Boyle golf club news
LADIES INTERCLUBS – It was great to see a ladies interclub team back in action this week in the Junior Foursomes tournament. They put in a respectable performance but were beaten by a very competitive team from Roscommon Golf Club. The team were – Liz Dwyer and Moira Egan, Mary O’Hara and Susan O’Mahoney, and Regina McLoughlin and Aisling Gaughran.
MENS INTERCLUB SENIORS – Well done to Michael Simon’s Seniors’ team who had an impressive win against Co Sligo Golf Club (Rosses Point) last Friday evening. This is a category that the club has struggled to win any matches in at all for a long number of years so to take a comprehensive win against a club with the reputation of Rosses Point was a real boost. In Boyle Vincent Egan and Ross Andrew won on the 16th, as did Pat Conroy and Kevin O’Connor (particular congratulations to Kevin who was making his interclub debut), with Michael McHale and Gerry Carty making it a clean sweep of the home matches winning their one on the 18th. The 2 away pairings in Rosses Point of Brendan Gaffney with Pat Brogan and Paddy McLoughlin with Charlie O’Donnell were both called in off the course leading their matches as the result had already been sealed by the 3 wins in Boyle. Best of luck to Michael and co in the next round.
MENS INTERCLUB ALL IRELAND FOURBALL – Hard luck to our Mens’ All Ireland Fourball team who were beaten by Ballina Golf Club on Saturday. Boyle were always going to the underdogs in this fixture playing a much larger club and with the split being 3 matches in Ballina and 2 in Boyle. Boyle battled valiantly though and in the 2 matches in Ballina fought hard to be level after 18 holes in both and brought one match to a sudden death play off on the 20th and the other similarly to the 19th, but it wasn’t our day. Well done to all who played in the 2 rounds and special thanks to Brendan Gaffney for managing the team.
PGA TANKARD – The men competed in the PGA Tankard competition on the weekend of the 14th/15th May. 1st Pat Brogan 42 points, 2nd Kevin O’Connor 40, 3rd Lochlainn Conboy 39.
MENS THURSDAY COMPETITIONS – Our Thursday competitions are up and running, a list of sponsors is now on the notice board and members are requested to put their names down to sponsor. Results 12/5/22- : 1st Michael Simon 26 points, 2nd Gerry Carty 26, 3rd Conor Hamill 25. Kevin O’Connor won the 2s club.
19/5/22 1st Lorcan Egan 26 points, 2nd Dessie Murphy 24, 3rd Michael Simon 25. James O’Dowd won the 2s club.
SOCIAL SCRAMBLE – The winning team in the Friday night Scramble held on 13/5/22 were Lorcan Egan, Pat Conroy and Bernie Kemple. Well done again to Bernie who will be trying for 3 in a row at the next Scramble on the 27th. Names to be in for draw at 6, shotgun start tee off at 6.30.
CONDOLENCES – The club bade farewell this week to Mary Ryan and Martin Higgins.
Mary and her husband Paddy were heavily involved in the activities and life of the club for many years, both having served as Captains and Paddy as club President, with Mary’s year as Lady Captain occurring in 1980. Mary was known as a very talented golfer and played on numerous interclub teams. Mary also made valuable contributions to several other community organisations especially Boyle Musical Society but also with fundraising for the local hospice.
Martin Higgins was involved in the club throughout his long life, first playing as a young man and still playing regularly until his early 80s. Martin was Captain in 1978 and Men’s’ President in 1992, but contributed in several other voluntary capacities in the club before and after those years. Martin and his late wife Marie are particularly fondly remembered for running the catering in the club during the 1990s. The club were privileged to host a Scramble and social event just a few weeks ago to mark Martin’s 90th birthday.
The club offers sincere condolences to the families and friends of both Mary and Martin.