Top man Tom in Winter League
The winter league got underway last week in Blacklion. Thirteen teams of 5 players will compete over 8 weeks with the best three scores over the 14 holes counting for points each week. The teams seem evenly matched and team captains will look to ensure that all team members play every week.
Team 1 is sure to contend for a top four finish with captain Kevin McPartland and golfer of the year Michael McHugh likely to produce consistently good scores. Add to this the mercurial Danny McGovern, Paul Martin and Geraldine McGrory who is a renowned top player in the winter league and the team looks a good bet.
Team 5 took top honours in week one with an impressive score of 95 to take 13 points. Tom O’Connor produced a fantastic 37 points for the 14 holes. Peter Cumisky (30) and Gerry Gilmartin (28) were the other contributors.
Team 10 was in second place with Jim Leonard (34), Paul Ferguson (32) and Stephen Garvey (27).
Individual winners were Tom O’Connor and Jim Leonard.
Team positions after week 1.
Team 5 13 Team 1 9 Team 7 5
Team 10 12 Team 3 9 Team 11 4
Team 9 11 Team 12 7 Team 8 3
Team 13 10 Team 4 6 Team 6 2
Team 2 1
Turkey competition 1
Jim Leonard 34
Kevin McPartland 34
Christmas Hamper for Scooby
In the first competition for a Christmas hamper, Gaby Fee shot a creditable 39 points only to be overtaken by Sean Flanagan with 40 points. Scarcely believable was the 42 points by Kevin “Scooby” McPartland. Kevin is playing off a handicap of three and his prowess is becoming legendary. Well done Kevin.
This week ‘s competition is Christmas Hamper 2. It is also the last chance in the lucky 15th competition . This competition is a progression from the old twos competition where golf balls were awarded for everyone who recorded a two. Instead, all qualifiers’ names who scored a two on the 15th will go into a hat for a more illustrious prize.
The draw for the winter league will take place this weekend. Please ensure your name is recorded on the list on the noticeboard.
Narm wins Kinawley Cup.
Blacklion’s Kinawley Cup is a matchplay competition held over 6 months. A lower handicapper’s consistency generally means a win for one of our top ten golfers but this year there was a surprise. Narm Boshle and Fred Potter met in the final with Narm taking the cup – a very popular winner.
In the Glenfarne Cup Doubles Matchplay, Joe Keaney and Kevin McPartlan defeated Ciaran Ryan and Kevin McElhatton in the final.
The Cavan/Monaghan Alliance team lost narrowly to Nuremore GC with the match going to the final put on the last hole. Hard luck men – a fine defence of your title.
The battle for golfer of the year is scheduled to go to the wire with Michael McHugh leading from Gaby Fee. Gaby won the end of year shootout but Michael’s 3rd place keeps him in the driving seat.
Result. 1 Gaby Fee 39
2 Kevin McPartland 39
3 Michael McHugh 38
In the Open Fourball competition, President Mel McLoughlin and Jimmy Donovan won the top prize with 48 points. Kevin McPartland and Gareth McGovern were runners-up on 47 points with Mark Connolly and Ronan McCabe third on 45 points.
The entry sheet for the winter league is now on the noticeboard.
Peter Cumisky has arranged that the defibrillator in Blacklion village will be available to the club. A list of trained volunteers is on the noticeboard. A call to one of the volunteers could save a life.
D- Day for Cavan/Monaghan Alliance team.
Captain Noel Melanaphy and his Cavan/Monaghan Alliance team have it all to do in the home leg of the final. Having lost 12 – 4 to Nuremore GC in the away leg, a supreme effort is required by all on Saturday.
In atrocious weather conditions, Ronan McCabe shot a scintillating net 67 to win the September Monthly Medal. Noel Melanaphy was runner-up on countback from Gaby Fee – both scored a creditable 69. Francis O’Reilly took the gross prize with 84.
This week’s competition is the end-of-year shootout – play Wednesday Saturday or Sunday.
Neven’s prize for Pele.
Despite changeable and at times brutal weather, members and visitors turned out in force for the inaugural Neven Maguire Stableford Competition. Ciaran “Pele” Maguire shot 42 points to win the top prize with Darren Boyle runner-up by one point. Enda Cunningham continued his winning streak by taking third place with 40 points. The ladies’ prize was won by Kathleen Leonard with 33 points. The club is grateful to Neven for his support and this competition will be considered as one of the top competitions in future seasons.
This week’s stableford competition will be played on Wednesday or Sunday.
Saturday is Mel McLoughlin’s President’s Day and a big turnout is expected for a great clubman.
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