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


SANDRA MC CRANN -
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.



FIXTURES -
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.



RESULTS -
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.



INTERCLUBS -
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.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Update April 21st


RESULTS - The Thursday’s 9 hole stableford played on the 11th of April was won by a man who has been staging a recovery that Tiger Woods would be proud of; Ross Andrew, with 22 points. 2nd was Owen Garvin with 18 points and 3rd went to Gerry O’Hara.
The winner of the Thursday competition on the 18th was our hard working treasurer, Paul Connolly , with 21 points, 2nd and third respectively went David Purser and Sean Heslin , both on 19 points.

FIXTURES - This coming Sunday the 28th is the date for the mucn anticipated annual “Voucher” competition, with first prize being a years free single adult membership. Only paid up members are eligible to win, so get your subs in for what is generally the most financially valuable prize of the golfing year. The membership fees for the year are available on boylegolfclub.com under "rates". Those wishing to pay online can pay to the club account at Bank Of Ireland, Boyle with the following IBAN - IE59BOFI90532822439700, just use your name as the "reference".

INTERCLUBS - Good luck to all those representing the mens' section in interclub matches this week in the All Ireland Fourball  and Connacht  9 hole clubs tournaments.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Update April 8th


RESULTS - The 18 hole stableford played on Sunday the 7th of April had a clear winner with Terry Canning's 38 points. Second place went to Ross Andrew with 35, Lorcan Egan won the prize for best gross score and Michael Simon came 3rd. This was the first of the year's Golfer of the Year competitions so well done to all the above for getting their campaign off to a good start.
The first of this year's Thursday evening competitions went to Tommy King who had 21 points for his 9 holes. Lorcan Egan and Brendan Gaffney came 2nd and 3rd respectively. We are still seeking members to sponsor Thursday competitions, please put your name on the list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.

FIXTURES - Mens' competitions for the coming week include the Thursday 9 hole stableford and another 18 hole stableford next Sunday , the 18th of April.

LADIES "GET INTO GOLF" - The ladies section hosted a very successful information evening this week for their upcoming "Get into Golf " programme. The programme consists of 8 weeks of group classes with a professional golfer at the very keen rate of 50 euro, commencing this Wednesday, the 10th of April. For further information contact Aisling at 0872029064 or via the clubs Facebook page "boylegolfclub".

SEAN YOUNG R.I.P - Although the first sport that came to mind when Sean Young's name was mentioned was unquestionably Gaelic Football, he was also a golfer of considerable ability, having played off a single figure handicap for many decades in Boyle, winning both Captains and Presidents Prizes along the way. He was a popular and valued member of our club and we wish to express our sincere condolences to the Young family on their bereavement.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Update 1st April

RESULTS - A 2 person Scramble was played over the weekend of the 30th and 31st March and the winners were Terry Canning and Ross Andrew with 61.6 nett, second place went to Patrick Egan and Lorcan Egan with 62.8 and third were Vincent Egan and Adrian King with 63. Ross has had a good fortnight on the golfing front having come first last week also. No doubt he will be hoping his "streak" continues until the "Voucher" competition at the end of April, when a year's free membership will be on offer to the winner. Only paid-up members will be eligible to win, so don't miss out and get your subs in before the weekend of Sunday the 28th.

FIXTURES - The big event for the month of April is of course the "Voucher" competition mentioned above on Sunday the 28th. This week sees the first of the mens Thursday competitions. This a very social format, with most men teeing off after 5pm. There are usually less formal arrangements than for the Sunday competitions with many players just showing up between 5.30 and 6 and teeing off with whoever else is available at the time. Feel free also to use our WhatsApp group if you would prefer to have a partner arranged in advance. First prize in the Thursday night competition is sponsored by a different member every week with a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse for those wishing to contribute.
The mens competition for next Sunday the 7th of April is an 18 hole stableford and is the first one of the year with "Golfer of the Year" ranking points up for grabs.

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 at 087 202 9064, or the golf club facebook page boylegolfclub.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Update 25th March

RESULTS - Congratulations to Ross Andrew and Paddy McLoughlin who won the Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup competition and go forward to represent the club in the next round. Ross and Paddy had 45 points, beating Darragh Loftus and Joe Hussey into 2nd place with 44 points. 3rd place went to Terry Bright and Owen Garvin, also with 44 points.

FIXTURES - In a change to the fixture list, next Sundays competition will not be the Fourball Shambles indicated on the fixture list and will be announced during the week. The following week sees 2 noteworthy events for the men; the first of our ever popular Thursday evening 9 hole competitions takes place on the 4th of April, followed by our first "Golfer of the Year" competition, an 18 hole stableford on Sunday the 7th of April.

WHATSAPP GROUP - The mens' WhatsApp group has been relaunched. It is open to all paid-up adult male members of the club, the primary purpose of it being to assist members in finding playing partners, especially new members. For anyone interested who is not already linked in to the group, please text your name and number to 086 6090954.

"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 at 087 2029064, or the golf club facebook page boylegolfclub.

HARRY WYNNE - It was sad news for Boyle Golf Club when word came through of Harry Wynne's death. Harry had been an active playing member of the club for over half a century and had served the club faithfully in many roles including as Captain in 1985 and President in 1995. He had also featured on the "roll of honour" having won a Presidents Prize in 1986 and had captained and played on inter-club teams. Harry had two qualities which immediately struck people who met him ,which were his unfailing courtesy to others and his very definite sense of style. The Wynne family have contributed much to Boyle Golf Club over the years with Harry's late brother Tom succeeding him as Captain in 1986, and Harry's wife Marie having also served both as Lady Captain and Lady President. The club wishes to express our sincere condolences to all the Wynne family .

JAMES COOKE - James Cooke was the other thorough gentleman lost to us in recent weeks. James was also a past Captain of Boyle Golf Club (2010) and former inter-club player. He was heavily involved in committee work during his years as a member, where his personal qualities of being hard-working , soft spoken, and level headed were held in the highest regard. James was a family man and as such was fortunate that his sons shared his interest in the game and a Sunday morning fourball of Cookes became a regular sight at the club. We know that James missed involvement with the club in recent years and we were saddened by news of his far too premature passing. We also wish to express our sympathies to the Cooke family at this difficult time.

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.