Author: Pam Power

Vice-Captain Marie announces her nomination for Vice-Captain 2019

I am absolutely delighted to announce Loretto Keane as my nomination for Vice-Captain for 2019. Loretto was greeted by a standing ovation although it was probably no surprise to all present that Loretto was nominated for the role of Vice-Captain.

Since joining Newlands, Loretto has represented Newlands on numerous teams, she has also managed the Revive team for three years, taking them all the way to the All Ireland finals in 2016. Loretto has also served on several committees, including four years as Handicap Secretary. Loretto is also involved in the organisation of the Away Day every year making the trip a success year after year so myself and Loretto are well used to working together.

Loretto will be a huge asset to Newlands Golf Club. I am looking forward to us working together, along with the Management team, incoming Men’s Club Captain Lex Flavin and his committee, for the good of all the sections in Newlands Golf Club in 2019.

Marie Harpur
Vice-Captain, 2018

Newlands win the Restalux Trophy

A competition between ourselves Edmonstown, and Rathfarnham has taken place annually since 1979. Our successes have been scarce of late, but this year, having given ourselves a commanding lead on our home course, we hung on in the final leg to win by 3 points.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I can let you know that for the first time since 2012, our names goes on the Restalux Trophy.

Congratulations and well done to everyone who played so well.

Current Winners of Past Captains

Congratulations to Genevieve Tracy, Deirdre Balfe, Denis O’Brien, and Dermot Bradshaw who won the past Captains’ golfing event, held on Friday, 5th October last. This illustrious bunch were very competitive, and the winners only scraped over the line with a point or two to spare.

They are pictured with the organisers, former Captains Siobhán Byrne and Paddy Butler.

Charity Day – Arch, Mental Health and Marie Keating Foundation all benefit

Thank you so much for your generous support of our Club Charity Day on the 8th September last. We raised a considerable amount of money for our charities Arch, Mental Health and the Marie Keating Foundation and they have all assured us that our money will be put to very good use.

We are also extremely grateful to our sponsors – Roadstone, Johnny and Hillary Vaughan, Koping Motors and our anonymous donor – who helped ensure our day was so successful.

Thanks also to the Team Newlands who organised the event. Owen Caughey was the chief organiser and without his help the day would not have happened. Thank you Owen.

Congratulations to the winners – Paul and Bernadette Flynn, Edel Tolan, and Frances Mayberry.

Harkness Electric and Frontline Mechanical and Electrical Services – Mixed Event

This time it was the turn of the Flynn’s (Paul and Bernadette) together with the O’Gormans (Christine and Sean) to clean up at the jointly sponsored Harkness Electical and Frontline Mechanical and Electrical Services Mixed Event, held on Tuesday, 4th September 2018.

The timesheet was full, the atmosphere was terrific, there was a vas array of prizes on offer – front nine, back nine, 4 best nearest the pin prizes, together with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th team prizes. All made possible by the generous sponsorship of Greg Harkness and Des Kenny.

If it wasn’t for the terrible jokes that were told late into the night, it would have been a perfect day.

There would be a vacuum in our lives if this event didn’t appear in the diary next year!!


East Leinster Silver Medallists

The final of the East Leinster Senior Foursomes took place in Seapoint Golf Club at 8.30am, between ourselves and Laytown and Bettystown, on Sunday 2nd September 2018.

Manager Grainne Friel, and Assistant Manager Sheilagh Keogh put out a very strong team – Esme Murphy and mary K O’Mahony, Mags O’Connell and Rebecca Carroll, and Orla Heffernan and Roseleen Cunningham. Orla and Roseline recorded a terrific win, however Laytown and Bettystown played very well in the other matches and took the East Leinster District pennant home.

It was a great achievement to get to the final of this Senior Foursomes competition, beating Milltown, Rathfarnham, and Elm Park on the way.
It wasn’t our day on Sunday, but managers and players deserve our congratulations.

Many thanks too to the Purple Army who turned up in such great numbers to support their team. #You’reTheBest

Rita Morley wins Captain Jack’s Prize to the Ladies

Many congratulations to Rita Morley who won Captain Jack’s prize to the Ladies on Saturday last the 3rd September, 2018.

Rita who played off a handicap of 14, on Saturday, had a score of 40 points.

In her acceptance speech she acknowledged Esme Murphy’s great achievement on the day. Esme, playing of a handicap of 3, also had a score of 40 points, and she took runner-up spot.

Rita also thanked Captain Jack for a generous and very beautiful Coach handbag and purse.

Captain Jack, for once in his life was quiet – he had lost his voice! What’s seldom is wonderful !!

Loretto Keane makes it two in a row by winning VC Marie’s Prize

Could lightning strike twice Loretto asked as she teed-up in the Vice-Captain’s Prize. She was of course referring to the fact that she had won the Vice-Captain’s Prize in 2017.

Playing as well as she did on Saturday, everything is possible, and with a score of 39 points on the last 6, Loretto made it two VC Prize wins in a row by winning Vice-Captain Marie Harpur’s Prize, on Saturday last, 18th May 2018.

Well done Loretto, a great achievement that will be difficult to emulate. Well done too to all the winners, and to the organisers, a great day was matched by a great night of celebrations.

The Liffey Valley Kia Open full time-sheet produces great scores

The Liffey Valley Kia Open, held on Thursday 23rd August, again proved very popular with members and visitors and attracted a full time-sheet. We are very grateful to Rita and Gabriel Keane for their generous sponsorship.

Like the Kia Car, the Open had ‘the power to surprise’ and our own Louise Halpin (9), Mary K O’Mahony (12), and Siobhan Byrne (13), were surprised that their great score of 90 points was not good enough to take top honours when they were narrowly beaten on the last 9.

We congratulate Echo Tong (22) Elmgreen, Gillian Poon (23) St Anne’s, Wenjuan Zhao (31) Headfort on their win. Their team also recorded 90 points. Echo Tong in her acceptance speech mentioned how she loved playing the Newlands course (she had won in Newlands previously in the Husband and Wife competition) and how she delighted she was to record three birdies as part of her contribution to the winning card.

Well done to the winners, and many thanks to Kia Liffey Valley for their sponsorship – it was another great day in Newlands.

Newlands’ Pair take runner-up spot in Countess of Granard All-Ireland Final

Newlands hosted the Countess of Granard All-Ireland finals on Monday 13th August, 2018. Over 100 clubs sent the winners of their qualifying competitions, held earlier in the year, to Newlands to compete for the All-Ireland Countess of Granard Cup.

The Castletroy competitors – Eimear Cregan (11), and Evan Martin (13) with a total of 37 points took the cup home to Limerick, hoping as they did, that it will be the first cup travelling to Limerick, and the Liam McCarthy will follow soon. We congratulate them on a great performance.

And we are very happy to report that our representatives Esme Murphy (3) and Deborah McCreedy (20) took runner-up spot with their score of 36 points. Well done Ladies, we are very proud of you.

All the proceeds from this event go to the NCBI, and we congratulate Rory McGinley and his team Rosin and Angela who did a splendid job organising the event. They were fulsome in their praise of Lylia Crossan who has a long association with this Charity and worked tirelessly on the day with the NCBI team. Members of the Ladies Committee also received great praise from the NCBI for their assistance in preparing for, and organising, the event.

#JobWellDone everyone

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