Mens Golf Club Notes | Concrawood Golf Club | Ireland
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.