NUALA Mallon may have recorded her first victory as a member of Ballyliffin Golf Club last weekend, but it was a prize she will cherish forever given that the competition was in memory of her late son, Connor, a former professional at the Inishowen club.
So it was a fitting victory for Nuala who was delighted with her effort on the day, an excellent score of 37 points. Indeed, the presence of the club’s resident professional, Gareth McCausland and Ballyliffin’s general manager, John Farren, also proved positive as Nuala certainly concentrated on every shot.
“I was out with the pro and John Farren, so I had to keep very quiet,” she laughed. “But I’m over the moon winning the Ladies Prizes, obviously it’s was very special and I really did concentrate and try my best on the day,” added Nuala.
And the gents’ winner of the competition was also significant, John Casey a long-standing personal friend of Connor’s from his time as resident professional at Narin & Portnoo, the eight handicapper defeating local member, Pascal Mooney following a break of tie with both players returning excellent scores of 41 points.
The event attracted in excess of 250 players which included special guests and the celebrations continued long into the night following what proved a hugely successful event.
Full results were - Connor Mallon Memorial Open - 1, break of tie, John Casey (8), Rosapenna, 41 points; 2, Paschal Mooney (11) 41; 3, Francis Dillon (7) 40; gross, Brendan Devlin (2) 34; 4, Liam Tourish (7) 39.
Best Lady, Nuala Mallon (36) 37 pts.
The C.S.S. was 70.
Sunday, May 26th - Confined Stableford - 1, David McLaughlin (14) 37 points; 2, J. D. O’Kane (10) 35; 3, Tony Finn (16) 35; gross, Alan Doherty (2) 32; 4, Conor Kelly (25) 34.
The CSS was 75.
Friday, May 24th - Members’ Scramble over nine holes - 1, A. McEleney, H. McEleney, D. Toland and B Devlin, 24.8 nett; 2, C. Doherty, P. O’Donnell, J. Carr, J. Monagle, 26.1; 3, B. McLaughlin, P Harkin, C. Gibbons, M Monagle, 26.1.
Wednesday, May 22nd - Wednesday Society - 1, Philip Doherty, 37 points; 2, Neil McLaughlin (B) 36; 3, Neil G. Duffy, 34.
“Twos” were carded by - Neil McLaughlin (B), Michael Butter and Don McGonigle.
Captain’s Charity Day
at Faughan Valley
Results from the Faughan Valley Captain’s Charity Day in aid of “Cancer Focus,” which was played on Monday, May 27th - 1, break of tie, Matthew Orr (19) 39 points; 2, Gerry Irwin (14) 39; 3, Robert Smallwoods (14) 36; gross, James Lindsay, 70; front nine, Conrad Carlin (16) 22; back nine, Kevin Hunter (12) 21; nearet the pin, Chris Nutt and longest drive, Shane McGahon.
Ladies competition - 1, Eileen Robb (18) 42 points; 2, Loren Smallwoods (20) 40; 3, Marion Sayers (24) 38; nearest the pin, Marion Sayers.
The captain, Mr Terry Dornan, extends his thanks all those who sponsored the event and to all those who took part in the competition. The club raised £2,200 for the charity.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Trevor Lewers who carded a hole-in-one at the 186 yard par three 16th hole. He holed out with a driver when playing into a very strong breeze.
Fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.) and Sunday, June 1st, - Pork Store Open Stableford while this Sunday also sees the start of the annual “Irons” competition for members. Monday, June 3rd, is the start of the Club Championship, the event sponsored by Mr. David Forbes.