Monday, March 11, 2019

Update 12th March

FIXTURES - The mens' competition scheduled for Sunday the 10th of March had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and the risk of damaging the playing surfaces of the greens. An 18 hole Stableford is scheduled for the men on Sunday the 17th of March, St Patrick's Day. The following Sunday sees the Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup, played in fourball betterball format. Online booking is now available for both competitions. The Holmpatrick Cup is a charitable fundraiser for the National Council for the Blind and gives the opportunity for the winning pair to progress to County, Provincial and All-Ireland finals, with the national winners receiving an all expenses paid 3 day trip to St Andrews in Scotland. The competition is in existence since 1932.

"GET INTO GOLF" LADIES PROGRAMME - A Ladies' Beginner Golf Programme is starting on April 10th for 8 weeks, cost €50. This is a wonderful opportunity for any lady who would like to try golf, or return to it after a period away, to get a taste of what it's all about. It includes 4 lessons with a pro and opportunities to play and socialise with current members of the golf club. Equipment will be provided. Introduction evening on Wed April 3rd at 7pm. All are welcome and please bring a friend! For further information contact Aisling @ 087 2029064, or the golf club facebook page boylegolfclub.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Update 14th January

RESULTS – Brendan Gaffney and Jim Mooney were the winners of the foursomes competition held on Sunday the 13th of January. Lorcan Egan and Mark Whelan claimed second place.
An 18 hole stableford was held on Sunday the 6th of January and was won by Tommy King with a great score of 41 points, with David Wynne’s 38 points taking 2nd, and Michael Rush coming in 3rd with 38 points.Gary Carty took the prize for best gross score.
FIXTURES - The mens’ competition this coming Sunday ( the 20th) is a Fourball Betterball.
CLUB DRAW – Recent winners in the monthly club draw are as follows : October – 1st – Jim Mooney, 2nd Ted Hester, 3rd Martin Higgins. November – 1st Peggy Feely, 2nd Margaret Egan, 3rd Seamus and Marie Gallagher , December –  1st Pat Conroy, 2nd Denis and Mary O’Donnell, 3rd – Margaret Egan. 1st prize is 70 euro, 2nd and 3rd are 40 each.
NEW RULES – There are a number of new golf rules in place internationally since New Years Day. These rule changes were first proposed and publicised a few years ago so members may be aware of some of them, but the changes are quite extensive and we anticipate several people will unwittingly fall foul of them on occasion throughout the year. To minimise any problems for local players, Boyle member Jim Mooney , who is both a respected GUI tournament referee and Boyle member, was requested by the mens’ committee to do a presentation on the new rules for members of the club. He has very kindly agreed to do this in the clubhouse on Thursday the 17th of January at 8 pm. This is open to all members of the club to attend, men and ladies. We strongly advise members to attend to help reduce the chances of being on the wrong end of the new rules during 2019.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Update 6th January 2019

RESULTS- The clubs' Christmas scramble was a great success both in terms of turnout and enjoyment levels. It was played on the 27th of December and the winning team on the day comprised of Terry Canning, John Joe Carty and Jim Callery. In second was the team of Aisling Gaughran, Lorcan Egan and Seamus Gallagher. Third place went to Killian Egan, Gary Carty and Cillian Conboy.
Patrick Egan's 40 points sufficed to win the final competition of 2018, an 18 hole stableford played on Sunday the 30th of December. Paul Connolly had 39 points for 2nd place and prodigal son Willie Tiernan made a very welcome return to the winners enclosure in Boyle Golf Club with 36 points. Gerry Carty claimed the prize for best gross score.
An 18 hole stableford was held on Sunday the 6th of January and was won by Tommy King with a great score of 41 points, with David Wynne's 38 points taking 2nd, beating Gary Carty on countback. 

NEW RULES - 2019 sees the adoption of some very significant rules changes in the game of golf, which will affect multiple facets of the game including the correct manner to drop a ball, the time allocated to search for a lost ball, the ability to now leave a flagstick in the hole when putting, among many others. The overall aim of these rules was to both simplify the game and to speed up play, but given the scale of the changes it is inevitable that people will incur penalties during 2019 for unwitting breaches of the rules. Boyle member Jim Mooney , who is a respected GUI tournament referee , was requested by the mens' committee to do a presentation on the new rules for members of the club. He has very kindly agreed to do this in the clubhouse on Thursday the 17th of January at 8 pm. This is open to all members of the club to attend, men and ladies. We strongly advise members to attend to help reduce the chances of being on the wrong end of the new rules during 2019.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

update 3rd December

Sean Heslin and Tom Kearney have developed a virtual monopoly on 1st and 2nd place in the mens' competitions recently and so it proved again this Sunday the 2nd of December. In this week's 18 hole competition, they both had 40 points, with Sean just shading it on countback. Paul Connolly came 3rd with 37 points and Patrick Egan had the best gross score.

Next Sunday's competition is another 18 hole stableford with the club's Christmas Bonanza competition taking place on the following Sunday, 16th of December. This is a very social event and is much looked forward to every year - partly because every participant gets a prize! So if you haven't had the joy of walking up to receive a prize in 2018, this might be your last chance (even if it is only a selection box).

The overall club AGM was held in the clubhouse on Sunday the 2nd with the  following elected as officers for the management committee for 2019.
Chairman (and mens' captain) - Seamus Gallagher,
Honorary Treasurer - Paul Connolly,
Greens Convenor - Willie Tiernan,
Junior Convenor - Brendan Gaffney,
House Convenor - Vincent Egan,
Childrens Liaison Officer - Jim Mooney.

