Golf club book marked centenary

LURGAN Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 1993 with the publication of a superb hardback book complete with the club’s history and pictures from 1893 to 1993.

The book was the brainchild of Frank McKeown and a number of members.

Jim Hanratty sourced much of the material from Lurgan Mail files while Brendan McCann and his colleague Hugh Russell made photographic contributions.

Larry Magee researched and compiled the book and Sean McClean and other members contributed articles.

After building up the history of the club Larry discovered there was another book, which told of the first 40 years of the club, which lay undisclosed somewhere in the clubhouse.

Captain for 1993, Brian McKnight, said he would never forget his memorable year as the Centenary Captain.

“Being fully aware that the greatest honour a golf club can bestow on a member is the captaincy, I feel that such an honour in centenary year is enhanced by the importance of the occasion,” he said.

Club President Terence Murphy said: “During the years the club, like any other, has had its ups and downs and its various crises to surmount.

“The effort required in overcoming these has been one of the factors which has nourished the camaraderie and unity of purpose which are the hallmark of our club.

“I was doubly honoured when council asked me to retain Presidency for a third year to coincide with our centenary.”