Golf club notes
The Spring Cup, played for at Tinneranny since the 1930s, was won by Seamus Bradley (22) who played sparkling golf to record a 66, and secure a two-shot victory over the field.
It is the first cup win for the popular Newbawn man and richly deserved for such a great score. Second place went to the in-form Charlie Collins (18), who shot 68, relegating Noel Merrigan (13) into third place by virtue of a better back nine.
Derek Ronan won the gross with a 72, whilst the categories went to John O'Connor (8, 69), Brian Teague (15, 71) and John O'Gara (20, 68). Thank you to Ryan & Hickey Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors for their continued and generous support of the Spring Cup.
The P.G. Walsh Cup takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. It is an 18-hole stableford competition, open to both men and women, with the addition of a prize draw. All entrants who return a scorecard will be entered into a draw and the grand prize is a free membership subscription for 2016 worth up to €620. Tee-times can be booked as normal on the website; the timesheets are already live and are filling up quickly.
The Provincial Towns Cup team had a hard-fought win over Callan. New Ross had marginal home advantage and made the most of it with Ned Lyng, Jim Byrne, Harry Doran, Seán Mackey and Liam Connolly all winning narrowly in Tinneranny.
Peter Waters and Leo Carroll also won on the road, with John Howlin and Cyril O'Grady called in. New Ross face Waterford in the next round.
Hard luck to the J.B. Carr team which lost out in a very tightly-contested county semi-final against Courtown on Tuesday. Robert O'Dwyer and Joe O'Farrell and John Hosey and Dan Quigley secured victories on the 16th and 18th respectively.
Richie Aylward and Patsy Farrell lost on the 17th and both Seán Murphy and Jamesie Wallace and John Kennedy and Hugh O'Connor lost on the first play-off hole. It was a very good performance by Peter Goggin's charges, but Courtown were gracious and worthy winners and we wish them all the best for the county final against Wexford.
The Barton Cup team plays Seafield on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m., with two matches in New Ross and three at Seafield - best of luck to all involved.
The first of three days of the Ryder Cup-style match between St. Helen's and New Ross ended with the sides level after the foursomes matchplay. Well done to Frank Doyle for all his efforts in setting up this event.
Last week's Tuesday fourball was won by the experienced duo of John Harrington (16) and Pat Kehoe (21) who had 22 points for the nine holes, holding off the category winners on the countback.
Those category winners were Lorcan O'Brien (4) and David Larkin (7), and John (KK) Hartley (16) and James Kent (17). Thank you to Eddie Kent for his generous support of this competition. This week's fourball is sponsored by the associated teachers.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
In glorious sunny weather on Thursday we had a massive 17 teams taking part in our weekly outing. The only clouds in the sky were made by the passing plane jet streams as they made their way on the flight path overhead from Heathrow to various destinations in America.
We Seniors were lucky once again on Thursday which was the last day of our spell of fine, warm weather as the rain fronts came in on Friday.
Out on the course which was in immaculate condition we had a blanket finish to the competition before the first three teams home could be confirmed. In the end, the quartet composed of John Hosey (12), John Joe Cullen (17), Seán O hUginn (19) and Seamus Bradley (20) took the number one spot with a great score of 90 points.
The three-person team made up of Danny O Leary (7), Dick Cahill (18) and Brian Dolan (22) finished runners-up scoring 89 points (83 plus the bonus of six). In third spot on 88 points came Steve Travis (16), Michael Gannon (17), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Tony Sexton (26).
Only one nearest the pin tape was returned for the ninth hole and here there was a tie on 112 inches between two honest men in John Browne and Robert O'Dwyer.
Once again we must highlight the entry procedure for the team draw: pay your money first, then make sure your name is on the draw board and wait in the room until the teams are announced. There's no use being down in the car park and asking, 'who am I playing with today'?
Next Thursday (April 30), we have a society out before us starting at 10 a.m. so we will have to compromise our starting positions as best we can. Also on that day we will begin taking names plus the green fee of €20 for our Gowran Park outing on Tuesday, May 12.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, April 22, 18-hole v. par sponsored by Annette Byrne, Forever Living: 1, Frances O'Brien (26), all flat; 2, Marie Therese Wall (24), one down; 3, Mary O'Leary (13), two down (last three).
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, April 29, 18-hole stableford Pro-Am qualifier. This is the first of three qualifying competitions with a €10 entry fee. First, second and third prize-winners from each qualifier will make up a team to play in the Pro-Am event on Friday, July 17.
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, Gerry Walsh Cup, 18-hole singles for men and ladies with a €20 entry fee. All those entered go into a draw for a free subscription the following year. First prize is entry into competitions for 2015-2016, with separate ladies' prizes.
Wednesday, May 6, 18-hole stableford sponsored by AIB. This is the Valerie Doyle qualifier and the winner of each Category 1, 2 and 3 will go forward to represent the club in Carlow in July.
Friday, May 8, ladies' and men's Pink Day, fun nine-hole event in aid of Breast Cancer. Booking is by timesheet only, which is now open.
