Junior Cowdy have 'Art' knocked out of them
Art McCrory's Junior Cowdy team put up a spirited fightback against Omagh Golf Club but sadly exited the competition after losing by just two holes in Sunday's first round second leg play-off at County Armagh.
Three matches and four holes down after the first leg at Omagh two weeks previous, McCrory recurited four new faces for the home match. And it almost proved a successful move. The County Armagh team won three matches 2 & 1 to overturn the deficit but the fourth match was sadly lost 4 & 3.
Ironically that losing partnership, team captain Art McCrory and Gary Lappin, had been the County Armagh team's only winners at Omagh. Stephen Weir and Gerry Kelly, Tony Fagan and Club Vice-Captain Brendan Smith, Brendan Lynch and Gerry Doyle all lost in that away leg.
They had it all to do on the home leg and in a spirited fighback by Gerry Doyle and Gerry Kelly, new recruits Alan Magwood and Richard Stewart, Dudley Marjoram and Tim Teehan each chalked up wins. Unfortunately McCrory and Lappin couldn't find the winning form they had enjoyed at Omagh and lost the fourth match 4 & 3. Omagh won by two holes.
1st Ronan O'Reilly 43pts
2nd Niall McGeown 38pts
1st Ryan McVeigh 37pts
2nd Jerome Leer 35pts
1st TA Nesbitt 37pts
2nd Paul Kelly 35pts
1st Hugh McAneaney 34pts
2nd Brendan Lynch 34pts
Ronan rolls up for stableford win
Ronan O'Reilly chalked up 43 points to win the Club Stableford on Sunday. And he was five points clear of the rest of the field on the day.
Opening with five pars in a row, Ronan had 22 points on his card by the half-way stage. And with a further three pars and a birdie four at the par five 12th hole, he added another 21 points for an untouchable 43 points.
In-form Niall McGeown came closest to Ronan with 38 points, recording 19 over the front nine and 19 on the return trek, to take the runners up prize.
However, Ryan McVeigh will know a double bogey six at the last hole cost him that runners up prize. His 37 points still secured him Category One's winning prize. Jerome Leer was two points adrift and picked up the category's runner up prize.
Alec Nesbitt too had a tale of woe to tell - no scores at the 15th and 16th holes and with 37 points had to settle for runners up in Category 2 where Paul Kelly's 35 points - 21 from the front nine and 14 from the back - earned him second.
Hugh McEneaney, a winner the previous day, continued his winning form for the Category 3 first prize with 34 points beating Brendan Lynch, also recording 34 points, on countback.
Ryan McVeigh is presented with the Bankers Cup by County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert after winning the Northern Banking Business sponsored stroke competition. Included also are (from left) category prizewinners Gary Lappin, Winston Gordon, Conal Hamill, Darren Hughes, Noel Murtagh and Gerry McCreesh.
Prize-giving for the weekly competitions at County Armagh Golf Club will take place each Saturday at 6.30pm.
And Club Captain Tom Calvert has appealed to ALL prizewinners of each of the weekly competitions to attend the short presentations.
He said: "It is hoped this new time for prize-giving will suit all our prize winners. This is an opportunity for all to recognise the acheivements of individuals and for prize winners to celebrate their awards in the company of fellow club members.
"Competition Sponors are always invited to attend our presentations and it is important that appreciation is shown for their support of all competitions.
"I would appeal to all our prize-winners to please attend the presentations, to collect their prizes and celebrate their success."
1st Niall McGeown nett 65
2nd Mark Frazer nett 66
1st Niall Brady nett 68
2nd Brain Hughes nett 68
1st Declan McReynolds nett 69
2nd Kieran Campbell nett 70
1st Terry Hamilton nett 68
2nd Richard Stewart nett 71
Best Gross: Craig Talbot 73
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert is pictured with May Medal competition winners (from left) Richard Stewart, Brian Hughes, Niall McGeown and Declan McReynolds.
Niall untouchable for May Medal win
Niall McGeown booked his place in the Club Championship after winning the May Medal on Sunday with an untouchable nett 65 score.
Swirling breezes made for difficult conditions throughout the qualifier, but Niall's steady scoring secured the coveted medal prize. Four over after nine holes, Niall used up just a further three shots of a his 12 handicap over the back nine. A birdie three at the course's most difficult 16th hole surely signalled a prize on the day.
Mark Frazer picked up second prize with a superb 66 off his 11 handicap. He was four over after nine holes and in similar fashion to Niall, used up just a further three shots of his handicap on the homeward trek. He too had a birdie - at the par five 12th hole.
Missed putts cost Master Niall Brady on his steady-scoring round but he still secured first prize in Category 1 with a nett 68. Brian Hughes' triple bogey at the last hole was even more costlier but he took the runners up prize in the same category with a nett 68.
Late-finishing Declan McReynolds picked up first prize in Category 2 with a nett 69 and Kieran Campbell, despite a triple bogey at the 8th hole, took the runner-up prize.
In Category 3 it was Terry Hamilton who emerged the winner with a nett 69 and Richard Stewart crept in for second prize with a nett 71, the highlight of his round birdie twos at the 11th and 15th holes.
Craig Talbot deservedly took the Gross Prize with a gross 73. He was one under after nine holes and but for two double bogeys at the last two holes it could even have been even better.
1st Ryan McVeigh nett 67
2nd Winston Gordon nett 67
1st Darren Hughes nett 68
2nd Gerry McCreesh nett 68
1st Martin Murphy nett 69
2nd Noel Murtagh nett 69
1st Gary Lappin nett 69
2nd L Ross nett 69
Best Gross: Conal Hamill 75
Presentation of prizes will take place on Sat 21st May @ 6.30pm. All prize winners are reqested to attend. (please don't wait on a phone call I don't have time) Davy Baird.
