PRESIDENTS PRIZE – It had looked very doubtful during the week whether the Presidents Prize would be played this weekend at all, given the uncertainty about the the conditions after recent unseasonal rainfall. Thankfully it proceeded as planned and conditions turned out to be more benign overhead than underfoot for most of the day. It turned out to be a battle of the low handicappers with Brendan Gaffney just pipping Patrick Egan into 2nd. It was fortunate for Brendan that he came first in the Presidents Prize as his wife Susan had claimed 1st in the respective ladies event. Paul Brown took 3rd in his first “major” and Lorcan Egan won the prize for best gross score.
Other prizes – 18 nett – Pat Brogan, past President – Charlie O’Donnell, Senior – Michael Reid, Category 0-13 – Cian Smith, 14-20 – Gerry Carety, 21-28 – Mark Whelan, First Nine – Michael Rush, Second Nine – Gary Carty, Third Nine – Liam Mullaney.
PRESIDENTS SCRAMBLE – The winners of the Presidents Scramble played on Friday the 7th were the team of Adrian King, Regina McLoughlin and Tish Perry. In 2nd were Jim Mooney, Therese O’Daly and Michael Reid with 3rd place going to Michael Rush, Lorcan Egan and Fiona Keenan.
INTERCLUBS – Our Mixed Foursomes team continued their “streak” with a win over close neighbors Carrick On Shannon during the week. Well done especially to the two Boyle teams who had good away wins despite coming under some close scrutiny in Carrick On Shannon. Boyle now play Ballina Golf Club in a Zone Final on Wednesday the 19th of June. Coincidentally our mens’ Pierce Purcell also face Ballina Golf Club in a zone final next Saturday.
RESULTS – Brendan Gaffney was the winner of this years mens PGA tankard with a fantastic 44 points in tricky conditions. Brendan’s gross score was 2 over par for the 18. Also we offer congratulations to Jason Beirne who came 2nd in his first 18 hole competition in the club with a very strong 43 points. One to watch..
FIXTURES – Next Sunday’s competition for the men is the Bart Moran cup, played as an 18 hole strokeplay. The competition for the June Bank Holiday weekend is a fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, the “Crumlin Classic”, played as a team event. The 9th of June sees the men play in one of the 2 “big ones”, the Presidents Prize. You need to have played one “qualifying “ competition in Boyle Golf Club this year to be eligible to claim 1st place in the Presidents Prize.
The mens’ weekly continues as usual this Thursday as a 12 hole stableford.
INTERCLUBS – Well done to the team captained by Sean Heslin in the Pierce Purcell Shield in scoring a comprehensive victory over Strandhill Golf Club. Boyle take on the winners of Ballaghaderreen versus County Sligo Golf Club in the next round.
Good luck also to Charlie O’Donnell’s and Tish Perry’s team in their second round Mixed Foursomes match against Co Sligo Golf Club
FIXTURES – The Crumlin Classic had been due to be played over the May Bank Holiday weekend but has been rescheduled now for the June Bank Holiday weekend.
COURSE WORK- The annual pole-forking of the greens takes place on Tuesday the 14th of May. This does lead to some inconvenience as regards playing conditions on the course for a week or 2 afterwards but is absolutely vital to maintain the greens in good condition for the year.
RESULTS – The 18 hole stableford played on Sunday the 7th of April had a clear winner with Terry Cannings 38 points. Second place went Ross Andrew with 35, Lorcan Egan won the prize for best gross score and Michael Simon came 3rd. This was the first of the year’s Golfer of the Year competitions so well done to all the above for getting their campaign off to a good start.
The first of this years Thursday evening competitions went to Tommy King who had 21 points for his 9 holes. Lorcan Egan and Brendan Gaffney came 2nd and 3rd respectively. We are still seeking members to sponsor Thursday competitions, please put your name on the list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
FIXTURES – Mens’ competitions for the coming week include the Thursday 9 hole stableford and another 18 hole stableford next Sunday , the 18th of April.
LADIES “GET INTO GOLF” – The ladies section hosted a very successful information evening this week for their upcoming “Get into Golf ” programme . The programme consists of 8 weeks of group classes with a professional golfer at the very keen rate of 50 euro, commencing this Wednesday, the 10th of April. For further information contact Aisling at 0872029064 or via the clubs Facebook page “boylegolfclub”.
SEAN YOUNG R.I.P – Although the first sport that came to mind when Sean Young’s name was mentioned was unquestionably Gaelic Football, he was also a golfer of considerable ability, having played off a single figure handicap for many decades in Boyle, winning both Captains and Presidents Prizes along the way. He was a popular and valued member of our club and we wish to express our sincere condolences to the Young family on their bereavement.
RESULTS – A 2 person Scramble was played over the weekend of the 30th and 31st March and the winners were Terry Canning and Ross Andrew with 61.6 nett, second place went to Patrick Egan and Lorcan Egan with 62.8 and third were Vincent Egan and Adrian King with 63. Ross has had a good fortnight on the golfing front having come first last week also. No doubt he will be hoping his “streak” continues until the “Voucher” competition at the end of April, when a years free membership will be on offer to the winner. Only paid-up members will be eligible to win, so don’t miss out and get your subs in before the weekend of Sunday the 28th.
FIXTURES – The big event for the month of April is of course the “Voucher” competition mentioned above on Sunday the 28th. This week sees the first of the mens’ Thursday competitions. This is a very social format, with most men teeing off after 5pm. There are usually less formal arrangements than for the Sunday competitions with many players just showing up between 5.30 and 6 and teeing off with whoever else is available at the time. Feel free also to use our WhatsApp group if you would prefer to have a partner arranged in advance. First prize in the Thursday night competition is sponsored by a different member every week with a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse for those wishing to contribute.
The mens’ competition for next Sunday the 7th of April is an 18 hole stableford and is the first one of the year with “Golfer of the Year” ranking points up for grabs.
CAPTAINS DRIVE IN – Congratulations to our captains Seamus Gallagher and Regina McLoughlin for getting the golfing year off to a successful start with the traditional “Drive In” which was held on Sunday the 24th of February. There was a great turnout to support our captains and to take part in the scramble competition that followed. The winning team on the day was that of Terry Canning, Susan O’Mahoney and Willie Tiernan. 2nd place went to Karl Keenan, Mary O’Hara, Gerry O’Dowd and John Cryan and 3rd place to Lorcan Egan, Lionel Lynn and Conor Hamill.
