Sunday, December 13, 2020

Update 14th December


RESULTS - The winner of the 9 hole Stableford played on Sunday the 6th of December was a man making a return to the winners enclosure, John McGuinn, with 18 points. Seamus Gallagher and Paul Connolly were 2nd and 3rd respectively. The scores were low, but this was a reflection on current playing conditions rather than the abilities of local golfers. The recent heavy rainfall has left the course too soft for the operation of grass cutting machinery which has resulted in fairways not being cut for a prolonged period, and balls are plugging.Many members really appreciate the outlet of playing golf again since the end of the last lockdown and are keen to keep the course open, but expectations will have to be realistic - very little can be done with the course until we have some drier weather.

FIXTURES - The Christmas Bonanza was due to be played on Sunday the 13th, but it has now been deferred to next weekend Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of December, weather and course conditions permitting. A 9 hole Stableford was played instead of the Bonanza on the 13th, results to follow.

KING HARMON MATCHPLAY - The King Harmon Quarter-Finals are scheduled for completion by next Sunday the 20th. The match-ups are : Gerry Carty vs Michael McHale, Lorcan Egan vs Jason Beirne, Lochlainn Conboy vs Vincent Egan, Padraig O’Connell vs Martin Daly.

CLUB DRAW - Recent winners in the clubs monthly fund-raising draw were - September -1st Therese O’Daly, 2nd Ted Hester, 3rd Michael Gilmartin. October - 1st Michael Gilmartin, 2nd Paddy Nangle, 3rd Martin Higgins. November - 1st Pat Conroy, 2nd Mary O’Hara, 3rd Martin Higgins.

1st place gets 120 euro, 2nd and 3rd 60 apiece. Entry envelopes are available at the clubhouse noticeboard or you can set up a direct debit for 10 euro per month to the club's bank account at the following IBAN : IE59  BOFI 905328 22439700.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Update 7th December

Golf resumed again nationally this week after a 6-week hiatus. Unfortunately, conditions for the first post-lockdown men’s competition on Sunday the 6th were less than ideal, so the decision was made to change from an 18 hole Stableford to a 9 hole version instead. This was the first competition played under the new World Handicapping System, the results will be delayed for a day or 2. 

Next Sunday’s competition is the annual Christmas Bonanza, which is always a popular competition and has traditionally had a very social component to it. Given the current constraints, the prizegiving will have to change from its usual format of one prize for every participant. This has not been finalised yet, but ideas under consideration include having a reduced number of prizes and making a donation to a local cause in lieu of the others. It would be a real positive for the club to see a strong turnout of members for this competition, so please support if you can.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Update 28th September


GOLFER OF THE YEAR - Well done to Lochlainn Conboy who topped the Order of Merit to take this years Golfer of the Year title. Tadhg Lowe really put it up to him by winning the last competition of the series on Sunday the 27th, the King Cup, but Lochlainn also picked up some points on the day which kept him in the top spot. Second place in the King Cup went to Padraic O’Connell and Jonathan Egan was third. Congratulations to new member Colin O’Sullivan on winning his first prize in the club, having had the best gross score on the day.


THURSDAY COMPETITIONS - This Thursday’s competition is the last mens’ midweek competition scheduled for 2020. Winners on 17/9 were 1st David Wynne, 2nd Lochlainn Conboy, 3rd Seamus Gallagher, all on 20 points. Sean Heslin and Martin Wynne split the 2s club pot between them.

Conor Hamill was the clear winner on Thursday the 24th with 23 points for his 9 holes. 


MONTHLY DRAW - September’s winners were - 1st Therese O’Daly, 2nd Ted Hester, 3rd Michael Gilmartin. First prize each month is 120 euro with 2nd and 3rd each receiving 60.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Update 21st September


RESULTS The winners of the “Shambles” competition held on Sunday the 20th if September were as follows - 1st Lochlainn Conboy, Conor Hamill,Michael McHale and Pat Brogan 125 points, 2nd Gary Carty, Gerry Carty, Padraig O’Connell and Paddy McLoughlin 125 points, 3rd Lorcan Egan, Vincent Egan, John McGuinn, Brendan Gaffney 108 points.


