Lady Captains Day
Pictured Lady Captain Ann Cox with Winner Kathleen Kelpie
Prize winners on Lady Captains Day.
Lady Captains Day
Pictured Lady Captain Ann Cox with Winner Kathleen Kelpie
Prize winners on Lady Captains Day.
Good Luck to Gillian Ballantyne and her team in the minor cup team against County Sligo on Thursday, and also to Pat Mooney captaining the Intermediate team against Enniscrone on Saturday next. If you are free please come and support the teams.
Ladies Presentation of prizes:
Sunday May 4th @ 6.30pm in the Clubhouse
There will be a presentation of outstanding prizes for all competitions from March 28th to May 1st inclusive ,.
All uncollected prizes will be held over until the next official presentation.
A busy week here in Strandhill was capped off with glorious sunshine for our Easter open weekend and many visitors took the opportunity to enjoy our hospitality. Fridays’s open was won by David Murray from Co Sligo who had a fantastic 45pts followed by another visitor from Co Sligo who came in with another excellent score of 43 pts. Saturdays V Par competition was sponsored by the Sligo Park Hotel and was won by another visitor, this time from Warrenpoint Golf Club, Paul Magee who playing off 6 had a magnificent 8up. Martin Cadden was 5up and Ronan Carroll was 4up. Sundays competition was won by Dessie Timbs who just didn’t manage to qualify in the point, so made it up by going round the course in 1 under and 40pts. Well done Dessie and his win now takes his handicap down to 2… Peter Mcgrath was beaten on the BOT and Colin Foran just edged out vice captain Mick Phelan for third spot.
Members Prizes: A big Thank You for the great response for member’s prizes. To those who have put their names on the list and have just not gotten to it yet –If your prize is in voucher form you can put them in the card box where they will be collected by a member of the committee. Thank You.
If anyone is interested in caddying in the upcoming interclub matches could they put their names on the list in the upstairs locker room.
Congratulations Bubba Watson – 2014 Masters Champion!
and Cyril O’Hara who picked him to win in our Facebook Page Competition.
Balls on the way Cyril…..
While Bubba Watson was winning his 2nd green jacket this weekend, Strandhill members were enjoying tougher conditions on the links with a cool stiff breeze blowing across the links. Still we are a hardy lot and enjoy it we did. Friday’s open was a tight affair but John McHugh came up trumps with a great 40pts to beat Jimmy Noone and Colm Rochford who both had 39pts. On Saturday it was a different case altogether with Pat Thornton winning the Voya Seaweed Baths competition with a fantastic 40pts and a 5pt winning margin from Paul Cox and Alec Hamill. The Venue Bar & Restaurant were the kind sponsors of Sunday’s competition and once again the scoring was excellent. Leo McNally lead the way with a fine 41pts which included birdies at the 7th and the 10th. Noel McHale pipped Martin Gillen by a point to take 2nd with 39pts.
Seniors played Mullingar in Strandhill this week and take a small lead of 15 pts for the return leg on 22nd April. The time sheet starts half hour earlier.
Ladies Team Mixed Foursomes:
All those interested in playing in this year’s team mixed foursomes should put their name on the sheet in the upstairs locker room as the panel is currently being formed.Presentation Of Easter Hampers:
The Presentation of this Thursdays Easter Hamper competition will be held on Thursday evening at 8.30pm in the clubhouse to allow the winners enjoy their treats for Easter.
The decent weather at the weekend brought out members and visitors alike and Fridays Open had a welcome return to good numbers enjoying the links. The scoring was very good and best of the day went to Dave Moriarty who beat Padraic Scanlon on a BOT with both players tied on 41pts. Padraic had a great score going but dropped a heap of shots over the last 5 holes.
Saturdays competition was kindly sponsored by Colm Martyn Landscapes and a big crowd enjoyed some pleasant sunshine for parts of the round. Eddie Rushe must have rested the bad leg over the last few weeks as it didn’t give him any problems as he romped home with a fantastic 42pts from Gerard Fitzpatrick on 40pts. Michael McDermott was third with 38pts.
Sundays Cup Qualifiers was a different ball game altogether with the early starters having to contend with a stiff breeze and some very heavy showers. David Hannigan played in the worst of the weather but he managed a fantastic round of 69 to win by three shots from Colin Foran (72) and Joe Hanney (73).
Club Match Play: The draw for the club matchplay is displayed on the notice board in the ladies locker room. All section matches must be completed by April 30. The rules are also posted on the notice board. Players should place the entry fee of €5.00 in the brown envelopes (which are in the press at the computer) and write their name on it and place in the score card box before playing their first match. It is advisable to get started as early as possible.
Lockers: An inventory of lockers is currently taking place. Anyone requesting a locker should contact Carmel Clarke,
Handicap Changes: Players should be aware that any handicap changes are displayed on the notice board beside the computer. Players should check each time before they play to ensure that they are playing off the correct handicap.
On Sunday last, 34 teams of 4 played in the rumble in aid of Mulranny Golf Club which suffered serious damage during the recent storms. We would like to thank all our members who gave up their time (on Mothers Day) for a very worthy cause. We managed to raise over €1400 which is a great achievment. The results were….
1st Frank Gannon / Martin Cunningham / Peter Carr / Colm Kilbride 98pts
2nd Grainne Henneberry / Seamus Henneberry / Pat Moylan / Fiona Moylan 94pts
3rd Cyril O’Hara / Des Melly / Kieran Henry / Jim Keneghan 93pts
NEW GUI CARDS
The new GUI and ILGU membership cards have been delivered to the club for all members. They are now ready for collection in the golf shop.
The stretch in the evenings is very noticable lately and with the clocks changing this coming weekend, players will have an extra hour of play. Now that we are back on the full course, it is also noticable that an extra number of members are enjoying the links after the long winter. The weather still managed to spoil Friday’s Open which was washed out. Saturdays competition was won by Pat Thornton with an excellent 39points. He had an impressive 23 points on the front nine and still had the luxury on the back nine to blank the last for the victory. Sunday was a mixed bag of weather and the late starters definitely got the better of it with brilliant sunshine arriving just after lunch. Dessie Timbs showed us some early season form with a fantastic 1 over par for 38 points to win the competition from John Stewart who had his chances except for two double bogies on the back nine which cost him dearly.
The beginning of the new season was ushered in with the captain sending all members a welcoming note and informing them that the course was now fully open with the fairways back in play. The greenstaff have worked tirelessly over the winter and their efforts can be seen with the fantastic condition of the course. All the members would like to thank them. With the longer days, competitions are now back to 18 holes too. Members are reminded to book on the timesheet early and if you cannot play please remove your name from the timesheet as their are other members trying to get out. Please also make yourselves familiar with the notice from the competitions & handicap committees.
As for this weeks competitions, Fridays Open was a quiet affair but James Kearins came out on top with an excellent 40pts. Saturdays competition was in contrast very busy with Clive Boyle winning out with 39pts. On Sunday, the drizzle and a few hangovers kept quite a few regulars at home however a few still played and played well. None more so than Gerry Fox who had just drifted out to five when he comes in with 40pts which included a rare 2 at the par 4 8th. Only for 4 bogies at the end of his round this might have been something special. Well done anyway Gerry who pipped Paul Cox who himself had an eagle albeit a boring one at the par 5 5th. These two will have many a battle over the season. Third place went to the ever improving Francis O’Beirne.
There will be a presentation next Sunday evening at 6.30pm in the clubhouse for prize winners in competitions held on Feb 20, Feb 27, March 2, March 9, March 13, March 16, March 20 and March 23.
Any uncollected prizes will be held over to the next official presentation.
Club Matchplay Reminder:
The sheet for the club matchplay are on the notice board upstairs in the ladies locker room. The closing date is March 30th.
Note From The Captain Mr Jim Branley
It gives me great pleasure in welcoming all the members of Strandhill Golf Club to the new season. Our committees and club staff have been working hard over the winter months to get everything ready for a busy few months ahead. For all their hard work, I offer my thanks. I hope you all enjoy some great golf and have an enjoyable season. Good luck to everyone. Jim..
A Note From The Mens Handicap and Competitions Committees
Huge Scores and an albatross for Paul Cox
At this time of the year, players are getting ready for the new season and tinkering with their swings and clubs. While competitions are over 15 holes there are no changes in handicaps so players have a freedom of knowing that good or bad they will still have the same handicap they started the day with. Most of the time thats ok but when a player has 43 points for 15 holes you begin to wonder if there are times when adjustments are made. Paul Conlon had the time of his life on Sunday and did just that. Playing off a reduced handicap of 19 he had 25 points for the front nine and 18 points for the back six holes. Quite a remarkable score. And he wasn’t the only one. Fintan Monaghan had a very respectable 40 points in the same competition, which would be a great score for 18 holes.
In the Friday Open, Paul Cox managed a feat of his own with an albatross 2 at the first hole. A drive and a wedge was all he needed. He didn’t however manage to keep the great start going as Martin Burke won the competition with 36 points. A good crowd played on Saturday in tougher conditions and the winner on the day was Jackie Coyle with 32 points.
