Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
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.
28th November 2017
No news is good news.
With no competitions played last weekend there is little to report on this week. The final week of the Sealo Freight sponsored Winter league was postponed until this weekend coming, with any scores recorded midweek last week either being carried for the final week or discarded with the hope of returning a better outcome this week instead. The competition convenors will have their calculators at the ready to try and declare a winner!!
This Friday sees our AGMs take place with the PLC, joint clubs and men’s all on the agenda. We would ask all to attend where possible. Throw in at 7:15pm.
A prize giving of outstanding prizes will also take place after the men’s meeting on Friday.
16 played and the winners with 45 pts were Pat McNeill, Eamon Toal, Pat Horgan. 2nd with 44 pts Johnny McGoldrick, Joe Quinn, Raymond Kernan.
21st November 2017
Francie Boylan is our latest winner of the 15 hole weekend competition, Francie who had birdies on both 10 and 14 held off no fewer than 3 more players who equalled his score of 32 points however Francie takes the spoils on a countback this time around. Paul Campbell was the man in second position and the unlucky ones to miss out on the prizes were Jimmy Lacey and Gavin McEneaney.
The winter league has entered the final week and Mark McCahey and his team show no signs of giving up their lead. 5 points is still the margin to be made up by Billy Hanna and Co. but 3 more teams lie within 10 points or less from the leaders. With 4 scores counting in the final week any of these teams could be our winner. The category winners this time around are Cat 1 Gavin McEneaney 24 points, Cat 2 Sean Malone 24 points, Cat 3 Paul Mulligan 24 points and Cat 4 Mickey Byrne 25 points (we didn’t think you needed to win a turkey Mickey!!).
A reminder that our Annual General meetings will take place on Friday 1st December in the Clubhouse with a 7:15pm start. A Prize giving of outstanding prizes will also take place on the night after the meetings.
SANTA IS COMING.
Another note for the diary is that Santa will be visiting Concra Wood on Saturday 16th December at 2pm. This event is open to everyone so please encourage friends and family to join in the fun on the day. There will be face painting, a present for each child and a photo with Santa for just €7.50 per child, €14 for 2 or €20 for 3.
The weather man got it right again on Wednesday last when 24 seniors played their weekly team event.
Popular winners this week were Declan McAteer, Jim ONeill, Tom Ryan. 50 pts. 49 pts would win most weeks but alas only gets 2nd for Sean Mulligan, Andy Whelan, Joe Gleason. 3rd Hebor McMahon, Nicky Hore, Barny McDonald.
And finally get well soon to Gabriel Moore who has been in hospital recently.
14th November 2017
HUGHES ON A HIGH
Last weekends 15 holes competition was won by Darren Hughes with no fewer than 36 points, another superb return for this competition. In second place was Mickey Byrne with 34 points who was one better than Greg Duffy who just missed out on the prizes.
The Sealo Freight sponsored winter league has now entered the penultimate week when 3 scores will count toward the team total. No doubt some team captains will be scrambling for phone numbers to ensure their teammates will get a score in. Mark McCaheys team 13 still lead the way with a 5 point advantage over Billy Hannas team 7. This weekend and the next may still provide a winner from out of the pack with many more teams still in the hunt. Last weekend saw both Brian McGovern and Gregg Sibley make sure the Christmas dinner is secure by winning a second turkey prize each with 21 and 22 points respectively taking their categories. Category 3 was won by Martin Moore with 21 points and Category 4 was won by Jim O’Neill with 22 points. Well done to all.
The Annual General Meetings for Concra Wood PLC, Joints Clubs and Mens Club will all take place on Friday 1st December 2017 in the Clubhouse with proceedings beginning at 7:15pm. Copies of annual reports will be available in the Clubhouse before the meeting.
22 played on Thursday last and here are the results. Winners Pat McNeill, Pat Horgan, Barney McDonald, 45 pts. 2nd Andy Whelan, Jim ONeill and back from Australia Pat McBride, 43 pts. 3rd Pat Conlon, PJ Lambe, Joe Sheridan, 40 pts
7th November 2017
Doherty banks a win..
