Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
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 members and visitors alike. Be sure to call in and check out his new stock of summer apparel to update the wardrobe!
The seniors hit a new high last week, 2 featured in the top 3 of Paul Shorts presidents prize. Thanks Paul for a great weekend.
The hot weather has had a detrimental effect on some seniors with one arriving with a floppy hat, sunglasses, three quarters length trousers and a blackthorn walking stick, however he still managed to score 20 pts.
Results were, 1st Gerry Treacy, Jim ONeill, PJ Lambe 49pts. 2nd Declan McAteer, Pat Horgan, Paddy Niland on 45 Pts.
Get well soon to Hebor McMahon.
Last week we lost our long time member and friend Gabriel Moore, Gabriel will be sadly missed R I P. Condolences to Maura and family.
GARY DOYLE WINS PRESIDENTS
A superb weekend of weather greeted the golfers at Concra Wood who took part in Paul Shortts Presidents Prize. The 18 hole regulation play holes allowed for the top 24 players into a nine hole play-off on the Sunday. With only 6 shots separating the narrowed field it was all up for grabs. Leading the pack were Jimmy Lacey, Alan Bolger and Gary Doyle who each scored 41 points on their intitial 18 holes. It was Gary Doyle who was to prevail as the winner with a two putt bogey after a solid bunker shot on the ninth hole meaning an addtional 19 points for his final nine holes and a 60 point overall score. A great win for the Carlow man who joined the club a little over two years ago.
The presentation and meal on Sunday evening was well supported and the President thanked all the sponsors for their contributions as well as his own family for travelling to be with him for his special weekend. The main prize winners on the night as follows, 1st Gary Doyle, 2nd Heber McMahon, Best Gross Alan Bolger, 3rd Andy Whelan, Leading Qualifier Jimmy Lacey.
Next Weekend sees the Duffys Vs the Paul Murphy select teams take to Concra as the USA battle Castleblayney hoping to win the annual bragging rights.
Along with that the Prandy Duffy Cup for members will be played for from Friday to Sunday. Please be aware that the presentation of these prizes will take place on Sunday evening so it would be very much appreciated that the leaders of the field be available to return to the clubhouse at that time.
Winners this week were Pat McNeill, Nicky Hore, Pat Bolger 43 pts. Pat Bolger has got that hurling swing going now. 2nd Declan McAteer, Paddy Niland, Tom Ryan, 41 pts. 3rd Gerry Treacy, Paul Short, Joe Gleason, 39 pts. 25 played.
A big thank you to the ladies section for their generous donation to to the gardening club
Also thanks to the lads who turn out each week.
21st May 2018
The O’Neills from Oram are certainly making their mark on the scoring charts this year, last week Roy finished top of the pile and not to be outdone this week brother Tiarnach has taken the bragging rights in the house by winning the Taveys menswear sponsored competition with 40 points. No doubt Jim and David are under pressure to get into the prizes now!! Category one winner this week was Padraic Conlon with 37 points. (I think brother Mark has conceded that he’ll not be in the prizes any time soon!!). Category 2 went to the ever improving Rory Niland with 39 points and Category 3 was won by Fergal McGuigan with a more modest 34 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Brennan’s furniture Clontibret. This one will be Stableford played off the Green tees.
Best wishes go to Chris Watt, assistant pro to Conor, whose last day at Concra was at the weekend. Good luck in the new post in Dublin Chris.
24 seniors played on Friday with Concra looking splendid in the sunshine.
This week Raymond Kernan teamed up with Eamonn Johnson and Nicky Hore to take 1st place with 45 pts. 2nd place went to Gerry Treacy, John Keenan, Paddy Niland 43 pts. 3rd were Micky Quinn, Joe Gleason, Barny McDonald 42 pts.
Most of the seniors were sharpening up their game in preparation for our annual away trip. You can read all about it next week.
Welcome back to Frank Murray. We missed you Frank.
15th May 2018
ROY MAKES THE PODIUM AGAIN.
