4Whether it was Sheena’s Child of Prague, Joy’s daily prayers or Jim McCann’s country wisdom, the summer weather returned last Saturday for Joy Stevenson’s Lady Captain’s Day. The Course was resplendent with all the ladies sporting bright summer colours as they battled out for Joy’s lovely prizes.  Only the last three ball had to endure a partial monsoon on the final couple of holes- however it didn’t seem to annoy them, as both Cathy Jinks and Susan McMorrow  won prizes!

The course was in tip top condition and the addition of a drinks tent after  the ninth hole was a welcome stopping point for the ladies. Indeed some perhaps lingered too long, feasting their eyes on Joy’s hot young nephews and son in law were helping out as Bar staff!  The bacon butties were delicious and helped fortify us for the back nine. Perhaps it was the cider, but Katrina Bradford who had a prize winning front nine, went completely to pieces and it took quite a few holes before she got back to her usual top form. It was lovely to see Eileen McCann out with two of her granddaughters- what lovely memories they will all have- and needless to say they polished up quite a few prizes too!

Strawberries and Prosecco were the order of the day when the ladies returned to the clubhouse. This time the serving team included Joy’s lovely daughters- heavy handed Laura and Katherine- the quiet one(!)  Eldest daughter Louise, entertained us with her musical gifts, as she had done for her dad on his Captain’s day earlier on in the summer. It was lovely to see many past lady golfers returning for the afternoon reception along with Joy and Chris’ extended families.

Colleen and Mickey surpassed themselves with the meal that evening. The food was superb and was beautifully presented. I think that Stephen and his team were kept pretty busy- keeping the thirsty ladies, and a few brave gents, at bay! The cougars amongst us noticed that the hot young nephews were again in attendance and the Stevenson girls had changed into new frocks- it’s a great excuse to go shopping when your mum and dad are both Captains!

You can tell that our club secretary was a teacher – she quoted from Latin, Churchill and used lots of big words, while dropping in the names of songs from operas and the odd joke!  Pat Carville gave a very warm and heartfelt tribute to Joy as she regaled the ladies about certain facts they perhaps had not known about their popular Lady Captain- she was keen tennis and hockey player, and  sang in the  local operatic society. She is fond of the odd gin, hates mornings and wet weather and stays in bed with some bloke called James Martin when her husband goes off to play golf each Saturday!  Pat who also won a prize on Saturday, went on to thank Joy for all her commitment and dedication to the Ladies’ section since she took over in January .

Joy in return thanked all those who a helped her throughout the year so far, as well as for her Big Day. She remembered everyone – even the men who had headed for Ardee that morning and were beginning to arrive back in varying stages of wobbliness! She also reported on the progress of the Senior foursomes and the Junior cup teams as they head to the semi finals of their respective competitions in  the next couple of weeks. Her dad, Jack Marks also got a mention- I think that he would be very happy, looking down and seeing what a joy his daughter brings to so many people.

There were twenty prizes up for grabs on Saturday and some familiar faces followed their traditional route up to the front! Fiona McGrady, Orla O’Dowd, Georgie Hogan and Elaine Bell  all had played well and of course Sheena  got a two! Ann Knox’s bag had obviously recovered from its dunking in the sheugh at the13th, and Roslyn Millar must have been using her newly discovered free time to hone her putting skills.  Orlaith Lennon won the juvenile prize and it was lovely to see  her friends and herself enjoying the evening proceedings. The nine hole completions were won by Helen Finn and  new to golf ,Leigh McCullagh. However we were all kept in suspense waiting  for the announcement of the winner’s prize. A delighted Jackie Conn was applauded to the stage having scored a wonderful 40 points. Her delight was obvious and she has now had her handicap cut to 23.

All in all, Saturday was  very successful and relaxed occasion, enjoyed by all. Chris and Joy’s chosen charity, Habitat for Humanity,  will hopefully benefit greatly from the generosity of the members of Lurgan Golf Club. Joy wished Lady Vice Captain, Elaine Bell well for her year in 2018 and the cougars amongst us are wondering if she has any hot young nephews!

Happy Golfing

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