Our first 15 hole competition of the year was won by Bernard Doherty with an incredible score of 36 points. In second place was Ivan Brown just one shot behind, both scores would at times be in contention for regular 18 hole competition places. Well done.
The winter league continues and Mark McCahey’s team 13 continue to shine with another 44 points to add to the tally. Some exceptional scoring over the weekend will have left some players disappointed not to have featured. Category winners this week as follows, Cat 1 Brian McGovern 21 pts, Cat 2 Martin Allen 21 pts, Cat 3 Gary Doyle 25 pts and Cat 4 Gerry Brennan 25 pts.
Next weekend and for the foreseeable future will be 15 hole competition. Play 1st-14th holes and then play the 18th, €7 entry including 2’s + 9 hole competition €3 entry for categories which can be played in conjunction.
Finally, Concra Wood & Castleblayney GC would like to extend well wishes to member and director Paul McArdle who is currently in hospital.
19 played on Thursday last with club vice captain Brian McGoverns team showing a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field with 50 pts – 3 for the 4 man team. Brian had help to build this huge score by the 3 musketeers Carville, Ryan and McKeown. 2nd place with a more modest score of 42 pts were Pat McNeill, birdie man Brendan Laverty and Pat Bolger. The word is Pat Bolger’s 5 wood is hot at the moment and he is the one to watch in the next weeks.
31st October 2017
MAGIC MCARDLE ON THE DOUBLE.
Apologies for the absence of any notes from last week, a gremlin in the works prevented publishing. Prize winners of the CAR-L-PARTS competition weekend ending 22/10/17 were Martin Malone with 39 pts, Category 1 Jimmy Lacey 36pts, Category 2 Paul O’Hagan 36pts and Category 3 Mickey Byrne 36pts. 9 Hole category winners were Cat 1 Gene McGuigan 21pts, Cat 2 Gerry McCaul 21pts, Cat 3 Pat Conlon 21pts and Cat 4 Noel Boyd 19pts.
And so to last weekends action and the Gerry McMahon sponsored competition. Our winner for the second time this year was Paul McArdle having been a podium topper back in May. Paul shot a fantastic score of 41 points this time around to win by 2 shots. In second place and picking up category 1 was Francie Boylan 39 points, Category 2 went to Sean Malone on 36 points and Category 3 went to Nicky Hore with 35 points.
Next weekend will see the beginning of the 14 hole competitions and will be stableford.
Week 2 of the Winter league is complete and some teams are already lagging behind the early pace setters. Mark McCahey’s Team 13 with 75 points top the table for now but remember the final 2 weeks will be all important with 3 and 4 scores counting respectively. Category winners this week are Cat 1, Mark McCahey 20pts, Cat 2 Gregg Sibley 21 pts, Cat 3 Joe Quinn 21 pts and Cat 4 Nicky Hore 20 pts.
Senior captain Pat McNeill held his captains day on Thursday last with 28 members playing a 15 hole competition. The presentation of prizes took place after the meal in the View Restaurant. Pats year was a successful one in which he added his own touch to things with a variety of scoring options in the team events. Well done Pat.
The winner of the captains prize was Eamonn Toal 34 pts and runner up was Andy Whelan 31 pts
Category 1 Martin Moore 30 pts, category 2 PJ Lambe 30 pts, category 3 Brendan Laverty 26 pts
Team event, winners Eamonn Tavey, Joe Quinn, Brendan Laverty. 2nd Declan McAteer, Sean Mulligan, Nicky Hore. 3rd Brian McGovern, Andy Whelan, Raymond Kernan.
21 played the results are, winners Donald McGuigan, Tony Carville, Arther McGeogh, 48 Pts. 2nd Johnny McGoldrick, Eamonn Toal, Barny McDonald, 46 pts. 3rd Hebor McMahon, Sean Mulligan, Tom Ryan, 42 pts
Well done to Arther McGeogh with 4 pointers on 2 and 4.
