On Wednesday evening last the 26th June we held the above competition. We had 22 competitors in same which was great. It was a v – par competition and the scoring was of the highest order. The Overall winner was Liam Buckley with R/Up going to his brother Michael and the winner of the Ladies prize was Ena Clinton. As usual the course was immaculate thanks to the hard work of the ground staff.
WESTMEATH MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Collinstown was the venue for the above competition for 2013. We had over 60 entrants in same. Play commenced on Saturday morning at 9 am. By closing time on Sat evening we were at the semi-final stages of all the matches. Play commenced at 10 am on Sunday morning with four semi-finals. The finals commenced at 1 pm approximately. The following is a full list of the winners:-
Senior – Winner: Liam Buckley, Collinstown. R/Up: Pat Malone (Custume).
Inter – Winner: Steven Ruane (Collinstown). R/Up: Dessie Baker (L. Owel).
Junior – Winner: Lee Stynes (L. Owel). R/Up: Sean Langdon (Custume).
LADIES. (Grade 2) Winner: Veronica Clarke (Kilbeggan). R/Up: Anne Clarke (Kilbeggan).
There was no Ladies Grade 1 competition as there were not enough entrants for same.
All lthe winners were very complimentary towards the Collinstown club on the wonderful condition of the course and complimented all who work on the course to achieve such a high standard. James Corcoran, Chairman of the Westmeath Board thanked the Collinstown Club for their hospitality and congratulated them on the condition of their course.
Before the start of play on Sunday morning news of the death of Bobby Gorman of the Kilbeggan club had filtered through and a minutes silence was observed.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Player of the Year continues on Weds next with week 6. Play will commence at 6. 30 pm,
MICHAEL FLYNN CLARET JUG.
The knock out stages of the above competition will be held on Saturday next the 6th July commencing at 10 am. There are 16 players left in same and the draw will be made on the morning prior to commencement of play. .
This competition has now reached the semi-final stages and those two games have to be played on or before Monday 15th. July.
As mentioned briefly in my notes already Bobby Gorman from the Kilbeggan Club passed to his eternal reward on Saturday evening last. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family – his wife Lil, his two daughters and all his extended family and friends. Bobby was a great pitch & putt exponent down through the years. He was a member of the Westmeath team which won the Inter – Counties in 1978 and was Manager of the Westmeath team for a number of years. Even though Bobby has been in failing health for the past while nevertheless his passing has come as a shock to all who knew him. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilish and may the Green sod rest lightly o’er you Bobby.
Ena Clinton, PRO.