Golf club notes
Men: 1, Edwin Mulvey (12), 68; 2, Kevin Hempenstall (22), 68; 3, Kevin McCreary (15), 71.
Ladies: 1, Caroline Teahon (21), 74; 2, Vicky Clark (19), 76; 3, Emir Bruton (21), 76.
Enniscorthy hosted the prestigious Leinster Seniors Amateur championship on June 23 and 24, attracting an entry of players from all over Ireland to the south-east.
Players from Donegal to Fota Island on the west coast and from Portstewart to Rosslare on the east coast took part, with over 70 clubs represented. Leinster branch G.U.I. officials and players alike were generous in their praise of the hosting of the event and in particular the excellent condition of the course.
The overall winner was Nigel Duke from Killiney with rounds of 73 and 76, with his great rival, Mervyn Eager from Lucan, one shot further back. Nigel was thrilled with his win and paid tribute to the club for providing an excellent venue and promised to return in open week at the end of July.
John Ferriter, Chairman, Leinster Branch, in his presentation speech, thanked the club for providing the course and the full range of back-up facilities which facilitated the smooth running of the two-day event.
Captain Tommy Cooper welcomed all players and officials and said it was a proud occasion for him as Captain to receive such favourable comment on behalf of the club. He paid special tribute to course superintendent P.J. Dempsey and his course staff who presented the course in pristine condition.
He thanked James Donnelly and his team for providing the high-quality catering from early morning until late at night. He thanked Adrian Murphy and his bar staff, and Paul Leacy and Sinéad Fortune in the office who played a big part in the preparatory work for the event. Stephen Fitzpatrick and Ciara were thanked for looking after all the golfing needs in the Pro Shop.
All worked closely together to contribute to making the event a most enjoyable experience for all who took part. Our hard-working Handicap Secretary, Jim Mackey, was the leading home player which will give him bragging rights for the rest of the year.
The midweek was slightly curtailed because of the Leinster Seniors, however 94 players were still able to play. The overall winner was Ray Hutchinson (16) with 23 points (last three). Category 1 winner was Denis Dunbar (8) with 21 points. Category 2 winner was Des Kehoe (12) with 23 points. Category 3 winner was David McCafferty (16) with 21 points, and Category 4 winner was Martin Canavan (19) with 23 points. Congratulations to all the winners.
This Wednesday, July 1, our gents' semi open nine-hole competition is sponsored by the Post Office staff. Next weekend is a big day for our lady members as Helen Cosgrave will be presenting her lady Captain's prize on Saturday, July 4. The lady Captain is also holding a nine-hole competition for the men on Saturday with a shotgun start at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, is an open two-person competition. Our sponsor for this is WFC Oil.
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Two-person team event: 1, Caroline MacNeice (13), Liz McGoohan (18), 44 points.
Singles: 1, Rita O'Neill (18), 36 points; 2, Liz Fagan (35), 36 points; 3, Pauline Walker (17), 36 points.
Angela Merrigan won the ladies' prize with a fantastic 41 points in the ladies' and gents' singles on June 21. Pat Kinsella came second with 35 points - well done ladies.
Monday saw manager Irene Poole and the Miele team play Wicklow. After some very strong matches, Wicklow emerged the victors. Congratulations to Wicklow and well done to Courtown ladies on a hard-fought campaign.
Luca Boutique of Gorey sponsored the competition on Tuesday. Fiona Leacy's prizes were the cause of some serious golf.
Results: 1, Sarah Jones (26), 40 points; 2, Patricia Walters (19), 39 points; 3, Mona Moynihan (20), 37 points; Class A, Denise Kavanagh (13), 34 points; Class B, Celine O'Riordan (25), 37 points (back nine); Class C, Tina Smith (36), 34 points.
The nine-hole was won by Elizabeth Kiernan (36) with 15 points, and second was Anne Kearney (36) with 14 points. Nearest the pin on the 18th was Denise Kavanagh. Thank you to Fiona and Luca Boutique for the generous prizes.
Our lady Captain's away Day was held on Saturday - we went as far away as Seafield Golf Club! The draw for teams had already been taken place but there were some last-minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
The format was a three-person scramble which everyone really enjoyed, and the winning team was Denise Kavanagh (13), Eileen Cullen (17) and Helen Mundow (31) with a handicap allowance of 6.1 and a score of 64.9.
A very enjoyable and social day was had by all who participated. A record number of balls were lost and one team who shall be nameless claimed the record, having lost 14 balls between them.
There were prizes for everybody in the audience. Thank you to Mary Kilbride and Catherine Quinn who did all the organising. It's looking like this could become an annual event.