17th October 2017
ALMOST CAPTAINS PRIZE
Last weekend yet again saw dreadful conditions for playing in the run up to Hurricane Ex-Ophelia hitting the country. The bad weather didn’t bother our vice-captain Brian McGovern however as he outshone the field and shot a fantastic 38 points to win the McArdles Office Supplies sponsored competition. The category winners were, Category 1 Gavan McEneaney with 35 points, Category 2 Joe Brady on 34 points and Category 3 Bernard Doherty also on 34 points. Well done all.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Car-L-Parts and again is Stableford off the Green tees. This weekend also sees the return of the Sealo Freight sponsored Winter league which can be played in conjunction with the weekend competition anytime between Monday and Sunday over the FRONT nine. 2 scores will count from each team weeks 1-4 , 3 scores week 5 and all scores on week 6. A €3 entry fee for category prizes is open to all members in the league or not. Watch out for teams 6 and 11, they look to be the favourites before a ball is hit!! Watch this space for more.
10th October 2017
DOYLE AND BOYLE IN THE MELTING POT..
Last weekends Dick Kernan cup competition was won by Carlow man Gary Doyle with three to spare with an outstanding score of 43 points. Gary is a recent edition to the club having joined up in the past couple of years but he’s made his mark on a few occasions now and will be pleased to have his name on a coveted cup this year. In second place with 40 points was Mel Currie who beat brother Mark for second position, Mark however can console himself with the best Gross prize with a 3 over 75. Prize for 3rd place went to Gavin McEneaney with 38 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by McArdles Office Supplies and is Stableford format.
The committee outing took place last weekend in County Kildare and as is tradition the incoming captain announced his nomination for next years Vice Captain. Brian McGovern was very pleased to let us know that Patsy Boyle had accepted the nomination which will be duly ratified at the upcoming AGM. Patsy was unable to attend due to attending Sean Mulligans sons wedding. Paul Shortt also named his nomination for the president of 2019 and we were all delighted to hear that as per the rotation of presidents we will have our first lady president in Eileen Kerr. Many congratulations to both Patsy and Eileen on their nominations, we are sure they will be excellent representatives in their respective roles. On the golf front away from home Mark Conlon managed to maintain his unbeaten away record, how he hasn’t registered a score in Concra this year is just baffling!!!!
Entries for the Sealo Freight Winter league will be taken until Sunday 15th October with a draw to take place on that evening, please place your €10 entry fee in an envelope with your name, handicap and Winter league entry written on it in the box at the noticeboard.
A shotgun start for 30 seniors on Monday got The Jimmy Coleman Memorial Trophy under way which was played over 15 Holes. Elizabeth Coleman presented the prizes in the View Restaurant after the meal
Joe Quinn with a Paul Dunne style chip in on the 18th was the winner with 30 pts. In 2nd place on 29 pts all the way from Dublin and also with a chip in on the 18th Joe Gleason. 3rd beaten on the count back Eamonn Toal 29 pts.
Our usual team event ran alongside the main competition with Sean Mulligan, Eamonn Toal, Paul Short winning on 79 Pts. 2nd Paddy King, Andy Whelan, Brendan Laverty with 78 pts. 3rd Gerry Treacy, Larry Coleman, Joe Gleason 73 pts,
The raffle for the bottles of wine were all exported across the bridge to Oram with Raymond McCooey, Kevin McCooey and Jim ONeill taking the spoils.
Our thoughts are with PJ Comiskey and family. Paddys father passed away on Monday last in Armagh. R.I.P.
26th September 2017
CURRIE HAS A ROUND TO SAVOUR
Mark Currie has been in superb form over the past 5 weeks and last weekend in the McElvaney Motors sponsored competition he shot a level par round amassing a total of 42 points. Given the difficult windy and wet conditions this was a fantastic return. The category 1 winner this week was Gary Morgan who shot a good score of 38 points. Category 2 winner was Aidan Carragher who must have thought his 42 points was good enough to take the top spot but a weaker back nine left Aidan just short. Category 3 winner this week was Seamus Mallon (we won’t mention the score Seamus!!). Well done to all.
Next weekends competition is the Paul Hill memorial cup and is Stableford format.
This week sees the last of the monthly Major competitions for 2017 on Wednesday 27th September. €20 entry fee for members and €45 for visitors which includes a goodie bag. Great prizes up for grabs again.
