Ulster Branch ADM 2017 Results

The 2017 Ulster Branch ADM was well supported with the Ulster Clubs turning out in force at Shandon Park Golf Club to attend the meeting.

  • 01 December 2017


The 2017 Annual Delegates Meeting has taken place at Shandon Park Golf Club.  The Results of the meeting are as follows:


Election of Chairman - Misspelled WordJohn White (Co.Armagh)

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 Pictured above: Ulster Branch Chairman - John White (Co.Armagh)

Elected Branch Officers:


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​Pictured above: Hon Secretary: Norman Bennett (Holywood)


Alasdair Gibson Hon Treasurer.jpg 


Pictured above: Hon Treasurer: Alasdair Gibson (Knock)


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Pictured above: Hon Match & Handicapping Secretary: Brian Hutchinson (Donaghadee)

Provincial Council;
Elected at ADM:

Jackie Graham (Castlerock), Terry Magee (Clandeboye), Tony Cassidy (Dunmurry) & David Heaney (Scrabo)

Existing Members:

Tom Jones (Belvoir Park), David McNeill (Cairndhu), Damian Montague (Fintona), Nick Agate (Malone), Sam McBurney (Massereene), Diarmuid Logue (Portsalon), Colin McNeill (Rockmount) & Roy Archibald (Shandon Park)


Match & Handicapping Committee
Elected at ADM

Patsy McCaffrey (Enniskillen), Billy McCaul (Greencastle), John Doran (Letterkenny), Jason Wilson (Loughgall), Michael Leonard (Portsalon) & Jeff Forde (Tandragee)


Existing Members:

Derek Ervine (Greenisland), Keith Hanna (Greenacres), Trevor Lewers (Faughan Valley), Kenny Logan (Edenmore), Mervyn Marshall (Mahee Island) & Derek Powell (Roe Park)


 Notices of Motion of PROVINCIAL RELEVANCE for Decision

  1. Proposed by Warrenpoint Golf Club

“That Ulster Cup tournament condition 6.c be amended to increase the minimum number of returns required, in the previous calendar year, from Four to Ten, to be effective from 1 January 2019”




  1. Proposed by Ulster Branch Provincial Council;

“The deletion of all Ulster Branch Byelaws, last amended at the Annual Delegates Meeting in November 2015, to be replaced with the document entitled “Ulster Branch Bye-Laws as at 30 November 2017.”



Motions of National Relevance
The results of Motions of National Relevance will be announced on Friday 1st December at 2pm after all four Annual Delegates Meetings have taken place.

Club Rating Review

Information was provided on the Rating Review, currently being undertaken by the Department of Finance & Personnel at Stormont. Further details to be circulated to all clubs under separate cover.


One Governing Body
An update was provided on the emerging proposals for a One Governing Body in Ireland, following two years of work.  Details of the draft proposal have been presented to the Boards of the GUI and ILGU however work is required to further develop the emerging proposal over the coming weeks.  If the Boards are happy with the draft proposals, it will be issued to the four Provincial Councils for feedback. 

It is intended that once the final proposal has received the support of the GUI Board that a comprehensive series of briefing sessions will take place for clubs, to address any questions they may have on the new body. When complete, a vote of clubs, will be taken at an EGM of the GUI. A similar process will take place within the ILGU and it will require the approval of both organisations for the new body to replace those organisations, as well as CGI, on a date which is yet to be agreed.


Confederation of Golf in Ireland
Rory Leonard updated the meeting with information about the work of CGI in particular the drive to attract new male junior golfers to clubs and the requirement for clubs to buy into this process. An update was circulated on ongoing development work that is being carried out by the CGI together with survey, which was completed by Delegates on the night. 

CONGU Changes 2018
The National Handicapping Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday 6th December and will consider the recently announced CONGU changes for 2018.  


Order of Merit 2017:

The 2017 Order of Merit presentation also took place on the night.  The presentation was carried out by John McKinstry (Ulster Branch Junior Convenor) Eamonn O'Connor (Ulster Branch Chairman) Andrew Morris (Sponsor) and Peter O'Hara (Ulster Branch Trustee) this was Peter O'Hara's 50th Annual Delegates Meeting.

Pictured above: Eamonn O'Connor (Chairman) Peter O'Hara (Trustee) Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) and Andrew Morris (Sponsor-Andrew Morris Golf)
(Photograph courtesy of Peter O'Hara Photography)

The results of the 2017 Order of Merit are as follows:

Boys Winner Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick)


Pictured above: Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick)

(Photograph courtesy of Peter O'Hara Photography)


U16 Winner Aaron Marshall (Lisburn)

Pictured above: Aaron Marshall (Lisburn)

(Photograph courtesy of Peter O'Hara Photography)


U14 Winner Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle)


Pictured above: Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle)

(Photograph courtesy of Peter O'Hara Photography)

The Boys all had a fantastic year and Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) won the Boys Order of Merit with a fantastic score of 133 points.  Reece’s most significant victory this year came in the East of Ireland Championship where he became the youngest ever winner at 17 years of age.  Aaron Marshall (U16) from Lisburn finished in 2nd place with 118 points.

Aaron then went on to Win the U16's Order of Merit with 136 points, 118 of which were earned in U18 Boys events, a fantastic statistic. Aaron won the Munster & Leinster Boys titles and also came second in the Irish Boys.

The winner of the U14 Order of Merit was Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) with 118 points. Joshua earned a fantastic 32 points in U16 events across the country and came second in the Irish U14 Boys.

The Order of Merits were again kindly sponsored by Andrew Morris Golf.  Our sincere thanks go to Andrew for all his support for Junior Golf in Ulster.


Pictured above: Andrew Morris (Sponsor) Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle) and John McKinstry (Ulster Branch Junior Convenor)

(Photograph courtesy of Peter O'Hara Photography)