Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
20th June 2017
TALBOT DOES THE DOUBLE.
A fantastic spell of weather over the past week has meant plenty of golf played and some terrific scoring on the fairways and greens at Concra Wood. Last weekend saw the annual meeting of James Duffys crew from the US and Paul Murphys Ireland team do battle in their version of the Ryder cup. Pauls team as has been the case in the last number of meetings triumphed with a landslide victory. The weekend competition therefore was sponsored by the Duffy family in the form of the Prandy Duffy cup. Craig Talbot is a player who is always near the top of our leaderboard and this time he found himself on top of the Podium as he finished with 41 points, 2 higher than the next player. Craig not only won the weekend competition but also had Brooks Koepka in the US Open draw for a Taylor Made M2 Driver at the Pro Shop. Well done Craig. Category 1 went to Frank Nolan with 39 points, Category 2 was taken by Conor Reel on the same score. Category 3 was Cyril Mulligans with 34 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Darren McQuillans Ceol Music and will be played as a Strokeplay competition.
Last Friday saw the Golf Digest Open at Concra Wood and a turn out of almost 200 players. A special mention to Adrian Kelly and Sean Malone who took prizes in their categories. Adrian shot a two under par round and will go forward to play in the K Club later in the year. Lets hope he can go better than Paul Murphy did in a previous attempt!!
Inter Club teams.
The Junior cup team under the stewardship of Frank McDonnell played last Saturday in Banbridge against Nuremore and unfortunately went down by 3 matches to 2. We’ll hope for better fortunes for both the JB Carr team playing in Concra on Monday and the Tudenham cup team who play Co. Meath Golf Club next Saturday both home and away.
We note with sadness the passing of Marie Sewell, mother of past Captain Adrian Sewell. May she rest in peace.
Captain Pat McNeill changed the format again this week to all scores counting this week. This left no hiding place for anyone.
The winners with 55 pts Johnny McGoldrick, PJ Lambe, Tony Carville, 2nd Joe Quinn, Paul Short, Frank Murray with 49 pts. 3rd place with 46 pts Gerry Treacy, Andy Whelan, Arther McGeogh.
13th June 2017
The Father, the Son and the Bishop.
What sounds like the opening line from a pub joke was in fact the result of last weekends competition, sponsored by club professional Conor McKenna. A Stokeplay event which was played in decent conditions for the majority of players resulted in some fantastic scoring off the green tees. The man who came out on top was Cullaville native Heber McMahon with a net score of 67. Heber debunked the myth that Strokeplay events are only for the low men and young guns by rolling back the years to shoot the lights out. He will be doubly delighted to have the bragging rights at home too as he beat son Ciaran into second place one shot behind. Ciaran has been travelling back and forward over the water for the last while and takes in the golf when he can, at least if he can’t make the prize giving he’ll have a representative on hand!! In third place was Seamus Bishop who beat James King on a breakdown, its been some time since anything has been written in the golf notes about Seamus. We had wondered if he had given up the game he’s been so quiet, but that’s a reminder that he’s still able to mix it up and perhaps he has an eye on Captain Johnny Redmonds prize coming up later in the summer.
Next weekend sees the annual rivalry between old neighbours take place as the Duffys from the U.S. and their team take on the Murphys and the Blayney select team in a Ryder cup style game. We note that Paul had a point 1 added to his handicap last weekend to have an additional shot back for the tournament, well timed Paul.. For us mere mortals we have the honour of playing for the Prandy Duffy cup which will be played as a Stableford competition.
A prize giving is scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th June for most of the outstanding prizes. There is a notice on the board of all the recent winners.
Remember that Open competitions are taking place on Wednesdays throughout the summer and that the €10 entry fee for members includes 2’s competition.
The Golf Digest team are here on Friday 16th, there are a few spaces remaining with a cost of €40 for members and €60 for visitors.
25 seniors played on post Election Day and the scoring was
CONSERVATIVE to say the least with the winners Gerry Treacy, Paul Short, Tom Ryan getting over the line with a mere 42 pts. The runners up Hebor McMahon, Andy Whelan, Joe Kelly seemed to LABOUR quite a bit to scrape up 40 Pts. In 3rd place taking the last 3 seats (at the bar) after a recount with 40 pts were PJ Harte, Nicky Hore, Raymond Kernan.
We will do it all again next week, watch out for the text alert and don’t DUPed into thinking Concra will get any easier.
