Long standing and fondly remembered members, Billy and Eedie Parker, whose home bordered the 17th hole, are honoured annually in the Parker Bowl competition, generously sponsored by their nephew, Arnold Courtney.
Sixty one ladies competed for the prizes on the day, ten of those in the 9 hole competition.
Conditions were optimal with warm sunshine and light winds and these were reflected in the excellent scoring.
The ever competitive Ellen Brady secured third spot with 39 points, one point less than Lily McMullan who made a welcome return to the prizes. Top spot was secured by Teresa Corrigan with 41 points.
Lila’s Fashions were again the loyal sponsors of the first Ladies Open Competition of the year. Seventy one players competed for the much sought after prize vouchers for use in Lila’s.
Weather conditions were again excellent as was the condition of the course after a dry and sunny spell. The run on the ball tempted many to predict low scoring but the pace of the greens fooled most competitors. Those who trusted their putting stoke on the greens were rewarded with true rolls. Those whose stroke was a little more tentative were heard vainly calling on their balls to stop and then faced with daunting return putts, or in more than one instance, return chips!
Fifty six Lady members competed for the MacMillan Charity Stableford Competition on the 4 th May. The course was in magnificent condition for the annual competition which was again sponsored by Vincent Mone and Son who have been associated with the charity for many years. Scores on the day ranged from the excellent to the instantly forgettable but those who did not feature among the prizes had the consolation of playing in brilliant sunshine.
Ann Mone, on behalf of the sponsors organised the display of a wide array of stunning Rose Gold Tipperary Crystal jewellery which she presented to the grateful prize-winners at an evening function in a packed clubhouse.
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.
Both competitions were generously sponsored by O'Reilly and Fee, Veterinary Surgery, and the vast array of prizes were presented on the night by Anne O'Reilly.
Competition was keen for both trophies and while the course was in magnificent shape, the chilly and blustery conditions presented players with a stern challenge. This was reflected in the standard scratch of 71.
The Millennium Bowl was won by Mary Black with a nett 70, from Valerie Gordon and Moya Brady with scores of 71 and 72 respectively. Helen Forster's 72 secured her a category prize, edging out Paula McCrory who returned a nett 73.
The annual Eileen Steenson Memorial Greensomes competition took place on Thursday 20 th April. The competition is played in memory of Eileen who was a great exponent of the game of golf. A former lady captain she inspired many ladies to play and devoted a great deal of her time and energies to the juvenile girls who flourished under her guidance. Elizabeth Mawhinney Lady Vice Captain in her acceptance speech paid tribute to the role which Eileen had played in encouraging herself and her daughters to embrace the game of golf. The greensomes format encourages new pairings which would have delighted Eileen.
Fifty-four ladies took part in the 18 hole Peggy Nelson Stableford competition on Thursday 13th of April in sunny conditions.
Hilary Johnston, Barbara Hamilton and Anne O’Reilly won their respective categories and will represent the club in the finals of the competition which will be held on 17th July in Dunmurray Golf Club. The Lady Captain, Gail thanked the sponsors, Gamble and Creswell Opticians of Russell Street, for their continued generous support.
On Thursday 6 th April the ladies branch of County Armagh Golf Club launched its “Get into Golf” initiative. Designed to introduce newcomers to the delights of the game, the initiative is supported by each of the national unions. Fifteen ladies attended the opening night of the initiative and were treated to a putting coaching session under the expert guidance of the Mr Alan Rankin, who recently retired as club professional.
The heavy rain of the past few weeks threatened to cause a postponement of the Mary Peters Stableford qualifier in County Armagh Golf Club. However, 57 ladies took part in the competition on Thursday last and, despite the heavy conditions underfoot, Valerie Gordon returned an excellent score of 33 points, to beat Geraldine Rafferty into second place, her back nine score being sufficient to edge out Lily McMullan who was third.
The prizegiving was handled by Past Captain Margaret Marjoram in the absence of Lady Captain Gail who was attending the ABC council Sports Forum awards in Craigavon Civic Centre.
Twenty-two ladies from County Armagh Golf Club made a trip to the home of golf at the weekend. Their arrival coincided with Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on Scottish Independence, however the two events were not linked.
Abandoning spouses on Mothering Sunday, the party flew to Edinburgh where they met up with Glasgow resident and CAGC member, Alexandra Mawhinney.
The Ardgowan and Pilmour House Hotel was an excellent base from which the party left for a walk along the Old Course on the Sunday. After photographs on the Swilcan Bridge, most retired to the famous Jigger Inn where a selection of whiskeys was sampled.
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