Club Matchplay Competitions:The sheets for the Club Matchplay competitions for the Knocknaganny Cup (handicap 0 – 22) Council Cup (HCP 23-28) and Harte Cup (HCP 29-36) are displayed on the notice board in the upstairs locker room. Could all those interested put their names on the relevant entry sheets by March 30th.Inter Club Matchplay:The Homecare interclub matchplay starts in early May. All those interested should ensure their names are listed on the sheets displayed on the notice board downstairs to facilitate the team managers.Sympathy: The Ladies Branch would like to extend our sympathy to Berna Griffin on the recent death of her sister.Best Wishes: The Ladies Branch wish Elsie Mannix a speedy recovery, her presence was missed at the Junior Alliance.
Once again the weather played a major part in the weeks golf in Strandhill. Friday’s Open and Sundays 15 hole competition were pretty much washed out with only a handful on each day returning cards. Saturday was the best of the weekend and quite a few golfers made the best of the good day. Yet again a player has continued a spell of good form and this week it was Robbie Henneberry who after winning last Sunday took the honours on Saturday with an excellent 33pts for 15 holes. Well done Robbie.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Majella & Dolores Brady on the death of their mother Dolly.
” may she rest in peace”
Reposing at her home today, Tuesday, until 10pm and again on Wednesday from 11am until 4pm. Family time thereafter until removal to the Cathedral of St Patrick & Felim, arriving at 6.30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Cullies cemetery. No flowers, donation please to Down Syndrome, C/o Of John or Philip McMahon, Funeral Directors, Cavan or any family member.
Diageo Winter League
The final of the Diageo Winter League took place on Saturday in what was the customary winter league weather of wind and rain. Ena Cahill & Carmel Clarke won out on the day with a fabulous score of 8 up pipping Ann Cox & Chris Owens on 7 up. Congratulations Carmel & Ena great golf on a very difficult day. Mary Corcoran & Gertrude Crummy won the non-qualifiers section on 2 up. The wonderful day concluded with a meal and presentation and great celebrations on the night
Stephanie Conlon represented Diageo who have been loyal sponsors of the winter league for 16 years. This was the 43rd Winter League which was started by Stella McGoldrick in 1970/71 and has gone from strength to strength since. Stella was the special guest on the night.
Full Results :
1st Ena Cahill & Carmel Clarke 8 up,
2nd Ann Cox & Chris Owens 7up.
3rd Brigid Glynn & Margaret Gerrity 4 up.
4th Stephanie Conlon & Christine Tighe 3 up (B9).
5th Therese Cosgrove & Lorna Hill 3 up.
6th Jo Shortt & Grainne Henneberry 1 up (B9).
7th Mary Conefrey & Caroline Peacock 1 up.
The Annual General Meeting of Strandhill Golf Club Ltd will take place in the clubhouse on Friday 28th Feb at 8.00pm. All members are requested to attend.
After all the excitment of the winter league last week the gents this week are taking a back seat as the ladies final took centre stage this weekend. The poor weather hasn’t helped matters either with Friday’s Open a wash out and the weekend was a quiet affair too with all the rain. A few souls went out and battled the conditions. On Saturday, Stephen English continued his great form of late and won the 12 hole competition with 29pts which included four birdies. On Sunday only a few ventured out and best of the bunch was Ronnie Henneberry who won on a BOT from Pat Hickey with both men having 33pts.
Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League Final
The final day of the prestigious Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League took place on Sunday. A shot of morning frost overnight delayed the start by 20 mins but as play got underway, the favourites were beginning to assemble and the clubhouse was a buzz with anticipation. The bookies however were looking forlorn as they tried to persuade punters to part with some cash but were having a hard time of it and with the leaders heavily backed from last week, they were about to get hammered. Conditions were not as tough as last week, which gave some hope to the chasers and as the day progressed some fantastic scores were being put together. The B final was a nine hole affair and Brian Henry and Kieran Egan were in sparkling form finishing 6up from Michael and Paul Cox who were 4up and Fergal Lynch and Ronan McCabe who finished third with 2up.
At this stage the leaders started to hit home and the scores coming in from the course were staggering. Ronnie Conlon and Peter McDonnell had hoped for a little better but finished with 6up today and 12up overall. David Lyndsay and Donal Barry started the day 6up and were having a great tussle with playing partners Stephen English and Jimmy Kiernan. After a great front nine they faded a bit on the latter holes and had to settle for a finishing score of 13up. Seamus and Robbie Henneberry started the day well down the field and felt no pressure whatsoever. With only their pride to play for, they blasted their way around and finished with a fantastic 10up on the day and a 13up aggregate to finish in third place. Another pair in sparkling form Stephen English and Jimmy Kiernan were also blasting their way around the course and only for too many shots dropped last week, they may have given the leaders a run for their money. 11up on the day catapulted them into second spot leaving Noel Tivnan and Gerry Kilbride a target of 16up to beat.
