Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
16th April 2019
The old dog for the hard road!
Scoring in Concra was low this weekend as golfers struggled with the very windy conditions. This meant that Francis Murphy’s 32 points was enough to win the Mementoes sponsored competition. The old dog for the hard road! Category 1 was won by Mac Sammon with 31 points. Declan Smyth posted the same total to add a Category 2 prize to his win earlier this year. Let’s hope Declan can carry this form into the summer! Our captain Patsy Boyle also continued his early season form to claim Category 3 with 30 points. Our competition this weekend is the Des McGlynn Cup.
The seniors had seven teams of four for last Thursday’s 1 2 3 waltz format competition. Three teams finished on 44 points, with Eamonn Toal, Adrian Sewell, Jim O’Neill and Barney McDonald coming out on top after the maths was done. Brian McGovern, Andy Whelan, Joe Gleason and Tom Ryan were second, with Pat McNeill, Pat Horgan, Brendan Laverty and Macarten Lambe third.
Having seen off some tough competitors in the O’Reilly Plant Hire Spring League, things don’t get any easier for leading qualifier Paul Campbell as he faces Gene McGuigan in the semi-finals. David Lennon plays Gerry McCaul for the other place in the final. Good luck to all.
Joe McGrath’s All Ireland Fourball team succumbed to a strong Mayobridge side on Sunday. Joe is very thankful to his team for their efforts this season.
9th April 2019
NEW PUTTER – NEW ALAN
Alan Bolger has long been a fine striker of the golf ball. However, he hasn’t always enjoyed good fortune on the greens. Well it seems that’s all about to change, as his new putter – a Christmas present – appears to be something of a magic wand. On Saturday he rolled in putts from all angles to return a score of 44 points off a handicap of 6 – that’s two under par in old money! This was enough for a two point winning margin in our Declan Loughman Sports competition. The runner-up spot went to Pauric Donaghy. A product of our youth system, Pauric scored 42 points off a 22 handicap, his best ever round. And third prize was won by Sean McKernan who shot the best 40 points of the weekend.
Joe McGrath’s All Ireland Fourball team got the inter-club season under way on Saturday. Wins for the pairings of Paul Campbell and Patrick Cumiskey, and Paddy King and Joe himself, and a half match for James Connor and Aidan Carragher gave Concra a two and a half all home draw against Mayobridge GC. This leaves them with a mountain to climb in the second leg. We wish Joe and his team the very best on Sunday.
20 hardy Seniors played on Wednesday last with a cold northerly wind blowing through Concra Wood. The winners who returned 46 pts were Eamonn Toal, Nicky Hore and Paul shortt. 2nd place went to Pat McNeill, Pat Horgan and Tom Ryan with a modest 42 pts. Lately there has been some concern regarding the draws for teams. One suggestion is to bring in the independent observer from the national lottery. Watch this space! Welcome back to Johnny McGoldrick and wife Susan on their return from Zimbabwe after 2 months humanitarian work. With Concra Wood looking splendid a big thank you to all the senior gardeners. Up coming jobs are, flower beds at entrance, starters hut, paint hanging basket poles and spread bark on bank at practice area.
And finally for this week, sibling rivalry! Is it a good thing or is it a bad thing? I don’t know the answer to this age old question, but I do know that it’s alive and well in the Woods family. Last week we reported on Gareth’s out of competition hole-in-one at the 6th hole. Well this week brother Dessie went one better. His hole-in-one at the 14th was recorded on an official card. Now what are the chances of that happening? We await their next move!
2nd. April 2019
CAMPBELL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE
We should have known when Paul Campbell topped the Spring League that his game was on the up. And last weekend he took things to a new level. Having disposed of Greg Duffy in the matchplay , Paul turned his attention to our 18 hole competition which was sponsored by Gerry McMahon’s Tradex Paints. And what a round he had, returning 43 points of a handicap of 18. This gave him a two shot winning margin over Patrick Comiskey and James King. These two had to be separated on a countback, with Patrick taking the spoils on the final three holes. And spare a thought for Gareth Woods. One of our keenest golfers, Gareth makes the long journey to Concra every week from Lucan. On this occasion, a delay led to him not entering the competition, and lo and behold he had a hole-in-one at the sixth. And as everyone knows, this deems his ace unofficial. However bar etiquette still applies!
The O’Reilly Plant Hire Spring League has reached the quarter-final stage. The main man Paul Campbell faces Pat Conlon, while Damien Cumiskey takes on David Lennon. Gene McGuigan’s reward for overcoming Francie Boylan is an encounter with Ciaran McMahon. And having knocked out our long time leader – and sponsor – Noel O ‘Reilly, Frank Nolan faces the tricky task of playing Gerry McCaul for a place in the semis. Good luck to all.
Our Senior winners last week were Pat McNeill, PJ Lambe, and Pat McBride 48 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Jim O’Neill, Pat Bolger, Hebor McMahon 46 pts. 3rd Micky Quinn, Paul Shortt, Macartan Lambe 45 pts.
This weekend our competition is sponsored by Declan Loughman Sports. This is a stableford event.
And finally for this week, we’ve heard all the excuses. “You’re the youngest!”, “I’ve no glasses with me!”, and even “You stayed at school longer than me!” etc. etc. Anything but mark a card! As we all become familiar with the many changes in golf in 2019, our committee asks that all members swap cards on the first tee, and everyone marks a card. When mistakes arise, this practice makes things so much easier to resolve. And our busy Competitions Convenor deserves a quiet life!
26th March, 2019
DECLAN’S OFF TO A FLYER
Declan Smyth got his season off to the best possible start at the weekend, winning our opening 18 hole competition which was sponsored by Sealo Freight. Declan’s game has been returning to its old self of late, after a couple of quiet seasons. So he’s delighted to have recorded a fine score of 41 points at the first time of asking. The runner-up spot went to Aidan Carragher. His 40 points total included two twos, making this a very pleasant payday! Aidan is the man to watch in 2019. His handicap of 16 is going to fall like a stone to single figures. And third prize was won by Dessie Woods on a score of 38 points.
The good weather is back and the Seniors were out in force again last Wednesday. The course was in great condition and scoring was high. Eamonn Toal, Paddy Niland, Joe Gleeson took top spot with 53 pts. Pat McNeill, Pat Horgan, Barney McDonald and Pat Bolger were second on 49 pts.
This weekend our 18 hole competition is sponsored by Gerry McMahon Paints. It should be a very busy weekend as this event takes place alongside our Spring League match play. We’ve already seen some interesting results, with Paul Campbell defeating Greg Duffy and Ciaran McMahon getting the better of Paraic Craig. Two big matches have yet to be played. Noel O’Reilly will have to bring his A-Game as he faces Frank Nolan. But the game of the round is surely Gene McGuigan versus Francie Boylan. This one is just too close to call!
19th March 2019
Paul tops the league
After a Saturday closure we managed to get the final week of the O’Reilly Forklift & Machinery Sales Spring League on Sunday. After dominating the league table for five weeks, Noel O’Reilly was pipped at the post by Paul Campbell who takes the spoils as leading qualifier – with Noel in second spot. The Top 16 all finished on scores of 76 points and over and happily there was no need for a countback. The draw is available on our notice board and website and all matches must be played by Sunday 31st March.
