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Immediately on being confirmed as its 2018 Captain, Colm Shannon outlined a positive vision for County Armagh Golf Club during his tenure and beyond.
After smacking his ceremonial drive up the first fairway, Shannon struck an upbeat and progressive tone when addressing a busy clubhouse at a New Year's Day inauguration event that also saw Elizabeth Mawhinney, Gerry McCreesh and Kenny Edgar assume the roles of Lady Captain, President and Vice Captain respectively.
“I feel very honoured that I have been asked to be the club's Captain in the year that we celebrate our 125th anniversary. I hope I can live up to everyone's expectations.”
“I first joined back in the early 70s when I was 11 or 12 and this was a 9-hole course. It was a great club then and, thanks to the efforts of the members and Captains over the years, both men and women, it's still a great club.”
“I went onto Council in 2007 because I wanted to give something back to a club that had served me so well for so long. We have great full-time staff but it's the volunteers, convenors and members of Council who provide the direction and guidance.”
“I really want to continue the tradition of members getting involved in helping out. If there is something you think you can do, just let me or one of the other Council members know. Every bit counts, no matter how small.”
Outgoing Lady Captain Mrs Gail Steed presented the Lady Captain for 2018 Mrs Elizabeth Mawhinney with her brooch of office at the Inauguration Ceremony on 1st January. Elizabeth was delighted to see the huge turnout of ladies for the traditional New Years Day breakfast and was particularly impressed by those ladies who had braved the elements to participate in the first nine-hole competition of the year. The winner of the competition on a count back was Sheila Stinson with 18 points just ahead of Siobhan Donnelly. Teresa McVeigh took third place with 17 points.
Paula McCrory explained that although the Spring League is scheduled to begin next Thursday 11 th January its unlikely to happen given the current condition of the course. Elizabeth asked everyone to note that the Ladies Supper is scheduled for Thursday 25 th January.
2018 marks the 125 th year from the establishment of the club in 1893. Elizabeth expressed her best wishes to the new Captain Mr Colm Shannon and President Mr Gerry McCreesh. To conclude proceedings Elizabeth presented the incoming Lady Vice-Captain Mrs Moya Brady with her brooch of office.
Alexandra Mawhinney, John Mawhinney, Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and Sarah Mawhinney.
As Captain for 2018 this is my first blog and I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and, hopefully, a very successful golf season. Apparently, the postman from Donegal said 2018 will be a great summer so hopefully it will be a year of firm fairways and low scores.
It will also be a special year for all our members, young and old, as we celebrate our 125 th anniversary. A range of special events are planned, including a gala ball in the City Hotel on Saturday 27 th October. It would be great to see everyone there.
As we celebrate our 125 th anniversary it is good to report we are back in a positive financial position, with a healthy membership. Like many clubs, we faced some challenging years but now, because of the hard work and the support of our members we are facing a brighter future. Membership has stabilised, our course is attracting good reviews and we are beginning to rebuild our juvenile membership.
All in all, 2018 is shaping up to be a good year. I look forward to being your captain and I promise to keep you informed about what is happening around the club.
Best wishes to our new Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney and Club President Gerry McCreesh.
Happy new year
Club Captain 2018