Exactly three weeks after Paul Doyle landed the Sunday spoils at County Armagh Golf Club, son Caolan followed in his old man's footsteps with a three-over-par masterclass that prevailed in the club stableford tournament on 2 July.
In the event sponsored by Whittles Spar Supermarket, Caolan stormed round the front-nine aisles to reach the turn with 20 points in his stableford trolley, before eventually arriving at the 18-hole checkout with a massive 42-point salvo. The resultant first prize was a not so unexpected item in Doyle's bagging area.
Playing off nine at the start of proceedings, Caolan bogeyed the 1st before embarking on a run of five pars in a row that was halted only by a birdie at the 7th.
This high was followed by his only true blunder of the day — a double bogey at the 8th — but, completely unperturbed, Doyle the younger proceeded to record seven pars and a birdie in his next eight holes before ending with a pair of fives for a fantastic gross 73.
County Armagh's most difficult par 3? The 9th, Plateau.
The Henry and May White Memorial Open kicked off the July schedule at County Armagh Golf Club and saw Desmond Kinsella roar to victory with a tremendous nett 65.
In the Philip White Tyres-sponsored stroke competition held on the first day of the month, Kinsella's round was bookended by double bogeys at the first and last holes.
Happily for the now 13-handicapper, however, those scrappy sixes were entirely out of keeping with the rest of his play in an excellent 79-stroke showing containing just four dropped shots elsewhere.
Consecutive pars at the 5th, 6th and 7th helped Desmond to a dominant halfway position of three under his handicap, but even better would follow on the back nine.
Seven pars on the spin between the 11th and 17th spoke to a man inspired rather than daunted by the prospect of glory and, indeed, it was this hot streak that guided Kinsella to his first piece of silverware since making a welcome return to the club after a spell in Rossmore.
Desmond Kinsella is presented with the Henry and May White Memorial Open Trophy by Philip White, proprietor of Philip White Tyres Ltd, sponsors of the annual competition at County Armagh Golf Club. Also pictured are Club Captain Richard Stewart and other prize winners (L-R) Conor McAneney (4th overall), Stewart Stevenson (1st gross), David Grimley (3rd overall), James Johnston (2nd gross) and Johnny Brown (5th overall).
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1st Adam Hunniford 41 points (back 6)
2nd Paul Pender 41 points (back 9)
1st Paul G Doyle 41 points
2nd Shea Smyth 39 points
1st Martin Carson 41 points (back 9)
2nd Mark Keogh 41 points
1st Thomas Crowe 40 points
2nd Dermot O'Neill 38 points
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Nat McGeown 101 points
Ian Ritchie 98 points
Danny McGee 96 points (back 9)
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Over another busy few weeks of inter-club action, various County Armagh Golf Club's teams have experienced all the highs and lows associated with matchplay golf.
The Sam Rutherford Memorial Cup saw Patrick Brannigan's charges triumph in fine style over Kilkeel to secure their passage to the competition's last eight.
Results in this event are determined by holes rather than points and, in the first leg played in Kilkeel on Sunday 25 June, the greensomes pairings of Stephen Catterall and John Lowe, Gary McCourt and Paul Corvan and Marty Oliver and Roy Turner led the way in providing County Armagh with a useful halfway platform of just one hole down.
County Armagh's Sam Rutherford side, who defeated Kilkeel to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Senior Open Stableford
1st Walter Neville 39pts
2nd Michael McGuirk 38pts (back six)
3rd Paddy Loughran 38pts
1st Niall Brady 40pts
2nd Lee Campbell 38pts (back nine)
3rd Robbie McMinn 38pts (back nine)
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1st Caolan Doyle 42 points (back 9)
2nd Paul Rice 42 points
1st Joe Rooney 39 points
2nd Johnny Brown 38 points
1st Christopher Lester 39 points (back 9)
2nd Roy Davis 39 points
1st Ciaran Conroy 41 points
2nd Ciaran McCreesh 37 points
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A level-par round warrants victory in most competitions, and Stewart Stevenson's superb 70-stroke performance earned exactly that in the stableford event at County Armagh Golf Club on Sunday 25 June.
The three-handicapper's early endeavours meandered rather tamely, as bogeys at the 1st and 3rd and pars elsewhere left him two over par after seven holes. However, Stewart burst into life at that point, firing birdies at the 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th.
That majestic birdie blitz was checked only slightly by dropped shots at the 9th and 16th before the Senior Cup and Senior Cowdy stalwart closed with two serene pars to complete his 39-point prevailing tally.
Thread the needle: County Armagh's 5th hole, The Gap.
It was on the hoisting of the official County Armagh Golf Club flag that the showpiece fixture in the local golfing calendar got under way in earnest.
With the lady members and juvenile girls and boys already having competed in their various categories earlier in the week, 293 men filled the city fairways on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June in the hope of grabbing glory on Richard Stewart's Captain's Day weekend.
There was no discernible difference in playing conditions between the two days so the entire field was faced with merciful dryness, a stiff and challenging wind and a golf course looking suitably resplendent. It all added up to a fair but exacting golfing examination — to the best man the spoils.
Away from the sporting action, family, friends and members joined Richard for a Saturday coffee morning that provided the perfect opportunity for all those in attendance to catch up with old pals, admire the wonderful array of prizes on offer, and wish our endlessly industrious and infectiously enthusiastic Captain all the very best.
The pristine clubhouse and environs and the refreshments enjoyed by everyone present also served as testimony to the club staff and volunteers who work so diligently to ensure that such events run smoothly.
Meanwhile, we were down to serious business back out on the golf course, where a stunning one-over-par gross 71 made Samuel Jenkins a most worthy Captain's Day champion.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain's Day winner Sam Jenkins is presented with the new Captain's Day Perpetual Cup and his winner's prize, a Powakaddy, by Captain Richard Stewart and his wife Eileen.
Having previously plied his golfing trade in Loughgall, Samuel joined County Armagh only in March but has found the club to his immediate liking.
This was never more in evidence than on Captain's Day when the Hamiltonsbawn contender exploded out of the traps with an outward nine comprising seven pars, a solitary bogey and a bonus birdie at the 5th.
Further birdie brilliance followed at the 10th and 12th enabling the then eight-handicapper to depart the 15th green in an incredibly commanding one-under-par position.
A pulled drive at the Lakes meant Jenkins's direct route to the green was impeded by the net that guards the 7th tee box. And, when the Salamander engineer attempted to draw an 8-iron towards the target, he went long and right, his ball nestling in the flower bed beside the 17th tee. Drama and potential heartache.
However, the fortunate lie, the Seve-style recovery shot and the miraculous par that ensued had Jenkins believing that this might indeed be his red-letter day.
After an understandably jittery double bogey at the penultimate hole, Sam composed himself admirably to record a gutsy four at the 18th and put the seal on a fantastic nett 64 and richly deserved Captain's Day success.
1st Desmond Kinsella nett 65
2nd Mark Loughran nett 66 (back 9)
3rd David Grimley nett 66 (back 9)
4th Conor McAneney nett 66
5th Johnny Brown nett 67 (back 9)
6th Paul Wasson nett 67 (back 9)
7th Brian McGrady nett 67 (back 9)
1st Stewart Stevenson Gross 73
2nd James Johnston Gross 74 (back 9)
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