President Mel McLoughlin and Captains Joe McHugh and Cathy McCabe welcome you to Blacklion Golf Club

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Liam’s back at the top

After an extended absence, Liam McMorrow won the Michael Poniard Memorial trophy with 42 points. Despite handicap cuts, Enda Cunningham shot 41 points to take third place, losing out on countback to Joe Keaney.

The Irish fourball team is in need of a miracle after a trouncing in Clones.

This week’s competition is the June monthly medal – play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.

An early reminder:  Joe McHugh’s Captain’s Day is on Saturday July 1st – make sure your name is on the timesheet.

Kevin wins Bush Cup.

Kevin McPartlan (64) won the Bush Cup with his near namesake Kevin McPartland taking the gross prize with a 75. Brendan Sweeney (65) was runner-up with Paul McGrath (68) taking third place. Darren Boyle and Ciaran Maguire won prizes for the nines.

Open Fourball

The May qualifiers were

1 Mel McLoughlin and Jimmy Donovan   48

2 K. Ryan and J Higgins  48

3 D Boyle and G.Hickey

The June qualifier is now in progress – play any day.

Stableford 7

1 Paul McKenna    43

2 Michael McHugh   42

3 Emmett Scollan      41

Irish Fourball

The Irish Fourball team acquired the necessary ½ point to qualify for the next round. They will be hoping for better weather conditions than those they suffered in Warrenpoint when the face Clones G.C.

This week’s competition is for the Michael Poniard Memorial Trophy. Play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.

Peter is back on form

After an extended absence from the podium, Peter Robinson shot 43 points to win stableford 6. John Higgins was runner-up on 41 points with Stephen Garvey (41) missing out on countback.

Irish Fourball

Blacklion began its defence of the Irish Fourball Ulster title with a resounding 5 – 0 home win over Warrenpoint G.C. The team will be guarding against complacency in the away fixture.

The Blacklion Classic was an outstanding success with 25 teams taking part. Winners:

  1. K McPartland, D.Crudden, G.Forsythe, M.Durkin
  2. McKenna, M.McAloon, P. McDermott, J Martin
  3. A Logue, G.Logue, P.Maguire , J. Keaney.

Ladies Prize: K. Leonard, V Watters, G.Creamer, S.Fee.

Hugh McCabe – a man who brightened so many lives.

Members of Blacklion Golf Club could scarcely believe that Hugh McCabe had passed away. As a committee member and course convenor, Hugh has left an indelible mark on the club. His planning and vision of the course’s signature second hole was a master stroke and his hands – on approach contributed greatly to the quality of the course we have today.

But what will be most missed is the twinkle in his eye and how he could lift the spirits. Whether on the course or sitting around the clubhouse fire, his effervescent outlook ensured that even the most despondent golfer was soon laughing at his own misfortunes. Legend is an often overused word but Hugh certainly merits this tribute. He will be sorely missed.

May medal for Enda.

With the course in tip-top condition, there was some sparkling scoring in the May monthly medal. Scoring in a stroke competition is notoriously difficult but Brendan Sweeney (65) and Gerry Connaire (64) showed what could be done. However, an exceptional net 62 for Enda Cunningham took the medal. Ciaran Maguire won the gross prize with a score of 76.

The 3T’s Suicide Awareness competition was well-supported and a healthy cheque will soon be on its way to this most deserving charity. Jim Leonard won the competition with 42 points.

This week’s competitions: Sweep 10 – play any day; Stableford 6 – play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.

The Blacklion Team classic takes place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May –play either or both days. This is an essential fundraiser for the club and members and visitors are all welcome. There are some fantastic prizes on offer.

Blacklion begin their defence of the Irish Fourball competition next Sunday – tee off at 1230.

The draw for the Kinawley Cup Singles Matchplay will be made next Sunday. Entry sheet is on the noticeboard.

Boyle over the rest.

Darren Boyle won stableford 5 last week with 42 points. Michael Hargadon and Seamus Falconer both shot 41 points with Michael taking the runner-up spot on countback.

This is the final week for playing in the 3 T’s Suicide Awareness Charity singles stableford competition – please support this worthy cause.

The May Monthly Medal stroke competition takes place this week – play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday.

Blacklion Golf Classic takes place on 25th/26th May.

Flying Flynn with 44 points

Eamonn Flynn won the stableford 4 competition with a fantastic 44 points. Eugene Walsh was runner-up with 41 points while Tony Rasdale shot 40 points for third place.

Course closed Sunday 14th May.

Blacklion hosts clubs from all over Ulster in the qualifying round of the Pierce Purcell competition.

Belcoo GAA Classic.

The Belcoo GAA Classic team competition takes place on Saturday May 13th.

This week’s competition is stableford 5. Play Wednesday or Saturday only.

In these straitened times, running a golf course is a difficult task. To this end, Captain Joe McHugh and his committee have initiated the open 4 person Blacklion Golf Club Classic to be held on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May – play either or both days. Prizes include Sunday Lunch at the MacNean Restaurant, green fees for other courses and a special prize for the best ladies’ team. Top prize is one night’s accommodation and two rounds of golf at the New Forest Estate in Co. Westmeath. Members are encouraged to recruit members from other clubs and those who rarely play in team competitions to make this venture a success. It’s your club; let’s give it your support.

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.

Drive-in.

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

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