CONDOLENCES - Sincere condolences from all at Boyle Golf Club to Liam and all the Whyte family on the recent death of Margaret.


BEST WISHES - All at the club wish a speedy recovery to one of our most loyal members, Lionel Lynn, after his recent injury.


AGMs - AGM season is approaching, with a provisional date for the overall club AGM of 6/12/20. The mens’ and ladies’ sections AGMs will be held on dates prior to that. There will most likely be an EGM also ( Extraordinary General Meeting) as there  may be changes in the governance structure of the club with one of the mooted changes being the dissolution  of the mens and ladies with the management committee taking on these committees’ previous roles. This would require changes in the constitution of the club, hence the need for an EGM. Dates for these meetings will be published soon.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Update 14th September

RESULTS - Well done to Lee McKillen who won the Drumderrig Cup with 5 shots to spare after having a 60 nett. In second was Brian Furey with 65, Sean Heslin took the prize for best gross score and Gerry Carty came 3rd with 66.

Tish Perry was the winner of the ladies event.

ORDER OF MERIT - There is only one event left to count for Golfer of the Year points. The order of merit has been constantly changing and this Sunday saw Lochlainn Conboy overtake Martin Daly to take the lead with 47 points to Martins 45. Liam Mullaney is not far off with 39 points, followed by Tadhg Lowe on 32. Any of the above could still win the overall title as there are 15 points available for the winner of the last GOY event, the King Cup on the 27th of September. There are points available for the other highest scorers as per usual.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Update 7th September

Captain Therese O’Daly presenting Mary O’Hara with the Lady Captains Prize

LADY CAPTAINS PRIZE - Congratulations to Mary O’Hara who won Therese O’Daly’s Lady Captains Prize on Sunday the 6th of September. Therese presented Mary and the other winners with their prizes in a presentation held outside the clubhouse on the evening of the competition.

The list of winners was as follows -
1st Mary O’Hara, 2nd Susan O Mahoney
Best Gross Score Tish Perry, 3rd Peggy Feely, 4th Caroline Carty. 
Handicap Category 1 Liz Dwyer, Category 2 Aisling Gaughran, Category 3 Marie Hanmore-Cawley, Past Captain Moira Egan, Front 9 Eithne Gaffney, Back 9 Regina McLoughlin.
Beginners Competition - 1st Eileen Callaghan, 2nd Catherine Roddy.
Nine Hole Competition - 1st Patti Dowd, 2nd Marie Gallagher, 3rd Eileen Jackson.

Lady Captain Therese O’Daly presenting Liam Mullaney with his prize for winning the Lady Captain’s Prize to the men

The Lady Captain’s Prize to the men was played on Sunday the 30th of August.
1st Liam Mullaney 42 points, 2nd Niall Kearney 40, Best Gross Brendan Gaffney, 3rd Lee McKillen 40.

The mens’ Thursday competition on September the 3rd was won by Jim Suffin, in second was Mark O’Donohoe with Lochlainn Conboy coming 3rd. The 2s club pot was claimed by Seamus Gallagher.

MENS OUTING - The mens’ section went on an outing to Castle Dargan Golf Club on Sunday the 6th, kindly organised by Michael Rush. The winners were - 1st Jim Suffin, 2nd Ross Andrew , 3rd Lorcan Egan, 4th Brendan Gaffney, Front Nine Niall Kearney, Back Nine Lee McKillen.

THANKS - are due to Martin Daly who has volunteered his time to do some much needed painting around the clubhouse.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Update 31st August

FIXTURES - The Lady Captain’s Prize to the men was played on Sunday the 30th of August, results to follow during the week.
The annual fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, the “Crumlin Classic” was played over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of August, the results were as follows - 1st - Mark O’Donohoe, Tadhg Lowe, Marc O’Connor - 91 points 2nd - Lorcan Egan, Paul Connolly, Ciarán Beirne - 88 points (countback) 3rd - Lee McKillen, Jim Suffin, Martin Daly 88 points.

Results from the mens’ Thursday competition on the 20th were - 1st Conor Hamill, 2nd Lochlainn Conboy, 3rd Jonathan Egan On Thursday the 27th, the winners were - 1st Lee McKillen, 2nd Sean Heslin, 3rd Jim Suffin, all with 22 points, with placing decided on countback. Jim Suffin won the 2s club pot.