Our professional Conor has got some great new stock in for the winter, why not call in to the pro shop and have a browse around to see if the wardrobe or bag could do with an update!
19th September 2017
Last weekends Des McGlynn cup competition was won by Keady man Brian Digby. Brian shot a fantastic score of 44 points, 5 shots clear of the field to take the honours. Category 1 was won by the ever steady Ivan Brown with 39 points, on the same score Derek Sullivan took the Cateogry 2 prize on a breakdown and Category 3 went to Nicky Hore with 35 points. Well done to all.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by McElvaney Motors and is Stableford format.
A presentation of outstanding prizes will take place on Saturday 30th September at 9pm, we would ask that all winners make the effort to be in attendance where possible to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors. Please be aware that if you or a representative are not present you will forfeit the prize.
17 played on Friday last and the winners were, Hebor McMahon, PJ Lambe, Tom Ryan, Chris Hanson. 2nd Andy Whelan, Paul Short, Joe Glaason, Pat Bolger.
The Jimmy Coleman competition planned for earlier in the week had to be postponed due to bad weather and will be played asap.
12th September 2017
Des leads the pack in dirty conditions.
Some of the worst conditions of the year led to some low scoring last weekend. Our winner with 36 points though was Dessie Duffy, Dessie along with Mark and Mel Currie (both 35 points) and Gregg Sibley (34 Pts) all contrived to draw a blank on 18 which must have left the latter three wondering what might have been. At least Mark and Gregg salvaged their respective category prizes to soften the pain!! Category 3 went to Keady man Cillian Cassidy with a credible score of 31 points given the weather.
The golfer of the year was also confirmed at the weekend. Calum Callaghan has been top of the pile for some time now and with a week to spare he has taken the title. Well done Calum.
Next weekends competition is the Des McGlynn cup and is stableford off the Green tees. We would ask that all players return their scorecards to the computer on completion of play as the level of non-returns this year has risen significantly.
The Canon Morris cup was played over the weekend and the winner by a margin of eight points was Joshua Conlon who adds that accolade to the Captains prize for juniors from earlier in the year. Joshua has lost 6 shots off his handicap already and has quickly become the best player in the Conlon house. Congratulations Joshua.
Winners, H McMahon, Jim ONeill, Pat Horgan 46 pts. 2nd PJ Harte, Andy Whelan, Nicky Hore, Tom McHugh 43pts.
5th September 2017
IAN WINS PATRONS
This years Patrons Prize competition was won by Dromiskin native Ian Brodigan for his second win this year. Ian’s score of 42 points was his best return at Concra to date. In second position and taking Category 1 was the evergreen Paul Murphy. Paul is working hard off the course on his fitness with rumours abound that the treadmills at the Glencarn have caught fire while he’s been running them, it’s clearly paid off however and his 40 points gives him a podium finish. Category 2 was won by Craig Loughman with a steady 37 points and Category 3 goes to Brendan Laverty who warmed up for the Atlantic Coast Challenge this year with 36 points at Concra.
Next weekend is the Blayney Cup and will be played off the GOLD tees.
Winners this week are PJ Harte , Brendan Laverty, Tony Carville 48 pts. 2nd Eamonn Toal, Larry the birthday boy Coleman, Raymond Kernan 44pts. 3rd Gerry Treacy, Paul Short, Frank Murray 42.
Upcoming events: The Jimmy Coleman Memorial Trophy. 2nd week of September 18 hole competition, weather permitting.
Pat McNeills senior captains day will be early October.
Good luck to some seniors travelling to The West Coast Challenge and on the 18th September it’s Michael Smiths annual outing, Ballyliffin no less. Lots of golf to be played.
Well done to our Friendly Cup team on their win last Sunday. And finally the seniors were not done yet with. One taking 2nd place in the Garda outing and another taking the visitors.
