Golf club notes
It was a busy time down in St. Helen's with ladies' open week taking centre stage. A most enjoyable week's golf kicked off on Tuesday with a singles stableford sponsored by our own Murphy's SuperValu.
We were washed out on Wednesday, but over 50 hardy women still braved the elements. Well done girls.
Our normal sunny south-east climate returned for the remainder of the week and resulted in bumper fields. Many thanks to all our loyal and generous sponsors and to all our visitors from a host of different clubs.
Gents' open week begins on Sunday and continues right through to Sunday week. The timesheets are full, the forecast is good, and we're all set to go.
Ladies' open week results - Tuesday, August 4, Murphy's SuperValu: 1, Eileen Dunne (35), 36 points; 2, Annette Brady (29), 36 points; gross, Aine O'Connell (12), 34 points; 3, Fiona Neil (15), 34 points; 4, Mari Byrne (27), 33 points; front nine, Paula Cronin, 19 points; back nine, Aileen Sheehan; nearest the pin, Mary Phelan; gents' nine-hole, Paul Moran (17), 34.5 nett.
Wednesday, August 5, Home Instead, Wexford: 1, Jackie Gilroy (29, Elm Park) and Niamh Hanratty (20, Old Conna), 48 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (15) and Aine O'Connell (12), 48 points; 3, Mary Cuffe (15, Ashbourne) and Mary Phelan (19, Ashbourne), 44 points (countback); nearest the pin, Helen McDermott (Dun Laoghaire), 2m, 21cm; gents' nine-hole, Aaron Kehoe (12), 19 points.
Thursday, August 6, O'Connor Solicitors, Dublin: 1, Annette Barron (27), 39 points; 2, Martina Noonan (29), 38 points; 3, Cloidhne Hamilton (14, Woodbrook), 38 points; front nine, Valerie Doyle (10, Rosslare), 20 points; back nine, Alison Fanagan (23, Milltown), 21 points; nearest pin eleventh, Mary Dowling (Skerries); nearest in two on 18th, Ann McAuley; gents' nine-hole: 1, Liam Mullen (16), 21 points; 2, Shay Thornton (18), 19 points.
Friday, August 7, N.V.D. Rosslare Harbour: 1, Elaine McGrath (23), 39 points (countback); 2, Martina Noonan (28), 39 points; 3, Eileen Dunne (35), 38 points; 4, Eimear Cowhey (17, Elm Park), 38 points; gross, Emer Digan (12), 37 points; front nine, Susan Fitzgerald (26), 22 points; back nine, Deirdre Duffy (22), 23 points; nearest pin eleventh, Bernie Furlong; nearest pin 17th, Therese Kilcline; gents' nine-hole, Gary Connolly (16, Delgany), 20 points; 2, John Philips (17, Edmondstown), 19 points (countback).
Gents' results - Monday, August 3, open scramble: 1, Paul Conlon (9), Buzzer O'Brien (9), Derrick Sinnott (12), Mark O'Donoghue (22), 56.8; 2, Eimear Cowhey (17, Elm Park), Ronan Cowhey (6, Elm Park), Conor Cowhey (7, Elm Park), Shane Cowhey (28), 59.2; 3, Aaron Kehoe (11), James Kearney (14), Desmond Ferguson (11), Micheál Delaney (15), 59.9.
Fixtures (gents' open week): Tuesday, August 11, singles, Mervyn Cooney; Wednesday, August 12, singles, Bing Bay Holdings; Thursday, August 13, singles, Tom and Denise Griffin; Friday, August 14, mixed fourball, winter league/Laura Maguire; Saturday, August 15, gents' fourball, John Codd Decorators; Sunday, August 16, singles, Global Life & Finance.
This Wednesday, August 12, there is an open singles competition to raise funds for the Junior section of Rosslare Golf Club. This competition is sponsored by Stephen Hunt. The entry fee for members is €10 and €25 for visitors.
The lady Captain's prize (Joan Wallace) will take place this Saturday, August 15, and the timesheet is now available. There is also a 12-hole competition for Burrow course members and super Seniors on the Burrow course.
The lady Captain's dinner takes place the same evening at 7.30 p.m. with the presentation of prizes at 9.30 p.m. Members wishing to attend should add their name the list in the ladies' locker room or contact the caterers directly.
