WEEKLY UPDATE – 23 June 2017

Good afternoon


William Pyper Memorial

Sat 17th June

Best Gross                Bob Cooke    74

2nd Best Gross          Neil O’Hara   77

1st Nett                       Stuart Kennedy        65

2nd Nett                      Ronnie Walker         66 bb9

Prizes will be presented on Saturday 22nd July


Despite the great weather on Monday we only managed to win 2 games at home so lost the match by 4 games to 2. The team captain Ronnie Walker and Rea Crawford were a winning combination as were Alan McGregor playing with Derek Bell, well done to them.  Our next match is against Dunmurry on Monday so hopefully any after effects of Captain’s Day will have worn off by then.


It was with great sadness to learn of the death of Paul McKay. Paul was a member of The Wednesday Boys for many years and served as Honorary Secretary. He carried these duties diligently, keeping the competition records and social arrangements week by week with care and dedication.  Although of a quiet, unassuming nature, Paul​ was held in very high esteem by his golfing colleagues and will be greatly missed.

​​Claret  Jug

On the longest day of the year The Centenary Claret Jug competition risked being postponed due to heavy showers, but thankfully conditions changed before tee-off. Consequently, on a warm, humid afternoon, scoring was high when Derek Bell returned the winning card, with 24pts, Norman Kennedy coming in second on 19pts and third place going to Peter Clarke on 18pts. Incidentally, it was a one “four-ball” that produced the first three places.

At the Presentation Dinner, chaired by David McShane, a minutes silence was observed on the death of Paul McKay, A good representation from The Wednesday Boys attended his funeral on Thursday.

Before presenting the Claret Jug to Derek Bell, Peter Clarke ga​ve a synopsis of the history of The Wednesday Boys. Derek suitably responded.The first winner of Claret Jug was Job Palmer in 1996 and again in 1999. The only other golfer who achieved the double was George Baird in 2001 and 2010.

In the competition for the Charity Shield this year all proceeds will go to Christian Aid, ​at the request of Mrs Paul McKay.


Lady Captain’s Day was sunshine all the way from early morning right to the last to leave. All the results are published and there were some very happy winners.

Winner           Linda McAuley-Wilson        score 38 points         After count back from Deidre Forde and Janet Irwin

Runner-up    Deidre Forde                         score 38 points

Best Gross    Iris Graham                           score 88 strokes

On Sunday the Intermediate Team play Lisburn in the third round. We wish Team Captain Eileen and the team great golf and fair weather.

On Monday evening a new group of Ladies will join Lady Captain and Lady Vice to play nine holes at 6.30 pm and on Tuesday evening the Get into Golf Ladies will join us for Supper.

Tuesday 27th June is the Nellie Garrett Foursomes Qualifier. So sign up even if you need a partner.

We wish Captain a wonderful day on Saturday


Next Junior Competition: Sunday June 25th 2017 starting at 1pm.

Entries to: clinehan1@btinternet. com

no later than 6pm Wednesday June 21st.

Junior Open Day – Friday July 14th 2017.

Bookings can be made through office for all categories.

Players in short 9 & short 4 hole competitions must be accompanied by an adult.


Sat 1st July – Please book with the Restaurant.  £26 per couple.

CAPTAIN’S DAY DINNER DANCE – Tomorrow Sat 24th June

Dining available from 7.30 pm.  Entertainment by Rosie Hunter, dancing 10 pm – 1 am.

£25 per person.  Dress Smart Casual.

This event is open to all members and their guests.

Wishing our Captain Niall James a great day tomorrow, hope he has a wonderful day!

Have a good week


Helens Bay Golf Club

Tel: 02891852815

Email: mail@helensbaygc.com