29th August 2017
PAUL HAS THE LAST STROKE
On the last occasion Paul Leonard won at Concra was Lady captains prize for the men. Shortly after that he had an unfortunate extended stay at Cavan general. We’re glad to say that’s behind him and he proved there’s plenty of life in the ticker when he shot the lights out in the last Strokeplay competition of the year sponsored by Steelform Sections. A superb Net score of 65 that never threatened to flatline, Paul was having palpitations by the time he finished. In second place with a phenomenal -5 (five under par gross) 66 net was Charlie McDonnell. Well done Charlie on what must be one of his best ever rounds at Concra and one most of us could only dream of. Third place went to Rory Kelly who beat James Connor on a breakdown with a net 69. The best Gross score was taken by Calum Callaghan who beat Ciaran McMahon on a breakdown by the narrowest of margins with a gross score of 5 over par. The points earned by Calum this week put him in a commanding position over the field for Golfer of the year. With only 3 counting events left Calum has a 24 point lead over Frank Nolan. Martin Allen and Dermot Beirne are best of the rest both a further 15 points adrift.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by our Patron Michael McHugh and is stableford off the green tees.
August Midweek Major
This Wednesday 30th August sees our latest major which is kindly sponsored by North/West Open. €20 fee for members and €45 for visitors. Some fantastic prizes are again up for grabs.
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A good turnout of 24 on Tuesday this week, earlier than usual due to Concra being exceptionally busy. We managed to avoid the rain so scoring was good.
Winners on the count back were Gerry Treacy, Paddy Niland, James ONeill with 46pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Eamonn Toal, Joe Gleason 46pts. 3rd PJ Harte, Nicky Hore, Pat Bolger 45pts.
Good luck to out captain Pat McNeill in Rossmore with his Alliance team.
22nd August 2017
Last weekends competition sponsored by McEleavey brothers saw arguably some of the more difficult conditions of the summer to play in. High winds mixed with showers of rain made for some tough shots. None the less the winner this week Martin McGinn managed a score of no less than 42 points. Its been a quiet year so far for Martin but his first podium finish of the year brings with it the bragging rights at home and around Drumcrew for now!! Category one was won by last weeks Gross prize winner Mark Currie who had 37 point, Category 2 winner was taken by Dermot Beirne with an impressive 39 points and Category 3 winner was Gerry MCoy who had 37 points. Another noteable mention goes to David O’Neill who had his first ever hole in one on the sixth hole, an eight Iron hit with aplomb that apexed at, at least 5 feet in the air managed to find its way to the bottom of the cup. Well done David, as they say, no pictures on a scorecard!!!
Next Weeks competition is kindly sponsored by Steelform Sections and some will be glad to hear this is the last Strokeplay event scheduled this year.
24 played and the winners are, Andy Whelan, Pat Conlon, PJ Lambe with 46 pts, sorry don’t have the other placing when going to press.
15th August 2017
There is currently a heated contest in the Murphy household for the title of best golfer with Paul earning the bragging rights recently on son Jason having got down to a single figure handicap. In this week’s Doohamlet Construction sponsored competition however Paul put paid to his chances early with a disastrous 13 on the difficult par 5 fourth hole, step forward Jason who plotted his way around to shoot an excellent 68 nett and take the win, well done Jason on an excellent return to form. Jason just held off the challenge of another in form golfer Adrian Kelly who just lost out on the breakdown to Jason’s superior back 9. The gross prize went to the big hitting Mark Currie with a 75. Third prize was won by Noel o Reilly with a return of 69 nett. Next week’s competition is sponsored by McAleavey Brothers and can be played from Friday to Sunday.
The club express sympathy to the McArdle family on the recent death of PJ McArdle RIP.