6th June 2017
James Carville claims Presidents prize
Our annual presidents prize sponsored by Patsy Boyle flooring was played last weekend in mixed weather. President Sean Mulligan had the course set up in a fair fashion and players had their chance to shoot a score over eighteen holes between Friday and Sunday morning. One man who made the most of the good conditions on Friday afternoon was young James Carville who shot a stunning 46 points. James is one of the young guns who had joined in the past few years and was part of the Fred Daly team of last year. A great turnout of players couldn’t equal James 18 hole score which meant he took a 5 point advantage into the 9 hole play-off on Sunday afternoon. A close run event which could have been won by any of the 20 participants who shot 36 points or better, the play-off was won by the narrowest of margins. Padraic Conlon was best in the clubhouse with a combined score of 58 points when the leading group approached the final hole. It meant James was left needing a single point for victory which he duly delivered. Celebrations went off well in the evening as food, drink and entertainment was enjoyed. President Sean gave his congratulations to all the prizewinners and thanked the catering and green staff as we look forward to the coming events this year.
List of prize winners as follows:
Winner – James Carville
Runner up – Padraic Conlon
Third – David N. O’Neill
Fourth – Mickey Reid
Gross – Callum Callaghan
Leading Qualifier – Francie Boylan
Next Weekends competition will be sponsored by our Club Professional Conor McKenna and is a Strokeplay event.
On the inter-club front our Junior cup team captained by Frank McDonnell went to Banbridge and performed very well to qualify as the leading team.
Well done to all involved.
The golf digest team will be at Concra Wood on Friday 16th June, with limited availability its advised to get your name down soon. Book online at golf digest events.
Last weeks competition was the Presidents Prize for the seniors and thanks to President Sean Mulligan for a great day and wonderful prizes.Sean popularity saw our biggest turnout ever with 34 seniors playing. Senior Captain Pat McNeill thanked Sean for his generosity at the presentations after a wonderful meal in the View Restaurant
Winner on the count back Andy Whelan 36pts
Category I Pat Conlon 36 pts runner up Pat McNeill 36 pts
Category 2 Paddy Niland 35 pts, runner up Sean Mulligan 31 pts.
Category 3 Raymond Kernan 33 pts, runner up Nicky Hore 29 pts.
1st Andy Whelan, Eamonn Johnson, James O’Neill.
2nd Pat McNeill, Paddy Niland, Vincent Heavin.
3rd Heber McMahon, Raymond McCooey, Raymond Kernan.
30th May 2017
Rory McEleavy was the outright winner of last weekends Brennan furniture sponsored competition. Rory’s nett score of 67 was one better than the next best player and no doubt Rory is hitting form at just the right time as the golfer of the year competitions are upon us now. In second place was Brendan Carragher with a score that might be a comfortable winner any other strokeplay competition. In third position was the man very much in form, Eoin Reel has seen his handicap fall like a stone over the past month or so and his net 69 shows he is capable of perhaps losing a couple more shots! The best gross of the weekend went to Ciaran McMahon.
Next weekend sees the first of our member major competitions as Sean Mulligan’s presidents prize sponsored by Patsy Boyle flooring takes place. Sean will have the knees worn out of his trousers from praying for good weather for the bank holiday weekend, lets hope the rain stays away and the golf prevails. The format is the usual 18 hole stableford which can be played from 3pm on Friday to Sunday AM follwed by a nine hole play off on Sunday around 3:30pm. There will be supper and the prize giving on Sunday evening at 9pm. So this is the first golfer of the year event and some players to watch out for will likely be the likes of Eoin Reel and Adrian Kelly who have been in form lately. A man for the big occasion, Paul Leonard seems to revel in the spotlight. Maybe one of the old guard could spring a surprise this year, Pat Conlon is the most likely out of that household to put a score together. Paul Shortt is another man who has been fine tuning and could push for honours. Best of luck to all players and to our president Sean who we’re sure will have everything running like clockwork.
A couple of other upcoming competitions to watch for include the first Open Major of the year sponsored by Heineken which takes place on Wednesday 31st May. The following day is a Black tees competition for those big hitters who wish to test the course at its longest. Both of these are open to visitors so maybe take the opportunity to invite some guests to play at our course which is in fantastic shape and a credit to the greenstaff. The golf digest team are also returning to Concra wood on the 16th June so check out golf digest events on the web to make your booking.
The seniors had their annual away trip at sunny Headfort last week, 29 travelled and were lucky too get two of the best days of the year so far. A big thanks to captain Pat McNeill for a great golf outing.
To keep things moving this Tuesday, President Sean Mulligan is hosting his prize for the seniors.
Winners at Headfort over the two days were, category 1 Joe Quinn, 2nd Captain Pat McNeill. Category 2 Eamonn Toal, 2nd Adrian Sewell. Category 3 Raymond Kernan, 2nd Brendan Laverty. Note two 80 years olds winning categories. Well done Joe and Raymond. Team events took place also with almost everyone in the audience getting a prize. The new man on this outing was Pat McBride, hope you enjoyed it Pat !
23rd May 2017
Gavan’s got game.