Fresh from having his category prize collected last Friday evening (one of the few that did!) for an earlier competitive performance, Roy O’Neill went one better last weekend in the Coogan Cup Strokeplay event. Roys net 67 was enough to take first prize in what may be the last non-counting competition of the summer (fingers crossed). Best Gross on the day was Calum Callaghan, last years golfer of the year is still playing some great golf and his 3 over par round gets him into the winners circle once again. 2nd prize went to Stephen McQuillan with a net 70 and the evergreen Andy Whelan showed up some of the young guns by posting a net 71. Well done to all.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Tavey’s Menswear Carrickmacross. This one will be stableford off the green tees and hopefully we will see the end of placing (ask in the proshop and keep an eye out for notices about the clubhouse and 1st tee.) There has been a noted increase in the number of non-returned cards over the past few weeks. We ask all members to return cards no matter the score.
The Wednesday evening nine hole social is making a welcome return this week. We encourage all members men and ladies alike to assemble at the clubhouse from 5pm onwards. Pay a €5 entry and a draw will take place as players arrive. This is a great way to meet other players and have a fourball over the front nine. Draws will take place at the main door.
We note the passing of Joe Brady Sr of Cullaville, father of our member Joe Brady, may he rest in peace.
19 played on Tuesday last and Johnny McGoldrick, Jim O’Neill and Raymond Kernan (again) won with 45 pts. Now if you were about Concra early morning it would be no surprise to see J McGoldrick heading down the first at 7.30 am. So the more you practice the luckier you get. Another ingredient needed in a winning team is a young man called Kernan. Raymond’s hit rate is 70% right now.
Runners up were Captain Brian McGovern, Hebor McMahon, Andy Whelan, Pat Bolger, 44 pts.
Get well soon to our club patron Michael McHugh who is home after a spell in hospital, all the lads are looking forward to seeing you again when the weather picks up.
Sincere condolences to our senior member Joe Sheridan and his family on the death of Joes wife Anna. Rest In Peace.
8th May 2018
PJ LAMBE WINS
Summer finally landed over the bank holiday weekend and with it some good scoring in the Combilift sponsored competition. The outright winner with a fine score of 40 points was PJ Lambe. PJ was just one shot ahead of no less than 3 others on 39. Seamus McElroy was next best in the countback and wins the category 3 prize, Ronan McDonnell was the pick of the Category 2 players on the same score and Category one went to Shane Donnelly on 36 points. Shane has been away from golf for a while but he’s obviously not lost it proven by a very solid back nine.
Next weekend we play for the Coogan Cup.
The Spring league Matchplays reached a conclusion with Mark McCaheys team coming out on top over Francie Boylan’s men. Well done to Mark, Rory Niland, Finbar Carville and Gerry Brennan.
Next Friday 11th May we hope to have a casual mixed nine hole event, weather permitting. This will start from 5pm, just turn up pay a €5 entry and you will be drawn with other available players. A presentation of outstanding prizes will also take place on Friday evening, remember if you do not attend or send a representative to collect your prize it will be forfeited.
On the inter-club front our Ulster Cup team bowed out for this year, having taken a lead from the away leg Sean Malone’s men looked to be in the driving seat against Ballybofey at home but alas it wasn’t to be narrowly missing out.
16 played and the winners were Pat McNeill, Andy Whelan and Raymond Kernan 41 pts. 2nd Gerry Treacy, Paul Shortt, Pat Horgan, Pat McBride 38 pts.
Welcome home to Johnny Mcgoldrick, the game is a bit rusty at the moment but Johnny will make the cut for the annual outing in 3 weeks time.
1st May 2018
O’NEILL WINS CORRIGANS
Rory O’Neill has been knocking on the door of the winners podium over the past few weeks and has finally made it to the top with a fantastic 1 over par round amassing 39 points. Rory narrowly beat Francis Murphy into 2nd position with the better back nine. Best Gross was won by Frank Nolan whose 2 over par round was enough for that prize. 3rd place goes to Billy Hanna who recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary, congrats on both fronts Billy!!
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Combilift. It will be stableford played off the GOLD tees for the first time this year.
A date for your diaries to take note that there will be a nine hole mixed competiton played on Friday evening 11th May. This will be followed by a presentation of outstanding prizes from the past number of weeks. More information will be posted on the noticeboards in due course.
The midweek Open Singles competitions have also recommenced this year. These competitons are great value for visitors and remember that members paying their regular fee are also entered into the 2’s. For the lower handicapped players the Senior scratch cup for 5 H/C and below takes place on Sunday 20th May. For the big hitters the first Black tees Friday event will take place on Friday 11th May. Lastly our first Major midweek open of the year takes place on Wednesday 30th May.
