WEEKLY UPDATE – 16 Feb 2018


The 2018/19 subscription invoices are now in the hall for collection.

If these are not picked up they will be posted week commencing 19th Feb.

Remember your yearly subscription now runs from April 2018 to March 2019 – but early payment is very much appreciated as this helps with our cashflow.


The next Quiz will table place on Wed 28th February at 8 pm.  Everyone welcome.  Please put your table name on the list in the hall.


Neill Wine Winter League end of season dinner and prize giving – Saturday 3rd March

Menu choices for the winter league dinner are now on the notice board in the men’s locker room. To assit the caterer with numbers please signal your intent to attend by putting your name and menu choice. Cost is £21 or no cost if you are a winter league season ticket holder. All players are encouraged to attend, in particular weekly and order of merit winners.


After a week or so of not playing golf we finally managed to get out on the course which was, as only can be expected, was very wet but still it was good to get out.

Eighteen people teed off, but we are still waiting for Jimmy Wilsons card to arrive, but it was still good to see so many people go out to support our sponsor Dennis Logan and hopefully in the weeks to come many more of our players will come out to support Dennis.

A welcome was given to Sam Gallagher for his first outing with us and hopefully Sam enjoyed himself and will be keen to come out and be a regular with us. Anyway to the results of the day. No 2’s recorded and the winner with a great score for the conditions was Edwin James with a nett 33 which included a superb birded at the 6th, second was Gerry Murray with a nett 35 beating Alan Coyle on the last 6. Edwin also had the best improvement of the day with 7 shots better.

Overall Tom Wilson still leads with a 27 but both Robert Coey and George Stothers improved by 1 shot and are sitting close behind on 29. A clatter (this is a golfing term) of players are on 30 – Ronnie Walker, Graham Fraser, Gerry Murray and Jimmy Alford, with another clatter on 31 – Gordie Williamson, Billy Pollock, Dennis Logan and Edwin James.

With 7 weeks still to go things are close at the top and anything can happen.


A new season is almost upon us with our first match against Balmoral GC at Balmoral on Monday 26 March.

This year Grahame Fraser is our co-ordinator with Tony Gregg and Gordon Williamson Team selectors. As we are Host Club Michael Rea will be managing the league results.

The fixture list is posted in the locker room along with contact details of those who played last year and an invitation to new players to join. The main criterion is that players should be aged 60 or over and not in full time employment.

We, as host club, have nominated the Charity to be Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, a charity which carries out great work and very worthwhile of our support. Each participant is asked to donate a minimum of £30 towards this charity. Donations will be collected by Tony Gregg.

Helen’s Bay members can be very proud that in the past they have been among the most generous contributors per head of all the teams in the league. Let’s at least maintain or even improve on this in 2018!


Tuesday 13th February was another beautiful day but the Course had seen too much rain and was closed. However as usual a good group of Ladies came for lunch and savoury and sweet pancakes were an option to celebrate Pancake Tuesday. There is still time to lower your scores in the Winter Eclectic Competition which finishes next week.

The Annual Charity Drive takes place on Tuesday 20th February. We will continue to support Parkinson’s Disease Research at Queen’s University and plan to have a presentation to them on Friday 2nd March. As ladies arrive for Bridge on Tuesday around 12 30pm lunch will not be served as usual. Any Ladies who plan to play golf who are involved with bridge and would like to play at 9.30am please contact Jenny Ferguson for an earlier draw.

Once again with a severe weather forecast the Winter Friendly League game with Donaghadee was cancelled. We hope captain Jean Wood and the ladies have good weather and good golf for their Finals day at Kirkistown Castle on Wednesday February 28th.

The Winter Four ball team will entertain Carnalea on Thursday 22nd February and again the weather will be in control but hope for a good result.

Our Annual General meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th February at 7.30pm. Catering will commence at 5.30pm so if you plan to dine book a table.


February Competition

The next Junior Competition will be on Sunday February 25th at 1pm.  Please ensure the Junior Committee is contacted before Thursday 22nd  with names of Juniors wishing to play.

Visit of Maria Dunne

The Junior Committee is looking forward to welcoming Maria Dunne to Helen’s Bay GC on Monday February 19th.  Maria, who hails from Skerries, Co Dublin and plays her golf there, has had a glittering career in women’s golf.

She first represented  Ireland at the  European Young Masters in Italy in 1998 at the age of 15 and won her first full international cap in the Women’s Home Internationals in Scotland at the age of 21. She has gone on to win several more international caps in the European Team Championships, the World Amateur Team and the Home Internationals. Maria cites the  victory of the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Team in Dun laoghaire in 2016 as one of the highlights of her golfing career. That and being part of the Irish Team which won the Home Internationals in Birmingham in 2017, a year in which she also won the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship in Baltray, Co Louth – home course of the famous Philomena Garvey.

Maria has now become a Programme Ambassador for Golf4Girls4Life (G4G4L). The aim of the Ambassadors is to inspire young girls to aim for success other than just International achievements. Maria says: “What I think is great about the programme is that it doesn’t aim to find the next Leona (Maguire) or the most talented person in the group, it’s about giving girls the opportunity to see what golf is and getting everyone to take part – that’s what matters”.  Clubs where boys and girls play together as we do in Helen’s Bay are adapting the programme to suit all players and this is something the Junior Committee is really interested in.

Maria is very interested to hear how the Junior Committee in HBGC has brought the Section from 13 Juniors in 2013 to 82 now (including 19 girls), especially without a resident Club Professional.

Hope everyone attending the Jazz Lunch on Sunday enjoys their afternoon.

Have a great week!

Helens Bay Golf Club

Tel: 02891852815

Email: mail@helensbaygc.com