The good weather continues to entice more golfers out to the weekly competitions and last weekend saw 113 players take the field for the Taveys Menswear sponsored competition. Gavan McEneaney was the man who topped the standings with a super score of 43 points. Gavan narrowly beat Eoin Reel on a breakdown. A new member to Concra, Eoin has seen his handicap tumble with some exceptional scoring in the last few weeks. Eoin can have the consolation of taking another Category 2 prize. Category 1 was taken by Craig Talbot with a solid 38 points. Craig is a man who works hard on his game and is sure to feature again through the summer. Category 3 was won by Tiarnach O’Neill with a great score of 41 points.
Next weekends competition is kindly sponsored by Brennans Furniture and is a Strokeplay event.
The timesheet for presidents prize is on the noticeboard so those of you who wish to avail of a particular tee-time best to get your name in early. Hopefully president Sean will be as fortunate as his predecessor with the weather as the bank holiday is getting close.
A reminder that the first of the Open Major competitions sponsored by Heineken takes place Wednesday 31st May, a €20 entry fee for members and visitors €45. Some fantastic prizes are to be won including a Powacaddy FW3 Lithium powered trolley for the overall winner.
Our Wednesday evening 9 hole competition continues, everyone is welcome to join in. Assemble at 5:30 at the clubhouse for draws.
The JB Carr team take to the fairways on Tuesday 23rd, best wishes to the team.
The seniors played the back nine on Thursday last with the scoring reined back a little, non the less 45 was the target to beat scored by Declan McAteer, Andy Whelan, Pat McBride and new member Jimmy Lambe. The seniors would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jimmy. Anyone else out there who would like to join us for 9 holes social golf can do so by paying green fees or joining Castleblayney Golf Club as a member.
Runners up Pat Conlon, Nicky Hore, Raymond Kernan 41 pts. 3rd Captain Pat McNeill, Paul Short, Barny McDonald.
Our annual away trip is on Wednesday / Thursday this week to Headfort. Wednesdays tee time is 10.00, Don’t be late as draws have to be made beforehand.
16th May 2017
KELLY EYES NO. 1
Adrian Kelly is always a man who features well in the weekly competitions and it was no surprise to see him top the standings last weekend in the Coogan Cup. His 2 under par score amassed a 42 point stableford score which played off the gold tees was a fantastic return. In second position and just one point behind saw Declan Smyth take Category 2, Declan is enjoying his golf lately and good to see him take another prize this week. Category 1 went to Billy Hanna with 38 points and Category 3 to Paul Shortt with 37 points. Paul was disappointed with his finish on Sunday afternoon after 4 putting the last hole but he’s showing great form in the past few weeks and no doubt enjoying taking the money in his fourball.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Taveys Menswear and is Stableford format. Please check before you play which tees are being played.
Mixed fortunes at the weekend for our teams, both the Ulster Cup and All Ireland Fourball teams bowed out of their respective competitions but thanks go to all who played and represented the club and particularly to Martin McGinn and Tony Brennan who captained each team. Better news for Gary Morgans Pierce Purcell team which qualified in second place in Silverwood last Sunday. Captain Morgan fielded a strong line-up and was rewarded. This is the first team in a few years that has managed to qualify for the knock out stages so lets hope that Gary can push for some glory later this summer. First up will be Cloverhill, well done to Gary and the team.
The draws have been completed for the Club Matchplay competitions, please check the noticeboard and leave your phone number available to make contact with your playing partner. We would ask that the first round of matches are completed by 28th May.
Fund raising for Leanne Gallagher continues and some generous donations have been received along with the monies taken in from the scramble. In all so far, over €1500 has been received so many thanks to all that have contributed.
A big turnout of 31 members on sunny Thursday last with club vice captain Brian McGovern Paddy Niland, Paul Short, Tony Carville taking in the winning score of 53 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Andy Whelan, Joe Kelly, Raymond Kernan 52 pts. 3rd PJ Harte, Heber McMahon, Brendan Laverty, Junior McKeown.
9th May 2017
Our Summer is here and hopefully will be around for more than the usual 2 weeks and with it our golfers are making the most of the good weather. The man who prospered best last weekend in the Combi-Lift sponsored competition was Paul McArdle with a superb score of 44 points. Always capable of putting a big score together Paul was 3 points clear of the field and well worth the win. In 2nd place was All Ireland Fourball team member Paraic Craig who beat Eoin Reel into 3rd place on a countback. The best Gross went to Jack McDonnell with a 2 over par round.
Inter Club teams.
Our Jimmy Bruen team headed for County Armagh Golf Club on Sunday under the stewdardship of Craig Talbot. Unfortunately the lads missed out on qualification to the knockout stages.
This weekend sees 3 more of our teams take to the fairways, Tony Brennan’s All Ireland Fourball team have their return leg against Castle Hume at Concra Wood on Sunday afternoon with the match poised at 2 1/2 matches a piece. Martin McGinn’s Ulster Cup team are away to Lambeg with the matches divided 3 1/2 each from the first leg, Martins team will have to be at their best. Finally the Pearce Purcell team led by Gary Morgan is away to Silverwood. Best of luck to all players representing the club.
