Saturday 9th September 2017
102 ladies, including over 30 visitors, competed for the prestigious Armaghdale Cup on Saturday 9 th 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 Gail welcomed Francis and thanked her sincerely for her long-standing support and the fantastic array of beautiful prizes. Indeed, Gail commented that everyone who had participated probably deserved a prize as the weather conditions had been so challenging. She also thanked Ann McDonald, Una Cullinane and Barbara Hamilton for processing the cards.
Ann Mone emerged as the winner with a nett score of 70. Francis Davidson had scored 69 but declined the prize as she was the sponsor. Ann expressed her delight at winning the beautiful first prize and observed it was particularly ironic as Francis had encouraged her to play despite the inclement weather conditions. Denise Murphy took second place with net 70. The gross prize went to Karen Heatherington from Dungannon with 81 shots. Gillian Poole secured third place with nett 72. Another Dungannon lady Lorna Stewart took 4 th place with nett 72 and Paula McCrory secured 5th place with nett 72.
A full list of prize-winners is set out below
September Medal - Thursday 7 th September 2017
Despite the threat of heavy downpours, 59 ladies turned out to compete for the September Medal. Lady Captain Gail sincerely thanked the sponsor Annette of O L Flowers for attending the prizegiving and bringing with her a beautiful array of floral arrangements which brightened up the clubhouse on an evening which had a distinctly autumnal feel.
The winner of the September medal was Colette McSorley with a magnificent net 64. Accepting her prize Colette thanked Annette for her loyal support for the Ladies Branch and her playing partners who kept her focussed throughout an exemplary round of golf. Lady Captain Gail took second place with a nett 70 just ahead of Jacqueline Donnelly who secured 3 rd place with a 71. Meanwhile Ellen Brady took yet another Gross prize with 81 strokes.
A full list of prizewinners is set out below
Thursday 31 st August 2017
Seventy-four ladies took part in this week's Club Stableford competition which was sponsored by the club Professional Mr Will Carey. Lady Captain Gail thanked Will for the very generous display of prizes which he had provided and commended him for the splendid work he has been doing with the juveniles since his arrival in the club.
Winner of first prize was Jacqueline Donnelly, one of the Get into Golf ladies, who returned an excellent score of 39 points, to beat runner up Francis Davidson who also recorded 39 points. Third place honours went to Fionnaula Quinn with 35 points.
Despite the heavy rain earlier in the week the ladies who participated in the Centenary Cup Stroke competition encountered fast greens and a course in excellent condition. The competition was generously sponsored by Paula McCrory of Stirling House Financial Services . Lady Captain Gail expressed sincere thanks to Paula for her long term support for the lady's branch
The winner of the prestigious Centenary Cup with an outstanding score of nett 66 was Una Cullinane. A delighted Una graciously accepted her prize and in her speech thanked her playing partners June Humpheries and Teresa McVeigh for marking her card, concluding it was one of those “once a year rounds” where everything fell into place. She sincerely thanked Paula, who unfortunately was unable to attend, for the fabulous array of crystal prizes. Second place went to Ann McDonald with a nett 70, with Denise Murphy securing third place honours with a nett 72. Teresa McVeigh won the gross prize with an excellent score of 85.
The Ladies Summer Open Stableford held on Thursday 17th August was again very generously sponsored by Johnston's Bakery and Hilary presented the prizes to the delighted winners some of who had emerged from the Get into Golf grouping. The competition was well supported by the 98 lady members and 22 visitors who played in nice weather conditions. The top prize went to Jacqueline Donnelly with 39 points beating Alexandra Mawhinney into second place on the better back 9. Third place went to Mary Black with 36 points and fourth place was taken by Fionnaula Quinn also on 36 points.
The Gross prize was won by Ellen Brady with 27 gross points.
The ladies who participated in the August Club Stroke competition enjoyed beautiful warm sunny weather and played on a course in peek condition. The competition was sponsored by Seven Hills restaurant. Lady Captain Gail expressed sincere thanks to Shauna and Ciara for their generous sponsorship and thanked them for the excellent service that they provide to the Ladies Branch each week and particularly on Lady Captain's Day.
The beautiful playing conditions were reflected in the impressive scores posted by those who featured in the winner's enclosure. The winner of the Club Stroke with an outstanding score of nett 67 was Colette McSorley . A delighted Colette graciously accepted her prize and in her speech thanked her playing partner Aidenne and the sponsors. Second place went to Bernie Rice with a nett 68, narrowly beating Catherine McAnerney who also returned a nett 68. Ellen Brady won the gross prize with an excellent score of 78.
On a day of mixed weather conditions, beautiful sunshine in the morning and heavy downpours of rain in the afternoon, Vera Ellingham emerged as the overall winner of the Lady Captain's prize. Over 90 ladies competed for the array of beautiful prizes which Lady Captain Gail had chosen, including some magnificent handcrafted necklaces designed by Mary Murphy.
Lady Captain Gail hosted the traditional coffee morning for family, friends and club members. The tempting array of scones and tray bakes was once again generously provided by Johnston's bakery. The clubhouse was adorned with beautiful flower arrangements and everything was in perfect condition due to the efforts of Damien the Bar Manager, and Paul the caretaker ably supported by the Ladies Committee.
Thursday 27 th July saw the traditional visiting Lady Captains event in County Armagh Golf Club. Eighteen visiting Captains were welcomed with with a delicious array of scones and traybakes, generously provided by Johnston's Home Bakery, for their Coffee Morning before they participated in a 9 hole competition on the Demense course. The visitors all expressed admiration for the condition of the course.
The main competition for the County Armagh Ladies was the Charity Stableford, which this year has attracted a new sponsor, Specsavers/Hearcare. Despite mixed weather conditions, fifty three ladies competed in the 18 hole competition with a further eight in the nine hole competition.
At the evening prizegiving Lady Captain Gail welcomed everyone to a busy clubhouse with a special mention for Sharon who was representing the new sponsors. The club Captain Richard Stewart was also present and wished Gail every success for her upcoming Lady Captain's Day on Saturday 29 th July.
The overall winner on the day was Carmel Cassidy with 38 points. Bernie Rice secured second spot with 37 points, beating Catherine McAnerney on a count back.
County Armagh Golf course escaped the worst of the summer downpours which saw some local courses closed on Thursday 20 th July. Despite the threat of thunderstorms, 50 ladies turned out to compete for the July Medal. A further 15 took part in a 9 hole competition with another 5 playing in the Get Into Golf competition.
Despite a computer glitch which required scores to be calculated manually, testing the patience of Anne, Una and Barbara, the results were completed in time for the presentation by Lady Captain Gail.
The course was in superb condition, with fast running greens making scoring difficult. Hilary Johnston found no such difficulty however, returning an excellent net 66 to win by 5 shots from Siobhan Donnelly, in second place. Gladys Villiers secured 3 rd place with a 72 while Ellen Brady took another Gross prize with 80 strokes.
A full list of prizewinners is as follows: