Only three weeks previously, a back-nine collapse meant that John Vernon had to settle for only a category 1 runner-up prize when overall competition glory had looked to be firmly within his grasp.
Mightily impressive then was Vernon's latest super Sunday when, refusing to be denied top honours once again, the eight-handicapper posted a tremendous 40-point total to triumph in the Club Stableford on 14 May.
A fantastic final flourish in which John birdied the 15th and 17th and was one under par for the last five holes was the very antithesis of the Harps man's late demise on 23 April and testament to a golfer of true character.
With his 60th birthday party on the immediate horizon, Francis Curley had extra cause for celebration after winning the PGA Tankard at County Armagh Golf Club on Saturday 13 May.
In the stableford competition sponsored by Armagh Potato Co Ltd, Francis got his chips and wedges just right as he returned a golden 42 points to leave the other 184 competitors trailing in his wake.
Having only just returned from a holiday to Sawgrass, Florida, the 12-handicapper started rather listlessly here and found himself an underwhelming six over par after six holes. However, Curley finally awoke from his jet-lagged slumber with a two at the Quarry, and thereafter the local solicitor gave a performance that wouldn’t have disgraced The Players Championship itself.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart congratulates Francis Curley, winner of the PGA Tankard competition sponsored by Armagh Potato Co Ltd. Also pictured (L-R) are prizewinners Francis Smyth, Shea Smyth, Pearse McBride and Cormac O'Hare.
Fifty eight ladies competed on Thursday 18 th May, seven of those in the 9 hole competition. At stake were places in the Sinton Cup matchplay competition which is played annually between the top two competitors in the high and low handicap brackets. In addition to the matchplay places a selection of prizes, donated by McKinney's Timber, were awarded in a number of categories.
The high handicap places were secured by Pauline Gingles, in top spot with a 69,and Phil McKenna whose 71 secured her the second matchplay berth.
Winners of the Men's Team prize in the County Armagh Golf Club Classic, sponsored by Irwin M&E, were John McKinney, Leslie Lynas, Terry Chin and Alan Wilson.
Keith Stewart, Managing Director of Irwin M&E Ltd, sponsors of the County Armagh Golf Club Classic, presents the runners up team of Ian O'Hea, Anthony Conlon, Stephen Moloney and Barry Scully with their prizes. Included also are Club Captain Richard Stewart and Lady Captain Gail Steed.
Tim Teahan's All-Ireland Four-Ball Trophy squad have extended their interest in the competition with an impressive 5·5-4·5 victory over Mannan Castle.
The team's first round defeat of Ballyliffin last time out was built largely on a fruitful home performance, and it was a similar story again as County Armagh secured a commanding 4-1 lead on local soil on Sunday 7 May.
Amid sweltering heat, the outstanding result in that first leg came in the final match, where Brendan Lynch and Gerry Doyle were four holes down before staging a remarkable recovery that eventually saw them win the contest through Brendan's fine par at the 18th. As sparks to ignite such comebacks go, Gerry's sensational hole-in-one at the 11th takes some beating and perhaps sowed the first seeds of doubt in the minds of their opponents.
DENIS and Sheila Hughes were inaugural winners of the Iggy Mallon Memorial Trophy at County Armagh Golf Club.
The new silver cup was presented to the club by Honorary Secretary Paddy Burns, Colm McElroy and Danny Maxwell who, along with Iggy, made up a four-ball which had played together for more than a decade until his sad passing last year.
Joined by sons Chris and Matthew, Iggy's wife, Mrs Kathleen Mallon, presented the trophy to Denis and Sheila Hughes in front of a packed clubhouse.
Mrs Kathleen Mallon presents the Iggy Mallon Memorial Trophy to inaugural winners Denis and Sheila Hughes. Included also is County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart (right) along with runner up prize winners in the Mixed Greensomes competition.
County Armagh Golf Club Honorary Secretary Paddy Burns, Danny Maxwell and Colm McElroy present Mrs Kathleen Mallon with the new Iggy Mallon Memorial trophy which has been donated to the club by the trio in memory of their fourball playing partner.
County Armagh Golf Club was a hive of activity on 6 May as a season-high 188 golfers swarmed to the course to contest the Bumblebee Cup, sponsored by the city's Victoria Bar.
The bee's knees in this stroke competition was Christopher Lester, who had every reason to wax lyrical about a stunning nett 62 that saw him grab the Saturday glory.
Lester was no doubt buzzing as he registered pars at the 2nd, 5th and 7th on his way to a halfway tally of 41 strokes, which four under his handicap. No one would have blamed Christopher, though, had his mood turned decidedly waspish after back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th checked his progress and threatened to put a bee in his prizewinning bonnet.
However, there was to be no nasty sting in the tail as Lester rallied brilliantly thereafter, posting three pars in the remaining seven holes, including a nerveless four at the last. His birdie at the 14th was as sweet as honey and represented the ultimate highlight of a tremendous day's work. A worthy recipient of the Bumblebee Cup, Christopher's handicap has been slashed from 22 to 19, and one can predict with some confidence that that number will tumble further as the year progresses.
Christopher Lester receives the Bumblebee Cup from Nicky Currie, proprietor of Victoria Bar, Armagh. Also pictured are Club Captain Richard Stewart and Shea Smyth, competition runner-up.
Long standing and fondly remembered members, Billy and Eedie Parker, whose home bordered the 17th hole, are honoured annually in the Parker Bowl competition, generously sponsored by their nephew, Arnold Courtney.
Sixty one ladies competed for the prizes on the day, ten of those in the 9 hole competition.
Conditions were optimal with warm sunshine and light winds and these were reflected in the excellent scoring.
The ever competitive Ellen Brady secured third spot with 39 points, one point less than Lily McMullan who made a welcome return to the prizes. Top spot was secured by Teresa Corrigan with 41 points.
Lila’s Fashions were again the loyal sponsors of the first Ladies Open Competition of the year. Seventy one players competed for the much sought after prize vouchers for use in Lila’s.
Weather conditions were again excellent as was the condition of the course after a dry and sunny spell. The run on the ball tempted many to predict low scoring but the pace of the greens fooled most competitors. Those who trusted their putting stoke on the greens were rewarded with true rolls. Those whose stroke was a little more tentative were heard vainly calling on their balls to stop and then faced with daunting return putts, or in more than one instance, return chips!
Fifty six Lady members competed for the MacMillan Charity Stableford Competition on the 4 th May. The course was in magnificent condition for the annual competition which was again sponsored by Vincent Mone and Son who have been associated with the charity for many years. Scores on the day ranged from the excellent to the instantly forgettable but those who did not feature among the prizes had the consolation of playing in brilliant sunshine.
Ann Mone, on behalf of the sponsors organised the display of a wide array of stunning Rose Gold Tipperary Crystal jewellery which she presented to the grateful prize-winners at an evening function in a packed clubhouse.