Golf club notes
New Ross Seniors: Once again the Gods were on our side last Thursday when, after the gale-force winds and heavy rain of Wednesday, we got out for our game. The going on the fairways was heavy underfoot but the famed greens were in perfect condition and again a joy to putt on.
With the bunkers out of play, high scoring might well be expected but in fact only one team broke the 90 points barrier and they weren't even declared the winners when the cards were checked.
Here, a three-person team took the honours with a score of 87 points plus the mandatory bonus of six, giving them a total of 93 points. Richie Aylward (18), Robert O'Dwyer (19) and Michael Somers (24) were the trio who took home the 'Juice of the Barley'.
The only team to break the 90-point target, scoring 91 points, and then being placed second were Tom Reid (16), Jim 'Ross' Ryan (18), Tony Wallace (21) and Jamesie Murphy (23). On 89 points and in third place came John F. Roche (17), Willie Kelly (18), Johnny Watson (18) and Tom Kent (26) only by virtue of a better back nine (44/42). Nearest the pin prizes went to Willie Kelly on the ninth hole and Michael Lee on the eleventh.
Next Thursday (December 17) is our last outing for 2015 and we will then take a break until Thursday, January 7.
On a rather sad note, the sympathy of the Seniors group goes to the Crosbie family on the recent death of Tom who was such a familiar face around Tinneranny for many, many years. Also sincere condolences to Andy Ronan on the recent death of his niece, Dawn Doherty from Glenmore, who passed away at the young age of 41 years. May both of the deceased rest in peace.
Many thanks go to all our members for their co-operation in having a great year golfing-wise at home and away which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A special thank you to all the newspaper golfing correspondents locally and nationally for the terrific coverage they gave to all our activities throughout 2015. It was much appreciated and may you all have a very happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous 2016.
New Ross Ladies
Wednesday, December 2: 1, Marie Therese Wall (24), 29 points; 2, Geraldine Mackey (12), 30 points - 3 penalty = 27 points; 3, Maria Burford (14), 29 points - 4 penalty = 25 points.
Wednesday, December 9: 1, Liz Roberts (22), 23 points; 2, Carmel Fenlon (31), 23 points - 3 penalty = 20 points (last seven).
Storm Desmond did little to blow George Foley (14) and Cyril Stafford (13) off course, as they recorded a fabulous score of 44 points to win the open fourball at New Ross last weekend.
They finished two clear of second placers Declan Doyle (12) and Jack Ryan (4), whilst Michael Heaphy (13) and Peter Ryan (12) were hot on their heels in third place with 41 points. Well done to the winners and all who took part in the tough conditions.
A presentation for all the November and December competitions will take place in the clubhouse next Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m. sharp. All prize-winners must attend or be represented at the presentation in order to receive their prize.
The very popular Christmas Classic runs again this year, taking place from Saturday, December 19, until Sunday, January 3. It is an two-person team event, open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination.
Full handicaps apply, and one score will count on all holes with the exception of the second, fourth, eighth, eleventh, 15th and 18th where both scores will count. Scores will count double on the 18th - simple as that! Tee-times can be booked online.
The Christmas turkey competition finishes up this Friday (December 18).
It's not often we'll get to congratulate one of our members on winning a person of the year award, but that's just what John Evoy did when he picked up his award at the 41st People of the Year Awards in Dublin last week.
John set up Ireland's first Men's Shed in Tipperary in 2009 and has since replicated the idea 299 times in 150 towns with more than 10,000 men attending weekly, sharing their skills and friendship and protecting themselves against isolation. Congratulations John - keep up the brilliant work!
The annual subscriptions for 2016 were confirmed at the recent club A.G.M., and the good news is that subscriptions will remain the same as they were in 2015. If you are thinking of joining the club, there is excellent value on offer.
Introductory membership, with full playing rights, is priced at €320 plus levies (around €450 in total, including €75 to spend in the bar or restaurant). Under-30s' membership, again with full playing rights, costs only €365 for the year inclusive of levies, whilst Junior and student membership remains at €100 and €150 respectively. For more information please contact the club on 051-421433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are shopping around for Christmas presents, vouchers for the Restaurant and Pro Shop, made out to any value, can be purchased at the club. There are also some excellent Christmas specials available in the Pro Shop. Contact James or Paul in the shop for further details.
Tuesday, December 1, twelve-hole turkey competition: 1, Sheila Crosbie (13/9), 24 points.
Tuesday, December 8, twelve-hole turkey competition: 1, Teresa Cowman (13/9), 25 points; 2, Anna O'Leary (18/12), 24 points; 3, Doreen McGovern (12/8), 23 points.