A number of officers of the mens' and ladies' committees are automatically appointed to the management committee including the outgoing mens and ladies captains , Terry Canning and Marie Hanmore-Cawley, the incoming lady captain, Regina McLoughlin and the mens and ladies competitions secretaries , Lorcan Egan and Mary O'Hara. The following will serve as ordinary management committee members - Patrick Egan, Jonathan Egan, Sean Heslin (also men's president), Liam Mullaney, Gerry O'Hara, Michael Simon, Susan O'Mahoney, Liz Dwyer and Mandy Toolan.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Update 26th November

 Tom Kearney continued his exceptional run of form by winning the 18 hole stableford competition played on Sunday the 25th of November . Tom had 40 points, with Sean Heslin's 38  and Pat Conroy's 37 taking the second and third places. Charlie O'Donnell made a return to winning ways by claiming the best gross score with 36 points. 

The 18 hole stableford played on Sunday the 18th was won by Sean Heslin by 37 points, separated only from Gerry Carty's 37 by "countback". Tom Kearney's 36 points was good enough for third place.

Next Sunday's mens' competition will be an 18 hole stableford. The overall club AGM also takes place the same Sunday, the 2nd of December , in the clubhouse at 5 pm and the other significant event on the horizon is the Christmas Bonanza competition for both men and ladies which takes place on the 16th of December.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Update 19th November

LADIES AGM - The AGM of the ladies section of the club was held on Sunday the 18th of November. Regina McLoughlin is the incoming Lady Captain for 2019 and her committee will comprise of : Hon Secretary - Moira Egan, Handicap Secretary - Susan O'Mahony , Competition Secretary - Mary O'Hara, Treasurer - Liz Dwyer, with the following serving as ordinary committee members : Fiona Keenan, Therese O'Daly, Tish Perry and Marie Hanmore-Cawley. Geraldine McDermottroe will be Lady President for 2019. The overall club AGM takes place on the 2nd of December at 5 pm in the clubhouse.

KING HARMON TROPHY - This years King Harmon Trophy has been won in fine style by Mark Whelan, who faced a very formidable opponent in the final, mens' captain Terry Canning. Although Mark has been playing golf for a few years now, this was his first year as a member of Boyle Golf Club and he will be the envy of many who have spent decades trying to win the singles matchplay tournament. The only downside for our new winner is that the annual handicap review happens shortly and rumour has it that he's first for the chop! Well done Mark.

FIXTURES - The competition next Sunday the 25th will be an 18 hole stableford. Our weekly 9 nine hole winter competition continues  this week and can be played Monday to Saturday. Other upcoming competitions include the ever popular Christmas Bonanza on Sunday the 16th of December.

RESULTS - An 18 hole stableford was played on Sunday the 18th, result will follow next week.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Update 11th November

RESULTS - The 18 hole stableford played on Sunday the 6th of November was won by Brendan Gaffney with a fine score of 43 points, Patrick Egan was second with 40 points, Terry Bright claimed the gross with 37 points and Tom Kearney was third with 38 points. Another 18 hole stableford was played on the following Sunday, the 11th , and the winner on this occasion was Dave Purser with 40 points, beating the 37 points of Michael Rush in to second place. Lorcan Egan took the gross with 37 points and Sean Heslin was third with 36 points.

FIXTURES - Our winter 9 hole competition continues this week and can be played any day from Monday to Saturday with unlimited re-entry also available. The competition for Sunday the 18th will be an 18 hole stableford.

KING HARMON - The King Harmon matchplay competition is almost at an end for 2018 with just two men left standing - outgoing captain Terry Canning and new member Mark Whelan. Both men have claimed some notable scalps on their way through the tournament, but only one man will see his name engraved on to the base of the King Harmon Cup for this year. The tournament has been a fixture for several decades within the club and is one of the most sought after prizes of the golfing year in Boyle. 

MENS AGM - The AGM of the mens club was held on Sunday the 11th. Captain Terry Canning thanked his committee for their support during 2018 and also thanked the men who had volunteered in any capacity for the club during the year and also those involved with interclub teams. He was happy to note that the construction of the new shed had gone well and was expected to be concluded in the coming weeks. He wished every success to the incoming mens' captain for 2019, Seamus Gallagher.
Martin Wynne's report as Secretary included thanks for the support he had received from Terry and also some of the other officers of the men's club during the year, particularly from Michael Rush in his capacity as Competition Secretary. He noted that Michael Rush had made a very successful change to the sponsoring of Sunday competitions this year which involved local businesses who had traditionally contributed sponsorship to the clubs Open Week to instead sponsor a particular Sunday during the year, thus ensuring good local media mentions for these businesses throughout the year.
The meeting agreed to enter the same number of interclub competitions in 2019 as in 2018. On a related note Vincent Egan proposed that interclub team captains undertake responsibility for co-ordinating the catering on the day of a match. This motion was carried.There was a discussion about the proposed merger of the ILGU and the GUI and the changes this may entail within the club. 
The following comprise the officers of the mens' committee for 2019 : - President- Sean Heslin, Captain - Seamus Gallagher, Secretary - Jim Mooney, Competition Secretary - Lorcan Egan, Handicap Secretary - Gerry O'Hara, Treasurer - Liam Mullaney, Communications - Jonathan Egan. The ordinary committee members are Willie Tiernan, Brendan Gaffney, Pat Conroy, Terry Canning, Patrick Egan, Vincent Egan, Paul Connolly, Gary Carty, Shane Loftus, Shane O'Dowd, Michael Simon and Tommy King.

LADIES AGM - The AGM of the ladies' section takes place in the clubhouse at 5 pm next Sunday the 18th of November.