CLUB DRAW- The 2 rounds of the club draw for January and February were held after the Drive In and the winners were as follows : January – 1st – Mary McKeon, 2nd Brendan and Susan Gaffney, 3rd Sean Heslin. February – 1st – Pat Conroy 2nd – Vincent and Moira Egan, 3rd – Denis and Mary O ‘Donnell. 1st prize is 70 euro, 2nd and 3rd get 40 euro apiece.
FIXTURES – The mens’ competition on Sunday the 3rd of March will be an 18 hole Scotch Foursomes
A more comprehensive list of the various membership rates is available on the clubs website under “rates” on www.boylegolfclub.com.
An 18 hole stableford was held on Sunday the 6th of January and was won by Tommy King with a great score of 41 points, with David Wynne’s 38 points taking 2nd, beating Gary Carty on countback.
The winter 9 hole competition continues this week and can be played any day from Monday to Saturday. Owen Garvin was the winner in the week before Halloween with 21 points.
The competition on Sunday the 4th of November was an 18 hole Stableford sponsored by Ivan Keaney Photography, Bridge Street, Carrick on Shannon. Results to follow next week. Thanks again to Ivan Keaney for his sponsorship.
The mens’ WhatsApp group has been temporarily taken down. It will be relaunched again in the coming weeks when a few adjustments have been made.
The mens club AGM takes place on Sunday the 11th of November at 5pm, with the overall club AGM taking place on Sunday the 2nd of December, also at 5 pm.
RESULTS – The men’s competition on Sunday the 30th of September was an 18 hole stableford sponsored by Golfstyle, Ireland’s leading golf shop based in the Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway. Jimmy Dwyer was the emphatic winner with a fine score of 41 points, leaving the respectable 38 points of his playing partner Dave Purser a distant second. Tom Kearney claimed the final spot on the podium with 37 points. Thanks very much to all at Golfstyle for their continued generous sponsorship.
The King Harmon Cup commenced this weekend in its new format. Traditionally played for as a matchplay (“knock out”) competition over several months, this year it is being competed for over the first 3 weekends in October in 18 hole stableford format, with a players 2 best cards out of the 3 weeks being combined to give his total. If 2 or more cards tie for first place, ties will be decided on the best third card. The top 8 scores then participate in 3 rounds of matchplay to decide an overall winner. Each round can be played on either Saturday or Sunday of its respective weekend.
The highest scorer in the first round was Dave Purser. In a continuation of his good from, Dave had 40 points, beating Sean Heslin’s 38 in to second with Terry Canning claiming the third spot with 36 points. The overall scores were lower than average, reflecting the difficult weather conditions, which may suit those who were unable to play this weekend and are hoping to play in the next 2 rounds.
FIXTURES – The Winter 9 hole competition made its return this past week. The format is a 9 hole stableford running Monday to Saturday inclusive on a weekly basis, entry is 5 euro, re-entry is 3 euro. This competition runs throughout the winter, weather and course conditions permitting. It has proved very popular since its introduction a few years ago especially with those who have more free time on weekdays than they do at weekends. If you are looking to play but don’t have playing partners arranged, just put up a message on the mens’ WhatsApp group with your preferred time.
RESULTS – The three prize-winners in the mens’ midweek stableford competition all had 20 points and were only separable by “countback” with Brendan Gaffney taking first place, just edging Tom Kearney and Jim Callery into the runners-up spots.
COUNTY CUP – Well done to our friends and neighbours in Ballaghaderren Golf Club for being the originators and driving force behind the “County Cup”. It is only fitting that they were also the first winners of the competition which was held on Saturday the 8th in Ballaghaderreen. Boyle Golf Club looks forward to hosting it next year and hope we can do as good a job as Ballaghaderreen did in 2018. Thanks also to the Roscommon Herald for sponsoring the competition.
RESULTS – It has been a great few weeks for the younger golfers of the club with Lewis Shaw winning the Strokeplay competition held last Sunday the 12th with a great score of 62 nett, followed this week by Ciaran Beirne who had his first big win in the club on Sunday the 19th, claiming the James Shivnan Memorial Cup with an unbeatable 44 points with yet another young golfer, Cillian Doyle, taking second place with 42 points. Well done to all three, who will surely be hard to overlook for places on interclub teams in 2019 if they continue to bring in such strong scores.
Other prizes in the James Shivnan Memorial competition went to Charlie O’Donnell who took the prize for best gross score and Tom Kearney who came 3rd , continuing a recent run of form, as he was also the winner of the 12 hole Stableford competition held on Thursday the 16th with 28 points, beating Michael Simon and Lorcan Egan in to 2nd and 3rd respectively, all 3 having 28 points and separated only on “countback”.
We were gratified to note a strong turn out for the competition in memory of James Shivnan and we wish to thank all those friends of James who travelled from other clubs to take part
FIXTURES – The competition next weekend is our annual fundraiser for the Boyle Town Traders played in 4 ball Shambles format, with 2 scores to count per hole on the front 9 holes and 3 per hole on the back 9. The mens’ Thursday competition reverts from 12 holes to 9 from this week.
INTERCLUB – Good luck to our Connacht Shield team who take on Ballina Golf Club this week in the second round.
RESULTS – A fundraiser competition for the club was played over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The winning team was that of Ross Andrew, Tommy King and Eamonn Perry with a fine score of 102 points, just pipping the second placed team on countback. In second were Pat Conroy, Michael Rush and Tom Kearney. Michael and Tom also featured on the third placed team in their their other appearance in the competition, this time accompanied by Sean McLoughlin.
Countback was a popular method of deciding competitions in the club in the last while with the the three top scorers in the Mens 12 Hole Stableford held on Thursday the 9th all having 27 points. The winner was Paul Connolly, beating Owen Garvin and Michael Simon in to 2nd and 3rd respectively.
INTERCLUB – Well done to the men’s Connacht Shield team who beat neighbours Ballaghaderreen in a closely fought first round match. Credit is especially due to Patrick Egan and Terry Canning who secured the all important away win in Ballaghaderreen. The team is captained by Lorcan Egan and they now face Ballina in the second round.
CLUB FOURSOMES – The club’s Foursome Matchplay competition concluded during the week. Congratulations to Vincent Egan and Tom Kearney who edged out Patrick Egan and Padraig O’Connell in the final.
JAMES SHIVNAN MEMORIAL CUP – Our annual competition to commemorate James takes place next Sunday. It is an open competition for a perpetual trophy played as an 18 hole Stableford. Online booking is available at boylegolfclub.com , entry fees are 10 euro for members, 15 for visitors.
CAPTAINS PRIZE 2018 – Well done to Brendan Gaffney who is the winner of the Captains Prize for 2018. Padraig O’Connell made a valiant effort to thwart Brendan’s attempt at a third Captains Prize, having been 3 shots behind him going into the 9 hole play off and closing the gap to 1.5 shots, but it was not to be. Brendan was presented with his prize by the captain, Terry Canning, in a presentation in the clubhouse on Sunday night. It was great to see both a strong turnout on the day and a number of new faces playing in their first Captains Prize.
The other prize winners were as follows – Best Gross Score- Charlie O’Donnell , 3rd – Tom Kearney, 18 nett – Pat Conroy, Past Captain – Jim Mooney, Seniors Prize – Vincent Egan , Category 0-15 – Michael Simon, Category 16-20 – Kevin O’Connor, Category 21-28 – Tommy King, First Nine – Sean Heslin, Second Nine – Lewis Shaw, Third Nine – Michael Gilmartin, Student Prize – Cillian Doyle.
CAPTAINS PRIZE TO THE LADIES – 1st – Mary O’Hara, 2nd – Susan O’Mahoney, Best Gross – Liz Dwyer, 3rd – Ruth Hogg.
MENS MIDWEEK COMPETITION – The winner of the men’s mid week competition on Thursday the 26th was the evergreen Ted Hester. Ted employed his wealth of golfing experience to bring in a fine score of 28 points and thus become the appreciative owner of a bottle of Hennessy.
INTERCLUB – The men of Boyle Golf Club take on neighbours Ballaghaderreen on the Monday of the bank holiday weekend. The captain of the team this year is Lorcan Egan and he asks that anyone interested in being considered for selection to get in contact with him during the coming week.
LADY CAPTAINS PRIZE – Mary O’Hara was the winner of this years Lady Captains Prize, played on Sunday the 15th of July. Mary and the other prize winners were presented with their prizes by this years Lady Captain, Marie Hanmore-Cawley at a presentation in the clubhouse that evening. The list of winners is as follows – 1st – Mary O’Hara, 2nd – Peggy Feely, Best Gross Score – Liz Dwyer, 3rd, Carmel McGarry, Category A- Tish Perry, Category B-Mandy Toolan, Category C – Geraldine McDermottroe, Pats Captain – Kathleen Candon, Front Nine – Moira Egan, Back Nine- Ruth Hogg, Best Visitor- Margaret Cox, 9 hole competition – Criona O ‘Donnell.
LADY CAPTAINS PRIZE TO THE MEN – 1st – Vincent Egan 38 points, 2nd – Eamonn Perry 37 points, Best Gross Score – Charlie O’Donnell, 3rd – Tom Kearney.
MENS MIDWEEK COMPETITION – The 12 hole stableford played on Thursday the 19th was won by Gerry Carty with 29 points, in second was Tom Kearney with 28 and back in the winners enclosure after a few months absence was Cillian Doyle, taking third place with 27 points. The “2s club” was won by Gerry Carty.
INTERCLUB – The men of the club recorded a good win over Ballinamore in the first round of this years Jack O’Sullivan Trophy. The team is ably captained by Charlie O’Donnell.
JAMES SHIVNAN MEMORIAL CUP – James Shivnan was a very popular member of Boyle Golf Club and since his untimely passing we have played an annual competition for a perpetual trophy in his honour. This years competition will be an 18 hole stableford taking place on Sunday the 19th of August with an entry fee of 10 euro for members and 15 euro for visitors. Online booking is available at www.boylegolfclub.com.
CAPTAINS PRIZE -The biggest event of the year for the male golfers of the club is almost upon us with Terry Canning’s Captain’s Prize for 2018 taking place on Sunday the 29th of July. The competition will consist of an 18 hole strokeplay, with the best scorers qualifying for a 9 hole play-off later that evening with presentation of prizes taking place shortly after the end of the play-off. Online booking has opened for this competition with several of the earlier tee-times reserved already.
(CAPTION FOR ATTACHED PHOTO – ” Winner of the Lady Captains Prize 2018, Mary O’Hara, receiving her prize from Marie Hanmore-Cawley” Pic – Fiona Keenan)
OPEN WEEK – The club held a very successful Open Week from Monday the 2nd to Friday the 6th of July. All competitions during the week were well supported, aided by the superb weather conditions. The presentation of the week’s prizes was held on Friday evening in the clubhouse directly after receipt of all cards for the last competition of the week. The club held a barbecue in conjunction with the presentation and we wish to convey our gratitude to Boyle and District Angling Club for the use of their equipment, which was operated by the very capable Jordan Maye.
Terry Canning, captain of the men’s section , thanked several people in his speech, but paid special tribute to the volunteers who keep the course and clubhouse ticking over. In particular, he thanked Michael Rush for the enormous effort he had put in over preceding weeks that ensured a successful staging of all scheduled competitions. Terry also thanked the businesses of Boyle town and the surrounding areas without whose generous sponsorship there would be no Open Week.
The list of winners is as follows –
Monday -Ladies 9 hole Strokeplay – 1st Anna Smith, 2nd Tish Perry, Gross – Moira Egan, 3rd Kathleen Candon, Visitor – Valerie Quinn.
Gents 9 hole Strokeplay – 1st Martin Wynne, 2nd Paddy Egan, Gross Brendan Gaffney, 3rd Paddy Nangle,
Visitor Gerry Emmett.
Tuesday – Ladies Day 18 hole Strokeplay – 1st Paula Cull, 2nd Phil Emmett, Gross Tish Perry, 3rd Ruth Hogg, Visitor Beatrice Timlin
Gents 9 hole Stableford – 1st Paddy Egan, 2nd Vincent Egan, 3rd Lorcan Egan, Visitor Seamus Connolly.
Wednesday – Ladies and Gents 9 hole Stableford 1st – Michael Simon, 2nd Valentin Mirt, 3rd Seamus Gallagher, Visitor Mary O’Rourke.
Mixed Foursomes – 1st Paddy Egan/Carmel McGarry, 2nd Colm Loftus/Kathleen Candon, 3rd Darragh and Margaret Loftus, Visitor Jonathan Egan/Lizzy O’Sullivan.
