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:

Team             Points

8                         94

1                         88

3                         85

5                         84

4                         82

9                         79

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.

Fred’s finish wins league for team 3

The winter league concluded with the top teams fighting it out for a top 4 spot. Team 12 staged a dramatic bid for top spot when Captain Joe Keaney shot 33 points to take the maximum 13 points for week 8. Cometh the hour…….. team 3’s high handicapper Fred Potter produced a sensational 35 points to ensure the title for his team. Fred’s consistent play over the 8 weeks saw him miss the top individual prize by only 3 points.

The top individual scorer was tightly contested with Kevin McPartlan just pipping Danny McGovern by one point.

Top Individual score

Kevin McPartlan     235

Danny McGovern   234

Fred Potter              232

Winter league result:

Team 3.  Gaby Fee, Noel Melanaphy, Brian Love, Pat Alston, Fred Potter. 79pts

Team 12. Joe Keaney, Frank Collins. Ron McMorris, Sean Flanagan, Tony Rasdale.  75 points

Team 1. Kevin McPartland, Mick McHugh, Danny McGovern, Geraldine McGrory, Paul Leonard.   73 pts

Team 6. Ronan McCabe, Patsy McCorry. Brian Lynksey. Kathleen Leonard. Narm Boshle.   64 points.

Turkey 5: Eamon Flynn 33.  Roly Curran 31.

Turkey competitions will continue for the next two weeks.

The Blacklion Christmas Party will be held in the Clubhouse on 16th December at 8 pm, tickets 10 euro.

Final week will decide winter league winners.

Team 3 are in pole position with 67 points after week 7 of the winter league. Teams 1 and 12 are tied on 62 points but there are 6 teams still capable of claiming at least a top four place.

Week 7 individual winner was Liam McMorrow with 33 points. Tony Rasdale was runner-up with 32 while Patsy McCorry took third spot with 31 points on countback.

The top individual winner over 8 weeks will be decided with Danny McGovern and Kevin McPartlan separated by only one point.

Team positions after week 7:

Team 3              67

Team 1              62

Team 12            62

Team 13            56

Team 6              54

Team 10            53

Team 5              50

Team 8              49

Ronan ‘s score keeps team 4 in with a chance.

Week 6 of the winter league saw several no-shows so team captains will be impressing on their teams the necessity of a strong finish. Ronan McCabe and Geraldine Creamer both shot 33 points with Ronan taking top spot on countback. Sean Cox was in third position with 32 points.

Team positions after 6 weeks, with worst week’s score dropped.

1 Team  3      58                                      6 Team  5        45

2 Team  1      53                                      7  Team  6        42

3 Team 12     50                                      8  Team 9         37

4 Team  13    48                                      9  Team 8         36

5 Team  10    46                                      10 Team  4       35.

Kevin’s the king of winter golf.

Kevin McPartlan scored 32 points in week 2 of the winter league. In week 4 Kevin shot 36 points. However, last week in the turkey competition he shot a scarcely believable 37 points. Kevin has a legendary short game and if his winter league team can support him, he should be in the running for a top four prize. Gaby Fee, another aficionado of winter golf, secured yet another turkey with 35 points

Week 5 winter league individual winners.

1 Danny McGovern        36

2 Brian Love                     35

3 Roly Curran                   33

Winter league positions will be posted on the noticeboard on Tuesday.

Michael and Gaby continue the battle.

Golfer of the year Michael McHugh and runner-up Gaby fee continue to impress in the winter league. Michael shot a fine score of 37 points to take the top individual prize for week 4. Gaby however has consistency and his 30 points combined with top scores from Noel Melanaphy (31) and Fred Potter (29) ensured that team 3 is now in pole position.

Top 6 teams after week 4

Team 3       45

Team 1       40

Team 12     38

Team 10      33

Team 9         31

Team 5         29

Individual prize week 4

1 Michael McHugh       37

2 Kevin McPartlan        36

3 Peter Cumisky            34

Turkey Competition 2

1 Gareth McMorris             32

2 Jim Leonard                       32

Turkey Competition 3

1 Aidan Wynne                     33

2 Gaby Fee                             32

Danny Mickey tops the poll.