24 played and the winners were Heber McMahon, PJ Lambe and Arthur McGeough -45points. 2nd- Joe Quinn, Larry Coleman, Junior McKeown-44points. 3rd- All the pats -Pat Conlon, Paddy Niland and Pat Horgan -43points. The seniors were saddened to hear of the death of PJ McArdle last week. God Bless and you will be missed by all the seniors
8th August 2017
Barry O’Reilly Wins Captains Prize
Captain Johnny Redmond had his competition last weekend which was kindly sponsored by Pete McMahon and Super Valu. The weather over the weekend was a mixed bag with those playing on Saturday morning arguably enjoying the best of it as all competitors tried their best to record a high enough score to take them into the nine hole play-off on Sunday. Johnny did not make it easy for the players with some tricky pin positions in place. Eoin Reel was one of the first to play on Friday and posted a score of 40 points which was not surpassed in the regulation 18 holes, it was Sunday before his score was matched by Paul Mulligan, these two along with Padraig Haughey and Francis Murphy would make up the final fourball for the play off on Sunday afternoon. So 20 players took to the fairways with 35 points being the necessary score to compete. PJ Lambe was the early clubhouse leader with an additional 21 points added to his 35. Also from the chasing pack came Barry O’Reilly who had 36 + 22 in the play off. This remained top score for the weekend and Barry claimed his very first Major without even using a driver. A very close run finish 6 players were within 2 points of Barry. As the day finished the prize giving and speeches were given with Captain Johnny heaping praise on his committee, green staff and the catering crew. A great evening ensued with the band playing into the night and even the captain himself joining in the cabaret. Well done to all the prize winners.
1st Barry O’Reilly
2nd Gerry McCaul
3rd PJ Lambe
Best Gross Charlie McDonnell
Leading Qualifier Eoin Reel
Past Captain Frank McDonnell
Committee Patsy Boyle
Senior Paul Shortt
Next Weekends competition is sponsored by Doohamlet Construction and is a Strokeplay event.
Great to see our Vice Captain Michael Quinn out and about at Concra again after his knee operation, not ready to swing a club yet but getting there.
17 played on Tuesday this week and here are the results. Winners Eamonn Toal, Andy Whelan, Pat Horgan, Raymond Kernan with 51 pts, Runners up Paton Michael McHugh, Pj Harte, Sean Mulligan, Tony Carville with48 pts.
1st August 2017
Joe Brady came out on top last weekend in the MC Blinds sponsored Strokeplay event. Joe shot a gross score of 6 over par to earn a net of 64 which pipped Mickey McEntaggert into 2nd position by one shot. These 2 are hitting form at just the right time as our second Major of the year looms this bank holiday weekend. Mickey is also to be congratulated on his hole in one on the 12th during his round of 1 under par. 3rd place went to the in form player of the past few weeks, David N. O’Neill scored a net 67. Best Gross after Mickeys score went to Calum Callaghan who shot a Gross 75.
Next weekend is Johnny Redmonds captains prize sponsored by Super Valu. We would ask that you get your name on the time sheet which is on the noticeboard downstairs as soon as possible. You can play any time on Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday morning as per the sheet. Draws will take place in the usual format every 30 minutes per time sheet so please be at the pro-shop well before time. A nine hole play off will take place on Sunday afternoon for the leading players. So who will it be this year? The usual suspects no doubt will be in the mix-up. Adrian Kelly is surely one to watch as he normally performs well in this event. Other low men to watch out for must be Ciaran McMahon and Calum Callaghan who have shown very consistent form this year. James King is a steady performer and it isn’t out of his range. What about the high men? Martin Malone and Mickey Reid have had good scores of late. If you fancy a flutter on any player or yourself then check out the odds given at the bar. All proceeds will be going towards the full completion of the driving range.
Well done to Robert Heavin on winning last weeks midweek major sponsored by the gateway lodge, Donegal.. Robert is the proud owner of a new powacaddy trolley thanks to his impressive score of 43 points which won on a breakdown from Paul Foxton (Visitor). Gene McGuigan finished in 3rd position with a 40 point haul. The final midweek major of the year will take place on Wednesday 30th August and is sponsored by North/West Open.
You will all be delighted to hear that the Driving Range has been officially re-opened. We thank you all for your patience on this one and hope you will enjoy the re-vamped facility. Many thank to Conor and the committee for getting this one over the line. Why not try it out this week in preparation for the big one at the weekend!!
22 played and the winners with 47 Eamonn Toal, Paul Short, Pat Horgan, Gabrael Moore. 2nd Gerry Treacy, Gean McDonald, Joe Kelly 41 pts, 3rd Hebor McMahon, Jim ONeill, Raymond Kernan 41 pts.
