Golf club notes
Ladies' 18-hole weekly, April 11 to 16: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 35 points; 2, Fran Crean (22), 33 points; 3, Ann Cowman (36), 33 points.
Ladies' open day sponsored by Bolands Volvo (Carlow), Tuesday, April 14: 1, Margaret Moore (14), 38 points; 2, Ann Steemers (25), 37 points; 3, Lisa O'Leary (27), 35 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Derek Kavanagh (12), 20 points; 2, Brian Delaney (10), 20 points; 3, John Murphy, 19 points.
The April medal was played at the weekend (strokeplay off back tees). A very big turn-out saw the course in great condition (particularly the greens) and, with a very strong wind, scoring proved difficult.
Winter rules were finished and C.S.S. for the competition emerged as 72. Only one player broke 80 strokes and it was good enough to win gold for Peter Finn (12) on a score of 79, nett 67.
Anthony Doyle (11) took the silver medal with 81 strokes, nett 70. Darren Delaney (10) won the bronze with 81 strokes, nett 71, holding off Tommy Dunne (14) on 85 strokes.
The gross prize was won by Mark Miskella (9) with 81 strokes, holding off John Joe Smyth (5) on countback. The front nine prize went to Eamonn Goff and the back nine to John Murphy.
The ladies' competition was won by Carmel Blennerhassett, with Emer Kohlmann second and Karen Whelan third.
This year's Pierce Purcell team (in New Ross G.C. on May 16-17) will be selected soon and all players will be notified directly and hopefully some foursomes practice will follow promptly.
Tuesday, April 14, dawned bright and sunny, a great day for the Australian spoons Scotch foursomes, a competition which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.
Results: 1, Connie Doyle (8), 4.8, and Stellah Sinnott (11), 4.4, 39 points; 2, Eimear McGrath (10), 6.0, and Lori Whitney (17), 6.8., 37 points (back nine); 3, Helen Cosgrave (11), 6.6, and Margaret Crotty (27), 10.6, 37 points; nine-hole, Sheelagh O'Leary (24), 15 points.
Following close on the heels of Tuesday's competition was the first ladies' Senior open on Thursday, April 16, and the weather on this occasion eclipsed that of Tuesday's with brilliant bright sunshine throwing the blues and greens of the day into sharp relief. It was truly a day to savour!
Results: 1, Mary Breen (35), 39 points; 2, Joan Dunbar (23), 37 points; Category A, Breda O'Leary (29), 36 points; Category B, Teresa Bailey (16), 35 points; Category C, Betty O'Leary (28), 33 points; visitor, Marie Jones (16), 29 points. Congratulations to all.
Tuesday, April 21, is a stroke/medal competition sponsored by Creane and Creane, with a double presentation at 9.30 p.m. Looking ahead to Tuesday, April 28, this is a singles stableford competition (V. Doyle qualifier) sponsored by Helen D'Eathe of Helen's Home Shop.
On the same night we will get an idea of Helen's spring range when she runs her very popular annual fashion show in the clubhouse.
The start of May is a busy time as Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, are four-person team events sponsored by Liam Finn, while Sunday and Monday, May 3 and 4, are open three-person team events sponsored by Gary Flood Landscapes.
Tuesday, May 5, is a singles stableford event sponsored by Beechdale Garden Centre.
The book club meets this evening, Tuesday (April 21) at 8 p.m.
Ladies' coaching is due to start in the coming weeks. The course will last for five weeks and the cost is €50. Significant numbers have already committed but there are still some spaces.
The date is yet to be confirmed and all enquiries to our club professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick, at the Pro Shop (9237600).
The Finn Trophy team play at home on Saturday, April 25, at 3.20 p.m. All support will be welcome.
Two teams were out on the previous Sunday. The Junior foursomes under the stewardship of Elizabeth Browne were narrowly defeated by Courtown in Bunclody, while the Junior Cup team under Jenny King, manager, won in Courtown against Woodenbridge.
Many thanks to both teams and managers for all the hard work and effort.