Club stalwart Bill ‘Budgie’ Robinson was flying high at Enniskillen Golf Club as he produced an excellent nett 67 to win his first Captain’s Prize on what was an excellent Captain’s Day for John O’Neill.

The lifelong member lifted the one prize to have eluded him since his father bought him a half set of clubs and membership 50 years ago.

Captain John O’Neill was delighted with the whole day.

“It was a great weekend, a weekend of firsts and we had very popular winners,” enthused John.

He added: “The general feeling from the players was that the course was presented in the best condition ever and a lot of credit must go to the Greens Convenor, his committee, and indeed, all the club volunteers who worked so hard over the past couple of weeks.” Despite the occasional shower of rain, over 150 members and invited guests enjoyed a great day’s golf on on Saturday. The course was in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of Greens Convenor Gary Smyth, the Grounds Staff and the many club volunteers. A few tricky pin positions and with the course playing as long as possible, a diffiuclt test was presented to the players.

Robinson set the standard for the day by starting with pars on the first three holes. Then continued his round with birdies on the par five eighth and par four 16th, cancelling out the double bogeys on the seventh and 15th. He completed his card with another four pars and seven bogeys.

In a closely fought competition, second place, on count back, went to Frank Bannon (20) with a nett 68 in a round that included seven pars and six bogeys. Third place went to Alan McCutcheon (15) also with a nett 68 with his round that included birdies on the par three third and par four 10th, five pars and eight bogeys. Fourth prize was won by John Kempton (17) with a nett 69 in a round that included one birdie on the par four 16th, four pars and 10 bogeys.

The lowest nett score of the day went to Novice Category winner Rory Connolly (15), who cruised home with a nett 65. Connolly played a magnificent game, shooting nine over par.

Making up for a double bogey on the difficult par 4 10th with a birdie on the par 4 17th, Connolly finished his round with eight pars and eight bogeys. Certainly a player to watch in the future.

Also another player to keep an eye on was the Junior Prize winner, James Turley (12) with a nett 68. Turley had a great game with a birdie on the par three 6th, seven pars and nine bogeys.

The Gross Prize was won by Andy Little (4) with a nett 69. Following bogeys on the first two holes, Little had a magnificent run of 14 consecutive pars before finishing with a bogey and a birdie on the par five 18th. The front nine was won by John McGowan (17) with a nett 33.5. The back nine prize was won by Seamus Magee (24).

In a break with tradition, Captain John O’Neill, invited the club’s lady members to join him and play on his Captain’s Day. A change that was thoroughly enjoyed by all the ladies who played.

The prize was won by Sandra McElroy (25). McElroy’s dedication to the game knows no bounds and she can be found playing all year round in all weather conditions and all that practice was rewarded with an magnificent score of 45 points from a round that included five pars and eight bogeys.

The Past Captains Prize was won by Willie Mc Brien (15) with a nett 71 from his round that included five pars and 11 bogeys. The E.G.G.S Prize was won by Teddy Elliott with 20 points. The L.E.G.S Prize was won by Kate O’Kane (25) with 19 points.

First prize for visitors was won by Evert Clarke from Aughnacloy with 39 points with second prize going to Cormac Mc Adam with 37 points. The nearest to the pin was won by Stephen Simpson and the nearest to the line went to Paul McDonough. The nearest to the pin for ladies was won by Ina Robinson.

Following an excellent meal provided by The Lough Erne Golf Resort, Captain John O’Neill thanked the Club members and invited guests for making his Captain’s Day such an enjoyable day.

Captains Nine Hole, Par three - Three club Challenge Scramble The Captain’s weekend got off to a great start on Friday night with members enjoying a nine hole, Par three – three club challenge scramble. With holes ranging in length from 95 to 194 yards for men and 95 to 150 yards for women, the choice of the three clubs was crucial to success.

Making the best choice was the team of Dympna Slowey and Paul Duffy who lifted first prize with a nett 20.75 with three birdies and six pars.

One of birdies being sunk on the longest and most difficult hole in the competition, the 194 yard 10th. An excellent example of scramble golf.

Second prize went to Sandra McElroy and Michael Keys with a nett 21.75 with one birdie and eight pars.

Des Keogh Open In a closely fought contest, it was a visitor Mr B. Irwin who lifted first prize with 38 points on count back in a round that included five pars and eight bogeys. Second spot went to Andrew Sheridan (9) also with 38 points. In a round that included birdies on par four fourth, par five eighth, and par four 16th, eight pars and five bogeys, Sheridan will rue a wayward shot on the 12th.

200 Club June Prize Draw The 200 Club June Prize Draw delayed because of Captain’s Day will now be held this Saturday, July 4 at 9.00pm.

This week’s Competition Saturday, July 4 – Lochside Garage Open