FIXTURES - The ladies’ biggest competition of the year, the Lady Captain’s Prize, takes place next Sunday the 6th of September. This year’s Lady Captain is Therese O’Daly.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Update 17th August

CAPTAINS DAY 2020 - Lorcan Egan’s  Captains Day was a major success in every respect, from the weather holding out for the day, the biggest field participating in recent memory, and capped by a new name winning his first major, Martin Daly. Martin did extremely well to have the lead after the first 18 and maintain it throughout the 9 hole playoff later in the evening, especially as he had never been in a playoff previously.

The presentation took place the same evening in the clubhouse. The captain   congratulated all the winners and paid  tribute to the assistance he had received throughout the year and especially in the week leading up to the Captains Prize. He also thanked our generous local sponsors and noted the huge increase in the numbers playing golf during the year.


CAPTAINS PRIZE RESULTS - 1st Martin Daly, 2nd Mark O’Donohoe, Gross - Sean Heslin, 3rd- Lochlainn Conboy, 18 nett Michael Simon, Past Captains - Gerry O’Hara, Senior - Pat Conroy, Categories 0-13 Ciarán Beirne, 14-20 Liam Whyte, 21+ Enda Smith, 1st Nine Pat Brogan, 2nd Nine Tadhg Lowe, 3rd Nine Cillian Conboy. Visitors Prize - Donie Smith.

Captains Scramble winning team were Fiona Keenan, Niall Kearney and Michael McHale.


CAPTAINS PRIZE TO THE LADIES - Results of today's competition

1st. Marie Hanmore Cawley (72)

2nd. Susan O'Mahoney  (74)

3rd.  Carmel McGarry (76)

Gross - Liz Dwyer

Front Nine - Ruth Hogg

Back Nine - Mary O’Hara


THANKS - Sincere thanks to Tom Kearney who generously sponsored the meat for the Captains Day barbecue.


FIXTURES - Next weekend is the annual fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospital for Dick Children, the “Crumlin Classic’”, played as a threeball rumble. 


CONGRATULATIONS - to Lewis Shaw on his recent engagement. We hear Ted is looking forward to the stag do already!


MEMBERSHIP STICKERS - Membership stickers for those who have paid up for 2020, or are paying by monthly debit, are available for collection in the office of Vincent and Lorcan Egan, Elphin Street.


BOOKING APP - Members are encouraged to download and use the new BRS booking app which should eliminate some of the glitches that occur with the version currently is use. Look in your App Store or on Google Play for “BRS Golf”.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Update 3rd August

FIXTURES - The Captains Prize to the Ladies takes place next Sunday the 9th of August.

The mens’ competition that day will be an 18 hole Stableford and will be the last opportunity to gain a “qualifying” card  to be eligible to win the Captains Prize for those who have not already played in an 18 hole qualifying competition this year.

MEMBERSHIP STICKERS - Membership stickers for all who have paid up for 2020, or are paying by monthly debit, are available for collection in the office of Vincent and Lorcan Egan, Elphin Street.

CAPTAINS PRIZE - The big event of the year for the men, the Captains Prize, is fast approaching. Lorcan Egan is this year’s mens’ Captain and his day will be on Sunday the 16th of August. For the mens’ prize, it is essential to have played just one 18 hole qualifying competition this year, a reduction from the traditional 3 given the shortened golfing season. There is still one opportunity left to get a card in if you haven’t already done so.

On Thursday the 13th, there will be a presentation of all the mens’ Thursday competition prizes to date. Sponsors for the Thursdays are asked to get their prizes to Lorcan Egan before this date. A ladies’ and gents’ scramble competition will be held on the evening of Friday the 14th, all members are strongly encouraged to attend.

On the Captains Prize day itself, food will be available in the form of a barbecue throughout the day.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Update 26th July

VOUCHER - Congratulations to Paul Brown who was the winner of this year’s Voucher competition, and is now the lucky recipient of a year's free membership. Close on his heels in 2nd place was David Gallagher with a 64, 3rd place went to Lochlainn Conboy. 

