On the fairways

Published 13/02/2016 | 00:00

Alannah Duggan, the Rosslare Junior girls' Captain, in action at the drive-in.
Alannah Duggan, the Rosslare Junior girls' Captain, in action at the drive-in.


January 30-31, 16-hole competition: 1, Charlie Logan; 2, James Byrne; 3, Eugene O'Brien, all on 35 points.

The bad rain of Friday and Saturday morning put paid to any golf on Saturday. There was a back nine nine-hole competition played on Sunday morning and won by Paul O'Brien (14) on 22 points, with Ger O'Brien (7) second on 21 points. Anthony Fortune (16) was third on 18 points, holding off Robbie Kehoe.

The ladies' nine-hole competition played on Thursday was won by incoming lady Captain Sinéad Johnson.

The selection committees for the upcoming inter-club competitions were picked on Saturday, and a reminder to all higher handicappers to get their names down for consideration for the new G.U.I. fourball matchplay competition. Ballymoney have been drawn at home to Rosslare.


This Saturday, February 13, we will have a launch party for our new caterers, Mossel Bay caterers. It will be a great night of dinner and dancing to welcome proprietors Ian and Siobhán McEntaggart to the club.

For bookings please contact the Courtown Golf Club office on 05394-25166 or info@courtowngolfclub.com

For all results, events and happenings in Courtown Golf Club, please follow us on Twitter @courtowngc, on Facebook - Courtown Golf Club - and the club website: www.courtowngolfclub.com

If you are interested in becoming a member of Courtown Golf Club, please contact the office on 05394-25166 or info@courtowngolfclub.com

Wednesday sweep, February 3: 1, Dean Davis (8), 27 points (back six); 2, Cathal O'Donohoe (16), 27 points (back nine); 3, Craig Ashmore-Butler (19), 27 points (back nine); 4, Seán Halford (19), 28 points - 1 previous winner = 27 points (back nine).

Fourball any combination, February 6 and 7: 1, Gerry Lennon (17) and Richie Barnwell (13), 40 points; 2, Gabriel Allen (15) and Michael O'Shaughnessy (20), 37 points (last two); 3, Mick Morrissey (5) and Larry O'Brien (17), 37 points (last six).


With fine spring-like weather and the underfoot conditions on the course drying up nicely, it was a very pleasant outing for us Seniors last Thursday.

Eleven teams went out in search of glory and if there was spring in the air there certainly was a spring in the step of the winning team. Usually the teams look well matched on paper after the draw and when tallies are finalised there are only a couple of points between the first three prize-winners.

But on this occasion we had a team bringing in a score which would be more achievable in summer golfing outings. Gelling as well as any winning team should with two scores counting on each hole, Richie Aylward (18), John Joe Cullen (18), Seán Maher (21) and Tony Sexton (26) brought in a fantastic score of 97 points.

Eleven points behind in second place on 86 points came John Shalloe (4), Mick Gannon (17), John Joe Murray (20) and Billy Redmond (23). On a countback, Paddy Shannon (10), John F. Roche (16), Seán O hUginn (20) and Frank Boyle (21) were placed third with 84 points.

Nearest the pin prize on the ninth hole went to Fr. Jim Curtis, and Larry Shannon won on the eleventh.

We have our usual outing next Thursday, February 11, but the following Thursday is the club Valentine classic where you organise your own four-person team. The timesheet is now live on the internet so get in as spaces are filling up fast.


Wednesday, February 3: 1, Joanne Hartley (28), 25 points; 2, Margaret Murphy (22), 21 points (last seven); 3, Agnes Whelan (32), 21 points (last seven).

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, February 10, 14-hole stableford; Wednesday, February 17, 14-hole stableford.

The first round of the winter league has commenced. Due to the bad weather, the date for completion of the first round has been extended to Tuesday, February 16.

If you are playing your winter league round as part of the Wednesday competition, please ensure that you complete two cards and don't forget to put your team name on your winter league card.


The fourth round of the winter league took place last weekend in testing conditions. P.J. McGrath (19) turned in the best performance, recording 32 points to take victory.

Jimmy Furlong (12) continued his great run of form with a very tidy 31 points for second place, edging Joe O'Farrell (15) into third place on the countback. The gross went to Andrew Ryan with a very good score of 27 points.

