Golf club notes
Last weekend's competition was the 3Ts qualifier in aid of the Turning the Tide on Suicide charity. There was a good turn-out, with the Saturday starters having the better of the conditions.
Paul Cleary (11) came home with a very good score of 40 points to take first prize. Paul will now go on to represent the club at the regional event in Dundrum House on September 22.
Second place went to Damien Maher (12) with 39 points, bettering Declan Doyle's effort only on the back nine. The gross went to Derek Ronan with 36 points, and Lorcan O'Brien (4, 36 points), Brian St. Ledger (11, 34 points) and John KK Hartley (18, 34 points) were the category winners. Well done to all the winners and to those who took part.
Next weekend an open three-person champagne scramble takes place on Saturday and Sunday (May 23 and 24). The competition is sponsored by The Augustinians.
The May open singles, sponsored by Paul Rogers Law New Ross, takes place this Thursday, May 21, the last singles competition in New Ross before the Captain's prize (Rory Hussey) which takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend (May 29 to May 31). The Captain's mixed takes place this Friday, May 22, with a draw for partners at 3.30 p.m.
Last week's Tuesday fourball which was sponsored by PWP Clean Machines went the way of two men with plenty of experience and form, Pat Kehoe and Seamus Bradley, who returned a brilliant score of 25 points to scoop first prize.
The categories went to Rob Whelan and Jamie Mackey, and John Aylward and Pierce Walsh, with 21 and 24 points respectively. Thank you to PWP Clean Machines for their continued and generous support. This week's event is sponsored by the ESB members.
The Pierce Purcell Regional qualifiers also took place in New Ross last weekend with the home team putting in a strong performance. Having finished second out of 14 teams in the strokeplay qualifiers, they faced Callan in the semi-final.
The match went to the wire, with Callan edging the decider only on the 19th. The team was Ivan Croke and Mark Connell, Paul Goff and Pat Fitzharris, Richie Aylward and Declan Doyle, Donal Redmond and Pat Bennett, and Val Molloy and Richard O'Grady, and was managed by Martin Carroll. Well done to all involved.
It's another busy weekend ahead with a double-header against Courtown in the Barton Cup and Duggan Cup on Sunday, and the Barton Shield team in action in their regional qualifier at Arklow on Saturday. Best of luck to all involved.
Well done to Eamon Dungan who was last week's winner of the Find the Joker draw. Eamon failed to locate the Joker, but takes home €30 for his troubles. The jackpot rises to €1,447 and the next draw takes place on May 26 at 9.30 p.m.
Entries cost €2 and are taken in the bar. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, May 13, 3Ts 18-hole stableford sponsored by New Ross Credit Union: 1, Geraldine Mackey (13), 36 points; 2, Teresa Ryan (21), 34 points (last nine); 3, Kate Mackey (17), 34 points; 4, Francis O'Brien (26), 33 points (last nine); Senior, Patricia Quinn (28), 32 points.
Geraldine will go on to represent the club team in the regional 3Ts event in Dundrum House on September 22.
Wednesday, May 20: men's Captain's prize to the ladies, 18-hole stroke (medal and gross). Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. The timesheet is also in operation.
Friday, May 22: Captain's mixed nine-hole team event. Draw from 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24: open three-person scramble (men's and ladies).
Wednesday, May 27: P.G.A. Pro-Am qualifier, 18-hole stableford (first, second, third, team two).
Monday, June 8: open Scotch foursomes for men and ladies. The timesheet will open on May 19.
Wednesday, June 10: open singles men and ladies. The timesheet will open on May 21.
Congratulations to the Intermediate Cup team which beat Mount Juliet in Carrick-on-Suir last Monday.
Well done to the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy team which won three of the five matches against Enniscorthy in New Ross, also on Monday. They will play a return five matches against Enniscorthy in Enniscorthy next Monday to decide the winners of the county final. Good luck ladies!
Congratulations also to the Senior Foursomes team which beat Tramore in Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Good luck to the Junior Cup team which plays its third round match against Waterford in Carrick-on-Suir next Thursday.
Good luck also to the Junior Foursomes team which plays Arklow in Bunclody next Saturday.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
With the Rower-Inistioge classic pencilled in for last Thursday, we took a big group to Gowran Park on the previous Tuesday. There, we got a very warm welcome from management and staff and enjoyed a wonderful day's golf in fine but rather cold weather, but thankfully the rain kept away.
The course was in pristine condition with lush fairways and Augusta-like greens running fast and true which took the players a bit of getting used to.
It never ceases to amaze competitors how some golf courses insist on cutting the fairways down to the very grass roots, leading to the needless taking of divots when one is playing a shot. In Gowran Park one could sweep the ball off the lush fairways without any damage whatsoever to the surface.