Women -The women's Voucher competition was won by Mary O’Hara, 2nd was Moira Egan with the gross prize going to Liz Dwyer and Ruth Hogg came 3rd.

Thursday - The men's midweek 12 hole played on Thursday the 23rd was won by Lee McKillen, 2nd was Lochlainn Conboy with Sean Heslin taking the 3rd spot. The 2’s club pot was unclaimed and rolls over to next week.

FIXTURES - Next weekend’s competition is a fundraiser competition for the club itself and will take the format of a 3 person Shambles. For those unfamiliar with a Shambles competition, all 3 players on the team drive off,  then decide which drive is best and all 3 players play their next shot from the location of the best drive, each playing out the hole using their own ball.

CAPTAIN'S PRIZE - The big event of the year for the men, the Captain's Prize is fast approaching. Lorcan Egan is this year’s men's’ Captain and his day will be on Sunday the 16th of August. For the men's’ prize, it is essential to have played just one 18 hole qualifying competition this year, a reduction from the traditional 3 given the shortened golfing season. There is still an opportunity to get a card if you haven’t already done so.

CYCLE FOR SANDRA - The club wishes the best of luck all those participating in the “Cycle for Sandra” event next Sunday August 2nd to Croagh Patrick. This cycle acts as both a fundraiser for North West Hospice and as a fitting tribute to the late and much-missed Sandra McCrann, a former Lady Captain and very popular member of our club. Donation cards are available locally or you can donate online via the ‘Cycle for Sandra McCrann’ event on the North West Hospice page on Facebook

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Update 20th July

RESULTS - Well done to Enda Smith who won the PGA Tankard competition on Sunday the 12th of July, just beating Jim Suffin on countback, with Lorcan Egan taking the gross prize and Tadhg Lowe coming third.

The ladies played the same day for the Niamh Nangle Cup, which was won by Marie Hanmore-Cawley, and Patricia Perry came second.

The mens mid week 12 hole Stableford played on Thursday the 16th was won by Tadhg Lowe with 31 points, Lochlainn Conboy came second with 29 points and Jim Suffin took the third spot with 27. The 2s club pot was split between David Wynne, Jim Suffin and John Kelly.

 The James Shivnan Cup took place on Sunday the 19th. Results will be released during the week.

 FIXTURES - Next Sunday’s competition for the men will be the much anticipated “Voucher”, with the winner receiving a free membership voucher for the year or the price of an adult single membership deducted from a family membership. The format will be 18 hole Strokeplay. You must be a member in good standing for 2020 to be eligible to win first prize, so please pay any outstanding memberships this week.

The club will be holding a fundraiser for the club itself over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the format will be decided during the week.

 COURSE - The “Putt Buddy” devices were felt to be causing too much damage to the playing surface of the greens, so they have been removed for the time being with the cups being partially filled with foam instead. Please take care on removing your ball to avoid touching the cup with your hand.

 COMMISERATIONS - The club extends its sympathies to the family of the late Joe Mahon, who passed away this weekend.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Update 5th July

RESTART - This week saw the restart of official club competitions, with the ladies first off the mark on Tuesday last with a 9 hole Stableford, with the men following on Thursday with a 12 hole Stableford. The men played again on Sunday the 5thfor the Bart Moran Cup with the format being 18 hole Strokeplay. Results were not available at the time of going to press. Given that the clubhouse is still “off-limits”, the cup itself will be presented to the winner at a later date.

The mens’ Thursday night competition was won by Lochlainn Conboy with a great score of 32 points for the 12 holes. Gerry Carty came second with 30 points ( and won the 2s club) and Gabriel Lavin’s 28 took third.

COMPETITION RULES - There are a few important things to note regarding competitions - online  tee booking is essential, please put 1 entry fee per envelope, the requirement to sign cards has been removed but you must get your opponent to verify your score verbally. The computer has been reinstated for 18 hole competitions, but hand hygiene is essential, please use the hand sanitizer provided before typing.

FIXTURES - This years fixture list has been re-drawn 4 times already this year and is now on version 5! There is good news though - due to the Government acceleration of the phases of re-opening, the Captains and Lady Captains Prizes are back on the schedule. The Captains Prize to the men takes place on the 16th of August, and the Lady Captains prize for the ladies takes place on the 6th of September.