Our category winners also made it into the Top 16. In Category 1 Frank Nolan’s score of 23 points saw him leapfrog a dozen competitors to end up in fifteenth place. Category 2 was won by Gary Doyle whose 22 points took him comfortably home in 10th place. And Paraic Craig matched Gary’s 22 to win Category 3, and take fifth position in the league.
On Bank Holiday Monday over 100 golfers took part in our first Open Competition of the season. The winner was James Forde on 41 points, runners up Aaron Kelly on 39 points edging Joe Brady into third place on a countback.
The seniors played on Friday last and the results are. Eamonn Toal, Pat Horgan, Pat McBride, Junior McKeown 48 pts. 2nd place with 47 pts Pat McNeill, Andy Whelan, PJ Lambe, McCarten Lambe.
On Tuesday 26th March we are hosting a Rules of Golf Roadshow in our clubhouse. This will be conducted by GUI and ILGU officials. The event starts at 7.30pm and is open to all members.
And finally for this week, the 18 holers start this weekend. We kick off with a stableford event sponsored by Seamus Leonard and Sealo Freight.
12th March 2019
RAIN STOPS PLAY
We had hoped to report on the final week of our Spring League in this issue, but thanks to a weekend of dreadful weather, it never happened. Luckily we did plan for this, so we have a spare weekend up our sleeves. Members can have a second tilt at Week 6 this weekend, and hopefully that report will be with you next week.
Our Seniors played on a very windy Thursday, and the results are as follows; Winners with 50 pts Eamonn Toal, Pat Horgan and Arthur McGeogh. Runners up with 44 pts Eamonn Johnson, Nicky Hore, Barney McDonald.
We extend our deepest sympathies to our Captain Patsy Boyle and his wife Bernie on the death of her mother May McCabe. May she rest in peace.
And finally for this week, our first 18 hole competition of the new season takes place on the weekend of March 23rd and 24th. This event is kindly sponsored by the very generous people at Sealo Freight.
5th March 2019
CAPTAINS DRIVE IN
Our Captains went ahead with their Drive In on Saturday, in what can only be described as the foulest of weather conditions. No sooner had Patsy and Andrea, and our Junior Captain Keith, teed off than everyone headed for the clubhouse. Yet there are more than a couple of hardy golfers in our ranks. When the cards were checked on Sunday night, more than 50 members had taken part in Week 5 of the O’Reilly Plant Sales Spring League. This week’s star performers were David Lennon in Category 1 with 23 points, Paul Leonard with a season’s best 24 points in Category2, and Martin Malone who took the Category 3 prize with 22 points. As we enter the final week, Noel O’Reilly still leads the way on 81 points, with Francie Boylan and Gerry McCaul in hot pursuit on 80 and 79 respectively. As of now 72 points is the qualification mark for the top 16, but that’s sure to rise by Sunday night.
In Senior news, 24 played on Wednesday last and the winners were Heber McMahon, Nicky Hore, and Raymond Kernan on 47 pts. Second place went to Des Morgen, John Keenan, and Pat Bolger (43 pts). 3rd on the count back Micky Quinn, Brendan Laverty, Tony Carville (42 pts). All slots are now filled for our Senior outing to Slieve Russell. Anyone who wishes, can put their name on the reserve list.
And finally for this week, the new rules introduced by the R & A in 2019 are certainly causing plenty of discussion, not to mention a headache or two. There is a very informative brief guide available to all members in our clubhouse, so it might be a good idea to stick one in your golf bag. You never know, it might just come in handy!
26th February 2019
NOEL ON POLE
Noel O’Reilly is in pole position after Week 4 of our Spring League which is sponsored by – well, himself! More than one or two of his rivals have begun to suspect that the first prize must be something special, because all of Noel’s nearest challengers are members of the ten o’clock gang – a group of hardy veterans who draw for partners every Sunday morning at ten. Gerry McCaul and Eugene McGuigan are breathing down his neck – which can’t be pleasant for Noel! And with two weeks to go the race for the rest is wide open. Remember the top 16 qualify for the knockout stages.
The same group dominated our weekend nine hole competition as well. Greg Duffy won Category 1 with 21 points, while Martin Malone took Category 3 with 22. They would have had a clean sweep only for Dermot Beirne who won Category 2 with 22 points. Believe it or not, he won it on a countback from – who else – Noel O’Reilly. You just can’t keep a good man down!
In Seniors news, 26 seniors played on Thursday last and here are the results. Winners Pat McNeill, Joe Quinn, PJ Lambe with a great score of 52 pts. 2nd Paul McCarthy, Paddy Niland, Pat McBride, Pat Bolger 49 pts. 3rd Gerry Treacy, Eamonn Toal, Brendan Laverty 48 pts. A big welcome back to Raymond Kerman who has been sidelined with an injury since last June and also to new member Macartan Lambe.
And finally for this week, the draw for partners for our mixed scramble takes place on this Friday night (1st March). This event follows our joint Captains’ Drive In on Saturday at noon. We wish Patsy and Andrea the very best of luck on the tee and in the year ahead.
19th February 2019
23 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
2019 is going to be some year for big scores – that’s if the Spring League is anything to go by. In Week 3 we had no fewer than five members who scored 23 points. The best of the bunch was Ronan McMahon who went round the front nine in level par to win Category 1. Victory was particularly sweet for Gerry McCaul in Category 2 as he edged out Noel O’Reilly on a countback. As sponsor of the league, Noel would no doubt have turned down the prize anyway! And in Category 3 Pat Conlon took top spot, pipping Pat McNeill at the post!
This weekend it’s week 4 when the leaderboard will really take shape. Remember it’s four scores to count after Week 6, so the more often you play, the better your chances.
Our Senior Captain Jim O’Neill held his drive in on Wednesday last, and all of the 30 seniors received a box of Bon Bons and a wee dram before teeing off. Jim led the way with his now famous knee bend and a drive straight down the middle. After golf finger food was served, Jim said some complimentary words regarding the social side of the seniors and the big turnout. The winners with 53 pts were Eamonn Toal, Pat Horgan, and birthday boy Tom Ryan. 2nd place went to Martin Allen, Andy Whelan, Tony Carville (50 pts), and 3rd spot was claimed by Joe Quinn and PJ Lambe on 48 pts.
And finally for this week, a reminder that our joint Captains’ Drive In takes place on Saturday March 2nd at 12 noon. This will be followed by a nine hole mixed scramble. We look forward to a good turnout for the traditional kick-off of the golfing year.
12th February, 2019
PATSY DOES IT AGAIN
Since taking on the role of Captain, it’s been win, win, win for Patsy Boyle. He was at it again at the weekend with a score of 22 points, which squeezed him past Sean McCoy to win category 3 on a countback. Category 2 was even harder to call, with David O’Neill’s 19 points edging out none other than his namesake David O’Neill! For the record that’s Doohamlet David beating Oram David. Category 3 was more clear cut with Eugene McGuigan out in front on 22 points.
