The vast majority of members at County Armagh Golf Club would bite your hand off to shoot a gross 68 once in a lifetime. Stewart Stevenson, however, was unwilling to settle for that even as the high point of a single playing weekend because, after posting that awesome number in the Open competition on 4 August, he went lower again 24 hours later. Golfing gluttony is a terrible vice.
In the Club Stableford event on 5 August, Stevenson responded to an opening bogey by firing birdies at the 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th and dropping only one further shot. The winning Sunday scorecard showed a three-under par front nine and a one-under-par homeward trek, as Stewart dismissed the challenge posed by the city course in a measly 66 strokes. This was a stunning two-day showing from the silver-haired two-handicapper.
Stewart's accruing 42 points left him two clear of the overall runner-up, Michael Calvert, who amassed four birdies of his own including an incredible hat-trick of front-nine 2's. Calvert has had his handicap pruned to 12 on account of his excellent and eventful gross 79 but is likely still regretting his costly decision not to enter that day's 2's club!
The 9th was just one of six holes that Stewart Stevenson birdied on his way to a majestic gross 66 on 5 August.
The Open Family Greensomes competition at County Armagh Golf Club on Sunday 5 August was won by husband-and-wife team, Sheila and Denis Hughes. Runners-up were brotherly pair Martin and Kieran Grimley, while father-and-son combo, Declan and Caolan McReynolds, grabbed third place.
Niamh Grimley and Claire Garvey from MG Accounants, sponsors of the Open Family Greensomes competition at County Armagh Golf Club, award prizes to Declan McReynolds, Kieran Grimley and Club Captain, Colm Shannon.
The day's gross prize was secured by Club Captain, Colm Shannon and his son, Mark.
The Open Stroke competition that kicked off County Armagh Golf Club's Open Week on 4 August was sponsored by Daly Motor Spares, and Declan McReynolds's golfing engine was purring as he cruised to a superb winning score of nett 64.
Declan had served notice to his fellow competitors that he was a man in form with a nett 67 that clinched category 1 victory in the previous weekend's July Medal. This time out, he reached the halfway point through a composed front nine of five pars and four bogeys. Even better would follow immediately thereafter, as birdies at the 11th and 12th were buffered on either side by momentum-maintaining pars at the 10th and 13th.
A slightly ragged 6, 5 climax came after two more pars at the 15th and 16th, but it all amounted to a marvellous six-over-par outing that granted McReynolds Snr a new handicap of 11 as well as tournament glory.
Peter Daly of Daly Motor Spares, sponsors of the Open Stroke event at County Armagh Golf Club, presents the winner, Declan McReynolds, with his prize. Also pictured are Club Captain, Colm Shannon, and fourth-placed Paul Pender.
The three slots immediately below Declan on the Saturday leaderboard were filled respectively by the alliterative triumvirate of Ciaran Conroy, Stewart Stevenson and Paul Pender.
9th August 2018
The Ladies Summer Open Stableford held on Thursday 9th August was again very generously sponsored by Johnston's Bakery . Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed everyone to the prize giving ceremony including visitors from Loughall, Dungannon and Rossmore . The Lady Captain was delighted that Hilary Johnston was present to represent her family business who are established and loyal supporters of the club and to present the fabulous prizes which she had sourced from Wil Carey in the Pro Shop.
The top prize and beautiful salver went to Cath Murray with an excellent score of 41 points just ahead of Breda Teahan who returned 40 points. Third place went to Joy Steenson with 39 points beating Rene Calvert on a countback.
Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney, winner Cath Murray and sponsor of Summer Open Competition Hilary Johnston pictured with prize winners.
The Gross prize was won by Ellen Brady with 29 gross points.
6th August 2018.
Co Armagh Golf Club teed off their Open Week with a 3 Ball Scramble Team competition which proved to be a very enjoyable but equally challenging event. Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney welcomed everyone to the prize giving and sincerely thanked Vice Lady Captain Moya Brady for deputising so ably whilst she had been abroad on holidays.
Elizabeth thanked the new sponsors Gilfresh for their generous prizes which had been sourced from Devine by Donna. The winning trio were Sheila Stinson, Ellen Brady and Valerie Gordon who scored 63 nett beating Bernie Rice, Geraldine Rafferty and Cait McKinney on countback. Third place honours went to Moya Brady, Hilary Johnston and Paula McCrory who returned 63.8 nett. Finally, Fionnaula Quinn, Kathleen Mallon and Pauline Vallely took 4 th place with 65.7 nett.