23 played last week and welcome back to Tom Ryan after his unfortunate layoff. Tom wasted no time getting into the winning ways again with Brian McGovern, PJ Lambe and Raymond Kernan 47 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Nicky Hore, Jimmy Lambe 46 pts. 3rd Eamonn Johnson, Pat Horgan, Barney McDonald 43 pts
24th April 2018
TIDY GENE CLEANS UP
Gene McGuigan is always a man who is capable of posting a big score during the golf season and last weekend he did just that. Genes 41 points was just enough to win the first cup of the year in taking the Des McGlynn memorial cup, he could even afford a blank on the par 3 sixth!! The unlucky man to lose out on the break down was Padraic Conlon. Padraics game is always to be admired, especially as he usually has to carry brother Mark around in the weekly fourball. This week at least he can console himself with the Category 1 prize. Category 2 winner this week was Conor Reel with 37 points and the Category 3 prize went to Sean Mulligan with 38 points.
Next weekends competition will be sponsored by Corrigans and will be stableford off the green tees.
24 seniors played on Thursday last and the winning team with 47 pts was Pat McNeill, Andy Whelan, Nicky Hore, Jimmy Lambe, 2nd Declan McAteer, Larry Coleman, Pat McBride, Pat Bolger 44 pts. 3rd Martin Allen, Eamonn Johnson, Joe Gleason, Barny McDonald 42 pts
17th April 2018
Martin Allen was the winner of last weekends Mementos sponsored competition. In improved weather conditions there was relatively low scoring but Martins 37 points was enough to give him his first podium finish of the year. Concra Wood chairman Seamus Mallon has had a busy few months but it seems that his golf game hasn’t suffered any, he was unlucky to lose out on a count back for 1st prize but the category 3 prize was taken at his leisure. Category 1 winner was the steady Barry O’Reilly with 35pts and Category 2 went to Gregg Sibley with the same score.
Next weekend members will play for the Des McGlynn memorial cup sponsored by the McGlynn family. Stableford scoring off the green tees. Bunkers will be back in play this week.
The View Bar and Restaurant sponsored spring league has reached the final stage of Matchplay. Mark McCaheys team will face Francie Boylan’s with matches to be completed by Bank holiday Monday 7th May.
Again we would ask that captains contact their teammates to ensure matches are arranged.
Our inter-club teams had mixed fortunes at the weekend. Sean Malone’s Ulster Cup team emerged victorious as expected against Silverwood from Lurgan. Martin Malone’s All Ireland fourball team fell at the first hurdle however. Thanks to Martin and his team for their efforts and we’ll hope for better luck next year.
There are a limited number of lockers available in the men’s locker room. Contact Paul Murphy for more details.
20 seniors played on Thursday and the scoring format was Irish waltz. The winning score was 47 pts recorded by Eamonn Toal, Hebor McMahon, James ONeill, Raymond Kernan. 2nd place went to Joe Quinn, Larry Coleman, Joe Gleason, Nicky Hore. 46 pts
10th April 2018
GAVIN’S THE MAN
Gavin McEneaney shot a fantastic score of 42 points to win the Declan Loughman Sports sponsored competition last weekend. Gavin’s 4 over par round was three points better than the next best. In fact 3 members had 39 points with both Emmet Brennan and Roy O’Neill winning Categories 1 & 2 respectively, Finbarr Carville the unlucky one missing out on a countback. Joe McGrath took the Category 3 honours with 35 points.
Next weekends competition is sponsored by Mementos and will be Stableford off the green tees.
The inter club teams got underway last weekend with Sean Malone’s Ulster Cup team giving a dominant performance winning all 7 matches with 29 holes to be brought to the away leg. Brother Martin’s All Ireland fourball team had their match postponed meaning 2 matches this weekend to complete the tie in time. Good luck to all.
On Masters week 18 Seniors turned out on Concra Wood with our club captain Brian McGoverns team winning with 41 pts. Brian was assisted by Eamonn Toal and Pat McBride. 2nd place went Pat McNeill, Adrian Sewell, Nicky Hore 40 pts.
Last weeks scoring format was an Irish Waltz and that’s 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3.