Next Sunday’s competition for the men is the PGA Tankard played as an 18 hole Stableford, with the James Shivnan Memorial competition taking place the following Sunday, the 19th of August. The keenly anticipated “Voucher” competition takes place on the last Sunday in July, the 26th. The winner of the “Voucher” gets a free single membership for the year. To be eligible to win the “Voucher”, your membership fees must be valid for 2020.

 PUTT-BUDDIES - Removing the golf ball from the hole posed an unexpected challenge these past few months, given the high risk of germ transfer posed when you consider the example of 30 players removing a ball from a hole 18 times each per competition, giving 540 potential episodes of exposure to infection. We have installed the “Putt Buddy” system which has greatly reduced the risk. It has however unfortunately given rise to some confusion and myths! To correct one of the most widespread of these myths - it is not true that your ball is considered to be “holed” if it hits the pin/putt-buddy, part of the hole must stay submerged within the circumference of the hole as has always been the case.

The GUI has recognised that the increased diameter of the device within the hole can be an issue and have clarified it is allowable for a players opponent to hold the pin in a more vertical position if it is leaning. They must, however, hold the pin with the head or handle of the putter, not with their hand.

The pins cannot be removed at present for putting and to remove one during competition could put a player at risk of disqualification.

 BUNKERS - Due to rakes being out of use there is currently a “preferred lie” ruling in place for the bunkers, the exact ruling is on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. Please rake the sand with a club or your foot after hitting your shot (doing it beforehand incurs a penalty as per usual).

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Update 8th June

POSTPONEMENT OF COMPETITIVE GOLF  - This week was to have been the long-awaited resumption date for competitions, but in a very unwelcome development, we received a press release from the ladies’ and gents‘ national golf organisations advising they had been directed by Sport Ireland that clubs could not resume competitions until the 29th of June on the basis that no other competitive sports were being played in other codes before that date. It seems horse and greyhound racing are somehow exempt from this logic while competitive golf is now in the same risk category as sports such as judo and boxing. Perhaps we have been playing it wrong all these years.

We understand the 2 golf unions are angry about this decision as are we at local level. The management committee of the club had a meeting by Zoom on the preceding Wednesday and had worked on numerous measures to ensure the safe return of competitive golf to the club. Yet another version of the 2020 fixture list will be issued in the coming weeks.

There are some positive changes from the 8th of June - members will be allowed to bring guests, who must still register online, and fourballs are allowed again.

 Even though competitions organised by the club itself or its committees will not now be happening for the next few weeks, it is permissible for groups of members to maintain more informal levels of competition if they so wish, as long as any such arrangements follow the guidance already in place re booking online, social distancing, hand hygiene, flagsticks, bunkers etc.

 BUNKERS - Due to rakes being out of use there will be “placing” in bunkers, the exact rule will be put on a sign on the noticeboard. Please rake the sand with a club or your foot after hitting your shot (doing it beforehand incurs a penalty as per usual).

CONDOLENCES - The club sends its sincere condolences to Joey and Tom Mullaney on the untimely death of their son Declan in the past few days. Condolences also to Tom Smyth and Carmel Conlon on their recent bereavements

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Update 18th May

RE-OPENING -The long-awaited re-opening of the course is upon us with play re-commencing on Monday the 18th of May. There have been a significant number of first-time applications for membership in the past week, all of whom are most welcome. Whilst everyone in the club is delighted to be back up and running, there are a few temporary stipulations to be observed.

All golf, no matter how casual, must be booked online in advance of playing. This is an obligation imposed on the Golfing Union of Ireland by the HSE. Failing to observe this jeopardises our re-opening and may lead to golf nationally or locally being off-limits again. The use of the course will be for members only at this time, which is a significant change for our club as we have always welcomed visitors paying “green fees”. However, non-members who wish to join will be very welcome and we will try and set them up with GUI numbers for booking golf as soon as possible. There will also be some changes on the course, the most obvious of which will be the lack of flagsticks on the greens. The GUI has specified that measures must be taken to ensure removing the ball from the hole is as “contactless” as possible and we envisage having another solution in place ahead of the return of competitive golf on June the 8th. These changes were all approved by a management committee meeting that took place via Zoom on May 14th. Please enjoy your golf and be part of the collective effort to keep golf up and running.