The two boys had their destiny in their own hands and calmly went about the business of finishing off the job from last week. They were 7up after nine holes but went off the boil a bit on the early holes on the back nine but rallied thereafter. Not knowing the leading score in the clubhouse, the boys walked off the 17th 18up and a magnificent 7 iron to 12 feet gave Tivvy the opportunity to savour the moment. The large crowd watched on as he set the ball in motion and it finished off stone dead. Another win and a finishing score of 19up. We never had a chance really. Many congratulations to Noel and Gerry and it was fitting that Gerry’s parents were with him in the clubhouse later in the evening to see him collect his prize. Gerry tells me he won the winter league three times with his dad. Captain Jim Branley welcomed Seamus back to the clubhouse after many years. Gerry was left to give the winning speech and was as eloquent as ever, thanking the committee and all those who ran such a successful winter league. We are also delighted to be able to announce that Strandhill Lodge & Suites have agreed to sponsor the winter league once again next year. David McCoy, General Manager kindly gave us the news and we thank them for continuing their fantastic sponsorship of this prestigious competition. So once again we congratulate the winners Noel Tivnan and Gerry Kilbride on a fantastic score today and becoming Strandhill Lodge & Suites winter league champions 2013/2014.
Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League
1st Noel Tivnan and Gerry Kilbride 19up
2nd Stephen English and Jimmy Kiernan 16up
3rd Seamus and Robbie Henneberry 13up
4th David Lyndsay and Donal Barry 13up
5th Ronnie Conlon and Peter McDonnell 12up
1st Brian Henry and Kieran Egan 6up
2nd Michael and Paul Cox 4up
3rd Fergal Lynch and Ronan McCabe 2up
Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League Final
Gents please take note:
All players in the winter league have a meal paid for after the final round on Sunday. Players who finish early can avail of soup & sandwiches or a breakfast bap. Later finishers have a choice of chicken curry or beef strogonoff. See Donal or Tommy who will only be too glad to help you out…..Enjoy…
Please read the following information carefully as it outlines the full schedule for the winter league final.
Fixtures: Thurs 13th -12 Hole Stableford, 10 hole Stableford for ladies with senior membership.
Diageo Winter League:
Results: Sun 9th Front 9: Mary Corcoran & Gertrude Crummy 7up. Back 9: Marianna Little & Elaine Coghill.
The 12 teams that qualified were:
Red Section: Ann Monaghan & Lucy Devaney, Therese Cosgrove & Lorna Hill. Cass Smith & Ann McNulty, Stephanie Conlon & Christine & Christine Tighe.
Yellow Section: Grainne Henneberry & Jo Shortt, Ann Cox & Chris Owens, Mary Coyle & Kathleen Kelpie, Marian Quinn & Olivia Kenny.
Blue Section: Ena Cahill & Carmel Clark, Brigid Glynn & Margaret Gerrity, Mary Conefrey & Caroline Peacock. Brona Galvin & Brenda McCallion.
Winter League Final Day Schedule:
The first day of the finals took place on Sunday. Everyone got a mixed bag of weather so nobody gained any advantage. The scoring overall was quite close as you would imagine considering only 1 pairing were below level par for the course. As seems to be the usual story, the favourites are to the fore and leading the way are Noel Tivnan and Gerry Kilbride who finished 8up. They got off to a slow start halving the first two and losing the third only to get it back straight away at the next. Wins at 6, 7 and 15 got them to the turn 3up. A half at the next was followed by 5 wins on the trot which included 2 birdies. They lost the 16th but noel won the 17th and a half at the last gives them a two shot lead with 8up. Hot on their heels however is another of the favourite groups, Ronnie Conlon and Peter McDonnell. Ronnie had the distinction of having eagles at the 1st and the 5th. They are in a group of three on 6 up followed by 3 more on 5up. Anyone from 4 or 5 shots behind are still in with a chance to win so next weeks final day should be exciting to say the least. The Non Qualifiers is being lead by B.Henry and K.Egan on 4up and they are being chased by 5 pairs on 2up. The full results are on the facebook page and on the website. Click the links for full results.