The O’Reilly Plant Sales Spring League continues this weekend. The leaderboard is posted on the notice board. And members have a second event to look forward to as our Valentines Weekend Mixed Scramble takes place on Saturday at 12 noon. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to sign up or contact the office or Pro Shop by Thursday 14th.
Our Seniors were delighted to get out on Concra after the week of frost. 21 played in Wednesday’s competition, which was in the waltz format – that’s one score counting on the first, two on the second and 3 on the third. Winners with 44 pts were Gerry Treacy, Andy Whelan, and Nicky Hore. 2nd Micky Quinn, Adrian Sewell, Pat Horgan (42 pts). 3rd Martin Allen, Joe Quinn, Joe Gleason on 42 pts.
And finally for this week, another date for your diaries. The Captain’s and Lady Captain’s Drive In takes place on Saturday 2nd of March at 12 noon. The traditional start to the golf season will be followed by a nine hole mixed scramble. Let’s hope the weather – and the golfing Gods – are kind to Patsy and Andrea!
28th January, 2019
SPRING LEAGUE KICKS OFF
The new singles format for our Spring League has proven to be popular with 84 members signing up, and no fewer than 70 taking part in Week 1. Top of the league at this early stage is Tony Carville with 22 points, a score which also took first prize in the weekend competition. The category winners were David Lennon and Damien Cumiskey on 21 points apiece, while our Captain Patsy Boyle is among the prizes again with 22 points. These nine hole events are repeater competitions, but members must submit their first score to the Spring League each week.
Now for the Seniors news. With the weather not playing ball last week 22 was a good turnout of the grand masters! Ballybay man Paul McCarty joined us last year; in the old days Paul played off 6 and now off 18 is comfortable. Paul led his team of PJ Lambe and Brian Laide to victory with 49 pts. 2nd Eamonn Toal, Paddy Niland, Jim O’Neill 47 pts. 3rd Brian McGovern, Sean Mulligan, Tom Ryan 44 pts. Members are reminded that in order to qualify for a subsidy on this year’s trip away ,you will need to have played 8 times by May.
And finally for this week, a date for your diaries. The aforementioned Patsy Boyle’s Captain’s Drive In takes place on Saturday March 2nd. There’ll be further details on times and format in the coming weeks.
21st January 2019
HISTORIC WEEKEND FOR IRISH GOLF
Golf took centre stage on the Irish sports pages at the weekend. Not only did Shane Lowry give everyone’s spirits a lift by winning the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi, but the GUI and ILGU both voted overwhelmingly to amalgamate. A two year transition period will now take place, with the new organisation, Golf Ireland, set to “go live” on January 1st 2021.
On the domestic front, we had a nine hole competition in Concra. The winner on a score of 23 points was Eoin Hamilton. He took the spoils on a countback from Billy Hanna, thanks to a superior finish. Third place went to our Captain Patsy Boyle, whose 22 points finished with a flourish – a birdie 2 at the ninth! This weekend our competition will be played in conjunction with the Spring League which is sponsored this year by O’Reilly Plant Sales. Good luck all entrants!
In Seniors news 23 members played this week, and here are the results: Winners Pat McNeill, Paul Short, Tom McHugh, Tony Carville 48 pts. 2nd Hebor McMahon, Andy Whelan, PJ Lambe, Pat Horgan 48 pts. 3rd Eamonn Toal, Eamonn Johnson, John Keenan 46 pts.
And finally for this week, heartiest congratulations to Jimmy Lacey and Barry O’Reilly who have led the Castleblayney hurlers to the All Ireland Junior Final. They brought huge support to Mullingar on Sunday, where they enjoyed a one point victory over Carrick of Leitrim. The final takes place in Croke Park on February 10th. They‘ll no doubt be delighted to have their work done in plenty of time for the start of the new golf season!
15th January 2019
JOHNNY CLAIMS TOP SPOT
The signs of Spring are there for all to see. The daffodils are blooming, the lawn mowers are humming and our golf course is chock -a-block. Not surprising then that we had some high scoring in our weekend nine hole competition. The winner on a super score of 23 points was Johnny Redmond. The mark of a great round is how it’s finished, and Johnny’s not going to forget this one in a hurry, as he finished it off with a birdie 2 on the ninth. And he needed it, as his score was just enough to edge out Paul O’Hagan and Paul Campbell, who take second and third prize on 22 points apiece.
This weekend we have another nine hole event. When signing in members can enter the Spring League. This year the league is a singles competition. Played over six weeks, each competitor’s four best scores count. The top sixteen on the final league table will then take part in a knockout format to determine who this year’s champion will be. Start date for the Spring League is Friday 25th January.
In Seniors news, 25 played the waltz format and the results were. 1st Eamonn Toal, Nicky Hore, Tom Ryan 44 pts. 2nd Hebor McMahon, Pat Conlon, Tony Carville 44pts. 3rd Brian McGovern, Paddy Niland, Pat Horgan 43 pts.
Review of 2018 majors
20th Anniversary Jim O’Neill.
President Day Eamonn Toal.
Jimmy Coleman Cup Gerry Treacy.
Captains Day Declan McAteer.
Gabriel Moore Cup Joe Quinn.
Money list top 5 2018 (excluding the 5 majors)
1 Eamonn Toal. 2 Joe Quinn. 3 Nicky Hore. 4 Andy Whelan. 5 Pat Horgan
Best attendance. Eamonn Toal and Andy Whelan tied on 44.
It’s back to work this week for the gardeners, anyone who would like to help out please contact Andy on 0871171665.
A big thank you to the ladies and the senior men for their generous donations during 2018. More planting to do 2019
And finally for this week, a reminder to members that this year’s annual subscription was due to be paid in December. Anyone whose sub is outstanding is asked to contact our office ASAP!
8th January 2019
The wonderfully mild weather conditions over Christmas were enjoyed by record numbers of golfers at Concra. So, there are plenty of results to report this week. First up there’s the Cooltrim Oil Winter League. This was won by Team 12 – Brian McGovern, Sean Malone, Heber McMahon and Phelim Quinn – on 174 points. Second prize went to Jim McKeown, Thomas Duffy, Patrick Niland and Paraic Craig of Team 15. The final week’s category winners were Greg Duffy on 19 points, Sean Malone (again!) on21 points, Pat McNeill on 21 points and Paraic Craig (again!) on 19 points.
Our special event at Christmas time was the Mixed Scramble on December 29th. The winners were Ronan McMahon, Martin Farnan, Pat O’Connell and Chris Monahan on a score of -8. This was just enough to edge out Caitriona Bolger, Martin Malone, Dermot Brennan and that man again Paraic Craig on a countback. All funds raised on the day will be spent on our course, and we hope to hold another scramble in February.
Last weekend there was a large turnout for a nine hole singles event. The category winners were Gavin McEneaney, Emmet Brennan, Martin Allen and Seamus Leonard. And the only 2 of the entire week was shot by David Lennon!
So this weekend there’ll be another Nine hole competition for members, and next week we’ll have news of a new format for our Spring League.
And finally for this week a reminder to you all that it’s time to study the new rules for2019. There’s never been so many changes at once in living memory, so it’s not going to be a case of learning them “on the hoof”. You have been warned!