MONTHLY DRAW - January - 1st Liam Mullaney, 2nd Michael Simon, 3rd Margaret Egan.

February - 1st Margaret Egan, 2nd Mandy Toolan, 3rd Paddy Nangle.

Prizes - 1st place 70 euro, 2nd, and 3rd 40 euro apiece.


CONDOLENCES - Condolences to Liam Mullaney whose mother passed away last month.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Update 10th May

COURSE RE-OPENING - The GUI and ILGU have published protocols for how clubs can safely reopen on the 18th of May. The protocol document, although only a few pages in length, contains quite a bit of detail. Anyone planning to play in the next few weeks should have a read of it to see what is recommended.
Some notable points are :
-one person to a buggy
-don’t use rakes; use your foot or a club instead
-flagpoles not to be touched/removed, -practice green not to be used
-arrive dressed to play rather than changing in changing room
-stay away if you have any cold symptoms
-juniors must play with an adult
-the function room/bar out of use.

Although members of any club instinctively dislike recommendations from outside instructing them how to use their own facilities, the recommendations in the document are all “common sense”, and are aimed at keeping golfers safe at this time, which is especially important given the age profile in most golf clubs. The GUI note that course re-opening is conditional on people respecting the limitations that are in place to keep people well.

MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT REQUEST - We are all greatly looking forward to the course re-opening on May the 18th. The course itself is in great condition, both from the reduced traffic and also the fact that maintenance has continued throughout the period of closure, including pole-forking and sanding of greens.
This leads on to the point we need to make - the fixed costs for the club have remained virtually unchanged in recent months, but with no income coming in. The financial lifeblood of the club is the revenue that comes from annual subscriptions. Understandably, this money has been slow to come in this year as a result of the uncertainty about whether there would be any golf in 2020 due to the coronavirus issue.
The re-opening on the 18th of May, with competitions restarting on the 8th of June brings this uncertainty to an end. A re-organised fixture list will be compiled very shortly and distributed.
We appeal to all members to pay their annual membership as soon as they can. As stated above , the clubs fixed costs have remained the same, but without the vital membership revenue coming in. This money is absolutely crucial for the club to pay its bills including course maintenance costs. Please give consideration in the next few days to paying your membership fee to allow us to maintain the course in the same great condition it is currently in.

Membership fees can be paid by cheque made payable to Boyle Golf Club, posted or dropped in to the offices of Vincent and Lorcan Egan, Elphin Street, Boyle, or by bank transfer to the club account IBAN - IE 59 BOFI 905328 22439700.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Update 23rd March

RESULTS - Well done to Lee McKillen who continued his recent strong form to win this years Spring League final held on Sunday the 22nd of March. Tommy King is another man bringing in some great scores and he was on the podium again this week, claiming the runners-up spot.
A separate 18 hole Stableford competition was held the same day. Brendan Gaffney was the winner on the day with 37 points, Pat Conroy’s 35 points were enough for second place, just edging out Lochlainn Conboy on countback.

FIXTURES - The mens’ competition next Sunday the 29th will be an 18 hole Stableford.

CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS - The GUI issued a new statement about Coronavirus and its impact on golf clubs during the week. It is still safe to participate in golf but certain restrictions apply.
- Hand hygiene is absolutely vital. Hot water and soap is provided in the clubhouse at competition times and should be used before and after your round. 
- Unfortunately, the social nicety of handshaking is too high risk for the time being.
-To further help with hand hygiene, the club advises that on putting greens, flags are not be removed from the hole when putting.
- Raking bunkers should also be avoided.
- The clubhouse computer has been switched off, just sign in to the competition in the book in the front hall.
- The use of scorecards is a vulnerability, given their exchange at the end of a round: please consider measures such as getting one person to do all the cards, and initialing them on a hard surface rather than holding them in your hand to sign.
- “Social  Distancing ” is of critical importance. Just be conscious of maintaining 6 feet between you and your playing partners while on the course and it’s environs. This means that the sharing of buggies is not currently allowed. The bar and function areas of the clubhouse will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Please enjoy your golf and follow the above advice to do your bit to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Update 15th March

RESULTS - Congratulations to Tommy King and Paul Connolly who won the Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup and go on to represent the club at the next stage. Their 47 points were 2 points clear of runners-up Lochlainn Conboy and Michael McHale who in turn were a point ahead of Joe Hussey and Darragh Loftus.