Kevin McPartlan (32) and Ciaran Maguire (31) hoisted team 4 from a slow start into 5th position in the winter league. However, Danny McGovern shot an impressive 35 points to keep team 1 well in contention after two weeks. Scoring was surprisingly good after a dreadful week’s weather and there were very few “no shows”.

Top Individuals in week 2:

1 Danny McGovern       35

2 Kevin McPartlan         32

3 Ciaran Maguire           31

Team positions after week 2

Team         Total              Team       Total

3                    22                  5               15

12                  19                  6               12

13                  18                  2                9

1                     18                  8               9

4                     17                 11              9

9                     16                  7               6

10                   15

Top man Tom in Winter League

The winter league got underway last week in Blacklion. Thirteen teams of 5 players will compete over 8 weeks with the best three scores over the 14 holes counting for points each week. The teams seem evenly matched and team captains will look to ensure that all team members play every week.

Team 1 is sure to contend for a top four finish with captain Kevin McPartland and golfer of the year Michael McHugh likely to produce consistently good scores. Add to this the mercurial Danny McGovern, Paul Martin and Geraldine McGrory who is a renowned top player in the winter league and the team looks a good bet.

Team 5 took top honours in week one with an impressive score of 95 to take 13 points. Tom O’Connor produced a fantastic 37 points for the 14 holes. Peter Cumisky (30) and Gerry Gilmartin (28) were the other contributors.

Team 10 was in second place with Jim Leonard (34), Paul Ferguson (32) and Stephen Garvey (27).

Individual winners were Tom O’Connor and Jim Leonard.

Team positions after week 1.

Team 5        13           Team 1        9             Team 7         5

Team 10      12           Team 3        9              Team 11       4

Team 9        11            Team 12     7              Team 8         3

Team 13      10            Team 4       6               Team 6         2

Team 2        1

Turkey competition 1

Jim Leonard                     34

Kevin McPartland           34

Christmas Hamper for Scooby

In the first competition for a Christmas hamper, Gaby Fee shot a creditable 39 points only to be overtaken by Sean Flanagan with 40 points. Scarcely believable was the 42 points by Kevin “Scooby” McPartland. Kevin is playing off a handicap of three and his prowess is becoming legendary. Well done Kevin.

This week ‘s competition is Christmas Hamper 2. It is also the last chance in the lucky 15th competition . This competition is a progression from the old twos competition where golf balls were awarded for everyone who recorded a two. Instead, all qualifiers’ names who scored a two on the 15th will go into a hat for a more illustrious prize.

The draw for the winter league will take place this weekend. Please ensure your name is recorded on the list on the noticeboard.

Narm wins Kinawley Cup.

Blacklion’s Kinawley Cup is a matchplay competition held over 6 months. A lower handicapper’s consistency generally means a win for one of our top ten golfers but this year there was a surprise. Narm Boshle and Fred Potter met in the final with Narm taking the cup – a very popular winner.

In the Glenfarne Cup Doubles Matchplay, Joe Keaney and Kevin McPartlan defeated Ciaran Ryan and Kevin McElhatton in the final.

The Cavan/Monaghan Alliance team lost narrowly to Nuremore GC with the match going to the final put on the last hole. Hard luck men – a fine defence of your title.

The battle for golfer of the year is scheduled to go to the wire with Michael McHugh leading from Gaby Fee. Gaby won the end of year shootout but Michael’s 3rd place keeps him in the driving seat.

Result. 1 Gaby Fee              39

2 Kevin McPartland 39

3 Michael McHugh   38

In the Open Fourball competition, President Mel McLoughlin and Jimmy Donovan won the top prize with 48 points. Kevin McPartland and Gareth McGovern were runners-up on 47 points with Mark Connolly and Ronan McCabe third on 45 points.

The entry sheet for the winter league is now on the noticeboard.

Peter Cumisky has arranged that the defibrillator in Blacklion village will be available to the club. A list of trained volunteers is on the noticeboard. A call to one of the volunteers could save a life.

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