17th December 2018
WEEK 4 WASHOUT
Saturday’s wind and rain put paid to Week 4 of the Cooltrim Oil Winter League. While this was a source of frustration to our hardiest golfers, it means we head into the final week with everything to play for. And with three scores to count it’s important that we have full participation this weekend. Weather permitting of course!
All recent prize winners are asked to come along to our clubhouse for a festive presentation on this Thursday evening (20th) at 7 pm. The following competitions are up for presentation – Members’ Prize, Big Tom Memorial, Dick Kernan Cup, McArdle Office Supplies, Car L Parts, Ceol Music, A&M Commercials, and Castleblayney Credit Union. If anyone is unable to attend, please ask someone to represent you at the prize giving.
Our annual Christmas draw takes place in our clubhouse on Sunday night. Lines can be bought from any of the bar staff. All proceeds go to the golf club.
A very brief guide to the 2019 rule changes is available to members at our notice board. On payment of annual subs all members will receive the full amended rules. We recommend a bit of study to you all to avoid confusion in the new golfing year.
In Seniors news there was a good turnout of 24 last week for the annual Christmas pudding and drinks at the first tee. The golf was secondary but the scoring was still very good.
The team who could hold their drink best were Eamonn Toal, Paul McCarty, Paddy Niland with 47 pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, PJ Lambe, Nicky Hore 46 pts. 3rd Declan McAteer, Pat Conlon. Pat Bolger 44 pts.
Congratulations to Jim O’Neill on his new position as senior captain for 2019 and let’s support Jim each week by turning out in big numbers.
And finally for this week, on behalf of our Captains Patsy and Andrea and at Concra Wood we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
10th December 2018
COOLTRIM OIL WINTER LEAGUE
There’s only two weeks left until Christmas, which means we’re heading into the penultimate week of this year’s Cooltrim Oil Winter League. And it’s still all to play for, as any one of a dozen teams could still come out on top. Last week Category 1 was won by Eugene McGuigan on a very tidy score of 22 points. This total was matched by Martin Moore who took the Category 2 prize. Category 3 went to Patrick Niland Jr. His top score of 23 points catapults his team 15 to the top of the leader board alongside Team 12 on 118 points. And Category 4 was won by Tom Ryan who saw off all challengers on a score of 18 points.
The seniors played for the Gabriel Moore Perpetual Trophy on Wednesday last. The Moore family kindly sponsored this claret jug, which in the future will be played in remembrance of all deceased seniors in June each year. Finnian Moore presented the cup to our winner Joe Quinn. The senior ladies joined us for golf and light refreshments in support of Gabriel’s wife Maura, and Joe spoke fondly of Gabriel. Senior captain Micky Quinn stood down after a great year with lots of new ideas. Jim O’Neill is the incoming captain and a very popular choice too.
Team winners were P Conlon, l Coleman, T Ryan 45 pts. 2nd D Morgan, A Sewell, P Horgan 44 pts. 3rd A Whelan, E Johnson, B Laverty 44pts.
A reminder to you all this week that those last minute Christmas shopping issues can be sorted by visiting our Pro Shop. Our professional Conor has everything a golfer could possibly need, or vouchers for those who still can’t make up their minds.
And finally for this week, this Saturday sees Santa Claus visit Concra. The old man arrives at 2 o’clock. Our new captains Patsy and Andrea look forward to welcoming members, friends and families to our big event of the Christmas season.
4th December 2018
SUCCESSFUL AGMs AT CONCRA WOOD
“Out with the old and in with the new” comes a month early at Concra as we get through our AGMs in plenty of time for Christmas. No sooner had our outgoing Captain Brian McGovern completed his duties than our new team of Captain Patsy Boyle and VC Thomas Brennan were installed. There was a little bit of history for our club as Eileen Kerr became our first ever female President. Eileen’s first duty was to nominate Seamus Mallon as Vice President. Seamus assumed his new role on the very night that he stepped down as Chairman of Concra Wood PLC after seven busy years. Congratulations to all and best wishes for a great 2019.
On the golf course it was Week 2 of our Winter League. Big hitter Greg Duffy muscled his way to victory in Category 1 with a fine score of 22 points. Sean Malone’s 24 points was the score of the week. It puts his team top of the league as well as securing Category 2. Brendan Carragher has a lot to contend with in his fourball, but he overcame all obstacles winning Category 3 with 22 points. And Category 4 was won by the evergreen Larry Coleman on 20 points.
In Seniors news our winners last week were Declan McAteer, Andy Whelan, PJ Lambe, Pat Horgan with 49 pts. Runners up with 48 pts were Gerry Treacy, Eamonn Toal, Adrian Sewell, Barney McDonald. And it was good to see Frank Nolan join us last week.
Our big event of the festive season is of course Santa’s visit to Concra Wood. He’s due to arrive on Saturday 15th of December at 2 pm. His busy elves have a lot to live up to after last year’s display of Christmas jumpers. Unforgettable!
And finally for this week, members are advised to check our notice board as we’ve introduced a number of temporary local rules for the Winter months. And as you’re all aware, January 1st sees a whole host of new rules being introduced by the R&A. Each member will receive the new rulebook with receipt of their annual sub. And all the major changes can be found by googling “2019 new golf rules”. These changes have been specially designed to speed up play, and will hopefully benefit all golfers who look forward to enjoyable (and brisk) golf in the New Year.
13th November 2018
PAUL CAREY WINS
Our club treasurer Paul Carey has had little to shout about in terms of golf performances this year but last weekend he had just enough to win the A & M Commercials sponsored weekend competition. Paul scored 39 points with 22 points on the back nine which was helped in no small part by birdies on 11 & 17. Pauls score edged out Captain Brian McGovern on a countback to the winning spot but Brian has the consolation of taking the Category One prize. Category Two was won by Kilkenny man Dermot Beirne with 37 points and Category Three was won by Nicky Hore with 38 points. A quick mention for Martin Allen who’ll be good for buying a round or two now that his card will be topped up by €40 thanks to birdies on 6 and 12, mine’s a double Martin!!
Next weekend we have our final 18 hole competition sponsored by the Credit Union, this again will be Stableford off the green tees.
Our Cooltrim Oil sponsored Winter league draw was postponed last weekend so there is still time to get your entry in, please put your name, handicap with Winter league on an envelope and enclose a €10 entry fee to be placed in the box at the noticeboard.
The Concra Wood PLC and club AGMs will take place at Concra Wood on Friday 30th November beginning at 6:30pm. Notices have been sent to shareholders and members.
Results last week were Brian McGovern, Joe Quinn, Paul McCarty, Junior McKeown 49 Pts. Declan McAteer, Jim O’Neill, Hebor McMahon, Tom McHugh 47 pts. Martin Allen, Pat Horgan, Nicky Hore 46 pts. 23 played.
6th November 2018
Kieran McClelland is our latest weekend winner with a score of 39 points to take 1st prize in the Ceol Music sponsored competition. Kieran has had a few steady competition scores this year but this one is his best in a while. In second place and taking the Category One prize is David Lennon with 38 points. Category 2 was won by a man who always plays with a smile on his face, Noel O’Reilly has had a good year making it onto the podium a few times, he too had 38 points. The Category 3 prize was a tighter call with both Paraic Craig and Brendan Laverty scoring 34 points but the former took the honours with a superior back nine on this occasion. Better luck next time Brendan.
