Club Update

Friday 7 June

Message from the Captain
So this week has been about focusing on Captain's Day and I'm now realising that things just don't happen magically! Thanks to all who have been guiding, advising and helping me so far, I'd be lost without you all. 
A couple of points to clarify for the day:

1) The evening event is open to all members and their guests - it's very much the more the merrier; and

2) For those joining me at lunch, I'll be there from 12pm so hopefully you can grab a bite to eat and still get out for the 1pm start if that's your preference. 

In terms of our Junior Cup exploits at Donaghadee last Sunday, Mark Leinster's squad put in a solid performance and were 7th on the day. Whilst we didn't progress it was a great effort and we were competitive right up to the last few holes - well done gents. 

Have a great weekend folks.
US Open Comp and Fundraiser

The Club are running a competition during the US Open next week. Entries can be made online or by completing a form and leaving it into the bar or office. Forms will be available at the bar from this afternoon.

The prize fund will depend on the amount of entries with the club taking some of the pot (approx 25%) to be allocated towards upgrading the Club WIFI solution in the near future.

Entries will be £10 and can be paid at the bar or via the office. Entries can only be made before the tournament starts on Thursday 13th June. 

The basic rules are select each entrant selects 5 players with only 2 players from the top 20 in the world. Scores will be updated daily with the winner being whoever has the pot of players with the least amount of total shots over the 4 days. 

Hope we can get 50 plus entries with decent prizes for the top 5. 

Link to web based entry form:

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Annual match against Hermitage Golf Club

On Thursday 29 May a select band of intrepid and surviving Past Captains, accompanied by the Honorary Secretary, travelled down to Dublin to play similar veterans from Hermitage Golf Club and were warmly welcomed by Captain Jimmy Doyle, Vice-Captain Mark Kelly along with their two organisers Pat Burke and Neville Murdock. It was a special occasion as it marked the 21st Anniversary of this annual fixture. A dry day witnessed a keenly fought but nevertheless friendly encounter, as a result of which Hermitage retained the trophy following an honourable draw.

The 9 Helen’s Bay men, most ably led by their organiser Peter Clarke, had a very enjoyable time both as guests of the Hermitage Club and in the Finneston Castle Hotel where they spent a happy time in the bar recalling trips from previous years.


Due to inclement weather the competition was reduced to 9 holes, this was a great success with most people getting in dry.
Runners up were Mark Kelly and Paula O’Neill with 17pts and the winners were Tony and Mary Gregg with 20 Pts . The Cup was presented by Mr President, Bob Cooke.

The next Mixed is the Nelson Memorial on Friday 28th June, this will be played over 9 holes, and will be an American Greensomes, hopefully more people will add their name to the starting sheet on the Information Board in the Foyer.
Tee times are between 4pm and 6pm so why not play and eat afterwards.

Open 4Ball Better Ball Sunday 7th July

The timesheet is now available for booking, why not ask friends from other Clubs to play and enjoy our wonderful course. Bookings can be made via the Open link on our website or with the office.

Sat Stableford - 8th June

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Entry fee £3 with optional entry of £1 for nearest the pin at the 4th, and £1 for 2's
All payable at the shop


Sat 1st June - Bothwell Cup

1st Ronnie Walker 37 pts
2nd Gordon Williamson 36 pts (bb9)
3rd Sam Gallaher 36 pts (bb9)
4th Stephen Van Houten 36 pts (bb3)

Nearest the Pin: Jack McIluff

2's: R Jackson, G Williamson, D Eakin, S Kennedy, B Cooke, N James

9 Hole Competition
David Curie 18 pts

Prizes will be presented in July


42 members & 2 visitors entered yesterdays competition

1st Gordy Williamson 32 pts (new Thursday handicap)
2nd Ben McCord 30 pts (new Thursday handicap)
3rd John Kelly 28 pts
4th Dermot Cleere 27 pts better back 9
5th Stuart Kennedy 27 pts 
6th Dale Orr 26 pts
7th Bob Cooke 26 pts
8th Derek Johnston Jnr 26 pts
9th Billy Moore 26 pts
10th Tim Jebb 25 pts

There were 5 2s

John Kelly 
Gordy Williamson
Jamie Irwin
Walter Sames
Eugene Rogan


On a dry but windy day at Knock Helens Bay Veterans took on a strong home team. The course was in great condition but after the recent rain and heat the grass was lush and deep causing difficulty for both teams. There were also trees, trees and more trees and a river that meandered through the course usually where our second shots landed! One of matches ended very early and the players had lunch and left before the other matches were finished.

Congratulations to our President Bob Cooke and Past Captain Alan Shannon for a victory and Paul Logan and David Marshall for a battling halve. Sadly the conditions proved too difficult for the remainder of the team however there was an underlying current that most players under performed and were already looking forward to the return match next week and hopefully reverse the result.


