Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
20th March 2018
Drive-In stalled but Sealo Freight will deliver
Our annual Captains Drive-In due to take place on Sunday last fell foul of the weather as snow fell on Conca Wood last weekend. The Drive-In has been re-scheduled for Saturday 31st March, anyone who wishes to play please place their name on the new sheet on the noticeboard. Along with the drive-in our final week of the View Bar and Restaurant sponsored Spring league also had to be postponed until next weekend, remember its 3 scores counting toward the team total with the top four going into Matchplay playoffs. This can be played in conjunction with the 18 hole competition.
Anyone who played in the competitions last weekend can have those fees offset against the next competiton they play as both had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. Those who entered a spring league score may have that score stand or play again this week (inform the pro-shop before you play what your intentions are please.)
Our schedule of 18 hole weekly competitions will commence next weekend with Seamus Leonards Sealo Freight the first to play for. Play will be stableford off the white tees (green if they are back from re-furbishing).
Winners this week were Captain Micky Quinn, Eamonn Johnson, P J Lambe with 45 pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, Joe Quinn, Brian Laide with 44 pts.
13th March 2018
Brian in the driving seat..
Captain Brian McGovern had the best possible preparation for next weekends drive in by being in the prizes last weekend as his 33 points were enough to win the 15 hole competition, we’re expecting great things off the first tee next Sunday Brian, no pressure!! Playing partner Andy Whelan also took the course apart and showed up some of the younger members with another great score. Andy’s 32 points got him into second position to secure another podium spot this year.
The view restaurant sponsored Spring league is coming to a conclusion and with three scores counting last week and next, we’re seeing some likely candidates for top four spots but there are a number of teams that could have their say. Category winners this week were: Cat 1 Gene McGuigan, Cat 2 Gerry McCaul, Cat 3 Pat McNeill and Cat 4 Andy Whelan. Good to see Paul McArdle down on the time sheet again and by all accounts he hasn’t lost it since an extended lay off (he’s still carrying the bag too!!).
CAPTAINS DRIVE IN
The Heineken sponsored Captains drive in is this Sunday 18th March. We ask anyone who wishes to play to get their name on the list on the notice board by Saturday afternoon, a draw will take place that evening for four person teams. There will be a 10:30 shotgun start for a classic style format, 2 scores counting each hole. Please assemble at the clubhouse by 10am at the latest. Presentation of prizes and finger food will follow immediately after the golf. Best of luck to both Brian and Carmel for this weekend and the rest of the year.
19 played on Thursday last with the fairways dry and in great condition. Welcome to new member Brian Laide. Winners this week were Eamonn Toal, Micky Quinn, Junior McKeown 46 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Jim ONeill, Pat McBride 45 pts. 3rd Declan McAteer, Pat Horgan, Arther McGeogh, Brian Laide 42 pts.
6th March 2018
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR COMES TO CONCRA THIS OCTOBER
Last week saw the announcement that in the first week of October this year Concra Wood will host the Irish Challenge leg of the European Challenge Tour. This is the fourth time that Concra will have hosted a professional golf event of this type but is a step up from the Euro-Pro tour events that were hosted between 2012 and 2014. For a club that is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year its a great achievment and honour to have the European tour pick our course for this event. Great thanks have to be given to our Head Professional Conor McKenna who along with the board of Concra Wood liased with the Challenge Tour to arrange this exciting development. Well done to all involved.
Captains Drive In
Our Captain Brian McGovern and Lady Captain Carmel McAleavey will have their Drive In on Sunday 18th March with a four person team event on the day. A shotgun start time of 10:30, we would ask that players assemble at the clubhouse at 10am. Anyone who would like to take part please put your name on a list on the noticeboard as soon as possible. We intend to play a classic style event with 2 scores counting on each hole so that those who wish to enter a score for their Spring league teams may do so on the day.
The weather has of course pushed back the 3rd week of the Spring league but hopefully this weekend we will be able to complete same. Remember its 3 scores from each team this week so all hands to the pump!! The usual 15 hole competition will also take place weather permitting.
13th February 2018
The first week of the View Bar and Restaurant sponsored had to be extended due to the course being closed on account of the snow last Sunday. Anyone who didn’t get a chance to play may enter a score up until Sunday 18th Feb. Anyone who did play may discard last weeks score in an attempt to better their score from last week but be sure to tell the pro-shop what their intentions are before the start of play. If you shoot a worse score that will be the one that counts!! The usual nine and fifteen hole competitions will also be available independant to the Spring league should the weather allow. Our Category winners from last weekend were Cat 1 Ciaran McMahon 22pts, Cat 2 Emmet Brennan 21pts, Cat 3 Pat Conlon 21pts, Cat 4 Nicky Hore 20pts.
