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Lady Captain’s Day – 21 July 2021

Endless sunshine, beautiful blue skies and gorgeous green fairways … what more could we ask for on our Lady Captain’s Day 2021! Perfect conditions for our Lady Members and Visitors on Lady Captain Henrietta’s long awaited day, following the lock-downs and uncertainty surrounding Covid19 during 2020/2021.

Visiting Lady Captains and Guests from Aughnacloy GC, Blacklion GC, Castlehume GC, Enniskillen GC and Blacklion GC were welcomed and everyone enjoyed refreshements served in Rusk’s Restaurant. A lovely way to start the day, meeting and chatting with friends, old and new.

Tee-offs commenced in very hot sunshine but everyone had anticipated the conditions and were well prepared with hats, visors, suncream etc and it was a pleasant change to see golf umbrellas being used for shade rather than shelter from the rain.

The course was in first class condition thanks to the hardwork of our green keepers, Kenny & Derek, assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers (men and women) who gave their time to make sure everywhere was clipped, strimmed, swept and weeded in preparation.

Lady Captain Henrietta provided much needed refreshments half way around – ice-lollies and cold bottles of water were just the ticket!

The dining room in Rusk’s was beautifully decorated for the evening reception with the Lady Captain and Florence Brunt creating some very striking floral arrangements from their home-grown flowers and foliage. Invited friends and family, including Captain Eugene and President Mervyn joined the golfing ladies for a delicious hot meal, wine and dessert.

Lady Captain Henrietta held a Charity Open Competition in early June 2021 and a ‘Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake’ in December 2019. Proceeds from these fund raising events, along with donations and gifts meant that she was delighted to be able to present Maeve, from NI Chest, Heart and Stroke, with a cheque for £1,500 – a superb effort and achievement!

The Lady Captain took the opportunity to thank all those who had contributed to her successful day and supported her over her two years in the role – her husband David and daughters Melaine and Julie; Club Secretary Victor and his right-hand woman Carmel; the greens keepers Kenny & Derek; Kevin for checking and recording scores; Club Treasurer Patrick; Captain Eugene and President Mervyn; Ladies Secretary Gillian. She outlined some of the projects she had initiated and participated in during her time as Lady Captain, including the clearing and planting of the bank – especially her CV sign – as well as new Club Tee-shirts and other Club merchandise. These have proved to be very popular and a welcome addition to CVGC.

She also thanked her group of Lady Golfers who are always on hand to offer help and support at any time: from preparing the Ladies changing room with thoughtful little touches (Valerie); to all those who came out to welcome, encourage and play with our ‘beginner golfers’ on Thursday evenings; those who are always first-up for away days and those who steadfastly play in the competitions week in, week out, whatever the weather.

Prize Giving for the Charity Open Weekend got underway with prizes for the Gents given out first – including her husband David who won the back 9.

1st: Andrew Beacom
2nd: Gary Breen
3rd: Derek Brown
4th: Kenny McVitty
Front 9: David Little
Back 9: David Willis

The prize table was laden with beautiful picnic hampers, cool bags and accessories for the Lady Winners:-

1st: Linda Armstrong
2nd: Joanne Little (v)
3rd: Bernie Mohan
4th: Josie Boyle (v)
Front 9: Audrey Williamson (v)
Back 9: Bridie McCaffrey (v)

Then it was time to announce the winners of the Lady Captain’s Day Competition. Again, a fabulous array of jewellery and a Tommy Hilfiger bag were on display for the prizes. Kevin and David had kept the results under-wraps so it really was a surprise to all when the winners were announced:-

1st: Gillian Chartres
2nd: Margaret Osborne
3rd: Bernie Mohan
4th: Barbara Kingston
5th: Carmel Rooney

1st Visitor: Audrey Williamson
2nd Visitor: Doreen Primrose

Lady Captain Henrietta will have many happy memories of her day to look back on and as a thank you for all her hard work and dedication, the Ladies Golfers presented her with a voucher for Lavender Health Spa, Ballygawley – she can treat herself to some much deserved pampering!

A fabulous end to a fabulous day of golf and friendship at Clogher Valley Golf Club.

Results ‘Ellies Retreat’ Charity Competition

Front 9 – GARY COLHOUN, 23 PTS (CB)


2nd – SUSAN MAY, 31 PTS

Results : Derek Lee Competition (Sponsored by AC Golf, Fintona)

1st – Maurice Coulter, 43 pts
2nd – Sean McCaughey, 41 pts
3rd – Paul Colgan, 40 pts
4th – Harry Carson, 39 pts (cb)
Front 9 – Brendan McCusker, 22pts (cb)
Back 9 – Norman Lyons, 20pts (cb)

Ladies Results

1st – Carmel Rooney, 34 pts
2nd – Margaret Osborne, 32 pts
Gross – Lady Captain, Henrietta Willis

Golf Ireland essential to save a game in decline

On 19 January 2019, the GUI and ILGU will decide their future. Each union will ask their member clubs to vote on the Golf Ireland proposal (see for full proposal and club support material)

Golf has been in decline for more than a decade in Ireland.

Time’s up.

Golf as a game is not meeting the needs of modern society and across the globe, the game’s governing bodies have been fighting this challenge.

Today, Ireland stands alone as the only country in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf. Globally, golf has embraced equality and inclusivity. Through the proposal to create Golf Ireland, now the island of Ireland is poised to follow suit by establishing modern governance structures and embarking on a progressive strategy.

