Sunday, April 22, 2018

Update April 22nd

Well done to the Boyle men who had a noteworthy 4-1 victory over Ballinamore in the first round of the All Ireland Fourball on Saturday the 21st. Congratulations most especially to Seamus Gallagher and Michael Gilmartin who pulled off a victory away from home in Ballinamore and also to Pat Conroy who stepped in at short notice to manage the team. The team members were Vincent Egan, Jimmy Dwyer, Padraig O'Connell, Michael Rush, Tom Kearney, Owen Garvin, Paddy Nangle, Paddy McLoughlin, Seamus Gallagher and Michael Gilmartin. The team will be meeting Strandhill in the next round on the 5th of May. Of note, Boyle take on Ballinamore again in a different tournament, the Connacht Seniors, on the 2nd of May.

A mens Scotch Foursomes strokeplay took place on Sunday the 22nd, won by Lorcan and Patrick Egan with a 59 nett, beating the 65.5 of  Michael Simon and Gerry O'Dowd in to second place. This competition was sponsored by Boyle based business, East Brothers Machinery.

Next Sunday the 29th sees the first big competition of the year, the "Voucher", which will be played as an 18 hole strokeplay competition. First prize for both Ladies and Gents is a free single membership for the year. Only fully paid up members are eligible to win, so if you haven't done so already , pay your membership this week to give yourself an opportunity of reclaiming it next Sunday. The club extends its gratitude to our member Tom Kearney whose business "Quality Meats", based in the Wine Street car park in Sligo, is sponsoring this competition.
The annual fundraiser for Our Ladys Childrens' Hospital, the "Crumlin Classic", will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The mens' mid week competition takes place again on Thursday, increasing this week from 9 holes to 12.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Update April 16th

The mens' 9 hole competition played on Thursday 12/4/2018 was won by Brendan Gaffney , with Patrick Egan and Michael Rush taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. The competition was sponsored by Patrick Egan.
The annual outing took place on Saturday 11/4/2018 to St Margarets' Golf and Country Club in Dublin. Thanks are due to Gary Carty and Michael Rush who organised this trip. The overall winner on the day was President of the mens' club, Michael Simon. In second and third places were Charlie O'Donnell and Ross Andrew, with the ladies prize going to Joey Mullaney. Mary O'Hara had a notable double, winning both the "longest drive" and "nearest the pin" prizes.
An 18 hole Stableford was played on Sunday 15/04/2018, very kindly sponsored by Keating Amenity Solutions. David Purser had the winning score of 41 points , just edging out Frank Casserly on countback. The gross prize was taken by David Wynne and Tom Kearney was 3rd with 40 points.

On this coming Saturday, the 21st, the Boyle men take on Ballinamore in the second of their inter-club fixtures,  the All-Ireland Four Ball competition. This tournament replaced the well known Cecil Ewing Shield competition 2 years ago.
Next Sunday , the 22nd of April, sees a Scotch Foursomes competition for the men and the PGA Tankard competition for the ladies. We are very grateful to local Boyle business, East Brothers Machinery, for sponsoring the mens' Foursomes competition. The following Sunday, the 29th, sees the most notable competition of the year to date, the "Voucher". The first prize for this competition is a free single membership for the year, but only paid up members are eligible to win, so if you haven't paid up by that date you may be doing yourself out of a chance to win one of the best prizes of the golfing year.

The golf course will be closed from Monday to Thursday this week to enable the postponed verti-draining to take place.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Update April 9th

The mens competition on Sunday the 8th of April was an 18 hole Strokeplay kindly sponsored by Ireland's leading golf shop, Golfstyle, which is located in the Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway.
Gerry O'Hara was the runaway winner with a 62 nett, beating fellow Ballinafad man Peter Leydon into second place with a 68 nett. Charlie O'Donnell took the prize for best gross score and Frank Casserly was third with 69 nett.

The Easter weekend Shambles fundraiser was won by the team of Paul Connolly, Patrick Egan, Conor Hamill and Moira Egan with 117 points.Second place went to Ted Hester, Frank Casserley, Lewis Shaw and Jim Callery with 112 points, and the Ladies Prize went to the team of Mary O’Hara, Joey Mullaney, Carmel Mc Garry and Carmel Conlon with 96 points. 

The first of the mens' weekly Thursday night competitions took place on the 5th of April. The winner's bottle of brandy found a home in Deerpark with Charlie O'Donnell in what has been a productive week for him.

Upcoming competitions
Sunday the 15th sees the second of the new initiative of sponsored Sunday competitions for the men, this one being kindly funded by Keating Amenity Solutions.
A ladies' 18 hole stableford competition takes place the same day.The PGA Tankard competitions take place the following Sunday, the 22nd of April. In the second of this years inter-club competitions, the mens' club are hosting Ballinamore in the first round of the All-Ireland Fourball Competition on Saturday the 21st.

The course will be closed for a few days from this Tuesday while verti-draining takes place on all the greens and on some areas of cattle damage.