Winners of 3 Ball Scramble Ellen Brady Valerie Gordon and Sheila Steenson pictured with Lady Captain Elizabeth Mawhinney.
Spectacular weekend of golf at County Armagh Golf Club on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August. To celebrate our 125th Anniversary play for the Open Centenary Obelisk Trophy on the Saturday, sponsored by Irwin M&E with a 1st prize of a £125 voucher.
Presentation of prizes that evening at 9pm with music by the Preacher Caseys.
After that, if you are still up for more golf, play in the 36 hole Scratch Cup on Sunday 26th, sponsored by F & K Smyth Restoration & Decoration .
Whereas almost biblical rainfall had caused the postponement of the Henry and May White Memorial Open 24 hours earlier, there were no such wetness worries at County Armagh Golf Club on Sunday 24 July. And taking full advantage of these much more clement conditions was Brendan Arthurs, who fired a superb nett 65 to clinch the July Medal.
Brendan's uncertain start to proceedings in the Alexander Mills-sponsored event was soon forgotten when he parred the 3rd and then landed a hat-trick of pars from the 7th to the 9th. Arthurs had now found himself a massive five shots under his handicap at the halfway stage, which meant that a steady if unremarkable back nine was sufficient for him to deservedly get his hands on the coveted monthly silverware.
Pictured alongside Club Captain, Colm Shannon, are July Medal prizewinners (L-R): Shane O'Halloran, Aidan McParland, champion Brendan Arthurs, Niall McGeown, Declan McReynolds, Vincent McCormack and Chris McCabe.
Elsewhere, Chris McCabe's birdie up the 10th ignited an impressive four-over-par back nine that earned him a nett 66 and the overall runner-up award. McCabe has had his handicap snipped to 14 on account of this excellent gross 81, which featured no fewer than eight pars.
In an increasingly prosperous summer on the inter-club matchplay front, a second County Armagh Golf Club team in a matter of weeks has qualified for a tournament semi-final.
Following closely in the assured footsteps of the Ulster Cup crew, who booked their place in the last four earlier in July, the Cathedral City club has also reached the semi-final of the Ulster section of the All-Ireland Four-Ball Trophy after defeating a much fancied Dunmurry outfit.
Tim Teahan's men set their stall out from the beginning of the quarter-final tie and posted a 3½-1½ scoreline in their favour from the home leg on Sunday 22 July. Here, there were victories for the pairings of Oliver Connell/Philip Dowey, Paul Kelly/Gavin McElmeel and Paul Wasson/Stephen Nugent before the visitors secured a narrow 17th-green win in match no.5.
Tim Teahan's All-Ireland Four-Ball Trophy team now face a semi-final clash with Greenisland.
The outcome of the remaining game would therefore be crucial to the direction of the overall encounter.
ASHFIELD GOLF CLUB, 15 SEPTEMBER 2018
Little Ellen is a relative of the captain of Ashfield's Sam Rutherford team, who County Armagh played against recently.
This is a great cause, and first prize is a choice of premium driver with a free custom fitting.
Having previously got his hands on the trophy in 2013, Neil Cromwell produced a phenomenal gross 68 to claim glory in the Allen Cup once again on 14 July.
It is Neil's talented son, Adam, who's been creating more column inches this season but, in this stroke event sponsored by JR McMahon Menswear, Cromwell senior stepped back into the golfing limelight. The wily three-handicapper birdied the opening hole before rattling off eight consecutive pars to negotiate the front nine in just 33 blows. A solitary bogey would follow at the 10th, and then a dozen more homeward pars were pleasantly interspersed by birdies at the 12th and 15th that smoothed his path to a reunion with the familiar silverware.
Cromwell's magical nett 65 total was one fewer than tournament runner-up, Mark Stevenson. As he trudged to the 8th tee at eight over par, Mark's outing was going nowhere in particular. However, a stirring comeback of eight pars and three bogeys across the remaining 11 holes catapulted Stevenson to the upper echelons of the Saturday leaderboard, and his handicap's been trimmed from 15 to 14 as a consequence of this bouncebackability.
Neil Cromwell receives the Allen Cup from Brian Graham of JR McMahon Menswear, competition sponsors, and Club Captain, Colm Shannon.
Tom Calvert started and finished with scrappy sixes but, happily, was a mere three over par for the intervening 16 holes.
