Edmund wins medal on countback.
Remarkably, three players shot net 69 in the April monthly medal but Edmund Leonard took the prize on countback from Gerry Connaire and Jim Leonard. Kevin McPartland won the gross prize with a gross 73 while Mark Connolly (33.5) and Roly Curran (32.5) won the nines.
Last week was Captain Joe McHugh’s weekend away and, as usual, what happened on tour stayed on tour! Suffice to say a good time was had by all.
The final opportunity to qualify for April in the Open fourball competition takes place this week. Monthly qualifiers will play off in September.
This week’s competition is stableford 3 – play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.
Sweep 9 winner was Noel Melanaphy with 39 points. Gareth McGovern was runner-up on countback.
The Kinawley Cup singles match play entry sheet is on the notice board.
Michael wins on countback
Michael O’Connell won the first stableford competition of the year with 39 points, just edging out Ciaran “Pele” Maguire on countback. The evergreen Danny McGovern took third place with 38 points.
In sweep 8, Patsy McCorry yet again romped home with 42 points, three points ahead of runner-up Paddy Maguire.
The April qualifier for this year’s open fourball competition begins this week – play any day.
This week’s club competition is Stableford 2 – play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.
Sweep 9 begins this week – play any day.
The draw for the Glenfarne Cup will take place on Sunday 9th April. Entry sheet is on the noticeboard.
Another win for Shane.
After impressive golf in 2016, Shane Walsh began 2017 with a fine start to the new season. He shot a net 68 to win the March monthly medal. Enda Cunningham and Gareth McMorris both shot net 69 but Enda took the runner-up spot on countback. Master golfer Kevin McPartland won the gross prize with a score of 75 while Jim Leonard and Ashley Sheerin took prizes for the nines.
Big turnout for Captains Joe and Cathy.
Blacklion members turned out in force to welcome 2017 Captains Joe McHugh and Cathy McCabe at their drive-in. Mulled wine and “foosies” preceded President Mel McLoughlin’s introduction of the new Captains to prolonged applause. Captain Joe was grateful to 2016 Captain Eugene Walsh for giving him the opportunity to take on such a prestigious role. He welcomed all and hoped everyone would have an enjoyable golfing year. He thanked the ladies for the wine and cakes, had sampled both and could attest to their excellence. He encouraged members to enter competitions and urged recruitment of new members. He was confident the club would prosper with such a committed membership. On the first tee, both Cathy and Joe launched impressive drives down the fairway to ringing cheers.
At the presentation of prizes, Joe thanked Frank Martin for organising the raffle, paid tribute to Kevin McPartland and Peter Cumisky, the competition secretaries for their untiring work behind the scenes and thanked Dolores and her staff for the sumptuous meal; the club was fortunate to have such a facility and encouraged members to give Dolores their support. Competition secretary Peter Cumisky then announced the winners of the drive-in and the spring league.
1. Kevin McPartlan and Geraldine Creamer 32
Mel McLoughlin and Kathleen Leonard 34.75
Men’s competition. Gerry Connaire 22
The spring league was tightly contested with teams 1 and 5 qualifying from the semi-finals but the final really went to the wire: both teams recorded 12 points and the dreaded countback was called for with team 5 triumphing by virtue of having won more holes. The winning captain Gareth McMorris thanked the losing team for a wonderful match and their sportsmanship in defeat. He recorded his appreciation of the greenkeepers who had performed heroically to get the course playable and paid tribute to his team – Jim Leonard, Peter Robinson, Patsy McCorry, Anthony Collins and Fred Potter – who had shown up every week and had led from start to finish.
Jude Morris was presented with the O’Hare Cup and Roly Curran with the Conway Cup, while Gerry Logue presented the framed pennant of the Ulster Fourball winners to President Mel for display in the clubhouse. After an unprecedented year in team competitions, the work for 2017 starts now.
Paul McKenna won sweep 7 with 33 points.
Captain Joe thanked everyone for their attendance and the New Year celebrations began
Match play semi-finals decided.
The top four teams which qualified for the semi- finals of the spring league have been decided. Team 1 will play team 6 at 11am on Sunday 26th February while team 5 will meet team2 at 1.30pm.
In any competition there are hard luck stories and for team 4 there is a case for “what if” or “if only”. Languishing in last position for the first three weeks they zoomed back into contention but fell just 4 points short of making the semi-finals.
Details of the semi-finals’ matches may be seen on the Blacklion golf website but there are some mouth-watering ties: Peter Cumisky v Eugene Walsh in semi-final 1 is the pick of the matches, while in the second semi, Gareth McMorris v Ciaran Maguire will be a tasty tie. However my match of the day is Patsy McCorry v Sean Flanagan. Patsy is in top form but the wily Sean may have a trick up his sleeve.
