Golf club notes
COOLLATTIN LADIES: Hamper: 1, Pauline Walker (18), 36 points; 2, Breda Brennan (16), 34 points; 3, Kay Murphy (26), 31 points.
October men's medal: 1, Patrick Bergin (13), 31; 2, Edwin Mulvey (11), 31; 3, Tony Leonard (9), 30.
October ladies' medal: 1, Mary Cullen (24), 70; 2, Lorna Mulvey-Ryan (20), 74; 3, Nuala Noone (19), 74.
Any combination fourball, Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18: 1, Eileen O'Brien (18) and Mike Beetlestone (27), 36 points (last six); 2, Tony Kinsella (16) and Pat Kinsella (20), 36 points; 3, Keith Kenny (17) and Eric Nunan (20), 35 points.
Weekly turkey: Cat. 1, Pat Walsh (7), 23 points; Cat. 2, Tony Kinsella (16), 23 points.
Ladies' day, Tuesday, October 20: 1, Patty Flynn (26), 34 points; 2, Pat Kinsella (20), 34 points; 3, Margaret O'Doherty (36), 36 points; nine-hole stableford: 1, Muriel Richards (28-13), 17 points; 2, Catherine Byrne (36-17), 17 points.
Wednesday sweep, October 21: 1, Kieran Murphy (last six); 2, Shane Willoughby; 3, Eric Poole (last six); 4, Seán Halford (last six).
October 18, open three-person team: 1, Ann Redmond (24), Ethel Deacon (33), Ann Cowman (36), 79 points; 2, Margaret Moore (11), Linda Byrne (12), Rita O'Neill (Coollattin, 19), 78 points; 3, Fiona Bodels (21), Fran Crean (23), Imelda Redmond (23), 78 points.
October 17, 18 and 20, weekly competition: 1, Margaret Moore (11), 37 points; 2, Monica Mernagh (36), 33 points.
Over the Bank holiday we held an open four-person competition. A total of 94 golfers took part.
The winning team was made up of local players Frankie Morrissey (8), James Morrissey (6), Paddy Fitzpatrick (17) and Mike Walsh (18) with 103 points (back nine). The second-placed team was John Somers (11, Ballymoney), Alan Somers (9), Damion Somers (14, Ballymoney) and Robert Fitzgerald (14, Ballymoney), also with 103 points. Congratulations to all our prize-winners.
On Thursday, October 29, we have an open gents' Seniors competition. The P.G.A. winter series continues next weekend. The competition format is a 14-hole stableford.
You just need to play a minimum of twice between now and February to have a chance of winning a trip for two to Druid's Glen.
We also have a gents' nine-hole Christmas competition running. Entry is €3 and you can enter as often as you like. Every 30 entries constitutes one competition, with prizes for first and second in each competition.
The bar opening hours have been reduced from November 2 until March, 2016. Check for details on our website or Facebook page.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Anthony Fortune (16), 22 points; 2, Paul O'Brien (14), 19 points; 3, Eugene O'Brien Snr. (11), 19 points.
The weekend saw a well-attended three-person open scramble competition. There was early Saturday rain which cleared quickly and some very good scores were returned.
The winning team of Robert Fitzgerald and John Somers with guest Alan Somers (Enniscorthy) played early on Saturday and posted the score of nett 59.6.
Second place went to Brian Delaney and brothers Paul and Anthony Doyle on a score of nett 60.8. Third place went to John Smith (Blessington), Pat Barnes (Westmanstown) and Michael McKenna (Slievenamon) on nett 60.9.
The Bank Holiday Monday nine-hole result will be in next week's report.
Tuesday, October 27, is a 15-hole stableford competition sponsored by one of our loyal local sponsors. The draws take place at 9 a.m, 9.30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
A meeting of the Golf Club choir takes place on Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. All members and intending members are very welcome so, if you have music in your heart and would like to exercise your lungs, this is the place to be.
The incoming lady Captain, Stellah Sinnott, has named her Vice-Captain, Mary McCauley, while incoming lady President, Paula Creedon, has nominated Marie Duggan as her Vice-President. We wish them all the best for the coming year.
Monday, October 19, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Bernadette Power (33), 33 points; 2, Mary Roche (20), 27 points (back seven); 3, Mary Robinson (19), 27 points; 4, Maureen Rossiter (26), 26 points (back seven). Well done ladies.
