Patrick Maguire

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Vera leads Spring League in Blacklion.

There are 8 teams competing in the 2019 Spring League under an amended format from previous years. The best four scores over the first 5 weeks will establish a top four which will play off on Sunday March 3rd. First and second prizes will be awarded weekly. The winners and runners-up will be presented with their prizes at the Captains’ Drive-in.

A sterling performance by team 7 has them 7 points ahead at this early stage. This is due in no small measure to Vera Waters with a magnificent 36 points. Gareth McMorris of team 8 was runner-up with 33 points

Team positions after week one:

Team  7                   125                                Team  6               110  

Team  2                   118                                Team 4                 106

Team  8                   117                                Team 5                  103

Team 3                     113                               Team 1                    97

Five teams still in contention for the winter league title.

After discarding the worst week’s score, five teams are still in contention to win the winter league. Scores, after adjustment, are:

Team 11            53

Team 10            52

Team 3              50

Team 4              47

Team 7              45

Top individual scores for week seven.

Paul Ferguson                       35

Brian Love                              35

Jim Leonard                           33

The Fee family may require a pantechnicon to carry away all their prizes won over the Christmas period. This week, Shauna shot 36 points to win the turkey competition with Tommy Cullen runner-up on 35 points.

Narm wins Kinawley Cup again.

Blacklion’s Kinawley Cup, the season-long matchplay championship is notoriously difficult to win. An even greater accolade is due to Narm Boshie who defended his title and became the only man to do so.

Week 5 of the winter league was dominated by team two with all players scoring 30 points or over. Gerry Doonan led the way with 35 points and was individual winner of the week. With Liam McMorrow (33), Frank McCabe (31) Tony Rasdale (31), Gaby Fee’s 30 points were not required for the team to take maximum points. Similarly, team 11 returned an exemplary total with four scores of 32 and one of 30.

Gaby fee drowned his sorrows by winning yet another turkey competition with 33 points with Michael Davitt runner-up on 30 points.

Individual winners

Gerry Doonan                  35

Liam McMorrow              33

Jimmy Donovan                32

Team Positions after week 5

Team 3               42

Team 11             42

Team 10             39

Team 4                37

Team 7                37

Team 2                33

Commiserations to Michael McHugh and his team on a spirited defence of the Cavan/Monaghan Alliance. Alas it was not to be. Congratulations to Slieve Russell Golf Club on their victory.

Team 10 in top spot thanks to Cathie.

Two scores of 36 points gave Kevin McPartlan a top in the turkey competition but only runner-up in the winter league. Cathy McCabe triumphed on countback and her 36 points boosted team 10 to league leaders after 4 weeks.

In week 3 Tony Rasdale shot 34 points including a hole-in-one at the second hole but this week his team 3 have dropped to runners-up.

Individual winners week 4

Cathy McCabe                     36

Kevin McPartlan                  36

Damien Love                        33

Team positions after week 4

Team 10           36                                     Team 2                22

Team 3             33                                      Team 5                21

Team 7             32                                      Team 6                 19

Team 11           32                                      Team 8                 18

Team 4              29                                      Team 9                 15

Team 1              22

Blacklion has it all to do after a 10 – 6 defeat to Slieve Russell in the Cavan/Monaghan Alliance Final. However, with home advantage the fat lady has not yet started to sing!

Sean gives team 6 a shot in the arm.

Sean Cox shot 35 points in week 2 of the winter league to give team 6 a much-needed boost. Tony Rasdale ensured team 3’s top 4 status with 34 points – a score matched by Shauna Fee who continues to amaze despite handicap reductions. For consistency, team 11 excel: 20 points from 2 weeks leaves the team in top spot. This week, Geraldine McGrory (33) and Jimmy Donovan (32) were the top contributors but all of the team are playing consistently well.

Individual winners week 2

1 Sean Cox                           35

2 Tony Rasdale                    34

3 Shauna Fee                        34

Team positions after week 2

Team 11                 20                                    Team 4                  11

Team 10                 19                                    Team 6                    8

Team 3                   19                                     Team 9                   6

Team 5                   18                                     Team 8                    6

Team 7                   16                                      Team 2                   4

Team 1                    11

Turkey Competition 1

1 Jude Morris                34

2 Gaby Fee                     32

3 Kevin McElhatton       32

Fred takes team 5 to the top.

There are 11 teams of 5 players competing in this year’s winter league with the top three scores counting for points. Barry McGrory shot a commendable 31 points and was ably backed by Joe Keaney on a similar score. With Shauna Fee’s 28 points, team 7 looked to have taken an early lead. However, Fred Potter’s amazing 36 points allied to Michael McGuigan’s 29 points ensured the lead for team 5 as both Michael McHugh and Paul Ferguson both scored 27 points.

Individual Winners for week one:

1 Fred Potter               36

2 Barry McGrory         31

3 Joe Keaney                31

Team positions after week one:

Team 5      11                                            Team 8       6

Team 7      10                                             Team 1      4

Team 10    10                                             Team 6      3

Team 11    10                                              Team 2     2

Team 3       7                                               Team 9      1

Team 4       6

Tip for the top.