Ryan makes winning lodgement for Bankers Cup
Ryan McVeigh's account was in winning order as he lifted the Bankers Cup at County Armagh on Saturday with a nett 67.
Below-par scoring was always going to be at a premium in blustery winds and heavy showers, but 9-handicapper Ryan held it together brilliantly to win the Northern Business Banking sponsored competition. He was four over after nine holes and just a further two over for the back nine where a birdie three a the 14th helped his cause.
Winston Gordon picked up the runners up prize with a similar nett 67, double bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes almost certainly doing him out of the top prize on the day.
Back in the prizes, Darren Hughes settled for a Category 1 win with a very impressive nett 68 off his 8-handicap, and Gerry McCreesh was runner up with a nett 68 also, losing out to Darren on countback.
In Category 2, Martin Murphy found form to win first prize with a nett 69 and Noel Murtagh was just a shot behind with a nett 69 to claim the runner up prize.
And in Category 3 Gary Lappin's nett 69 secured him the top prize ahead of L Ross who also carded a nett 69.
A Gross 75 earned Conal Hamill the Best Gross Prize with a round which saw him just two over after nine holes and and a further three at the finish.
1st Miceal McParland nett 66
2nd Kieran Campbell nett 69
1st Phil Russell nett 69
2nd Jim Wilson nett 69
1st Osisin Gill nett 69
2nd Dessie Cassidy nett 70
1st Declan McKee nett 70
2nd F Smyth nett 74
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert is pictured with PGA Competition winners (from left), Declan McKee, Kieran Campbell, Micael McParland, Dessie Cassidy and Philip Russell
PGA Tankard prize for Micael
Playing partners Miceal McParland and Kieran Campbell shared the top prizes in the PGA Tankard competition at County Armagh sponsored by Armagh Oil Company Ltd.
Three shots separated the two 13-handicappers with Micael's 66 nett winning the day. Kieran will however, not be disappointed in picking up the runners up prize with his nett 69.
Birdies at the third and 12th holes were among the highlights of Micael's very consistent round in which he was just two over par at the turn. In contrast Kieran's two triple bogey sevens at the fifth and eighth holes proved his undoing.
Jimmy Wilson's double bogey at the last hole for a nett 69 finish, did him out of the top prize in Category One where Philip Russell's nett 69 (gross 72) won the day.
Osisin Gill won the Category 2 first prize with a nett 69 and Dessie Cassidy who picked up his Hirsh Cup prize just the previous day, obviously enjoyed the experience and with a nett 70 can look forward to collecting the Category 2 runner's up prize this week-end.
In Category 3 Declan McKee's nett 70 was enough to win and F Smyth will be delighted to take the runner's up prize with a nett 74.
1st F Curley nett 62
2nd A McTaggart 64
1st P Doyle nett 65
2nd M Gill nett 66
1st P Comiskey nett 67
2nd E O'Kane nett 68
1st JP Hughes nett 68
2nd T Teahan nett 68
Francis Curley is presented with the Bumble Bee Cup by County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert. Included also are competition prize winners Paul Doyle, Tim Teehan and Pat Comiskey
Flyer Francis wins Bumble Bee Cup
Francis Curley got his Bumble Cup competition round off to a flyer on Saturday, opening with two birdies on his way to winning the prestigious trophy.
He added a third birdie at the par four sixth hole before finishing the front nine just one over par. And with some consistent scoring continued on the homeward trek where he used up just a further four shots of his 13 handicap, he was always certain of a prize in the Armatile sponsored competition.
His nett 62 deservedly took the top honours at the end of the day, two clear shots ahead of his nearest rival Andrew McTaggart who recorded a nett 64.
Paul Doyle was also back in the prizes with a very steady round and nett 65 finish earning him the Category One first prize. And Aiden O'Kane's 66 brought him runners up prize.
P Comiskey claimed the Category 2 main prize with a nett 67 with Eamon O'Kane runner up with a nett 68 and sharing in the Two's Pot with birdies at the third and 11th par three holes.
JP Hughes returned a similar 68 nett to win Category 3, his better back nine winning ahead of Tim Teahan who also returned a nett 68.
Ulster Fourball team first round match against North West G.C.
The Ulster Fourball team began the defence of their trophy at home to the Donegal club North West.Alongside the usual old guard there were four new players in action to replace the sadly missed absentees from last season’s squad who were unavailable for selection. All four accompanied by seasoned partners were victorious in their matches, notably Sean McAnenly partnering Gerry Kelly who won 6 & 5 and Anthony Fagan, of Junior Cowdy experience and Kevin Ward who won 3 & 2. The half-way result was four wins and one defeat with County Armagh nine holes up.
All of the players in the return leg on Sunday 1st May had made the trip to Buncrana to practise, a number of them taking the opportunity of the holiday week to play. This stood them in good stead as this delightful, tight, tricky links course was very different from our own parkland course.
The determined home side lead from the front and using their home advantage defeated first pair Kevin Ward and Alan Johnston, winning 4 & 3. This was countered by County Armagh's experienced pair, Dudley Marjoram and Tim Teahan who had a resounding 6 & 4 victory over a less accomplished North West rear guard. The intervening pairs, who were a mixture of old and new squad members, battled doggedly to counter their opponents and by holding their matches around all square, denied North West any sizeable wins.
The matches were called in on the 16th and 17th holes when it was impossible for North West to exceed the County Armagh tally of 11 holes.