Sunday, June 9, 2019

Update 10th June

Brendan Gaffney and Susan O'Mahoney, respective winners of Presidents Prize to the Men and Ladies 2019 with President Sean Heslin

PRESIDENT'S PRIZE - It had looked very doubtful during the week whether the President's Prize would be played this weekend at all, given the uncertainty about the the conditions after recent unseasonal rainfall. Thankfully it proceeded as planned and conditions turned out to be more benign overhead than underfoot for most of the day. It turned out to be a battle of the low handicappers with Brendan Gaffney just pipping Patrick Egan into 2nd. It was fortunate for Brendan that he came first in the Presidents Prize as his wife Susan had claimed 1st in the respective ladies event. Paul Brown took 3rd in his first “major” and Lorcan Egan won the prize for best gross score. 
Other prizes - 18 nett - Pat Brogan, past President - Charlie O'Donnell, Senior - Michael Reid, Category 0-13 - Cian Smith, 14-20 - Gerry Carety, 21-28 - Mark Whelan, First Nine - Michael Rush, Second Nine - Gary Carty, Third Nine - Liam Mullaney.

PRESIDENT'S SCRAMBLE - The winners of the President's Scramble played on Friday the 7th were the team of Adrian King, Regina McLoughlin and Tish Perry. In 2nd were Jim Mooney, Therese O’Daly and Michael Reid with 3rd place going to Michael Rush, Lorcan Egan and Fiona Keenan.

INTERCLUBS - Our Mixed Foursomes team continued their “streak” with a win over close neighbors Carrick On Shannon during the week. Well done especially to the two Boyle teams who had good away wins despite coming under some close scrutiny in Carrick On Shannon. Boyle now play Ballina Golf Club in a Zone Final on Wednesday the 19th of June. Coincidentally our mens' Pierce Purcell also face Ballina Golf Club in a zone final next Saturday.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Update 4th June

RESULTS - The Crumlin Classic fundraiser was ongoing at the time of writing, results to follow next week.
The 12 hole competition played on Thursday the 23rd of May was won by Vincent Egan with a great score of 30 points,Conor Hamill was the runner up with 27 and Michael Rush came third with 24. 
The prize winners in the Thursday competition played on the 30 th of May were Tommy King, Vincent Egan and Paul Connolly in that order.

INTERCLUBS - Well done to Sean Heslin’s Pierce Purcell team who had a great 4-1 victory over County Sligo Golf Club to make it into a zone final against Ballina Golf Club. 

FIXTURES - Next Sunday the 9th of June sees action in Sean Heslin’s Presidents Prize. The format is , as always, an 18 hole stroke play with the highest scorers called back to a 9 hole play off that evening, with the presentation to the prize winners immediately afterwards. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Update 27th May

RESULTS - This week saw another fantastic score in the club with Karl Keenan winning the Bart Moran Cup with a 55 nett. Karl played his round in 69 gross (1 over par), which was all the more remarkable considering the windy conditions on the day of the competition. Liam Mullaney came second with 65 , Sean Heslin claimed the gross and Mark Whelan came third with 66 nett.

INTERCLUBS - Boyle claimed another great result in interclub matches this week, beating the big guns of County Sligo Golf Club in the Mixed Foursomes Tournament. Best of luck to Charlie O'Donnell's and Tish Perry's charges in the next round.

FIXTURES - The Bank Holiday weekend sees the annual fundraiser for the childrens hospital, the "Crumlin Classic" played as a team event. The Sunday after the Bank Holiday is the day for one of the years "majors", the Presidents Prize. Players are reminded that you must have played one "qualifying round" in Boyle Golf Club this year to be eligible to win first prize in this competition.

LADIES - There was very little separating the best scorers in this years Presidents Prize to the Ladies, but the undisputed winner was Susan O'Mahoney with a 69 nett, just edging Tish Perry's 70 into second. Peggy Feely also had a 70, which secured her the prize for best gross score and Mandy Toolan came third with a 71 nett.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Update 19th May

RESULTS - Brendan Gaffney was the winner of this years mens PGA tankard with a fantastic 44 points in tricky conditions. Brendan’s gross score was 2 over par for the 18. Also we offer congratulations to Jason Beirne who came 2nd in his first 18 hole competition in the club with a very strong 43 points. One to watch..

FIXTURES - Next Sunday’s competition for the men is the Bart Moran cup, played as an 18 hole strokeplay. The competition for the June Bank Holiday weekend is a fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, the “Crumlin Classic”, played as a team event. The 9th of June sees the men play in one of the 2 “big ones”, the Presidents Prize. You need to have played one “qualifying “ competition in Boyle Golf Club this year to be eligible to claim 1st place in the Presidents Prize.
The mens' weekly continues as usual this Thursday as a 12 hole stableford.