FIXTURES - The Spring League final will be held next Sunday the 22nd of March. For all who haven’t qualified for the final there will be a separate 18 hole Stableford competition. The following have qualified for the final - Lee Mckillen , Owen Garvin, Gerry Carty, Tom Kearney, Sean Heslin, Lorcan Egan, Pat Conroy, Vincent Egan, Tommy King, Ross Andrew , Gabriel Lavin, Charlie O’Donnell, Michael Simon, Paddy McLoughlin, and Liam Mullaney.

Like all sporting clubs at present (and society in general) things are in a state of flux. We are hoping to play all our “ordinary” fixtures as planned in the coming weeks, i.e those that can be played without a social function or presentation afterwards, as the bar will remain closed as per the recommended anti-coronavirus measures. Unfortunately this means that the Sandra McCrann Memorial Competition will be deferred for a while as it would not be a fitting tribute to Sandra to run it without the social element.

Anyone playing golf at the moment is asked to respect the HSE and GUI guidance of maintaining a 2 metre distance at all times from other players and take the necessary hand hygiene measures. A game of golf should be a great outlet in what will undoubtedly be a difficult few weeks, but please bear in mind the above recommendations, it may be crucial in preserving the health of a fellow player, family member or friend.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Update 8th March

SPRING LEAGUE - The delayed 2nd round of the Spring League took place on Sunday the 1st of March. Captain Lorcan Egan had the best score on the day with 38 points. Sean Heslin and Tom Kearney were 2nd and 3rd respectively with 35 points apiece.
The last of the 3 Spring League qualifiers was played on Sunday the 8th of March, Tommy King taking top spot with a very strong 42 points. Lee McKillen showed his first-round score was no flash in the pan by recording 41 points for 2nd and Michael Simon came 3rd with 36 points.
The Spring League final will be held Sunday the 22nd of March and the following have qualified - Lee McKillen, Owen Garvin, Gerry Carty, Tom Kearney, Sean Heslin, Lorcan Egan, Pat Conroy, Vincent Egan, Tommy King, Ross Andrew, Gabriel Lavin, Charlie O’Donnell, Michael Simon, Paddy McLoughlin, and Liam Mullaney.

FIXTURES - The competition next Sunday the 15th will be the annual Holmpatrick Cup qualifier, played as Fourball Betterball. This is a fundraising competition for the National Council for the Blind, running since 1932. With a good run of form, the winners of the Boyle round can progress via County and Regional Finals to an all-expenses paid trip to St Andrews, Scotland if luck favours them.

SANDRA McCRANN MEMORIAL COMPETITION -  A competition will be held in honour of the much-missed Sandra McCrann on Saturday the 4th April. The format will be an 18 Stableford Open for ladies and gents. The competition itself and some other fundraising activities the same day will also serve as a fundraiser for SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust). We would love to see a great turnout of members and friends of Sandra for the occasion. The club also wishes the best of luck to Sean Brennan and family and friends who are organising a fund-raising cycle in Sandra’s memory later the same month.

CLUB OUTING - An outing for ladies and gents will take place to Moate Golf Club on Saturday the 18th of April. Michael Rush is the organiser and has negotiated an extremely keen rate of 40 euro for the day which includes tea/coffee beforehand, 18 holes of golf and a meal afterward. Please put your name on the sheet on the noticeboard in the clubhouse if you wish to go.

CONDOLENCES - to John McGuinn, Jason Beirne and Michael Rush on their recent family bereavements.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Update 23rd February

CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN  - The going was certainly soft but with fine conditions overhead, the traditional start to the holding year, the Captains Drive-In, went ahead as planned on Sunday the 23rd of February. Captains Lorcan Egan and Therese O’Daly were delighted with both the weather and the turnout. As it happened, both captains were on the team that won the Drive-In Scramble, accompanied by Liam Whyte. In second place was the team of Vincent Egan, Jason Beirne and Liam Mullaney.

