8th June 2017 - The ladies branch competed in very wet and trying conditions for the Fox Cup for golfers in the handicap range of 0-27, and the Culmore Shield for golfers in the 28 to 36 handicap bracket.
The Fox Cup was donated to the ladies' branch by a past captain, while the Culmore Shield was presented to the club by Mr D S Hyndman in 1953.
Both competitions were generously sponsored by Daily Bake. Unfortunately, Mrs Sheila Stinson who had presented the beautiful array of prices was unable to attend the prize giving.
Fifty eight Lady members competed for the Marie Curie Classic Competition on the 1 st June. The course was in magnificent condition for the annual competition which was again sponsored by Rice's Supermarket, Keady who have been associated with the charity for many years. Although it was officially the first day of spring the persistent rain, combined with a requirement to play to three quarters of normal handicap, made for a particularly challenging round of golf.
The club house was packed with ladies dressed in pink reflecting the worthy charity which this event supports. Mrs Phil Rice, on behalf of the sponsors organised the fabulous display of generous hampers which she presented to the grateful prize-winners. The overall winners were the experienced pairing of Valerie Gordon and Ellen Brady who returned a magnificent score of 49 points. Valerie thanked Phil for the beautifully presented generous hampers which Rice's always provide for the competition.
The annual Daisy Ferguson Greensomes competition took place on Thursday 25 th May in beautiful, sunny conditions. The competition was sponsored by Wright's Interiors of Russell Street.
At the prizegiving in the clubhouse, the Lady Captain expressed her sincere thanks for the continued generous support which Roberta Wright has given to the Ladies branch and encouraged members to continue to support the sponsors.
Forty seven ladies competed in ideal conditions at Rockmount on Monday 22nd May, eight of those in the 9 hole competition. Rockmount proved the perfect venue for a ladies' outing offering challenging golf, excellent catering and a golf shop stocked with an enticing array of golf attire.
The course was in beautiful condition but it required skill and patience to achieve the top prizes. Ellen Brady secured the gross prize with 23 points. A delighted Jacqueline Kelly took first place with an excellent 37 points play. whilst Hilary Johnston was awarded second place with a score of 32 points.
Fifty eight ladies competed on Thursday 18 th May, seven of those in the 9 hole competition. At stake were places in the Sinton Cup matchplay competition which is played annually between the top two competitors in the high and low handicap brackets. In addition to the matchplay places a selection of prizes, donated by McKinney's Timber, were awarded in a number of categories.
The high handicap places were secured by Pauline Gingles, in top spot with a 69,and Phil McKenna whose 71 secured her the second matchplay berth.
Long standing and fondly remembered members, Billy and Eedie Parker, whose home bordered the 17th hole, are honoured annually in the Parker Bowl competition, generously sponsored by their nephew, Arnold Courtney.
Sixty one ladies competed for the prizes on the day, ten of those in the 9 hole competition.
Conditions were optimal with warm sunshine and light winds and these were reflected in the excellent scoring.
The ever competitive Ellen Brady secured third spot with 39 points, one point less than Lily McMullan who made a welcome return to the prizes. Top spot was secured by Teresa Corrigan with 41 points.
Lila’s Fashions were again the loyal sponsors of the first Ladies Open Competition of the year. Seventy one players competed for the much sought after prize vouchers for use in Lila’s.
Weather conditions were again excellent as was the condition of the course after a dry and sunny spell. The run on the ball tempted many to predict low scoring but the pace of the greens fooled most competitors. Those who trusted their putting stoke on the greens were rewarded with true rolls. Those whose stroke was a little more tentative were heard vainly calling on their balls to stop and then faced with daunting return putts, or in more than one instance, return chips!
Fifty six Lady members competed for the MacMillan Charity Stableford Competition on the 4 th May. The course was in magnificent condition for the annual competition which was again sponsored by Vincent Mone and Son who have been associated with the charity for many years. Scores on the day ranged from the excellent to the instantly forgettable but those who did not feature among the prizes had the consolation of playing in brilliant sunshine.
Ann Mone, on behalf of the sponsors organised the display of a wide array of stunning Rose Gold Tipperary Crystal jewellery which she presented to the grateful prize-winners at an evening function in a packed clubhouse.
While early April usually marks the start of the golfing season with the Augusta Masters, the Ladies of County Armagh Golf Club begin their golfing endeavours in earnest on the last Thursday of April with competition for the Millennium Bowl for golfers in the handicap range of 0-24, and the McCall Shield for golfers in the 25 to 36 handicap bracket.
The Millennium Bowl was donated by the Lady Captain in 2000, Mrs. Cecelia Woods while the McCall Shield was donated by Flo McCall during her captaincy in 2009.
Both competitions were generously sponsored by O'Reilly and Fee, Veterinary Surgery, and the vast array of prizes were presented on the night by Anne O'Reilly.
Competition was keen for both trophies and while the course was in magnificent shape, the chilly and blustery conditions presented players with a stern challenge. This was reflected in the standard scratch of 71.
The Millennium Bowl was won by Mary Black with a nett 70, from Valerie Gordon and Moya Brady with scores of 71 and 72 respectively. Helen Forster's 72 secured her a category prize, edging out Paula McCrory who returned a nett 73.
The annual Eileen Steenson Memorial Greensomes competition took place on Thursday 20 th April. The competition is played in memory of Eileen who was a great exponent of the game of golf. A former lady captain she inspired many ladies to play and devoted a great deal of her time and energies to the juvenile girls who flourished under her guidance. Elizabeth Mawhinney Lady Vice Captain in her acceptance speech paid tribute to the role which Eileen had played in encouraging herself and her daughters to embrace the game of golf. The greensomes format encourages new pairings which would have delighted Eileen.