Thursday, October 22, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Phelim Byrne Professional Catering Service: 1, Marie Connell (24), 39 points; 2, Linda Friel (8), 37 points; gross, Helen Lacey (6), 27 points; 3, Josephine Brennan (17), 36 points (back six); Senior, Mary Lambert (28), 32 points (back nine); best 36, Eileen Byrne (36), 21 points; nearest the pin, Therese Glasheen, 5.56m.
A total of 64 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Phelim Byrne Professional Catering Service for his beautiful prizes. His continued support is greatly appreciated and ladies, remember, where possible please support our sponsors.
The presentation of prizes will take place on Thursday, October 29, at 7 p.m. All prize-winners are requested to attend.
Thursday, October 29, is a 16-hole stableford turkey competition.
A reminder that our Bridge morning will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 4, at 10 a.m., a fund-raiser for the Junior Academy. Please come along and support.
Our Golf Club A.G.M. was held in the clubhouse on Saturday, October 24. A large attendance heard an account of a very successful first year as a members' club.
With our membership steadily increasing and the course in the best condition ever, we look forward confidently to a great future for St. Helen's Bay.
The following were elected for 2016: Captain, John O'Keeffe; Vice-Captain, Mick Conlan; Hon. Secretary, Terry O'Toole; Competition Secretary/P.R.O., Gerry Byrne; Committee: Pádraig Tiernan, Eric Byrne, Nicolas Hayes, Paddy Dunne. The President is Pat Murphy and the ex-officio is Aidan Colgan.
The Wednesday Club re-commences on Wednesday, October 28. The 'boss', Brian, asks all players to meet in the clubhouse at 9.45 a.m. when the draw takes place.
Well done to all the winners of last week's events. A special mention for Joe Kelly, who won with a score of 40 points on countback on Saturday. Joe stood on the 17th tee with 32 points on his card and then played the par three 17th and the par four 18th in four shots! Two twos, what a finish?
Results (gents) - Wednesday, October 21, singles stableford: 1, Brian Buttimer (14), 38 points; 2, Terry O'Toole (22), 36 points; 3, Chris Dowling (21), 35 points.
Saturday, October 24, Christmas hampers: 1, Joe Kelly (9), 40 points (countback); 2, Pádraig Bail (16), 40 points; 3, Pádraig Tiernan (13), 39 points (countback).
Results (ladies) - Wednesday, October 21, singles stableford: 1, Susan Stewart (19), 29 points (countback).
Saturday, October 24, Christmas hampers: 1, Georgina Darling (21), 36 points (countback); 2, Susan Stewart (19), 36 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Tuesday, October 27, leggie ladies on tour (New Ross); Wednesday, October 28, Wednesday club; Saturday, October 31, winter league first round; Sunday, November 1, Christmas hampers; Wednesday, November 4, Wednesday club.
Johnny Kelly returned to the winner's enclosure after a long absence when he won the Pettit Cup (club championship). Johnny, who was conceding quite a number of shots, beat Ned Kinsella on the 18th.
Singles: 1, Martin Roche (8), 42 points; 2, Stan Jackson (16), 40 points; 3, Mark Mullen (+1), 39 points.
Fourball: 1, Tom Kennedy (8) and Ray Quinn (11), 44 points; 2, Jim Elliott (11, Shaughnessy, Canada) and Liam Walls (16, Royal Dublin), 44 points.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We had a busy week, with the highlight our visit to Faithlegg Golf Club on Tuesday. There, we received a very warm welcome from our Senior counterparts, Robert Hill, Sam McCrum, Frank Walsh and Co., who made sure we were well refreshed with tea and coffee before we took to the course.
The organisation was top class and 18 teams went out in a shotgun start in a champagne scramble which proved to be most enjoyable, with high scores the order of the day. The general consensus of New Ross players was that this was the best away outing we have had all year, cementing once again the friendship and camaraderie which has developed over the years between the two clubs.
Taking the bragging honours and the Bushmill's with a great score of 105 points was the team composed of Faithlegg duo Richie Roberts (10) and Denis O'Shea (21) with the New Ross pair of John Murphy (17) and Martin Burke (24).
Second place was filled by another mixed pairing in Robert Hill (16) and Andy Mahon (17) from Faithlegg with Denis Kirwan (11) and Jamesie Murphy (23) from New Ross, bringing in 102 points. The third spot on 98 points went to Seán Condon (14) and Sam McCrum (21), both Faithlegg, with the New Ross couple, Luke Power (19) and Frank Boyle (22), completing the quartet.