Finally, a huge congratulations to Mary Dowling who won the Woodbrook Scratch Cup last week. Mary beat off stiff competition to win this prestigious event. Well done Mary, we're proud of you!
Sunday, April 19, nine-hole stableford competition: 1, Helen Kinsella (8), 16 points (back six). Well done Helen.
Monday, April 20, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Una Doherty (36), 29 points; 2, Madge Murphy (25), 27 points; 3, Maisie Purcell (14), 26 points; 4, Marie Kehoe (32), 25 points (back five). Well done ladies.
Thursday, April 23, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Rosaleen's Flowers (Hospice Homecare Raffle): 1, Una Doherty (36), 37 points (back nine); 2, Josephine Brennan (18), 37 points (back nine); gross, Ruth Kennedy (6), 28 points; 3, Irene Bolger (12), 37 points; Senior, Kitty Murphy (33), 36 points; nine-hole, Colette Furlong (15), 15 points; nearest the pin, Tracy Ryan, 1.43m.
A total of 72 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Rosaleen's Flowers for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and remember, where possible, please support our sponsors.
Hard luck to our Junior foursomes team which lost to a strong Carrick-on-Suir team in Faithlegg on Thursday. The girls put up a great fight on each hole but despite their best efforts it was not to be their day. Well done ladies on a very sporting match.
The team out was Sally O'Neill/Wendy Tiernan, Mary O'Leary (lady President)/Anna Sullivan, Martina Dempsey/Patricia Hanton, managed by Eithne Walsh.
Due to popular demand, yoga classes will commence in the clubhouse on Tuesday, May 5, and Saturday, May 9. Please check the list in the ladies' locker room for time of classes and also to see which class you are in.
Teams out next week are: Intermediate Cup which plays Tramore in Faithlegg on Friday, May 1, at 1.30 p.m., and our Mixed team which plays Bunclody home and away on Saturday, May 2, at 2.30 p.m. Your support is always welcome.
Thursday, April 30, is an 18-hole three-person ream event sponsored by Tees Restaurant.
Sunday, May 3, is an 18-hole strokes (medal), President's prize to the ladies (Ger Cashman), with the presentation of prizes at 8 p.m.
Last weekend's singles competition saw John Redmond run out a comfortable winner with 42 points.
Seamus Kenny and Willie Kavanagh filled the next two places with 39 and 38 points respectively, with Mick Murphy once again taking the gross with 31 points. Mick Farrell and Rian Doherty took the nines.
The next competition will be a fourball held on the weekend of May 9-10.
The four Society outings for the year will be Coollatin (May 30), Waterford (June 27), Woodenbridge (July 26) and Mount Wolseley (September 26).
Any new members are still more than welcome to join the Society, and can call 086-3847609 for details.
Saturday, April 11, open singles stableford: 1, Carol O'Brien (17), 36 points; 2, Máire Farrell (20), 35 points; 3, Moira Fortune (14), 35 points.
Tuesday, April 14, strokes singles: 1, Máire Farrell (20), 71; 2, Mary McDonald (13), 74 (back nine); gross, Vonnie Kelly (11), 86; 3, Bena Hall (14), 74; 4, Karen O'Keeffe (27), 75 (back nine); Senior, Mary Frances Codd (19), 77; 5, Elizabeth Callaghan.
Saturday, April 18, fourball stableford: 1, Sheila Doyle (21/16) and Anne Gaynor (22/17), 39 points; 2, Sheila Crosbie (13/10) and Gráinne Dunphy (21/16), 36 points.
Tuesday, April 21, 18-hole Scotch foursomes: 1, Anne Redmond and Rita Kelly (25), 70 (back nine); 2, Chris White and Val Mernagh (14), 70 (back nine); 3, Mary Kelleher and Marianne Brennan (16), 70.
The society met up in a warm but windy New Ross Golf Club on April 18. Thirty players handed in their cards (were the others so bad?).
Welcome back to Seán Sexton who has re-joined the ranks. The greens were deceivingly fast, so with that and the wind, the scores were unusually low.
Pat Murphy led the pack and kept Robbie at bay (another cut on the way - there has to be a point where he cannot win!) for his first win since September, 2008. It was a long time coming Pat so well done and congratulations.
It was interesting to note that there was some repetition from the previous outing in that George Dee and Tom McGrath (T), good friend of 'Bald', both won the same sections again from the previous outing.
Results: 1, Pat Murphy, 34; 2, Robbie O'Callaghan, 32; 3, David Curtin, 29; gross, Joe Kelly (8), 25; Cat. 1, Frank Kennedy, 28; Cat. 2, George Dee, 28; front nine, Tom McGrath (T), 18; back nine, Anthony Wadding, 15; nearest the pin, Pat McGrath (14th), 20'. Winners of the twos club and €30 each were Tom McGrath (T) and Anthony Wadding.
The next outing is in St. Helen's Bay Golf Resort on May 16 at 1.30 p.m. Bring along a friend or a lapsed member as a visitor. A committee member will be in touch shortly.