Third medal, June 18: 1, Mary Jordan (25), 66 nett; 2, Marita Byrne (17), 68 nett; gross, Terri Byrne (5), 81; 3, Frances Houlihan (28), 70 nett.
Pro-Am team results, June 25: 1, Patrick Geraghty (Druid's Glen), Eugene Roche, Alan Murphy, Pádraig Sweeney, 93 points; 2, Cian McNamara (Monkstown), Captain Pat St. Ledger, Ian St. Ledger, Bríd St. Ledger, 92 points; 3, Eddie Doyle (Heritage), Margaret Moore, Tony Foran, Tom Byrne, 92 points; 4, Frank Holly (Charleville), Darren Laird, John Moore, Jim Robertson, 91 points; 5, Eamonn Brady (Clontarf), Ben McLellan, James Bodels, Fiona Bodels, 90 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Mick Kenny (19), 23 points; 2, Tommy Dunne (12), 21 points; 3, Derek Kavanagh (11), 21 points.
The June medal was played over the weekend, strokeplay from the back tees. The course was in perfect condition with a strong wind on both days.
The winner was Richard Doyle (17) with a great score of 84 nett 67. C.S.S. was 72, indicating how tough the course was playing. Only two players from a big field broke 80.
Ger O'Brien (8) won silver with an excellent 76 nett 68, and Tommy Dunne (12) won the bronze with 82 nett 70.
The gross prize went to Mark Miskella who shot 79. The front nine prize went to Michael Brennan and the back nine went to Ed Walsh.
The draw for the matchplay was made Sunday evening, with the first round to be completed by July 12.
Our Captain's qualifier took place over the weekend with some great scores coming in. The full list of qualifiers can be found online by logging into BRS.
The times for the final round next Saturday are available now. We wish all the qualifiers the very best this Saturday and also wish our Captain, Alan, the best.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We had one of the best outings of the season at Dungarvan on Monday. On a course that was in pristine condition with fairways like carpets and slick greens, our ten teams unanimously declared that this was by far the best course we played on this year.
Why some greenkeepers persist in cutting fairways to the bone in this dry weather is hard to understand, as the Dungarvan man explained by leaving a growth of grass you save the fairways from players taking divots when playing a shot.
We had a battle royal in our three-person team event and two teams dead-heated for the number one spot. By virtue of the third man having a better score, the trio of Andy Ronan (13, 35 points), John F. Roche (17, 31 points) and Jamesie Murphy (23, 34 points) were declared winners with a team total of 100 points.
The runners-up on the same total were Steve Travis (14, 30 points), Luke Power (18, 37 points) and John Joe Cullen (17, 33 points). Third place went to Patsy Farrell (17, 34 points), Larry Shannon (19, 30 points) and Tom Kent (26, 35 points), giving them a final total of 98 points.
In the open singles competition in which we also participated, John Joe Murray brought in a great score of 39 points, but the back-up for team scores was not forthcoming for the gallant John Joe.
Back home on Thursday, conditions were anything but favourable with a stiff south-westerly wind persisting all day and the going was tough. However, one team reached the projected target of 90 points and they turned out to be, in racing parlance, short head winners.
Patsy Farrell (17), John Fitzpatrick (18), Liam Glasheen (19), and Ron Goodwin (20) with two nines of 49 and 41 took home the whiskey. Aidan Kent (16), John Kennedy (16) Tony Sexton (26) and Ollie Brennan (26) filled second place with 89 points.
Third on 86 points were Tony Harford (12), John Joe Cullen (17), Seán O hUginn (18) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (22). Nearest the pin prizes went to Tony Harford on the ninth hole and Kevin Treacy on the eleventh.
On Tuesday, July 14, we travel to Faithlegg G.C. for our major outing of the year with lots of extra prizes up for grabs. The entry fee of €20 will be collected this coming Thursday, July 2, and all who intend travelling are asked to have same on the day.
The teams will be announced in the golfing columns of the 'Standard' on July 7 and will also be displayed at the Meals on Wheels event in the club on July 9. We have a block booking at Faithlegg and tee-times must be strictly adhered to.
Manning the draw board for July are John Joe Cullen, Larry Shannon and John Joe Murray.
A very pleasant function took place last week in the club when a group of Senior golfers gathered to help celebrate the 90th birthday of the truly remarkable Michael Martin. He had just completed 18 holes of golf with his friends, Willie Byrne, Andy Ronan and Jimmy Ryan, when the surprise party awaited him in the restaurant, with refreshments looked after by his daughter, Mary.
