Despite the cold weather on Thursday last it was refreshing to be ‘allowed out to play golf’, having been out of action for the past three Thursdays which was due to the downfall of rain on those three days!
Thirty-nine members took part in the Hamper competition last week and it was their performance in the weekly competition over the past year that was to decide which of the three hamper prizes they could win. Members who performed well on the day will have to agonise until Thursday next before it can be revealed who were the top performers ‘that got Hampered’ on the day! It’s worth noting that there were three birdies recorded over the 12 holes played: Pat Masterson on the 7th hole, Josie Connaughton on the 8th and Liam Noonan registered one on the 14th. Another few interesting statistics! No par recorded on the 1st, one par on the second by Kieran O’Brien, one on the 6th by Peter Duignan and another on the 9th by Ken Sheridan. Hopefully the weather will allow members to play nine holes of golf on this Thursday and this is to be followed by an introductory chat on health safety, which will be kindly given by Tommy Devlin. This is to be followed by the pre Christmas Santa Claus exercise which Club 55 members experience every year!
The Driving Range is open daily until 10pm and the ball machine takes 2 euro coins. The range has acquired new range balls and these will improve further the quality of the range. Users of the Range are reminded to refrain from hitting woods or low irons when there are players on the 9th hole and also that it is not permissible to pick balls off the range for use.
PGA Pro Pete Duignan is available for lessons at the club and the following are the rates: 30 euro per lesson,50 euro for 2 lessons and 75 euro for 3 lessons. Contact 0868383253.
Sympathy is extended to the Farrell family on the death of Michael Farrell recently. Michael served as Treasurer of the club for a number of years and gave great service to the club. May he rest in peace.
All members who are planning present buying for Christmas please remember to support our PGA Pro, Pete Duignan at the Pro Shop. There is a great range of golf gear available including Clubs as well as clothing and gift vouchers are also available. There is a special rate on Powakaddys at 379 euro as well as the very popular Golfbuddy at 199 euro which comes with a free watch strap and cap. Phone the shop at 043 3346707
There is a full menu available in the clubhouse from Thursday to Sunday weekly and this includes a Sunday lunch special of 3 courses for 15.95 euro. Booking is also available for parties and special occasions including Christmas parties from Andrew at 0871631075.
As the golf season moves towards a close for 2012 membership for 2013 is now available for new members at very competitive rates. New members to golf who have not held a GUI Handicap before can avail of an introductory offer of 300 euro for the first year followed by 400 euro for the second year before paying the full amount in the third year. There are also a number of payment options available for full members including 6 monthly direct debits or 10 monthly payments through financing arranged by the club. Full details are available from Pauline in the office. A number of new subscription rates were passed at the recent AGM and full details will appear in these notes next week.
Sponsor: Joe Raleigh Spar Express
The following were the results of the Christmas Hamper which was played for last weekend: 1st- PJ Bennett 37pts; 2nd-Brian Connaire 36pts; 3rd- Brendan King 36pts. Leading Qualifier- Gus Corrigan 40pts. Mini Hamper- Eamonn Masterson. The Club extends its thanks to Joe Raleigh for his generous sponsorship of this competition.
Competition-3 Ball Rumble
The club are holding a 3 person team Rumble on Saturday 29th December and there will be a shotgun start at 11am. The team can be of any combination and the entry fee is 5 euro per person. Entry sheet is in the clubhouse and the competition is limited in number so get in early to avoid disappointment.
N.B.C.R.I. Running Competition
This 9-hole running competition continues until 31st March, 2013. It may be played any day of the week. Conditions of competition are posted in Ladies Locker Room.
Christmas Hamper Final
The Final & Subsidiary 9 hole Competitions were played at the weekend. Hamper winners were as follows: 1st Jean Dennigan (20pts), 2nd Roisin O Doherty (17pts) and 3rd Maisie Dunning (17pts). Winner of the subsidiary was Club President Pat Farrell (15pts). Well done to all.
New Year Weekly Hamper
Conditions of competition are posted in the Ladies Locker Room.
The last joint Mens and Ladies presentation night took place on Sunday evening last. All outstanding prize winners were presented. Well done to Lady Captain, Breege on her first presentation. Congratulations to our juvenile member, Sean Flanagan, who was presented with a gold medal by the Management Committee, in recognition of his many great golfing achievements during 2012. The highlights being, his selection on the Irish Boys Team and his performance in the West of Ireland Amateur Championships, where he qualified, after his opening 2 rounds of stroke play, for knockout match-play, where he got through 3 rounds. Well done Sean. County Longford Golf Club is very proud of you and wish you continued success for 2013.
Draw for Hampers
Hamper winners were as follows: 1st Martina O Reilly, 2nd Ricky Mc Caffrey, 3rd Bill Hayes and minor prizes went to Liam Healion, Rachel Bermingham, Seamus Finnan and Padraig McGarry. Thanks to Peter Gregg and Linda Gallagher for putting the 3 hampers together. Thanks to Gary Melia (Kraft Foods) for the chocolates and to Mick Diviney (Heineken) for the drink.
There is a suggestion Box in the Ladies Locker Room for your preferred/ suggested Tuesday Draw times.
Nice to see the welcoming and festive touch in the Foyer of the tastefully decorated Christmas Tree. Thanks to Captain Tim, Lady Captain Breege, Maria and Catherine for their time and effort. Great night was had in the Clubhouse on Saturday night when the Management, Mens and Ladies committees gathered for an end of year celebration (funded by themselves). Thanks to Andrew and Emer Reynolds for their warm hospitality, food and entertainment. Well done to Catherine Connaire who had 18pts to win the O-50 competition on Thursday, which was kindly sponsored by Margo Magan. Pete has a great selection of Christmas gift ideas in the Pro shop and a warm welcome to Mark, his new assistant Pro. Good luck to the 2013 Club Officers: Club President, Pat Farrell, Captain, Tim Shanley, Lady Captain, Breege Shanley and Vice-Captain, Aidan Glacken. We wish all our members and their families a Happy Christmas and good health to all for 2013.