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

Jason is Golfer of Open Week.

Blacklion’s Open Week was well attended and the golfer of open week title keenly contested. Ciaran Maguire started off with a bang by winning the first stableford competition and by being one of the scramble team which won on day two. However, Jason McLoughlin had two firsts and a third place to take the title.

Day one.  Ciaran Maguire           39

Michael Hargadon      39

Paddy Maguire            38

Day two.   Scramble team winners: Ciaran Maguire Gareth McGovern and Kevin McPartland with a score of 55.67

Day three. Jason McLoughlin   41

Gaby Fee                  41

Sean Flanagan        40

Day four.   Liam McMorrow      43

Enda Cunningham    43

Jason McLoughlin      41

Day 5          Jason McLoughlin      45

Gareth McGovern      41

Joe Keaney                  41

Day 6          Leslie Keaney (Visitor)      38

Michael McHugh               37

Dermot Love                      36

Day 7           Peter Cumisky                    39

Gaby Fee                             37

Sean Flanagan                    36

Day 9          President Mel McLoughlin & Jimmy Donovan 49 points

Shauna & Gaby Fee 46 points

Wins for Robert and Joe

There was a big turnout for the Hugh McCabe Memorial Cup in memory of one of the stalwarts of the club. The competition was tightly contested, but Robert Barry was top scorer with 44 points. Jude Morris – a long-time absentee from the podium – was runner-up with 42 points with Brian Love in 3rd place on 41 points. Kevin McPartland took the gross prize with Frank Martin and Gaby Fee winning the nines.

In the July Monthly Medal, scores were equally impressive:

1 Joe McHugh                      66

2 Kevin McPartland             67

3 Darren Boyle                      68

Gross: Jimmy Donovan

Nines: Gerry Gilmartin and Gareth McGovern

Blacklion’s All-Ireland Fourball team has progressed to the quarter-final stage where they will meet Mourne GC.

Noel and Barry’s perfect day.

A pristine course, wall to wall sunshine and top-quality golf from so many contributed to the perfect Captain’s Day for Noel Melanaphy.

After 18 holes, sixteen players with a net score of 72 or better assembled for the traditional 9-hole shoot-out by shotgun start. Having shot a net 67 on the first 18 holes, Barry McGrory had a nightmare start on the final nine by launching his tee shot out of bounds. Supported by his playing partners, Barry recovered and added a net 36.5. Was this enough? Back room staff studied counted and recounted and Peter Cumisky finally arrived with the results.

Before the presentation, club President Mel McLoughlin introduced Noel to the large attendance saying that Noel had hardly left the club in his first six months in the role. His work ethic was extraordinary and he had proved to be an inspiring Captain.

Noel thanked Mel for his kind remarks and made special mention of the council – no one really appreciated the effort the backroom staff put in to make this day special. He was especially appreciative of all the members who had turned out with rakes and strimmers to ensure the course was in good order. Gaby and Francis had performed miracles on the course and he had never seen it look better. Lady Captain Vera and the ladies were acknowledged for the clubhouse flowers and the display of prizes as well as all their assistance throughout the year. He had been a member since 1992 having been introduced to the game by Aidan Melanaphy and convinced by Paddy Maguire that he was fortunate to achieve membership of the club. He thanked Dolores and Linda for the sumptuous meal served with a smile. Finally, he thanked his wife Jacinta and his family for their support for this special day.

After prolonged applause, he asked Peter Cumisky to announce the prize-winners.

Lady Captain Vera Waters, who won the ladies’ prize asked Noel for the names of the saints to whom he had prayed for good weather as she wanted something similar for her Captain’s Day. She complimented Noel on his fine array of prizes and thanked her playing partners for her support.

The tension rose as Peter Cumisky announced that the Captain’s prize had gone to countback with Barry McGrory winning by that narrowest of margins.

Michael warms up for Captain’s Day.

Club Captain Noel Melanaphy showed the quality required to win his Captain’s prize when he shot 42 points for runner-up spot in last week’s stableford competition. Ronan McCabe continued his fine form with 41 points but the star of the week was Michael McGuigan. Michael took third place in the June monthly medal a fortnight ago but his 44 points not only won the competition but made him one of the favourites for the Captain’s prize.

The time sheet has been well-filled and the draw for the big day takes place on Wednesday 20th June at 2030. Captain’s day is Saturday 23rd with fine weather forecast and the course in pristine condition. Remember you can’t hit a moving ball!

Hole – in – one for twelve-year-old Eoin.

Blacklion youth golfers meet on Saturdays at 9am and the standard of play gets better week by week. Last week however, 12-year-old Eoin Corrigan raised the bar a bit higher when he recorded a hole-in-one on the notoriously difficult 2nd hole. Well done Eoin.

Frank Collins and Jimmy Donovan went head to head in two competitions last week. Jimmy took the spoils in the Seniors’ society outing to Fintona but Frank shot a remarkable 64 to win the June Monthly Medal.

Monthly Medal

1 Frank Collins                    64

2 Jimmy Donovan              67

3 Michael McGuigan         69

Seniors’ Society

1 Jimmy Donovan

2 Frank Collins

3 Frank Martin

Jim wins Bush Cup.

Blacklion’s second major, the Bush Cup attracted a strong field with Jim Leonard scoring a fine 69 to take the cup. Ronan McCabe and Jason McLaughlin both shot 70 but Jason took the runner-up spot on countback. The perennial gross prize winner was Kevin McPartland with a 78 off a handicap of three. Memories of Vincie McGovern and bars on holes one, three and six were remembered fondly by the senior club members and it was fitting to see the competition still held in high regard.

The All-Ireland fourball team had a 3.5 – 1.5 win over a very sporting Lisburn side. The overall score was 7 – 3 and Blacklion progress to the next round.

This week’s competition is the June Monthly Medal.

Greenkeeper Gaby wins again.

As greenkeeper, Gaby Fee knows the Blacklion course like the back of his hand. However, knowing the course and scoring well do not always go together but last week Gaby produced another fine display to win the stableford 5 competition with 38 points. Jimmy Donovan was runner-up on countback with Eamon Flynn in 3rd place with 37 points.

Darren Boyle led his Lawson Cup team to an impressive away victory in Strabane. Blacklion are 9 holes up after  winning 12 – 4.

May monthly medal for McGrath

After a lengthy absence from prize-winning, James McGrath returned to form with an impressive net 67 to win the May monthly medal. Garett McGovern was runner-up on 68 while Darren Boyle continued his purple patch with a third place on 70. Playing off a handicap of 3, Kevin McPartland won the gross prize with a gross 74. Winners of the nines were Francis O’Reilly and Stephen Garvey.

This week’s competition is Stableford 5.

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