Strandhill Golf Club News
By John Rainey
Saturday 15 Hole Stableford
Saturday’s 15 hole stableford competition was played in cool and damp conditions but the standard of play was not affected as five players were within 2 points of the winning score.
Ciaran Duffy took first place with a score of 32 points. Ciaran scored a total of five pars over the course of his 15 holes with three on the front eight and the remaining two on the back seven holes as well as adding a birdie on the par four eight hole to take first place with his score of 32 points.
Second place was taken by Peter Mahoney, also with a score of 32 points. Peter notched up a total of seven pars over his round with four on the front eight and the remaining three on the back seven as well as getting his round off to the perfect start with an eagle on the first hole to ensure he took second place with a score of 32 points.
Third place was taken by Gerry Fox with a score of 31 points. Gerry scored a total of nine pars over his round with five on the front eight and four on the back seven as well as adding birdies on holes seven and nine to secure third place with a score of 31 points.
Ciaran Duffy (11) 32pts
2nd Peter Mahoney (08) 32pts
3rd Gerry Fox (03) 31pts
Sunday 15 Hole Stableford
Sunday’s 15 hole stableford competition was played in similar conditions to the previous day but despite this, some outstanding scores were returned.
Martin Currid took first place with an excellent score of 37 points for 15 holes. Martin scored a total of eight pars over the course of his 15 holes with four on the front eight and the remaining four on the back seven holes to ensure he took first place with his score of 37 points.
Second place was taken by Stephen English with a score of 35 points. Stephen sank a total of nine par putts over the course of the round with six on the front eight and the remaining three on the back seven holes as well as adding birdies on the fifth, fourteenth and sixteenth holes respectively to take second place with his score of 35 points.
Third place was taken by Kenneth Henry, also with a score of 35 points. Kenneth put together a round consisting of ten pars with six on the front eight and the remaining four on the back seven as well as adding birdies on the fifth, eighth and seventeenth holes respectfully to take third place with 35 points.
Martin Currid (18) 37pts
2nd Stephen English (05) 35pts
3rd Kenneth Henry (04) 35pts
This Weeks Fixtures
Friday March 10th
Friday 15 Hole Open Stableford
Saturday March 11th
15 Hole Club Stableford
Sunday March 12th
9 Hole Club Stableford
Mixed Spring League Final 2017 (Shotgun Start at 12:30)
Pet Stop Mixed League Final
The final of the Pet Stop Mixed League will take place this coming Sunday, March 12th and will get underway under a shotgun start at 12:30.
It is very important that each team is on their allocated tee box and ready to tee off at 12.30.
As some holes are currently out of play the following holes 7 10 & 16 have doubled up, if this changes before the final this will be adjusted by the committee.
Food is available after golf on the final day. The Menu for 12th March is on the notice boards both Ladies & Gents. €10 per person. Please enter name and tic your choice in order to help the kitchen be prepared for all arriving for food at same time.
The draw is as follows:
A Group Qualifiers
Hole 1 Kevin Fox & Mary Golden with Sean McMorrow & Shiela McCrann
Hole 2 Jimmy Noone & Peggy Nolan/Paul Byrne & Carmel Clarke
Hole 3 Michael Cox & Margaret Gerrity/Johnny Martyn & Mary Corcoran
Hole 4 John McHugh & Stephanie Conlon/Larry Culkin & Cass Smith
Hole 5 Anthony Skeffington & Ann Monaghan/Gerry McMorrow & Virginia Curran
Hole 7 Robbie Henneberry & Meg Leahy/Robbie Kelly & Anne T Collins
Hole 7 Norman Ashe & Christine Tighe/Stephen English & Elaine Coghill
Hole 8 Pat Corcoran & Attracta McGettrick/Aidan McGowan & Mary Mahony
Hole 9 Leo McNally & Brona Galvin/Declan McCabe & Therese Cosgrove
B Group Qualifiers
Hole 10 Neil Carew & Pat Mooney/Leo Logan & Ann Carroll
Hole 10 Michael Phelan & Anne McNulty/David Lindsay & Siobhan Kelly
Hole 13 Tommy Basquille & Ann Cox/Mickey McTiernan & Marian McHugh
Hole 14 Dessie Timbs & Cathy Flynn/Dave Wheeler & Agnes Kennedy
Hole 15 Conor McManus & Rachel Rhatigan/Brian Henry & Kay McCabe
Hole 16 Frank Hannon & Olivia Kenny/Colm Brennan & Kathleen Kelpie
Hole 16 Bernard Mahony & Grainne Heneberry/Declan Sheanon & Lorna Hill
Hole 17 Colm Kilbride & Claire McLoughlin/John Finan & Ena Cahill
Hole 18 Pat McManus & Claire Gallagher
GUI target cheats by fighting #TheFairWay for golf handicaps in 2017
The Golfing Union of Ireland are spearheading the campaign for fair and consistent handicapping by tackling the cheats in an innovative Handicap Awareness Month.
Throughout the month of March, the GUI will be running #TheFairWay campaign, which will educate players and clubs alike. Handicapping is a fundamental aspect of the game and as the governing body for men's golf in Ireland, the GUI are raising awareness in response to public concerns about handicap cheating.