The scramble for Leanne has been extended for members this week and will be played over 9 holes please ask at the pro-shop for more details.
Wednesday evening nine hole resumes this week, everyone is welcome to play starting at 5:30 pm
Lastly keep a note in your diaries for 2 upcoming events. The first Open Major of the year takes place at Concra on Wednesday 31st May with some fantastic prizes for the winners. A €45 entry fee for visitors and €20 entry fee for members. Sean Mulligan’s presidents prize also takes place the following weekend, our first members Major of the year for our popular president is likely to be well supported so make sure you are well prepared!
22 played on Thursday and winners were PJ Harte, Eamonn Johnson, Jim O’Neill, Gabriel Moore.
All entry fees were donated to the Leanne fund.
2nd May 2017
BRENDAN BRINGS IT HOME.
Windy conditions last weekend coupled with placing on the fairways equated to some lower scoring last weekend in the Corrigans sponsored competition. Brendan Carragher was the man who came out on top with 37 points . His tally was equalled by 3 other members, both Gary Morgan and Patrick Comiskey have the consolation of winning categories 1 and 2 respectively leaving Mickey McEntegart empty handed. Brendan Laverty took the remaning category 3 prize with 36 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Combi Lift and is Stableford format.
CHARITY SCRAMBLE. The Leanne Gallagher charity scramble takes place this week. Members can play any day from Monday-Friday 1st-5th May at an entry fee of €10. Visitors can play on Friday only with a fee of €25. Teams can be made up of 3 or 4 players.
SPRING LEAGUE. The View Bar and Restaurant sponsored Spring league Matchplays reached a conclusion at the weekend. Stephen McQuillan, Noel O’Reilly, Bart McNamara and Jim O’Neill overcame Billy Hanna, Ciaran Prunty, Martin McCague and Nicky Hore. Well done to Stephen and his team.
SINGLES MATCHPLAY. There are 2 lists on the noticeboard for anyone interested in taking part in the singles matchplay this year. With the evenings stretching its a great excuse to get out and play a quicker round of golf in a 2 ball. There is one list for those with handicaps of 12 and lower and the other for 13 and above. Please get your name on the list before 13th May so a draw can be arranged.
PRIZE GIVING. Please note that there will be a presentation of outstanding prizes this Saturday 6th May at 9pm sharp. We would ask that any winners please do our sponsors the courtesy of attending the presentation to receive your prize. If for some reason you are unable to attend please arrange for a representative to accept it for you or the prize will be forfeited.
INTER CLUB MATCHES. 2 teams in action last week had positive results. Tony Brennan’s All-Ireland fourball team faced off against Castle Hume for the 2nd year in a row. The team took 2 1/2 points away from home with a slight advantage to come with the 2nd leg at Concra on 14th May. Declan McAteer’s JB Carr team are through to the final in that competition. Best of luck to Craig Talbot’s Jimmy Bruen side who go into the Qualifier in Armagh this weekend.
Our sympathies to the family of the late Peter McMahon of Main St., especially to past Captain Gareth and his family. May he rest in peace.
25th April 2017
Apologies for the absence of notes in last weeks edition, our winner of the McKenna & Cairns competition was Declan Smyth with an excellent score of 42 points, Declan hasn’t featured as often as he would like in the winners enclosure, so good to see him back to winning ways. I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of his name featuring in the headlines over the coming weeks. Category 1 winner was Padraic Conlon with 41 points, Category 2 was Gerry Treacy with 39 points and Category 3 went to Mickey Reid with 40 points.
So to last weekends action and the A & M Commercials sponsored competition which saw our first counting competition of the year with the withdrawal of placing in the rough. Ian Brodigan has been a man very much in form over the past number of weeks without breaking into the prizes. He made up for it this week with a great score of 41 points and if rumours are to be believed he even had the luxury of a blank on his card!! Category 1 winner was the ever consistent Calum Callaghan whose handicap took another slice with 40 points. On the same score Dessie Woods took Category 2, Dessie is always capable of bringing in a good score and the putter was on fire last weekend, a little unlucky not to take the winners spoils but we’re sure he’ll be one to watch in the coming year. Category 3 was won with a more modest score of 33 points by Darren McQuillan, well done to all the winners.
Next Weekend’s competition is kindly sponsored by Corrigan’s Kitchen and is Stableford format.
Our inter-club teams were in action at the weekend also. Martin McGinn’s Ulster Cup team were up against Lambeg Golf Club from outside of Lisburn, some work left to do for Martins men after a halved first leg of matches with 3 1/2 points a piece that leaves it all to play for. Tony Brennan’s team had an easier passage to the next round of the All Ireland fourball competition with a half point only needed in their away leg against St. Patrick’s. The vital point came from Ciaran Prunty and Mickey Byrne, the latter of which managed an Eagle on the 13 hole while 3 down at the time. Declan McAteer’s JB Carr team begin their journey on Thursday afternoon so good luck to all playing on behalf of the club.