Now we're closed and standing idle bye. 
Hold on? 
Now we're open and playing like billy-o ! 
Great call - thank you Damian and Co! A bit windy, somewhat squishy in places and a couple of flooded bunkers but otherwise the course was playing very well. They move in mysterious ways their wonders to perform. 

The committee ruled the gathering quorate, so prizes were awarded. Scores were as follows: - 

Tied on 11 points were Harry Graham and Brian Gibson. Count-back revealed that Brian had comfortably secured third place, so well done Brian.
Second place on 16 points was Paul Logan.
For the fourth week running Barry Ditty achieved top scoring on 18 points. We are now into a new month, so balls to you sir, and well done. Should anyone sight Handicap Convenor Mr Parker, please draw his attention to the above, and please give him a firm (but polite) shake!

Ray Crawford wowed the crowd with an impressive 2 on the 3rd. Good shooting Ray.

Sam Barron won the putting competition. In David A's absence award of the under-sized ball was of an honorary nature. No doubt, Sam, next week Davy will award the prize 'in the flesh' so to speak.

All please note that next Wednesday is the 12th of June and is therefore Wednesday Boy's Captain's Day. This will be held at Helens Bay with normal tee off -times will be followed by high tea at 5.00 (for 5.30pm). 
Terry Sloan has emailed each of the Wednesday Boys with full details. 

And, speaking of Angels, Terry danced his way to the bar on Wednesday - completely stick-less! Delighted to see your impressive and speedy recovery Terry.

Other Dates for Your Diary: -
Wednesday Boy's Away Day will be played at Bangor Golf Course on June 26th. Tee off at 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm.
Wednesday Boy's President's Day will be held at Helens Bay on September 4th. Details to follow.

Competitions Currently in Play
Fairways Cup
Summer League
Stan Griffin Cup


The best news this week is that our Honorary Secretary Irene Aston had a Hole in One at The Royal Belfast Golf Club Open Day on Monday 3rd June. Congratulations Irene a great achievement. 

Tuesday’s Competition: Lady Captain’s Charity 
(Royal Osteoporosis’s Society). 
The morning 18 hole and 9 hole golfers played in very wet conditions but the weather got worse and the afternoon ladies did not get out to play. 

The winner was Wendy Elliott 
RU Mary Gregg

The 9 Hole ladies winner was Cecil Linehan 

The new Ladies into Golf evening had to be postponed due to extremely wet weather.

The Summer Friendly match on Wednesday was abandoned due to course being closed. The return match at Holywood is next Wednesday - players needed, please help Diane get her team. 

The first match of the Summer Friendly Business Ladies was played on Wednesday evening - the weather improved and the course opened but sadly our ladies were beaten by a very strong Shandon team. 

The timesheet for The Nelson Memorial Mixed stableford competition on Friday 28th June is up on the notice board in the hall. It’s American Greensomes over 9 holes. Tee times from 4pm - 6pm. Please support this competition. 

Also the notice for the HBGC Open 4 Ball Better Ball Sponsored by Signature Works on Sunday 7th July is open for bookings to both men and ladies teams and mixed teams. Please book online of phone the office. Members £5 Visitors £10. 

Lady Captain’s Day is fast approaching- the list will be coming down next Thursday 13th June. Please make sure your name is on the list and that you have paid for your dinner. Volunteers on the day always most welcome. 
We also need more volunteers for tray bakes please. 

Our ladies Open Day on Monday 22nd July opens for BRS bookings on 9th June. The notices are up in the locker room. Please ask your friends - the British Open at Portrush will be over by then and everyone will be ready to play like The professionals! Please support this event sponsored by Active Health Solutions. 

Vice Captain Derek will be repairing divits prior to Captain’s week and would appreciate ladies to help him. He’s hoping to do this next week so any volunteers will be most welcome. 

Don’t forget ladies, get your knock-out competitions played as soon as possible.


The next Junior Competition will be on Sunday 16th at 1 pm. Parents, please use the new WhatsApp group to confirm attendance or email Mervyn Poli - by 9pm on Wednesday 12th.

We are glad to announce Seany McMahon as the Junior Captain and Niamh Hanna as the Junior Vice-Captain for 2019. We would like to thank Jodi Wilson for her efforts in a successful year as Junior Captain. The junior committee is looking forward to working with Seany and Niamh this year.

The Junior Committee are finalising Junior numbers for summer coaching and competitons. There are a small number of Juniors still subscriptions outstanding, all subscriptions must be paid by Friday 14th June. Thank you to all those who have already paid their subscription.


Monday 10th June 10.30 am - One Enchanted Evening by Anton Du 

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