Next weekend we play in the A & M Commercials sponsored competition which again will be stableford off the Green tees.
The seniors played on a bright but cold Thursday last week and after a delayed start due to frost we elected to play the bact 9, this didn’t seem to effect the scoring. Winners with 49 pts Gerry Treacy, Pat Conlon, Pat Horgan, Hebor McMahon. 2nd Pat McNeill, Eamonn Toal, Jim O’Neill, Barney McDonald 48 pts.
30th October 2018
MCGUINNESS SHOWS ELECTRIC FORM
Last weekends golf was disrupted somewhat by some inclement early morning weather. Our winter would appear to have come a little early and the frost meant a delayed start for players taking part in the CAR-L-PARTS sponsored competition. A relatively low scoring contest by most of the field excepting Brian McGuinness. Brian shot a great score of 39 points to win by 3 points from his nearest rivals, Ciaran McMahon and Sean McKernan. Ciaran on this occasion took the Category One prize on a countback. Category Two and Three Prizes were both won with a more modest score of 32 points by Brian Digby and Nicky Hore respectively.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Darren McQuillans Ceol Music. This again will be played as stableford off the green tees.
Our attention will soon be turning to our Winter League which this year is sponsored by Cooltrim Oil. We would ask that anyone who would like to play to please pay a €10 entry fee and place in an envelope with their name, winter league and handicap clearly marked on it and place it into the box at the noticeboard. We hope to draw teams towards the end of next week so please get your name in soon.
Our president Paul Shortt sponsored our 18 hole competition last week and after a meal in The View Restaurant the presentation of prizes took place. The overall winner was the ever popular Eamonn Toal with 35 pts, 2nd place went to Tony Carville 33pts, 3rd Andy Whelan 32 pts.
Category winners. 1 Pat McNeill, 2 Paul Shortt, 3 Pat McBride.
Nearest pin 6th Joe Gleason,11 inches.
Team event. 1st Johnny McGoldrick, Nicky Hore, Vincent Heavin 87 pts. 2nd Gerry Treacy, Mickey Quinn, Joe Gleason 82 Pts.
3rd Paddy Comiskey, Andy Whelan, Pat Bolger 78 pts.
Thanks again to our president Paul for a great days golf. He did manage to claw back something with his category win, well done Paul.
Great to have Hebor McMahon and Tom McHugh back playing again after some time off due illness.
23rd October 2018
BOYD THE BEST
Noel Boyd is a member who’s name doesn’t feature all that often in the weekly notes but last weekend he shot an excellent score of 39 points to win the McAdles Office Supplies sponsored competition. Noel was the winner on a countback from Darren Hughes, who takes the Category One prize home. Category Two was won by Craig Loughman on one of his regular visits from Donegal with 37 points. Category Three was won by Fergal McGuigan with 35 points.
Next weekend members play in the CAR-L-PARTS sponsored competition which will be played as stableford format off the green tees.
This Saturday also sees Concra host the annual Lorcan Duffy Memorial classic in aid of Doohamlet GFC and friends of SOSAD. Contact Greg Duffy on 087 2516338 for more details.
Last weekend saw the members of our committee take to the road on their annual outing. This year vice-captain Patsy Boyle decided on Wicklow as his choice of venue. An enjoyable weekend was had by all who ventured to the Garden County and Patsy thanked them all for the hard work that was put in over the year. It was with great pleasure that he announced that Thomas Brennan would be his incoming Vice-Captain for 2019. We thank Captain Brian for all his work this year and wish both Patsy and Thomas the best for 2019 and beyond.
Winners this were Eamonn Toal, Pat Horgan, Pj Lambe, Tom McHugh.
No other details when going to press.
Meet our new member who can be seen practicing his swing up near the first tee, not sure if he is a senior though.
16th October, 2018
MARKEYS THE MAN
Last weekend saw a reduced field play for the Dick Kernan cup due to poor weather conditions on Saturday. Those fortunate enough to play on Sunday were basked in sunshine and had the chance to experience the course in prime condition. One man who made the most of it was Gerard Markey. Gerard hadn’t featured this year until now but played a fantastic round and amassed 41 points to win by 1 from Paul O’Hagan. Paul takes home the Category two prize for his efforts. The Category one Prize goes to a man who just had enough time to empty the sand from his shoes since his return from Africa, Dessie Duffy’s 34 points were enough on this occasion to take the spoils. Category three goes to Paraic Craig with 35 points. A mention for a second hole in one in less than a month on our course, this time Gene McGuigan aced the 12th, congratulations Gene.
Next weekend’s competition is kindly sponsored by McArdles Office Supplies and is Stableford off the green tees.
The Challenge tour has been and gone and we are delighted with the tournaments success and a fantastic winner in Oliver Wilson. A massive thank you has to be given to all the volunteers who played their part in a smooth running of the event. A huge thank you too to the Challenge tour committee and to the bar and restaurant staff who received many compliments from the visiting professionals. Well done all.
21 played on Tuesday last and the winners were Brian McGovern, Nicky Hore, Junior McKeown 44 pts. 2nd all the Pats, Pat McNeill, Pat Horgan, Pat McBride 42 pts on c/b. 3rd Joe Quinn, Andy Whelan, Pat Bolger 42 pts
A big thank you to all the seniors who volunteered during the Challenge Tour week, your efforts were much appreciated. The tournament was a great success. Thanks again.
30th September, 2018
NOLAN NUMBER ONE
Warrenpoint resident Frank Nolan has had a quiet golfing year around Concra Wood featuring only the once early on, last weekend though he produced his best round of the year, a 2 over par round collecting 40 stableford points to win the Paul Hill Memorial Cup. Frank has been very busy in the run up to the Challenge tour event this year and been a great asset to Concra in the organisation of same, so a very worthy winner. In second place and collecting the Category One prize was Mickey Rushe with 38 points narrowly beating Gene McGuigan on a count back. The Category two winner was Brendan Carragher with 37 points also on a count back from both James King and John Adair. Category Three goes to a man who has made a good habit of reaching the enclosure, Andy Whelan’s 36 points secured the Category 3 prize on this occasion. A presentation was made in the clubhouse on Sunday evening with the Hill family and Keith presented the trophy and thanked the club and green staff for having the course in such good shape for the competition in the run up to the Challenge tour.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
Next week of course sees the much anticipated arrival of the European Challenge Tour to Concra Wood so no play is available for members at the weekend. There will be 2 Pro-Am events running on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event proper will get underway on Thursday and runs until Sunday, tickets are free and available online at www.eventbrite.ie Car parking for the event is at the Toome Football field off the Dundalk Road with a courtesy bus running every 30 minutes. Here’s hoping for some good weather and great play from the visiting professionals.