Thursday – Ladies 9 hole Stableford – 1st Mary O Hara, 2nd Mary Lombard, 3rd Carmel Keenan, Visitor Brigid Mannion
Gents 18 hole Stroke – 1st Conor Hamill, 2nd Seamus Gallagher, Gross Patrick Egan, 3rd Paul Connolly, Visitor Noel Sheerin
Friday – 3 ball Scramble – 1st Brendan Gaffney/Susan O’Mahoney/Daniel Casey, 2nd Terry Canning/Seamus Gallagher/Marie Gallagher, 3rd Patrick Egan/Jonathan Egan/Paddy McLoughlin, Visitors Anna Smith/Michael Masterson/Dermot Monaghan.
Some notable prize winners were Valentin Mirt and Daniel Casey winning their first ever prizes and Conor Hamill winning his first “trophy” competition, it’s always great to see new challengers making their presence felt.
Our lady captain, Marie Hanmore-Cawley presented mens’ captain Terry Cannng with a bottle of brandy on behalf of the club to celebrate his “hole in one” in the mens’ competition on Thursday.
SUMMER SHOW FUNDRAISER – An 18 hole Stableford fundraiser for Boyle Horse and Summer Show was held on Saturday the 30th of June. 1st place – Seamus Gallagher 38 points, 2nd Michael Gilmartin 36 points, 3rd place Conor Hamill 34 points.
GEELAN TROPHIES COMPETITION – Frank Geelan sponsored an 18 hole Stableford competition on Sunday the 1st of July which was own by Shane Loftus with 39 points, in 2nd was Sean Mcloughlin with 37 and Charlie O’Donnell came 3rd with 36 points.
GOLFSTYLE COMPETITION – Golfstyle , who are based in the Liosban Industrial Estate just off the Tuam Road in Galway, kindly sponsored our mens’ 18 hole Strokeplay on Sunday the 8th of July. 1st – Gerry O’Hara, 2nd – Ross Andrew, Gross – Lorcan Egan, 3rd -Vincent Egan.
FIXTURES – The biggest event for the coming week is Lady Captains weekend, commencing with a Scramble next Friday to which all members are invited. There will be an 18 hole competition for the men on Sunday the 15th, but the most important competition of the day is of course the Lady Captains Prize, which is the biggest event of the year for the ladies of the club. This years lady captain is Marie Hanmore-Cawley.
RESULTS – The mens’ 12 hole stableford played on Thursday the 28th of June was won by Jonathan Egan, with Michael Gilmartin and Padraig O’Connell coming in 2nd and 3rd. The “twos club” pool was split between Jonathan Egan and Michael Gilmartin.
The results of the competitions played on the weekend 30th of June and the 1st of July will be published next week.
FIXTURES – We are currently in the middle of our Open Week with competitions for ladies and gents taking place each day from Monday the 2nd of July to Friday the 6th. Highlights include Ladies Day on Tuesday, the Mixed Foursomes on Wednesday, an 18 hole strokeplay for the men on Thursday and a threeball scramble on Friday. There are also 9 hole competitions taking place most days in addition to the main 18 hole competition. Further details can be found on our website www.boylegolfclub.com or our Facebook page “Boyle Golf Club”. We will hold a presentation night and barbeque on Friday the 6th of July.
COURSE WORK – The club owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who have been up at the course after dark night after night watering greens during the recent dry spell. Without their freely given labour the greens would have been badly damaged and possibly rendered unplayable for our Open Week. Thanks to all involved.
RESULTS – Lorcan Egan was the winer of the mens’ midweek 12 hole stableford competition held on Thursday 21/6 with a score of 26 points. Patrick Egan and Paul Connolly took 2nd and 3rd place with 24 and 22 points respectively.. The 18 hole strokeplay competition that took place on Sunday the 24th was sponsored by mens’ president Michael Simon’s business Cleansave, for which the club extends its gratitude to Michael. This competition was won by Gerry O’Hara’s fantastic 61 nett, which was a full 5 shots clear of second placed Seamus Gallagher’s 66. Seamus edged out third placed Frank Casserley’s 66 on countback and Niall Sweeney claimed the prize for best gross score.
FIXTURES – Upcoming competitions for this week include the usual mens’ midweek 12 hole stableford competition on Thursday and a fundraiser competition for the Boyle Horse and Summer Show this coming Saturday the 30th of June. The show is chaired by club member Fiona Keenan. The format of the fundraiser will be an 18 hole stableford. Next Sunday the 1st of July sees an 18 hole stableford competition sponsored by Boyle business Frank Geelan Trophies. The club thanks Frank for sponsoring this competition and his ongoing sponsorship over the years.
OPEN WEEK – One of the main events of the golfing year in Boyle starts next week when our “Open Week” tees off with 9 hole strokeplay competitions on the Monday for ladies and gents, followed by “Ladies Day” on the Tuesday with an 18 hole stableford competition for the ladies and a 9 hole stableford for the men taking place. Wednesday sees the ever popular Mixed Foursomes Competition. There are also ladies and gents 9 hole stableford competitions on that Wednesday. On Thursday there will be an 18 hole strokeplay competition for the men and a 9 hole stableford for the ladies, whilst the final competition of the week will be an 18 hole “3 ball Scramble” on the Friday.
Provisionally, we are planning to host a presentation of prizes and barbeque night on that Friday and to catch up with some much overdue instalments of our monthly draw!
RESULTS – In the mens’ mid week 12 hole Stableford held on Thursday the 14th of June, Brendan Gaffney emerged as the winner with 29 points, edging out the 28 points had by Padraig O’Connell. Conor Hamill took 3rd place with 27 points. The “Twos Club” money was split between Michael Gilmartin and Terry Canning.
FIXTURES – An 18 hole Strokeplay competition will take place for the men next Sunday the 24th of June, with the women competing in the “Australian Spoons” competition. A fundraising competition takes place on Saturday the 30th of June with the proceeds going to the Boyle Horse and Summer Show. Also occurring that weekend on Sunday the 1st of July is an 18 hole Stableford competition for the men, for which “Golfer of the Year” ranking points will be available.
