This weekend saw round 3 of the Spring League take place ( round 2 has been postponed til the weekend of March 3rd and 4th due to the inclement weather conditions of last week). The leaders after round 1, Moira Egan, Vincent Egan and Brendan Gaffney continue to be the pacesetters with an aggregate score of 119. Charlie O’Donnell, Ted Hester and Michael Rush are a close second on 122.5 , with the last podium place currently occupied by Willie Tiernan, Tommy King and Jim Callery.
This week saw a meeting take place in the Clubhouse to discuss some proposed changes in the layout of the course. There were no objections and the club has already initiated some of the changes, starting with new out of bounds areas behind the 1st green and to the right of the 6th fairway, and the widening of the “spinney” water hazard to the right of the 2nd fairway. The other changes will be seen over the next few months and include open drains in front of the 5th and 9th greens, trees between the 2nd and 4th fairways and introducing areas of rough around some tee-boxes. Other work planned this year includes the finishing of the recently constructed chipping practice area by installing drains and preparing the surface of the green. A practice driving net will also be installed beside this green.
The club has arranged a social golf outing to St Margaret’s Golf and Country Club in Co Dublin on Saturday the 14th of April. Boyle member Gary Carty works in St Margaret’s and has obtained a great deal for us for 18 holes of golf followed by a 2 course meal for 40 euro. All members are invited.
Next weekend sees the official launch of the golfing year with the Captains’ Drive-In. The draw takes place at 12.45 pm with tee-off at 1. The bar will be open and food will be available.
Weather conditions akin to a succession of biblical plagues resulted in many of the 2nd round matches from the Spring League not taking place this week.
All members are invited to attend a meeting in the clubhouse this coming Wednesday the 14th of February at 7.30 pm to discuss a number of proposed changes to the layout of the course. A full account of the proposals is available on the club website under the “Course” section. Many of the proposals are acknowledging the reality that some areas of the course never dry out fully in the course of a year and that cutting and maintaining these areas has become disproportionately labour intensive. It is proposed that several such areas be left uncut throughout the year. In the same vein, it is proposed that 2 open drains be created on both the 5th and 9th holes to protect the 5th green from flooding and to improve drainage on the 8th and 9th holes in the area near the 9th teebox. There are a few other proposals including some tree-planting, re-aligning semi-rough areas and widening of hazards.
The Captains Drive In takes place on Sunday the 25th of February.
Round 1 of the clubs Spring League competition has concluded with the two leading teams separated by the tightest possible margin. Currently in first place are Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan on 60.5, just ahead of Charlie O’Donnell, Ted Hester and Michael Rush on 60.6. In third place this week are Jim Mooney, Pat Conroy and Fiona Keenan on 62.7. The full leaderboard is available on the club’s website. The Spring League continues over the next 2 weekends and is followed by the “Drive In” on Sunday the 25th of February. Captains Terry Canning and Marie Hanmore-Cawley will get the 2018 golfing season off to its official start that day and welcome all members to join them.
The winners of the Gents Fourball Betterball played on Sunday the 28th of January were Ross Andrew and Gerry Carty with 42 points, closely followed by Vincent and Lorcan Egan with 41 points. The club would like to thank all those involved in getting the course re-opened after recent damage incurred.
The draw for the Spring League competition also took place on Sunday the 28th, with the competition to take place over the first 3 weekends in February. There are the usual “notable” draws in this….Conor Hamill has the added responsibility of ensuring Captain Terry and Lady Captain Marie are still on speaking terms by the time the drive in happens, and Brendan Gaffney will similarly have to tread carefully. Good luck to all in their various golfing and peacekeeping endeavours!
The course remains closed for necessary renovations. The membership rates for 2018 are now available and include a competitive rate of 170 euro for first year beginner members, 60 euro for Juniors and 185 euro for “distance members” – i.e someone who resides over 50 km from Boyle. The distance memberships are especially popular among people from the area who no longer live here but who visit occasionally, and these members are considered an integral part of our club. Contact Terry on 086 8297496 or Paula on 086 6038638 or email@example.com.
Our fixtures have been released for 2018, upcoming highlights include the Spring League taking place over 3 weekends in February and the Captains Drive In on the 25th of February.