The Rosslare ladies' A.G.M. was held recently. Outgoing lady Captain Joan Wallace thanked everyone for making her year such a great success, with a special mention for her committee and the lady President, Susan Hogan, for all their hard work and support to her during the year.
Outgoing lady President Susan thanked everyone for making her year so enjoyable. Susan welcomed in our incoming lady President, Marie Byrne.
The ladies' committee for the coming year is led by lady Captain Catherine Howard with Doreen McGovern as lady Vice-Captain. Marie Byrne takes on the role of lady President, while Mary Frances Codd is Secretary, Mary Barry is Treasurer, and Niamh Byrne is the handicap Secretary. Ex-officio is Joan Wallace.
Committee members are Gemma Campion, Carmel Quinlivan, Elizabeth Callaghan, Miriam Geraghty, Norrie Goff and Val Mernagh. A warm welcome is extended to the new committee members.
A special thank you to our outgoing lady Captain, Joan, for her hard work on our behalf in the past year, and we wish our new lady Captain, Catherine, all the best for 2016.
The weather has played havoc with our golf over the last two weeks. Fair play to the brave ladies who played this week.
The new year's eve dinner and dance takes place as usual this year. Please try to support the night, the more the merrier! The table plan will go up this week, so why not come along to join in the celebrations? Contact Siobhán or David.
In spite of the very bad weather conditions, last week we still managed to run off two open competitions. The fact that the course is playable is due to the great drainage work carried out by our greenkeeper, Jake, and his staff over the past few years. Great credit is due to Jake and his team.
The Wednesday fourball competition was won by Leo and Pat Murphy with a score of 29 points. The Friday team event was won by Jim Roice, Pat Geoghegan and Pat Furlong with a great score of 69 points.
Team mentor and golf pundit Tom Rowe was delighted with this win and said that it was long overdue. Tom's dream team consisting of the Vice-Captain, the Competition Secretary and the Handicap Chairman failed to live up to expectations, and Tom put it down to nerves. Last week's Joker draw winner was Ed Goff who drew card number 29 and won €100.
Santa Claus will be arriving at Wexford Golf Club at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 20. All members are invited to attend and bring along children and grandchildren under twelve years. Please notify any member of the bar staff if attending, and give the number of children who be attending.
The club Christmas party takes place this Saturday night in the clubhouse with finger food and a drink, plus music will be provided. Tickets cost €10 and are available at the bar. Keep in mind our New Year's Eve party night, details of which will be announced next week. Wexford Golf club currently have great offers open to new members. Check out the club's website on www.wexfordgolfclub.ie for details.
Enniscorthy Golf Club was in the news on November 30 in a civic ceremony when our Junior Foursomes team was honoured for their great final win during the year. The following is an account of that great day:
'On September 26 in Knightsbrook Golf Club, Co. Meath, Enniscorthy Golf Club Junior Foursomes ladies won the coveted All-Ireland title in a match which has been subsequently dubbed 'The Miracle of Knightsbrook'.
'A total of 182 teams are involved at national level in this competition between the five districts across the country. Having won their six qualifying matches and capturing one of the two pennants won by the club at the district finals, the panel set its sights on the All-Ireland series at Knightsbrook.
'On September 24 and 25 Enniscorthy cut a swathe through Naas and Lurgan, the reigning All-Ireland champions Enniscorthy's day of reckoning had finally dawned. Now the six months of training and practice on no fewer than six different courses were to be put to the test against Limerick, the Munster District champions.
'The team started slowly and were down throughout the contest save for the second match, against a team which had forged a commanding lead. However, with enormous courage and self-belief, E.G.C. battled relentlessly to turn the tide from the 13th hole and so began their famous comeback coined 'The Miracle of Knightsbrook'.
'In the first match, which was four down with four holes to play, Enniscorthy won five holes in a row to win on the 19th in sudden death against a player previously unbeaten in the competition. The match culminated in the sinking of a 25 foot sliding putt that died into the hole on its last revolution.
'In the fourth match, Enniscorthy came from five down with six holes to play to be level, playing the 19th in sudden death. The players were two under gross score for those final five holes, amazing shooting under such circumstances.
'It all hinged now on the final match, the Enniscorthy ladies having been three down after five holes. They battled back to level by the 13th and thereafter won three of the final four holes to win on the 17th.
'It was an unprecedented feat, never before witnessed in any amateur golf competition. It showed remarkable courage and sense of team to strive as individuals for the benefit of the collective for their team, their club and their county. It was quite simply the stuff of legend.
'The panel was: Connie Doyle, Margaret Mooney, Eimear McGrath, Catríona Hogan, Stellah Sinnott, Cora Mernagh and Margaret Frayne.
'There was great support from the purple army led by lady Captain, Helen Cosgrave, who herself had competed on the same weekend. Congratulations to the team and manager, Jenny King.'