FIXTURES - Course conditions permitting, next Sunday’s competition will be round 2 of the Spring League.

MONTHLY DRAW WINNERS - January -1st Liam Mullaney, 3nd Margaret Egan, 3rd Michael Simon. February - 1st Margaret Egan, 2nd Mandy Toolan, 3rdPaddy Nangle. Prizes -1st place gets 70 euro, 2nd and 3rd get 40 euro each. Thanks to everyone who supports our monthly draw. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Update 17th February

 The big event in the club calendar for February is the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s "Drive-In" next Sunday the 23rd of February when captains Lorcan Egan and Therese O’Daly will get Boyle's golfing year off to its official start. We ask all members to come along to this most social of occasions and show support for your captains for 2020. The format of the competition itself on the day will be a 9 hole scramble for ladies and gents, a draw for teams will be made on the day, no need for prior arrangements.
Please have your name in for the draw at 12.30, for a 1 pm shotgun start.

All members are encouraged to join the monthly draw whose proceeds go towards the upkeep of the club, cost 10 euros per month. Bank details as follows - Bank of Ireland, Main St, Boyle.
IBAN   IE59  BOFI 905328 22439700. Please include your name as the reference.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Update 3rd february

RESULTS - The first round of this year's Spring League took place on Sunday the 2nd of February. Lee McKillen set down a marker for the year with a great 42 points in challenging conditions. Owen Garvin was a close runner-up with 40 points. The top 5 places each week go through to the final. Accompanying Lee and Owen from this round will be Gerry Carty, Tom Kearney, and Sean Heslin. There are still 10 more places up for grabs over the next 2 weeks with the finals taking place on Sunday the 1st of March.
The Fourball Betterball deferred from the 19th of January was played the following Sunday, the 26th, and was won by the duo of Tommy King and Paul Connolly, their 43 points beating that of Padraig O’Connell and Gerry Carty on countback. John McGuinn made his return to the prizewinners arena with himself and playing partner Vincent Egan taking 3rd place with 42 points.

MEMBERSHIP - The Committee would be grateful if all members could make an effort to pay their subs early in the year as it makes planning the year's activities much more straightforward. Reminder letters have gone out to existing members.  For anyone else looking to join/rejoin, some of the main rates are as follows ( a fuller list is available on the club website, Junior - 60 euro, 1st-year adult beginner - 170, Student -145, Under 30 - 275, Distant -185, Full Single 395, Senior Single (65+) 295, Family 660.

Cheques can be given to Lorcan Egan, Elphin Street, Boyle or electronic transfers made to Bank of Ireland, Main St, Boyle.
IBAN   IE59  BOFI 905328 22439700.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Update 19th January

RESULTS from the 9 hole competition played on Sunday the 12th of January were as follows :
1st Lochlainn Conboy 24 points, 2nd Ross Andrew 21, 3rd Sean Heslin 20.
The Fourball Betterball scheduled for Sunday the 19th could not take place as scheduled due to frozen greens and has been deferred.

MEMBERSHIP - The Committee would be grateful if all members could make an effort to pay their subs early in the year as it makes planning the year's activities much more straightforward. Reminder letters have gone out to existing members.  For anyone else looking to join/rejoin, some of the main rates are as follows (a fuller list is available on the club website, Junior - 60 euro, 1st year adult beginner - 170, Student -145, Under 30 - 275, Distant -185, Full Single 395, Senior Single (65+) 295, Family 660.

Cheques can be given to Lorcan Egan, Elphin Street, Boyle or electronic transfers made to:
Bank of Ireland, Main St, Boyle.
IBAN   IE59  BOFI 905328 22439700.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Update 6th January

RESULTS - A 9 hole re-entry competition was played throughout the first week of the New Year, the winners were as follows - 1st Sean Heslin, 2nd Michael Bannon, 3rd Liam Mullaney.

Sunday the 5th of January saw the first 18 hole competition of the year take place. today. Michael Simon came first, getting 2020 off to a good start, David Wynne was the runner-up. Sean Heslin completed a good week by taking the prize for best gross score and Paul Connolly came 3rd.