3rd April 2018
CONCRA WOOD DRIVE IN A GREAT SUCCESS
Great numbers turned out last Saturday for our annual Captains Drive in for Brian McGovern and Carmel McAleavey. The weather finally allowed our 18 hole team event sponsored by Heineken to go ahead and Brian and Carmel made sure to make the most of it by hitting solid shots off the tee-box to mark the official start to the golfing calendar. 22 teams took the field and with 2 scores counting on each hole some great scoring ensued. With the sponsor on board, Mac Sammon steered his team to victory with 89 points along with Pat Conlon, Tate Donnelly and Mona Metcalfe. Not far behind, the runners-up were Cathal Simpson, Ronan McDonnell, Nicky Hore and Yvonne Duffy. A special mention has to made to the Junior Captain Pauric Donaghy who had his first hole-in-one at the 14th hole, that one will live long in the memory, well done Pauric. Best wishes to Brian, Carmel and their respective committees for the year ahead.
An 18 hole club competition ran over the weekend and was won by David Lennon with 39 points, in second place was playing partner on the day Gavin McEneaney two points adrift. A mention here too for a man of few words, Seamus Bishop had an unusually low scoring round for him but credit where it’s due, a birdie on the 14th hole means he was the only member of the 2s club at the weekend and it made up for half his final score!!
Next weekends competition will be sponsored by Declan Loughman Sports, stableford format played off the green tees.
Best wishes to Martin Malones All Ireland Fourball team who travel to Belfast next Sunday to take on Greenacres. Hopefully a positive result will be brought back to Concra for the home leg.
17 seniors played on Thursday last and the results are. Winners on the count back with 44 pts Pat McNeill, PJ Harte, Jimmy Lambe. 2nd Brian McGovern, Eamonn Toal, Pat McBride.
27th March 2018
RORY ON FORM
Rory Niland made it three wins this calendar year last weekend by scoring no less than 40 points in the Sealo Freight sponsored competition at the weekend. Rory played some very solid golf over the 18 holes with no birdies but only one double bogey in the round and 22 points on the back nine meant he beat Category 2 winner Gary Doyle on a breakdown. Category 1 went to Gary Morgan, his steady score of 37 points was enough to take that prize. Category 3 went to Martin Malone with 36 points. Martin is preparing his team for battle in a couple of weeks in the All Ireland Fourball against Greenacres, he may include himself in the teamsheet going on this form!
VIEW BAR AND RESTAURANT SPRING LEAGUE
The View Bar and Restaurant sponosred Spring League Round 4 was completed last weekend with the top 4 teams decided and Matchplay fixtures along with it. Captain Brian McGoverns Team 12 will face off against Francie Boylans Team 4 and Billy Hannas Team 11 will face Mark McCaheys Team 1. Captains can you let your fellow team members know and we ask that these matches be fulfilled by Sunday 15th April at the latest. Category winners for last week were Category 1 Greg Duffy, Category 2 David O’Neill, Category 3 Joe McGrath and Category 4 Jim O’Neill.
Next weekend we’re hoping for 3rd time lucky in the Heineken sponsored Captains Drive-In on Saturday 31st March, a new time-sheet was put up on the noticeboard last week, if you haven’t already put your name down please do so as a draw will take place on Thursday evening. There will be 18 hole club competition running for anyone who wishes to play over the weekend that can’t make the Drive-In.
Masters draw €10 per entry, you will be assigned 2 players for that and only 45 entries! Winner will take home a Taylormade M4 Driver.
New clubs for 2018 from the 3 leading brands in golf; Ping, Callaway and Taylormade and new aparell has arrived at the pro shop, from; Galvin Green, Footjoy, Rhonisch and Green Lamb, Adidas and Nike clothes will be arriving soon!
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The early start of 10am must have suited with 27 seniors teeing up on Thursday last. The hand picked team of captain Brian McGovern, President Paul Short and Nicky Hore who teed off at 8.30am, due to an important meting with TD Heather Humphreys, failed to perform, possibly due to time pressure!! However no such worries for Joe Quinn, James ONeill, Raymond Kernan who took 1st place with a no stress 46 pts. 2nd Martin Allen, PJ Lambe, Eamonn Quinn with44 pts. 3rd place With 42 pts Pat McNeill, Joe Gleason, Junior McKeown.
20th March 2018
Drive-In stalled but Sealo Freight will deliver
Our annual Captains Drive-In due to take place on Sunday last fell foul of the weather as snow fell on Conca Wood last weekend. The Drive-In has been re-scheduled for Saturday 31st March, anyone who wishes to play please place their name on the new sheet on the noticeboard. Along with the drive-in our final week of the View Bar and Restaurant sponsored Spring league also had to be postponed until next weekend, remember its 3 scores counting toward the team total with the top four going into Matchplay playoffs. This can be played in conjunction with the 18 hole competition.
