Golf club notes
NEW ROSS SENIORS
It was a busy week for the Seniors group, starting off with a visit to Faithlegg on Tuesday where we had nine four-person teams and one threeball playing in our own competition.
After a rather misty morning the day cleared up and the afternoon was perfect for golf on a course in immaculate condition. The scoring was good considering the early rain and all agreed that it was a most successful outing. Many thanks to all in Faithlegg, the Pro Shop, and the restaurant for looking after us so well - it was much appreciated.
Coming home in the number one spot were Willie Whitty (17), Aidan O'Connor (18), Patsy Farrell (19) and Tom Kent (26) with a score of 91 points. On 88 points and placed second were Denis Kirwan (11), John Murphy (18), Willie Naddy (19) and Jamesie Murphy (23).
The third spot went to the three-man team of Dick Cuddihy (12), Andy Ronan (13) and Michael Gannon (17) with 86 points (80 + 6), and John Browne (13), John Hanrahan (18), Dick Cahill (18) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (22) scored 84 points to get the fourth prize.
Back in New Ross on Thursday we endured lousy weather which made good golf a lottery with heavy rain pouring down almost non-stop, and there was no 90 points-plus achievable. Teams pulled up, abandoned the game after nine or 14 holes as with people and gear getting soaked it was no longer fun.
Three hardy fourballs defied the elements however and, as per Senior rules, whoever plays the full 18 holes are deemed to be the only ones eligible for prizes. As it turned out only three teams completed the course and Tony Harford (12), Tom Murphy (15), John Joe Cullen (18) and Michael Somers (23) took home the whiskey with a score of 79 points.
It took a breakdown to decide who finished second and after much deliberation Eamon Delaney (16), Noel Kehoe (18), Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (22) and Tom Kent (26) took that position with 76 points. On the same total and in third place came Paddy Shannon (10), Willie Naddy (18), Martin Forristal (20) and Brian Dolan (22), also with 76 points.
Nearest the pin prize for the ninth hole went to Michael Long - but who has picked up three of our measuring tapes which are still missing? Thursday, July 23, is open singles day and we have our next fixture on Thursday, July 30.
On a sad note, the sympathy of the Seniors group goes to our popular bar attendant, Breda Hennessy, on the recent sudden death of her father, Miceál Hanrahan from Cooleen, Tullogher who passed away so quickly on Monday, July 6. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
We held our Captain's prize in Tramore Golf Club on Saturday, July 12.
A total of 52 golfers took part and Aiden Cullen was victorious and was presented with the winning trophy by the Captain, Colm Murphy, in Molloy's Bar, Fethard afterwards.
Results: 1, Aiden Cullen (15), 39 points; 2, Mark O'Mahoney (4), 37 points; 3, Seán Foley (19) 37 points; Cat.1: 1, Colm Murphy; 2, George Foley; 3, Val Molloy; Cat. 2: 1, David Chapman; 2, Pat O'Connell; 3, Kenny Barry; Cat. 3: 1, John Conway; 2, Kevin Meaney; 3, Larry Crosbie; front nine, Noel Molloy; back nine, Paul Whelan; nearest the pin, Cyril Stafford; longest drive, Peter Whelan.
The next outing is on August 8 in Carlow.
The Molloy's Bar golfer of the year competition is heating up with Colm Murphy taking a slender lead over bookies' favourite Eamon Wall.
Brian Furlong, Francis Barden, Billy Wallace, Ned Browne, Liam Wall and Mark O'Mahoney are still in the hunt along with Val Molloy who is looking to sneak up on the rail.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, July 15, P.G.A. Tankard 18-hole stableford sponsored by James and Paul in the Pro Shop: 1, Mary Shannon (16), 37 points (last nine); 2, Kay Kelleher (25), 37 points; 3, Cliona Barrett (21), 35 points (last nine); gross, Mary Kavanagh, 25 points; Senior, Anna Murphy (23), 34 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, July 22, men's President's prize (Seamus Power) to the ladies, 18-hole stroke (medal). Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation.
Wednesday, July 29, Countess of Granard foursomes, 18-hole stableford, sponsored by Bailey's Framing and Gift Centre. Timesheet only.
Thursday, July 30, men's President's nine-hole mixed team event from 4 p.m.
Good luck to the Intermediate team which plays its semi-final match against Waterford in Faithlegg on Thursday, July 23, at 2.30 p.m. All support will be welcome.
The members of New Ross battled it out for the Military Cup last weekend in reasonably benign conditions. Leading the cavalry charge was Tommie Ryan (16) who used all the weapons in his arsenal to shoot a spectacular 62 and capture the cup!