OPEN WEEK – Our “Open Week” is taking place this year from Monday the 2nd of July to Friday the 6th with competitions on each of the days, open to both members and visitors. The week commences with 9 hole Strokeplay competitions on the Monday for ladies and gents, followed by “Ladies Day” on the Tuesday with an 18 hole Stableford competition for the ladies and a 9 hole Stableford for the men taking place. Wednesday sees the ever popular Mixed Foursomes Competition. There are also ladies and gents 9 hole Stableford competitions on that Wednesday. On Thursday there will be an 18 hole Strokeplay competition for the men and a 9 hole Stableford for the ladies, whilst the final competition of the week will be an 18 hole “3 ball Scramble” on the Friday.
Provisionally, we are planning to host a presentation of prizes and barbeque night on that Friday and to catch up with some much overdue instalments of our monthly draw!
PRESIDENTS PRIZE – Well done to club stalwart Jimmy Dwyer who is the winner of the Presidents Prize for 2018. Jimmy had a great finish to win, chipping put of a sand bunker beside the final play-off hole to leave his ball within 6 inches of the pin. The presentation of prizes took place in the clubhouse shortly after the conclusion of the play-off. President for 2018 Michael Simon thanked the many club volunteers who contributed in various ways to the day.
The results were as follows – 1st Jimmy Dwyer, 2nd Terry Canning, 27 gross Gary Carty, 3rd Paddy McLoughlin, 18 nett Michael Bannon ,Senior prize Pat Conroy, Past president Charlie O’Donnell, Category 0-13 Martin Wynne, Category 14-19 – Shane Loftus, Category 20-28 Gerry O’Hara , First Nine Ross Andrew , Second Nine Lorcan Egan, Third Nine Vincent Egan.
In the Presidents prize to the ladies, the prize-winners were as follows – 1st Regina McLoughlin, 2nd Mary O’Hara, Ladies Gross Tish Perry, Ladies 3rd Moira Egan.
KING HARMON CUP – Congratulations to Brendan Gaffney who is the winner of the 2017 King Harmon Cup , edging out Gerry O’Hara in the final this weekend.
COURSE WORKS – Well done to all the volunteers who turned out for our “Divot Day” this Saturday who performed sterling work in repairing divot marks on all the fairways. Players may notice that the grass is slightly longer on the greens than usual, this is a deliberate decision by the course committee to protect the playing surfaces from scorching in the recent dry weather.
FIXTURES – Next Sunday, the 17th of June sees a Fourball Betterball competition for the men with the ladies competing for the Warren Cup. On the following weekend the men play an 18 hole Stroke whilst the ladies play in the exotically titled “Australian Spoons” competition.
CONDOLENCES – The club bade farewell this week to Jimmy Doyle. Jimmy was a past Captain, President and Treasurer of Boyle Golf Club and was held in high regard within the club. Jimmy was known for several things, including his love of a competitive fourball, spinning yarns, and most famously his ability to cut a dash in the tailoring department. He was greatly missed by his fellow golfers when he had to stop playing due to illness a few years ago. The club extends its sincere condolences to Pauline and family.
We also wish to offer our condolences to Michael, Bridie and all the McHale family on the recent passing of Deirdre McHale.
RESULTS – At the time of writing the club’s Bank Holiday Scramble was taking place, results will be published next week. The mens’ Thursday 12 hole Stableford played on the 31st of May was won by Ross Andrew with a fine score of 30 points, Eamonn Perry was second with 28 points.
INTERCLUB – We wish the very best of luck to our Mixed Foursomes team who take on Strandhill Golf Club this week in the second round of the Irish Mixed Foursomes Tournament.
UPCOMING – Michael Simon is the President of the mens’ section this year and his big day takes place next Sunday the 10th of June in the second of this years “majors”. The Presidents Prize is played as an 18 hole Strokeplay competition in the first part of the days action, with the best scores of the day invited back for a 9 hole play-off later in the evening. The presentation takes place in the clubhouse directly after the conclusion of the play-off. Online booking is essential for this competition.
As part of the Presidents Prize weekend, there is a social 9 hole Scramble on the evening of Friday the 8th of June which is open to all members of the club. There is no need to arrange partners or teams for the scramble, just turn up before 18.30 to have your name in for the 18.45 draw.
JUNIOR GOLF – Junior golf continues this Wednesday the 6th of June at 6 pm. All children 8 years of age or older and interested in learning the basics of the game are welcome. All equipment will be provided.
MEMBERSHIP – Please check our website www.boylegolfclub.com for details of our competitive membership rates, including greatly reduced rates for those taking up the game for the first time.
RESULTS – The mens’ Thursday 12 hole Stableford played on the 24th of May was won by Vincent Egan with a score of 27 points, just edging out Michael Gilmartin and Lewis Shaw who both had 26 points. A fundraising competition for Boyle Courthouse was played on Saturday the 26th and was won by Niall Kearney with 38 points. Second place went to Paul Connolly who also had 38 points, Brendan Gaffney took the best gross score prize and Pat Conroy came third. The Bart Moran Cup, sponsored by Aidan Ray Menswear, was played on Sunday the 27th of May and was won by Gerry O’Dowd, who continued a run of form with a great score of 63 nett. Second prize went to Michael Simon with 68 nett, beating Vincent Egan on count-back. Charlie O’Donnell claimed the prize for best gross score. The ladies competition on the same day was for the Dr Niamh Nangle Cup, which was won this year by Moira Egan, with Claire Cryan coming second.
INTERCLUB – Congratulations to Tish Perry’s Mixed Foursomes team who had a good win against Castle Dargan in the first round of the Irish Mixed Foursomes Competition and we wish them all the best in the next round against Strandhill.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – On the 10th of June, the Presidents Prize to the men takes place, the format being an 18 hole Strokeplay, with the players with the best scores taking part in a 9 hole play-off later the same evening. The competition planned for next weekend was to be a mixed foursomes competition for the Boyle Motor Works Cup, but at the time of writing it appeared that this competition may have to be postponed. If this is the case, details of any replacement competition will be posted on the clubs Facebook page and website during the week.
JUNIOR GOLF – The clubs Junior Golf programme kicks off for the year this coming Wednesday the 30th of May at 6 pm. This is open to all boys and girls from 8 years upwards interested in learning the basic skills of the game. There is no need to bring any golf equipment, everything necessary will be provided.
RESULTS – The PGA Tankard 18 hole Stableford competition played on Sunday the 20th was won by Gerry O’Dowd with a great score of 42 points. Terry Canning continues a recent run of form taking second place with 37 points, just beating Pat Conroy’s 36 into third. Patrick Egan claimed the gross prize. This competition was sponsored by Jonathan Egan.
