Mourne Golf Club News

By Paul Gallagher


Aaron O’Boyle was the runaway winner of Mourne Golf Club’s Juvenile Captain’s Day after signing for a sensational score of 44 points.

Played on the Annesley Links at Royal County Down, O’Boyle made a slow start with dropped shots on the opening holes. However, the young golfer kept his composure and put a strong run together mid-round. The highlight came with a timely birdie at the long par four 15th and from there O’Boyle was able to bring it home for a fine winning score.

O’Boyle finished five ahead of James Rodgers in second. His 39 points included birdies at the 10th and short par three 13th, while Matthew Murphy claimed third with 37 points. Murphy raced to the line with two birdies in the last six holes, including a fine three at the par four 18th.

Sean O’Neill was fourth with 33 points, two ahead of Benjamin Sanderson (31) with Rhys Hamilton next on 29 points, three ahead of Paddy Jennings (26).

A great day of celebration included a barbecue for all the Juvenile’s Day participants and the prize presentation took place at the clubhouse where Juvenile Captain Conor Toner presented the prizes.

The August Medal also took place last Sunday and Jerome Keenan was the standout player on the Championship Links as the 13-handicapper returned a winning score of nett 69. Keenan enjoyed early birdies at the first and fourth and from there he kept his ball in play in the difficult strokeplay format.

Keenan won by three from Brian Dillon (72) in second after he pipped Noel Crawford (72) who was third. Crawford also won the gross prize with his level par 71, in a round where the plus-one golfer birdied the second, fourth and 12th, but dropped shots at the 13th and 15th.

He finished two ahead of brother Eamonn Crawford (74) and Patrick McNiff (74), who were fourth and fifth respectively. Liam Cunningham headed the chasing pack of 75s, that included Michael Morgan, John Hanna, Kristopher Stratton, and Mark Feenan.

The Thursday stableford competition was won by Kevin Flynn with 41 points, two ahead of Ian McEvoy in second. Andrew Beattie was next on 38 points, denying John McDonald on a countback.