Long standing and fondly remembered members, Billy and Eedie Parker, whose home bordered the 17 th hole, are honoured annually in the Parker Bowl competition, generously sponsored by their nephew, Arnold Courtney . Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney warmly welcomed Arnold and thanked him for his much appreciated long standing commitment to the Ladies Branch which began in 2007. Following the presentation of prizes including the specially commissioned Parker bowl Arnold explained he was delighted to be able to promote the competition in memory of his aunt and uncle.
Fifty-three ladies competed for the 18-hole competition with a further 10 playing for 9-hole prizes in warm sunshine on the course which has recovered magnificently from the ravages of a long hard winter. The warm dry conditions were reflected in the excellent scoring.
Donna Carolan secured third spot with 36 points, with Ellen Brady taking second place with 40 points. Top spot was secured by the inform Emma Garrigan with a magnificent score of 47 points. Emma joined the club last year via the Get into Golf initiative and has gone from strength to strength during the current season.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney, Arnold Courtney sponsor and winner of Parker Bowl Competition Emma Garrigan.
Lila's Fashions were again the loyal sponsors of the first Ladies Open Competition of the year. Eighty-two players including ladies from Aughnacloy, Rossmore, Loughall and two Dublin clubs competed for the much sought-after prize vouchers for use in Lila's. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed Pamela Johnston, who represented Lila's Fashions, and reminded the packed club house that this marks the ninth year that the Ladies Branch have been fortunate enough to enjoy the support of the Hawthorne family business
Weather conditions were warm dry and sunny and the course, which has begun to recover from the ravages of prolonged spells of rain and snow in recent months, was in excellent condition. While placing was still in operation, the begginings of a little “run” on the ball and the true roll on the greens may have heralded the arrival of low scores but the punishing rough conditions kept scores in check. No one managed to break par on the day, but 3 players returned 36 points, requiring countback to separate them.
Pamela Johnston, of Lila's, presented the vast array of prizes to the grateful recipients whose details are set out below. The top 5 spaces were secured by Breda Teahon on 34 points in fifth, just behind Teresa McVeigh on the same score but with a better back nine. In third place Ethel Liggett's 36 points was again beaten on countback from Rita Mone who secured second spot . The winner on the day was Cait Hanna who returned 36 points, winning again on countback. The winner is also presented with a cup which was first presented in 1985 by the then Lady Captain Mrs Grace McGowan.
Rita Mone runner up, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney & Pamela Johnston from Lila's Fashions with prize winners from Spring Open Competition.
CAGC Ladies branch members competed for the MacMillan Charity Stableford Competition on the 3rd May. The course was in magnificent condition for the annual competition which was again sponsored by Vincent Mone and Son who have been generous sponsors of the competition, and in turn, the charity for many years. Miserable weather conditions in the morning with incessant rain dissuaded many from playing including the sponsor. Those who were in the afternoon draw avoided the showers but did not enjoy the elusive sunshine predicted in the forecast.
Lady Captain Elizabeth welcomed Ann Mone who was Lady Captain in 1984 and thanked her for the spectacular display of Newbridge giftware which the lucky winners would receive. Elizabeth described Ann as someone with a great sense of humour and fun who has been great friend of CAGC.
A full list of category prize-winners is set out below, but the top places were contested between Teresa McVeigh in third place with 32 points, Emma Garrigan in second on 33 and Paula McCrory who secured top spot with 35 points and a one-shot handicap cut for her efforts. Ann in her speech indicated it was a pleasure for her to sponsor the competition as the Mac Millian charity is one particularly close to her heart. She also thanked Elizabeth for the excellent Lady Captain's outing to Roe Park and wished her every success with the Vintage Competition which has been organised by Elizabeth to mark the 125 th anniversary of the founding of the club.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and sponsor Mrs Ann Mone with the prize winners of the MAcMillan Charity Stableford Competition.
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.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and Anne O'Reilly sponsor with prize winners of the Millennium Bowl and McCall Shield stroke competition
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney warmly welcomed Anne O'Reilly who presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsors for the event O'Reilly and Fee, Veterinary Surgery and thanked her most sincerely for their extremely generous support. Elizabeth was also delighted to welcome Cecilia Woods and Flo McCall who were the original donors of the trophy and shield.
Forty four ladies from County Armagh Golf Club participated in a most enjoyable Lady Captain's outing to Roe Park Resort and Country Club on Sunday 22 nd and Monday 23 rd of April. The parkland course proved a stern test of golf and the mixed weather conditions added to competition. The Roe Park hotel proved an excellent choice of venue with beautiful food, excellent service and luxurious spa facilities.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney had meticulously planned the event and provided a beautiful array of prizes purchased from DevinebyDonna. The winner of first prize Siobhan Donnelly was also the recipient of the inaugural “Green jacket” which was designed and produced by Ita Devenney who unfortunately had been unable to attend the outing
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and the prize winners from the LC outing to Roe Park.
Roe Cup -Competition Results:-
The welcome break in the seemingly interminable cold and wet weather saw a large number of ladies participate in the PGA Tankard competition, generously sponsored by our club professional Will Carey.
Competing for the generous array of prizes, most golfers began their round in what has become their weekly attire: wet suits, woolly hats and as many layers as could be accommodated without rendering swinging a golf club impossible. After a few holes most ladies began the process of shedding layers as they basked in the welcome warmth of the sun.
