Golf club notes
May 9-10: 1, Pauline Walker (19), 35 points.
Rathwood open, May 13: 1, Terri Byrne (5), Linda Byrne (13, Bunclody), 44 points (back six); 2, Ann Lynch (20), Kathleen Hill (20), 44 points; gross, Caroline MacNeice (13), Joan Fitzgerald (15), 25 points; 3, Deirdre Baynes (23), Noelle Saddier (21, Rathfarnham), 43 points; 4, Geraldine Jones (35), Cathy Carr (35, Rathfarnham), 41 points (back six).
Seventy ladies turned out to play for the gorgeous prizes provided by Halford's Hair Studio on Tuesday, May 12. Maeve Halford along with Niamh Larkin and Elaine Ryan from Halford's attended the presentation, with Maeve presenting the prizes.
They also provided a number of pickie-outs which generated great excitement in the clubhouse. A big thank you to all in Halford's for your sponsorship.
Results: 1, Stella Kehoe (21), 71; 2, Siobhán Freeney (17), 76; gross, Sorcha Howell (4), 84; 3, Margaret Dooley (29), 76 (back nine); 4, Patty Flynn (25), 78; Class A, Marian Sinnott (17), 78; Class B, Mary Osborne (20), 79; Class C, Breda Nolan (34), 82.
The nine-hole stableford was won by Mona Sheehan (29) with 15 points (back three). Second with 15 points was Ann O'Reilly (27).
Thursday, May 14, saw Courtown host Blainroe in the Finn Trophy. At the end of a great day's golf, Blainroe emerged the winners with a three and two victory. Congratulations to Blainroe and the best of luck in the remainder of the campaign.
Saturday, May 16, saw our Junior foursomes team take on Woodenbridge in Arklow. It was a lovely afternoon for a game of golf and our ladies came away with the win. Well done to all concerned.
Improved weather on Tuesday, May 12, saw the ladies' stroke/medal competition sponsored by Pettitt's go ahead.
Results: 1, Aisling O'Leary (1), 70 nett; 2, Mary Murphy (27), 71 nett; gross, Ciara Sharkey (4), 81; 3, Stellah Sinnott (11), 74 nett; 4, Judy Gregan (20), 77 nett; Senior, Teresa Bailey (15), 79 nett; 36 handicap, Patricia Cullen (36), 84 nett; nine-hole competition, Patricia Thornton-Byrne (36/18), 13 points.
Aisling O'Leary is our lowest handicapper and former Junior Irish international. While equalling her own course record, Aisling shot six birdies on a day when conditions were extremely tough and challenging.
Turning after nine at one under with birdies at seven and nine, she was red hot on the back nine, carding four birdies on 11, 13, 14 and 17. Her existing record was carded four years ago in May, 2011 while playing off four, and she is now off a handicap of seven.
That card is proudly framed on the clubhouse wall and will be replaced by virtue of a better back nine, but with a long summer of golf ahead of her, the ladies' section might be very busy keeping it up to date! Well done Aisling.
This Tuesday, May 19, is a singles stableford competition sponsored by Bourke's Jewellers. Thursday, May 21, sees the second outing of the open Seniors competition sponsored by Mervyn Cooney. The list fills up fast for this competition so make sure to get your name down well on time.
Sunday, May 24, is the second evening mixed competition sponsored by J. Donohoe Beverages. This is always a great fun-filled event so be sure not to miss it.
The following Tuesday, May 26, is a stroke/medal competition sponsored by J. Donohoe Beverages. The lady President's competition, previously scheduled for this date, has been transferred to August 18.
The first round of the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy was held in New Ross on Monday, May 11. Enniscorthy, under the management of Mary McCauley, finished two up and are now gearing up for the next round which is a home match on May 18.
Saturday, May 16, saw a very comprehensive victory in the Finn Trophy by an on-form Enniscorthy team, mananged by Mary Halligan. It was a beautiful evening which perfectly enhanced the excellent golf from the Enniscorthy ladies. The team is now through to the second round and will face either Borris or Kilkenny. Many congratulations to the two teams and their manangers.
The ring competition is up and running so don't forget to take part. If you're not in, you can't win! The draw for the Joker was made on May 10. President John Cullen's name was drawn out of the hat but the Joker escaped yet again.
The pot now stands at a whopping €1,170 so make sure to keep on trying. The next draw is on Sunday, May 24, following the mixed nine-hole competition and the Bloomfield play-off.