INTERCLUBS – Hard luck to the mens’ interclub teams who exited from the Connacht Seniors’ and All Ireland Fourball competitions this week. Next up on the interclub scene is Boyle versus Castle Dargan this coming Wednesday in the Irish Mixed Foursomes tournament.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – Next weekend is another busy one in the club, with the Courthouse Fundraiser being played on Saturday the 26th of May. The format has changed this year to an 18 hole Stableford, i.e it is being played as a singles event, not a team one. This competition aims to raise money for the ongoing works in the old courthouse in Boyle, which is being re-developed by a committee of local volunteers. It will serve as the permanent home for the “Boyle Model Railway”.
On Sunday the 27th the annual Bart Moran Trophy competition takes place, sponsored this year by Gerard Sheerin of Aidan Ray menswear, Patrick Street, Boyle. The club thanks Gerard for his support and asks all members to support our sponsors.
The following weekend sees the Boyle Motor Works Cup Mixed Foursomes’ competition take place, followed by the President’s Prize for the men on Sunday the 10th of June.
RESULTS – The Committee Cup was held over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May, the format being 18 hole strokeplay for men and women with a 9 hole play off taking place on the Sunday evening for the select few who scored well in the first 18. It was great to see some new faces, well done especially to Iosif and Valentin who played in their first “major”. This competition was sponsored by our good friends from Golfstyle golf shop, who are based in the Liosban Industrial Estate just off the Tuam Road in Galway city. We are very grateful for their sponsorship and encourage our members to pay them a visit when in Galway.
This years Committee Cup winner overall winner was Terry Canning, with a great score of 98.5 nett for the 27 holes. Sean Heslin took second place for the men and second for the ladies went to Tish Perry. The gross prizes went to Lorcan Egan for the men and Mary O’Hara for the women. The mens’ and ladies’ 3rd prizes went to Frank Casserley and Sandra McCrann with the overall 18 nett claimed by Paul Connolly. Category prizes went to Charlie O ‘Donnell for the 0-15 category, the 16-22 prize to Seamus Gallagher, and Claire Cryan taking the 23-36 category. The past winners category was won by Cian Smith and the prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd nines went to Vincent Egan, Liam Mullaney and Patrick Egan respectively.
The Committee Cup scramble took place on Friday the 11th, the winners being the team of Brendan Gaffney, Conor Hamill and Seamus Gallagher. The mens’ mid week 12 hole stableford competition played on Thursday the 10th saw those in 1st,2nd and 3rd place all having 26 points , separated only on countback. Ross Andrew was the winner, followed by Lorcan Egan and Michael Gilmartin.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS -Next Sunday sees the mens’ PGA Tankard 18 hole stableford and also the mens’ Presidents Prize to the ladies. On the following weekend the men play for the Bart Moran Cup, sponsored this year by Gerard Sheerin of Aidan Ray menswear in Boyle, for which we are very grateful.
INTERCLUBS – We are currently in the busiest part of the season for interclub matches, with 2 more mens teams representing the club in different tournaments and one of the ladies teams. On Wednesday, Eamonn Perry’s Seniors team are playing against Strandhill and on Saturday Pat Conroy’s All Ireland Fourball team take on Castle Dargan.
HANDICAP RULE CHANGES – The Connacht Council of the GUI recently passed a rule regarding cards not being returned by players participating in qualifying competitions. The practice up to now is that these players were automatically awarded 0.1 of a shot back for handicapping purposes, but this will no longer be the case. The mens’ committee encourages all players to return their cards in qualifying competitions from now on to ensure that the integrity of our handicapping system is preserved.
INTERCLUB MATCHES – Pat Conroy’s All Ireland Fourball team had another great result this week with a fantastic win over Strandhill Golf Club. Michael Gilmartin and Shane Loftus had a fine win at home in their match, but the 2 pairings of Owen Garvin with Tom Kearney and Paul Conolly with Paddy McLoughlin pulled off the considerable achievement of winning their matches away in Strandhill, always a tough ask for golfers from an inland course such as ours. Their next opposition will be either Castle Dargan or Tubbercurry depending on the outcome of their match. Our Seniors team were not as fortunate, suffering a narrow loss to Ballinamore.
The interclub matches are coming thick and fast with our first round match in the Pierce Purcell Shield teeing off next Saturday against Ballina Golf Club.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – Next weekend sees the so called “third major”, the Committee Cup. This competition is open to both men and women, the format being 18 hole Strokeplay with the best scores going in to a 9 hole play-off next Sunday evening. The mens’ PGA Tankard competition takes place on Sunday the 20th.
RESULTS – At the time of writing, the annual fundraiser for Our Ladys Hospital Crumlin was taking place, the “Crumlin Classic” with results to follow next week. This competition was sponsored by local Boyle business, Betterbuys/Surprises, and the club is very grateful for their generous sponsorship. We would be grateful if all members make an effort to support our sponsors during the year.
The mens’ midweek competition on Thursday the 3rd was won by Conor Hamill with 20 points, Sean Heslin was second with 19 and Vincent Egan came third with 18 points.
COMPETITION RESULTS – An 18 hole Strokeplay competition took place on Sunday the 29th of April with first prize being the sought after “Voucher” for a years free membership. This year Cian Smith prevailed with a fine score of 62 nett, beating Brendan Gaffney into second with 65. Lorcan Egan won the prize for best gross score and Tom Kearney came third with 66 nett. Tom’s business, “Quality Meats”, which is based in the Wine Street car park in Sligo, was the sponsor of the competition. The club thanks Tom for his generous sponsorship.
The mens’ 12 hole competition which took place on Thursday the 26th was won by Michael Simon with 27 points, just pipping Brendan Gaffney’s 26 points. Gerry Carty took third place with 24 points.
FIXTURES – The coming week sees a lot of golf taking place on the course, with the men taking on Ballinamore in the “Connacht Seniors Tournament” on Wednesday the 2nd, the mens’ 12 hole weekly competition taking place on Thursday as usual, followed by the “Crumlin Classic” competition taking place from Saturday the 5th to Monday the 7th. This will be played as a Threeball Rumble. Also on the Saturday of the same weekend, another of the mens’ interclub teams, the “All Ireland Fourball” team, are playing Strandhill in the second round of this competition.