For more information view our website: www.taghmongolfsociety.ie.
Rosslare had mixed fortunes in inter-club matches during the past week, with the Barton Cup team winning and the J.B. Carr team going down.
The Barton Cup team had a great 3-2 win over Callan. With three matches at home things looked bad when Dermot Walsh and Conor Gavin lost, but Geoff Coman and Derek Wickham came up trumps, winning in Callan.
Ronan Lewis and Ken Maher, and Jim Doyle and Nathan O'Brien, both won at home while Billy Davis and Mark O'Connor lost away. The managers were John Galvin and Dan Cash.
The J.B. Carr team put up a great show away to Wexford, going down 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Hugh Byrne and Mick Fitzgerald won and John Galvin and John Roche were all square playing the 17th when called in.
Bob Quilty and Michael Goggin ran into some great golf while Jim Goggin and Ned Kinsella, and John Fortune and Pádraig Kenny, both lost on the 18th. The managers were John Kelleher and Frank Codd.
Saturday, April 18, fourball: 1, Kieran (11) and Michael Brennan (20), 41 points; 2, Dermot Kelly (8) and Niall McGuinness (15), 40 points.
Sunday, April 19, singles, C.S.S. 75: 1, Johnny Kelly (5), 69; 2, Kieran Brennan (11), 71; gross, Tony O'Leary (scr.), 74; vet., Stan Jackson (15), 72; 3, Con Murphy (12), 72; 4, Liam Duggan (6), 73.
Wednesday, April 22, open singles: 1, Jimmy Dempsey (16), 43 points; 2, Tim Cummings (15), 41 points; 3, Anthony Neville (22), 40 points.
Burrow course, Sunday, April 19, open singles: 1, Eric Rigger (16), 28 points; 2, John Furlong (19), 27 points.
Fixtures: open singles competition every Wednesday (visitors €25); Friday, May 1, Rosslare classic fundraiser, open team event, team of four €80; Saturday, May 2, mixed team of four (minimum one lady or one gent per team); Sunday, May 3, gents' singles ; Monday, May 4, team of three, any combination.
Don't forget to enter for the Top Golfer Junior Scratch Cup (36 holes) on Sunday, May 17.
Saturday, April 11, fourball: 1, Kevin Murphy (10), Michael Creane (11); 2, Seán Flood (5), Joe Roche (11).
Sunday, April 12, Intermediate Scratch Cup sponsored by Wexford Insurance: 1st gross, Paul Roche (12), 78; 2nd gross, Seán Healy Jnr. (13), 81; 3rd gross, Michael Dempsey (12), 85; 1st nett, Tim McGrath (18), 72; 2nd nett, Brian Dempsey (14), 73; C.S.S.: 75.
Wednesday, April 15, club fourball v. par: 1, Mick Fortune (16), Seán Hurley (13), eight up (back six); 2, P.C. Browne (19), David Byrne (12), eight up.
Friday, April 17, three-person team event: 1, John Foley (17), Mick Nolan (19), Tom O'Donnell (21), 73 points.
Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, Fitzgerald's Menswear 18 holes singles: 1, Michael Moran (21), 39 points (back nine); 2, John Furlong (15), 39 points; 3, Damien O'Reilly (12), 37 points; gross, Tony O'Leary, 33 points; 4, Seamus Ryan (6), 36 points (back four).
C.S.S. for Saturday and Sunday was 74. Wexford Golf Club would like to thank Fitzgerald's Menswear for their generous sponsorship for the competition.
Wednesday, April 22, fourball stableford: 1, John Cleary (18), Barry Hennessy (12), 36 points (back nine); 2, Seán Kinsella (5), Adrian Dunne (13), 36 points.
Monthly medal, April 24: 1, Brian Dempsey (14), 67 (back nine); Category 1, Rhys Clarke (7), 73 (back nine); Category 2, Pat Kavanagh (16), 67; Category 3, Joe Hall (23), 73; gross, Seán Kinsella (5), 73.
The prize-giving will take place after the final monthly medal event in September.
Congratulations to John Quigley (22) for winning the weekly €50 in the Find the Joker draw. The jackpot for next week stands at €2,295. The Joker Draw is open to members and visitors and takes place every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse. The next draw will take place on Sunday, May 3.
Men's monthly medal, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19: 1, A. Harrington (5), 72 points; 2, C. Curran (5), 73 points; gross, C. Bolger (3), 77 points; 3, R. Mullen (6), 74 points; 4, P. Gorby (3), 75 points.
Wednesday open singles, April 22: 1, S. Clinton (Coollattin, 5), 42 points; 2, J. Kehoe (18), 41 points; 3, P. Gorby (3), 39 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Tommy Dunne (14), 19 points; 2, Stevie Greene (11), 19 points; 3, Andrew Byrne (16), 19 points.
The weekend saw a foursomes strokeplay competition played in fine weather on Sunday and in showery conditions on Saturday. There was a strong wind both days and scoring proved tricky. The results will be included in next week's report.