The fundraiser day on May 15 was a fantastic success with great support from members who then enjoyed an evening of song and music provided by Jimmy and Lar, and the club choir. Many thanks to Treacy's Hotel for their most generous sponsorship.
The next meeting of book club members is on Tuesday, May 19, at 8 p.m. The skills course run by Stephen Fitzpatrick, our golf professional, will commence on Thursday, June 4, between 3 and 4 p.m., and Friday, June 5, between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.
Finally, many players will have noticed a beautifully-crafted wooden seat placed at the ladies' sixth tee-box. The plaque notes that it is in memory of John Kinsella, a loyal and popular member of the club who sadly passed away some years ago.
On lady Captain's day, John always left a crate full of oranges and bananas for players, a thoughtful gesture which was much appreciated and will now stay in our memories as we pass that spot. Many thanks to Marjorie and family for the donation.
Enniscorthy Golf Club held a very successful fundraiser event on Friday. The weather obliged unlike on Thursday when the open gents' Senior had to be called off.
Approximately one hundred players took part and for the record the winners were Paddy Hore, Joe Delaney, Philip Browne and Adam Jordan with 90 points. Congratulations also to Seán O'Leary who was winner of the hamper draw.
A great night of music and singing took place in the clubhouse afterwards, the highlight being a virtuoso performance by our own Tommy O'Rourke. Enniscorthy Golf club would like to thank all those who played and all those who performed. A special word of thanks to Anton and Yvonne Treacy who sponsored the event of behalf of Treacy's Hotel Group.
The Joker Jackpot now stands at €1,170 and tickets are available in the Pro Shop or bar. The next draw takes place on Sunday, May 24.
Jim Delaney was the sponsor for the gents' midweek nine-hole competition in which 114 played. The overall winner was Tom Clince (15) with 21 points (last six). Category one went to Martin Sludds (6) with 21 points, while category two was won by Eamon Whitty (12) with 21 points (last six). Category 3 went to Billy Whelan (16) with 20 points (last six), while category four was won by Damian McGrath (19) with 20 points.
This weekend was the second gents' golfer of the year competition sponsored by P.G.A. Tankard. A total of 181 players took part. Standard scratch for Saturday was 75 and on Sunday it was 73.
In first place was Paul Wrafter (12) with 66 nett. Second place went to Pat Quirke (6) with 68 nett. The gross winner was Cormac Martin (3) with 76. Third was John Casey (10) with 69, fourth was Michael Redmond (22) with 70 nett (back nine), and fifth was Eddie Doyle (15) with 70 nett (back nine). Congratulations to all the winners.
Wednesday, May 20, is a gents' semi open nine-hole competition sponsored by Kilcannon Garden Centre.
Next weekend is one of our major events in the playing calendar, the Bloomfield Cup. It will also be the third of our gents' singles golfer of the year competitions. The sponsor as always is J. Donohoe Beverages.
On Sunday evening, May 24, there is also a mixed nine-hole competition sponsored again by J. Donohoe Beverages.
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Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Mick Kenny (19), 22 points; 2, Bartie Kehoe (20), 22 points; 3, Eugene O'Brien (12), 22 points.
The weekend v. par saw a big turn-out with scoring difficult in strong wind both days. Donal Byrne (4) coped well with the wind and won on four up.
Derek Kavanagh (12), fresh from a sterling performance in New Ross, was second also on four up, holding off Mark Read (16).
The Pierce Purcell team in New Ross on Saturday missed out on qualification by 12 strokes (three shots per team) but played very well and were a bit unlucky not to get through. Fourteen clubs were involved and Wexford, Waterford, New Ross and Callan got through to the matchplay on Sunday.
Scotch foursomes, Saturday, May 16: 1, Barry Symes (1), Stephen Redmond (20), 68.4; 2, Ollie Quigley (12), Pat Byrne (15), 68.8; 3, Dan Conroy (28), Joe Kavanagh (28), 69.
The Intermediate and Junior Scratch Cups were held on Sunday, May 17.
Intermediate: 1, Ciarán Sheridan (4), 76; 2, Niall Furlong (6), 78; 3, John Furlong (6), 78; nett, Dermot Prendergast (8), 73.
Junior: 1, Aidan Quirke (11), 80; 2, Kevin Horan (12), 82; 3, Jim Hughes (10), 82; nett, John Doran (18), 72.