Pictured at the Old Course in St. Andrews Scotland after repeating a Holmpatrick Cup win were Colin Allen and Shane Kenny. Shane will be the gents captain at Slievenamon this year.
Just as the weather begins to take a turn for the better and growth gathers pace, things are starting to pick up at Slievenamon Golf Club at Clonacody after a few anxious months of uncertainty and change.
Thankfully now all is settled in place again and it is full steam ahead for the club under new ownership. It promises to be an exciting “new year on the fairways and greens” with some real golf to be played by the members, just as the doctor ordered after a long winter and slow spring.
The gents committee held their a belated EGM on Tuesday, 17th April A good attendance of members were present to hear the new owners give an idea of what is in store for the future of the club.
New club president, Brian Powell, pointed out:
“We know this has been an anxious few months for everyone and we are very grateful to all who have kept faith with the Club and remained loyal to it. We will do our utmost to rise to the challenge of restoring and improving the Course and making the Club a focal point of the local community.
“We are delighted Brendan Kenny and Heather Bailey have agreed to stay on in the Clubhouse and know they will be of invaluable assistance to us in the months and years ahead. You will all know also that Paul Kenny is currently engaged as Greenkeeper and that over the past couple of months he has been working on a programme to bring the greens back to their best. We are fortunate to have engaged the services of Anthony Fitzpatrick who has worked on courses throughout Ireland including the Heritage Golf Club, the Heath Golf Club and most recently in Adare Manor. Anthony has undertaken a full review of the Course and recommended a strategic programme of upkeep and renewal, which Paul is working too. Anthony has been engaged to oversee and supervise this work and he will be a regular presence on the course over the next twelve months.
Looking resplendent under Slievenamon - Slievenamon Golf Club will hold their Captains' Drive-In this coming Sunday, 29th April.
“We are also addressing immediately the need to repair and replace vital machinery necessary for the upkeep of the Course and this process is already at an advanced stage. We are reviewing the prospect of re-opening the catering facilities, bar in the Clubhouse, and hope that this can be achieved in the not too distant future”.
The new gents committee is as follows: President: Brian Powell; Vice President: Mary Hand; Captain: Shane Kenny; Vice Captain: John O’Sullivan; Hon. Secretary: Robert Phelan; Hon. Treasurer: Michael Dunlea; Hon. Handicap Secretary: Bill O’Sullivan ably assisted Michael Kenrick and Pat McGarry; Competition Secretary: Tom Arnold ably assisted by Jimmy Kelly, Eoin Cahill and Bobby Barry; GUI Liaison Officer and Club P.R.O: Diarmuid Heafey.
The new ladies committee is as follows: Captain: Margaret English; Hon. Secretary: Breda O'Dwyer; Hon. Treasurer: Gabrielle Schofield; Hon. Handicap Secretary: Mary Butler ably assisted by Mary Kenrick; Hon. Competition Secretary: Ann Delahunty assisted by Marian Power; PRO: Kathleen Kelly. Committee: Carmel Condon, Bernie Phelan, Pauline Lucey, Breda Foley, Mary Comerford, Emma McNally, Josephine Murphy and Ann Maxwell.
CAPTAINS’ DRIVE-IN ON SUNDAY NEXT
The captains’ drive-in is very late this year due to the sale and takeover of the club. The drive-in will now take place on Sunday next, 29th April at 11.30am.
The two captains, Margaret English and Shane Kenny will host the usual refreshments starting at 10.30am. They are asking all members to come along and support them on this the first drive-in under new ownership.
Best of luck to the two Captains, Shane Kenny and Margaret English. The format for the competition is not yet agreed, but Tom Arnold and his committee will, I am sure surprise us on the day.