Declan Doyle (14) came home in second place with a great score of 66, good enough to win on most weekends but not this occasion. Michael Ryan Jnr. (scr.) capped a brilliant week for himself by shooting a superb round of 67 (three under) to finish in third place.
Having reached the turn in two over, Michael blitzed the back nine, recording five birdies in a blistering homeward run of 31 strokes. Michael had earlier in the week received the call from the Leinster boys' selectors and will be part of the Leinster team at the inter-provincials which take place at Athlone Golf Club this week.
It is a brilliant and well-deserved achievement for Michael, and a great honour for the club. The last New Ross representative at Leinster boys' level was Nigel Colfer in 2002.
The Military Cup gross went to Robbie Farrell with a 72, whilst the categories went to Aaron Cashin (5, 68), Seán Furlong (12, 69) and James O'Brien (18, 67).
Thank you to Eddie Sweeney of Sweeney's Garden Centre for their continued and generous support.
The Nolan Transport-sponsored Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups take place on Saturday, July 25, with the July open singles on Thursday, July 23, and another open singles taking place on Sunday, July 26. The timesheets are now live for all of those competitions.
The timesheets are also now live for Seamus Power's President's prize, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday. The last of our teams standing, incidentally managed by President Seamus Power, face Enniscorthy in a third round clash on Sunday at 3 p.m. We wish all involved the very best of luck.
There was a great turn-out for last week's Tuesday fourball sponsored by CMP Services, with some great scoring to match. Best of the field were Steve Roche (11) and Daryl Walsh (18) with a scorching 38 points. John (Kk) Hartley (16) and Donal Hosey (6), and James Kent (17) and Eddie Kent (19), took home the category prizes, both recording scores of 37 points.
Thanks to CMP Services for their continued and generous support. This week's competition is sponsored by Sanrose Ltd.
Tuesday, July 14, was an open stableford competition sponsored by Flowers by Grace. Weather conditions were extremely challenging for early players, with driving rain hampering performance.
Later competitors fared much better with sun and balmy conditions. Prizes were the beautiful flower arrangements of Grace.
Results: 1, Aisling O'Leary (1), 38 points (back nine); 2, Caitríona Hogan (10), 38 points; 3, Laura Dempsey (6), 37 points; 4, Lucy Healy (12), 36 points; 5, Deirdre Kavanagh (21), 35 points (back nine); 6, Ailish Doyle (26), 35 points (back six); 7, Elizabeth Browne (13), 35 points (back two); 8, Joan Dunbar (22), 35 points; 36 handicap, Catherine Ryan (36), 34 points.
Tuesday, July 21, is the Captain's prize to the ladies and is a stroke/medal competition. Thursday, July 23, kicks off open week with a ladies' and gents' open Seniors competition, sponsored by Cois na hAbhainn.
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, is an open three-person team event sponsored by Kevin Frayne of Mace/Maxol. Monday, July 27, sponsored by Martin's, Londis, and Tuesday, July 28, sponsored by Tyre World/Treacy's Hotel, is an open singles ladies' and gents' competition.
Wednesday, July 29, sponsored by Ballyhuskard, is an open two-person team competition and Friday, July 31, is an open four-person scramble sponsored by Greenville Stores. Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, is an open three-person team event sponsored by Audi Ireland, while Monday, August 3, finishes with an open two-person team competition sponsored by My Sport.
Tuesday, August 4, is our lady President's prize (Connie Doyle) and will be a stroke/medal competition. Very best wishes to lady President Connie on her special day!
Our Senior foursomes team, under the management of Lucy Healy, meets Wexford at 4 p.m. on July 25 in Waterford Golf Club. Best of luck ladies.
Many congratulations to manager, Cora Mernagh, whose Miele team defeated Faithlegg on July 13 in a home and away fixture. It was a knife-edge, thrilling finish and great credit is due to the Enniscorthy ladies who held their nerve to the very end. Well done ladies!
Open singles sponsored by Joe O'Reilly, SuperValu Bunclody: 1, Sheila Richardson (Wexford, 9), 37 points; 2, Noeleen Williams (21), 36 points; gross, Anne Ryan (10), 22 points; 3, Caroline Browne (24), 35 points; 4, Anne Beirne (Enniscorthy, 30), 35 points.
It's Tuesday, July 14, and Saturday, July 18, and it's the lady Captain's prize. A full timesheet on both days meant serious competition and at the close of play on Tuesday the leaders were Sorcha Howell (5) with a nett 68, Gretta Duke (26) with nett 71 and Anne Smyth (25) with nett 72. The top 15 players were seeded and with only a few points between them an exciting day was promised for Saturday.
