Dungannon Golf Club mark 20th anniversary of Breda Conlon’s passing

Dympna Fitzpatrick, third in Breda Trophy, is congratulated by Lady Captain Karen Hetherington and James Conlon.
Dympna Fitzpatrick, third in Breda Trophy, is congratulated by Lady Captain Karen Hetherington and James Conlon.

Lady Members were given a treat on Tuesday when the Conlon family paid tribute to a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a most popular and well respected past lady captain of the club.

On the 20th anniversary of Breda Conlon’s untimely death, the family very generously donated extra prizes and extended the Trophy competition to include a prize for the 36 handicappers.

Speaking before the prize presentation son James, on behalf of his father Kieran and the extended family, said how gratifying it was to see such a large turn-out, especially those who had started playing at the same time as Breda - Doris Fearon, Sallie McKee and Briege McQuaid to name a few. James said they think of Breda every day and her love of life and sense of humour is still missed. He revealed how lovely it was to see Mary Quinn present as she had been lady captain the year the Trophy was donated by the family. He described how the trophy design had come about, when a pair of Breda’s golf shoes were taken to Tyrone Crystal factory and Owen McKee, master blower, reproduced a scaled down version of them.

Also present was current ladies competition secretary Grainne Smith, the first person to win the Trophy.

Winner was Sarah Rafferty with 39pts, runner-up Karen Hetherington 39BBN and third Dympna Fitzpatrick.

36 Handicapper winner was Miriam Fox, the front nine going to Pat Hughes with 20pts, Alison Chestnutt taking second nine with 20p.

Twos were made by Sarah Rafferty 11th, Lorna Stewart 6th and Caiomhe Quinn 16th.

The Lucky Dip, a prize dear to Breda’s heart, was won by Anne Smith.

Accepting the beautiful Golf Bag as well as the unique Trophy, Sarah Rafferty said she remembered Breda as a lovely lady and thanked the family for their generosity in the beautiful prizes. Praising the condition of the course and those who filled in divots the night before, she thanked her sister Dympna who’d been her marker.

Lady captain Karen Hetherington said that the number who had played was testament to the standing and respect with which Breda was held and so fondly remembered and thanked the family for coming along annually to present the Trophy, and for their special efforts when marking 20th Anniversary .

The Minor Cup had great success, winning all five matches against Greencastle on Friday and will travel to Greencastle for the return leg on a date to be arranged.

Commiserations to Cowdy Cup Team who travelled to Rossmore on Friday and almost turned around a 10 -14 pt. deficit losing by a single point, 23 1/2 to 24 1/2pts.

Well done to the Tyrone & Fermanagh Seniors who travelled to Killymoon on Monday last and lie in third place after Joan Reid turned in 34pts to boost the team total.

Congratulations to club member Lorraine Wilson, who travelled to Ardglass and won their Open competition.