Month: July 2017

Billy Hughes Memorial Day

The Billy Hughes Memorial Day has quickly become one of the standout days in the Newlands golf and social calendar. The timesheet for the 2017 event held on Saturday 29th July filled up quickly with teams eager to pay their respects to Billy and to try and win his prize.

That should come as no surprise to anyone as Billy was one of the most liked and respected members of Newlands. For older members he was an ever present part of the social life of Newlands. For newer members he was the man who made sure that they quickly became part of the club. He went to great lengths to make sure that every new comer was welcome. Once you met Billy you could relax as you knew you had a friend. More importantly once you had the seal of Billy’s approval you could be sure of being everyone’s friend.

His Memorial Day has continued to go from strength to strength. While the competition to win is fierce it remains a day when meeting old friends and making new ones is more important. Moving the event to a Saturday was a great success as it gave an opportunity to all those who wanted to play. Especially striking was the amount of sponsorship given by individuals and companies eager to be involved. Every hole and every tee was sponsored while wonderful prizes were donated to the raffle. This would have pleased Billy as he never liked to see an opportunity to raise money in a good cause wasted.

On the day the prizes were won by very suitable and deserving teams. First prize was won narrowly by a team of long standing in Newlands. Louis and Betty O’Hanlon, old friends and neighbours of Billy, lead their team to victory while the Raymond family, Brian, Cameron, Aaron and Alex, showed that new young talent was coming through. Billy would have been delighted to see those two teams fighting out the final count.

After the prizegiving Karen Hughes held a special raffle for a Late Late Show extravanza prize. Karen showed a previously unseen talent as an auctioneer as she literally forced the price up from 50 euro to an amazing 1000 euro. There better be something for everyone in the audience that night! Her dad would have been amazed and very proud of her. Tina, Billy’s wife, certainly was.

It’s wonderful to see all of Billy’s family there on the night enjoying the atmosphere, joining in the singing, and showing all the Newlands family that golf is more than a game.

Newlands is lucky to have so many generations of families playing. We are especially lucky to have had Billy Hughes as member. If the highest honour a club can give is to make someone a life member Billy must be due a special award. However he’d have been more than happy with his special day. Roll on next year.

Husband and Wife Fourball Winners – Brian & Elizabeth Fehily

Husband & Wife Open Fourball Competition  –  2017

The annual Husband & Wife Open Competition was held on Saturday the 22nd of July last.

This was the 48th staging of the event which attracted a very strong entry. Over 100 couples played in this year’s competition, over 50% of which were visitors from other golf clubs. This year’s competition was sponsored by King Tree Services and played in a fourball stableford format which proved to be very popular with the participants.  

The talk on the day was that the course was in superb condition, that the organisers were doing a terrific job,  food was top class, BUT the greens were fast, faster than they had been all season, so the course was playing tough.

But that didn’t phase the our own Brian and Elizabeth Fehily who with a magnificent score of 46 points won the coveted trophy.  Brian unfortunately had to attend a U2 event (!) in Croke Park, but Elizabeth was on hand to accept the trophy and round off  ‘A Beautiful Day’.  We all send our congratulations.

We heard nothing but good feedback from the event, and we, therefore, also congratulate the organisers – Patrica and Sean Heffernan, Sheila and Jimmy Maher, Nuala and Ken LeGros, and Carmel and Dermot Bradshaw.   Thanks too to all the helpers on the day and in particular to our sponsors King Tree Services.






Thursday’s Prize to the Ladies – Winner Patricia Heffernan

With a magnificent score of 43 points playing off a handicap of 21, Patricia Heffernan, on the 25th July last, won the Thursdays Golf Society Prize to the Ladies.  

Standing in for Thursday’s Captain, Rory O’Brien,  Padraig Fowley congratulated Patricia on her great win, and he also paid tribute to our Captain Siobhan, whom he said was doing an excellent job for Newlands Golf Club.  The Ladies, in turn, thanked him and the Thursday’s Golf Society for their continued support.  Commiserations Rory on losing your match, but we’re glad you made it back for the photo !

