Neary wins Presidential race

Not really, but it seemed a shame to waste a good headline! Anne Neary may not be president but she did win the President’s Prize recently in Strokestown. Zoe McDermott was ahem, Zoe close in second place while Eileen Lyons finished in third.

  In the men’s version Jim Tunney finished in first place while Peter Hanly and Niall Compton finished in second and third place respectively.

  Friday evening last saw the final of the Mulligan Matchplay competition between Liam O’Connell and Daryl Kelly at Castlerea. With no quarter asked and none given, Liam O’Connell emerged victorious. Last week’s ladies competition was won by Maura Tully on 32 points with Laura Griffith in second place on 31 points.

  This Sunday (June 12th) Castlerea will play host to the Ladies Interclub Scotch Foursomes High/Low competition, which starts at 3 pm.

Get Into Golf will continue on Friday evening with two participating groups at 5 pm and 6 pm.

  Carrick-on-Shannon will play host to a ladies open day tomorrow (Friday, June 10th) with loads of prizes on offer as well as delicious food in The Bunker Bar. Their speciality is sand-wedges we presume! (Ed – Stop that!) Book online or call Chris on 071 9667015 (golf, not sandwiches.)

  In the Trailblazers Stroke competition Mary Monaghan (73) was first, Phil McWeeney (73) was second and Kathleen Loftus (74) was third.

  Finally for this week we go to the disputed territories of Athlone where captain John Burns will host his Friday Club this Friday (June 10th) appropriately enough, from 4 pm. The format will be a 3-ball scramble and teams will be arranged as people arrive. Sounds to me like the perfect laid-back afternoon of golf for new members and beginners.

  Athlone Golf Club will host two provincial events this month and therefore all help is needed to keep the course in pristine condition. The volunteer programme takes place every Monday evening from 6-8 pm. Hint, hint!

  In last weekend’s Kevin Grealy Open, Sean McGrath was the undisputed winner on 44 points. The ladies’ equivalent was won by Siobhan Ruane, an outsider from Mullingar GC (Boo! Hiss!) Only joking, well done Siobhan.

  The men’s Ericsson Open Fourball was won by Michael Healy and Vincent Connaire while the ladies’ was won by Siobhan McGrath and Chaba Carney.