A number of events are on the horizon for all of our golfers so please take a note in your diaries.
A charity scramble in aid of Leanne Gallagher takes place on Friday 5th May. This event is open to members and visitors alike, members fee is €10 and visitors €25. Teams can be made up of 3 or 4 players.
Our first black tee competition of the year will take place on Thursday 4th May so a chance for those who would like to see the course from a different viewpoint can take aim, members fee again is €10, visitors cost is €30.
Weekly open singles competitions continue every Wednesday with the cost to members also €10 which includes 2’s. Visitors again pay €30.
The pro-shop now has all new stock for Spring/Summer so take a look around and see if there’s anything you’d like to buy yourself to freshen up your wardrobe or golf bag.
Conor is also welcoming the TGI Golf Partnership teams to Concra on Tuesday 25th April, this is a group of all the major buyers from UK and Ireland and a great chance for us to showcase our course to a wider audience.
For anyone wishing to avail of beginner ladies lessons, they will begin shortly, if you know of anyone who may be interested please get in touch with Cathryna Craig or with the office for more details.
11th April 2017
Great white shark rescues fourball team.
Last weekend saw the resumption of inter club matches and Tony Brennan’s All Ireland Fourball team matched up against St.Patrick’s of Downpatrick. Tony had a strong line-up set to take to the course but was left one man short. A last minute call was put to Concra’s own Great White Shark and category 1 player Seamus Leonard. Seamus did not disappoint alongside virtual spectator, partner Ciaran Prunty, Seamus won his match 7 & 6. This was the catalyst for a landslide 1st leg victory for Tony’s team as all 5 matches were won leaving only a half point required at the away leg on Sunday week. Celebrations went on into the night and we’re sure to hear more of Tony and Seamus’s exploits in the weeks to come.
On the home front the weekends competition sponsored by Comiskey Engineering was well supported with such great weather. Our winner this week was James McElroy with 44 points. Category 1 was taken by Adrian Kelly with 40 points, Category 2 winner was Ian Brodigan with 42 points and the Category 3 spoils went to Paul Shortt who no doubt is enjoying retirement and the extra time to fine tune his game.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by McKenna and Cairns and is Stableford format.
4th April 2017
Last weekends Shoe City sponsored competition was won by James Carville with a fantastic score of 44 points. James had 3 points to spare over the next best from the weekend and with scoring like that his handicap is likely to tumble once placing is finished with for this part of the year. The weather is looking up so be sure to check the noticeboard or pro-shop as to whether or not placing through the green is still active before commencement of play. The category winners last weekend are as follows, Category 1 Mickey McEntaggert 41 points, Category 2 Barry Duffy 41 points and Category 3 to Andy Whelan with 33 points.
This weekend our competition is sponsored by Cumiskey Engineering and is Stableford format.
With no action last week, we have no scores to report on. Get well soon wishes to PJ McArdle from all the senior men and other members, we wish you a speedy recovery and we hope to see you back soon.
28th March 2017
Champagne for Charlie..
The winner of our first members 18 hole event of 2017 sponsored by Declan Loughman Sports last weekend was Charlie Geoghegan with 42 points. The course was basked in sunshine and Charlie took advantage of the benign conditions to take the spoils. Charlie also had a couple of 2’s in his round on 9 and 14. Category 1 was taken by Calum Callaghan who just beat Frank McDonnell on a countback with 40 points, Cateogry 2 went to Francie Boylan with 39 and Category 3 to Nicky Hore, who would be forgiven for thinking his 34 points wouldn’t have earned him a prize. Well done to all. This weekends competition is sponsored by Shoe City and is Stableford.
The Spring league matchplay games are at the Semi-final stage, Billy Hannas team 5 will battle Craig Talbots team 1 and Vice-captain Brian McGoverns team 9 take on Stephen McQuillans team 17. We would ask that all games be completed by Sunday 9th April.
A reminder that the pro-shop are running a draw to win a Powakaddy FW3i Lithium Trolley worth €549, simply give your name and 10 Euro to the shop and you will be allocated a player for the Masters 2017 in Augusta, should your player win you take the prize. For those of you on Facebook the draw will take place live on Wed 5th April.
All of the committee and members would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort made by our seniors and other members of the gardening club for maintaining the areas around the clubhouse, we are fortunate to have such an active and willing group to keep our greenery in order. Many thanks to all especially Andy for co-ordinating.
Lastly could all members please remember to take a bag of sand commencing their round to fill divots and please repair pitch marks on the greens.
19 played on Thursday last with the winning team of Hebor McMahon, Andy Whelan, Raymond Kernan, Junior McKeown returning 44 pts, just enough to win on the count back. Runners up were Gerry Treacy, Jim ONeill, Nicky Hore.
