisky, now back to full fitness, will certainly contribute while Seamus Falconer is a veteran and will produce top scores. Fred Potter and Narm Boshle, stars of the winter league, will hope to reproduce the form that made them so successful.
Fred’s finish wins league for team 3
The winter league concluded with the top teams fighting it out for a top 4 spot. Team 12 staged a dramatic bid for top spot when Captain Joe Keaney shot 33 points to take the maximum 13 points for week 8. Cometh the hour…….. team 3’s high handicapper Fred Potter produced a sensational 35 points to ensure the title for his team. Fred’s consistent play over the 8 weeks saw him miss the top individual prize by only 3 points.
The top individual scorer was tightly contested with Kevin McPartlan just pipping Danny McGovern by one point.
Top Individual score
Kevin McPartlan 235
Danny McGovern 234
Fred Potter 232
Winter league result:
Team 3. Gaby Fee, Noel Melanaphy, Brian Love, Pat Alston, Fred Potter. 79pts
Team 12. Joe Keaney, Frank Collins. Ron McMorris, Sean Flanagan, Tony Rasdale. 75 points
Team 1. Kevin McPartland, Mick McHugh, Danny McGovern, Geraldine McGrory, Paul Leonard. 73 pts
Team 6. Ronan McCabe, Patsy McCorry. Brian Lynksey. Kathleen Leonard. Narm Boshle. 64 points.
Turkey 5: Eamon Flynn 33. Roly Curran 31.
Turkey competitions will continue for the next two weeks.
The Blacklion Christmas Party will be held in the Clubhouse on 16th December at 8 pm, tickets 10 euro.
Final week will decide winter league winners.
Team 3 are in pole position with 67 points after week 7 of the winter league. Teams 1 and 12 are tied on 62 points but there are 6 teams still capable of claiming at least a top four place.
Week 7 individual winner was Liam McMorrow with 33 points. Tony Rasdale was runner-up with 32 while Patsy McCorry took third spot with 31 points on countback.
The top individual winner over 8 weeks will be decided with Danny McGovern and Kevin McPartlan separated by only one point.
Team positions after week 7:
Team 3 67
Team 1 62
Team 12 62
Team 13 56
Team 6 54
Team 10 53
Team 5 50
Team 8 49
Ronan ‘s score keeps team 4 in with a chance.
Week 6 of the winter league saw several no-shows so team captains will be impressing on their teams the necessity of a strong finish. Ronan McCabe and Geraldine Creamer both shot 33 points with Ronan taking top spot on countback. Sean Cox was in third position with 32 points.
Team positions after 6 weeks, with worst week’s score dropped.
1 Team 3 58 6 Team 5 45
2 Team 1 53 7 Team 6 42
3 Team 12 50 8 Team 9 37
4 Team 13 48 9 Team 8 36
5 Team 10 46 10 Team 4 35.
Kevin’s the king of winter golf.
Kevin McPartlan scored 32 points in week 2 of the winter league. In week 4 Kevin shot 36 points. However, last week in the turkey competition he shot a scarcely believable 37 points. Kevin has a legendary short game and if his winter league team can support him, he should be in the running for a top four prize. Gaby Fee, another aficionado of winter golf, secured yet another turkey with 35 points
Week 5 winter league individual winners.
1 Danny McGovern 36
2 Brian Love 35
3 Roly Curran 33
Winter league positions will be posted on the noticeboard on Tuesday.
Michael and Gaby continue the battle.
Golfer of the year Michael McHugh and runner-up Gaby fee continue to impress in the winter league. Michael shot a fine score of 37 points to take the top individual prize for week 4. Gaby however has consistency and his 30 points combined with top scores from Noel Melanaphy (31) and Fred Potter (29) ensured that team 3 is now in pole position.
Top 6 teams after week 4
Team 3 45
Team 1 40
Team 12 38
Team 10 33
Team 9 31
Team 5 29
Individual prize week 4
1 Michael McHugh 37
2 Kevin McPartlan 36
3 Peter Cumisky 34
Turkey Competition 2
1 Gareth McMorris 32
2 Jim Leonard 32
Turkey Competition 3
1 Aidan Wynne 33
2 Gaby Fee 32