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Maes makes the most of Mick’s Captain’s Day.

Over 60 members and visitors took part in Michael Mc Hugh’s Captain’s Day. As usual, the result was decided by a qualifiers’ 9 hole shoot out.

Captain Michael refuse to divulge the winner until after his speech. He thanked president Peter for his unswerving support- it was a pleasure to have him in his corner. Similarly, he paid tribute to Lady Captain Geraldine Mc Grory and Lady Vice Captain, Shauna Fee.

Sponsors were essential for the club to survive and Michael thanked them all and encouraged all members to use their services. He especially thanked Jo Maes and Paddy Maguire for their work on obtaining sponsors. Rather than missing anyone he gave a general thanks to all his council and to all the members who assisted the greenkeepers in the preparation of the course for his special day. The beautiful flowers in the forecourt were the work of Geraldine and Teresa – Well done to both.

Competition secretary Peter Cumisky then announced the prize winners.

On behalf of the ladies, Lady Captain Geraldine thanked Michael for the beautiful prizes and for the fine meal provided by Dolores and all her staff.

Visitors’ prize winner Ivor Reid of Castle Hume, had really enjoyed playing 9 holes with Captain Michael. He knew he had prayed for fine weather, but as soon as Michael walked in, he and his partner were drenched by a rogue shower. He complimented the green-keepers on the fantastic condition of the course and was delighted to have won.

Captain’s prize winner Jo Maes complimented Michael on the fine array of prizes. As a single figure golfer, he thought his best days were behind him, but after this success he had second thoughts. He could say confidently that he was the first Belgian to win a Captain’s prize. He paid tribute to his playing partners and all who competed, and especially green-keepers Gaby and Francie.

After prolonged applause celebrations continued well into Sunday.


Lady’s prize  1st Yvonne Cullen

2nd Geraldine Mc Grory

Newbies prize Sean Clancy

Front 9                      Aidan Wynne

Back 9                        Michael O’Connell

Past Captain             Patsy Mc Corry – 71

Best 18 holes           Frank Collins – 71

Gross prize               Kevin Mc Partland – 77

3rd Prize                     John Higgins – 107

2nd Prize                    Francis O’Reilly – 107

Captain’s prize winner – Jo Maes – 106.5 (27 holes)

Blacklion Golf Club

Captains Geraldine and Michael drive-in through the blizzard.

Despite rain, snow, hail and high winds, 2019 Captains Michael McHugh and Geraldine McGrory held their drive-in last Sunday. In support of the new Captains there was a fine turnout of members who enjoyed the traditional mulled wine and foosies not to mention a slice of the beautiful cake baked by Pat Alston.

A few hardy teams braved the elements to play in a mixed competition which was won by Ann McGirr and Sean Flanagan. The men’s singles competition winner was Roly Curran.

At the presentation of prizes, Captain Michael welcomed all who had come. He was delighted to be Captain of such a prestigious club and hoped he could match the previous Captains.

Team three is top team

Week4 produced nail-biting finishes including a countback. The top four teams played in the final last Sunday. There were mouth- watering ties, the top one being the clash of the top seeds: Gaby Fee, Darren Boyle, Ciaran Maguire and Jimmy Donovan.

Team three had never led in the league but reserved their best form for the final and with a score of 126 points became champions. The team of Darren Boyle, Gareth McGovern, Enda Cunningham, Ronnie McMorris, Michael McGuigan and Michael Davitt all contributed to their success.

Despite leading for two weeks, team 7 fell just short with 123 points. Gaby Fee, Kevin McPartlan, Gerry Connaire, Peter Cumisky, Vera Waters and Fred Potter though disappointed were gracious in defeat.

Captain Michael McHugh and Lady Captain Geraldine McGrory will be holding their drive-in on Sunday March 10th after which the Spring League prizes will be presented. All members are encouraged to come and show their support for the new Captains.

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.

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