25th July 2017
O’Neill on top form
Last weekend saw some more good weather and decent scoring in our weekly competition. The Clement McKenna cup has been a regular and sought after prize sponsored by Pierce Hughes over the years. The winner for 2017 was David N. O’Neill whose 44 points eclipsed the field. David had a great showing in Presidents prize and his eye was obviously in this week, shooting that score. In second place and picking up the Category 2 prize for his troubles was Craig Loughman. Craig is a man who loves to try out new weaponry on the golf course and the mix was right for him this time shooting a fantastic score of 42 points. Craig incidentally is sponsoring the Monthly Midweek Major on Wednesday 26th July, more of that later. Category 1 was taken by Christopher Brennan, the Clontibret man shooting a creditable 38 points and Category 3 went to Martin Malone with a solid score of 37 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by MC Blinds and is a Strokeplay event. This will be the last weekly competition prior to Johnny Redmonds captains prize so if you only have a couple of cards in so far please make the effort to get involved as you need to have played in 3 in order to be eligible to win 1st prize in the big one!! The timesheet for captains prize is up on the noticeboard for those of you who know already when they wish to play. There are times available on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning over the bank holiday weekend.
On the subject of captains prize the Juveniles have had their nine hole and six hole outings played last Sunday under the watchful eye of the Juvenile committee. At long last we can say that a Conlon male has won a captains prize as young Joshua prevailed with a great score of 22 points to take the spoils in the nine hole event, is this an omen for what might come over the bank holiday weekend??? In second place was Jamie McCann with 20 points, 3rd spot went to Danny Lennon with 17 points. The six hole winner was Cooper McMahon, 2nd place Theo McMahon and 3rd was Ross Lennon. Well done lads.
As stated above this weeks Midweek Major is sponsored by The Gateway Lodge in Donegal. Many thanks to Craig Loughman for his kind sponsorship of this event. Cost of entry for members is €20 and visitors cost is €45. The afternoon forecast looks good so why not get out and play for some fantastic prizes.
Winners last week were Pat Conlon, Heber McMahon, Raymond Kernan and John Keenan with 48 points, Second place with 47 points was Joe Quinn, Larry Coleman and Frank Murray.
18th July 2017
Ciaran on song again.
A few weeks ago Ciaran McMahon was beaten into 2nd place by father Heber (We’re sure he hasn’t heard the end of that one). Last weekend in the Credit Union Cup Strokeplay event though Ciaran went one better and won the overall prize on a breakdown, with a net score of 66. The unlucky runner up this time round was Kilkenny native Dermot Beirne. Dermot’s handicap has been steadily decreasing this summer and this result shows the consistency of his play. Third place on the podium goes to Frank Nolan who beat both Paul McArdle and Joe Brady on a countback with a net 68. Best gross score of the weekend unsurprisingly belonged to Charlie McDonnell who shot a superb 2 under par round.
Next weekends competition is the Clement McKenna cup and will be played as a stableford competition off the green tees.
The July Major open will be taking place Wednesday 26th with an entry fee of €20 for members and €45 for visitors. Some great prizes are up for grabs including a Powakaddy trolley and Bushnell Range finder. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.
Our pro shop is also running a draw in conjunction with the British Open being played, pay €10 entry to receive 2 players in the field. Should your man come out on top come Sunday afternoon you will win a set of Ping G irons. Only 80 tickets are available so make sure to have your entry in by Wednesday 19th for the draw that day. Contact Conor on 042 9749485 ext 3 for more details.
19 played on Friday with all scores counting on 3, 6 and 9 and the results are. Winners PJ Harte, Paddy Niland, pat McBride, Junior McKeown 46pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, Brendan Laverty, Pat Bolger 44pts.
11th July 2017
PAUL PLAYS A BLINDER
Last weekends Lady Captains prize for the men saw some terrific weather and fantastic scoring off the gold tees. Paul Leonard is a man who seems to love playing this time of year and has regularly featured in major play-offs. His 42 points was one of his best recorded scores at Concra and was enough to take first prize. Alan Bolger was second best (much like the Kilkenny hurling team on Saturday) and picked up the category one prize with 40 points. Ross McGinn is home from college and has quickly made a return to the podium by picking up the category two spoils with 38 points and category three went to Martin Malone with the same score. We would ask that the above prize winners attend the prize giving for Lady captain Faelas night this Saturday. Best wishes to Faela for the coming weekend hopefully everything goes to plan.
