Golf club notes
It was that time again at New Ross last weekend for the July medal sponsored by Bulmers. Ned Lyng (10) has shown some good form this year and he put that form to good use in carding a 68 to edge out Tommy Liston (7) on the countback and take home a much prized medal.
Aidan O'Neill (6) took third place with Michael Ryan Jnr. taking home the gross. The categories went the way of Declan Breen (8, 69), Cyril Stafford (13, 69) and Noel Kehoe Jnr. (17, 70). Thank you to Bulmers, and their representative Dick Merrigan, for their continued and generous support.
The members turn their attention next weekend to Seamus Power's President's prize, the second of three majors in the year. The event kicks off with the President's mixed on Thursday evening. It is a nine-hole mixed three-person team event with a draw for partners from 3.45p.m.
The first 18 of the President's prize takes place over Friday and Saturday, with the top 99 going forward to the final 18 on Sunday. The President's prize presentation and social take place from 9 p.m. on Sunday. All are welcome to what should be a most enjoyable night.
Michael Ryan Jnr. once again represented himself, the club and on this occasion his province with distinction as he took part in the boys' Under-18 interprovincials at Athlone Golf Club last week. Michael had a perfect record of six wins from six, the only player from all four provinces that went unbeaten, and his contribution helped Leinster to retain the title.
Michael is competing at the Leinster boys' championships at Balcarrick this week before having a tilt at the Irish close championships in Tramore later in the month. We wish Michael continued success in what is a brilliant season for him.
The performance of the week at home went to Alan Furness (3) who carded an excellent two under par round for 41 points to win the July open singles. Second place went to John Foley (21, Hibernian Golf Club) also on 41 points, whilst Jim Howlin (11) took third on 40 points.
In category A, Tony Redmond (17, 37 points), Tom Murphy (15, 36 points) and John Fitzpatrick (18, 35 points) made up the top three in that order. The category B winner was Pat Traynor (19, 35 points) and he was followed home by Jim Ryan (22, 34 points) and Rev. John French (20, 34 points).
Last week's Tuesday fourball, sponsored by Sanrose Ltd., was dominated by visitors with Jim McGee (12, Wexford) and John Murphy (22, Ballymoney) winning overall with a brilliant 38 points.
Cat. A went to natives George Walsh (12) and John Shalloe (6) on 37 points, whilst Callan's Joey Holden (18) and Cillian Buckley (16) won Cat. B with 37 points. This week's edition is sponsored by John Somers Construction.
Congratulations to Gary Collins who achieved his best feat so far in Senior golf when he reached the final in the North of Ireland championship in Royal Portrush. In the qualifying round he finished in the top ten of the 150 players competing with rounds of 67 and 72.
He then had victories over G. Lappin (Belvoir Park) three and two, and R. Dawson (Faithlegg) by the same margin to reach the semi-final. Here he was two down with two to play against C. Rafferty (Dundalk), who had beaten Walker Cup contender Dermot McElroy in the previous round, but recovered to win on the 20th.
In the final against Irish international and hot favourite J.R. Galbraith (Whitehead), Gary looked in command for the first twelve holes at which stage he was two up. In strong winds and rain he lost the 13th, 15th and 16th to go one down but won the 18th to square matters.
On the 19th he missed a two and a half foot putt for victory with his opponent then getting a birdie on the 20th to lift the title. It was a great performance by Gary and hopefully the start of something big. Mark Mullen with rounds of 69 and 74 also reached the matchplay stage but went out in the second round.
Congratulations to John Brady, Jack McGarry and Brendan Rossiter who were part of the Leinster boys' team which competed in the inter-provincials in Athlone during the week.
On Sunday the singles competition in Rosslare was sponsored by Fortune's Pharmacy and was won with 40 points by Dermot Downer (9). Dermot had halves of 21 points and 19 points which included birdies at the eighth and 17th. Second on 39 points was David Twomey (8), with the winner's brother, Luke (11), third on 38 points.
John Gallagher (19) was fourth also on 38 points. John Brady (1) won the gross with 35 points and Michael Geraghty (12) won the veterans with 38 points.