INTERCLUBS - Well done to the team captained by Sean Heslin in the Pierce Purcell Shield in scoring a comprehensive victory over Strandhill Golf Club. Boyle take on the winners of Ballaghaderreen versus County Sligo Golf Club in the next round. 
Good luck also to Charlie O’Donnell’s and Tish Perry’s team in their second round Mixed Foursomes match against Co Sligo Golf Club.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Update 13th May

COMMITTEE CUP - The weekend of the 11th and 12th of May saw action take place in the Committee Cup, culminating with the best scorers from the men and ladies sections competing in a 9 hole play off on the Sunday evening. There was plenty of drama as always in the play off ranging from lost balls to runs of birdies, but one man came through it all to emerge top of the heap - Lewis Shaw. Second place went to Patrick Egan, Lorcan Egan claimed the prize for best mens gross score and Tom Kearney came third. Best of the ladies was Tish Perry ( following closely on her win in the Ladies Voucher), next best was Susan O'Mahoney with Mary O'Hara receiving the prize for best ladies gross score. Among the other prizewinners were : Seniors - Liam Mullaney, Handicap Categories 0-15 - Karl Keenan, 16-24 - Gerry O'Hara, 25+ Ted Hester. Nines prizes went to Paul Connolly, Gerry Carty and Vincent Egan.

INTERCLUBS - Well done to our Mixed Foursomes team, captained by Charlie O'Donnell and Tish Perry,  who recorded a win over our neighbours from Ballaghaderreen Golf Club during the week.
The best of luck to Sean Heslins team competing in this years Pierce Purcell Shield against Strandhill Golf Club this week.

CRUMLIN CLASSIC - The annual fundraiser for Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children, the "Crumlin Classic" has been rescheduled to the June Bank Holiday weekend.

JUNIORS - This years junior golf lessons kick off on Saturday the 25th of May from 11-1. No equipment is necessary but feel free to bring same if you have it. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Update 5th May

RESULTS - Congratulations to Terry Canning who won the Mens Voucher competition with a score of 63 nett, thus being the recipient of a years free membership of Boyle Golf Club. Cian Smith was hot on his heels with 64, Sean Heslin claimed the gross, also with 64, and Karl Keenan came 3rd with 66.

The 12 hole competition played on Thursday the 2nd of May was won by Patrick Egan with 27 points, with Vincent Egan taking second place with 24 points. 

FIXTURES - The Crumlin Classic had been due to be played over the May Bank Holiday weekend but has been rescheduled now for the  June Bank Holiday weekend.
Next weekend , the 11th and 12th of May, sees one of the club's big competitions of the year, the Committee Cup. The course is closed on the Saturday to the men as the ladies round of the competition takes place that day, with the reverse arrangements pertaining on the Sunday. The best scores will duel it out in a 9 hole playoff on Sunday evening with the presentation of the cup directly afterwards. Both men and women are eligible to win the main prize, the Committee Cup itself.
The big competitions come up thick and fast at this time of the year with following Sunday ( the 19th) seeing the hosting of the PGA tankard, with the winner getting to play with a professional golfer in a Pro-am competition later in the summer.

INTERCLUBS - Our Mixed Foursomes team under the joint captaincies of Charlie O'Donnell and Tish Perry play a match this Wednesday the 8th of May against Ballaghaderreen Golf Club. We wish them the best of luck.

COURSE WORK- The annual pole-forking of the greens takes place on Tuesday the 14th of May. This does lead to some inconvenience as regards playing conditions on the course for a week or 2 afterwards but is absolutely vital to maintain the greens in good condition for the year.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Update April 28th

The feeling around the club this week is one of great sorrow, we have been left bereft by the loss of one of our finest members, Sandra McCrann. Sandra was a former committee member and Lady Captain of the club, and was the co-author of the book produced to commemorate Boyle Golf Club's centenary in 2011. She also gave of her time to the club in many other ways, including helping out with both events in the clubhouse and maintenance on the course. However, none of this quite touches on the most important thing Sandra brought to the club, which was Sandra herself. Her easy-going, selfless, inclusive and generous nature were what set Sandra apart - from small acts such as her welcome and support for new members of our club to such significant ones as acting as carer for loved ones who needed her help. Our deepest and most sincere sympathies to Tom, Brian, Jake, Niall, and also Meg, on their tragic loss.

The course was closed on Sunday the 28th of April as a mark of respect to Sandra, so the annual "Voucher" competition has been rescheduled for next Sunday, the 5th of May.

The "Fourball Shambles" competition held over the Easter weekend was won by the team of Michael Reid, Michael Simon, Gerry Carty and Gerry O'Dowd with 117 points. In second place were Jim Mooney, Charlie O'Donnell, Ross Andrew and Terry Canning on 115 and third prize was claimed by the 114 points of Pat Conroy, Tom Kearney, Michael Rush and Michael Gilmartin.

It was a tough week for the Boyle men in interclub matches. First up on the Bank Holiday Monday was a match in the "Connacht 9 Hole Clubs " tournament versus Ballyhaunis. Despite Lorcan Egan claiming a fine singles win away in Ballyhaunis, the club had a narrow 4-3 defeat overall.

Next up was a match on Saturday in the "All Ireland Fourball" versus neighbours Carrick On Shannon. Mark Whelan and Shane Loftus pulled off the difficult task of an away foursomes win in their match in Carrick On Shannon but Boyle lost overall.
Our Seniors will undoubtedly be in the underdog role when they take on Co Sligo Golf Club this coming Wednesday, but they are a bunch well capable of causing an upset! Good luck to all participating in the match.