Welcome to our new senior member Tipperary man Joe Gleeson.
21st March 2017
Joint Captains drive-in a great success
The golfing season officially began at Concra Wood when our delayed captains drive-in took place last Saturday. There was a great turn out of members, family and friends despite the weather conditions. Lady Captain Faela was first to show the way and did so to great effect, splitting the fairway and was duly followed by mens captain Johnny Redmond. Up followed President Sean Mulligan, vice captain Brian McGovern and junior Captain David Brennan who all made their mark. The fourball competition followed and the showery weather did not curtail some great scoring with the eventual winning team of David Brennan, Patrick J Comiskey, Ken O’Brien and Donna Nugent emerging victorious with a supurb score of 96 points. In second postion only 1 point adrift was Thomas Brennan, Robert Heavin, Damian Comiskey and Tom Ryan. Well done to everyone who participated. Next Weekends competition is sponsored by Declan Loughman sports.
23 played last week with Gerry Treacy, Brendan Laverty, Barney McDonald, Tom Ryan winning with46 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Paddy Niland, Paul Short, Junior McKeown 44 pts. 3rd Brian McGovern, Nicky Hore, Vincent Heavin 44 pts.
14th March 2017
Captains drive-in time, episode 2…
Our weather delayed Captains drive-in will take place this Saturday 18th March, both Johnny and Faela have had an extra couple of weeks, thanks to the weather, to fine tune their swings and hopefully the golfing gods will look more favourably on us all this coming weekend. There is still room on the drawsheet for anyone who would like to join in on Saturday morning for the 11am shotgun start. Please put your name on the NEW drawsheets by Thursday evening as a draw will take place at 7pm that night. We would ask anyone who will be taking part on Saturday to assemble at the clubhouse at 10am so they can be assigned their team and know at which hole they will begin. Please note there will be no 14 hole competition played this weekend due to captains drive in. The very best of luck to Faela, Johnny and everyone else involved this weekend and for the remainder of this year.
The Spring league has reached the matchplay stage with Billy Hannas team 5 coming out on top at the end of the league proceedings. Some tasty looking ties have been matched up as Ciaran Prunty takes on Sean Malone for team 5 against team 2 and Craig Talbot will have to be on song as he takes on Gene McGuigan as team 10 do battle with team 1. The full listing of players still left in the competition is on the noticeboard. We ask that all quarter final matches are completed by next weekend 26th March also please leave a contact number for yourself on the listing. Well done to everyone who has made it this far hard luck to anyone who just missed out as it was close in the end. Category winners last weekend as follows, Category 1 Thomas Brennan, Category 2 Sean Malone, Category 3 Rory Niland and Category 4 Paul Shortt.
24 played the back nine in wall to wall sunshine Wednesday last and here are the results, winners with 49 pts Joe Quinn, Eamonn Johnson, Adrian Sewell, Tom Ryan. 2nd Thomas Brennan, Eamonn Toal, Brendan Laverty, Barney McDonald 46 pts. 3rd Gerry Treacy, Pat Conlan, Larry Coleman 43 pts.
A few notes to speed up play.
On arrival get clubs etc ready before checking in for the draw.
Wait in the clubhouse until your draw has been made.
Proceed to the first tee ready to go.
Watch your playing partners shots as balls are plugging.
When it’s your turn to play be ready.
28th February 2017
Despite the brutal weather over last weekend a good number of golfers managed to get their usual game played. The winner of our 14 hole competition was Jimmy Lacey with a great score of 31 points given the conditions. Runner-up this time was David Lennon with 29 points.
Our Spring league has past its 5th week and the leaderboard is taking more shape, with 3 scores counting this weekend and the next it will really make a difference if 3 solid scores are recorded each week by your team so do your best to get out and make them count. The category winners last weekend are as follows, Category 1 Jimmy Lacey, Category 2 Noel O’Reilly, Category 3 David N. O’Neill and Category 4 Nicky Hore.
Captains Drive-In takes place this Sunday morning and both Johnny and Faela are hopeful that the weather will improve and we can have a great turn out for this annual event. If anyone has not yet put their name down for the competition please write your name on the lists provided on the main notice board for the men and the ladies is in their locker room. Alternatively contact Annette in the office and she will duly oblige.
18 played on Friday last which was the only dry day of the week and once again PJ Hartes team came out on top with 47 pts, PJs team included Larry Coleman and Tom Ryan. 2nd Pat Conlon, John Keenan, Paul Short 45 pts. 3rd Joe Quinn, Adrian Sewell, Vincent Heavin 43 pts.
Concra Gardening Club.
Many thanks for two cash donations recently, one for 275 euro from the ladies section and the other of 300 Euro from one of our seniors who wishes to remain anonymous. These money’s will be used to purchase plants etc for upcoming projects.
