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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

Team          Points

8                     263

9                     253

4                     252

5                     247

3                     246

1                     245.

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:

Team             Points

8                         94

1                         88

3                         85

5                         84

4                         82

9                         79

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

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