GREENS MATTERS – AUGUST 2019
This is another in the series of notes designed to keep Members informed of developments on course and related matters.
The late Spring and early Summer weather “blew hot and cold”, then improved temporarily, but now seems to have settled back into a more familiar and disappointing wet pattern. With effort and expertise, the Greens Team has managed to provide excellent putting surfaces and course conditions, about which there have been many compliments, both from members and visitors. The replacement of our 15 year old speed roller has helped.
Given the general picture on Club finances, there is no immediate prospect of being able to replace key elements of our ageing machinery, which breaks down intermittently. The Greens Team continues to effect patching and work-arounds.
To personalise matters a little, attached is a photograph of the Greens Team. Please remember that it is neither permitted nor helpful to address complaints/criticisms to staff, although a wee compliment would, doubtless, be very acceptable. Greens Committee members do not enjoy the same absolute protection, but give us a chance to enjoy our golf, please! Written comments, whether they be complaints, suggestions or praise, are very welcome, and will receive a considered response where relevant.
Safety of Staff
Whilst on personal matters, our greens staff will normally give way to golfers, but they must also take the opportunity to finish a task, and move on to the next job, if they can do that quickly. Please be patient if you are held up for a few moments. It is irresponsibly dangerous to play shots which may hit greens staff. Worrying incidents have been reported to me by staff. Remember our employees often have to wear ear protectors, and/or may be focussing on their immediate work, and thus may not be aware of your presence. Common sense and decency should be our guideline.
Greens – Autumn maintenance work
It’s that time again, unfortunately, when we have to re-aerate the greens and remove some growth debris, resulting in rougher surfaces for a week or so. We all know by now that this is absolutely key to preserving and producing excellent year-round surfaces. The work will be carried out (weather permitting) on 27 & 28 Aug (Ava) and 2 and 3 Sept (Dufferin)
Good luck to Clandeboye member Jessica Ross representing Ireland in European Championships.
Well done to Molly O,Hara who had a hole in 1 at the 6th Mount Wolseley while representing Ulster girls.
All Ireland Fourball
On Sunday 9th June, Colin Lorimer’s team lost the away leg to a very strong Letterkenny team 41/2-1/2, losing 61/2-31/2. Hard luck men, you had a good run.
In difficult conditions Stephen Burnside’s team failed to qualify at Donaghadee. Hard luck Stephen & team.
On Sunday 2nd June, Justyn Galloway’s team came up against a strong Mahee Island team losing 2-3. Again, bad luck Justyn & team.
Unfortunately, Owen Trainor’s team lost to a strong Strabane outfit 61/2-31/2. Tough luck.
Andrew Adair’s team came up against a very strong Lisburn team, losing 3-4 in home leg. Away leg is at Lisburn on 23rd June. A Liverpool/Spurs performance is on.
Having won the Co. Down section, Ivan Hamiltons team play Castlehume on the Ava on 13th June at 1pm. Away leg is on Sunday 23rd June. Best of luck team.
Andy Shaws team next face Greenacres on Sunday 16th June on the Ava. Good luck team.
Marty Kings team began with an outstanding 4-1 win at Dunmurry. Well done boys.
The Intermediate team lost to Kirkistown Castle in the 2nd round. Bad luck ladies.
The Junior Cup team defeated Kilkeel in the first round and play Larne next. Well done.
Senior Foursomes beat Rockmount 21/2-1/2 at home. Away leg is on 30th June. Best of luck.
Having defeated Royal Belfast in QF, lost to a very strong RCD team in the SF. Bad luck ladies.
Junior Foursomes lost to Downpatrick.
Commiserations to some and congratulations to others.
You all have represented our fine club well.
Mixed Foursomes Team unfortunately lost 3-2 to Mahee at Carnalea on Sunday. Well played everyone.
- 28 MAY 2019
PHOTO: Winners alright, Ross and Campbell at Galgorm. Photo by Golffile.
Ross blew the field away with her nearest challenger Maeve Cummins from Lurgan some 12 strokes behind her in second place. The 24 year old chemical engineer carded a four round total of level par. Her final round included an eagle three on the 18th and a stunning birdie from 170 yards on the fourth hole after she found trouble off the tee.
