What a busy summer it has been at Ballinasloe Golf Club where they have seen some fantastic team and individuals’ accolades for their members. Their u18 Fred Daly team ended their 25 years wait and had a historic victory over County Sligo GC in the Connacht Final and then represented the club proudly in the All Irelands in Ballina. A tremendous quarter final victory over Roganstown saw the team progress to the semi-final but following a closely fought games, Massereene GC progressed
Notable individual performances over the summer saw Tom Cafferky selected to represent Ireland at the Home Internationals matches in Scotland. Charlie Mooney won the u17 Connacht boys close in Castlebar. In doing so Charlie posted a remarkable score and set a new course record. Niall Conneely headed south to Cork and recorded a win in the Fota Island Resort "Irish Kids Munster Open Boys 12s”. This was then followed by Niall winning the u13 Connacht Close.
Peggy Wong enjoyed her Lady Captain’s events at the beginning of August. Pauline Mullen took the spoils and claimed first place, followed by Maureen Dolphin and Mary O’Neill. Claire Staunton won the gross prize. Katie Connolly and Niall Connelly proved a formidable partnership in the Mixed Captain’s Prize in recording a narrow win
Mattie Curley’s Presidents Prize also took place recently and Vinny Costello secured victory this time having narrowly missed out on the Captain’s Prize earlier in the summer. Mike Coughlan, Frank Hannon and Margaret Creaven were hot on the hells of Vinny in the standings. The Mixed Prize was won by Mary Goode and Jack Coughlan.
Sean Kelly’s Senior Captain’s prize was won by Johnny Farrell. Mick O’Neill and William Duthie finished close behind and Michael Corbett played well to win the gross prize.
Rebecca Bleahen, who has been a fantastic junior ambassador for our club, celebrated her Junior Girls Captains Prize over two different formats - nine-hole singles and six-hole scramble. Holly Cafferky who won the nine-hole competition with one point to spare over Caoimhe Flanagan. Aoife Burns, Cailin Naughton and Molly Casey won the scramble format.
Our Golf4All programme with the Ballinasloe Brothers of Charity members ran over six sessions during the summer. The conclusion of this wonderful programme saw participants receive their well-earned Golf Ireland Certificates of Completion. All participants showed great commitment and determination to learn and most importantly to enjoy themselves while doing so during the sessions. A special thanks to Carol Pender, the participants and the people who support them in the Brothers of Charity, Accessibility Ballinasloe, our own BGC volunteers, Aideen Bergin, Meadow & Green for providing the refreshments and Golf Ireland. As ever, we express sincere gratitude to Mark Staunton for his coaching skills and the way he delivers the lessons.
The Summer Junior Camp ran over the summer where there were nearly 40 young golfers starting out. Thanks to Rita Moore, the girl’s junior convener, for organising the camp.
On the course, they were delighted to take delivery of a new mower and are seeing its benefits.
Such purchases are funded by the Club Lotto. The lotto is used to help fund course equipment expenditure and to maintain the course to a high standard. Draws take place monthly and are open to all club members for €8 per month.
Thanks to all members already contributing to the lotto and we encourage others to join so we can continue to invest in and improve the course.
Congratulations to Keelan O'Neill on recording a hole-in-one on the par three, third hole over the summer.
If you are interested in joining the golf club, please phone the office - 0909642126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk through options for beginners, improvers and returning members
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