One of our most eagerly awaited fund raising events took place on Saturday 22nd September when we held our inaugural golf classic. We had a great turnout with over a hundred golfers on the Clones Golf Course. Despite all the recent rain, thankfully weather conditions were perfect and the course was in tip-top condition as all golfers headed out to play for an enjoyable round of golf.
The presentation of prizes was held in the Maple Bar on Saturday night and the overall winning team was Noel Brady, Paul Igoe, Martin Clegg and Martin Sherlock who claimed first prize.
2nd Prize: Paul Fitzpatrick, Ivan Fitzpatrick, Barry Duffy, Austin Curran.
3rd Prize: Paddy Mckeown, Gerry Treanor, Macartan Sammon, Kenny Farrelly
4th Prize: Joe Smith, Seamus Brady, George Crowe, Paddy McKeown
5th Prize: Paul Jenkins, Fergal Connolly, Ray McCarron, Declan McCalleon
6th Prize: Jim Kerr, Dermott, Gabriel Kerr, Thomas McCormick
7th Prize: Gabriel Brady, Tom McQuillan, Willie Lythco, Mike Keane
Nearest the Pin went to Macartan Sammon with the longest drive going to Fergal Reilly.
We also had prizes for teams made up from non-regular golfers with the winning team going to Noel Carroll, Aaron Clerkin, Pauric Carroll and Cathal Sheridan with Colm McCormick, Mark McCormick, Conor McGeough and Declan Freeman coming in second.
There were other honours, as voted by the golfers, and they went to Matt Dornan for the best dressed golfer with Teresa Hannawin coming in a close second. Colin Quinn and Seamus Carroll share the record for losing the most golf balls and I understand they will be entered into the new Guinness Book of Records! Cathal Sheridan claimed the title for the “fluckiest shot ever” when he holed a thirty-metre putt and when Felix Grannaghan hit out-of- bounds on the 14th hole he emulated the magic of the late Seve Ballesteros with a memorable iron-shot from the rough and around the trees to claim “Shot of the Day”! The nineteenth hole was probably one of the most competitive holes on the day but in the end the experience of Gerry Coyle, Hugh McGuirk, Brian McGorman and Ian Harrison proved to be the difference as they overcame all the challenges from the younger generation!
On behalf of the club I would like to take this opportunity to thank once again our main sponsors Town of Monaghan Co-op and McNally Crane Hire and to all those companies and individuals who sponsored tee-boxes. We would also like to thank all the teams who participated on the day and for making the event such a wonderful occasion. Without your support and goodwill the efforts of the club could not continue and we deeply appreciate your support and loyalty. Many thanks to the Clones Golf Club for the use of their fine facilities and assistance on the day and a massive well-done to our golf committee for their dedication in planning this event. They were the driving force behind this golf classic and we look forward to next year’s event with great anticipation!
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