WEEKLY UPDATE – 11 August 2017


Good afternoon, good luck to everyone playing in the Mark Evans Mixed Competition this afternoon,


Tomorrow’s competition is the President’s Stableford.  Please note that this is a shotgun start at 8.45am and 1pm.  You should arrive in good time to be allocated your starting tee; and to pay your entrance fee (at the pro shop) before making your way to your allocated tee.  Prizes will be presented as soon as possible after both shotguns are completed. Wishing the President an enjoyable (and dry) day.


AIG Summer Series 6

5th August 2017


1st        Robert Coey             40 pts bb9

2nd      Raymond Shannon 40 pts bb9

3rd       Gareth Magee          40 pts

4th       Alan Shannon          39 pts bb9

Prizes will be presented on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 6 pm in the back bar.


We had the first session of our ‘gardening club’ on Tuesday night. The paths at the front & side of the clubhouse were cleared of weeds etc along with the corresponding stone beds. Many thanks to the Captain, Tom, Gordy & Thomo for your hard work. I think we all enjoyed the experience and the results of our labour, Also thanks to Alan McGregor for his work on the rose bed at the 8th tee. He was also responsible for weeding the bed at the 15th tee.

We hope to carry this on a weekly basis (weather permitting) with all volunteers welcome. Please give your name & mobile number to the office if interested.


Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?  After a lengthy losing run we managed to draw at home against Cliftonville. Let’s see if we can gain a miracle win away from home next week.  Keep trying men!


On Monday 7th August Liz Jackson and Ruth Croft represented Helen’s Bay in the Final of the Daisy Ferguson Trophy at Royal County Down Golf Club and played well.

The Charity Competition for the RNLI was played on Tuesday 8th August Division 1 was won by Anne Adamson with 35 points and the runner up was Deirdre Forde with 34 points. Division 2 was won by Christine Shannon with 36 points and the runner up was Edna Briggs with 33 points.

On Tuesday 15th Liz Jackson will play in the Final of the Ulster Sports Trust at Masserene. We wish her good golf and fair weather.

On Friday afternoon we look forward to the Mark Evans Memorial Competition followed by a meal and Presentation. We hope to prove the forecast wrong so we can enjoy this event and also to the Friendly League team who will play Mahee home and away on Friday and the following Wednesday.

The refurbishment of the Ladies Locker Room continues and next week new carpet will be laid. This may be a problem on Wednesday 16th but access can be gained by the rear of the building.

The Lists are posted for Captain’s Prize on Tuesday 29th August so sign up, choose your meal and pay as usual.

A quantity of lost property has accumulated in the Ladies Locker Room and is now on display until the end of August.  Please view and claim. Clubs donated for the GiG programme can also be purchased or reclaimed.

Wednesday 16th August sees the start of the Ladies Evening Roll Up. Mary Field will be available from 5.30pm to do the draw and please inform her if you will be eating afterwards so we can give the caterers approximate numbers.

The slots are filling up for the Open Competition on September 12th so do remember to book soon.

We are looking for Ladies who would like to assist with flowers week by week and for special occasions. If interested please let any of the Committee or the Office know as we would be delighted to have your help.

Next week is the Irene Wallace Eclectic. A competition we all enjoy as we endeavour to play the same nine better the second time round!


Results of the Alan Kinnaird Cup Friday August 4th 2017:

18 holes

1st                           Ben McCord                       54pts

2nd                          Seany McMahon              53pts

3rd                           George Hughes                43pts

9 holes

1st                           Josh Megarry                     19pts BB9

2nd                          Jodi Wilson                         19pts

3rd                           Niamh Hanna                     17pts

Short 9 holes

1st                           Conor Branigan                  22pts

2nd                          Joe Wilson                           21pts

Short 4 holes    

1st                           Sophie Milhench                  10pts

2ND                          Isaac van Houten &

Reuben hall                        5pts

Next competition: Friday August 18th : Captain’s Prize to Juniors – one of the highlights of our season.  Entries to Junior Committee on clinehan1@btinternet.com by 6pm on Wednesday August 16th 2017. The timesheet will be posted as usual on the Junior Noticeboard from lunchtime on Thursday and a copy also left behind the bar.


NB: Remember the timesheets are in the hall for the

  1. Family Fun Scramble Day on Sunday August 13th starting at 1pm approx followed by a BBQ, . Entries for this event close at lunchtime today, Friday August 11th  after Junior golf.   An email will be sent on Saturday August 12th to participants setting out the plans for the day so please watch your Inbox!

BBQ Menu:  burgers, sausages, chicken drumsticks, salads, burger rolls and wheaten bread.  Cost: £7 for Juniors, £10 for adults. Non-golfers very, very welcome but caterers MUST know how many are coming so bookings for the BBQ directly to Howlett’s Catering on 91852516 please.

Robert will be cooking outside the Longmore Room and Juniors and Adults are free to eat both in the lounge and Longmore Room – emphasis this Sunday is on casual eating and informality. Enjoy.

All players other than those taking part in the Family Fun Scramble must be off the course by 12.15pm. Thank you

  1. Olive Shields Junior Adult/Foursomes on Sunday August 20th. Tee closed for this competition from 1- 4pm followed by High Tea in the Dining-Room.  Partners will be found for any Junior who does not have a family member who plays golf.  Entries will close after Junior golf next Friday August 18th.  Bookings for High Tea are to be made directly with the caterer.

Inter-Club Matches:

Annual Hermitage v. HBGC fixture, July 31st: Helen’s Bay lost the Peter Clarke Trophy 6-0 but this was the youngest team we have ever sent to Hermitage and they did incredibly well against stiff opposition with two matches going to the 18th and several others very tight indeed.  Very well done boys.

The Alan Foster Putter, Wednesday August 9th:   Juniors v. Council: result  4½ : 4½  – Juniors retain the Alan Foster Putter as per Ryder Cup rules.  Well done again boys!

Helen’s Bay Girls v. RBGC, Friday August 11th: seven of our girls go to RBGC tomorrow afternoon to play a return friendly foursomes match.

Helen’s Bay Boys v. RBGC Boys, Saturday afternoon August 19th 4pm: a match has been arranged for some of the younger boys in Helen’s Bay.

August is a busy month!!


Book a table with the Restaurant (02891 852816) – Delicious menu attached.

The Summer draw will take place on this evening at 9.30 pm.

Only a few numbers left for the Summer draw cost £10 each.


5-A-SIDE & BBQ – Sat 26 August

Five A Side £25 per team.  BBQ £14.  BBQ served 8.30 pm – 10 pm.  Entertainment from 10 pm.

Timesheet up in the Club foyer

Please note the BBQ is open to all members and guests and not just those playing in the Five A Side.

Have a good week!

Helens Bay Golf Club

Tel: 02891852815

Email: mail@helensbaygc.com