RESULTS - The Committee Cup was held over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May, the format being 18 hole strokeplay for men and women with a 9 hole play off taking place on the Sunday evening for the select few who scored well in the first 18. It was great to see some new faces, well done especially to Iosif and Valentin who played in their first "major". This competition was sponsored by our good friends from Golfstyle golf shop, who are based in the Liosban Industrial Estate just off the Tuam Road in Galway city. We are very grateful for their sponsorship and encourage our members to pay them a visit when in Galway.
This years Committee Cup winner overall winner was Terry Canning, with a great score of 98.5 nett for the 27 holes. Sean Heslin took second place for the men and second for the ladies went to Tish Perry. The gross prizes went to Lorcan Egan for the men and Mary O'Hara for the women. The mens' and ladies' 3rd prizes went to Frank Casserley and Sandra McCrann with the overall 18 nett claimed by Paul Connolly. Category prizes went to Charlie O 'Donnell for the 0-15 category, the 16-22 prize to Seamus Gallagher, and Claire Cryan taking the 23-36 category. The past winners category was won by Cian Smith and the prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd nines went to Vincent Egan, Liam Mullaney and Patrick Egan respectively.
The Committee Cup scramble took place on Friday the 11th, the winners being the team of Brendan Gaffney, Conor Hamill and Seamus Gallagher. The mens' mid week 12 hole stableford competition played on Thursday the 10th saw those in 1st,2nd and 3rd place all having 26 points , separated only on countback. Ross Andrew was the winner, followed by Lorcan Egan and Michael Gilmartin.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS -Next Sunday sees the mens' PGA Tankard 18 hole stableford and also the mens' Presidents Prize to the ladies. On the following weekend the men play for the Bart Moran Cup, sponsored this year by Gerard Sheerin of Aidan Ray menswear in Boyle, for which we are very grateful.
INTERCLUBS - We are currently in the busiest part of the season for interclub matches, with 2 more mens teams representing the club in different tournaments and one of the ladies teams. On Wednesday, Eamonn Perry's Seniors team are playing against Strandhill and on Saturday Pat Conroy's All Ireland Fourball team take on Castle Dargan.
HANDICAP RULE CHANGES - The Connacht Coucil of the GUI recently passed a rule regarding cards not being returned by players participating in qualifying competitions. The practice up to now is that these players were automatically awarded 0.1 of a shot back for handicapping purposes, but this will no longer be the case. The mens' committee encourages all players to return their cards in qualifying competitions from now on to ensure that the integrity of our handicapping system is preserved.