Three years ago the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union began work on the development of a new single governing body for golf in Ireland. Together both unions have proudly served Irish golf for more than 125 years but both bodies recognised the need for change in order to revitalise the game. After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with all of golf’s stakeholders, the GUI and ILGU delivered their proposal for Golf Ireland in August 2018. Clubs across the island of Ireland are now being asked for their approval so that Golf Ireland can become a reality.

Naturally, clubs and their members have been scrutinising the proposal. So what will Golf Ireland mean for you and your club?


1. What will Golf Ireland mean for me?
A secure future for the game you love. Clubs will benefit from increased support and funding; and you become part of a family-friendly, inclusive sporting organisation that meets the demands of modern golf.

2. Why do I need Golf Ireland?
Clubs and club members have been hit hard in recent years. If we don’t act now, golf will remain in decline. We need to change the way we run golf for the good of the game. With the game restored to good health, golf can thrive again.

3. How much will it cost for me to be part of Golf Ireland?
For the first two years of Golf Ireland, the costs are set in stone. Affiliation fees for adults will be fixed at €24 in Ireland and £20 in Northern Ireland. Fees for juniors will be €5 and £3.50.

As Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley noted in his letter to golf clubs supporting the creation of Golf Ireland: “This is golf’s way of responding to the needs of golfers in modern society.”

At present there are 183,000 members of GUI and ILGU clubs across Ireland, which represents a fall of 25% since the mid-2000s. The founders of the GUI and ILGU were sporting pioneers, putting in place structures that would be imitated the world over. Both unions remain as ambitious as they were at the beginning and Golf Ireland, which has been many years in the making, is the result of a careful and courageous mission to meet the needs of golf and golfers in this modern age.

Captain’s Day Results at Clogher Valley

Gents’ Results

1st:  Patsy Goodwin, 40 points

2nd:  James Massey, 40 points

3rd:  Gary Goodwin, 40 points

Gross:  Harry Carson, (70)

Visitor Prize: Felix Traynor, Aughnacloy G C,  40 points

Committe Prize:  Andy Armstrong, 38 points

23+ Handicap Prize:  Malachy Monaghan, 38 pts

Front 9:  Stewart Hamilton, 22 pts

Back 9:  Stephen McClelland, 22 pts

Nearest the Pin:  Jason Gibson, Fintona G C

Nearest the Line:  Charlie Keys

Ladies’ Results

1st:  Linda Armstrong, 33 Points

2nd:  Carmel Rooney, 32 Points

3rd:  Betty Monaghan, 29 Points

4th:  Gillian Chartres, 27 Points

Nearest the Pin:  Linda Armstrong

Captain Seamus, wife Bernie and family

Results S & A Fee Engineering Competition

Gents’ Results

  1. Harry Carson – 43 points
  2. David Black – 42 points (cb)
  3. Stuart Burke – 42 points
  4. Jim Burke – Gross (78)
  5. Eamon Rasdale – Front 9, 23 points
  6. Brian Armstrong – Back 9, 20 points (cb)
  7. John Moore – nearest the pin

Ladies’ Results

  1. Betty Monaghan – 35 points (cb)
  2. Mary Fee – 35 points
  3. Linda Armstrong – Gross (93)
  4. Barbara Kingston – nearest the pin

A Scorcher for Lady Captain’s Open Day 2018

The sun shone brightly, the course was in superb order and the conditions were right for a fabulous day of golf at Lady Captain Gillian’s Open Day 2018.  Visiting Ladies from Aughnacloy, Blacklion, Enniskillen, Fintona & Lurgan Golf Clubs joined our own Lady Members for an 18 hole Stableford Competition – 53 Lady Golfers in total this year!

Rusks Restaurant provided an array of delicious treats – tea/coffee, scones, tray bakes – all served ‘afternoon tea’ style before the groupings set out in fierce sunshine. It was certainly the ‘early birds’ who set the bar high this year (having set off at 8.00am) Lady Vice Captain Pat Carville, Lurgan Golf Club, returned a score of 40pts to win 1st Lady Visitor & our own Club Lady, Mary Fee, securing ‘nearest the pin’.

However, scoring was close with 2nd place Lady Visitor Deirdre McSorley, Enniskillen Golf Club (another early tee time) returning a score of 37pts and her club-mate at Enniskillen, Josie Boyle, hitting the ‘longest drive’.

Not to be outdone our own C.V. Ladies matched the visitors with Henrietta Willis winning 1st Club Lady, and showing she was on fine form, with 40pts – just pipping Linda Armstrong into 2nd place on 39pts. Our Club Ladies Gross Prize was won by Betty Monaghan and 36+ Handicap Prize won by Florence Brunt.

C.V. Lady Vice Captain Margaret Osborne (to her great shock and delight) won the Club Front 9 prize. Equally shocked and delighted was Sandra Irvine, one of our new Lady Members, who won the Club Back 9 (this was Sandra’s first year playing on Lady Captain’s Open Day).

Prize Giving took place in the upstairs function room at Rusks where the Club Ladies had worked their magic to decorate the room beautifully – the Prize table and floral arrangements complimented the feel of the day. Guests, Club Ladies and Visitors were served a range of delicious dishes before Lady Captain Gillian took to the floor to thank the many people who had helped to make her day such a success (ladies and gents), to thank everyone for their cards, gifts and donations to her chosen charity MND NI and to make the presentation of prizes.

Lady Vice Captain Margaret had a surprise waiting in the wings and presented Lady Captain Gillian with a beautiful Callaway Lady Golfer shoe bag and tote set as a thank you from all the C.V. Lady Members (no more IKEA box!!).

The warm balmy evening was perfect for sitting outdoors so the ladies retired to the picnic tables to round off a fantastic day of golf, friendship and fun.

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