Qualifiers Result – Non Qualifiers Result
Strandhill Golf Club Marketing Committee in Belfast
Once again the club was among 35 golf clubs represented, this time in Belfast at the Bord Failte golf club trade show. This is an opportunity for clubs to showcase themselves for visitors and golf societies. Carmel Clarke and John Howley were there on behalf of the club and got a great reaction especially for our new play & stay offer with Strandhill Lodge & Suites. What also has become apparent is that while the golf club is being promoted, the village as a whole is also a factor for people to come and visit. We have fantastic accomadation, bars, cafes and award winning restaurants on our doorstep. The club is making great strides to market itself so that our future is a little bit better. Our thanks go to Carmel and John for their efforts.
A coffee morning is being held at the Strandhill Golf Club for the Donal Parsons Trust this Saturday, 8th February from 10 – 12am. Come and have a cuppa to show your support for Donal, we’d love to see you there!
Michael Phelan – Winter League Betting
Well guys and dolls, the finals of the winter leagues are upon us once again.and we will be running a “Book” on the outcome for the qualifiers and non-qualifiers. I will publish the “odds” on the facebook page and they will also be available in the clubhouse. Will it be one of the “Usual Suspects” (They know who they are) or will it be a darkhorse ? Max bet is €20 and we will be paying each way on first four places. Keep tuned for more info!!!
Diageo Winter League:
Next week sees the final round of the Diageo winter league. All matches will be played on the winter league Front 9. As the qualifiers in some groups will be down to the cards on the last day, all pairings should submit cards. The final will take place on Sat Feb 22nd. The qualifiers will play 18 holes and the non qualifiers will play 12 holes. If any pairing is unable to turn up on the final day please notify a member of committee immediately. It is important that you turn up to ensure your opposite’s have someone to mark their card. A Winter League meeting will take place next Sunday after the winter league and this will be followed by the draw for the Winter League final.
After the penultimate round : Yellow section-Grainne Henneberry & Jo Shortt, Chris Owens & Ann Cox, Kathleen Kelpie & Mary Coyle are through. The last place is up for grabs. Blue Section: Brona Galvin & Brenda McCallion qualified comfortably along with Mary Conefrey & Caroline Peacock. It’s all to play for the remaining two positions. Red section: this is the tightest section with Ann Monaghan & Lucy Devaney qualified and 4 teams competing for the remaining three places.
Attention Members Please Take Note
The 7th green will be on temporary green for a few days as the tide came in on the green. Should hopefully have it open again in a few days.
The poor weather all week cancelled all the competitions once again and it wasn’t until Sunday that members managed to get out onto the fairways. As it turned out, glorious sunshine greeted the gents for a 14 hole competition early in the morning accompanied by a stiff cold wind. After all the rain over the last few weeks, the course has maintained its fantastic condition and the greens are as good as you will get anywhere in the country. Our thanks and gratitude go to the greenkeepers yet again. The competition was a close affair with 5 or six players shooting 28 pts. Con Hegarty took the honours from Jim Owens, both with 30pts on a break of tie, crucially birdying the last hole.
On Friday night we had the final presentation of outstanding prizes from 2013. Many thanks once again to our sponsors who provided fantastic prizes for all our competitions. A special word of thanks to The Embassy Bar who were presenting prizes for the 30th year in a row. We hope they and all our other sponsors continue to support us in the next 30 years. See our facebook page for photos of the night.
On Sunday next the 9th Feb the first 18 holes of the final of the Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League takes place. Good luck to all taking part.
Senior Society 2014
Wed 16th April.
1st. M. Farrell.
2nd. B. O’Neill.
3rd. B. Harte.
4th. J. Murphy.
Seniors played Mullingar in Strandhill this week and take a small lead of 15 pts for the return leg on 22nd April. The time sheet starts half hour earlier
1st. G. Carr.
2nd. M. Cronin.
3rd. N. Mullaney.
4th. P. Watters.
Wed 26 Mar
1st. J Coyne
2nd. L Maher
3rd. J Griffin
4th. A Leggett.
Wed 19 Mar
Wed 12 Mar
1st. P. McManus.
3rd. A. Hamill.
4th. T Mannion
Wed 05 Mar
1st A Lillis
2nd T Peacock
3rd T Basquille
4th S McMorrow
1st G McMorrow
2nd P McCafferey
3rd P Waters
4th C Munroe
1st. J. Mchugh
2nd. T. O’Brien
3rd. J. Reynolds
4th. M. O’Hara
1st. F. Litterland
2nd. S. Boyle
3rd. l. Cabena
4th. F. McKeirnan
1st. P. Watters
2nd. J. Murphy
3rd. D. Moriarty
4th. J. Verdon