Friday, 27 March 2015

Golf notes


The Athlone Golf Club Senior Scratch Cup took place last Sunday May 15th. In very tough conditions, current Irish International, Eddie McCormack playing off +2, put together two very steady rounds of 76 & 75 to claim the Maurice De Lacy Staunton Cup. Gerry Deegan (1) with rounds of 81/74 claimed second spot while another Athlone member Thomas O’Connor finished third with rounds of 75/81.   

  Special mention must also go to Chathail O’Malley of Westport who stormed up the leaderboard with a fantastic 72 in the second round.

  Congratulations to our Jimmy Bruen Team who had a fine victory over Ballinasloe in the first round last week. In an excellent team performance, heroes of the hour were John Burns and John Costello who won the deciding match at the first tie hole away from home. Congratulations to manager Ray King and to the team on the day. 

  The Plumbers have a 12 Hole Competition on Monday 23rd May from 6.30 pm onwards.


Competitions this week are the Mens competition on Thursday while on Friday evening it’s social golf with a nine hole scramble. Next Sunday is the PGA Tankard with format being an 18 hole stableford. The winner will join an elite group of players who have previously won this much sought after prize. 

  Dates for your diary are the Holmpatrick Cup on the 29th and the President’s prize on June 5th. Junior Golf continues on Saturday mornings at 11 am, for boys and girls. 

  Next Saturday Gerry O’Hara is holding a golf classic in aid of the Niall Mellon Trust. Format is a fourball rumble, cost is €160 per team including meal. All support appreciated.


Junior golf is starting next Saturday at 9.30 am (to 1 pm). The course is reserved for Juniors during this period. The results of the Peirce Purcell Match held on Saturday was 4 to 1 in favour of Loughrea. Thanks to all members of the Peirce Purcell panel for their efforts.


Next weekend we have another GOY in the Jones Oil. As usual book online.

Now that the golf season is in full swing our attention will be focused on our Annual Golf Classic which takes place over 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. 


President’s Prize to junior boys and girls will take place this Saturday May 21st. Tee-off at 2.30 pm. 18 hold competition for juniors with handicap. 9 hole competition for non-handicap juniors.

  Well done to the ladies Senior Cup team who won the Connacht semi-final in Portumna on Sunday 15th. Team as follows: Sinead Bennedetti, Anne McCormack, Mary Seymour, Ruth Lennon, Paula Quinn. Sub: Rosemary O’Brien. They were narrowly beaten by Claremorris in the final 3/2 in which the last match brought their opponents to the 19th. They have also qualified for the All-Ireland in August at Malone Golf Club. 

  Ladies results from Tuesday 10th May – 1st Sandra Kelly 39 pts, 2nd Kate Walsh 38 pts, gross Sinead Bennedetti 30 pts, 3rd Mary Seymour 34 pts. Open Friday 13th: 1st Anne Quirke 36 pts, 2nd Mady Daly (last 6) 36 pts. Mens results Open Friday 13th, 1st Noel Lawlor 38 pts, 2nd Robert Hill  38 pts. Sunday 15th, 1st Pauric Dervin 38 pts, 2nd John Cunningham 37 pts, Gross Enda Daly 31 pts, 3rd Frank Flanagan 37 pts. The 2nd day of the President’s prize to ladies is this Sunday 22nd May and Lady President June Halliday would like to wish all competitors the best of luck in the competition. There will be a Mens evening competition on Sunday 22nd May.


Please note that there will be no scramble this Friday because of other events. This weekend sees the running of our annual classic which is a very important fund-raising event for the club. All members are asked to make every effort to play in the Classic which will be held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time-sheets are on display in the clubhouse and also entries can be made with Gerry Callaghan on 087-2538054 or Gerry King on 087-2071520. Golfers from other clubs are asked to give us whatever support they can by way of team or individual entry. Prizes for the event will be presented at a function on Sunday night. All are welcome.