We would like to wish Joan all the best on Saturday and hope she enjoys her day and evening. Let's hope the fine weather continues and good luck to everyone playing.
Today (Tuesday, August 11) the postponed P.G.A. Tankard 18-hole open single stableford competition will take place, sponsored by Johnny Young, with the presentation on tonight at 9.30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18, is the lady Captain Joan's charity day in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare. It will be a four-person team event, with a minimum of two ladies per team.
There will be a raffle in aid of the Grantstown Day Care Centre peace garden. Your support for Joan's charity day would be greatly appreciated.
Friday, July 31, mixed Scotch foursomes sponsored by Barker's Wexford: 1, Jim Doyle (7) and Valerie Doyle (10), 67 5/8; 2, Mairéad Browne (8) and Shane Browne (16), 70; gross, Deirdre Walsh (2) and Billy Gleeson (9), 78; 3, Willie Cuddihy (10) and Carmel Morrissey (22), 72.
Thursday, August 6, singles stableford on Burrow course: 1, Esther Broderick (26/17), 29 points (back six); 2, Breege Byrne (27/18), 29 points; 3, Fiona Murphy (36/24), 24 points (back six).
Thursday, August 6, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Grannell Motors: 1, Josephine Brennan (18), 40 points; 2, Elaine Mullen (25), 38 points (back nine); gross, Tara Dunne (6), 28 points; 3, Mary B. O'Leary (36), 38 points (back nine); Senior, Maisie Purcell (15), 37 points; best 36, Caroline Creane (36), 25 point; client, Tressa O'Connor (30), 34 points; nearest the pin, Mary B. O'Leary, 1.7m.
A total of 75 ladies played in this competition. Well done to all in the prizes and a special word of thanks to Grannell Motors 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 which beat Old Conna in the second leg of the semi-finals in Old Conna on Friday. The match went down to the wire with both teams level after the two days and five pairings completing their rounds.
Nerves were on edge as both teams headed up the 19th as now it was sudden death! It was like a scene from St. Andrew's with all the supporters gathered anxiously around the green. Wexford were depending on the very last putt on the 19th green to secure the match.
When the ball dropped in the hole a huge cheer went up from the Wexford supporters who were thrilled that their team had made it through. The team is now through to the finals which will take place in Courtown on Thursday, August 27, at 1.30 p.m.
Thursday, August 13, is an 18-hole open three-person champagne scramble competition sponsored by Sam McCauley's Chemists, with the presentation of prizes at 10 p.m.
Despite very strong winds and heavy showers, almost 1,400 players took part in the first seven days of open week in Rosslare. The conditions made scoring hard with 40 points being the best winning singles score of the week.
Friday, July 31, mixed Scotch foursomes, 228 played (sponsor: Barker's Wexford): 1, Jim Doyle (7) and Valerie Doyle (10), 67 5/8; 2, Mairéad Browne (8) and Shane Browne (16), 70; gross, Deirdre Walsh (2) and Billy Gleeson (9), 78; 3, Willie Cuddihy (10) and Carmel Morrissey (22), 72.
Saturday, August 1, fourball, 228 played (sponsor: Lansdowne Partnership): 1, Colm Menton (17), Stephen McCarthy (8), 47 points; 2, Jody Fanagan (scr.) and Milo Carey (16), 44 points (back nine); 3, Ken Maher (11) and Neville Galloway (15), 44 points; 4, Geoff Coman (10) and John Forde (8), 43 points.
Sunday, August 2, fourball, 200 played (sponsor: Eoin Reynolds Car Sales): 1, Paul Murphy (scr.) and Michael Cronin (13), 44 points (back nine); 2, Rory Deane (6) and Adrian Deane (19), 44 points; 3, Gerry Reeves (4) and Ken Maher (11), 41 points (back nine); 4, Myles Carey (9) and Joe Dowling (11), 41 points (back nine).
Monday, August 2, singles, 202 played (sponsor: Seán O'Leary & Son Commercials): 1, Robert Pryce (15), 40 points; 2, John Benton (10), 38 points (back nine); gross, Ian Lynch (1), 35 points; vet., Liam MacNamara (3), 36 points; 3, Hugh Fanagan (10), 38 points; 4, Seán Kinsella (5), 37 points; Under-18, Richard Duggan (6), 36 points; front nine, Eoin Brennan (13), 21 points; back nine, Sam Small (11), 21 points.
