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