Club Update

Friday 18 October

Club Update
Message from the Captain
I make no apologies for a slightly lengthier than usual message because today sees our very own Mr Raymond Dorman celebrate his 90th birthday! Ray was our President in our centenary year and Captain in 1972, the year of my birth, just to rub it in. This past year Ray has provided me with many snippets of advice in the Back Bar on Thursday evenings which have been much appreciated. One of the highlights of my year to date was his piercing question to me one June evening “Who are you?”
Ray, on behalf of Helen’s Bay Golf Club, have a lovely day and thank you for all you have done for the Club.

Today also sees Lady Captain host her Charity Lunch and I wish Barbara all the very best for a successful and enjoyable afternoon.

A few events which I want to promote:

• Ireland’s RWC quarter final kicks off at 11:15 tomorrow and the Back Bar and Restaurant will be open from 11am to keep us fed and watered over the 80 minutes - all welcome!

• Our Halloween Evening next Saturday is very much an event for all whether you want to enjoy a meal only or dress up and dance all night so please join us.
• Tables for the Men’s Annual Dinner are filling up nicely so if you want to secure your booking put your name up on the sheet in the lobby.

This weekend, I am swapping the clubs for lycra (if you've pictured that pour yourself a brandy) and heading over to Dumfries & Galloway for a couple of days on the bike but normal service shall resume next Saturday.
Have a great weekend.

Ireland’s RWC quarter final kicks off at 11:15 tomorrow and the Back Bar and Restaurant will be open from 11am to keep us fed and watered over the 80 minutes - all welcome!

Christmas Party Nights

Have your Office/Society/Club/Class Christmas Party 2019 at HBGC.

Glass of fizz on arrival
3 course meal & Christmas Disco £29.99 pp

Only Sat 30th Nov & Thurs 12 December

Book through the Office


3 Course Dinner - £25 per person

Book a table with the Restaurant

Disco from 10 pm

Fancy Dress Optional


Quiz Night - Wed 30th October 2019

Please put your table name down on the sheet in the Club Foyer
Everyone welcome


Section 1 Winner Gareth Magee 22 pts
Section 2 Winner William White 24 pts
Section 3 Winner Barry Ditty 21 pts


Although the weather forecast was predicting rain 22 players decided they still wanted out to play in what was at that time calm and warm conditions and, believe it or not, that’s the way it stayed. Also now that the weather has perhaps settled down five players decided that they would return to the fold so a warm welcome back was given to John Lindsay, Paul Logan, Philip Dufton, Raymond Shannon and Richard Evans.

One 2 today at the 4th by David Clarke who went on to win on the day with 21 points beating Billy Pollock, also with 21 points, on the last 6 who in turn beat Raymond Shannon on the last 3. Fourth with 20 points was Alan McGregor who beat Terry Cromey into fifth with a better last 6.

Overall no change in first place with David Clarke increasing his lead at the top and he is now sitting with 97 points, 12 points ahead of second place David Marshall on 85. Joint third is Alan Coyle and Tony Gregg with 82 and Robert Coey is fifth with 81.


Wednesday 16/10/19 - Competition
6.22 am Course Closed - boo! But wait 9.05 am course opened - Hurrah!

In fourth place with a splendid 15 points was the venerable score-keeper, Davy A. Well done Davy - great to see your name on the leader board - well nearly.

Conditions were challenging, almost 'Glastonbury Conditions' you might say. Heavily sanded and very soggy greens kept scoring at quite modest levels.

Peter Clarke and Joe Graham tied in third place but count back revealed: -
3rd Peter Clarke 16 points
2nd Joe Graham 16 points - second place two weeks running.
Always the bridesmaid Joe?
1st Gerry Murray 17 Points

Well done everyone.

No two's were recorded today.

Any Other News
For the second week running intensive negotiations continued regarding the Sam Barron Centenary Medal. Considerations included a backstop, twin borders and a customs union. At the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour a breakthrough was achieved. We unanimously agreed on a name. It will be called the 'Sam Barron Centenary Medal'.
Since various substantive matters remain outstanding an extension was applied for and granted, therefore discussions will continue after next week's meeting. Matters will include Stroke Play v Stapleford Rules, Power Three v Normal Play and at what point a long drive may infringe the export license rules. Proposals must be reduced to a legal text - prior to voting!

Putting Competition
David Parker triumphed today. A closely fought match saw David prevailing by one shot. Well-done David.

Dates For Your Diary
December 11th
Wednesday Boys' Christmas High Tea.

Competitions Currently in Play
The Norman Kennedy Wooden Spoon.
Please note that scoring is in accordance with Stapleford rules and Wednesday Boys handicaps will apply. Davy A will tabulate weekly scores and the winner will be the one with the highest total score. No allowance will be made for 'No Shows' on any particular week, thus loyalty will be rewarded.

Competition News
The Turkey Shoot will commence on the 6th of November.
Prizes for the following competitions will be awarded at the Wednesday Boys' Christmas High Tea: -
The Armstrong Cup.
The Stan Griffin Cup - AKA - the Match Play Cup.
The Summer League.
The Norman Kennedy Wooden Spoon.
Six Turkey Shoot Winners.


The second hamper competition on Tuesday was another calm and sunny day.
23 Ladies played and 35 ladies came in for lunch. Amadeus was a very busy young man! Thank you ladies - a great turnout for golf and for supporting the Club for lunch.

Winner last week: Hamper
Linda Wilson with a terrific score of 20 points
Linda also won the sweep. Congratulations.

Winner this week:
Alison Dawson with 15 points
The sweep was won by Mary Gregg

There were only 3 Putting ladies out on Tuesday and the winner was Kathleen Thallon.

It was great to see two of our ‘new’ golf ladies out playing on Tuesday afternoon in their own little winter Hamper competition. Hopefully a few others will follow Elaine Baird and Angela Gouk and join in the challenge to win a lovely Christmas hamper. Plenty of time to sign up.

The Winter Friendly
Christine Shannon’s team fought hard at Bangor on Wednesday with very close matches but unfortunately lost 3:2 but a very good effort for the start of the season.

The Lady Captain’s Charity lunch has had as great response and after meeting with Margaret Crawford and Lynda Campbell on Wednesday, the number of ladies attending lunch has risen to 97. Thank you all ladies, and your friends, for supporting this very worthwhile Charity. It’s also worth noting that this Sunday 20th October is World Osteoporosis Day and you can listen to their Appeal on BBC Radio 4 between Sunday 20th October and Saturday 26th October.

Linda McAuley has 2 pink XL gilets with Club logo for sale. If anyone would like one of these very smart gilets please contact Linda.

It’s almost Halloween so ladies please support the Club and enjoy a fun night on Saturday 26th October. Put on your witches hats and make a pumpkin lantern and come along for a great 3 course dinner for only £25 and with music later.

Remember the date for your diary in November. The Christmas Craft Fayre is on Tuesday 26th November (not 27th as in last weeks Newsletter). There will be many interesting and exciting stalls to browse through.

Enjoy the rugby and have a good weekend. LC is off to Donegal to watch it.


Junior Competition on Sunday 20th October at 12.30 pm.


Calling all whist players. Our season begins on Friday 8th November at 8pm in the Longmore Room. We hope to see all our regulars and anybody new who enjoys playing whist in a very friendly environment.

Dates for the season - 8th November
13th December
10th January
7th February


Mon 11 Nov at 10.30 am - Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

New members welcome.

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