KING HARMON CUP – The epic that was the 2017 King Harmon Matchplay competition is coming near an end with news that the final pair left standing are Gerry O’Hara and Brendan Gaffney. The club wishes the best of luck to both gentlemen and urges them to play the final before the commencement of the 2018 competition!
INTERCLUB – Well done to the Boyle men who had a noteworthy 4-1 victory over Ballinamore in the first round of the All Ireland Fourball on Saturday the 21st. Congratulations most especially to Seamus Gallagher and Michael Gilmartin who pulled off a victory away from home in Ballinamore and also to Pat Conroy who stepped in at short notice to manage the team. The team members were Vincent Egan, Jimmy Dwyer, Padraig O’Connell, Michael Rush, Tom Kearney, Owen Garvin, Paddy Nangle, Paddy McLoughlin, Seamus Gallagher and Michael Gilmartin. The team will be meeting Strandhill in the next round on the 5th of May. Of note, Boyle take on Ballinamore again in a different tournament, the Connacht Seniors Tournament, on the 2nd of May.
COMPETITION RESULTS – A mens Scotch Foursomes Strokeplay took place on Sunday the 22nd, won by Lorcan and Patrick Egan with a 59 nett, beating the 65.5 of Michael Simon and Gerry O’Dowd in to second place. This competition was sponsored by Boyle based business, East Brothers Machinery.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – Next Sunday the 29th sees the first big competition of the year, the “Voucher”, which will be played as an 18 hole strokeplay competition. First prize for both Ladies and Gents is a free single membership for the year. Only fully paid up members are eligible to win, so if you haven’t done so already , pay your membership this week to give yourself an opportunity of winning it back next Sunday. The club is very grateful to our member Tom Kearney whose business “Quality Meats”, based in the Wine Street car park in Sligo, is sponsoring this competition.
The annual fundraiser for Our Ladys Childrens Hospital, the “Crumlin Classic” will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The mens’ mid week competition takes place again this Thursday, increasing this week from 9 holes to 12.
RESULTS – The mens’ 9 hole competition played on Thursday 12/4/2018 was won by Brendan Gaffney, with Patrick Egan and Michael Rush taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. The competition was sponsored by Patrick Egan.
The annual outing took place on Saturday 14/4/2018 to St Margarets’ Golf and Country Club in Dublin. Thanks are due to Gary Carty and Michael Rush who organised this trip. The overall winner on the day was President of the mens’ club, Michael Simon. In second and third places were Charlie O’Donnell and Ross Andrew, with the ladies prize going to Joey Mullaney. Mary O’Hara had a notable double, winning both the “longest drive” and “nearest the pin” prizes.
An 18 hole Stableford was played on Sunday 15/04/2018, very kindly sponsored by Keating Amenity Solutions. David Purser had the winning score of 41 points, just edging out Frank Casserly on countback. The gross prize was taken by David Wynne and Tom Kearney was 3rd with 40 points.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – On this coming Saturday, the 21st, the Boyle men take on Ballinamore in the second of their inter-club fixtures, the All-Ireland Four Ball competition. This tournament replaced the well known Cecil Ewing Shield competition 2 years ago.
Next Sunday, the 22nd of April, sees a Scotch Foursomes competition for the men and the PGA Tankard competition for the ladies. We are very grateful to local Boyle business, East Brothers Machinery, for sponsoring the mens’ Foursomes competition. The following Sunday, the 29th, sees the most notable competition of the year to date, the “Voucher”. The first prize for this competition is a free single membership for the year, but only paid up members are eligible to win, so if you haven’t paid up by that date you may be doing yourself out of a chance to win one of the best prizes of the golfing year.
COURSE WORKS – The golf course will be closed from Monday to Thursday this week to enable the postponed verti-draining to take place.
The mens’ competition on Sunday the 8th of April was an 18 hole Strokeplay kindly sponsored by Ireland’s leading golf shop, Golfstyle, which is located in the Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway. Gerry O’Hara was the runaway winner with a 62 nett, beating fellow Ballinafad man Peter Leydon into second place with a 68 nett. The picture above shows Gerry receiving his prize from captain, Terry Canning.Charlie O’Donnell took the prize for best gross score and Frank Casserly was third with 69 nett. The Easter weekend Shambles fundraiser was won by the team of Paul Connolly, Patrick Egan, Conor Hamill and Moira Egan with 117 points.Second place went to Ted Hester, Frank Casserley, Lewis Shaw and Jim Callery with 112 points, and the Ladies Prize went to the team of Mary O’Hara, Joey Mullaney, Carmel Mc Garry and Carmel Conlon with 96 points. The first of the mens’ weekly Thursday night competitions took place on the 5th of April. The winner’s bottle of brandy found a home in Deerpark with Charlie O’Donnell in what has been a productive week for him. Upcoming competitions – Sunday the 15th sees the second of the new initiative of sponsored Sunday competitions for the men, this one being kindly funded by Keating Amenity Solutions. A ladies’ 18 hole stableford competition takes place the same day.The PGA Tankard competitions take place the following Sunday, the 22nd of April. In the second of this years inter-club competitions, the mens’ club are hosting Ballinamore in the first round of the All-Ireland Fourball Competition on Saturday the 21st. The course will be closed for a few days from this Tuesday while verti-draining takes place on all the greens and on some areas of cattle damage. The club wishes our member Lewis Shaw all the best in his year as captain of the Shepherd’s Crook Golf Society Charlie O’Donnell took the prize for best gross score and Frank Casserly was third with 69 nett. The Easter weekend Shambles fundraiser was won by the team of Paul Connolly, Patrick Egan, Conor Hamill and Moira Egan with 117 points.Second place went to Ted Hester, Frank Casserley, Lewis Shaw and Jim Callery with 112 points, and the Ladies Prize went to the team of Mary O’Hara, Joey Mullaney, Carmel Mc Garry and Carmel Conlon with 96 points. The first of the mens’ weekly Thursday night competitions took place on the 5th of April. The winner’s bottle of brandy found a home in Deerpark with Charlie O’Donnell in what has been a productive week for him. Upcoming competitions – Sunday the 15th sees the second of the new initiative of sponsored Sunday competitions for the men, this one being kindly funded by Keating Amenity Solutions. A ladies’ 18 hole stableford competition takes place the same day.The PGA Tankard competitions take place the following Sunday, the 22nd of April. In the second of this years inter-club competitions, the mens’ club are hosting Ballinamore in the first round of the All-Ireland Fourball Competition on Saturday the 21st. The course will be closed for a few days from this Tuesday while verti-draining takes place on all the greens and on some areas of cattle damage. The club wishes our member Lewis Shaw all the best in his year as captain of the Shepherd’s Crook Golf Society.
