All good things must come to an end.
After a momentous win last year, Gerry Logue and his all Ireland fourball team finally tasted defeat in the Ulster semi-final. Trailing 4-1 from the away leg, the team managed to reverse the score at home but lost out on holes won to Rossmore GC. For a small club to reach the semi-final was special but this time it was a bridge too far. Our Cavan Monaghan Alliance team are still in with a shout after a 9-7 away defeat to Farnham, captain Noel Melanaphy will be optimistic for the return home tie.
The Open singles stableford was won by Enda Cunningham with 41 points. Donal Flanagan and Emmett Scollan tied on 39 points with Donal taking the runner-up spot on countback.
The Neven Maguire Open Stableford competition takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fantastic prizes on offer
Open week a great success
Members and visitors turned out in force for the Blacklion open week.
Day One. Stableford 1
Jimmy Donovan had a dream start albeit on countback from Gareth McGovern and Sean Cox. All shot 37 points.
Day Two. Fourball betterball.
24 hours later, Jimmy and partner Liam McMorrow shot an unbeatable 47 points to win.
Day Three. Stableford 2
Liam McMorrow racked up 37 points but could achieve only third place. Roly Curran won with 40 points and Gareth McMorris was runner-up with 38 points.
Day Four. Stableford 3.
Patsy McCorry romped home with 43 points. Darren Boyle took second place with 41 points with the irrepressible Gerry Hickey third with 40 points.
Day Five. Stableford 4.
Joe Keaney matched the best score of the week with 43 points. Peter Cumisky and Paul McKenna both shot 39 points with peter being declared runner-up on countback. The visitor’s prize was won by Benny McPadden with 35 points.
Day Six. Stableford 5
The highlight of Thursday’s competition was a hole in one by Sean Flanagan which helped Sean to 3rd place on 39 points. Enda Cunningham took top spot with 41 points while Ronan McCabe was runner-up on 40 points.
Day 7. Stableford 6.
A tightly fought competition resulted in a countback win for Robert Barry with visitor Gordon Forsythe runner up on 42 points. Gareth McMorris was third on 40 points. Des Crudden took the visitor’s prize with 32 points.
Day 8. Fourball Betterball.
Gaby Fee and Francis O’Reilly 48 points; Tony Rasdale and Enda Cunningham 47
It’s tight at the top.
In the stableford 10 competition, no fewer than three players shot 39 points and the dreaded countback came into operation. On conclusion of the calculations, Pat Gallery was declared winner with “Scooby” McPartland runner-up and “Pele” Maguire in third place.
The All-Ireland 4 ball team progressed to the semi-finals.
Blacklion Open Week
Saturday 5th August Singles Stableford
Sunday 6th August Fourball better ball Stableford (Ladies and Gents)
Monday 7th August Singles Stableford
Tuesday 8th August Singles Stableford
Wednesday 9th August Singles Stableford
Thursday 10th August Singles Stableford
Friday 11th August Singles Stableford
Saturday 12th August Ladies Open Day
Sunday 13th August Fourball better ball Stableford (Ladies and Gents)
Entry Fee: Members 7 euro Visitors 15 euros.
Dolores and her staff will provide meals and snacks throughout Open Week.
What a comeback!
Last year’s Ulster Champions in the All-Ireland fourball team competition had a disastrous start to 2017. At Clones, Gerry Logue’s team slumped to a 5 – 0 and 22 hole defeat. Nil desperandum. In an astonishing turnaround, the team reproduced last year’s form with a 5 – 0 victory with a margin of 24 holes. The team will now meet Belvoir Park G.C. in the next round on Sunday and captain Gerry will hope to ensure no more nail-biting finishes.
In the Stableford 8 competition, Seamus Falconer took top billing with a fine 42 points. Shane Walsh and Gareth McGovern both shot 39 points with Shane taking the runner-up spot on countback.
Shane was successful again on countback in Stableford 9, taking top spot from Patsy McCorry with both players shooting 42 points. Shane’s father Eugene was third with 41 points. Shane is now a category one golfer.