As in all team games, gelling well together is the kernel of success, not having one individual playing a blinder and the rest lagging behind. On Tuesday that assertion was never more accurate, as the team of Martin Cahill (15), Robert O'Dwyer (20), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Tony Sexton (26) romped to victory with a terrific score of 90 points, collecting the Bushmill's in the process.
In second place on 85 points came John Shalloe (7), Eamon Delaney (16), John Kennedy (16) and John Joe Murray (20). The third spot was filled by Eddie Keher (8), Dan Quigley (19), Mick Somers (23) and Les Jastrebski (24) with 83 points.
Hughie O'Connor (16), John F. Roche (19), Jamesie Wallace (21) and Colin Casey (21) scored 82 points which was good enough to claim fourth spot. Nearest the pin prizes went to Tom Kent on the ninth hole and Jamesie Murphy on the tenth.
We have our annual visit to Tramore on Tuesday, May 26, where we will play a two New Ross/two Tramore team event. If you intend travelling please give your name to Jamesie Murphy as soon as possible (051-421151 or 085-1846172). This is in order to have our playing numbers forwarded to Tramore in order to make up the timesheet.
At the recent A.G.M. of the society, the following members were elected to serve for the coming year: Captain, David Feeney; Vice-Captain, Craig Treacy; Hon. Secretary, Joe Malone; Treasurer/President, Michael Jordan.
The next outing will be on Saturday, May 23, in Carrick-on-Suir at 10 a.m.
The list for entry is posted in Pauline's Bar, Irishtown and names should be attached before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Visitors are welcome to sign up for this outing.
Club jersey orders will be taken at the Carrick-on-Suir outing and the subsequent outing.
On behalf of the society, sympathy is extended to Ger Foley and family on the loss of their son, Thomas, recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Monday, May 11, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Marie Jones (17), 27 points; 2, Phil Flood (27), 23 points (back seven); 3, Theresa Kehoe (14), 23 points. Well done ladies.
Thursday, May 14, 18-hole v. par competition sponsored by Martin's Jewellers: 1, Beppi O'Connor (18), three up; 2, Denise Dunne (lady Vice-Captain, 23), one up; gross, Ruth Kennedy (6), five down; 3, Elaine Mullen (26), level (back nine); Senior, Mary Lambert (29), level; nearest the pin, Jacinta O'Neill, 1.5m.
A total of 50 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners. A special word of thanks to Martin's Jewellers for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and remember where possible please support our sponsors.
Well done to our Finn Trophy team on their win over Coollattin in Wexford on Tuesday, May 12. Team: Margaret Atkinson and Louise Boshoff, Sheila Richardson and Mary O'Leary (lady President), Irene Bolger and Anna Sullivan, Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain) and Denise Dunne (lady Vice-Captain), Masie Purcell and Breda Devoy. Subs. - Theresa Kehoe and Wendy Tiernan. Team manager was Eithne Walsh.
Best of luck to the following teams: Mixed foursomes play Borris in Borris/Wexford on Tuesday, May 19, at 4.30 p.m., with three teams at home and two away; Senior foursomes play Woodenbridge in Courtown on Sunday, May 24, at 4.30 p.m.; Junior Cup team plays Gowran Park in New Ross on Monday, May 25, at 3.30 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, May 21, is an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Joyces Expert.
The Pettigrew Cup was played in Rosslare on Sunday in very windy conditions.
The winner with 37 points was Ted Tierney (8). He had halves of 18 and 19 with the highlight of his round a great birdie three at the long fifth hole.
In second position was one of the young guns, John Brady (2), who had halves of 18 and 19 in a one over par round of 73. Philip Balfe (1) won the gross with a 73, finishing with an eagle three on the 18th. Jim Anglim (19) won the veterans with 34 points and Willie Cuddihy (10) was third on 36 points.
John Brady (1) had a great week when he won the open singles on Wednesday with 42 points. He had seven birdies and just two bogeys in a five under par round and now finds himself just one point from being a scratch golfer; not bad at 14 years of age.
In second position on 41 points was Hugh Byrne (14) who had halves of 22 and 19. Bill Brady (20) was third on 39 points. Gary Collins (+3) won the gross with 39 points and Jim Anglim (19) again won the veterans with 37 points.
Saturday fourball: 1, Ian (8) and Alan Cuddihy (16), 42 points; 2, Charlie (11) and Daryl O'Gorman (16), 42 points.
The Barton Cup team was very unlucky to go down to Bunclody 3-2. Ronan Lewis and Ken Maher won at home while Jack McGarry and Jim Goggin won in Bunclody. Derek Wickham and Nathan O'Brien, and Billy Davis and Mark O'Connor, both lost on the 18th away. Dermot Walsh and Conor Gavin lost at home.