Joe Keaney won the individual prize for week 5 on countback from Stephen Garvey. Both shot 34 points.
Final team positions
1 Team 5 579
2 Team 1 574
3 Team 6 565
4 Team 2 564
5 Team 4 560
6 Team 7 555
7 Team 3 550
Barry McGrory won sweep 5 with 35 points. Gareth McMorris was runner-up 33 points
First Individual: Kevin McPartlan 36
Second Individual: Peter Cumisky 34
Team 1: 121
Team 5: 121
Team 2: 114
Team 7: 113
Team 6: 112
Team 4: 110
Team 3: 109
Twos: (7 balls each)
Francis Reilly, Jim Leonard, Gerry Connaire and Emmet Scallon
Sweep No. 2:
First: Kevin McPartlan 34
Second: Sean Cox 33
What a night in Blacklion!
Members, family and friends turned out in force for Blacklion’s Christmas party. Captain Eugene Walsh noted that Blacklion had entered 5 teams in competitions and had won four of them. He then called on the team captains to introduce their teams and all were cheered to the echo. The blue riband went to the Irish Fourball team which became Ulster Champions.
Open Fourball Competition
This competition, the brainchild of Captain Eugene was an outstanding success and contributed greatly to the solvency of the club. No club can exist without sponsorship and the major sponsor of this competition was Neven Maguire who was introduced to great acclaim. Neven spoke passionately about community and how this was epitomised in Blacklion Golf Club. He was delighted to sponsor this competition and hoped to continue this partnership. Neven then presented the top prize to Jimmy Donovan and Patsy McCorry.
The Kinawley Cup for singles matchplay was presented to Darren Boyle while Seamus Falconer and Ciaran Maguire accepted the Glenfarne Cup for doubles matchplay.
Lady Captain Pat Alston then introduced Vera Waters as the lady golfer of the year.
Finally, Kevin McPartland was announced as golfer of the year. Kevin’s success was more remarkable because he played most of the year with a handicap of three. Celebrations continued well into Sunday morning.
Peter Cumisky won the individual prize in week one of the league and finished week eight with yet another win.
- Peter Cumisky 34
- Michael McAloon 33
- Sean Flanagan 32
The top individual of the league was Jason Martin who shot 224 points for the seven weeks – an outstanding display of consistency which led to his team’s success.
The overall winner was team 4. Mark Connolly led his team of Mel McLoughlin, Jason Martin, Vera Waters and Narm Boshle to a convincing victory.
1 Paul McKenna 34
2 Michael McHugh 34
The presentation of all winter league and turkey prizes takes place on 23rd December so there is still time to win that elusive turkey.
PS Thomas Cullen completed 2016 with a hole-in-one on the thirteenth.
After week 6 of the winter league, teams 4 and 9 are tied at the top with 65 points. Jason Martin for team 4 and Michael McHugh for team 9 were both instrumental in this success as Jason shot 35 points and Michael 34 but neither could match Ronan McCabe whose 36 points took the top individual prize.
The club Christmas party will take place on 3rd December and will give everyone the opportunity to celebrate the unprecedented success of our winning teams. The lady and gent golfer of the year and the Kinawley and Glenfarne cup winners will also be announced. There will be a hot and cold buffet and music by D J Shorty. Admission is 10 euro and proceedings start at 8pm.To book contact Jimmy Donovan (087686310) or Eugene Walsh (0879083574) or add your name to the sheet on the notice board.
The club raffle draw will take place too and all tickets should be returned immediately.
McCorry magic wins turkey competition.
While the winter league players were toiling, Patsy McCorry soared to a sensational 38 points to win the 4th turkey competition. Tommy O’Connor won his second turkey of the season as runner-up with 32 points.
After five weeks of the winter league, there is still scope for most teams to win a top four spot. With the ability to drop a worst week score, top scores will bring most teams back into contention. Stephen Garvey won week 5 with a score of 33 points while Barry McGrory and Gerry Hickey tied on 32 points. Barry took second place on countback.
Team positions after week 5.
Team 4 60
Team 9 57
Team 12 55
Team 3 54
Team 13 51
Team 6 47
Top week for Gareth
Not only did Gareth McMorris win a turkey and ham last week with 33 points but his 32 points maintained team nine’s second position in the winter league. Kathleen Leonard won a turkey as runner-up but her winter league team does not feature in the top six.
Score of the week was Jim Clancy’s 36 points while President Mel McLoughlin was runner-up with 32 points on countback.
Team positions after week 4 of the winter league.
Team 4 52
Team 9 46
Team 12 43
Team 3 41
Team 5 40
Team 13 40