Golf club notes

Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00

The champions of Wexford Golf Club 2015, the Finn Trophy team. Back (from left): Eithne Walsh (manager), Marie Connell, Irene Bolger, Lily Rowe, Rachel O’Connor, Ruth Kennedy, Sheila Richardson, Martina Dempsey. Middle (from left): Margaret Atkinson, Carmel Murphy. Front (from left): Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain), Mary O’Leary (lady President), Denise Dunne (lady Vice-Captain), Anna Sullivan
The champions of Wexford Golf Club 2015, the Finn Trophy team. Back (from left): Eithne Walsh (manager), Marie Connell, Irene Bolger, Lily Rowe, Rachel O’Connor, Ruth Kennedy, Sheila Richardson, Martina Dempsey. Middle (from left): Margaret Atkinson, Carmel Murphy. Front (from left): Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain), Mary O’Leary (lady President), Denise Dunne (lady Vice-Captain), Anna Sullivan
Valeri Amirhanov and Rhys Clarke, joint winners of the Studio Cup in Wexford, with Eamonn O'Connor (sponsor) and Clem Daly (captain)
Prize-winners at the presentation of The Silver Fox Restaurant competition in Wexford. Back (from left): Bernie Power, Mary Cashe, Pat Flanagan, Wendy Tiernan, Ruth Kennedy. Front (from left): Mary O’Leary (lady President), Tara Dunne (winner), Shane Carroll of The Silver Fox Restaurant, Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain)

Ballymoney: Last week's winter league results were - Group 2: Damien Maher and Mick Kenny beat John Murphy and Paddy Leacy.

Group 3: Shane Fox and Greg Gilbert beat Des Byrne and Derek Robinson; Richard Temple and Steve Sharman beat Tom Keogh and John Doyle.

The Wednesday nine-hole was off due to the weather.

The weekend singles stableford saw dry, sunny but cold weather and a good turn-out. Christy Dodson won first prize with 42 points, and Pádraig Grainger was second with 40 points.

Damien Somers was third with 40 points. The front nine prize went to Robbie Kehoe, with the back nine going to Damien Maher.

Next Sunday sees the second round of the winter league scheduled.

ENNISCORTHY

The winter certainly announced its arrival over the past week, but we still have golf for those brave enough to brave the elements. Next weekend is a gents' singles 14-hole stableford competition.

We also are continuing to run our gents' nine-hole Christmas competition. It's only €3 to enter and every 30 entries constitutes a competition.

Enniscorthy Golf Club in conjunction with Confederation of Golf Ireland intends developing a business development for our club. Do you have expertise in the areas of marketing, finance, business development, HR or social media? Do you have skills or ideas that if employed would be likely to generate additional revenue and/or further advance the facilities at the club?

If you have any of these skills and wish to get involved, contact the office on 05392-33191.

Join Enniscorthy Golf Club as a full member for only €600. The offer applies to new member applicants only and is inclusive of all levies. If you're interested you need to hurry as the offer ends on December 31.

As always check out our Facebook page and website (www.enniscorthygc.ie) for special offers and news.

NEW ROSS SENIORS

Oh lucky we, after the torrential rain and storms of the last few days we were once again blessed with the weather and the RTE forecast was dead on.

On what was an abnormally dry and mild day for November 19, we had a big turn-out for our weekly competition. Fifteen teams took part and with winter rules in operation scoring was excellent, with the top three teams carding 90 points or better.

With the greens running fast and true we even had some birdies on the scorecards and they made a huge difference between victory and defeat.

When the tallies were checked the team of Patsy Farrell (17), Robert O'Dwyer (19), Frank Boyle (22) and Michael Somers (24) took the honours with a great score of 92 points. We had a tie for second place and by virtue of a better back nine (44/43), Tom Reid (16), Steve Travis (17), Willie Kelly (18) and Tom Kent (26) picked up the Titleist balls.

On the same score (90 points) and in third position were John Joe Cullen (18), Willie Naddy (19), Brian Dolan (21) and Oliver Brennan (25).

Nearest the pin prizes went to our new man, Michael Lee, on the ninth hole and Larry Shannon on the eleventh.

Next Thursday (November 26) is A.G.M. time and all are requested to book in at 9.15 a.m. sharp in order to get the A.G.M. under way at 9.30 a.m.

Also on that day, we will collect the entry fee (€20) for the Christmas outing and dinner which is scheduled for the following Thursday, December 3 (weather permitting).

NEW ROSS

There were mixed conditions for the 14-hole club singles played over Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday starters had the better of the conditions, and Jimmy Furlong (12) made hay in the Saturday sunshine, recording a brilliant 34 points to complete back-to-back victories in singles competitions - no mean feat!

Joe O'Farrell (15) turned in a very good effort of 32 points in the tougher conditions on Sunday to finish in second, with Jamie Mackey (7) a further two points back in third place.

The gross was won by John Shalloe with 22 points, whilst the categories went the way of Noel Merrigan (9, 25 points), Phil Lynch (14, 28 points) and Richard O'Grady (16, 28 points).

Next weekend, the second round of the winter league takes place. Tee-times can be booked online.

The nine-hole Christmas turkey competitions are now up and running. Entries are taken in the Pro Shop, and there will be a winner for every 30 entrants.

The men's A.G.M. took place last week, with Derek Ronan taking over at the helm as Captain. He will be ably assisted by Owen Conway, who takes over as President.

Well done to the outgoing Captain and President, Rory Hussey and Seamus Power, on a very successful year. We wish Derek and Owen all the very best for the forthcoming year.

The joint club A.G.M. takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, December 4, at 8 p.m. sharp. It is important that members take this opportunity to contribute to the good running of the club. All those attending are politely asked to turn up in time so that the meeting can start without delay.