Back on home territory last Thursday we had 13 teams out in excellent conditions. However, scores were hard to come by with little or no run on the ball leaving a lot of shots and putts coming up short.
In fact, only three teams managed to break the 80-point mark with the vast majority scoring in the mid- to high-seventies. Still, it was as good for the goose as for the gander and one team did succeed in registering a good score.
They were Patsy Farrell (17), Mick Gannon (17), Noel Kehoe (19) and Michael Somers (24) who were runaway winners on 89 points. A three-person team made up of John Harrington (17), John Joe Cullen (18) and Frank Boyle (22) were placed second, scoring 86 points (80 plus the bonus six).
A point behind on 85 and in third spot came Jim 'Ross' Ryan, (17), Dan Quigley (17), Johnny Watson (18) and Donie Cody (21). Nearest the pin prizes went to John Harrington on the ninth hole and John Shalloe on the eleventh.
Prior to our outing we remembered our dear friend and colleague, John Dowling, who died recently. As befitted an all-round sportsman but a great golfer and gentleman, the assembled Seniors joined in a sustained round of applause in his memory.
John was for a long number of years a regular on the Thursday circuit with us even though his health was anything but good. Nevertheless he was always in good form, enjoying the golf and the crack in the clubhouse afterwards. Go nDéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Our most recent outing was held on the glorious fairways of Dungarvan golf course in September. A large turn-out enjoyed a lovely day's golf in perfect conditions.
Brian St. Ledger led the field from the first tee-off and was never caught, returning the best score to win first prize. He was partnered in the group by Alan Nixon who managed to take second place just a few points behind. Third place went to Brendan Dunne on the countback.
Nearest to the pin prizes on two greens went to that man again, Brian St. Ledger, who struck a rich vein of form. Well done to you Brian.
The visitor's prize was taken home by Tommy Liston, who came along with a group of welcome visitors. Visitors are also welcome for our next outing.
Our next outing will be on Saturday, October 31, on the scary heights of Mountain View golf club.
The format for this outing will be a two-man team scramble, so if you want to have a ghost of a chance of winning a prize, please have your name on the sheet in the bar before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, October 21, sponsored by Calico Designs: 1, Denise Bolger (16), 27 points; 2, Anne Healy (17), 25 points (last three); gross, Jacqui Morgan, 14 points; 3, Kay Bolger (14), 25 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, October 28, 14-hole stableford sponsored by Joyces Homecare. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation.
Wednesday, November 4, 14-hole stableford (Senior) sponsored by Barrow Office Supplies. Wednesday, November 11, 14-hole stableford.
The nine-hole re-entry competition continues. Please enter as often as you like.
A golf camp for Junior girls is being held at the club this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
The next presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 4, in the Golf Club at 7 p.m. for all prizes to date, including medals and golfer of the year. All prize-winners are kindly asked to attend.
Junior Cashin and Michael Ryan Jnr. last week captured the golfer of the year and Culcita Trophy order of merits.
The order of merits ran from March right through the season until last week's M.D. O'Brien Perpetual Trophy, with each qualifying singles counting.
In the golfer of the year, Ned Lyng after two monthly medal wins and Andrew Ryan, with a very consistent start, both led early in the season.
It was Junior Cashin, however, who finished like a train to end up with a commanding lead.
Junior picked up points in four of the last five qualifying events and this, allied to some good mid-season form, saw him as the only player to crack the one hundred point mark.
Michael Ryan Jnr. came through to finish second on 65 points, with Andrew Ryan in third on 58 and Noel Merrigan in fourth on 57. Well done to Junior on an emphatic and hard-fought victory in the competition.
The Culcita Trophy, the gross competition that runs alongside the golfer of the year, turned into a two-horse race after the halfway stage, with Michael Ryan Jnr. and Robbie Farrell vying for the title.
The Leinster Boys' champion emerged victorious, putting together a string of very impressive results to hold off the very consistent Farrell. Michael's run to the title included a course record 65 (five under) in the second round of the Club Cup, and he ends the year off a +2 handicap. Alan Furness finished in third place with Andrew Ryan in fourth.
Next weekend an open charity singles in aid of New Ross Community Hospital takes place on both Saturday and Sunday (October 31 and November 1).
It is open to men, ladies and visitors and proceeds go towards a very worthy local charity. The New Ross Golf Club Seniors are generously sponsoring the prizes.
The following weekend, the first round of the winter league takes place. Pre-paid entries are now being taken for it. The entry fee is €25 for all five rounds.