Having been regular playing partners for many a year, Francis Curley and Aidan McParland stuck together once again as first Francis and then Aidan secured top honours on consecutive Sundays at County Armagh Golf Club.
Curley last tasted success four months ago when he lifted the PGA Tankard by virtue of a nett 65. This time, an excellent nett 67 saw him head the standings in a Club Stroke event on 3 September that was kindly sponsored by Fairlawns Residential Home.
Unlike in that Tankard triumph back in May which was made possible by a remarkable recovery from a listless start, Francis performed adroitly right from the off in parring each of the opening four holes. A wobbly patch ensued as the 12-handiapper surrendered four shots to the course between the 5th and 7th. However, a more than decent ratio of seven pars from his remaining 11 holes banished the memory of that blip and set up Curley's deserved win.
Francis Curley, winner of the Fairlawns Residential-sponsored stroke competition at County Armagh Golf Club is presented with his prize by Claire Cassidy, manager at Fairlawns Residential. Also pictured are Club Captain, Richard Stewart, and other prizewinners (L-R) Shea Smyth, Brian McGuigan and Eamon O'Hagan.
Among the final pieces of silverware on offer from County Armagh Golf Club's 2017 fixture list were the Half Century Cup and the Arthur Mayne Cup, both of which were contested on Saturday 2 September.
As its title might suggest, the Half Century Cup is competed for by those whose 50th birthday has been and gone, and emerging triumphant from this practised coterie was Jimmy Wilson with a hefty 41-point salvo. After birdies at the 2nd and 5th arrived either side of bogeys at the 3rd and 4th, Wilson proceeded to par all but one of his remaining 13 holes, with his only other dropped shot of the day coming up on the 10th. This meant that Jimmy would sign for a fantastic gross 71 that enabled him to add the Half Century Cup to the Junior Scratch Cup that he lifted earlier in what has been a brilliantly fruitful campaign for the now five-handicapper.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Richard Stewart, awards the Half-Century Cup to Jimmy Wilson. Also pictured are Ian O'Hea and Paul McCurry, who came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Another player to have featured frequently among the prizes in recent months is Ian O'Hea, and he notched a runner-up finish here by virtue of a 40-point round that owed much to a marvellous back nine containing six pars and a birdie at the 18th. Testament to O'Hea's successful season is the reduction of his handicap from 15 to 12 since the qualifiers began in April — there's seemingly much to be said for warm-weather golfing training.
COUNTY Armagh Golf Club bade an official farewell to its retiring Professional Alan Rankin last week.
After 27 years at the club, Alan stepped down from the post of Head Professional at the beginning of the year.
Presenting the Dungannon man with a cheque for cash donations from members, Club Captain Richard Stewart paid tribute to his commitment and dedication.
“27-years is a very long time for anyone to work for any business or indeed club. When you think about it, Alan has served a generation of golfers at County Armagh. He was very much dedicated to the retail and coaching aspect of golf, and I know many members even today, appreciated his worldly advice down through the years.
Retiring Professional at County Armagh Golf Club, Alan Rankin and his wife Jane are pictured with Club Captain Richard Stewart, Lady Captain Gail Steed, Vice-Captain Colm Shannon and Lady Vice-Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.
From this weekend 2nd September the Clubhouse Bar is running a promotion for Hop House 13 beer.
Hop House 13 is a double hopped lager brewed with Guinness yeast. Named after an early 1900's hop storage building at St James's Gate, this wonderful lager is fresh, fruity and hopped filled drink.
Initially available during all televised Premiership soccer matches:
Five (yes 5!) bottles for £11 cash or £9.90 with membership card....