Anyone who played in the competitions last weekend can have those fees offset against the next competiton they play as both had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. Those who entered a spring league score may have that score stand or play again this week (inform the pro-shop before you play what your intentions are please.)
Our schedule of 18 hole weekly competitions will commence next weekend with Seamus Leonards Sealo Freight the first to play for. Play will be stableford off the white tees (green if they are back from re-furbishing).
Winners this week were Captain Micky Quinn, Eamonn Johnson, P J Lambe with 45 pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, Joe Quinn, Brian Laide with 44 pts.
13th March 2018
Brian in the driving seat..
Captain Brian McGovern had the best possible preparation for next weekends drive in by being in the prizes last weekend as his 33 points were enough to win the 15 hole competition, we’re expecting great things off the first tee next Sunday Brian, no pressure!! Playing partner Andy Whelan also took the course apart and showed up some of the younger members with another great score. Andy’s 32 points got him into second position to secure another podium spot this year.
The view restaurant sponsored Spring league is coming to a conclusion and with three scores counting last week and next, we’re seeing some likely candidates for top four spots but there are a number of teams that could have their say. Category winners this week were: Cat 1 Gene McGuigan, Cat 2 Gerry McCaul, Cat 3 Pat McNeill and Cat 4 Andy Whelan. Good to see Paul McArdle down on the time sheet again and by all accounts he hasn’t lost it since an extended lay off (he’s still carrying the bag too!!).
CAPTAINS DRIVE IN
The Heineken sponsored Captains drive in is this Sunday 18th March. We ask anyone who wishes to play to get their name on the list on the notice board by Saturday afternoon, a draw will take place that evening for four person teams. There will be a 10:30 shotgun start for a classic style format, 2 scores counting each hole. Please assemble at the clubhouse by 10am at the latest. Presentation of prizes and finger food will follow immediately after the golf. Best of luck to both Brian and Carmel for this weekend and the rest of the year.
19 played on Thursday last with the fairways dry and in great condition. Welcome to new member Brian Laide. Winners this week were Eamonn Toal, Micky Quinn, Junior McKeown 46 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Jim ONeill, Pat McBride 45 pts. 3rd Declan McAteer, Pat Horgan, Arther McGeogh, Brian Laide 42 pts.
6th March 2018
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR COMES TO CONCRA THIS OCTOBER
Last week saw the announcement that in the first week of October this year Concra Wood will host the Irish Challenge leg of the European Challenge Tour. This is the fourth time that Concra will have hosted a professional golf event of this type but is a step up from the Euro-Pro tour events that were hosted between 2012 and 2014. For a club that is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year its a great achievment and honour to have the European tour pick our course for this event. Great thanks have to be given to our Head Professional Conor McKenna who along with the board of Concra Wood liased with the Challenge Tour to arrange this exciting development. Well done to all involved.
Captains Drive In
Our Captain Brian McGovern and Lady Captain Carmel McAleavey will have their Drive In on Sunday 18th March with a four person team event on the day. A shotgun start time of 10:30, we would ask that players assemble at the clubhouse at 10am. Anyone who would like to take part please put your name on a list on the noticeboard as soon as possible. We intend to play a classic style event with 2 scores counting on each hole so that those who wish to enter a score for their Spring league teams may do so on the day.
The weather has of course pushed back the 3rd week of the Spring league but hopefully this weekend we will be able to complete same. Remember its 3 scores from each team this week so all hands to the pump!! The usual 15 hole competition will also take place weather permitting.
13th February 2018
The first week of the View Bar and Restaurant sponsored had to be extended due to the course being closed on account of the snow last Sunday. Anyone who didn’t get a chance to play may enter a score up until Sunday 18th Feb. Anyone who did play may discard last weeks score in an attempt to better their score from last week but be sure to tell the pro-shop what their intentions are before the start of play. If you shoot a worse score that will be the one that counts!! The usual nine and fifteen hole competitions will also be available independant to the Spring league should the weather allow. Our Category winners from last weekend were Cat 1 Ciaran McMahon 22pts, Cat 2 Emmet Brennan 21pts, Cat 3 Pat Conlon 21pts, Cat 4 Nicky Hore 20pts.
