Sunday, 29 March 2015

Golf Notes


Presentation Night: Our first presentation night takes place on Friday 6th May at 9 pm. Presentations will be held for the last two open weekends – The Oliver Carty Meats and Athlone Crystal Competitions – as well as the Club Competitions for The Knight of Columbanus and Turn the Tide of Suicide. We would ask all members and prize-winners in particular to support the night to show appreciation to our sponsors.

Jimmy Bruen: Good luck to the Jimmy Bruen team in their first round match against Ballinasloe on Monday 9th. Tee-off is at 5 pm. All support is welcome. 

Plumbers: The Plumbers have a 12-hole competition on Monday 9th from 5.30 pm onwards.

Wednesday Golfers: Holloway Cup 1st round result: Ballinasloe 397 Pts. Athlone 363 Pts.

The 2nd round takes place on Thursday 5th May in Athlone. Timesheet from 11.14 am. 

Ladies Notes – Intermediate Cup: On May 9th Athlone Intermediate Cup team will travel to Mountbellew where they will meet Tuam. Play starts at 3 pm and your support will be much appreciated. The team is as follows: Anna Walsh, Noirin O’Rourke, Ann Evans, Bridie Meagher, Kathleen O’Donnell, Maria Elliott and Athlone Lady Captain Kay Vaughan. Their managers Margaret Byrne and Mary McHale together with all our members wish them success in their respective matches.
Women in Sport: Athlone Ladies Club are again offering aspiring lady golfers an opportunity to take up this wonderful sport. This course will consist of an introduction to golf by P.G.A. Professional Kevin Grealy with the chance to play a few holes. The course begins on Thursday May 6th at 6.30 pm and is spread over a number of weeks. Contact Athlone Golf Club on 090-6492073, Breda on 086-6012542 or Patricia on 086-8590478. 

Ladies! Don’t forget Fun Fridays. Check notice board for different formats.


Cryan’s Hotel Stableford: We had a unique situation on Sunday May 1st last with the first running of the Cryan’s Hotel sponsored stableford. The uniqueness of it was that members had a choice of which tee they played off, and surprisingly the majority chose to play off the blue course. Scoring was below the last few weeks, probably because of no placing and also a strong wind. 

  The winner on the blue course was Collie Griffin (18) with 40 points. He beat Alan Ffrench (11) on 38 and Gordon Kavanagh (9) took Gross with 28, while Johnny Martin (11) was 3rd with 37. On the white course Seamus Sweeney (21) with 38 took top spot, Tom Daly (18) with 37 was 2nd. Gross went to Brendan Boyle (14) and 3rd to Joe Bruen (21) also 37. 

Cox’s Pharmacy Junior & Intermediate Scratch Cups: On Monday May 2nd we had another two-course competition with the Cox’s Pharmacy Junior & Intermediate Scratch Cups Stroke. Winner of the Junior Scratch Cup was John Grogan (6) of Malahide Golf Club with 80, Matt Farrell (7) was second with 84 and David McDermott (6) 3rd, also with 84. The Net prize went to Johnny Martin (10) with 75. In the Cox’s Intermediate Scratch Cup Jim ‘Duval’ McLoughlin (16) was top with 79. 2nd with 81 was John Coffey (10) and 3rd was Michael Egan Logue (15), also 81. The net prize went to Pat Conlisk (19) with 69. 

Murphy Cup: On Saturday & Sunday next 7th & 8th of May we are holding the Murphy Cup in memory of our deceased member, Damien Murphy. This is an Open Competition for Ladies & Gents in aid of North-West Palliative Care, and is organised by Owen Gibney. Timesheet is available online or by contacting the club on 071-9667015. 

Club Classic: Now that the golf season is in full swing our attention will be focused on our Annual Golf Classic  which takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend (June 3-6). The committee would encourage all members to participate in this Club fundraising event, and also to encourage as many non-members as possible to play. 

Pierce Purcell: Practice for this week will be on Friday next May 6 in Golf Club, at 6.30 over 9-holes 4Some. 


The following are the results of the Peter Hester sponsored 18-hole Stableford competition held on Sunday May 1st – 1st: Michael Mulligan 42 pts; 2nd: Gerard Tiernan 42 pts; Cat. 1: Joe McElhone; Cat. 2: Gerry O’Gara 40 pts; 3rd: Greg Kelly 40 pts.

  The club is holding a 9-hole Scramble on Friday May 6th at 6.30. The Scramble will be followed by the Club Competitions presentations, scheduled to commence at 9 pm.


A meeting will be held next Tuesday night 10th May on the rules of golf. All welcome. This is an ideal opportunity to brush up on the rules and iron out any queries you have over certain rules. Helen Sweeney will be present to answer your questions.    

  Hard luck to the ladies junior foursome team who were beaten by Boyle last Saturday in Carrick-on-Shannon. The team put up a great fight and it was as follows: Kate Walshe, Annie Timothy, Anne Quirke, Catherine Mulryan, Bernie Burke and Marina Dolan. 

  Connacht claimed 3rd place in the ladies interprovincials at the Royal County Down, Newcastle last week with an impressive win against Leinster. Connacht team was as follows – Captain: Rita Grealish (Galway), Manager: Anne Evans (Athlone), Doireann Carney (Galway), Anne Cassidy (Portumna), Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna), Ailbhe Farrell (Roscommon), Sarah Helly (Enniscrone), Niamh Kitching (Limerick), Anne McCormack (Roscommon), Holly Robinson (Co. Sligo).  

  Ladies results – Open Day, Friday 22nd April: 1st S. Benedetti 36 pts, 2nd M. Daly 36 pts. Sunday 24th April 9-holes: Winner Kate Walshe 20 pts. Tuesday 26th April (sponsor Pat Tully): 1st H. Sweeney 39 pts, 2nd J. O’Gara 39 pts, 3rd M. McManus 39 pts. Friday 29th Open Day, 1st A. O’Gara 43 pts, 2nd Mgt. Brennan 36 pts. Sunday 1st May 18-hole stableford competition: 1st S. Kelly 37 pts, 2nd Y. Waldron 36 pts, Gross R. Lennon 28 pts, 3rd K. Ruane 36 pts. 

  Mens results – Open Friday 29th April: 1st Jack McGahon 42 pts, 2nd James Walker 40 pts, Gross Ken Kearney 35 pts, 3rd Johnny Martin 40 pts (Carrick-on-Shannon). Sunday 1st May (sponsored by Charlie O’Brien Pharmacist): 1st Harry Casey (Senior) 41 pts, 2nd John Carter 39 pts, Gross Liam Casey 32 pts, 3rd Alan Craven 39 pts. Open mens fourball on Monday 2nd May sponsored by Martin’s Golf, Athlone: 1st L. Casey and F. Ferguson 42 pts, 2nd O. Hannon and P. Hewitt 41 pts, Gross A. Craven and N. Lalor 34 pts. 

  President’s prize (Ms. June Halliday) Qualifying round, 18-hole stroke next Sunday 8th May.