Thanks to the lads who turned out the ivy stripping on the trees at entrance last week.
Finally if you have any unwanted shrubs or trees in your garden please contact Andy, we can use them at Concra.
21st February 2017
The winner of last weekends 14 hole competition was James McElroy with a colossal score of 36 points. Most members would be satisfied to have that score for a full round, well done James on a fantastic game. Runner up this week was Dessie Woods whose score of 31 points might have won on other occasions, all that practice and lessons on the range paying off for Des.
Thanks to the improvement in weather 86 out of 92 players got a chance to register a score in last weekends View Restaurant and Bar sponsored spring league. After 4 weeks there has been some change in the overall leaderboard with teams catching up on the leaders. After adjustments and allowing for deduction of the worst week for each team, Gene Mcguigans team 10 has been caught by Billy Hannas team 7 both on 113 points. Only 14 points separate the top 10 teams however and with 3 scores counting in the final 2 weeks anything can change. The league has also been extended for an additional week to allow for the earlier bad weather so weeks 6 & 7 will be 3 scores counting. Category winners last weekend as follows, Category 1 Billy Hanna, Category 2 Pat McNeill, Category 3 Gary Doyle and Category 4 James McElroy.
A reminder to members that our joint captains drive in will take place on Sunday 5th March. A name sheet for men is on the main notice board and for ladies in their locker room. Draw will take place on Saturday 4th and the format will be a four ball, 11am shotgun start.
29 played on Thursday last and the results are, winners PJ Harte, Pat McNeill, Arther McGeogh 50 pts. 2nd Pat Conlon, Eamonn Johnson, Tony Carville 48 pts. 3rd Hebor McMahon, Brendan Laverty, Paul Short 46 pts.
Welcome to new member Adrian Sewell although Adrian doesn’t old enough for seniors on his Facebook!!!
Anyone who may need buggys or single rooms for Headford please inform Andy.
14th February 2017
The winner of last weekends 14 hole competition with 31 points was Ciaran McMahon. Ciaran showing some early form for the season ahead, always a man to watch out for. Ciaran we’re sure took extra pleasure in beating brother Ronan on a countback.
Our Spring league continues despite the weather not improving to a significant degree to allow all to compete last weekend. Enough players managed to register scores that allowed week 3 scores to stand. Gene McGuigans team is still standing on top of the league table with Billy Hannas team 5 closest to them. Remember that the top 8 teams will go forward to singles matchplay so a push from here on could get your team into contention. Players are reminded that only nine hole scores registered between Thursday and Sunday will count toward your teams total. Category winners last weekend are as follows, Category 1 Craig Talbot, Category 2 David Brennan, Category 3 Andy Whelan and Category 4 Gerry Brennan.
A very big turnout of 28 played on Wednesday in fantastic sunshine with Concra looking splendid. High scoring was the order of the day. Winners with 56 pts PJ Harte, Nicky Hore, Tom Ryan. 2nd Declan McAteer, Andy Whelan, Tom McHugh, Paul Shortt with 51 Pts. 3rd Joe Quinn, Pat Horgan, Tony Carville, Junior McKeown with 48 pts
Our thoughts with senior member Johnny McGoldrick and his wife Susan on the death of their son Paul. RIP.
7th February 2017
Emmy wins it..
In the season of Hollywood awards our latest 14 hole competition was won by Emmy Brennan with a great score of 32 points, best supporting act was Barry O’Reilly whose 30 points earned him the runner-up spot.
Last weekends golf was again hampered by the bad weather but most teams managed to have at least two members represent them and Gene McGuigans team 10 took advantage when all 4 players managed to record scores, Gene must be cracking the whip as they notched up 40 points between them thanks to good scores from Gene and Tony (GLT) Brennan. Category winners for the week as follows, Category 1 Barry O’Reilly, Category 2 Johnny Redmond, Category 3, Rory Niland and Category 4 James McElroy. Hopefully the weather can improve some this weekend.
Anyone who has yet to pay their annual sub, could they get in touch with the office to arrange payment of same.
Contact Annette: 042 9749485 option 2, to discuss payment methods.
Paul wins at Concra seniors.
Paul Short got his first senior win on Wednesday in windy conditions. Paul with Gerry Treacy and Pat Conlon returned 42 pts winning on the count back from Eamonn Tavey, James ONeill, Arther McGeogh. 3rd place with 41pts went to club vice captain Brian Mcgovern, Brendan Laverty, Pat McBride. The shackles are off now Paul.
Welcome back to Eamonn Tavey and after a long layoff fit again Pat McBride and Eamonn Toal. 24 played
Senior membership of 10 euro is now due.
Your eyes don’t deceive you and Andy isn’t giving Paul his change from the bar, well done on the win Paul..