25th September, 2018
COMISKEY WINS BIG TOM MEMORIAL
The inaugural Big Tom memorial competition was played last weekend at Concra Wood in conjunction with the festivities in the town. A very well supported turnout competed to win this one kindly sponsored by McElvaney Motors. With a score of 40 points our winner was Patrick J. Comiskey, having narrowly missed out on a count back earlier in the week in the Jimmy Coleman memorial, Patrick continued a decent run of form to take the top spot this time around. In second position is a man who has had a quiet year by his standards, Gary Morgan with a gross score of 3 over par to give him 39 stableford points took the Category 1 honours. The Category 2 prize went to Jim McKeown helped in no small part by an Ace at the par 3 sixth hole, no doubt the tills were ringing on his return to the clubhouse!! Category 3 was won by Eamonn Johnston with 35 points.
Next weekend we will be playing for the Paul Hill Memorial Cup. This one will be stableford off the green tees. Please be mindful that the presentation of this prize will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday evening. The winners will be contacted by the committee and their attendance would be greatly appreciated. Due to the Challenge Tour event next week tee times are limited, particularly on Sunday so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The challenge tour will role into Castleblayney next week and Concra Wood is looking for as many volunteers as possible to help out over their stay with us. Please contact a member of the Concra Challenge Tour committee if you are able to help out in any way from a clean-up of the course and clubhouse area to caddying duties. All help will be most appreciated.
The Jimmy Coleman Memorial Competition was played on Tuesday last. Elisabeth Coleman presented the prizes after a great meal in the View Restaurant. Overall winner Gerry Treacy, well done Gerry. Category 1 Paddy Comiskey. Category 2 E Toal. Category 3 Joe Gleeson. Front 9 Joe Quinn.Back 9 Paddy Niland. Nearest the pin Pat McNeill. 2 View Restaurant vouchers kindly sponsored by Michael Smyth were won by Nicky Hore and Raymond Kernan.
18th September 2018
MAGIC MCQUILLAN WINS MEMBERS
Our final Golfer of the year competition was played last weekend and a good turnout played a tough layout. The 2 men left standing after 15 events knew what was needed and neither can be disappointed with their efforts. Stephen McQuillan needed a win on the final weekend and Mel Currie only a top ten finish to take the Champion Golfer 2018 title. Both achieved their final week goal leaving Mel Currie as your Golfer of the year and well deserved. Stephen has the nice consolation of having a good chunk of his 2019 annual fees paid for thanks to a four over par score stableford 42 points. Stephen has seen his handicap reduce by 5 this year, a fantastic acheivement. Our category winners as follows, Category 1 Mark McCahey 41 points, Category 2 Martin Allen 40 points and Category 3 Bart McNamara 37 points less a cappuccino…
BIG TOM FESTIVAL
Next weekend sees the town of Castleblayney celebrate the life of Big Tom McBride. The golf club will dedicate the weekends competition to his name in conjunction with McElvaney Motors. This one will be Stableford off the Green tees.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
Not long now until the Challenge tour golfers come to town and we are asking that any volunteers that are available to caddy or take part in any way, could you please submit your name to Conor in the pro-shop. There is also a list on the noticeboard to write your name for availability.
There was a big turnout of 27 last week with the scoring hitting a new high. Winners Declan McAteer, Paul Shortt and birdie man Vincent Heavin 48 pts. The runners up with their 48 pts would win any other week but alas not this time were Pj Harte, Nicky Hore, Tom Ryan. In 3rd place with a modest 46 pts Joe Quinn, Jim O’Neill, Pj Lambe.
11th September 2018
MARK’S THE MAN
The Blayney Cup sponsored by the Mulligan family has been a regular fixture for some time now and much coveted title. Last weekend saw almost 100 members compete to win it in what can only be described as testing conditions. Our winner on a breakdown is no stranger to the podium this year and with a 1 over par gross score for a net 68 Mark Currie takes the plaudits. Mark beat Chris Brennan into 2nd place on the breakdown and in 3rd place with a net 69 is a less frequent visitor to the winning enclosure, Joe McGrath. The best gross score goes to Darren Hughes with a 3 over par score. A quick mention about 2 members with 2’s over the weekend at the 3rd and 18th holes, well done to Charlie McDonnell and Noel O’Reilly respectively.
Next weekend we play for members prize, this will be Stableford off the green tees and gives those who paid their membership fees by February 28th this year an opportunity to win a portion of their fees off next years sub. It is also the last golfer of the year event and with 20 points separating 1st and 2nd place it’s up to Stephen McQuillan to try and share the honours with Mel Currie. Only a win for Stephen will do and he will have to rely on a worse than 10th place finish for Mel.
Next Friday 14th sees our last nine hole social event of 2018 which kicks off as usual around the 5:30pm mark. A presentation of outstanding prizes will take place after this around 9pm. A list of recent winners is on the notice board and they should also receive a text in relation to same. Please come to collect or send a representative or you will forfeit your prize.
21 played and a warm welcome to new recruit Paul McCarthy from Ballybay. Paul got off to a flyer getting his team of Tom McHugh and Barney McDonald across the line in 1st place with 45 pts. 2nd was Joe Quinn, Nicky Hore, Jimmy Lambe with 44 pts. 3rd place was taken with 42 pts by Eamonn Toal, Paddy Niland back swinging again Michael McHugh.
Hoping to have the Jimmy Coleman Memorial Cup on Monday 17th September weather permitting. Watch out for your text.
4th September 2018
BRENNAN WINS PATRONS PRIZE
Last weekend the course was shortened slightly at the request of our Club Patron Michael McHugh. The result of which led to a number of high scores. The pick of the bunch though was that of Emmett Brennan’s. Emmett is usually a Saturday morning player and he posted a 5 over par round for 43 points to win by one from Adrian Kelly. Adrian wins the category one prize and adds some golfer of the year points to his tally to give himself a chance with only two events remaining. In third place with a great return of 41 points and taking the Category three prize is Brendan Carragher and Category two goes to Finbarr Carville also on 41 points.
Next weekend is the Blayney cup and is our last Strokeplay event of the year, off the green tees. This is the penultimate event in our golfer of the year contest and it looks to be Mel Currie’s to lose as it stands. Funny things can happen though and a couple of high scores for either Stephen McQuillan or Adrian Kelly could see them pip Mel to the champion golfer 2018 title.
PRESENTATION OF PRIZES
The final nine hole social will be played on Friday 14th September after which will follow a prizegiving of outsanding prizes. There is a list on the noticeboard of those to receive same and they will be notified by text message, as usual we ask that all winners attend or at least send a representative to collect on their behalf otherwise the prize will be forfeited.
18 played and the winners are, Gerry Treacy, Pat McBride, Eamonn Quinn 44 pts. 2nd Andy Whelan, Ian Cameron, Pat Bolger 41 pts.
Congratulations to Tom Ryan who birdied the 4th last week.
28th August 2018
Brian Digby was an early riser last Saturday morning for his regular game at Concra but he couldn’t have known what a trail he was to blaze that day. A superb score of 44 points won the Steelform Sections sponsored competition albeit by only one shot in the end. Hot on his heels was the 2003 Golfer of the year winner Adrian Sewell with his best return at Concra in some time, Adrian however will have to settle for the Category 3 prize on this occasion. The category 1 winner was Thomas Brennan with 41 points, great to see Dr. Thomas back in the enclosure after a spell away from golf last year and the Category 2 winner was David Walsh with 34 points. A quick mention too about Paul Murphys 31 points, not too special you may think until you look a little closer at his card that included two 2’s one of which was an Eagle at the par 4 eighth hole. Well done Paul, pity about the rest of the round though!
