Benign weather, excellent course conditions and the enthusiasm of County Armagh Golf Club's Ladies, all combined to allow extension of the playing season, and associated social activities, beyond the scheduled closure on the 4th October.
Following the completion of the 14 and 9 hole competitions on the 11th October, members Bernie and Gemma Rice gave a masterclass on Autumn flower arranging. Those present were greatly impressed by the skills on display, not to mention the entertaining delivery, and were further impressed when the arrays were distributed after a free raffle.
On Thursday, 18th, again following the 14 and 9 hole prizegivings, Lorna Berry gave an interesting talk on skin care and make up using Tropic products. Although none of County Armagh's Ladies required skin care advice or attention, all attendees enjoyed the presentation greatly.
Mrs Ita Devenney with some of her Halloween recipes.
Thursday 25th saw popular member, Mrs Ita Devenney, give a cookery demonstration of Celtic Halloween recipes which she shared with a very appreciative audience who attended the prizegiving for the day's competitions.
Lady Captain Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney and prizewinners of Thursday's 14 Hole Stableford competition.
1st: Paula McCrory (30 points)
2nd: Teresa McVeigh (29 points)
3rd: Teresa Corrigan (29 points)
4th: Karen Edgar (28 points)
5th: Patricia Hughes (28 points)
6th: Emma Garrigan (27 points)
9 Hole Winner: Margaret McNamee (23 points).
On Thursday 4 th October a large number of ladies played the last weekly competition of 2018 in the form of a 15 and 9-hole stableford in which Gladys Villiers emerged as the winner with a very good score of 32 points.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney with winner of end of season competition Gladys Villiers and other prize winners.
Before presenting the prizes, Lady Captain Elizabeth wished everyone well in the winter league and reminded them of the AGM on Thursday 29th November. Elizabeth had visited former Lady Captain Sadie Scott to mark her 90 th birthday and leave gifts on behalf of the Ladies Branch.
The penultimate stableford competition of the season was held on Thursday 27 th September with 58 ladies taking part in the weekly competition and also getting into the Ryder Cup spirit by representing either Team Europe or Team America.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney, who had returned from the Albatross Course at le Golf National in Paris welcomed everyone to the club, which was decorated with American and European flags . First place in the stableford competition went to Valerie Gordon with 37 points beating Jacqueline Kelly on a countback. Third place went to Gladys Villiers with 35 points.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney 1st place winner Valerie Gordon and Club Stableford prizewinners
The categories were also highly contested.
The annual McAnerney's Open Charity Stableford competition was held on Thursday 20 th September on a course recovering from the ravages of storm Ali which had raged across the country the previous day leaving behind fallen tree trunks and branches.
The sponsor Mrs Catherine McAnerney held a coffee morning on the day raising over £1,000 for the Hospice . 76 ladies and 18 gentlemen played in the open stableford competition which was generously sponsored by McAnerney's Supermarket Armagh with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research. The top prize went to Caitlin Hanna (Dungannon) with 40 points beating Lorraine Megaw into second with 38 points. Third place went to Teresa McVeigh with 37 points just ahead of Helen McCourt who took 4 th place with 36 points. The Gross prize was won by June Humphries with 26 gross points.
Mrs Catherine McAnerney sponsor and Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney with prize winners from McAnerney’s Charity Open Stableford.
13 th September 2018
This week's Stableford competition at Co Armagh Golf Club was sponsored by FAB Beauty Salon . Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney sincerely thanked Eimear, who unfortunately couldn't attend the prizegiving, for her generous support for the Ladies Branch. Emear has a long association with the Ladies Branch through her father Pat McKenna and her aunt Kathleen. Fifty-two ladies competed for FAB gift vouchers and aq `\w those not in the winner's enclosure were eligible for spot prizes which Eimear had kindly provided.
The overall winner on the day was Emma Garrigan with an outstanding 45 points. Emma is one of the ladies who joined the club via the Get into Golf Initiative and has flourished, picking up three winner's prizes and two second places along with several category prizes so far this year. A delighted Emma thanked the sponsor and her playing partners Teresa McVeigh and Gemma Rice . Siobhan Donnelly secured second spot with 41 points and third place honours went to Jackie Donnelly with 40 points.
Emma Garrigan winner of Club Stableford sponsored by FAB Beauty Salon, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and runner up Siobhan Donnelly with additional prize winners.
A full list of additional prize winners is set out below-
Maggie wins with magnificent score.
On a day when the threatening rain failed to appear over 40 ladies turned out to compete for the September Medal on a course which was in magnificent condition. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney sincerely thanked the sponsor Annette of OL Flowers for attending the prizegiving and bringing with her a beautiful array of floral arrangements which brightened up the clubhouse.
The winner of the September medal was Maggie McKee with an exceptional score of nett 61 . Maggie took up golf last year via the Get into Golf initiative and has really embraced the game which she has mastered with great skill. Accepting her prize a delighted Maggie thanked Annette for her loyal support for the Ladies Branch and her playing partner Bernie who kept her focussed throughout an exemplary round of golf. Teresa McVeigh took second place with a nett 66 ahead of Alexandra Mawhinney who secured 3 rd place with a 70. Meanwhile Ellen Brady took yet another Gross prize.
Annette of OL Flowers sponsor of September Medal Competition with winner Maggie McKee and Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.
116 ladies, including visitors from Banbridge, Old Conna, Portadown, Donaghadee, Kilcock Dungannon and Rossmore competed for the prestigious Armaghdale Cup on Saturday 1st September. The ladies challenge cup was originally presented to the club in 1926 by Lady Armaghdale. The competition was once again generously sponsored by G Davidson Business Accounts Services , represented on the night by Francis Davidson.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed Francis and thanked her sincerely for her company's long-standing support of the competition and the generous prizes provided for the lucky winners.
Jacqueline Donnelly emerged as the winner of the much sought after Armaghdale Trophy with a nett score of 67 beating Teresa McVeigh on a countback. Jacqueline joined the club last year via the Get into Golf initiative and has made great strides as evidenced by her winning performances throughout the year. Una Cullinane secured third place with nett 70
Jacqueline Donnelly, winner of Armadale Open Cup with Sponsor Frances Davidson and Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.
Thursday 30 th August 2018
Fifty-seven ladies took park in the club Stableford competition which this week was sponsored by Sawyer's Transport. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed everyone to the prize giving and sincerely thanked the new sponsors who had been introduced to the club by Lily McMullan and James Hewitt who have been generous sponsors to the club .
Winner of first prize was Anne O'Hea who returned an excellent score of 38 points. Runner up was Maggie McKee with 37 points just ahead of Vera Ellingham who took third place with 36 points. A delighted and surprised Anne O'Hea thanked her playing partner Jacqueline and the new sponsors.
Club Stableford winner Anne O'Hea with Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney runner up Maggie McKee and other prize winners.
The remaining winners on the day were
Fifty-four ladies competed in a 4 Ball competition at Warrenpoint Golf Club on bank holiday Monday 27 th August. Warrenpoint which is also celebrating their one hundred and twenty-five-year anniversary proved the perfect venue for a ladies' outing offering challenging golf within a short journey from home and excellent catering with coffee and scones upon arrival and a beautiful two course dinner to finish the day.
The course was in beautiful condition, but it required skill and patience to achieve the top prizes. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney thanked everyone for participating in the outing and paid thanks to the Club Manager Mr Paul Revey who had been so helpful in arranging the outing. She also thanked Karen Edgar for doing the cards and the treasurer Jacqueline Kelly for helping to organise the outing.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney with the winning Fourball Team Bernie Gribben Elish Grimes Anne McDonald and Vera Ellingham.