LAST CHANCE FOR SHARES
The deadline for anyone wishing to purchase a share in Concra Wood has been set at 28th February, anyone who is interested please contact the office, Conor in the Pro-shop or any member of the Board for more details.
A meeting for members and shareholders will take place in Concra Wood on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm to update you on the current share situation with the deadline fast approaching on the 28th Feb. We encourage as many of you to attend this meeting as possible.
23 played on Thursday last and the results are, winners Gerry Treacy, PJ Harte, Nicky Hore, Barny McDonald 49 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Pat Conlon, Paddy Niland, Brendan Laverty managed to accumulate 47 pts over tea and coffee at the bar. 3rd Heber McMahon, Andy Whelan, R Kernan 42 pts
Captain Micky Quinn’s new scoring format was 3 scores counting on all even numbers.
6th February 2018
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Johnny Redmond was last weekends 15 hole competition winner with a fantastic score of 35 points, last years captain won on a breakdown to runner-up Nicky Hore and needed that single point on the last to take the win! Nicky can console himself however as he also entered the nine hole competition and his 22 points won on a breakdown from both Barry O’Reilly and Gerry McCaul who had identical scorecards to jointly take the runner up spot. Next weekend is a 15 hole competition along with a 9 hole, remember to play off the white tees in the absence of the greens.
The View Restaurant and Bar sponsored Spring league draw took place last Sunday and with 15 teams vying for 4 spots in the play-offs this year the next 4 weeks of golf will provide some interesting results. On paper there appears to be little to seperate any of the teams so with two scores for the 1st 2 weeks and 3 for weeks 3 and 4 making up the team totals it’s all to play for. Best of luck to everyone.
We would like to remind all members that have yet to pay annual subs that failure to do so by the end of February will mean your name will be removed from the BRS system and you will not be insured to play on the course. Please get in touch with Annette in the office for payment methods ASAP.
Finally on a sad note we would like to acknowledge the sudden death of Michael McKenna, father of our Club Professional Conor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Conor and his family at this time. May he rest in peace. We would also like to extend our thoughts to Tom McBride and family on the passing of club member Rose McBride. May she rest in peace.
16 played on Friday last and a big welcome to new member Ciaran Coyle.
As you will see from the results Ciaran wasted no time getting into the winning way. 1st Gerry Treacy, Joe Quinn, Andy Whelan, Ciaran Coyle with 52 pts. 2nd Brian McGovern, Eamonn Toal, Jim ONeill, Barney McDonnell.
30th January 2018
Spring is almost upon us and some more golfers are venturing back on course now that the weather has improved. Last weekend saw Mac Sammon take the honours in the 15 hole competition as his 34 points won on a breakdown from Captain Brian McGovern. Brian was partnered for his round by Andy Whelan who recently won some new clubs in the pro-shop draw, they seemed to be doing the trick for Andy up until the last hole but unfortunately for him a blank at the last kept him out of those prizes. Andy however has the consolation of winning the nine hole competition wit a terrific score of 23 points in second position, with 21 points on a breakdown Captain Brian makes it into the prizes on both counts this week with Brendan Lambe missing out this time round.
Our Spring league draw has been postponed until Sunday 4th February to allow more time for players to get their entries in, as usual please put your name, handicap and spring league entry on an envelope with a €10 entry fee in the box next to the computer. As a result we will be running a 15 hole competition alongside a 9 hole which can be played anytime this week.
Please note that the green markers are away for a refurbishment for the foreseeable future, so we would ask members to play from the white markers until they return.
Anyone who has yet to pay their annual subs, we would ask that you contact the office as soon as possible to make arrangements to renew for the year.
17 played on Tuesday last with Eamonn Toal, Pat Conlon, Sean Mulligan,Brendan Laverty coming out on top with 44 pts. Runners up were Brian McGovern, Hebor McMahon, Paul Short, Raymond Kernan with 43 pts
Next week we will be collecting the senior membership subs.