The categories went to Paul Cashin (8, 29 points), Shane Whelan (10, 30 points) and James O'Keeffe (18, 31 points). Leading the way after four rounds is Patrick Bennett with 117 points, three clear of Patrick Whelan in second, with Cyril Stafford and Jimmy Furlong five back in joint third.

The final round of the winter league takes place on Sunday, February 21. In between times due to the cancellation of the Christmas classic, a Valentine's classic will take place from Saturday, February 13, to Saturday, February 20.

It is an open four-person team event and men, ladies and visitors can play in any combination. Members are asked to give this event as much support as possible. It's been a tough start to the year for the club because of the poor weather. Tee-times can be booked online as normal.

There was great news for Michael Ryan Jnr. last week as he got selected on the 2016 Leinster Senior panel. Michael's selection is well merited, having won the Leinster Boys' Amateur Open, finished runner-up in the Irish Boys' Amateur Open, and winning all six of his matches at the Boys' inter-provincials in 2015.

Michael will come under the tutelage of provincial coach Leslie Walker when the panel gathers together in the coming weeks at Portmarnock and Royal Dublin. The 2016 inter-provincial championship will take place from 4-6 July at Fota Island resort.

New Ross Golf Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Kehoe family on sad passing of Paddy Kehoe last week. Paddy was renowned as a dual star for Wexford and Leinster, and brought his sporting talents to the fairways of New Ross after he finished playing G.A.A.

A strong hitter and determined competitor come rain or shine, he was a winner of John Sweeney's President's prize in 1982. He went on to be President of the club himself in 1984 and had the notable distinction of matching his age with a brilliant round of 71 in 1994.

He'll be best remembered by all who played with him as a great character and entertainer, whether it was mimicking another member's swing or gait, or for recounting one of a seemingly endless collection of yarns! Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Applications are currently being sought for the position of golf club manager at New Ross. This is an exciting opportunity, with a wide remit, and is suitable for a highly committed and energetic person.

The successful candidate will, under the strategic direction of the management committee, be responsible for the management, continuous development and day-to-day operation of the golf club and its associated facilities/services.

For further information please see the golf club website or contact Fiona Hartley in Hartley People Recruitment, Waterford, on 051-878813.


Pauline's Golf Society hope to come out of hibernation at last, following a long lay-off due to many cancellations as a result of the inclement weather.

We hope to play a two-man team scramble on February 20 at 11 a.m. on Wexford Golf course, weather permitting. Names of those proposing to play should be entered on the list in the bar before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16.

We are looking forward to seeing all members, and welcome visitors on the day. An offer has been made by our hosts of a meal of either breakfast or one-course lunch, at a special all-in price. Here's hoping the weather gods will be kind to us.


The fairways are alive with the sound of happy golfers once again. The Wednesday club teed off during the week to a chorus of gratitude - finally, relief from cold turkey! It's great to be back.

Despite the unprecedented pounding the course was subjected to over the past weeks, it was presented in fine condition; testament to the efforts of Kevin, Davey and the course volunteers.

The winter league resumed on Saturday when 45 hardy bucks braved the elements. Despite the strong winds and rain, some fine scores were returned.

The A.G.M. was held in the clubhouse on Saturday week. A bumper attendance was welcomed by Chairperson Frank O'Kennedy who reported an excellent first year on and off the course by our fledgling members' club.

Frank is retiring to the back benches following three years of unstinting work, as he oversaw the transition from receivership to vibrant club. Following numerous glowing tributes from the floor, Frank was presented with a token of our appreciation by the Captains, John O'Keeffe and Aine O'Connell.

The following is the management committee for 2016: Chairperson, Rionach Donlon; Captain, John O'Keeffe; lady Captain, Aine O'Connell; President, Pat Murphy; lady President, Mary McCormack; Hon. Secretary, Janet Slattery; Hon. Treasurer, Donal O'Keeffe; Committee: Kieran Whelan, Brian Dalton, Paula O'Leary, Aidan Colgan.

We have introduced a new membership category catering for an age group, which we feel deserves a break. If you are between 18 and 35 years of age and not in full-time education, you can become a full member for as little as €450.