COMPETITIONS – The competition that took place over the Easter weekend was an 18 hole Shambles team event and was played as a fundraiser for the club. Results to follow next week.
This Thursday, the 5th of April, is an important day in the golfing world with the US Masters teeing off in Augusta and the mens’ weekly Thursday competitions commencing in Knockadoobrusna. For any member that wishes to sponsor one, please put your name on the sponsors list in the clubhouse.
The competition for next Sunday the 8th of April sees a change from the fixture card in that it will be an 18 hole Stroke instead of a Stableford. In a new departure for competitions in the club, it will the first of a new series of sponsored Sunday competitions. This one will be sponsored by the west of Ireland’s number one golf shop, GolfStyle, who are based in the Liosban Business Park just off the Tuam Road in Galway. We are very grateful to GolfStyle for sponsoring the first of these competitions.
OUTING – The club outing to St Margaret’s on the 14th of April is attracting great interest with approximately 20 people signed up. There are still a few places left so please make contact in the next few days if you intend going.
INTERCLUBS – Hard luck to the men’s team who lost out narrowly to Ballaghaderreen in the Connacht 9 hole clubs’ championship on Easter Saturday.
WORKS – The verti-draining that was scheduled to take place on the greens this week has been postponed until weather conditions are more suitable.
The Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup was played on Sunday the 25th of March. In first place were Shane Loftus and Paddy McLoughlin with 44 points, just pipping Michael Rush’s and Michael Gilmartin’s 43 points in to second place. Congratulations to Shane and Paddy who go forward to the county final. Third place went to Patrick Egan and Lorcan Egan, who also had 43 points.
Next weekend’s competition is a Club Fundraiser Fourball Shambles open to all Ladies and Gents members of Boyle Golf Club. The competition can be played from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive. The club asks all members to support this endeavour to raise money to spend on course maintenance and improvements.
The men’s weekly Thursday competitions resume on Thursday the 5th of April. In the same week the mens’ section take on our neighbours from Ballaghaderreen in the first inter-club match of the year. This will be a first round match of the Connacht 9 Hole Clubs Championship which was established by the Connacht branch of the GUI last year as a competition to be played for between exclusively between the 9 hole clubs of the region. A number of our neighbouring clubs fall into this category including Ballaghaderreen, Ballinamore, Ballymote, Castlerea, Strokestown and Tubbercurry.
RESULTS – An 18 hole Gents Stableford was held on Sunday the 18th of March. In first place was Vincent Egan with 36 points, Michael Simon took second with 34 points. Charlie O’Donnell took the gross and Owen Garvin came in 3rd with 34 points. The birdie tree winners were Sean Heslin and Charlie O’Donnell.
RESULTS – An 18 hole Gents’ Foursomes competition took place on Sunday the 10th of March. Results to follow.
MEMBERSHIP – We would be grateful if any memberships due could be paid in the next few weeks. For any new members, membership rates are available on www.boylegolfclub.com, with particularly competitive rates for those who are taking up golf for the first time. We have been happy to see some new faces playing golf in Boyle in the past few weeks and the Mens’ Committee meeting this month approved applications for 5 new members.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – A Gents 18 hole Stableford will take place on Sunday the 18th of March, followed on Sunday the
25th of March by the Boyle heat of the Holmpatrick Cup for the men. There will also be an 18 hole Stableford for the Ladies that day.
The Easter weekend will see a club fundraiser, playable from Saturday the 31st of March to Monday the 2nd of April inclusive. The format will an 18 hole Fourball Shambles (i.e on each hole all players on the team drive off, all then play their second shot from their teams’ best drive and complete the hole as per a scramble). All members are encouraged to enter and to recruit any of their friends in other clubs that may be interested in playing.
The first of the Interclub matches for 2018 takes place in early April with the Boyle men hosting Ballaghaderreen in the Connaught 9 hole clubs competition.
There is a sheet on the noticeboard for all members interested in going on the club outing to St Margaret’s on the 14th of April.
WORKS ON THE COURSE – There will be a meeting held in the clubhouse in the coming weeks to organise volunteers for various duties during the year. Volunteers are absolutely essential for the running of the club and members are encouraged to consider contributing a few hours of their time during the year, whether it be behind the bar, on the course or maintaining the clubhouse and its immediate environs.
Weather permitting, it is hoped to carry out some verti-draining in the first week in April to include both the greens and the areas damaged by cattle in December. This work requires sand to be brushed in to the holes created by the drainage machine, and the club requests that any members who may have some spare time that week to bring a brush and help out for a while. A new shed is currently under construction to the rear of the existing one and it is also hoped to commence the finishing touches to our new practice chipping green shortly.
Deepest sympathies are extended to Fred’s family and many friends.
The Golf Course remained closed this past weekend and the Spring League was reduced to just two rounds due to the poor weather conditions. Congratulations to Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan who are this years winners. Next Sunday, the 11th of March will see the start of the 18 hole Competitions with an 18 Hole Mens’ Foursomes.
The 2018 Captains Drive-In took place in perfect conditions on Sunday the 25th of February. Captains Terry and Marie hit 2 well-struck drives up the 1st fairway, thus launching the golfing season in the traditional manner. They would like to thank the members for the great turnout on the day. After the ceremonial start, a social 9 hole scramble was played. In first place was the team of Brendan Gaffney, Paul Connolly, Margaret Loftus and Owen Garvin. Second place went to Lorcan Egan, Willie Tiernan and Fiona Keenan, and in third was the team of Captain Terry Canning, Lady Captain Marie Hanmore-Cawley and Michael Rush.
Thanks very much to Jim Mooney who took the photos of the Drive-In.
Next weekend, the 3rd and 4th of March, sees the final round of the Spring League. Vincent Egan, Moira Egan and Brendan Gaffney are the in-form team at present, but they have a tight lead over the next 2 teams.
A 9 hole stableford competition for the men will also be played on Sunday the 4th of March. On Sunday the 11th of March there will be an 18 hole Mens’ Foursomes competition.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.