Next weekend we play for Michael McHughs Patrons prize, a change in the tees as previously advertised on the noticeboard this one will be Stableford played off the GREEN tees.
The midweek Social nine holes are drawing towards a close and it is anticipated that the final one of 2018 will be played on Friday 14th September at which time a prize giving of outstanding prizes will take place after the event. A list will be posted in the clubhouse of the winners that are due to collect. Please take note and make the effort to come along on the night.
Finally our new practice area is really taking shape between the putting green and driving range, many thanks to everyone who participated. This will be a great facility for us all to improve the short game, there surely can’t be any more excuses now!!
26 played on Thursday last. The format was the waltz and the winners are Andy Whelan, Nicky Hore, Tom Ryan and guest Ian Cameron all the way from Southampton with 41 pts. 2nd Mickey Quinn, Barney McDonald, Tom McHugh 40 pts. 3rd joe Quinn, Tony Carville, Junior McKeown 39 pts.
Thanks to all the seniors who turned out for the turf laying around the new practice area.
21st August 2018
CURRIE’S HOT STREAK CONTINUES
The Culloville House sponsored competition last weekend played off the gold tees provided a lower scoring encounter than what we have seen lately. Difficult windy conditions accompanied by an odd shower meant a tough test for most of us. Mel Currie though has shone in recent weeks and this time he has topped the leaderboard to win his first competition of the year and consolidate his spot at the top of the Golfer of the year standings. Mel shot a modest 37 points but this was enough by 2 to take the honours from Michael McEntegart in 2nd position who takes the Category One prize. Category Two was won by Mervyn Brown with 34 points and Category Three went to Fergal McGuigan also on 34 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Steelform Sections and is stableford off the green tees.
A couple of midweek competitions to watch out for next week, Wednesday 29th August sees our own monthly major sponsored by the Glencarn Hotel and the following day the Golf Digest team make a return to Concra Wood with some great prizes on offer both days they are well worth taking part in.
Tom McHugh teed up last week for the first time in almost a year, great to see Tom back golfing and looking well.
Results are, winners Mickey Quinn, Pat Conlon, Nicky Hore, Pat McBride 48 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Andy Whelan, Tom Ryan 46 pts. 3rd Pat McNeill, Paul Short, Tony Carville 43 pts.
14th August 2018
SEAN SHOWS THE WAY.
Last weekends competition sponsored by Doohamlet Construction saw a good turnout of players take the field. One man from Armagh shot the lights out on his way to a net score of 65 to win by four shots. Sean Hughes has been working hard on his game of late with coach Conor up at the range and its certainly paid dividends. In second place is a man no stranger to the winning enclosure, Shane Donnelly shot a net 69 to pip Mel Currie into 3rd place on a break down. The best gross score was shot by Calum Callaghan with a 3 over par round, Calum has had a few of these prizes thus far in the year and must be wishing there was a strokeplay event every week!
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Culloville House and will be Stableford off the Gold tees.
Our golfer of the year table is beginning to take a bit more shape with both Mel Currie and Stephen McQuillan picking up points last week and going level with each other whilst putting some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack. Not quite a 2 horse race yet but with only 5 events remaining they have every chance of becoming Club Champion this year! Its up to Nudie, Greg Duffy, Padraic Conlon and others to do some work between now and mid September.
Results for last week. Winners Mickey Quinn, Eamonn Toal, Paul Short.
Runners up Martin Allen, Joe Quinn, Pat Horgan, Frank Murray.
7th August 2018
PADRAIC WINS CAPTAINS PRIZE
Our eagerly awaited Captains Prize was played last weekend. Fantastic weather and good course conditions made for some high scoring with 37 points required to qualify for Sunday afternoons play off. 20 players made the cut and the leaders on 42 points a piece were PJ Ward and Padraic Conlon who played alongside former winner Jason Murphy in the final group. Some more good scores followed and both Pauric Donaghy and Francie Boylan led the field until Concras own Bar Manager Padraic Conlon tapped in on the ninth for a total score of 61 Stableford points to win his first Captains prize. Celebrations followed into the night and Captain Brian thanked his family and sponsors for their generosity, particularly Comiskey Engineering and Super Valu.
Full results, 1st Padraic Conlon 61pts, 2nd Francie Boylan 60pts (b/d) Best Gross Charlie McDonnell (Even Par), 3rd Padraig Donaghy 60pts and leading qualifier PJ Ward.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Doohamlet Construction and will be played off the green tees.
22 played and the winners are, Brian McGovern, Joe Quinn, Tom Ryan. 2nd Micky Quinn, Joe Gleason, Brendan Laverty. 3rd Martin Allen, Paddy Niland, Micky Reid.
A big thank you to all the seniors who turned out during the week for the bunker work, much appreciated
31st July 2018
BRODIGAN BANG ON FORM.
Mixed weather faced players for last weekends MC Blinds sponsored competition. Ian Brodigan must have given a call into Met Eireann as he picked the most benign day, playing on Friday afternoon to score a net 68 beating Michael McEntegart on a count back. Best Gross went to Mark Currie with a four over par score. Mark got the better of brother Mel this week in the prizes with both men finishing in the top ten. Third place went to Martin Farnan with a net 69.
Next weekend is our Club Captain Brian McGoverns prize sponsored by Comiskey Engineering. As per usual we play 18 holes between Friday and Sunday morning with the top players entering a nine hole playoff on Sunday afternoon. The presentation of prizes will follow on Sunday evening along with a meal and music. If you fancy a flutter on yourself or any other participant, Padraic has a book open in the bar with odds displayed.
So to try and pick a winner from the field, Francis Murphy is a man with plenty of playoff experience, perhaps he’ll go all the way this year. Greg Duffy, Nudie and Stephen McQuillan are the form men at the moment topping the golfer of the year standings. As we all know though anything can happen and let’s hope for good weather and good craic for the weekend. All the best Brian.
15 played and the results are. Winners Eamonn Toal, Par Horgan, Junior McKeown. 46 pts. Runners up PJ Harte, Micky Quinn, Barney McDonald. 41 pts
24th July 2018
Scoring was high at Concra Wood at the weekend with no fewer than 10 players breaking standard scratch on the day. Latton man Seamus McElroy though was the one who topped the leaderboard with a fantastic score of 42 points to win the Clement McKenna memorial competition. Seamus had one point to spare over his nearest rival Sean Malone who must be kicking himself over a blank on the 18th, 3 Wood off the tee next time Sean!! Sean has the Category 2 prize to ease the pain however. Category 1 went to Mel Currie on 39 points, narrowly beating off competition from brother Mark who had one less. Category 3 was won by our Junior Captain Pauric Donaghy on 36 points. Well done to all.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by MC Blinds and is Strokeplay to be played off the green tees.
Our Lady Captain Carmel’s Captains prize takes place this weekend, we wish her all the very best and hope the great spell of weather continues. Best of luck to all the ladies taking part.