For anyone in full time education and between 18 and 26, the fee for a year's golf is €230, while Juveniles (10-18) still at school can join for €75. Contact Larry Colgan or Cormac Power at 05391-33234, or talk to any club member.

Wednesday club, February 3 (eleven holes): 1, John Codd (16), 26 points; 2, Jimmy McMahon (22), 23 points; 3, Pádraig Tiernan (13), 22 points.

Winter league, round four, Saturday, February 6 (eleven holes): 1, Phil Cassidy (19/11), 27 points.

Sweep (eleven holes): 1, Phil Cassidy (19/11), 27 points; 2, Paul Phillips (10/6), 24 points (countback); 3, Jim Brauneisen (17/10), 24 points.

Ladies (winter league): 1, Jo Devitt (22/13), 14 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday. February 10, Wednesday club; Saturday, February 13, winter league round five; Sunday, February 14, winter league round six.


Saturday fourball, twelve holes: 1, Derek Wickham (5) and Dermot Walsh (5), 30 points; 2, Philip Jeffares (16) and Stephen Conway (23), 29 points.

Sunday fourball, twelve holes: 1, Syl Farrell (13) and Pat Wright (20), 33 points; 2, Liam Duggan and Thomas Walsh (22), 31 points.

On Monday, February 1, our new professional, Jamie O'Sullivan, took up his position in the club. Jamie, who is son of Denis O'Sullivan (Cork), a touring professional on the Senior tour, spent the last number of years as professional in Charleville.

We extend a warm welcome to Jamie and his assistant, Dale, and wish him many years of happiness in Rosslare. Best wishes also to Glen Robinson who was the interim professional in Rosslare since October and did a very fine job.

The 2016 winter league commences on Saturday, February 20. It is played over three weekends in teams of six with a €15 per person entry fee.

The format is: Saturday, February 20, singles (three scores to count); Saturday, March 5, fourball (two scores to count); Saturday, March 19, two- and three-person scramble.

Please submit your name, entry fee and handicap to Jamie or Dale in the Pro Shop or via phone to 05391-32032 as soon as possible. The draw for teams will take place on Friday, February 19.


In what has been the busiest week for competitions so far this year, five men's competitions were played off.

Course conditions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday were very good and dry underfoot, with conditions on Saturday and Sunday a little heavy after the heavy rainfall on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday's open singles competition was won by Ollie Dempsey Jnr. with 29 points for 14 holes. The winner of the Seniors' section was that habitual winner, Billy Roche, with a score of 28 points.

Wednesday's open 14-hole fourball was won by Larry Byrne and a returning to form John Pitt with 32 points. Friday's three-person team event was won by the team of Christy O'Gorman, Seán Flood and John Bolger with an excellent score of 62 points in difficult conditions.

Saturday's nine-hole fourball was won by John Ffrench and Paul Duggan on 23 points. Sunday's nine-hole fourball was won by Phil Murphy and Tom Butler on 25 points, with Liam Quirke and Peter Corish in second place on 24 points.

Nicky Reville, who is in charge of all teams for the coming year, has named his management teams for the forthcoming competitions.

The Barton Cup team will be managed by John Quiqley, Pierce Frawley and Neil Murphy.

The Provincial Towns Cup team will be managed by Pat 'Mags' Murphy, Paddy Murphy and Neil Murphy. The Mixed Foursomes team will be managed by John Pitt and Ruth Kennedy. The All-Ireland fourball team will be managed by Seán 'Crofter' Crosbie, Mick Fortune and John Pitt.

Matches for these teams will commence next month, and any members interested in playing on the teams are asked to contact the various management teams. Details of other team managers will announced shortly.

We are delighted to announce that a new Pro-Am competition will take place at Wexford Golf Club on August 26. The event will be sponsored by The Crown Bar, Monck Street, Wexford.

The cream of Ireland's P.G.A. talent will be taking part and each team will consist of a professional golfer and three amateurs. Contact the Pro Shop at Wexford Golf Club for booking times, entries and all other details.

We are currently offering great deals on new memberships and green fees for societies and groups. For details e-mail info@wexfordgolfclub.ie or telephone 05391-42238.

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