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

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.

Results

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