1st David Spratt 41pts (best back nine)
2nd Norman Mallon 41pts
3rd Micky Cullen 40pts
The long and the short of it ...
It's no tall story, diminutive David Spratt won the Club stableford on Saturday.
The wee man took the prize with 41 points, but Norman Mallon will stand tall in the knowledge he lost out on countback after returning the same 41 points.
Steady scoring over the front nine saw David stack up 19 points and his good form continued on the inward trek with a further 22 points added to his tally.
Norman chalked up 20 points over the front nine and added 21 on the back nine, but a 'no score' at 14 was the difference in the winning and having to settle for second.
Michael Cullen claimed third prize in a somewhat depleted field, returning 21 points on the front nine and 19 on the back for a very respectable 40 points.
Competition change for January 29/30
A Four-ball Scramble will now take place on Saturday January 29, 2011, instead of the Club Stableford listed in the club fixtures.
The Stableford Competition will be held on Sunday January 30, 2011, replacing the Two-Ball Scramble listed in the club fixtures.
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