Unfortunately, Anne Smyth had to withdraw as her son developed tonsillitis. We hope he'll be better soon.
Saturday dawned and while the day was dry the wind was providing a problem here and there around the course - just another factor to take into account. At the end of the day we had a draw and the prize was awarded on countback. Well done to all the winners and to all who took part.
Lady Captain Bronagh delivered her speech to the assembled crowd in the clubhouse on Saturday evening, thanking everybody who had helped to make her prize special. She then went on to present her specially-commissioned prize.
Results: 1, Gretta Duke (26), 143; 2, Sorcha Howell (5), 143 (countback); gross, Sarah Donnellan (10), 177; 3, Cecelia O'Riordan (25), 154; 5, Pat Kinsella (19), 155; 6, Helen Mundow (29), 156; 7, Patty Flynn (25), 256 (countback); past Captains, Nell Aspel (21), 157; 8, Mairéad Carty (22), 157; 9, Breda Spencer (24), 157 (countback); 10, Margaret Wilkinson (16), 159; day one: 1, Anne Smyth (25), 72; 2, Ann Bernie (15), 75); day two: 1, Rosie Maher (34), 74; 2, Fiana Holland (20), 75; Quinn Cup (played for one day one), Bríd Lillis (36), 79; veteran's prize, Caroline Dale (28), 159; Juniors: 1, Muireann O'Connor (30), 43; 2, Caroline Hewitt (8), 33; nearest the pin: 14th, Siobhán Freeney; 18th, Sorcha Howell; longest drive 12th hole, Sorcha Howell; nine-hole scramble (day one): 1, Mary Cooper (36-18), 15 points; 2, Andrea Godkin (36-18), 14 points.
On Tuesday evening there was a three-hole scramble for the ladies of the golf taster programme. In first place were Derbhilla McCrea, Elaine O'Connor and Mary O'Rourke with nine points. Second place went to Theresa Poole, Bridget Stafford-Kavanagh and Fiona O'Doherty with eight points.
Gents' nine-hole stableford (day two): 1, Vinnie Kavanagh (12), 19 points; 2, Colin Sunderland (8), 19 points (countback); 3, Harry Poole (23), 19 points (countback).
Eileen Cullen was given a memento for her hole-in-one on the third on Saturday. Following the presentation there was music and dancing until the small hours and a great night was had by all.
On Tuesday, July 21, we have an open day sponsored by Marion McKenna of La Creme Boutique. We are looking forward to that and hopefully the weather will be kind.
Fourth medal, July 11, 12, 14: 1, Terri Byrne (5), 72 nett; 2, Beatrice Ensor (25), 75 nett; gross, Margaret Moore (13), 89; 3, Helen Redmond (26), 75 nett.
Open day sponsored by Donohoe's Motors (BMW), Enniscorthy, July 18: 1, Louise Galligan (24), 37 points; 2, Noeleen Williams (Coollattin, 21), 36 points; gross, Ber Dunphy (Mountrath, 18), 34 points; 3, Mary Jordan (23), 33 points; 4, Maria Dunphy-Redmond (Mountrath, 19), 32 points.
A big thank you to Donohoe's Motors (BMW) of Enniscorthy for their sponsorship of this event.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, John Murphy (14), 22 points; 2, Mick Kenny (17), 22 points; 3, Shane Fox (10), 20 points.
The weekend singles stableford saw a good turn-out and some very good weather. Despite the heavy Saturday night rain, the course was in superb condition.
Damien Maher (19) had a great round and won first prize with 43 points. Frank Hayes (18) was second with 40 points.
Seán Furlong (9) held off Andrew Byrne for third, and Andrew got the fourth prize.
Tommy Dunne won the front nine prize with Derek Kavanagh taking the back nine prize.
Doyle's Garages Courtown matchplay round one: Donal Byrne beat John Ward; Brian Delaney beat Ger O'Brien; Seán Furlong beat Mark Miskella; Charlie Logan beat David Doyle; Greg Gilbert beat Liam Morris; Karl Chapple beat John Fitzpatrick; Pádraig Grainger beat Christy Dodson; Sammy Walker w.o. from Paul Swinburne; Tom Keogh beat David Fitzgerald; John Doran beat Ian Byrne.
Round two: Derek Kavanagh beat Peter Byrne; Anthony D. Doyle beat Ron Breen; John Doyle beat Stephen Greene.