The Barton Shield team will play in the qualifying round in Arklow on Saturday, May 23. Four teams will qualify to the matchplay on Sunday. The panel is John Brady, Gary Collins, Ian Lynch, Mark Mullen, Paul Murphy and Tony O'Leary. It would be nice to see this team win the Leinster title which they last won in 2013. Managers are Liam MacNamara and Davy Noonan.
On Sunday next there is a gents' singles. The Wednesday open (ladies and gents) continue. Visitors: €30.
The County Wexford Past Captains was played on Thursday. The winner with 38 points was Terry Fortune, beating John McDonald on the breakdown. Sixty players from the seven clubs competed.
Well done to Gary Collins who put up a great show in the Irish Amateur Open in Royal Dublin. He had rounds of 70, 77, 71 and 75 in very tough conditions to finish in 20th position.
There was widespread sorrow throughout the club during the week with the news of the death of Tommy Tierney. A long-standing member of the club and part of the committee for many years, Tommy was better known for his association with club teams.
He was manager of the Fred Daly team (Under-18) which won two All-Irelands and a Home Countries title in 2008 and 2009. He was also associated with the Jimmy Bruen team which won the All-Ireland title. All the members of the Fred Daly team formed a guard of honour at his funeral. To his wife, Nancy, and family, sincere sympathy is extended. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Monday, May 4, three-person team event (any combination): 1, John Benton Jnr. (8), John Benton (10), Boyd Scott (18), 82 points; 2, Kathleen Cullimore (15), Carol O'Brien (17), Joan Walsh (21), 81 points; 3, Pat Goff (13), John Hanrick (14), Jim Hennessy (17), 79 points (back nine).
Saturday, May 9, fourball stableford: 1, Valerie Doyle (12/9), Molly Cash (17/13), 41 points; 2, Catherine Howard (14/11), Moira Fortune (14/11), 39 points (back nine).
Tuesday, May 12, singles strokes, G.O.Y. and medal, C.S.S. 76, sponsored by Pettitt's SuperValu: 1, Valerie Doyle (12), 74 (back nine); 2, Joan Wallace (18), 74; gross, Niamh Byrne (11), 89.
Wednesday, May 13, open singles stableford, C.S.S. 76: 1, Mary O'Shaughnessy (15), 32 points.
Friday, May 15, yellow ball team competition: 1, Emily Power, Joseph Hudson, Paddy McKiernan, Eileen McKiernan, 78 points.
Our first major of the year, the lady President's prize, takes place on Saturday, May 23.
There will be a 12-hole competition on the Burrow course for super Seniors and Burrow members. Dinner is at 7.30 p.m. which will be followed by the presentation of prizes and music. We would like to wish our lady President, Susan Hogan, all the best for her day on Saturday.
This Friday, May 22, we will have our second yellow ball competition.
The competition on Sunday sponsored by Wexford Credit Union was won by Ger Lally (22) with a great score of 41 points.
Considering the windy conditions last weekend it was a fantastic score.
Results: 1, Ger Lally (22), 41 points; 2, Declan Roche (10), 40 points (back nine); 3, Valeri Amirhanov (18), 40 points; gross, Rhys Clarke, 32 points; 4, Greg Mullan (20), 39 points; vets., Seán Moynihan (27), 39 points; 5, Richard Buggy (15), 38 points.
A date for your diary: Saturday, July 4, independence day in St. Helen's. Four-person team event for the mammys and daddys with amusements for the children and hot dogs, burgers, music and craic for all. Full details later.
Gents' results - Wednesday, May 13, singles stableford: 1, Chris Dowling (23), 37 points; 2, Noel Patten (13), 36 points; 3, Gerry Byrne (13), 35 points.
Sunday, May 17, singles stableford: 1, Stuart O'Kennedy (12), 39 points; 2, Pádraig Bail (16), 36 points (countback); 3, Frank O'Kennedy (12), 36 points.
Ladies' results - Wednesday, May 13, singles stableford: 1, Kathleen Murphy (24), 35 points; 2, Frances Reid (21), 29 points (countback); 3, Mona McCormack (32), 29 points.
Saturday, May 16, singles stableford: 1, Susan Evans (13), 36 points; 2, Geraldine Smith (26), 26 points; 3, Bernie Furlong (18), 25 points.
Sunday, May 17, singles stableford: 1, Ann Parkinson (22), 31 points (countback); 2, Verona McConologue (24), 31 points; 3, Susan Stewart (18), 30 points.
Fixtures: Wednesday, May 20, open singles; Thursday, May 21, open Seniors; Saturday, May 23, 3Ts qualifier; Saturday, May 23, Tommy Moore Cup v. Baltinglass; Sunday, May 24, monthly medal; Sunday, May 24, ladies' Junior Cup v. Blainroe in Bunclody.