Ronan wins Blacklion’s first major.
Members turned out in force for what has become Blacklion’s first major – the Neven Maguire Golf Classic. With some fantastic prizes on offer, Ronan McCabe produced some classical golf to win with 43 points. Paul Ferguson was runner-up on 40 points with Gaby Fee in third place with 39 points. Special mention must go to Frank Martin for a top ten finish – practice does pay!
Top scoring continued in the Stableford 4 competition with countback again coming into play. After scrutiny, the runner-up spot went to Darren Boyle with Jimmy Donovan edged into third place on 39 points. Top spot went to Barry McGrory with 43 points.
This week’s competition is the May Monthly Medal
Jimmy takes medal.
After playing good golf on the weekend away and a couple of near misses in the first few competitions, Jimmy Donovan won the April Monthly medal with a net 70. Mark Connolly and Donal Flanagan both shot 71 with Mark winning on countback.
Ronan returns to the top.
With a week of good weather, the course has undergone its usual spring clean. The greens have been spiked and sanded and a general tidy-up by green keepers and volunteers is well underway.
Captain Noel Melanaphy’s weekend away was a great success. Darren Boyle was the top golfer with Francis O’Reilly and Jimmy Donovan close behind. No further details are available – a case of what happens on the tour stays on the tour!
Last weekend’s Belcoo GAA Classic was won by Gaby Fee, Joe Maes, Niall McGovern and Jim Leonard.
Ronan McCabe returned to form with a fine 37 points to win the stableford 3 competition. Darren Boyle was runner-up with 36 points while Stephen Garvey edged out Jimmy Donovan on countback – both shot 35 points.
This week’s competition is the April Monthly Medal
Another win for Kevin
Kevin McPartlan continued on his winning way with yet another victory. In stableford 2, Gareth McMorris pipped Jimmy Donovan on countback on 38 points but Kevin eked out 39 points for top spot.
Noel Melanaphy’s weekend away is this weekend and Noel has guaranteed good weather.
Kevins renew their rivalry.
Kevin McPartland and Kevin McPartlan were again locked together at the top of the leader – board . In last week’s Monthly Medal, both shot net 68 with McPartland winning on countback.
March Monthly Medal
1st Kevin McPartland 68
2nd Kevin McPartlan 68
3rd Frank Collins 70
Gross. Mark Connolly 83
Nines: Kieran Ryan (34.5) Jimmy Donovan (35)
Kevin McPartlan had a better day on Sunday when team 2 romped home in the Spring League Final. Joe Keaney captained the winning team of Kevin McPartlan, Michael McGuigan, Frank McCabe and Shauna Fee.
This week’s competition is Stableford 1.
All’s fair for Noel and Vera.
After a dismal spell of weather, spring has sprung for the 2018 Blacklion captains Noel Melanaphy and Vera Waters. Noel and Vera welcomed a host of members to their drive-in in nearly perfect golfing conditions.
Following the traditional mulled wine and “ foosies”, club President Mel McLoughlin introduced the new captains. Captain Noel’s top priority for the year was course improvement; his aim being to ensure the course was in prime condition for members and visitors.
Both Captains launched long and straight drives on the first tee to tumultuous applause. The traditional nine- hole mixed foursomes was won by the two vice-captains Geraldine McGrory and Michael McHugh with Shauna Fee and father Gaby runners-up. The competition for men was won by Darren Boyle. Noel thanked all who had competed and made special mention of Dolores and her staff for the top-class catering.
Earlier in the day, teams 2 and 5 reached the final of the matchplay. Though both semi-finals were evenly contested, the surprise was the defeat of team 8 which had led the qualifying round from day one but such are the vagaries of match-play golf.
Mick and Brian see team 2 through to semi-final.
As team 9 stumbled, Michael McHugh (31) and Brian Love (29) secured the points to ensure team 2 reached the matchplay semi-finals of the spring league. Frank Collins played the captain’s part in scoring 31 points to win week 5’s individual prize on countback and to lead team 8 into first position. Frank was top individual scorer in the spring league with 146 points for the five weeks.
There are some mouth- watering ties in the semi-finals which will be played on Sunday March 4th, weather permitting:
Team 8 Team 2 1130
Frank Collins Jim Leonard
Noel Melanaphy Mick McHugh
Roly Curran Brian Love
Gerry Gilmartin Philip Maguire
Conor Leonard Vera Waters
Team 5 Team 4 1215
Joseph Keaney Jimmy Donovan
Kevin McPartlan Peter Cumisky
Michael McGuigan Seamus Falconer
Frank McCabe Fred Potter
Shauna Fee Narm Boshle
New Captain Noel top scores.
Team 8 has led the winter league for the first three weeks. Last week, Noel Melanaphy was instrumental in retaining the lead when he top scored with 33 points. Enda Cunningham was runner-up with 30 points.
Team positions after week 3
Aidan Wynne shot a creditable 29 points in the winter league and backed it up with a winning score of 31 points in sweep 2. Patsy McCorry was runner-up with 30 points.
Love is the winner.
After a poor start in week one of the winter league, team 2 was boosted back into contention with a blistering 35 points from Brian Love. Barry McGrory was runner-up with 33 points.
Team positions after week two:
Team 8 175
Team 1 171
Team 9 171
Team 4 170
Team 3 166
Team 2 165
Keep free Sunday 11th March for the Captains’ Drive-in.
Spring is here!
After a long winter, the spring league got underway last week. Nine teams of five players will compete over five weeks with the top three scores from each team counting towards a winning total.
Gold star for week one goes to Roly Curran whose 34 points helped team 8 to an early lead. Kevin McElhatton was runner-up on 33 points.
Team positions after week one:
With all teams evenly matched, this should be an exciting competition.
Top Tip is team 4: Jimmy Donovan’s experience and consistency augurs well for victory. Peter Cumisky, now back to full fitness, will certainly contribute while Seamus Falconer is a veteran and will produce top scores. Fred Potter and Narm Boshle, stars of the winter league, will hope to reproduce the form that made them so successful.