The course has taken its fair share of hardship over the past few weeks and would benefit from an extra bit of attention from everyone who plays over the next few weeks. Take a bag of sand with you at the start of the round, and remember to refill it at the tenth.

Search for your pitch-marks and repair others that you find. The bunkers also need extra attention during the autumn and winter, with regular raking a must to keep them in good condition - please do your part!

If you're planning a Christmas party, the Golf Club is now taking bookings. There is a very tasty menu in place, and some great value on offer. For further information please contact a member of the bar and catering team on 051-421433.

WEXFORD LADIES

Monday, November 16, Senior 12-hole stableford competition: 1, Breda Devoy (24), 25 points; 2, Martina Dempsey (20), 22 points (back six); 3, Carmel Murphy (9), 22 points. Well done ladies.

Thursday, November 19, 14-hole three-person waltz competition: 1, Anna Sullivan (20), Theresa Morris (26), Trish Field (24), 59 points; 2, Mary O'Leary (lady President, 23), Carmel Murphy (9), Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain, 11), 54 points (back seven); nearest the pin, Carmel Murphy, 1.53m.

A total of 43 ladies played. Well done to everyone in the prizes.

Thursday, November 26, is a 14-hole turkey competition. The club A.G.M. is on Monday, November 30, in the clubhouse.

ST. HELEN'S

The weather is playing havoc with our fixtures at the moment. Rain, and especially gale-force winds, have rendered golf unplayable for most of the week.

However, a special mention to some hardy annuals who braved the elements on Wednesday...and lived to tell the tale! An intrepid bunch, those Wednesday clubbers!

The winter league round three was played on Saturday. The teams will now be selected for what promises to be a highly competitive and exciting three months.

We teed off on Sunday under a clear blue sky, the wind had dropped and the temperature had risen; a perfect day for golf. And on this perfect day for golf we had the perfect golf shot!

A flush rescue from the tee on the 170 yards 17th, two gentle hops....in the hole.

A slightly incredulous but delighted Noel D'Orey had just recorded his first-ever hole-in-one! Congratulations Noel and well played in the bar afterwards.

The next few weeks we play with Christmas in mind - turkeys, hams, hampers and assorted goodies galore are on offer, so get swinging and stock up.

Results (gents) - Saturday, November 21, winter league round three: individual winner, Michael Kearney (18/11), 31 points.

Saturday, November 21, singles stableford, eleven holes: 1, Michael Kearney (18/11), 31 points; 2, Paul Conlon (9/6), 27 points (countback); 3, Eamon Lawlor (14/9), 27 points.

Sunday, November 22, fourball, turkeys: 1, Noel D'Orey (14) and Seán Moore (8), 29 points; 2, Jim Murphy (12) and Seamus McCormack (15), 28 points; 3, Tommy Duggan (17) and Pádraig Bail (16), 27 points (countback).

Results (ladies) - Saturday, November 21, winter league round three: individual winner, Ann Byrne (23/14), 19 points.

Singles sweep, eleven holes: 1, Ann Byrne (23/14), 19 points; 2, Jo Devitt (22/13), 18 points.

Ladies' long leggie winner: Ann Byrne, 19 points.

Ladies' short leggie winner: Ann Marie Murphy, 16 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, November 25, Wednesday club; Saturday, November 28, Christmas hams; Sunday, November 29, Christmas hampers; Wednesday, December 2, Wednesday club and Christmas dinner.

WEXFORD

The Captain's dinner took place on Friday and a very good night was had by all. Chef Tommy and his team presented a fabulous meal.

There was a full list of competitions for during the week.

Friday, November 20, team event: 1, Enda Lambert (11), Ken Jordan (14), Tony Kelly (12), 63 points.

Saturday, November 21, 14-hole fourball: 1, John Simpson (15), Paul Brennan (7), 36 points; 2, Billy Boggan (12), Larry Byrne (10), 31 points (back six).

Sunday, November 22, 14-hole fourball: 1, Roy Murphy (20), James Murphy (11), 33 points (back six); 2, Fran Thomas (10), Liam Sinnott (10), 33 points; 3, Liam Quirke (15), Tom O'Donnell (22), 32 points.

Presentations also took place for the matchplay and most consistent golfer competitions. Two of the longest-running competitions in the club are the Howlin Cup singles matchplay and the Studio Cup for the most consistent golfer.

The Howlin Cup has been continuously sponsored by the Howlin family, and Minister Brendan Howlin was present to present the cup to the winner, Nicky Lacey, who beat Denis Lehane with a birdie on the 20th hole in the final. Beaten semi-finalists were Gary Lynch and Pat M. Murphy.

The Studio Cup was started by Denis O'Connor and continues to be sponsored by his son, Eamon O'Connor Electrical Contractor. It was hard to separate the winners as the prize was shared by Rhys Clarke and Valeri Amiranhov, who were both 20 under standard scratch over the year.

The Martin's Jewellers Scotch foursomes was also presented to winners Michael Rossiter and Seán Hurley who beat Jim Turner and Roy Sexton in the final. Betaen semi-finalists were Michael Goggin and John Redmond, and Pat Daly and Ted Hynes. The leading qualifiers were Micheál Doyle and Christy O'Gorman.

The mixed foursomes were won by the Pro Shop duo of Aoife McGrath and Peter Byrne who beat Geraldine Broaders and Billy Hanton in the final.

The A.G.M. takes place in the clubhouse on Monday, November 30. All members are encouraged to attend.

Membership offers for new members, distant members and our special offer for Junior and Juvenile membership can be viewed on our website: www.wexfordgolfclub.ie. Also contact the club (05391-42238) for fantastic Christmas party offers from Masters Restaurant.

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