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.”
CHARITY was the biggest winner at County Armagh Golf Club this year, with over £4,000 presented to local charity organisations.
NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support were the beneficiaries of collections on the club's three big golfing occasions during the season.
The magnificent sum of £1,577 was collected on Lady Captain's Day in July and presented to the NI Chest Heart and Stroke Association by Lady Captain Gail Steed
Club President Walter Neville's similarly impressive collection of £900 from members and guests on his President's Day in August was presented to Marie Curie.
And Club Captain Richard Stewart welcomed representatives of Macmillan Cancer Support for the presentation of a cheque for £700, proceeds of his charity collection on Captain's Day in June.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart presents a cheque for £700, proceeds of his charity collection on Captain's Day earlier this year, to Daphne Kilpatrick from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Monday 18 th September 2017.
The end of the golfing season for the Ladies of County Armagh Golf Club has been traditionally marked by the Past Lady Captain's competition. In a break from tradition this year, past Lady Captain, Una Cullinane, opted to run a team “classic” with a shotgun start. The new format proved to be a tremendous success as competitors were able to enjoy a tasty barbeque, prepared by Seven Hills, before the prizegiving.
Past Lady Captain Una Cullinane was delighted with the turnout of 19 teams who took part in the competition. Una thanked past captains Audrey Kellet, Flo McCall and Barbara Hamilton who had done so much to help organise and run the classic. She also expressed her appreciation of the support which had been given by the Men's Branch. The goody bags were generously sponsored by Eileen Stewart of Armagh Business Centre and James Hewitt of Hewitt Meats.
Una added that the course was in tremendous condition despite the heavy downpours of the previous week and the necessary autumn treatment of the greens. While many complained about difficulty finding the pace on the greens, this was not reflected in the scores of the winning teams.
The overall winning score of 101 points was recorded by Una's own team, while prizes were also awarded for best men's, ladies and mixed teams. In addition, prizes for longest drives and closest to the pins were provided, as well as some spot raffle prizes, thanks to the generosity of the past Lady Captains.
COUNTY Armagh Golf Club bade an official farewell to its retiring Professional Alan Rankin last week.
After 27 years at the club, Alan stepped down from the post of Head Professional at the beginning of the year.
Presenting the Dungannon man with a cheque for cash donations from members, Club Captain Richard Stewart paid tribute to his commitment and dedication.
“27-years is a very long time for anyone to work for any business or indeed club. When you think about it, Alan has served a generation of golfers at County Armagh. He was very much dedicated to the retail and coaching aspect of golf, and I know many members even today, appreciated his worldly advice down through the years.
Retiring Professional at County Armagh Golf Club, Alan Rankin and his wife Jane are pictured with Club Captain Richard Stewart, Lady Captain Gail Steed, Vice-Captain Colm Shannon and Lady Vice-Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.
COUNTY Armagh Golf Club welcomed its many sponsors to its course and clubhouse recently.
Hosted annually, ‘Sponsors Day' is an opportunity for the club to say ‘thank-you' to those local businesses and individuals who have supported the club – financially and otherwise – during the year.
Upwards of 40 sponsors and their guests played the course in a stableford competition before enjoying a sumptuous evening meal with wine. Prizes for this year's event were kindly sponsored by @Seven Hills Restaurant.
Speaking at the evening presentation, County Armagh Captain Richard Stewart said: “Sponsors are the life-blood of any club – especially in the current climate – and their support is very much appreciated.”
Lady Captain Gail Steed added: “County Armagh have a large, vibrant Ladies Section – one of the largest outside of Belfast, and is the envy of many of neighbouring clubs – our sponsors are very much a part of our success and for that we are very thankful
“We also really appreciate that many of our sponsors have been very loyal sponsors over a number of years – in addition this year we have managed to secure a number of new sponsors – and we really value their contribution.”
Sponsors Convenors' Gerry Kelly and Elizabeth Mawhinney were also praised for their efforts.
Shauna Finn (centre), representing the @Seven Hills Restaurant, is pictured with Ladies Winners at the County Armagh Golf Club Sponsors Day, Caitlin McKinney and Paula McCrory. Included also are County Armagh Golf Club Captain Richard Stewart and Lady Captain Gail Steed.
Results from the Sponsors Day competition were as follows:
Monday 18 th September
Shotgun Start – 2.30pm
County Armagh Golf Club secured a fantastic victory in the Jack Craig Memorial Foursomes on home soil on Sunday 20 August.
The winning team was captained by Paul Doyle and made up of Charlotte and Anthony Hillen, Hilary Johnston and Stewart Stevenson, Aideen Canavan and Jarlath McReynolds, Teresa Corrigan and Jimmy Wilson, and Mary Black and Jerome Leer. Many congratulations to all involved!
As part of the continuing improvements of the course at County Armagh Golf Club, the Greens staff took delivery of a new Baroness Fairway mower. Checking out the new machine with Greens Convenor Davy Baird (seated) and Head Greenkeeper Ian McCarragher, are Pat McAleavey, Club Treasurer and Dougie Somerville, Trustee.
O’Connell’s GAC Tullysaran are holding a Golf Classic on Friday August 11 in County Armagh Golf Club in memory of club stalwarts Brendan Smyth and Stan Corrigan.
Entry fee for a team of four is £160 which includes a meal afterwards. A donation will also be made to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
To book a tee time, contact Damien Smyth (07725197615) or Martin McKinney (07821668093).
The golf will be followed by a presentation and a night of music/entertainment in the club