Many tributes were paid to Michael who can only be described as a thorough gentleman who touched the lives of all whom he came in contact throughout his four score and ten years. Here's hoping you have many more years of health and happiness Michael - no one deserves it more.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, June 24, Pro-Am qualifier team three: 1, Eileen Cullinan (18), 44 points; 2, Anne Bailey (23), 39 points; 3, Marguerite Sutton (22), 37 points (last nine).
Wedneday, July 1, lady Captain's prize (Mary Dungan), first 18-hole stroke (medal). A timesheet only is in operation which is now open. Please put your name on the timesheet and a draw from the timesheet will be done on the day.
Thursday, July 2, lady Captain's nine-hole mixed team event from 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, lady Captain's second 18-hole stroke (medal). A timesheet only is in operation which is now open. Please put your name on the timesheet and a draw from the timesheet will be done on the day.
There will be a buffet supper in the clubhouse at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Please put your name on the list in the locker room if you wish to partake.
Wednesday, July 8, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre.
Wednesday, July 15, 18-hole stableford P.G.A. Tankard (postponed from June) sponsored by James and Paul, Pro Shop.
Wednesday, July 22, men's President's prize (Seamus Power) to the ladies - 18-hole stroke (medal).
Commiserations to the Senior foursomes who were beaten by Wexford in Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Michael Ryan Jnr. was the talk of New Ross last week as he turned in a magnificent performance in the elite Irish Boys' Amateur Open at Tuam Golf Club. Having opened with steady rounds of 73 and 75 to lie in the top ten, Michael turned on the style in the third round by firing a brilliant 69 to catapult himself into second place, five behind France's Adrien Pendaries who had shot a course record 65.
Michael closed within two of the lead after a good front nine in the final round, but the Frenchman held his nerve and produced very good golf in the back nine to seal the title, leaving Michael in second place - a brilliant result for the likeable New Ross man in an event that attracted an international field.
Michael is a credit to himself, his parents and a great ambassador for New Ross Golf Club. Typical of his commitment to New Ross Golf Club is that he made the long journey from Tuam to play for New Ross in the Senior Cup match against Kilkenny in Carlow the following morning.
The New Ross team turned in a very good performance against their highly-fancied opposition. Robbie Farrell pulled off a great six and four win, before Derek Ronan and Andrew Ryan both lost on the 18th, with Alan Furness going down on the 17th to three-time Irish Close champion Eddie Power. Michael Ryan Jnr. was called in when all square on the 18th.
The Irish Junior foursomes team of Aidan O'Neill, David Walsh, Ronan Whelan and Dylan Farrell missed out on qualification by just two shots in their regional qualifier at Callan last week. Well done and hard luck to all involved.
The Duggan Cup team bowed out against Callan in their match last weekend. Paschal Bolger and Eamon Dungan and Pat Whelan and Joe O'Farrell both secured comfortable home wins, with Val Molloy and Cyril Stafford and Mathew Wall and Peter Waters out of luck.
The deciding match involving Bob Doyle and Harry Reinhardt went all the way to the 18th with the match going Callan's way. Well done to all involved and thank you to team manager John Howlin.
The Centenary Cup, sponsored by Mannion's Bar, was hotly contested last weekend. Once again the course stood up to the test, with 67 the winning score.
Seán Mackey (8) was the man to produce the better 67, taking home the cup ahead of John O'Connor (8) by virtue of a better back nine. Andrew Ryan (5) took third place with a 68, and with it went to the top of the rankings in both the golfer of the year and Culcita trophy order of merits.
Robert Farrell won the gross with a brilliant one under 69 and the categories went to Aidan O'Neill (6, 70), John Holden (12, 69) and Michael Kavanagh (16, 69). Well done to all who took part and thank you to Emmett Hall and Lisa Saunders of Mannion's Bar for their support.
Last week's Tuesday fourball was played out in good conditions and sponsored by Ger Martin of the Golden Grill Restaurant/Take Away, Irishtown, New Ross. Noel Barr (15) and John Whelan (16) delivered the best score with a great effort of 37 points.
Derek Ronan (2) and Tony Coppola (23), and Eddie Kent (20) and Robert O'Dwyer (20), took the categories with 36 and 35 points respectively. Thank you to Ger Martin for his support. This week's competition is sponsored by Michael Lyng Motors.
Next weekend is another busy one at New Ross, with the lady Captain's (Mary Dungan) mixed taking place on Thursday from 4 p.m., and the Lady Captain's prize to the men's section taking place over Friday and Saturday. The Fleetwood Cup, sponsored by Fleetwood Paints, takes place next Sunday.