1st Brian Loney nett 64
2nd Mark Robinson nett 66 (back nine)
3rd Pat Brannigan nett 66
Brian Loney is presented with the Connolly Cup by Mrs Patricia Connolly after winning the annual scratch competition at County Armagh Golf Club. Included also are Club Captain Tom Calvert (right) and Pat Brannigan, competition runner up.
Big Cup for Big Brian
BIG Brian Loney had the big Connolly Cup to collect after winning the annual competition for 16 and above handicappers.
Mrs Patricia Connolly presented the trophy at the County Armagh Clubhouse after congratulating Brian on his winning round.
His nett 64 was two shots better than his nearest rival Mark Robinson and Pat Brannigan (snr) who had to be separated on countback each with scores of nett 66.
Killylea man Brian enjoyed a steady front nine with just two bogeys on his card at the third and fifth holes. And that steady round continued through ten and eleven before he bogeyed the 12th, the 14th and proceeded to double bogey 15 and 16. Fortunately he gathered himself and although dropped a further two shots at the 17th and 18th holes, returned a winning score nett 64.
Mark Robinson followed up his Tuesday Cup blitz earlier in the week with an excellent nett 66 score to claim second prize. A triple bogey seven at the 18th undoubtedly his downfall in an otherwise steady round.
And Pat Brannigan likewise will be kicking himself for a triple bogey seven at the last. His nett 66 however, earned him third prize on countback.
1st James Conlon Gross 71
2nd Stuart Lee Gross 72
3rd Kieran Donnelly Gross 73
James Conlon is presented with the Woods trophy by County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert after winning the annual scratch competition. Included also is Kieran Donnelly, competition runner up.
Student James lifts Woods trophy
BIG-hitting James Conlon lifted the Woods Trophy in the Open Scratch competition at County Armagh with a superb exhibition of golf and a brilliant Gross 71 winning score.
Birdies at the second and eighth holes compensated for a bogey at the first hole and a double bogey at the fourth holes. And with pars all of the others, the city student was just one over par at the halfway stage. In between a further seven pars James tucked away a birdie four at the twelfth hole and but for one dropped shot at the 17th it should have been a level par back nine.
However, his Gross 71 it was enough to win the coveted prize by a shot from seven-handicapper Stuart Lee who returned an equally impressive Gross 72. In very similar fashion he too was just one over after nine holes and with birdies at the 10th and 12th holes might even have bettered James' score had he not dropped shots at both the par threes on the back nine and a further shot at the relatively easy 15th hole.
Six-handicapper Kieran Donnelly was even more impressively one under after 15 holes before he dropped a shot at the 16th hole and a further two at the 18th to finish with a Gross 73. It deserdly earned him third prize.
And Wayne Telford picked up the Gross 0-5 Handicap prize with a Gross 70, the three-handicapper knocking in no less than six birdies during his level par round.
1st Thomas Murray nett 63
2nd Kieran Grimley nett 64 (back nine)
3rd Keith Hamilton nett 64
4th Philip Devlin nett 65
5th Gary McCourt nett 65 (back nine)
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert is pictured with Philip Devlin, who collected fourth prize in the Sunday Club Stroke competition.
Thomas lands Club Stroke prize
A one over par front nine laid the foundations for an excellent 63nett victory for Thomas Murray in the Sunday Club Stroke competition.
The 11-handicapper dropped shots at the first, fifth and ninth holes, but birdies at the fourth and eighth saw him just that one shot over at the turn. A double bogey seven at the tenth followed and he dropped another shot at the 13th but recovered some ground with a brilliant birdie three at the 16th. He could even afford to drop a shot at the final hole to leave him three over on the return trek and winning with a nett 63.
Kieran Grimley, enjoying a rich vein of form recently, was just one shot adrift on nett 64 after his round of two over front and two over back nine.
Keith Hamilton's double bogey six at the the 18th ultimately cost him the top prize and indeed the runners up prize, the 13-handicapper returning a nett 64 also and losing out on countback.
Newcomer Philip Devlin opened his winning account at the club with a nett 65 and better back nine securing him fourth prize on the day. And Gary McCourt, playing of a nine handicap, claimed the fifth and final prize with a nett 65 also.
1st William White 43pts
2nd Shea Brady 42pts
1st Andrew McTaggart 41pts
2nd Michael Cullen 40pts
1st Cathal Cullen 42pts
2nd Andrew Dunwoody 42pts
1st Tim Teaham 41pts
2nd G Cullen 39pts
Best Gross: Kieran Donnelly 34pts
Presentation of prizes will take place on Sat 13th August @ 6.30pm. All prizes winners are requested to attend.
