Last weekend Ballykisteen celebrated our President’s Prize and our very popular President Pat Toomey had a huge turnout for his final year as President of the Club. After the torrential downpours on Friday the weather was perfect on the day (arranged by Pat’s mother) and Pat welcomed all competitors as they signed in at the Pro shop. The day went off very smoothly with a burger break on the 9th tee and the main prize being a stableford competition off the blue tees which gave all handicap divisions a decent chance to be competitive. The top 11 scores to qualify for the 9 hole playoff were Chris Ahern 42Pts, Liam Downey 40Pts, PJ Carey 40Pts, Pat Ryan 39Pts, Ciaran Keating 38Pts, Kevin O’Hora 38Pts, James Keane 38Pts, John Nestor 37Pts, Christopher Ryan 37Pts, Michael Quish 37Pts and Joe McDonald 36Pts. A very tense playoff saw the lead change on numerous occasions but it was Club Captain Chris Ahern who held off the challenge of Pat Ryan and Joe McDonald. Full result: 1st Chris Ahern with combined score of 62Pts followed by Joe McDonald in 2nd with 59Pts, James Keane in 3rd with 59Pts and Kevin O’Hora in 4th with 59Pts. Category 1 was won by Pat Ryan and Category 2 by Liam Downey. Nearest the Pin went to Vice Captain John O’Connell while longest drive went to Mathew Kennedy. Best Visitor on the day was Brendan Ryan with 39Pts. The Junior President’s prize was won by Evan McGrath with 41Pts with Michael Culhane in 2nd with 40Pts while the Ladies Competition saw Margo O’Doherty win out.
Everyone gathered in the Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday evening where there was lively banter, food, and of course the prize giving ceremony which included the prizes for the August Monthly Medal which was kindly sponsored by Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort. Then we had Pat’s President’s prize presentation and in his speech Pat thanked all those that made his two year term so enjoyable and offered to continue to support the club and teams as much as he can. No details are available to print but I believe a memorable night was had by all.
Our Senior Open Singles continue as usual on Mondays with our Open Singles being run on Wednesdays and a Junior Open Singles on Tuesdays from 11am to 2pm, all golfers are reminded to please make all bookings and enquiries in advance to 062 – 32117.
The winner of last Tuesday’s competition was Margo O’Doherty with 38pts. Also, last Saturday’s winner of the 9 hole comp in the Men’s President’s Prize was Margo O’Doherty with 18pts. (Margo, you are on a roll). Congrats to Men”s Captain, Chris Ahern on winning the Men’s President’s Prize. The winner of the August Medal was Jean Morgan with Nett 70. Just a reminder that the South of Ireland Open Mixed Foursomes will take place next Sunday, August, 26th. The application form is available to download on the ladies website, or you can contact Niamh on 086-8109639. Shotgun start at 12 noon. Format, 18 hole stroke. Entry fee, €50 per pair. GUI and ILGU swipe cards required. This is a very popular event in the calendar year so it will be great to see you all there.