The ladies who participated in the August Club Stroke competition enjoyed reasonable weather and played on a course in peek condition. The competition was sponsored by Seven Hills restaurant. Vice Lady Captain Moya expressed sincere thanks to Shauna and Ciara in her absence for their generous sponsorship and thanked them for the excellent service that they provide to the Ladies Branch each week and particularly on Lady Captain's Day.
The beautiful playing conditions were reflected in the impressive scores posted by those who featured in the winner's enclosure. The winner of the Club Stroke with an outstanding score of nett 66 was Siobhan Donne lly. A delighted Siobhan graciously accepted her prize and, in her speech, thanked her playing partner Lynne and the sponsors. Second place went to Eileen Fitzsimons with a nett 69, narrowly beating Ann McDonald who returned a nett 70. Ellen Brady won the gross prize with an excellent score of 83.
Lady Vice Captain Moya Brady, Shauna sponsor from Seven Hills and winner Siobhan Donnelly pictured with remaining prize winners.
The remaining Club Stroke Competition Results were as follows: -
Consecutive July Sundays yielded victories for young and (slightly) older as Kris Calvert and then Gareth Frizell landed the spoils in stroke competitions at County Armagh Golf Club.
Teenager Kris couldn't be ousted from the leaderboard summit on 15 July after his boringly brilliant 15-par salvo contributed to a gross 74. Calvert's only dropped shots arrived in the shape of fives at the 4th, 5th and 11th, and this classy performance affords him single-figure handicap status.
Many a great round at CAGC has been plotted from this vantage point outside the Pro Shop. Sadly, all too few have been successfully transferred from the hopeful player's pre-game imagination to the actual golf course ... but there's always next week!
One stroke adrift of triumphant tyro, Calvert, was overall runner-up, Brian Cleland, whose nett 65 peaked with a splendid stretch of six pars in seven holes from the 6th to the 12th. Cleland was denied top spot largely because his round was bookended by double bogeys at the 1st and 18th (his only two doubles of the day) but he'll no doubt be content with second prize and a two-shot handicap cut.
Northern Bar sponsored the Bankers Cup at County Armagh Golf Club on Saturday 21 July and, when the results were returned, the drinks were on champion Mark Hughes, whose magnificent nett 63 topped a bustling field of 181 competitors.
Following a poor start that incorporated three double bogeys, Hughes sprung to life with a birdie at the 6th and proceeded immediately to reel off five pars in a row either side of the turn. Then, alternate bogeys and pars across the closing seven holes saw the Keady man over the line to a cup-clinching gross 81.
Mark had looked odds-on to take the Captain's Prize in June only to be undone by a late collapse, so this victory brings with it a satisfying sense of redemption as well as a new handicap of 16.
County Armagh Golf Club Vice-Captain, Kenny Edgar, presents the Bankers Cup to Mark Hughes, winner of the recent competition sponsored by Northern Bar, Armagh. Also pictured are other prizewinners Shane O'Halloran and Shea Brady.
Matching the winning total but losing out to Hughes on a break of tie was Shane O'Halloran. He negotiated the outward nine in just 41 strokes before responding to an ugly eight up the 10th with a gutsy par-birdie-par sequence that immediately recaptured his momentum. Shane would eventually register a superb nett 63 that scooped him the overall runner-up gong and clips his handicap by two shots.
A stableford event at County Armagh Golf Club on 8 July was sponsored by McAnenly Transport Ltd and witnessed Danny Maxwell cruise to an emphatic three-point victory.
Danny motored along quite beautifully throughout his round, neatly completing both nines in 43 strokes to amass an unbeatable stableford tally of 43 points. This virtuoso performance was helped by half-a-dozen pars and, in addition to topping the Sunday standings, Maxwell sealed a three-shot handicap reduction.
Danny Maxwell (centre) won a recent McAnenly Transport Ltd-sponsored stableford competition at County Armagh Golf Club and was presented with his prize by sponsor Sean McAnenly. Also pictured are Club Vice-Captain, Kenny Edgar, and other prizewinners Caolan Doyle and Martin Carson.
Next to Danny and securing the overall runner-up spot was Lee Stewart, who fired no fewer than five birdies on his way to an exhilarating gross 72. The accruing 40 points earned the talented Killylea player a new handicap of five.
OVER £1000 IN PRIZES - Sunday 26th August 2018
Senior Cup (0-5) - 1st Prize £200
Junior Cup (6+) - 1st Prize £200
1st Prize Net £100
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