Review Since Last Blog Post
A lot has been happening at the Club since my last post over a week ago...
Last week, Juvenile Girls Captain's Day and the Ladies Open Greensomes competition took place on Monday & Tuesday - it was unfortunate that the self-levelling compound which went down at the front of the clubhouse building required dry weather as this meant it had to be applied during the Open Greensomes which was not ideal, but I can assure you this was not done on ladies' day on purposes as it was suggested to me!
Wednesday was a washout, with the men's midweek competition being cancelled almost before it began.
Thursday was an incredibly busy day, with the Porsche Cup golf day taking place in the morning, Clare Golf Society President's Prize then teeing off in the afternoon, followed immediately by the ladies' Mary McKenna team, who by the way are now Provincial Champions - well done ladies! (more details are available under the 'ladies' heading elsewhere in the members' section of the website)
To make matters worse, the bowling club were hosting the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Womens Private Greens League (NIWPGL) competitions, which meant we had over 100 visitors at the bowling green during the day and evening. Whilst all this was going on, we then had to close off the front entrance to the clubhouse to enable the non-slip surface to be applied for the walkway up to the front steps - many thanks to everyone for their patience throughout the day. At the same time, we were also able to get the flower beds at the front of the clubhouse tidied up, as well as some new planting being done, with the whole area now looking much improved.
Friday was also a busy/difficult day, with the course intially being closed first thing in the morning due to flooding, but the green staff worked hard to open the course in time for both the IFS golf day and also the Council vs NIAGS (Northern Ireland Army Golf Society) annual golf match. We also had a strange incident later in the day with some trespassers attempting to fish off the edge of the 15th green when golf was still being played, but the less said about that the better. Below are two photos, the first of which shows the successful NIAGS who managed to draw their match with Council and retain the General Sputnik trophy and the second photo was taken by one of our green staff, Michael McCurry, who obviously has greater photographic skills than I do!
Saturday's men's competition was deemed non-counting for handicap purposes due to the bunkers being declared as GUR, followed later that evening by the annual 5-a-side and BBQ event. I didn't attend the event, nor do I have any photos to share, but I'm reliably informed the evening went well and the entertainment was enjoyed by all who attended.
On Monday, the annual Malone Boys' Open Stroke competition for the Boyd Cup took place with 30+ boys taking part. The eventual winner was Callum Walsh from Clandeboye GC with a fine score of 74 gross and one of our own juniors, Fionn Dobbin, finishing in second place. Many thanks to Stephen Boyd from Alexander Boyd Displays for his continued support of the competition, which was established by his father and Past Captain, Brian Boyd, over 40 years ago.
Progress On The New/Upgraded Short Game Facilities
The contractors are making good progress at the rear of the clubhouse building in respect of the groundworks for the new short game area and it's amazing to see how things are developing even within a few days - the first photo below was taken on Tuesday and the second photo was taken earlier today:-
Thankfully the weather has improved in time for the annual Council vs Ladies' Committee match for the Arend Cup, which takes place later today, and the weather forecast for the week ahead appears to be promising, therefore I hope everyone gets the chance to get out and enjoy the course, which I'm told is in great condition at present, despite the recent inclement weather conditions.
That's all for now and thanks again if you've managed to read this far...