Club Update

Friday 21 June




Many thanks to the following who answered the call on Monday night in preparation for Ladies & Mens Captains days:

Tony & Mary Gregg
Roy & Liz Jackson
The Van Houten family (apart from Emma)
Dermot Cleere
Michael Mooney
Dianne Foster
John Kelly
Alan Coyle

We managed to tidy up the flower beds round the clubhouse, 8th tee & car park. There was a great community spirit with all enjoying the occasion & we should do it more often.


38 members played on a very wet evening with conditions under foot damp to say the least. At least the forecast is good for today & Captains Day tomorrow which will give the course a chance to dry out a bit.

1st Barry Ditty 32pts (new Thursday handicap 28) 
2nd Tony Gregg 31pts (new Thursday handicap 15) 
3rd Derek Johnston Snr 28pts
4th Raymond Shannon 28pts
5th Ben McCord 28pts

Barry celebrated so long & hard that he fell asleep!

There were 7 2s

Ben McCord
Jimmy Alford
Chris Mullen
Derek Johnston Jnr
Steven Van Houten
Tony Gregg
Billy Miller


On a for once beautiful June morning last Wednesday, the Helen’s Bay Vets. took on the might of Balmoral in another fascinating test of golfing competence at Helen’s Bay. There were several close results, but after it was all over Alan Coyle and Terry Cromey, along with Bob Cooke and Graham Fraser metaphorically sported the laurels of the victorious. The other four pairs donned, again metaphorically, the unwelcome but not unusual sackcloth and ashes.
With their accustomed totally irrational optimism, the Vets. head to Balmoral next Monday, quietly confident of an away victory.
David Marshall won the unofficial Longest Drive Competition, by driving all the way to Helen’s Bay via Balmoral Golf Club, and his just-in-time arrival was greatly appreciated by his lonely playing partner.


Stop the presses. We have a new Wednesday Boy winner! Unconfined joy induced singing and spontaneous dancing on the fairways. No not Boris. This really is important.

Today's Wednesday Boy Winner on 20 points - Mr Joe Graham! 
Well-done Joe. 
Obviously, pleas for your return, from sunny climbs, in our hour of need, did not fall in deaf ears. 
Second with a splendid score of 17 points was Mr John Cochrane. Great scoring John!
Coasting in on a very steady 16 Points was Mr Gerry Murray. 'Lipping' so many holes denied you a record score.
For the record, tied on 15 points were Mr Harry Graham and, yes you guessed it, Mr Barry Ditty. What a run you had Barry! Truly insincere commiserations on your defeat! You clung to the top spot tighter than Teresa clung to her Deal!

Apologies were received from David McS. and Davy A. Both pledge to attend next week. You will all recall that next week, June 26th, is our Away Day playing the front 9 at Bangor Golf Club. Tee off at 2.00pm. Please be punctual as I'm advised that this is a busy course. An early lunch might be called for, Harry.

At Bangor we will play for Gerald Steinberg Perpetual Trophy. You may recall last year's winner was Past Captain, Mr Dennis Farrell. Will you be the one to beat this year Dennis? 

Congratulations and commiserations to Bobby Boyd, as the only entrant he came first and last in the putting competition. Wise words must be sought from the Grand Pooh Bah regarding award of the diminutive spherical object.

Raymond Hopper shocked the assembly by revealing that he also possessed one small ball, the smallest yet seen! Two over-enthusiastic watchers immediately took possession and proceeded to measure the sphere and declared it to be at least one millimetre smaller than theirs. While Raymond was happy to display the object he seemed reluctant to allow his colleagues any further touching. It may be that Jenny is a little possessive?

Other Notes for Your Diary: -
Wednesday Boy's President's Day will be held at Helens Bay on September 4th. Details to follow.

Competitions Currently in Play
Summer League
Stan Griffin Cup


Today Friday 21st is the longest day and what a wet and chillyJune we’ve had except, how lucky was I, on my Lady Captain’s Day on Tuesday 18th to have such a fabulous sunny day for 51 lady golfers, from the first Ladies teeing off at 08.50 am to the last golfers finishing just after 4 o’clock. 
The day started off with breakfast with the green-keepers at 09.00 am Damien, Neil and Matthew and Pearl who keep our Club spick and span. 
At 10.30am 9 North Down Lady Captains joined me for Morning Coffee and at 3.00 pm it was lovely for me to welcome some of my family and friends, as well as Club Officers. In the evening TCK Catering had a delicious buffet supper for 82 ladies before the prize giving. 
As well as the 18 Hole and 9 Hole competitions, there was bridge and putting. The Lady Captain’s prizes were all made by very talented local crafts people - painters, ceramicists and textile designers. 

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this day so special for me. I am still opening beautiful cards and I am truly overwhelmed by all the wishes I’ve received. Thank you all so much. 

The winners on Lady Captain’s Day were:

Winner: Dianne Foster (35 points)
Runner Up: Liz Jackson (33)
Category A: Paula O’Neill
Category B: Christine Shannon 
Category C: Helen Baird
Committee Prize: Hilary McIlroy
9 Hole Winner: Lady President Mary Corry (17)
9 Hole Runner Up: Muriel Colthurst
Front Nine: Sandra Martel
Back nine: Jean Wood (BB6)
Longest Drive: Jenny Hopper
Nearest the Pin: Paula O’Neill
Putting Prize: Luise Davison
Bridge Prize: Beryl Millar (1720)

Next Tuesday’s competition is the Nellie Garrett Stableford Foursomes which is a qualifier for the ILGU Ulster Branch finals at Knock GC on 5th September. Pairs with handicaps totalling more than 56 at the time of the club qualifying competition are not eligible to compete in the district final. So, you might want to bear this upper limit in mind if you haven’t yet teamed up with a partner for Tuesday’s qualifier. High/low pairings might be good to give you a chance to play in the final and maybe even win the trophy. 

Remember the BRS booking now stays open until Monday at noon for all our competitions.

Like Captain Alan, my blazer has had a few social outings lately and many more next week. I’ve been entertained at Royal Belfast to golf and lunch, to Holywood Golf Club where I was shown around their magnificent new extension with gym facilities and a Simulator room with a Cocktail Bar. I think a Lady’s night out could be on the cards for the Simulator room! Yesterday The North Down Lady Captains were all at Carnalea Morning Coffee. Next week will be Clandeboye, Bangor and Donaghadee Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea parties. 

Finally may I wish the Captain fair weather for this Saturday 22nd June for his Captain’s Day - hopefully he will be as lucky as me and have a wonderful day.


Junior Competition Results
Sunday 16th June - 40 Played

9 Holes 
1st Nathan Beatie 26 pts BB6
2nd Conor Branigan 26 pts
3rd Ollie O'Hara 21 pts

Short 9 
1st Blake Cunningham 28 pts
2nd Matthew Magee 28 pts
3rd Dylan Goldring 23 pts

Short 4 
1st Sienna Poli 7 pts BB2
2nd Archie Rea 7 pts
3rd Zara Goldring 6 pts BB2


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