Mourne Golf Club News
By Paul Gallagher

Captain’s Day at Mourne Golf Club is always a highlight, and the 2022 edition did not disappoint as John Heaney and his family put on a spectacular day for members and visitors to enjoy last Friday.

Heaney took up his position as Captain earlier in the year at the club’s AGM and last Friday was his big day. Heaney put up some sensational prizes for the many categories, both for members and visitors.

However, there could be only one main winner! And although it was a close-run thing, the winner of the 2022 Captain’s Day was Andrew Torrens, who returned a winning score of 40 points. Despite admitting to feeling the nerves standing on the 18th tee, the Newcastle electrician kept his composure to get over the line and pick up the top of the range Powacaddy prize.

Another great achievement came from the runner-up Martin Greene, who is also the club President. Greene secured second with 39 points, but his effort was even more remarkable because the 84-year-old equalled his age in the number of shots played. This is a rare feat indeed and few golfers, if any, manage it. Greene has now matched his age on three occasions, previously shooting 77 and 79 on the Championship Links when the same age respectively.

Third place went to Lenny Murray with 38 points, who won on a countback (19 back 9) to deny Michael O’Higgins in fourth.

Stephen Barker continued his fine form of late as the plus one golfer was round in one-under 70 with a card containing no less than six birdies.

Michael Keane won the Past Captain’s Prize with 34 points, John Rodgers (29) won the Veteran’s Prize, while Liam Coyle (28) was second. Daryl Northrop won the Putting Competition with nine hole-outs, Aaron McKeown won Nearest the Pin and Liam Cunningham won the Longest Drive.

In the Ladies’ Competition, Heather Keenan was the winner with 30 points, while Dougie Wheeler won the Visitor’s Prize (31), and Daryl Cotter was second (28).

A total of 192 golfers took part in Captain’s Day across both courses at Royal County Down and the club was buzzing with members and guests all day.

“I am humbled and honoured to be Captain of Mourne Golf Club,” said Heaney. “We had a great day and I sincerely hope everyone else did too. I cannot thank my wife Christine and family enough for all the support they have given me.

“I would also like to thank all the team at Mourne who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make things happen. Paul Mullan and his Match & Handicap team keep on top of it all and make it easy for me. From Jacinta, Chris, and the team behind the bar to Dennis, Trevor, and their kitchen team, we thank you all for the wonderful food and service received.

“Thanks also to Royal County Down for their continued support and for the sensational condition both golf courses are maintained and presented.

“And finally, hearty congratulations to all the winners. It was a day I shall never forget, thank you.”