The club wishes our member Lewis Shaw all the best in his year as captain of the Shepherd's Crook Golf Society.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Update 2nd April

The competition that took place over the Easter weekend was an 18 hole Shambles team event and was played as a fundraiser for the club. Results to follow next week.
This Thursday, the 5th of April, is an important day in the golfing world with the US Masters teeing off in Augusta and the mens' weekly Thursday competitions commencing in Knockadoobrusna. For any member that wishes to sponsor one, please put your name on the sponsors list in the clubhouse.
The competition for next Sunday the 8th of April sees a change from the fixture card in that it will be an 18 hole Stroke instead of a Stableford. In a new departure for competitions in the club, it will the first of a new series of sponsored Sunday competitions. This one will be sponsored by the west of Ireland's number one golf shop, GolfStyle, who are based in the Liosban Business Park just off the Tuam Road in Galway. We are very grateful to GolfStyle for sponsoring the first of these competitions.

The club outing to St Margaret's on the 14th of April is attracting great interest with approximately 20 people signed up. There are still a few places left so please make contact in the next few days if you intend going.

Hard luck to the men's team who lost out narrowly to Ballaghaderreen in the Connacht 9 hole clubs' championship on Easter Saturday.

The verti-draining that was scheduled to take place on the greens this week has been postponed until weather conditions are more suitable.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Update 25th March

The Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup was played on Sunday the 25th of March. In first place were Shane Loftus and Paddy McLoughlin with 44 points, just pipping Michael Rush's and Michael Gilmartin's 43 points in to second place. Congratulations to Shane and Paddy who go forward to the county final. Third place went to Patrick Egan and Lorcan Egan, who also had 43 points. 

Next weekend's competition is a Club Fundraiser Fourball Shambles open to all Ladies and Gents members of Boyle Golf Club. The competition can be played from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive. The club asks all members to support this endeavour to raise money to spend on course maintenance and improvements.

The men's weekly Thursday competitions resume on Thursday the 5th of April. In the same week the mens' section take on our neighbours from Ballaghaderreen in the first inter-club match of the year. This will be a first round match of the Connacht 9 Hole Clubs Championship which was established by the Connacht branch of the GUI last year as a competition to be played for between exclusively between the 9 hole clubs of the region. A number of our neighbouring clubs fall into this category including Ballaghaderreen, Ballinamore, Ballymote, Castlerea, Strokestown and Tubbercurry.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Update 19th March

RESULTS - An 18 hole Gents Stableford was held on Sunday the 18th of March, results to follow.

COMPETITIONS - Next Sunday, the 25th, sees the Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup for the Gents. This is played as a Fourball Betterball, with the winners proceeding to playing against all the other winners in Co Roscommon, and then to provincial level if successful. The winners in each of the 4 provinces get to play the final in St Andrews, Scotland. The Holmpatrick is a fundraiser for the National Council for the Blind, and marks its 85th year in 2018.

We are hosting a club fundraiser over the Easter weekend which will be played as an 18 hole Fourball Shambles. Members are asked to support this competition to help raise money for the works we hope to carry out during the year.

OUTING- If there are people interested in playing in the club outing on the 14th April to St Margaret’s, we would ask them to put their names down, the trip will be cancelled if there is insufficient interest.

THURSDAY COMPETITIONS - The mens weekly Thursday competitions will be starting again in a few weeks. These have been a very popular competitions over the years, usually taking the format of 9 hole competition for its first few weeks in April and early May, then lengthening to a 12 hole as the evenings get longer. It is a welcome sign of the approach of summer when we see a crowd waiting around the first tee-box at 6 o'clock on a Thursday evening. 

A list for sponsoring the men’s weekly Thursday night competitions is on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. The club asks all men who play in this on a regular basis to consider putting their name down to sponsor one

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Update 4th March

It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the sudden passing of Fred Perry. Fred was a former Captain and President of Boyle Golf Club, and at the time of his death had almost half a century of unbroken service with the Golfing Union of Ireland, including having served as President of the Union in 1982, a huge honour for both Fred and Boyle Golf Club. He remains the only member of the club to have served in this capacity. Fred served the GUI in several roles over the decades and was involved as referee when Rory McIlroy became the youngest ever winner of the Irish Close Championship in Westport in 2005. Fred was awarded lifetime honorary membership of Boyle Golf Club several years ago in recognition of his contribution to the game both here in Boyle and at national level. Fred's work ethic and desire to promote the game remained as strong as ever and despite being in his 85th year he remained active in the GUI and was due to chair a meeting of their constitutional review committee this week. An obituary has been published on describing Fred's career in golf.

Deepest sympathies are extended to Fred's family and many friends.

Funeral arrangements for Fred are as follows: reposing at his residence at Carrick Road Boyle Monday 4.00pm to 7pm. Removal from residence Tuesday 1.30pm for service at Church of Ireland, Boyle at 2pm. The Club will hold a guard of honour on Tuesday at 1.30pm at Green Street (Credit Union).  Club Members are asked to wear club blazers or club/blue jumpers.

The Golf Course remained closed this past weekend and the Spring League was reduced to just two rounds due to the poor weather conditions. Congratulations to Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan who are this years winners. Next Sunday, the 11th of March will see the start of the 18 hole Competitions with an 18 Hole Mens' Foursomes.