WEEKLY UPDATE – 13 April 2018

Fancy yourself as a Detective?
Book a table and bring some friends enjoy an evening of mysterious twists and turns. The cost is £22 includes a two course meal – 8 pm.
Come along and support the Club. To book please do so with Jon in Catering.

Sunday 29 April.
Please book with the Restaurant.

MENS RESULTS – Sat 7 April
McClintock Perpetual Trophy

1st Tony Gregg and Ian Frazer 71 pts
2nd Captain and Stephen Van Houten 70 pts bb9

Nearest the pin David Clarke

Monday turned into a good day to play golf.
Unfortunately most of Helen’s Bay team were unable to take advantage and were beaten at Knock by 5 games to 1.
Congratulations to Alan Coyle and Paul Logan for a great result in their match.
Lets hope the Team can respond with a better result at Helen’s Bay on Monday.


Last night 12th April was the first Thursday night competition of the season. 27 competitors took part with results as follows:

1st Derek Johnston Jnr 21pts
2nd Paul Logan 20pts
3rd David Clarke 20pts BB6
4th Tom Wilson 20pts BB3

There was only one 2 – Michael Mooney

John Lindsay ‘won’ the pully outy

Hopefully the weather will improve and numbers will increase.


Wednesday Boys, 11th April, 2018

The game of golf attracts a huge number of devotees worldwide and here in Helen’s Bay we have a Golf Club second to none, extending a warm local welcome to fellow golfers and friends. This characteristic extends to the Wednesday Boys which, apart from treading the fairways, enjoys the added value of a vibrant friendly social life.

The John Coote Ecelectic Competition is now completed and three golfers who shared the top of the table throughout the competition it was Paul Logan who took the honours closely followed Raymond Hopper and Rea Crawford. A few interesting facts:- Golf Holes 4 and 8 yielded the most points. Holes 2 and 9 yielded not. The Holes to return Zero points during the competition, were 2,3,4,5,7,9.

This week golfers teed off for the Masters Cup and despite the spongy fairways playing long, scores were respectable. Gerry Murray ensured his name was engraved on the Cup with 16pts, Derek Bell lost out on the count back, Rea Crawford and John Cochrane carded 15pts.

The Presentation of Prizes was held in the Clubhouse afterwards. David McShane welcomed all present and paid special thanks to Davey Anderson and Brian Gibson for their valuable help. Following a delicious high-tea Raymond Hopper presented a beautifully framed putter to be permanently sited in the Longmore Room and played for annually on Captain’s Day. Raymond was unanimously thanked for his generous gift, and no doubt fiercely competed for (It goes without saying Raymond himself is regarded as one of the best exponents on the putting greens)

In the weekly competition Norman Armstrong carded 16pts to win top Prize, similar to the Masters Cup. (It must be said that Gerry was under much more pressure playing for the Masters Cup to achieve his success).


The Easter week competition was abandoned because of the poor weather.

The Committee has decided that the closing date for the Sheila Brooks trophy should be extended. Entries may be received throughout the 18 hole competition season.

The Committee has also decided to extend the closing date for the Denise Sawers and Pearl McKinstry trophies until 30 April. These competitions are open to everyone who plays 18 holes. If you do not usually take part in match play why not give it a go?

The Friendly League played away against Holywood on Wednesday past. Unfortunately they did not repeat their home success and lost. Next Wednesday they play away against Donaghadee. We wish them well.

The Lady Captain’s outing is to Malone Golf Club on 24th May. The list and full details are in the locker room so please sign up. Nine holers are welcome as are ladies who want to come for dinner only.

The Lady Captain has arranged a table for the Murder Mystery Evening on 21st April. Any lady on her own, for whatever reason, would be very welcome to join her. Please let Lady Captain know if you would like to do so.

The ILGU matches are getting under way. First match is the Challenge Cup team at home against Banbridge on Sunday. Later the same day the Minor Team are playing their first match against Shandon Park also at home. We wish Team Captains Elizabeth Gibson (Challenge) and Jenny Hopper (Minor) and their teams the very best of luck. We also wish every success to Team Captain Ruth Croft and the Junior Foursomes Team who travel to Rossmore on Thursday.

If any lady would like to get involved in the Club Membership and Marketing Sub-Committee please let Lady Captain know. We already have one lady member from Committee but would like additional representation on this important Sub-Committee.

Finally, we were sorry to learn of the death of our former member Ethna Montgomery.


Junior Section News
Maria’ Dunne’s Case Study on the growth and development of the Junior Section, going from 13 Juniors in 2013 to 82 in 2018 is now on Golfnet at
https://www.golfnet.ie/news/golfnet/3025/future-of-the-club-safe-at-helens-bay. Maria is Coordinator for Girls’ and Women’s Golf in the Confederation of Golf in Ireland and she and CGI are especially taken by the fact we do not have a resident golf Professional.Junior Competitions Results February, March April

February 25th
Full 9 holes 1st Lucy Milhench 17pts
2nd Eoin Hanna 17pts BB9
3rd Jodi Wilson 17pts BB9

SHORT 9 1ST Amy McCord 32pts
2nd Daniel Sinclair 29pts
3rd Melissa McMahon 18pts BB9

SHORT 4 1st Isaac van Houten 7pts
2nd Joe Wilson 6pts
3rd Lexi Poli 4pts
28 played

Easter competition 1: March 30th
18 holes 1st Ben McCord 19 pts
2nd Matthew Sinclair 18pts
3rd Rafa Poli 17pts

Full 9 1st Ollie O’Hara 18pts
2nd Lucy Milhench 12pts
3rd Nathan Beattie 11pts

Short 9 1st Daniel Sinclair 21pts
2nd Isaac van Houten 9pts
3rd Callum Lee 8pts

Short 4 1st Josh Megarry 12pts
2nd Emilie Sweeney 9pts
3rd Ciara Lee 7pts

30 Juniors played in Arctic conditions – the 18 holers stopped at the 13th it was so, so cold.

Easter competition 2: April 6th. Course Closed – Indoor Competition using Putting Machines, Pitching Nets, throwing Balls into Basket, Quiz on Golf Rules & Easter Traditions
Team Results 1st Josh Milhench, Nathan Beattie, Charlotte James, Lexi Poli
2nd Eli van Houten, Rafa Poli, Benji Wilson, Peter Fitzpatrick.
Best Team Name The Easter Bunnies Amy McCord, Sienna Walker, Isaac van Houten, Joe Wilson.

Coaching 2018
Thirty Juniors begin a five-week coaching course on Sunday April 15th

Next Junior Competition: Sunday April 29th from 1pm