County Armagh Golf Club would like to thank all its sponsors for their continued support.
County Armagh Golf Club Sponsors' Day was kindly sponsored by Seven Hills @ CAGC Restaurant. Manager Shauna Finn (centre) presented prizes to runner-up, Vera Ellingham representing NicMic Craft Creations, and winner, Cait McKinney from McKinney Timber. Also pictured are Club Captain, Colm Shannon, and Lady Captain, Elizabeth Mawhinney.
Set in the magnificent Georgian palace demesne of Archbishop Robinson with panoramic views of the historic city and its surrounding countryside, County Armagh Golf Club is surely one of the most picturesque golfing locations in Ulster.
Freestanding oaks, chestnuts, beech trees and ash trees line the impressively manicured fairways, with strategically placed bunkers leading to superb greens, many of which are defined by lush floral displays which blossom beautifully in spring and summer. And let's not forget Armagh's two stunning Cathedrals, which provide a truly enchanting backdrop to any round.
County Armagh Golf Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and it has been a memorable few months for a club that combines a colourful history with a great love of the game and an admirable community spirit.
As part of its ongoing 125th anniversary celebrations, County Armagh Golf Club granted members and visitors a rare opportunity to vie for the Centenary Obelisk Trophy on 25 August, when there was no shortage of hopeful contenders in the Open event sponsored by Irwin M&E Ltd.
Just shy of 200 players crammed onto the Cathedral City fairways, all intent on eventually emerging from battle in possession of the beautiful Tyrone Crystal replica of the course's landmark monument, which was created in the club's 100th year in 1993.
And when the scores were collated, a highly competitive Obelisk leaderboard showed at its summit Natty McGeown, whose wonderful nett 63 meant he would take home the ornamental spoils.
McGeown reached the turn in a mere 37 hits after an untroubled outward nine of three bogeys and half-a-dozen pars. Similar serenity would follow on the way home, where the neat-and-tidiness of four pars and four bogeys was upset only by the pleasant interruption of a birdie at the 15th.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Colm Shannon, and Open Centenary Obelisk Trophy competition sponsor, Keith Stewart, Managing Director of Irwin M&E Ltd, are pictured with prizewinners in the event to mark the club's 125th anniversary: (L-R) Philip Kelly, Andy Steed, Stephen Catterall, John Maguire, Natty McGeown, Eric Hamilton and Paddy Smyth
The resulting superb gross 76 earned Natty a new handicap of 11 and rendered him a delighted recipient of the Obelisk Trophy, which he collected at a Saturday evening prize-giving alongside Alexandra Mawhinney, winner of the Ladies' equivalent tournament.
Some words from the R&A:
“Players should play at a good pace ... It is a group's responsibility to keep up with the group in front.”
“‘Ready golf' is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the ‘farthest from the hole plays first' stipulation in the Rules of Golf ... there is strong evidence to suggest that playing ‘ready golf' does improve the pace of play.”
As regards pre-shot routines, “Did you know that if each player in a four-ball takes 5 seconds less to play each shot, the round time can be improved by over 25 minutes?”.
To enhance the enjoyment of all, CAGC encourages its members to be mindful of their pace of play and to feel free to play ‘ready golf'.
For more information on this subject, go to www.randa.org
County Armagh Golf Club's Ladies and Gents Open Stableford event on 12 August was sponsored by Gaffney Estate Agent and saw Rita Mone and Mark Frazer take up residency in the winners' enclosure.
Rita's remarkable 44-point scorecard showed a fantastic front nine of five bogeys and four pars, and then a birdie at the 15th that nestled nicely among seven further homeward bogeys. Rita was granted a new handicap of 18 as well as the Sunday honours on account of this splendid performance.
Rita Mone, winner of the Ladies' Gaffney Estate Agents Open Stableford competition, is presented with her prize by Gerry Gaffney. Also pictured are County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Colm Shannon, Lady Captain, Elizabeth Mawhinney, and second- and third-placed players, Una Cullinane and Alexandra Mawhinney.
Mark Frazer, winner of the Men's Gaffney Estate Agents Open Stableford competition, is presented with his prize by Gerry Gaffney. Also pictured are County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Colm Shannon, Lady Captain, Elizabeth Mawhinney, and other prizewinners Conor McGuigan and Philip Devlin.
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.
Friday 20 th July 2018 - Shotgun start 6 p.m.
Please sign up using sheet in Men's Corridor by Thursday evening.
A County Armagh Golf Club Mixed Greensomes competition, played on Friday 15 June and sponsored by Ewart's Jewellers, was won by Kenny Gordon and Sheila Stinson with a nett 61.
Second place went to Denis and Sheila Hughes on nett 62, while John White and Valerie Gordon's nett 67 earned them third position. The gross prize was taken by Paul Doyle and Paula McCrory after their 71.
The Ewart's Jewellers Mixed Greensomes prizewinners are pictured with County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Colm Shannon.
Nobody really wants to watch England v Tunisia this evening, right?
Instead, come along and lend a hand at the second 'spruce' up session at 6.30pm. Bit of weeding, divot replacement etc. Thanks again to all our volunteers.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain, Colm Shannon, is joined by Mrs Kathleen Mallon for the presentation of prizes in the Iggy Mallon Memorial Cup.
The Mixed Greensomes competition was won by Jerome Leer and Mary Black. Runners-up were Paddy Burns and Patricia Hughes, while Stephen Miller and Lynne Brown were third. The gross prize went to Andrew Miller and Alexandra Mawhinney.