Co Armagh Golf Club Ladies’ Branch held its annual supper evening on Thursday 24 January.
Hosted by the new Lady Captain, Mrs Moya Brady, the event took place in The Charlemont Arms Hotel due to refurbishment works in the clubhouse. Lady Captain Moya extended a warm welcome to Lady Vice Captain, Mrs Anne McDonald and the large number of ladies in attendance and thanked Greta, Helen and Judith for facilitating the night.
Outgoing Lady Captain Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney presented the incoming Lady Captain for 2019 Mrs Moya Brady with her brooch of office at the Inauguration Ceremony on Tuesday 1st January 2019. Elizabeth thanked the ladies who played the first nine- hole competition of the year and those who attended the traditional New Year's Day breakfast for their goodwill and support throughout 2018 which had been such a significant year for the club celebrating 125 years. However, she reminded everyone that the passing on of the Lady Captain's badge and the wearing of the new blazer are symbols of both continuity and change as Moya takes up her position as the eighty ninth Lady Captain,
Outgoing Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney presents Lady Captain for 2019 Mrs Moya Brady with her brooch of office.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney pictured with end of season prize winners.
On Friday 7th December the Ladies Branch of Co Armagh Golf Club held their annual dinner in the clubhouse. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed everyone to the meal and thanked the ladies' choir who started the proceedings with some Christmas carols. A delicious meal was provided by the 7 Hills Restaurant staff. This was followed by a raffle of prizes provided by the Ladies Committee.
Then it was down to the main business of the evening when the final cups of the season and the Winter League competitions were presented. Elizabeth thanked the Competitions Convener Paula McCrory and her team for overseeing the 130 competitions which the Ladies Branch conducted throughout 2018.
The Sinton Cup was won by Ellen Brady with Paula McCrory the runner up in a hard-fought sporting final. Helen Forster and Alexandra Mawhinney were the beaten semi-finalists.
Siobhan Donnelly lifted the Link Cup beating Fionnuala Quinn on the 20 th hole. In joint third place were Helen Forster and Helen McLaughlin.
Lynne Browne was the delighted winner of the Hirsh Cup which is one of the oldest cups presented in the club, with Flo McCall taking runner up honours. In joint third place were Eileen Fitzsimons and Eilish Grimes.
Pictured beneath the clock kindly donated by Miss Berry O'Doherty in memory of Mrs Eileen Steenson are County Armagh Golf Club Captain Mr Colm Shannon, Miss Berry O'Doherty, Mrs Carol McGreevy (Eileen's daughter) and Lady Captain Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney.
On Friday 2nd November Mrs Gail Steed Lady Captain in 2017 hosted a four-course dinner in the clubhouse for 26 Past Lady Captain’s of Co Armagh Golf Club. Also, in attendance was the current Lady Captain Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney.
Although this is an annual event all those attending were mindful that this is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the club and were reminded by Gail that since the founding of the club in 1893 there have been 88 Lady Captains.
Mrs Gertrude Maxwell who was the longest serving Lady Captain (1971) in attendance took centre stage in the group photograph to mark the auspicious occasion.
The Past Lady Captain’s golf competition was a highly contested affair with Mrs Audrey Kellet emerging as the winner of the 18 holes, Mrs June Humphries taking the 9-hole honours and Mrs Flo McCall winning the putting competition.
Ellen Brady winner, runner up Elizabeth Mawhinney- Lady Captain, Paula MCCrory 3rd place, Cait Mc Kinney 4th & Elish Grimes 5th. Barbara Hamilton 2nd in 9 hope Competition. Missing from photo- Gina Morris winner of 9 hole competition.
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.