Captain Brian will host his prize the following August Bank holiday weekend and the timesheet is now on the noticeboard.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Our golfer of the year competitions have reached the halfway stage with 8 competitions played and as many remaining. Our leaders at this point are the mercurial Nudie Hughes and Doohamlet legend Greg Duffy both on 38 points but with only 10 points seperating the top 8 players and another 160 1st place points up for grabs between now and Members Prize in Mid-September it really is wide open this year.
The Castleblayney seniors was formed at our old 9 hole course in 1998 by the Blayney golfers of the day most of which were founder members of that course. We have a lot to thank them for. The same members are still going head to head to this day on Concra Wood. Sadly we have lost a few along the way. So much has been achieved since then, thanks to all involved we now have a championship course and facilities to match anything in the country.
31 played Monday last to celebrate the anniversary and fittingly it was one of the members from the school of 98 who came out on top. Jim ONeill returned a fantastic 43 pts. Jim has a lot of competition in his house when it comes to golf but I think this will keep the boys quiet for a while. Category winners were 1 Martin Allen 38 pts. 2 Paddy Niland 38 pts. 3 Pat Horgan 36 pts. Great to see Tom and Michael McHugh join us for the meal and presentation in the View Restaurant after golf.
The gardening club will do a tidy up before Captains day, watch out for the text, looking for a big turnout.
17th July 2018
STEPHEN ON SONG
With Captains Prize only a few weeks away many members are getting plenty of practice in over the past week and one man who has hit top form is Stephen McQuillan. Stephen won his Category in last weekends competition and this week went one better, his superb score of 43 points was enough by 3 to win Gerry McMahons prize. In second place on 40 points was Garreth Woods who took the Category 1 honours, Category 2 went to Sean Mulligan with 35 points on a breakdown and Category 3 went to Andy Whelan on 38 points also on a breakdown.
Next weekend we play for the Clement McKenna memorial cup. This competition will be Stableford played off the green tees.
PRESENTATION OF PRIZES
A reminder to most of our recent prize winners that a presentation will take place this Wednesday evening 18th July after the nine hole social. We would ask that all that are due to receive a prize to make the effort to come and collect. If you cannot please arrange for a representative to collect on your behalf or you will forfeit the prize.
3rd July 2018
STROKEPLAY CHILDSPLAY FOR SMYTH
Last weekends competition sponsored by Colt Design, our only Strokeplay competition of the year off the gold tees, was won by Declan Smyth with a fantastic net 68. Declan has shown some good form already this year but managed to beat all comers to win Paul Murphy’s prize. In second place one stroke further back with some exceptional golf was Nudie Hughes following up on his recent win in the Prandy Duffy Cup. The best gross score of 5 over par was scored by Calum Callaghan and in 3rd place with a net 70 was Billy Hanna.
Next weekend we are back to the green tees and Stableford format. This is the Lady Captains prize to the men and is sponsored by Culloville House.
Open week begins next Monday, 9th July with a singles Strokeplay sponsored by Watters Electrical. Tuesday and Wednesday are singles Stableford sponsored by McKenna & Cairns and McElvaney Waste respectively. Thursday is a fourball betterball sponsored by Thomas Brennan and there will be a black tees singles competition on Friday. We would ask that members try to support as many as possible and to invite guests to take part.
Senior winners were Frank Murray, Paul Short, Tom Ryan. Runners up Micky Quinn, Nicky Hore, Pat McBride
26th June 2018
It’s been a while since a member of the Conlon household has topped the weekend scoring at Concra Wood. Padraic however put an end to that barren spell by winning the Shoe City sponsored competition with a fantastic score of 40 points. No doubt Lucia and Vera will try to stake a claim to any prize that’s forthcoming!! Category 1 winner was Jimmy Lacey with 39pts, Category 2 goes to Joe Brady on 38pts and Sean Hughes wins Category 3 with 37pts.
Next weekend our competition is sponsored by Colt Design and will be Strokeplay off the gold tees.
This Wednesday 27th June sees our second midweek Major take place with an entry fee of €25 for members and €45 for visitors some superb prizes are available to the winners. Also our annual Open week is on the horizon starting Monday 9th July.
The club would like to acknowledge the passing of Rita McCaul last week mother to member Gerry McCaul. Our condolences to Gerry and all his family. May she Rest In Peace.
Seniors Captains Day
27 seniors played on captain Micky Quinn’s day on Monday last, with a meal and presentation of prizes after golf. A great day and a great overall winner in our lowest handicapper Declan McAteer with 41 pts. Well done Declan.
Other winners, category 1 Martin Allan, category 2 Eamonn Toal, category 3 Brendan Laverty. Nearest pin Joe Quinn.
Team event, winners Declan McAteer, Jim O’Neill, Joe Gleason, Pat McBride.
Thanks to captain Micky Quinn for a great day.
19th June 2018
BRENNAN WINS PROFESSIONALS PRIZE
With a number of members bearing the surname Brennan it would be hard to guess which one was in the mix for last weekends competition. Christopher Brennan though is a young man who hasn’t appeared much around Concra due to a day job further afield but he certainly made the most of his round last Sunday morning shooting a 3 over par round 40 points score. This was just enough to take the spoils from Ciaran Prunty who might rue some missed opportunities on the back nine but Ciaran can at least console himself with winning the Category 2 prize with 39 points. Category 1 went to Sean McKernan with 38 points and Category 3 goes to our club president Paul Shortt with 37 points. Paul who has the stress of his big day over him now would appear to be relaxed and enjoying his golf again!! Well done to all.
Next weekends competition is kindly sponosred by Shoe City, Dundalk Road. This one is again stableford off the green tees. We ask that all players return their cards irrespective of how many holes played or points awarded. The level of non-returned cards is beginning to creep up again.
Our Wednesday open competitions continue and Wednesday 27th June will be our Monthly Major, this time sponsored by Heineken. Entry fees are €25 for members and €45 for visitors. Some great prizes to the value of €1,400.00 up for grabs including a powakaddy FW3 and a Bushnell rangefinder.
Looking further ahead our open week begins 9th July so try and keep some time free to get out and enjoy some midweek golf.
18 played and the winners were PJHarte, Joe Quinn, Barney McDonald. 2nd Eamonn Toal, PJ Lambe, Raymond McCooey.
12th June 2018
NUDIE WINS ANOTHER TITLE
Nudie Hughes is a man used to winning ways and last weekend he showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field by winning the Prandy Duffy Cup. This competition sponsored by the Duffy family each year has become one of the outstanding events and much coveted. Nudie’s 42 points off the gold tees was a fantastic return and allows the handicaps convenor a chance to take the scissors out!!
Category winners were as follows Barry O’Reilly 39 points, Category 2 Dessie Woods 38 points and Category 3 Mickey Byrne 38 points.
We have to give a massive thank you to our visitors from the USA who took part in the annual Prandy Ryder Cup who made a terrific weekend one to remember. A very substantial donation was made to Castleblayney Cancer Care and a cheque presented on Sunday evening.
Next weekend our competition is sponsored by our Club Professional Conor McKenna. Conor is now eight years with Concra Wood and does a terrific job meeting and greeting memb