31st January 2017
Spring league begins
Our annual Spring league began last week with the majority of players being able to record a score despite the weather doing its best to interrupt proceedings on Sunday. The early pace setters are Jimmy Laceys team 7 recording 39 points, in second spot are Captain Johnny Redmonds team 15 a mere 4 points adrift. Early days though and remember your teams worst week will be discarded in the overall totals. Category winners for the week are as follows, Category 1 Jimmy Lacey, Caetgory 2 Patrick Comiskey, Category 3 Des Morgan, Category 4 Sean Mulligan. A note to a certain senior who would have won his category with the 20 pts he scored for his team that was the best in his category, to remember to pick up his pension before he arrives to the golf club so he can pay his €3 entry fee!!
Our 14 hole competition was also won by Des Morgan. His 31 points beat David O’Neill into 2nd place on a countback.
22 played this week in windy conditions and once again captain Pat came up with a new formula for the 3 man teams, it was 2 to count on odd holes and 3 on evens. This seemed to suit the winners Gerry Treacy, Andy Whelan, Tom Ryan with 45 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Eamonn Johnson, Nicky Hore, Barny McDonnell. 3rd Hebor McMahon, pat Conlon, Tom McHugh.
24th January 2017
A frozen course over the weekend means little to report this week. 5 souls managed to enter the 14 hole competition before the weather conspired to cancel same. Those gents will have free entry to this weekends comp in lieu.
The spring league draw will take place on Tuesday 24th Jan to allow any member who wishes to enter a chance to get their name in the hat, contact either Annette in the office or Dessie Duffy as early as possible.
Gary Morgans playing partners this year will have noted a new addition to his golf equipment this year. A ledger, to keep track of all incoming monies, with no column for outgoings apparently. We’re guessing he bought it down at the post office for 72cents!!
New senior captain Pat McNeill is keeping everyone on their toes these days with another scoring format of 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3. This sounds very much like dance steps and sure enough the team of Joe Quinn, Pat Conlon, Joe Kelly waltzed to victory but only on the count back. 2nd Pat McNeill, Tony Carville, Barny McDonald, Vincent Heavin. 3rd Heber McMahon, Andy Whelan, Raymond Kernan. 22 played in splendid weather with Concra Wood in fine condition.
Our yearly outing is booked for 24/25 of May, this year it will be Headford old course. To qualify for the subsidy you must have played 8 times prior to this date. See you all next week, it could be a tango!!!
17th January 2017
Duffy does the business.
Our 14 hole weekend competition was won by Ballybay man Barry Duffy with a solid score of 33 points. In 2nd place with 31 points was Alan Bolger. There were 4 2’s recorded, one each for Thomas Brennan and the aforementioned Alan Bolger and 2 for Martin Shevlin, drinks on Martin this week.
A reminder to members who have yet to pay annual subs to contact Annette in the office to arrange payment of same. If you know of anyone interested in joining as a new member this year please pass on their details to any member of the committee or refer them to the office.
A date for your diary in 6 weeks time when our Captain and Lady Captain’s host the annual drive in on Sunday 5th March 2017. No doubt Johnny and Faela will be the driving range best customers over the next few weeks!
The club would like to extend our condolences to the Hughes family on the passing of Margaret Hughes last week, may she rest in peace.
The seniors played in arctic conditions on Wednesday last and here are the results. Winners with 39 pts Declan McAteer, Joe Quinn, Tom Ryan, Barny McDonald. Runners up Captain Pat McNeill, Hebor McMahon, Brendan Laverty, Junior McKeown.
9th January 2017
Classy Carragher in Cruise Control
Last weeks 14 hole weekend competition was won by Cullaville native Aidan Carragher with a score of 35 points. Aidan had no fewer than 3 shots to spare over 2nd placed Gene McGuigan. Gene needn’t be too disappointed however as he had won the previous weeks competition, showing his putter heats up as the weather has cooled. 2nd placed player on that occasion after a breakdown was Paul Carey with a steady 30 points.
It’s coming close to Spring league time again. We would ask anyone who intends to play to please place their name and handicap on an envelope and enclose a €10 entry fee by 22nd January, teams will be drawn that evening. Your 1st nine hole score between Thursday and Sunday only will count towards your team. Play will commence 26th January.
A reminder to any members who have yet to pay their annual sub, please contact the office as soon as possible for details and payment methods.
We note with sadness in the recent passing of Madge McNally mother of member Aidan McNally. May she rest in peace.
New captain Pat McNeills drive in was a huge success on a sunny Wednesday last and Pat made his mark straight away by introducing some changes to the weekly team scoring format. The presentation and drinks with finger food followed the golf.
The accounts for 2016 were published and other info and stats. Andy Whelan won best attendance and topped the money list. Barny McDonald won most improved golfer. The 2016 captain Gerry Treacy was warmly applauded as he stood down.
Results, winners captain Pat NcNeill, Pat Conlon, Arther McGeogh.
2nd Brian McGovern, Patrick Niland, Raymond Kernan.