Unlike most sports, golf is largely played in the absence of a referee. The game, and the handicapping system, rely on the integrity of the individual. It is up to every single player to observe the spirit and intent of the handicapping system.
Throughout the month-long campaign, the GUI will provide all the information necessary to be handicap aware in 2017. Your first port of call is a dedicated website:
There, clubs can access essential information, including a how-to guide for administering and maintaining handicaps.
Players will find all the information they need on key topics such as: How to obtain a handicap; How handicaps change; and Player Responsibilities. As well as an index of key definitions, you will also find a list of frequently asked questions.
Clubs across all four provinces -- Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster -- will display specially commissioned posters and flyers as part of the campaign. Raising awareness is just one aspect of the campaign -- the GUI are also determined to clamp down on cheating.
"There is a culture of tolerating handicap cheating which isn't the case for other forms of cheating within golf," says Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI. "The finger seems to be pointed at the GUI or the branches of the GUI or indeed to club committees to deal with this problem. I don't think it can be. It is endemic and the only real way of tackling it is at member-to-member level where everybody takes a proactive approach in dealing with the issue and calling out fellow members on their behaviour and saying it is not going to be tolerated anymore."
To hammer home the message, the GUI have defined handicap cheating and it is prominently displayed on the Union's website: "Playing in a qualifying competition and setting out with the aim of 'getting 0.1 back' or not trying your best at any point in the round with the aim of manipulating your handicap is CHEATING."
The GUI advises and guides Handicap Committees about the application and implementation of the handicapping system. One of most important things for clubs to remember is that Handicap Secretaries should not act on their own, and it is vital that decisions are made as a committee in accordance with the rules.
As with the Rules of Golf, the handicapping system relies on the integrity of every golfer playing the game. For club golfers, it is essential that each individual observes the spirit and intent of the handicapping system in order to make the game as fair and equitable as possible.
Golf's unique handicapping system provides a means for every player to compete on an equal footing, making the game as inclusive as possible. Not only does it level the playing field, the handicap system makes allowance for beginners, children and adults alike, players of declining ability and golfers with disabilities. It is because of the handicapping system that parents get to compete side-by-side with their children or grandparents get the chance to tee it up alongside a grandchild.
The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), of which the GUI is a member, developed the rules and regulations of the unified handicapping system (UHS), which is administered in Ireland by the GUI and the Irish Ladies Golf Union.
You access a copy of the UHS Manual for free online at Golfnet.ie. Keep up to date with everything that's happening throughout Handicapping Awareness Month on the GUI website and through the GUI's social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more at www.thefairway.ie or www.golfnet.ie/HandicapAwareness
March Men’s Senior’s 15 Hole Open Stableford
The Men’s Senior’s 15 Hole Open Stableford was held last Wednesday and some excellent scores were returned.
Vice Captain, Hugh Gallagher took first place with an exceptional score of 38 points for 15 holes. Hugh scored a total of five pars over the course of his 15 holes with four on the front eight and the remaining par on the back seven as well as adding birdies on the eighth, tenth and fifteenth holes respectfully to take first place with 38 points.
Second place was taken by Noel McHale, also with an excellent score of 38 points. Noel scored a total of ten pars during his 15 holes with five on the front eight and the remaining five on the back seven as well as adding birdies on the fourth, eighth and tenth holes to complete his round with a score of 38 points.
Third place was taken by Frank Gannon with a score of 36 points. Frank scored a total of six pars during his fifteen holes with four on the front eight and the remaining two on the back seven as well as adding a birdie on the par three second hole to take third place with 36 points.
Hugh Gallagher (12) 38pts
2nd Noel McHale (08) 38pts
3rd Frank Gannon (13) 36pts
Men’s Senior Society
2nd Noel McHale
3rd Gerry Mulligan
4th Alan Lillis
5th John Devaney
Score of the Day: Hugh Gallagher
March Ladies Junior Alliance
The March Junior Alliance was held last Thursday and say 60 ladies from 8 different golf clubs take part on the day. The results are as follows:
Margaret Gerrity (Strandhill) 34pts
2nd Pat Mooney ( Strandhill) 31pts
Gross Attracta McGettrick (Strandhill) 13pts
3rd Kathleen Joyce (Enniscrone) 30pts
4th Roisin O’Doherty (Longford) 28pts
5th Pauline Lennon (Castle Dargan) 28pts
6th Mary Boushie (Ballaghderreen) 28pts
7th Mary Jo Keane (Strandhill) 28pts
8th Stephanie Conlon (Strandhill) 27pts
9th Anne Collins (Strandhill) 27pts
Front 7 Anne Carroll (Strandhill) 15pts
Back 8 Ann Scanlon (Tubbercurry) 18pts
0 – 18 Ann Cox
Sunday 15 Hole Stableford
Nolan (22) 33pts
2nd Kathleen Kelpie (14) 32pts
3rd Ena Cahill (21) 32pts
This Week’s Fixtures
Thursday March 9th
15 Hole Club Stableford