Seasoned campaigner Campbell, who has spent the last two years fighting his way back to fitness following a hand injury, bridged a 1,115 day gap to win his first championship since the 2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin. His two-stroke winning margin, on four-under par, from Marc Boucher of Carton House made to look small in comparison to Ross.
Campbell’s personal battle to get back to the top of the game hasn’t been easy but this win gives him a major boost in the Bridgestone Order of Merit.
“It’s been tough. I’ve had a really tough 2018 and I struggled with the injuries as most people know and then I lost my grandad as well on top of that who was a big supporter of me and this one is for him.
“I always said the first if I was lucky enough to win another championship I would dedicate this to him and I know he would be very proud. It’s been a tough road and I’m glad to be back playing and it was nice to get a win under the belt.”
Off a plus-four handicap, Ross makes the trip to St Andrews for the St Rule Trophy later this week and is hoping for momentum to help her pick up another win.
“I’ve started working full time as a chemical engineer so I guess I’ll just play as good as I can and get another win. I’ll just take every event as it comes.”
Both Campbell and Ross pick up invitations to the European Challenge Tour’s newest event which takes place at Galgorm Castle, the ISPS Handa World Invitational in August.
Ross is thrilled to be able to tee it up with the pros. “I’m delighted. I’ve never played a professional event before so it will be cool to see how your game matches up with the world’s best.”
Campbell is no a stranger to playing in professional events and is excited by the prospect of both men and women teeing it up at Galgorm in the professional tournament. “I’m really excited to play in it. That’s one of the main reasons I came here and teed it up this week.
“It’s brilliant, especially for the ladies’ game. They play to an exceptional standard. I think it’s only right and it’s great to see and it’s great to see Galgorm is on board with it as well.”
Joining them in the ISPS Handa World Invitational will Marc Boucher (Carton House), Matthew McClean (Malone), Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) and Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) for their second and third place finishes in the Ulster Stroke Play.
This event marked the first time that the GUI and ILGU have hosted senior men’s and women’s championships simultaneously at the same venue.
Sponsor Graham Hull with Lady Captain and the prizewinners at Monday’s Ladies Open.
Ladies Senior Cup Team are in the semi final today! ⛳️. The ladies beat Royal Belfast 3/0 to secure their place. Good luck to Team Captain Alison McCloskey and her Senior Cup Team.
The Ladies Minor Cup team ended their 2019 challenge on Thursday at Knock. A very close and exciting finish which unfortunately Clandeboye lost on a tie hole.
Our Revive Active team lost 3-2 to Bangor on Sunday.
A close finish, following a hard fought match.
Clandeboye Ladies Intermediate team finished 4-1 up against Armagh on Saturday. Best wishes for the return match ladies.
This week the Junior4somes play their return match against Galgorm on Wednesday, at Galgorm and The Junior Cup team play Kilkeel at Clandeboye on Sunday.
Good luck to all taking part. “Keep’er lit girls” 🏌️♀️⛳️
Ladies junior foursomes team who are 2/1 up after the first leg match against Galgorm, played at Clandeboye on Wednesday 17th April.
Ladies Team news. The Challenge Cup team were beaten 3/2 at Clandeboye yesterday. The fight is on for a win at Lurgan in the return match.
The Junior Foursomes Team will play Galgorm at Clandeboye on Wednesday. The Intermediate Cup team start their challenge against Armagh at Clandeboye on Saturday and the Revive team play Bangor on Easter Sunday. Good luck to all involved. 🏌️♀️
Minor Cup team, made a good start to the season this morning.
31/2 – 11/2 win against knock. Good luck for the return match ladies.
1st A & B McAllister 45pts
2nd D & R O’Hara 42pts
3rd M&A Martin 41pts
Two’s L&P McMaster & S. Burnside & L. Paul
Next outing is Sunday 21st April. Time sheet is open for booking. New pairs welcome and can be made up if necessary.
Fantastic news and congratulations to Molly O’Hara and Rebekah Gardner on their selection to play against Wales on St. Patrick’s weekend.
The Time sheet is now open for on-line bookings for the first Social Mixes Competition of the new season.
Sunday 31st March 2019 – Ava Course – 11.56am -1.40pm.
Big congratulations to Colleen Dorman, North Down Alliance golfer of the year