Saturday fourball: 1, Kevin Foran (14) and John Barron (7), 39 points; 2, Dermot Kelly (8) and Niall McGuinness (16), 39 points; 3, Brian Duffy (14) and Aidan Ryan (11), 38 points.
Friday, St. Brigid's charity sponsored by Burrow Caravan Park: 1, Niamh Byrne (9), Carmel Horgan (14), Michael Horgan (19), Pat Byrne (32), 89 points; 2, Jim McVeagh (3), Kevin Foran (14), Bill Underwood (18), C. McVeagh (18), 86 points; 3, Martin Roche (7), Seamus (18), Ann (25) and Eamonn Cullimore (28), 84 points.
The Wednesday open singles competition produced a great score of 44 points by Denis Asple (10). Despite of double bogeys at the fifth and 13th, Denis fought back with birdies at the third, seventh, 12th, 15th and 18th in halves of 22 points. He won by two points from Gavin Morris (18, St. Helen's), with Bob Quilty (10) third on 40 points.
David Twomey (7) was fourth on the same score. Ciarán Frost (3) had birdies at the tenth and 14th and an eagle three at the third to win the gross with 71, while Syl Farrell (13) won the veterans with 41 points.
Burrow - gents: 1, Michael Feeley (2), 31 points; 2, N. Griffin (24), 28 points; 3, Rory Dwyer (16), 27 points.
Burrow - ladies: 1, Anna Kelly (32), 31 points; 2, Anne Lennon (33), 23 points.
Open week begins on Friday, July 31. The price for visitors is €25 per player per competition. Ring 05391-32032 for bookings.
Friday, mixed Scotch foursomes (Barkers of Wexford); Saturday, fourball (Lansdowne Partnership); Sunday, fourball (Eoin Reynolds Car Sales); Monday, singles (Seán O'Leary Commercials); Tuesday, singles (Michael Horgan); Wednesday, singles (Kelly's Resort Hotel); Thursday, fourball (Caterhire); Friday, ladies' and gents' Scotch foursomes (Lexus Blackrock).
August is just around the corner and the first two weeks are our busiest of the year. From Tuesday to Saturday, August 4 to 8, we entertain the ladies at their open week. Sunday, August 9, sees the start of gents' open week and it concludes on Sunday, August 16.
We had a great turn-out for the open singles on Saturday. Over one hundred members and visitors teed off in pursuit of the great prizes which were sponsored by our own Eamon Lawlor, Esso Garage, Rosslare Harbour.
As always we encourage our members to support our sponsors, so fill up at Esso next time.
Results (gents) - Sunday, July 19, fourball: 1, Chris Maddock (18) and Ben Maddock (9), 42 points; 2, Sam Small (10) and Dermot Foster (13), 41 points; 3, Fran Anderson (12) and Eamon Lawlor (16), 40 points (countback).
Wednesday, July 22, open singles: 1, Chris Dowling (22), 39 points; 2, Aidan Colgan (25), 38 points (countback); 3, Frank Reid (28), 38 points.
Saturday, July 25, open Esso: 1, Kevin Masterson (7, Kileen), 41 points (countback); 2, Cian Lynch (17, Newlands), 41 points; 3, Niall Ellard (6), 39 points.
Results (ladies) - Wednesday, July 22, open singles: 1, Kate Masterson (20), 41 points; 2, Eileen Dunne (35), 37 points; 3, Joyce Brennan (23), 35 points (countback).
Saturday, July 25, open Esso: 1, Yvonne Lynch (26), 37 points (countback); 2, Eileen Dunne (35), 37 points; 3, Bernie Furlong (19), 36 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, July 29, open singles (sponsor: Aishling's Hair and Beauty); Friday, July 31, nine and dine, first draw 5 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, high-handicaps, gents 18 plus, ladies 28 plus (sponsors: Peter and Anne Marie Ryan), also, singles, gents Under-18, ladies Under-28; Sunday, August 2, open singles; Monday, August 3, open four-person scramble.