ANDY Conn shook off the effects of the holiday festivities to get his new year off to a winning start at County Armagh Golf Club on Sunday.
In fact he left all trailing in his wake in the first stableford competition of 2011 with a superb winning 45 points – four points clear of his nearest rival.
A birdie two at the third hole also boosted his winnings on the day and he could even afford an out-of-bound shot at the last hole.
Mark Gillen led the chasing pack and along with Davy Spratt and Norman Mallon recorded 41 points to claim second, third and fourth place respectively on countback.
After 40-years a member, Tom Calvert has been officially unveiled as Captain of County Armagh Golf Club for 2011.
Out-going Captain Michael Grant presented long-serving Tom with his new navy blue Captain's blazer on New Year's Day.
The inauguration took place in front of a packed clubhouse. Earlier in the day Tom launched an impressive first tee-shot to signal the start of the new club captain's reign.
In his opening speech to members, Tom said he was honoured to take on the new Captain's role and looked forward to a successful and challenging year ahead.
Tom joined County Armagh Golf Club in 1971 and during four decades since has served in various club positions including Council Member, Professional, Greens and Bar Convenor.
Along the way the affable Tom has also collected many prizes, among them the matchplay Smyth Cup which he has won on three occasions, and George Compston's Captain's Day Prize.
But it looks like his playing may be curtailed somewhat at the beginning of this new year as Tom has damaged and possibly broken a bone in his foot which will keep him out of action for a week or two.
However, presenting the first prize of the New Year was among Tom's first duties and after a very competitive Captain's Inauguration 9-Hole Competition, Richard Stewart emerged as the outright winner. Quite a number of scores in the early 20s were believed to be in the reckoning until the winning score of 24 points was announced, launching special New Year's Day celebrations.
1st Kieran Murray nett 61
2nd Mark Gillen nett 65
3rd John Toner nett 67 (back 9)
Presentation of prizes will take place at 9pm on Saturday 2nd October 2010 -all prize winners are requested to attend
Ulster Fourball / Sam Rutherford final dates revealed
The first leg of the Sam Rutherford final against Tandragee takes place on Sunday 12th at 2pm.
The away leg has been fixed for Sunday 26th at a similar time.
The first leg of the Ulster Fourball Trophy will take place in Cairndhu on Sat 18th at 1.30pm.
The return leg will take place on Sat 25th.
All support is welcome
Alex continues his good form
The Club Stableford Competition was once again blighted on Sunday when a heavy fog reduced the number of participants entered to the competition and also had an impact on the amount of points needed to be in the prizes.On this occasion recent regular prize winner Alex Nesbitt took first place overall on the the back nine with 38 points while the first category 0-12 was won by Michael McGuirk with 36 points with the 13-18 section being secured on the back nine by David Spratt with his 37 points and Paul McCreesh having to settle for the final category 19-28 with his 38 points.
1st Alex Nesbitt 38 points(back 9)
0-12 Michael McGuirk 36 points
13-18 David Spratt 37 points(back 9)
19-28 Paul McCreesh 38 points
Congratulations to all above-prizes have been added to players accounts in the Professional's Shop
Paddy posts winning score
The first Club Stableford Competition of December was competed over sixteen holes with the third and fourth holes temporarily out of play due to the reconstruction of the third green and with the conditions under foot still very damp from the recent heavy rain many players found it difficult to put together a prizewinning score.It was however Paddy Darragh who took it all in his stride and delivered the winning score to take first place with his 38 points whilst recent regular prizewinner juvenile convenor Paddy Burns took the 0-12 category on the back nine with his 36 points.The 13-18 section was accounted for by Kieran Grimley with his 36 points whilst Paul McCreesh carded 37 points to take the 19-28 category.
1st Paddy Darragh 38 points
0-12 Paddy Burns 36 points (back 9)
13-18 Kieran Grimley 36 points
19-28 Paul McCreesh 37 points
Congratulations to all above -prizes will be added to players accounts in the Professional's Shop
Norman storms into first place
With the weather holding up many golfers returned to the course at the weekend and were undeterred by the fog on Saturday and cold wind on Sunday to compete in the Club Stableford Competition in the hope of bagging an early Christmas Box.Although conditions under foot were still soft ,the lift clean and place facillity compensated and many took advantage to return excellent scores in the circumstances.On this occasion Norman Mallon took the overall winners prize with his superb 43 points leaving Ally Wilson taking the 0-12 category with his 42 points and John Lowe in first place in the 13-18 section with a similar score of 42 points while recent regular winner Tom Donnelly took the final category of 19-28 with his 40 points.
1st Norman Mallon 43 points
0-12 Ally Wilson 42 points
13-18 John Lowe 42 points
19-28 Tom Donnelly 40 points
Congratulations to all above-prizes will be added to players accounts in the Professional's Shop