On the fairways
New Ross Seniors: A biting cold north-westerly wind did not deter twelve teams venturing out in our weekly competition on Thursday.
At least we were treated to some bright winter sunshine and once you kept on the move conditions were not bad at all. With the course drying out and the fairways after getting a haircut, one would have expected that scoring would have been up to normal.
However, that was not the case as all teams found the going tough with the hard greens making putting rather difficult. Still, it was as good for one quartet as it was for the next. Once again a team with a man short proved that gelling together in compiling scores offsets the shortage and that was the case on Thursday.
The trio of Michael Lee (16), John Joe Cullen (18) and Frank Boyle (22) brought in the winning total of 92 points (86 plus the six-point bonus). Second on 81 points were John Murphy (17), Jim 'Ross' Ryan (18), Tony Wallace (21) and Donie Cody (21).
Third spot was filled by Jimmy Furlong (12), Michael Gannon (17), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Oliver Brennan (26) with 80 points. Nearest the pin on the 14th hole went to Steve Travis - a great three-feet effort. No tape was placed on the ninth hole due to a misunderstanding, meaning the balls are safe for another week.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to two of our gang, Noel Kehoe (Senior) and Dan Quigley, both of whom have been ill recently.
The Autumn Seniors' Alliance, of which we are members, have released their calendar of outings for 2016 and all please note they take place on Mondays: April 11, Gold Coast; May 9, West Waterford; May 30, Carrick-on-Suir; June 20, Waterford; July 11, Callan; August 8, Clonmel; August 29, New Ross; September 18, Dungarvan.
The A.G.M. of Enniscorthy Golf Club took place on Sunday, January 10. The Treasurer, John Casey, gave a detailed report of the club's finances to a very well-attended meeting.
He outlined to the meeting that while Enniscorthy Golf Club is in a stable financial position, income continues to fall. John proposed a realignment of our levies which the meeting endorsed. He also urged members to pay their 2016 subscriptions as soon as they can.
The outgoing Captain, Tommy Cooper, thanked everyone that assisted him in the past year, before handing over to the incoming Captain, Liam Dunbar.
The 2015 lady Captain, Helen Cosgrave, also thanked everyone who assisted her. She said the highlight of her year was the dramatic victory of the ladies' Junior foursomes in Knightsbrook. Helen then introduced Stellah Sinnott as our lady Captain for 2016.
A new members' loyalty scheme for long-standing members was approved by the A.G.M. Please check with the office staff for details.
The officers elected by the A.G.M. for 2016 were: President, Eugene Doyle; Vice-President, Jim Hogan; Captain, Liam Dunbar; Vice-Captain, Jack Murphy; lady President, Paula Creedon; lady Vice-President, Marie Duggan; lady Captain, Stellah Sinnott; lady Vice-Captain, Mary McCauley; Hon. Treasurer, John Casey; Hon. Secretary, Paul Leacy; management committee: Elizabeth Browne, John Byrne, Stephen Casey, Jimmy Hogan, Tim Morrissey, P.J. Murphy.
Men's committee: Liam Dunbar, Jack Murphy, Jim Hogan, Secretary: Christy O'Connor, Hon. Competition Secretary: Ciarán Tobin, Hon. Handicap Secretary: Damian Meehan, Billy Whelan, Patrick Mulvey, Pat Webster.
Ladies' committee: Stellah Sinnott, Paula Creedon, Mary McCauley, Marie Duggan, Secretary: Louise Doyle, Treasurer: Margaret Frayne, Handicap Secretary: Laura Dempsey, Competition Secretary: Joan Dunbar, Eimear McGrath, Elizabeth Browne, Pauline Murphy, Dorothy Kenny.
The 2016 golf year will kick off on Sunday, February 28, at 12 noon with the Captains' drive-in. Booking will be available from February 1. We wish Captains Liam and Stellah, the new committees and our golfers all the best in 2016.
Finally the terrible weather of the last seven weeks has improved and the golf courses are starting to re-open. The back nine in Ballymoney was open at the weekend for a nine-hole competition.
Conditions were good both days, with Saturday seeing frost in the morning. A lot of the regulars were glad to shake off the cobwebs and get some welcome play. The results of this competition will be included in next week's report.
Saturday evening saw a well-attended A.G.M. The outgoing Captain, Paul Swinburne, thanked the committee and all at the club for making his year very enjoyable and thanked the ground staff for all their hard work keeping the course so well.
The incoming Captain, Anthony Doyle from Courtown, nominated John Fitzgerald from Tara Hill as his Vice-Captain. All at the club wish both Anthony and John all the best for the coming year.
Club President Ron Breen, Secretary Charlie Logan and Treasurer Anthony Fortune all addressed the meeting. The outgoing committee members were nominated and seconded to stay on for another year.
The Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell Captains will have a team of selectors to help them this year, and the new G.U.I. team competition for higher handicappers fourball/better ball will see Ballymoney entering a team.
So another golfing year has finally started after a very wet Christmas and new year! We wish all of our staff, members, visitors and guests to Courtown Golf Club a happy new year, and we hope that the forthcoming golfing year is successful and enjoyable for all.
A particular word of thanks and gratitude to our outgoing club officers and committees, and a very big welcome to our incoming Captain Pat, lady Captain Eileen, President Michael and lady President Ann, and all incoming committees.
We have many events, social dates and competitions over the coming year and we will endeavour to keep all of our members updated on events, results and happenings in the club in the weekly updates here.
Please also remember to visit the club website for updates: www.courtowngolfclub.com
You can also follow us on Twitter @courtownGC, and of course on Facebook: Courtown Golf Club.
If you have anything you wish to add or update on any of our social media outlets, please feel free to contact the office or e-mail, tweet or Facebook us! We are looking forward to a successful and happy golfing year at Courtown Golf Club.
Wednesday sweep, January 6: 1, John Dixon (21), 23 points; 2, Paddy O'Donohoe (5), 21 points (last six).
Wednesday sweep, January 13: 1, Michael Carty (16), 22 points (back nine); 2, Eamon Byrne (14), 22 points; 3, Michael Henderson (23), 21 points.
Ladies' and gents' singles, January 16-17: 1, Eamon Mahony (15), 22 points; 2, John Dixon (21), 22 points; 3, Martin Byrne (19), 22 points; ladies: 1, Denise Kavanagh (13), 19 points.
A big well done to Ben Martin on finding the joker this week - number 30.
A total of 16 teams competed in cold conditions on Thursday, in a fourball. It was soft under foot and there was much consternation and resistance to the reductions in handicaps, but like always it was the same for everyone!
Yvonne McSweeney and Irene Bolger dovetailed well to bring in a winning score, closely followed by Tara Dunne and Kitty Roche who pipped Anna O'Sullivan and Beppi O'Connor in a countback! Winner of the nearest to the pin on the ninth hole was Carmel Murphy.
Results: 1, Yvonne McSweeney (5) and Irene Bolger (5), 13 points; 2, Tara Dunne (2) and Kitty Roche (13), 12 points (back five).
Quite a few ladies are interested in doing line dancing classes, so if anyone is interested please add your name to the list in the ladies' locker room. It is hoped to have the classes in the club on Tuesday afternoons. Members can bring a friend along and they will be most welcome!
Next Thursday is a three-person team event with the infamous pink ball which everyone will endeavour to keep until the end! It should be fun in winter conditions.
The winter league resumes next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, when we'll finally get to complete rounds four and five.
Remember, the A.G.M. of St. Helen's Bay Golf Club Ltd will be held on Saturday, January 30, at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse.
After a couple of weeks of golfing inactivity, competitions returned last week much to the delight of many frustrated golfers. We played four competitions with the course in great condition in spite of the heavy rains experienced over the past four or so weeks. Wednesday's singles competition was won by Liam Sinnott (12) with a great score of 23 points for nine holes.
Friday's singles competition was won by the evergreen Aiden Cogley with 21 points (back nine), and Ed Mooney was in second place also with 21 points.
Saturday's nine-hole two-person team event was won by Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh with a great score of 36 points. This duo are no strangers to the podium places in the past few months and it would appear that 'Kenny's retirment from work has improved his golf immensely.
Sunday's competition was won by Eamon O'Connor and Pat Furlong with a score of 45 points, and in second place with 41 points were Pascal Kavanagh and Ed Mooney. It's fair to say that these combinations have now attracted the attention of the handicap committee.
Despite the recent record rainfalls, the course is playing very well and great credit is due to our greenkeeper, Jake, and his dedicated team whose work on drainage and general maintenance over the past number of years has really paid off.
Last week's Joker winner was our very popular handicap Chairman, Brian Morris. All Joker proceeds go towards course improvements and members are asked to support the weekly draw.
The Pro Shop currently has a giant sale in progress and great bargains are to be had from Liam and staff.
Members were saddened last week to learn of the death of Danny Fitzpatrick. Danny was a club member for many years but due to ill-health had not played golf for the past couple of years.
Danny, however, loved Wexford Golf Club and up until his recent illness came to the club for his morning coffee and a view of the 18th hole where he watched over the players coming down the 18th.
Danny will be missed by his many friends in Wexford Golf Club and sympathies are extended to his family. May he rest in peace.
Special membership rates are now available to new members and students, and details can be viewed on our website: www.wexfordgolfclub.ie