So much has happened since my last web update and here are my highlights:-
The Christy Green Open on the 29th June last was a great success, despite the weather. The rain could not have been heavier but we still had a reasonable turnout. Nessa Green attended the apres golf and presentation of prizes and it was lovely to see her in such good form and great to hear her speak about her Dad and his long association with Newlands. She has pledged her continued support to this event and will speak to Pam regarding a trophy in memory of her Dad.
We are delighted to report that with the support of the management committee we will be hosting the Leinster Championship and Duggan Cup in July 2018. This very prestigious tournament attracts national and international players as it offers them a chance to earn world amateur ranking points. I believe it also affords Newlands Ladies a chance to showcase our course and to see how top amateur players overcome the challenges we endure on a weekly basis. We are trying to promote the Newlands Girls section and I believe this will be an ideal opportunity for them to witness top class golf played by top class amateur golfers, on their own course.
Stage 3 of the Newlands ‘Get Into Golf Programme’ will commence on the 15th August, 2017 and will run to the end of November (approximate date). This stage will allow participants to:
- Participate in scrambles on the course with buddy until end of October
- Enter a ‘Get into Golf’ League, to be held on 11th, 18th and 25th Turkey vouchers will be awarded to Winner/Runner-Up
- Full use of practice, dining and bar facilities
- Attend Ladies ‘End of Year Club Trophies Presentation’ Dinner, on 24th October, 2017
- Attend Christmas Dinner on 9th December, 2017
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 donned the pink shirts and joined ‘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. 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. 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.
Teams – Senior Foursomes played really well in Ashbourne to beat Donabate in the knockout stages of the Senior Foursomes on the 1st of July. They then took on Naas and came from behind to take a terrific win and put themselves into the Leinster Final. They lost to an in-form Lucan team on the 2nd of July after a very hard-fought match.
Our Revive had great win against Curragh the following day, 3rd July with most of our Senior Foursomes team featuring again in this match. If they were tired and disappointed after their loss the previous day, they didn’t show it and we congratulate them on their performance on a rain soaked evening. However, their campaign came to an end against Grange on the 23rd July.
Our Intermediate team also reached the quarter final stage of their competition but were beaten by Killeen in Milltown on Sunday 9th July. They played great, two matches went to the 18th, but it just wasn’t to be. Our Boyne team also lost out to a very strong Sutton team 10th July.
That ends of run in inter-club competitions for 2017. And while I know we might be disappointed right now, when we look back on the year, it will have many highlights. I am very proud of all the managers, and players who pulled on the purple jumpers and put themselves forward to represent the Club. Thank you for your time, commitment and energy.
Our Junior girls took part in the All-Ireland match-play in Tulfarris on 3rd August but they too were unlucky and were, unfortunately, beaten. The Newlands Girls Open is scheduled for the 18th August and we wish all our juniors the best of luck in that competition. And if you haven’t heard, I would like to draw your attention to Kate Nolan’s score of 55 points on her way to winning the Hugh Boyle Trophy. I thought she might have played 36 holes, but no, the 55 points was for 18 holes, and she lost 9 shots, and now plays off a handicap of 25. Well done Kate. And well done too to Ellen Rockett, who won the August medal last Tuesday.
The best of luck to everyone playing in the Vice-Captain’s prize, hope you all come second !
Captain's update, April 2017
This special edition of the Captain’s Update, celebrates Captain Siobhan’s Drive-In with friends and family, and pays a special tribute to our dear friend Nora McPartlin. May she rest in peace.
Captain's update, February 2017
We are happy to attach the first Captain’s Update of 2017, featuring great photos from the Christmas Jumper Day, 2016.