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.
COUNTY Armagh Golf Club welcomed its many sponsors to its course and clubhouse recently.
Hosted annually, ‘Sponsors Day' is an opportunity for the club to say ‘thank-you' to those local businesses and individuals who have supported the club – financially and otherwise – during the year.
Upwards of 40 sponsors and their guests played the course in a stableford competition before enjoying a sumptuous evening meal with wine. Prizes for this year's event were kindly sponsored by @Seven Hills Restaurant.
Speaking at the evening presentation, County Armagh Captain Richard Stewart said: “Sponsors are the life-blood of any club – especially in the current climate – and their support is very much appreciated.”
Lady Captain Gail Steed added: “County Armagh have a large, vibrant Ladies Section – one of the largest outside of Belfast, and is the envy of many of neighbouring clubs – our sponsors are very much a part of our success and for that we are very thankful
“We also really appreciate that many of our sponsors have been very loyal sponsors over a number of years – in addition this year we have managed to secure a number of new sponsors – and we really value their contribution.”
Sponsors Convenors' Gerry Kelly and Elizabeth Mawhinney were also praised for their efforts.
Shauna Finn (centre), representing the @Seven Hills Restaurant, is pictured with Ladies Winners at the County Armagh Golf Club Sponsors Day, Caitlin McKinney and Paula McCrory. Included also are County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart and Lady Captain Gail Steed.
Results from the Sponsors Day competition were as follows:
Monday 18 th September
Shotgun Start – 2.30pm
County Armagh Golf Club secured a fantastic victory in the Jack Craig Memorial Foursomes on home soil on Sunday 20 August.
The winning team was captained by Paul Doyle and made up of Charlotte and Anthony Hillen, Hilary Johnston and Stewart Stevenson, Aideen Canavan and Jarlath McReynolds, Teresa Corrigan and Jimmy Wilson, and Mary Black and Jerome Leer. Many congratulations to all involved!
As part of the continuing improvements of the course at County Armagh Golf Club, the Greens staff took delivery of a new Baroness Fairway mower. Checking out the new machine with Greens Convenor Davy Baird (seated) and Head Greenkeeper Ian McCarragher, are Pat McAleavey, Club Treasurer and Dougie Somerville, Trustee.
O’Connell’s GAC Tullysaran are holding a Golf Classic on Friday August 11 in County Armagh Golf Club in memory of club stalwarts Brendan Smyth and Stan Corrigan.
Entry fee for a team of four is £160 which includes a meal afterwards. A donation will also be made to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
To book a tee time, contact Damien Smyth (07725197615) or Martin McKinney (07821668093).
The golf will be followed by a presentation and a night of music/entertainment in the club
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart presents the John O'Neill Memorial Salver to Mixed Greensomes competition winners Mary Black and Jerome Leer. Included also are runners up Anthony Conlon and Cathleen Mone, Sean Dougan and Ann McDonald and Hilary Johnston and Stewart Stevenson, Gross Prizewinners.
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We have received information from Firmus Energy regarding road works on the Newry Road starting on the 3/07/2017 and lasting for approximately 4 weeks.
There will be lane closures with traffic lights in place.