Roll on the Ladies Mixed Invitation on the 5th of September.



Jake Whelan in South of Ireland 2017

Jake Whelan proudly represented Newlands in The South Of Ireland 2017 at Lahinch, July 26th – 30th. Jake gave an exhibition of wonderful golf over 5 games and showed the rest of the country the excellent talent that Newlands members see day-in day-out.

In very challenging weather conditions on one of the toughest courses in the country, Jake came through the first two days of qualifying showing great form. He was drawn on the morning of Round 1 of the match play against Peter Kerr of Royal Portrush GC and triumphed after a marathon battle that went to the 25th hole. The players play 36 holes each day of the match play so Jake had a quick turnaround to face Stuart Grehan of Tullamore GC, one of the title favourites. This neck & neck match went to the 18th with Jake emerging victorious.

Saturday morning brought Round 3 of the match play and a draw against Robert Cannon of Balbriggan GC. The Newlands members and friends that supported Jake since Wednesday saw him bow out of the tournament at the end of his 5th game in 4 days.

Congratulations Jake, and caddie Ian Harbourne, on an excellent performance. You did Newlands proud.

Newlands U19 Girls playing in Leinster Qualifying Rounds 2 & 3 August

Newlands U19 Girls team will play in the ILGU Inter-Club Leinster Qualifying rounds on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of August   in Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort.   Our first round is on Wednesday 2nd August when we play Laytown-Bettystown at 10:00 am   

We have a very strong team of Eva Coghlan, Orlaith Leahy and Lucy Kavanagh with Ellen Rocket as substitute.    we wish them the very best of luck.

Good Luck to Esme Murphy and Denise Tobin in Area Final of Coronation Foursomes

We wish Esme Murphy and Denise Tobin the very best of luck as they take part in the Area Final of the Coronation Foursomes in Killeen Golf Club, Co Kildare on Wednesday 26th July.   This prestigious competition is run by the R&A and is open to golf clubs throughout all of the UK and Ireland.

Esme and Denise tee off at 11:40 on Wednesday in a field of 34 teams and are competing for a place in the Grand Final to be held in St. Andrews in September.

We hope Wednesday will be a purple patch for the Newlands Ladies. #ComeOnNewlands

Junior boys finish 3rd  Tile Style Trophy.

Newlands Junior boys finish 3rd  in the Tile Style Trophy in Stackstown Golf Club today July 24th.  With a combined 213 net (best three scores) Ryan Hughes, Adam Carrol, Sean Lacey and Oisin Reilly lost out to Elm Park the overall winners on 206 and Miltown on 210 who finished second.

Playing in Pink – a rip-roaring success

Our ‘Play in Pink’ Fun day held on the 18th of July last, was a rip-roaring success with a 130 ladies answering the call to play in pink, and close to 50 men donning the pink shirts and joining ‘The Tuesdays’!  Between us we raised over €2,850 for the ‘Play in Pink Charity’  – a charity dedicated to funding research into Breast Cancer.  

The winners,  Siobhan Merity and Helen Mangan had a terrific score of 43 points.  Siobhan spoke of her delight in winning a competition that was associated with a charity that was so close to her heart.  Helen too said,  for her,  the win was one to savour.  They were popular and worthy winners and we await to hear if their great score will be good enough to qualify for the Play in Pink Finals to be held on Friday 22nd September, 2017 at the Galway Bay Golf Resort. #FingersCrossed

We also congratulate Greg Harkness who with 21 points won the Men’s ‘Playing in Pink’ Competition.  Greg very generously sponsored the first prize in our raffle  (two Armani watches – a Ladies and a Gents) so we were delighted his great score took top honours.  We thank him sincerely for his support not only for this event, but throughout the year.

We are grateful for all the support – those who generously donated prizes to our raffle, those who supported that raffle, and those who played and joined in the fun.









The Super Seniors won a thrilling Final against Stackstown by 3-2 on Wednesday July 19th in Elm Park Golf Club. 

Congratulations to managers Noel Hickey & Bill Fogarty and all the team!!

Click here for photos.

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