Let’s keep it in the family.
The July monthly medal was won by Donal Flanagan with a net 65. Dad Sean Flanagan was runner-up with 66.
Results. 1 Donall Flanagan 65
2 Sean Flanagan 66
3 John Carrigan 67
Gross Paul McKenna 77
Front 9 Robert Barry
Back 9 Paul Ferguson
Stop Press: The All – Ireland fourball team had a convincing 5 – 0 and 23 hole home victory over Belvoir Park GC, but after their narrow win against Clones GC will be taking nothing for granted in the away leg.
Joe’s Captain’s day dominated by “Scooby”
The top 12 qualified for the 9 hole shootout on Joe McHugh’s Captain’s Day included most of the favourites but everyone was focussed on the duel between Kevin “Scooby” McPartland and Kevin “ Pitch and Putt” McPartlan. Pitch and Putt Kevin lost three balls on his first 18 holes but his legendary short game rescued his qualification. Scooby, Blacklion’s top golfer, never missed a fairway and battle lines were drawn. Pitch and Putt Kevin had a superb final nine holes ending on a score of 104 but the intrepid Scooby pipped him at the post with a score of 103.5
At the presentation of prizes, President Mel McLoughlin introduced Captain Joe to prolonged applause. Joe welcomed all members and visitors and was delighted with a turnout of over 80. It was a great honour to follow so many illustrious captains and this he owed to Eugene Walsh who had given him the opportunity. He recounted the story of the first scramble in which he played with Doc Curran and Josie Clancy: the play was not good but the hilarity as one disaster followed another was an introduction to the fun and craic typified in Blacklion. He thanked President Mel who was truly a great clubman and thanked Lady Captain Cathy McCabe for her assistance throughout the year. Dolores, Linda and their staff had produced a sumptuous meal, served with courtesy and good humour. Joe made special mention of the backroom staff: competition secretaries Peter Cumisky and Kevin McPartland, membership secretary Sean Flanagan, Course convenors Liam McMorrow and Francis O’Reilly, Green fees manager Frank Martin, club secretary Pat Gallery, the ultra- efficient treasurer Robert Barry and so many members who had contributed selflessly not only to this special day but over so many years to whom we owe so much. Finally, Joe thanked his family for their support and encouragement – they had made his day. After calling on Peter Cumisky to announce the prize winners, Joe sat down to tumultuous applause.
Shauna Fee, ladies’ prize winner, is a young lady who started playing golf only a few months ago but has already had her handicap reduced by 10 shots. Shauna thanked Joe for his invitation to the ladies and complimented him on a fine array of prizes. She was delighted to win and thanked her partner Pat Alston. The course was in pristine condition and her Dad Gaby had done a wonderful job (Laughter and cheers)
Padraig McHugh, brother of Captain Joe, on behalf of the visitors, commented that the baby of the family had done well. He was delighted with his prize and the warm welcome he and all the visitors had received.
Captain’s prize-winner Kevin thanked his partners and the greenkeepers. Joe’s prizes were superb – especially his! There had been tough conditions but it was a great day with a quality meal to end it.
Celebrations might still be going on.
Captain’s Prize Kevin McPartland 103.5
Runner-up Kevin McPartlan 104
3rd place Gareth McGovern 106
Best 18 holes Niall Hickey 66
Gross Mark Connolly 80
Past Captain Aidan Wynne 68
Ladies 1st Shauna Fee 68
Ladies 2nd Geraldine McGrory 72
Visitors 1st Fergal Clancy
Visitors 2nd Padraig McHugh
Front nine Noel Melanaphy 32
Back nine Anthony Logue 32
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.
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.
1 Paul McKenna 43
2 Michael McHugh 42
3 Emmett Scollan 41
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.
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:
- K McPartland, D.Crudden, G.Forsythe, M.Durkin
- McKenna, M.McAloon, P. McDermott, J Martin
- 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.