There will be a prize giving this Friday 14th at 9pm sharp for all other outstanding prizes. You will forfeit your prize if you or a representative do not attend.
Next weekends competition is the Credit Union Cup and is a Strokeplay event to be played off the GREEN tees.
Our Open week concludes this Thursday with the Ciaran Finlay memorial competition fourball better ball. Members fee €10, Visitors €25.
A reminder that the club is supporting the Holmpatrick cup in aid of NCBI. This nine hole (front nine) repeater can be played until 23rd July.
Winners last week were Gerry Treacy, Andy Whelan, Paul Short. Pat McBride 43 pts. Runners up Hebor McMahon, Paddy Niland, PJ Lambe with 39 pts
4th July 2017
O’Hagan on target
Paul O’Hagan produced a fantastic round of golf at the weekend to win the Colt Design sponsored competition at the weekend. Paul scored 45 points and had 4 to spare over the next best, a terrific return which sees Paul’s handicap take a tumble towards single figures. Category 1 winner was Ivan Brown who had 38 points. Category 2 went to Carlow man Gary Doyle with 41 points. Gary showed that his performance in last years captains prize wasn’t a flash in the pan, perhaps he’ll go one better this year on this sort of form!! Category 3 went to Dermot Brennan with 38 points.
Next weekends competition is Lady Captains prize for the men and is Stableford format.
A reminder that the Wednesday evening 9 hole competition is still ongoing this summer, assemble at 5:30 at the clubhouse for draws.
Last Monday saw the club host the Northern Standard sponsored U18 Open. A great turnout of very talented young golfers resulted in a victory for Ryan McNellis of Fintona Golf Club, Omagh. Ryan had a 27 hole total of +3 to take the spoils. Congratulations to all involved in making this day happen.
The club this year are supporting the National Council for the Blind and are taking part in the Specsavers Holmpatrick Cup. This is for pairs and will be played as a better ball competition over nine holes (front nine) between 3rd – 23rd July. Players can play as often as they like with the same or different partners with a cost for entry of €5 per person. Handicap allowance is 9/10s and the winners will represent the club on Monday 14th August in Rossmore with a chance of winning a trip to St. Andrews for the final in September.
With all scores counting on even number holes this week the winners needed 50 pts. Joe Quinn, Tony Carville, Nicky Hore were comfortable winners. 2nd Brian McGovern, Paddy Niland, Raymond Kernan with 48pts. 3rd place with 47 pts Pat McNeill, James ONeill, Brendan Laverty.
27th June 2017
Last weekends Strokeplay competition sponsored by Ceol Music was won by Cullyhanna man Cathal Simpson. Cathal is another young member who has made an impression on the scoreboard. Playing off a handicap of 5 Cathal had the best overall and Gross score with a one under par round giving a net result of 67. Category one winner this time was Alan Bolger with a net 70. Alan had a double celebration at the weekend as he had his 50th birthday, you don’t look a day over 49 Alan!! Category 2 was won by Tony Brennan with a net 67 and Noel Boyd held off both Sean Cassidy and Mickey Byrne on a countback to win Category 3 with a net score of 69.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Paul Murphy and Colt Design and is Stableford format.
Both of the teams in action last week came out on top with the Tudenham cup members overcoming Trim by 3 matches to 2 with wins from Adrian Kelly & David Lennon and Gavan McEnaney & Padraic Conlon at home and an away win from Frank McDonnell & Gerry McCaul. Team captain Alan Bolger & Paul Murphy were less fortunate with a home defeat. Next up is a match against Tullamore golf club. Declan McAteers JB Carr team also got through last Monday in their match, well done to all.
Under 18 Boys Open
The Northern standard sponsored Under 18 boys Open takes place at Concra wood next Monday 3rd July with a closing date for entries of Wednesday 28th June. Please contact Annette in the office for more details on 042 9749485 Ext 2. or check the website under the heading of visitor information/open competitions. www.concrawood.ie
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.