16th January 2018
Our latest 15 hole competition played last weekend saw a great performance from Martin Malone. His 35 points was more than enough to take first prize. In second place was Francie Boylan who shot 33 points for his 15 holes. A nine hole competition was also run over the weekend the result of this one was a little tighter. James King came out on top on this occasion with a score of 20 points which won on a breakdown. James must be getting plenty of practice up at the driving range as he’s been spending enough time up there!! In second place was our newly installed Captain Brian McGovern also with 20 points. Weather permitting we will be running another 15 hole competition alongside a nine hole event next weekend.
The Spring league is due to commence on Monday 22nd of January so we would encourage as many players as possible to join in. As usual please put your name, handicap and Spring league entry on an envelope with a €10 entry fee into the box at the computer.
Finally, the club would like to convey our deepest sympathies to committee member Billy Hanna and the Hanna family on the death of Billys father, William Hanna Snr, who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.
Our brand new captain Mickey Quinn held his drive in on a foggy Wednesday last. The best description of Mickeys drive would be EXPLOSIVE. However he was allowed to reload and this one was down the middle. After drinks and lots of Christmas pudding play did eventually get under way. After golf finger food was served and 2017 captain Pat McNeill handed in his cards. Pat was thanked for the good work during his year which was actually 15 months.
The yearly accounts were published and the major winners were, Presidents prize Andy Whelan.
Captains prize Eamonn Toal.
Jimmy Coleman Memorial Trophy Joe Quinn.
Best attendance Hebor McMahon.
Most Improved Pat McBride.
Winners this week, Gerry Treacy, Eamonn Toal, Nicky Hore with 51 pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, Sean Mulligan, Paul Short with 48pts. 3rd Martin Allen, Pat Conlon, Tony Carville with 45 pts.
Good luck to captain Mickey and enjoy your golf in 2018.
9th January 2018
RORY DRIVING IN STYLE
Our first 15 hole competition of the year only brought out a few brave souls to face the cold conditions. The man who topped the leaderboard with a score of 32 points was Rory Niland. Rory received a new driver from Santa and it’s paid instant dividends as he used it to great effect, he could even afford a blank on the fourth!! In second place this time around was John Keenan who was 2 shots further back.
There will be another 15 hole competition this weekend played off the green tees.
The spring league will be upon us soon and we would ask that any members who wish to take part to please put a €10 entry fee into an envelope with their name and handicap with spring league entry clearly written on the front. We hope to get this one up and running soon so that the matchplays between the top 8 teams at the end can take place in good time.
Anyone who is yet to pay their annual subscription could they contact Annette in the office for payment options. 042 9749485 Ext 2.
Finally we would like to wish all members a very Happy Golfing New Year and here’s to lower handicaps for 2018.
5th December 2017
MARKS MEN FINISH THE JOB.
The Sealo Freight sponsored Winter league came to a conclusion at the weekend and the front runners from week 2 of Mark McCahey, Martin Farnan, Gary Doyle and Nicky Hore wound up winning by a clear nine points from the field. Well done to Marks team who posted consistently good scores between them over the six weeks. Second place however was not as much of a formality, Billy Hannas team 7 had been in position to overtake Marks team had they slipped up but alas they fell short at the final hurdle and they themselves were pipped by Greg Duffys team 1 by the narrowest margin. Well done to Greg, Paul Campbell, Martin Moore and Larry Coleman on taking second spot. Category winners for the turkey prize this week were as folows, Cat 1 Paul Murphy 18 pts, Cat 2 Martin Farnan, Cat 3 Martin Moore 21 pts and Cat 4 Nicky Hore 21 pts.
Our Annual General Meetings took place on Friday last and with it the changing of the guard took place with our new Captains formally being announced as both Brian McGovern and Carmel McAleavey take office. Best wishes to both Captains and their respective committees for 2018. Our newly elected president Paul Shortt and lady vice president Eileen Kerr also took up their new posts on the night. The future of Castleblayney Golf Club looks bright, anyone who wishes to enquire about membership for next year please make enquiries with Annette in the office 042 9749485 Ext2.
Santa will be making an appearance at Concra Wood on Saturday 16th December at 2pm. Please do join us for a great family day. All are welcome members and visitors alike.
Tickets for our annual Christmas draw are currently on sale at the bar, pleae support this endeavor as it raises much needed funds for the club. Tickets are priced at 3 for €5.
Just 8 holes played last week due to frost but that didn’t affect the scoring. Winners with 44 pts were Declan McAteer, Joe Quinn, Pat Horgan. 2nd Pat Conlon, Paul Short, Brendan Laverty, Pat McBride on 44 pts. 3rd Pat McNeill, Adrian Sewell, Junior McKeown with 40 pts.