Tuesday, August 4, singles, 152 played (sponsor: a club member): 1, Shane Jackson (16), 37 points; 2, Finian Gallagher (17), 36 points (back nine); gross, Gary Collins (+4), 35 points; vet., Trevor Grehan (18), 36 points; 3, Tom Dwan (18), 35 points (back nine); 4, Conor Brett (12), 35 points (back nine); 5, Ken Noonan (12), 35 points.
Wednesday, August 5, singles, 104 played (sponsor: Kelly's Resort Hotel): 1, Brendan Rossiter-Gargan (2), 36 points; 2, Philip Balfe (1), 35 points (back nine); gross, Mark Mullen (+1), 36 points; 3, Harry Duggan (2), 35 points; visitor, Robert Moran (Castle, 5), 35 points; nearest the pin (second hole), Simon Cullen (Kilkenny), 1.65m.
Thursday, August 6, team of four, 230 played (sponsor: Caterhire (Pat Kinsella): 1, Willie Cuddihy (11), Hugh Byrne (14), Eamon Mullan (17), Robin Gardner (21), 95 points; 2, Paul Neville (13), Michael Goggin (16), Jim Anglim (18), Michael Stafford (21), 94 points; 3, Robert Moran (5), Fergal Moran (7), E. Carey (12), Harry Fanagan (16), 93 points.
The Barton Shield team made its exit from the competition on Friday, losing to Royal Dublin in Royal Dublin. Although the winning score of four up looks decisive, the boys were ahead after nine holes.
In the opening game featuring 14-year-old John Brady and Tony O'Leary, the first 15 holes produced a combined 15 birdies at which stage Rosslare were five down.
In the second match the Rosslare pairing with Gary Collins were three up after 16 at which stage the pairings were called in. Ian Lynch and Paul Murphy were also on the panel and Liam MacNamara and Dave Noonan were managers.
The same panel compete in the Senior Cup finals in The Island on Saturday at 10 a.m. Once again their opponents are Royal Dublin. Best of luck.
Congratulations to John Brady who won the Leinster Under-16 open in Balcarrick and also finished fifth in the Under-18 championship. Brendan Rossiter-Gargan finished eleventh in the same event.
Burrow results: 1, Joe Moran Jnr. (8), 25 points; 2, David Hemmingway (12), 24 points; 3, Davy Rowe (22), 24 points.
On Sunday the President (John Mullins) will present his prize to the members.
Tuesday open mixed foursomes results, August 4: 1, Ted Hynes and Helen McGuire (13), 44 strokes; 2, Joe and Mary Cashe (15 1/3), 44 2/3 strokes; 3, Larry and Helen Kinsella (14), 45 strokes.
This is a weekly event every Tuesday evening open to members and non-members. It's €2.50 for members and €5 for visitors.
The Joker draw on Sunday, August 9, produced a winner of €50 in John Furlong with card number 49.
Next week's jackpot is now at €4,162. The draw is open to members and visitors. Enter for just €2 in the bar.
There is a fundraising barbeque in aid of Wexford Marine Watch this Friday, August 14, in the club bar starting at 8 p.m. Tickets €10 (includes burger and drink).
President's (Gerry Cashman) prize v. par, Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9: 1, Tony O'Leary (1), six up; 2, Ian Thomas (19), four up (back six); 3, Thomas Hynes (15), four up (back nine); gross, Mark Mullen, four down; leading qualifier, Ted Hynes (16), six up; Category 1 (0-9), Gary Lynch (6), level (back nine); Category 2 (10-18), Dean Malone (14), two up (back nine); Category 3 (19-28), Paul Mullen (19), one down (back nine); vets., Jimmy Dempsey (18), level; nearest to pin, Michael Rossiter, 12 inches; Junior: 1, Jack Sinnott (7), five down; 2, Diarmuid Browne (36), seven down; 3, Nicholas Greene (12), nine down; Juvenile: 1, Shane Doyle (19), four down (back nine); 2, Jack Brazzill (23), four down; 3, Cathal O'Dowd (28), 16 down.
Open week: Tuesday, gents' singles; Wednesday, gents' singles; Thursday, ladies' three-person team event; Friday, gents' singles; Saturday, gents' singles; Sunday, gents' fourball and ladies' two-person team event.
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