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.
Fifty-four ladies took part in the 18 hole Peggy Nelson Stableford competition on Thursday 13th of April in sunny conditions.
Hilary Johnston, Barbara Hamilton and Anne O’Reilly won their respective categories and will represent the club in the finals of the competition which will be held on 17th July in Dunmurray Golf Club. The Lady Captain, Gail thanked the sponsors, Gamble and Creswell Opticians of Russell Street, for their continued generous support.
On Thursday 6 th April the ladies branch of County Armagh Golf Club launched its “Get into Golf” initiative. Designed to introduce newcomers to the delights of the game, the initiative is supported by each of the national unions. Fifteen ladies attended the opening night of the initiative and were treated to a putting coaching session under the expert guidance of the Mr Alan Rankin, who recently retired as club professional.
The heavy rain of the past few weeks threatened to cause a postponement of the Mary Peters Stableford qualifier in County Armagh Golf Club. However, 57 ladies took part in the competition on Thursday last and, despite the heavy conditions underfoot, Valerie Gordon returned an excellent score of 33 points, to beat Geraldine Rafferty into second place, her back nine score being sufficient to edge out Lily McMullan who was third.
The prizegiving was handled by Past Captain Margaret Marjoram in the absence of Lady Captain Gail who was attending the ABC council Sports Forum awards in Craigavon Civic Centre.
Twenty-two ladies from County Armagh Golf Club made a trip to the home of golf at the weekend. Their arrival coincided with Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on Scottish Independence, however the two events were not linked.
Abandoning spouses on Mothering Sunday, the party flew to Edinburgh where they met up with Glasgow resident and CAGC member, Alexandra Mawhinney.
The Ardgowan and Pilmour House Hotel was an excellent base from which the party left for a walk along the Old Course on the Sunday. After photographs on the Swilcan Bridge, most retired to the famous Jigger Inn where a selection of whiskeys was sampled.
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On Thursday 16th March 2017 a large number of ladies played the first 18 hole competition of the season. In first place with an excellent score of 36 points was Teresa McVeigh. Second place was awarded to Moya Brady with a score of 32 points, beating Ellen Brady on a count back. Category C was won by Donna Carolan with 27points. Category B was awarded to Teresa Corrigan with 31 points and Category A was won by Lily McMullan with 29 points.
Lady Captain Gail Green presenting the winner’s prize to Teresa McVeigh. Also included are Ellen Brady and Donna Carolan who also picked up prizes on the day
Lady Captain Gail Steed presenting Ms. Julie Beattie with a bouquet of flowers to mark the end of a 6 week run of very successful Zumba Classes in County Armagh Golf Club.
Some of the ladies who participated in the classes pictured in the clubhouse at the final session.
Ladies 14 hole Stableford competition winner, Nicola Spence, receiving her prize from Lady Captain, Gail Steed CAGC Ladies Branch- 14 Hole Stableford Competition.
On Thursday 9th March the Ladies Branch held their first competition of the golfing season under dry sunny conditions. Despite the recent bout of very heavy rain, the hard work done by the grounds staff over the winter months was very evident.
The overall winner of the competition was Nicola Spence with an excellent score of 29 points. Karen Edgar took second place beating Teresa Corrigan on a count back with 26 points. The 9 hole competition was won by Ruth Beckett.