LAST CHANCE FOR SHARES
The deadline for anyone wishing to purchase a share in Concra Wood has been set at 28th February, anyone who is interested please contact the office, Conor in the Pro-shop or any member of the Board for more details.
A meeting for members and shareholders will take place in Concra Wood on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm to update you on the current share situation with the deadline fast approaching on the 28th Feb. We encourage as many of you to attend this meeting as possible.
23 played on Thursday last and the results are, winners Gerry Treacy, PJ Harte, Nicky Hore, Barny McDonald 49 pts. 2nd Joe Quinn, Pat Conlon, Paddy Niland, Brendan Laverty managed to accumulate 47 pts over tea and coffee at the bar. 3rd Heber McMahon, Andy Whelan, R Kernan 42 pts
Captain Micky Quinn’s new scoring format was 3 scores counting on all even numbers.
6th February 2018
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Johnny Redmond was last weekends 15 hole competition winner with a fantastic score of 35 points, last years captain won on a breakdown to runner-up Nicky Hore and needed that single point on the last to take the win! Nicky can console himself however as he also entered the nine hole competition and his 22 points won on a breakdown from both Barry O’Reilly and Gerry McCaul who had identical scorecards to jointly take the runner up spot. Next weekend is a 15 hole competition along with a 9 hole, remember to play off the white tees in the absence of the greens.
The View Restaurant and Bar sponsored Spring league draw took place last Sunday and with 15 teams vying for 4 spots in the play-offs this year the next 4 weeks of golf will provide some interesting results. On paper there appears to be little to seperate any of the teams so with two scores for the 1st 2 weeks and 3 for weeks 3 and 4 making up the team totals it’s all to play for. Best of luck to everyone.
We would like to remind all members that have yet to pay annual subs that failure to do so by the end of February will mean your name will be removed from the BRS system and you will not be insured to play on the course. Please get in touch with Annette in the office for payment methods ASAP.
Finally on a sad note we would like to acknowledge the sudden death of Michael McKenna, father of our Club Professional Conor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Conor and his family at this time. May he rest in peace. We would also like to extend our thoughts to Tom McBride and family on the passing of club member Rose McBride. May she rest in peace.
16 played on Friday last and a big welcome to new member Ciaran Coyle.
As you will see from the results Ciaran wasted no time getting into the winning way. 1st Gerry Treacy, Joe Quinn, Andy Whelan, Ciaran Coyle with 52 pts. 2nd Brian McGovern, Eamonn Toal, Jim ONeill, Barney McDonnell.
30th January 2018
Spring is almost upon us and some more golfers are venturing back on course now that the weather has improved. Last weekend saw Mac Sammon take the honours in the 15 hole competition as his 34 points won on a breakdown from Captain Brian McGovern. Brian was partnered for his round by Andy Whelan who recently won some new clubs in the pro-shop draw, they seemed to be doing the trick for Andy up until the last hole but unfortunately for him a blank at the last kept him out of those prizes. Andy however has the consolation of winning the nine hole competition wit a terrific score of 23 points in second position, with 21 points on a breakdown Captain Brian makes it into the prizes on both counts this week with Brendan Lambe missing out this time round.
Our Spring league draw has been postponed until Sunday 4th February to allow more time for players to get their entries in, as usual please put your name, handicap and spring league entry on an envelope with a €10 entry fee in the box next to the computer. As a result we will be running a 15 hole competition alongside a 9 hole which can be played anytime this week.
Please note that the green markers are away for a refurbishment for the foreseeable future, so we would ask members to play from the white markers until they return.
Anyone who has yet to pay their annual subs, we would ask that you contact the office as soon as possible to make arrangements to renew for the year.
17 played on Tuesday last with Eamonn Toal, Pat Conlon, Sean Mulligan,Brendan Laverty coming out on top with 44 pts. Runners up were Brian McGovern, Hebor McMahon, Paul Short, Raymond Kernan with 43 pts
Next week we will be collecting the senior membership subs.
16th January 2018
Our latest 15 hole competition played last weekend saw a great performance from Martin Malone. His 35 points was more than enough to take first prize. In second place was Francie Boylan who shot 33 points for his 15 holes. A nine hole competition was also run over the weekend the result of this one was a little tighter. James King came out on top on this occasion with a score of 20 points which won on a breakdown. James must be getting plenty of practice up at the driving range as he’s been spending enough time up there!! In second place was our newly installed Captain Brian McGovern also with 20 points. Weather permitting we will be running another 15 hole competition alongside a nine hole event next weekend.