Team 4 must be strong favourites for the title with Kevin McPartland the club’s top golfer and Kevin McPartlan – he of the legendary short game. Seasoned veterans Peter Cumisky, Steven Garvey and Michael Davitt are sure to contribute to success. Of course, tip for the top is often a kiss of death!

Top Christmas for Ronan and Barry

Barry McGrory hit top form in the first Christmas Hamper with 41 points and seemed destined to for victory only for Ronan McCabe to shoot his top score of the year. With 42 points, Ronan won the hamper with Paul Ferguson in third place on 40 points.

Barry however was not dispirited and entered for hamper 2. This time there was no mistake: Barry’s 39 points took the hamper with Stephen Garvey (37) runner-up. Roly Curran was in third place with 36 points.

After the elation of a Ryder Cup win for Europe, Blacklion staged its own version – the Community Spirit Cup. A team from thee North led by Club Captain Noel Melanaphy faced team South captained by Michael McHugh.

Though the margin of victory was not as great as that of Europe, Team south triumphed by 16 – 8. This new initiative was a tremendous success and the organisers are to be congratulated not only for the competition but for the apres-match festivities.

Going for glory again.

Michael McHugh has led his Cavan/Monaghan Alliance team to yet another final. The team will face Slieve Russell GC in the final.

Kevin McPartland’s winning streak seems never ending: with partner Gareth McGovern, he won the Open Fourball and continued by winning the September Monthly Medal albeit on countback with a gross score of par 72.

Result 1. Kevin McPartland       68               Gross. Joe Maes

  1. Darren Boyle       68               Front 9   Sean Flanagan
  2. Damien Love 70               Back 9 Brian Love.

The Open Stableford Competition winner was Gareth McGovern with 39 points, while the evergreen Frank McCabe was runner-up with 38 points.

Patsy wins President’s prize.

Over 60 members and visitors turned out for Mel McLoughlin’s President’s prize. The morning starters enjoyed good weather conditions but the afternoon brought heavy rain. Gerry Hickey made the most of his early start by recording a two on the second, eleventh and fifteenth holes.

Gerry Hickey on the tee

At the presentation of prizes, Club Captain Noel Melanaphy introduced President Mel as a stalwart of the club now in his third year of presidency.

His work for the club, his support for all the teams and his generosity as a sponsor were legendary.

In response, Mel emphasised the spirit in the club. It was an honour and a privilege to represent a club which had such commitment. Larger clubs were amazed at the fighting spirit of the teams and their success was on-going. He paid tribute to the backroom staff for their tireless work behind the scenes and made special mention of the greenkeepers for ensuring the course was in tip-top condition. He thanked the ladies for their continuing commitment to the club and singled out Dolores and her team of caterers: when the weather put the kybosh on the barbecue, they produced a sumptuous meal at short notice. Finally, he thanked his family for their support and encouragement which had made this day so special.

Competition secretary Peter Cumisky then announced the prize-winners. Rosie Dolan, the ladies’ prize winner was thrilled to receive her beautiful prize. She thanked her playing partners and greenkeepers Gaby Fee and Francie Carson for the fine condition of the course.

The young and the not-so-young: Tommy O’Connor and Donall Flanagan, having finished their round

To tremendous applause, Patsy McCorry was announced as the president’s prize-winner for 2018. Patsy had been trying for over 20 years to win a Captain’s or President’s prize and was amazed and delighted that it had finally happened. He had gone out with little expectation having played in the west coast challenge over the previous three days. As a tired golfer he expected one of the young guns to win but he was sure that this win would inspire some of the senior golfers to take on the youngsters. He complimented Mel on his prizes and reminded members of the foresight of Mel as a Captain. He was an outstanding President.

Celebrations may still be continuing.

President’s Prize winners.

President’s Prize         Patsy McCorry               39

Runner-up                    Paul Ferguson               39

3rd                                  Gerry Hickey                  38

Gross                             Kevin McPartland

Past Captain                 Frank McCabe                37

Front 9                           Brian Love                       21

Back 9                            Kevin McPartlan             20

Ladies’ Prize                  Rosie Dolan                     71

Runner-up                     Geraldine McGrory        74

Medal for McKenna.

Paul McKenna won the August monthly medal with a net 67. Eamon Flynn was runner-up with 68 with Gareth McGovern in third place on 70.

Stableford 8 competition winner was Paul Ferguson with 41 points Sean Flanagan was runner-up with39 points on countback from Jimmy Donovan.

The Blacklion Fund- raising Classic has some amazing prizes: First prize is a 650 euro voucher for the Headfort Arms which includes 2 rounds of golf and dinner. Prizes also include green fees for Slieve Russell and Bundoran and 4 vouchers of 50 euro for Tully Mill restaurant. The competition runs from 29th August to 9th September.

One exception is Saturday 8th September when Mel McLoughlin will hold his President’s Day. A large turnout is expected for a very popular Clubman

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