Willes presence was marked not only by his generous prizes but many revised, or in some cases rebuilt swings were in evidence as players put the fruits of their winter lessons into play.
In her speech Elizabeth paid tribute to Will who has, in his first year, proved to be a huge asset to the club. The renovated shop and floral displays present a welcome to visitors and members alike and Elizabeth expressed the wish that Wills generous sponsorship and support pays dividends through increased trade.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney expressed her delight at the large number of ladies who had participated in the competition and were in attendance for the prize giving on a beautiful warm sunny evening. The long awaited blue skies attracted, fifty ladies to play in the 18-hole competition with a further twenty-one competing in the nine-hole competition.
The overall winner on the day was Lily McMullan with 38 points . Emma Garrigan took second spot with 37 points just ahead of Alexandra Mawhinney who secured third place with 36 points.
Lady Captain Elizabeth with the prize winners of the PGA Tankard Stableford Competition.
A full list of additional prize-winners is set out below-
Peggy Nelson Qualifiers
Fifty-eight ladies took part in the 18 hole Peggy Nelson Stableford qualifying competition on April 12 in cold, but thankfully dry, conditions.
The Peggy Nelson Salver was first played for in 1957/58. It takes place annually in clubs across Northern Ireland with the winners in each club going forward to a final. The trophy commemorates the contribution made to Ladies Golf in the Northern Branch of the ILGU of its long serving secretary, Peggy Nelson, one of the 3 Gardiner sisters from Killymoon Golf Club whose golfing exploits were legendary.
Mary Black, Gillian Poole and Emma Garrigan won their respective categories and will represent the club in the finals of this year's competition, which will be held on July 15 in Dunmurray Golf Club.
The Lady Captain, Elizabeth warmly thanked Mr Philip Corrigan proprietor of Carey Glass International for his generous sponsorship and for choosing to support the Ladies branch.
Sponsor Philip Corrigan, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and some of the prize winners of the Peggy Nelson Stableford Competition.
The results were as follows:-
Thursday 5 th April saw the first Medal competition of the year for the Ladies Branch which was very generously sponsored by The Dressing Room.
Lady Captain Elizabeth welcomed all the ladies along with the Vice Lady Captain Moya and Mrs Alison Wylie proprietor of The Dressing Room. The weather continued to prove challenging with strong biting winds which contrasted unfavourably with the beautiful conditions in Augusta for the opening day of the Masters. To add to the difficulties, the preferred lies which had been in play throughout the winter were abandoned as this was a qualifying competition. However, the winner of the April Medal, Alexandra Mawhinney did not let the adverse weather conditions stand in her way, returning an excellent score of nett 71.
A delighted and surprised Alexandra graciously accepted her first prize from Alison, thanking her for the generous sponsorship.
Alexandra Mawhinney 1st Prize Winner, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney, Mrs Alison Wylie proprietor The Dressing Room and successful competitors in the April Medal Competition.
April Medal -Competition Results: -
Thursday's Mary Peters Stableford competition was played in in challenging conditions with heavy rain and cold winds adding to the heavy conditions underfoot. However, Pauline Gingles returned an exceptional score of 39 points to secure first place. Anne Kinsella took second place with 35 points and in third place was Emma Garrigan with 33 points.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney warmly welcomed Shirley and Manny Smyth proprietors of Professional Travel who were the sponsors on the night and thanked them most sincerely for their long and generous support of the Ladies' Branch.
In her acceptance speech Pauline thanked Shirley and Manny for their prizes and gave a special mention to her playing partner, Helen McLaughlin, who had kept her focused throughout the 18 holes.
Shirley Smyth- Professional Travel -sponsor, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney, Pauline Gingles 1st place winner along with prize winners from Mary Peters Qualifying Competition.
The remaining winners on the day were: -
The annual Eileen Steenson Memorial competition which was sponsored this year by the Craic'd Pot Coffee Shop took place on Thursday 22 nd March. The competition is played in memory of Eileen who was an excellent competitor and a great ambassador for Co Armagh Golf Club. Well known in golfing circles throughout Ireland Eileen served as Lady Captain in the club's centenary year 1993. In addition to her activities on the Lady's Committee Eileen devoted a great deal of her time and energies to the juvenile girls who flourished under her guidance.
Unfortunately, Scott King the proprietor of the Craic'd Pot Coffee Shop was unable to attend the prizegiving. The Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney thanked Scott for his generous sponsorship of the competition and welcomed the ladies who had participated in event.
Ann Atwell was the overall winner with a score of 36 points.
On Thursday 8 th March the Ladies Branch held their first competition of the golfing season under dry sunny conditions in the am and hailstone showers in the afternoon. Despite the heavy snow falls of last week and the ceaseless rain fall in January and February, the hard work done by the grounds staff over the winter months was very evident.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney was delighted to see such a big number of ladies in the clubhouse. She welcomed the sponsor for the event Ms Donna Kilpatrick who provided some beautiful gifts as prizes from her devinebydonna range.
The overall winner of the competition was Lily McMullan with an excellent score of 33 points. Jacqueline Kelly took second place beating Paula McCrory on a count back with 25 points. Helen Forster took fourth place with 25 points. The 9 hole competition was won by Toni McManus beating Gina Morris on a countback.
Lady Captain Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney and sponsor Donna Kilpatrick with some of the prize winners.