The Spring league is due to commence on Monday 22nd of January so we would encourage as many players as possible to join in. As usual please put your name, handicap and Spring league entry on an envelope with a €10 entry fee into the box at the computer.
Finally, the club would like to convey our deepest sympathies to committee member Billy Hanna and the Hanna family on the death of Billys father, William Hanna Snr, who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.
Our brand new captain Mickey Quinn held his drive in on a foggy Wednesday last. The best description of Mickeys drive would be EXPLOSIVE. However he was allowed to reload and this one was down the middle. After drinks and lots of Christmas pudding play did eventually get under way. After golf finger food was served and 2017 captain Pat McNeill handed in his cards. Pat was thanked for the good work during his year which was actually 15 months.
The yearly accounts were published and the major winners were, Presidents prize Andy Whelan.
Captains prize Eamonn Toal.
Jimmy Coleman Memorial Trophy Joe Quinn.
Best attendance Hebor McMahon.
Most Improved Pat McBride.
Winners this week, Gerry Treacy, Eamonn Toal, Nicky Hore with 51 pts. 2nd Pat McNeill, Sean Mulligan, Paul Short with 48pts. 3rd Martin Allen, Pat Conlon, Tony Carville with 45 pts.
Good luck to captain Mickey and enjoy your golf in 2018.
9th January 2018
RORY DRIVING IN STYLE
Our first 15 hole competition of the year only brought out a few brave souls to face the cold conditions. The man who topped the leaderboard with a score of 32 points was Rory Niland. Rory received a new driver from Santa and it’s paid instant dividends as he used it to great effect, he could even afford a blank on the fourth!! In second place this time around was John Keenan who was 2 shots further back.
There will be another 15 hole competition this weekend played off the green tees.
The spring league will be upon us soon and we would ask that any members who wish to take part to please put a €10 entry fee into an envelope with their name and handicap with spring league entry clearly written on the front. We hope to get this one up and running soon so that the matchplays between the top 8 teams at the end can take place in good time.
Anyone who is yet to pay their annual subscription could they contact Annette in the office for payment options. 042 9749485 Ext 2.
Finally we would like to wish all members a very Happy Golfing New Year and here’s to lower handicaps for 2018.
5th December 2017
MARKS MEN FINISH THE JOB.
The Sealo Freight sponsored Winter league came to a conclusion at the weekend and the front runners from week 2 of Mark McCahey, Martin Farnan, Gary Doyle and Nicky Hore wound up winning by a clear nine points from the field. Well done to Marks team who posted consistently good scores between them over the six weeks. Second place however was not as much of a formality, Billy Hannas team 7 had been in position to overtake Marks team had they slipped up but alas they fell short at the final hurdle and they themselves were pipped by Greg Duffys team 1 by the narrowest margin. Well done to Greg, Paul Campbell, Martin Moore and Larry Coleman on taking second spot. Category winners for the turkey prize this week were as folows, Cat 1 Paul Murphy 18 pts, Cat 2 Martin Farnan, Cat 3 Martin Moore 21 pts and Cat 4 Nicky Hore 21 pts.
Our Annual General Meetings took place on Friday last and with it the changing of the guard took place with our new Captains formally being announced as both Brian McGovern and Carmel McAleavey take office. Best wishes to both Captains and their respective committees for 2018. Our newly elected president Paul Shortt and lady vice president Eileen Kerr also took up their new posts on the night. The future of Castleblayney Golf Club looks bright, anyone who wishes to enquire about membership for next year please make enquiries with Annette in the office 042 9749485 Ext2.
Santa will be making an appearance at Concra Wood on Saturday 16th December at 2pm. Please do join us for a great family day. All are welcome members and visitors alike.
Tickets for our annual Christmas draw are currently on sale at the bar, pleae support this endeavor as it raises much needed funds for the club. Tickets are priced at 3 for €5.
Just 8 holes played last week due to frost but that didn’t affect the scoring. Winners with 44 pts were Declan McAteer, Joe Quinn, Pat Horgan. 2nd Pat Conlon, Paul Short, Brendan Laverty, Pat McBride on 44 pts. 3rd Pat McNeill, Adrian Sewell, Junior McKeown with 40 pts.