Winners of the County Armagh Open Stableford Competition sponsored by Armagh Potato Company Ltd, Cathal Cullen, Shea Brady and Tim Teehan, are pictured with Club Captain Tom Calvert
William leads home youthful winners
It was youth to the fore in County Armagh Golf Club's Open Stableford competition on Saturday (July 30) as William White ran up an excellent winning score of 43 points to claim the honours
Shea Brady, an eight handicapper, impressively also mastered the blustery conditions to claim second prize with 42 points.
Just three over par after nine holes, 12-handicapper William had 20 points on his card at the turn, and added a further 23 to his tally over the back nine where he surprisingly finished with a double bogey six for just a point.
Shea was equally on top-scoring form and after opening with a birdie three at the first, enjoyed a steady round with further birdies at 11 and 15 for his round two over par and 42 points.
In Category 1, Andrew McTaggart secured first prize with 41 points - a steady round indeed from the 12 handicapper. And Michael Cullen picked up runners up prize with 40 points.
Cathal Cullen's 42 points - 22 front nine and 20 back nine - took the honours in Category 2 on countback from Andrew Dunwoody who also returned 42 points, ultimately giving way to Cathal after a double bogey six at the 17th hole.
In Category 3 Tim Teehan was the man on form and picked up first prize with 41 points. G Cullen's 39 points earned him the runners up prize.
And the Best Gross score of the day was returned by Kieran Donnelly.
1st P Darragh 43pts
2nd J Sheehan 42pts
3rd D Coulter 41pts
4th B Toner 41pts
Paddy's a stableford winner
PADDY Darragh battled difficult conditions to win the club stableford compeitition on Sunday with an impressive 43 points.
Steady scoring, including a birdie three at the par four fourth hole, amassed 23 points from the front nine, and with a sprinkling of pars, bogeys and double bogey at the last hole he added a further 23 points for a grand and winning total 43points.
J Sheehan was just a point behind him after nine holes - on 22 - and like Paddy with a double bogey at the last, added a further 20 points for his 42 and runners up prize.
D Coulter's par at the 18th ironically secured him 23 points over the back nine holes, but he had just 18points from the front nine and had to settle for third prize on the day.
Meanwhile, steady as ever, Brendan Toner deservedly picked up fourth prize with 41 points.
1st A Millar 63nett
2nd A McCrory 64nett
1st J McReynolds 64nett
2nd T Fox 66nett
1st K wilson 67nett
2nd D Grimley 68nett
1st C Johnston 67nett
2nd N Mallon 69nett
July Medal & Stroke Competition winners County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert is pictured with winners of the July Medal and Club Stroke competitions played on the weekend July 9th and 10th. From left to right: Niall McGurgan, Charlie Johnston, Neill Monaghan, Norman Mallon, Jarlath McReynolds, Andy Millar, Ian Millar and John Toner.
Andrew waves off opposition
Andrew Millar's distinctive long locks of hair didn't in anyway impede the young man on his way to victory in the Club Stroke competition last week-end.
The Killylea lad, playing off a handicap of eight, shot a superb nett 63 to claim the prize. He opened his round with a bridie no less, and the first shot he dropped was on the ninth. A string of pars followed and but for one further dropped shot at the 16th hole it would have been a perfect round.
Art McCrory shot one of his best rounds of the season, a nett 64 to claim the runners up prize. But the handicap cut was to cost him dearly in his next Gray Cup match klater in teh week where he made his exit.
Jarlath McReynolds led the low handicappers home in Category 1 with a nett 64. Three under par after nine holes he slipped up on 12, 16 and 18 where he had a double bogey six. Tom Fox was runner up in the category with a nett 66, and collected some Two's money on the way with a bridie at the seventh hole.
Kyle Wilson's nett 67 won him Category 2 with D (David or Damien!) Grimley runner up with a nett 68.
Charlie Johnston claimed first prize in Category 3 with a nett 67 and shared the winners enclosure with brother-in-law Norman Mallon on nett 69.
1st M Wasson P Comiskey P Kelly P Wasson 89pts
2nd P Doyle M O'Kane T Fagan PJ Quinn 89pts
3rd D McMulty R Currie C Mallon P ???????? 89pts
The presentation of prizes will take place on Sat 23 Jul @ 6.30 pm all prizes winners are requested to attend.
1st J leer 45pts
2nd L McEneaney 43pts
3rd N Brady 42pts
4th C Black 41pts
1st E Mawhinney 39pts
2nd M Black 38pts
3rd C Cassidy 36pts
Prizes will be added to the players account in the Professional Shop.