On the fairways
New Ross Seniors: On quite a pleasant spring day in the month of February, 14 teams took part in our weekly competition on Thursday. We even had some nice breaks of warm sunshine at times which added to the enjoyment.
As usual, competition was razor keen but again we had one team running away with the spoils and outscoring all opposition to take home the 'Paddy' whiskey.
After the presentation of prizes there was a belated stewards' enquiry later that night (not involving the winning team) where one of the runners-up teams should have been disqualified for recording a total score for 19 holes instead of the 18 which they played.
How that discrepancy got by the card checker is a mystery to say the least. If the said gentleman was to get a job checking the forthcoming General Election tallies, there sure would have to be a lot of re-counts.
A correct total score of 95 points was sufficient for John Browne (12), Bob O'Dwyer (19), Shay Masterson (19) and Martin Forristal (21) to be clear winners. Five points behind in second place on 90 points came Paddy Shannon (10), Ger Freyne (17), Paul Laffan (20) and Tony Sexton (26).
The third spot went to the three-person team of Steve Travis (18), Richie Aylward (18) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan with 88 points. Nearest the pin prizes went to Noel Dunne on the ninth hole and Mick Long on the eleventh.
We have no outing next Thursday (February 18) as the Valentine classic is on that day and for the weekend. You book your own four-person team on the timesheet, and the normal game and time for us is back on Thursday, February 25.
The Seniors group send their sincere condolences to the Kehoe family on the recent death of Paddy who was a popular colleague of our Thursday outings for many years. We gave the late multi-talented sportsman a truly sporting send-off last Thursday with a sustained standing ovation in his memory - may his gentle soul rest in peace.
New Ross Ladies
Wednesday, February 10: 1, Anna Murphy (24), 26 points; 2, Mary Maher (15), 26 points - 1 pen. = 25 points (last seven); 3, Agnes Whelan (32), 25 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, February 17, 14-hole stableford; Wednesday, February 24, 14-hole stableford.
The first round of the winter league finishes on Tuesday, February 16, and the second round commences on Wednesday, February 17. All second round games should be completed by Tuesday, March 1.
A presentation of all prizes to date will be held this Wednesday, February 17, at 5.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All prize-winners are kindly asked to attend.
There's no results to report this week as the Valentine's classic, which runs from Saturday, February 13, to Saturday, February 20, is still in progress.
It is a four-person team event, with two scores counting on all holes, and is open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination. Entry is just €5 for members and €15 for visitors.
Members are being strongly encouraged to support this competition due to the slow start to the year caused by the weather disruptions. Tee-times can be booked online and there is a great range of prizes on offer.
Next Sunday, the final round of the winter league takes place, with Patrick Bennett hoping to maintain his slender advantage over nearest rivals Patrick Whelan, Cyril Stafford and Jimmy Furlong.
The following weekend (February 28) a club singles takes place, and the golfing year starts in earnest on March 5 with the Captains' drive-in.
There has never been a better time for anyone considering taking up golf or joining a club, with some brilliant value membership offers available in New Ross. New entrants can join with full playing rights for €320 plus levies (€456 in total including €75 to spend in the bar/restaurant).
The under 30s pay €365 inclusive of levies for full playing rights, whilst Juniors' and students' subscription is just €100 and €150 respectively. Any full member can also introduce a spouse or partner for just €200. For further information please contact the club on 051-421433 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are currently being sought for the position of golf club manager at New Ross Golf Club. 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.
As the weather is beginning to improve we hope to see many more of our members taking to the fairways.
Our Captains' drive-in will be taking place on Sunday, February 28, followed by music and refreshments. The timesheet is open for booking and we hope you all come along to support our Captains, Liam and Stellah.
One of the highlights of the day will be our draw for a 2017 subscription (2016 rate exclusive of levies). All subscriptions paid in full on or before 5 p.m. on the day of the drive-in will be eligible to win. Subscriptions can be paid in the office, Pro Shop or by phone to 05392-33191 or 087-7831913.
The Joker draw will also be taking place on the day of the drive-in and the jackpot now stands at a cool €1,675. Joker tickets are available in the bar or Pro Shop.
Those members wishing to opt for direct debit payments are reminded that all direct debits must be completed before September 30. Direct debit forms are available from the office.
It's back to the golf next weekend, February 20 and 21, when we are holding a gents' singles competition.
As always check out our Facebook page and website - www.enniscorthygc.ie - for special offers and news.
The launch event for our new caterers, Mossel Bay Catering, was as promised a fantastic evening of dining and dancing which was a sell-out midway through last week.
Eileen and Pat will host their Captains' drive-in on March 12. The timesheet is up in the clubhouse, and it will be a fantastic official start to our 80th year.
On Thursday, February 18, our first Juniors' competition will take place, a singles for boys and girls.
Wednesday sweep, February 10: 1, Tony Kinsella (15), 29 points; 2, Diarmuid Bolger (11), 27 points (last nine); 3, Pat Donnellan (12), 27 points; 4, Ed O'Brien (8), 26 points.
Two-person team event, February 14: 1, Arthur Nolan (28) and Kevin Ivors (23), 46 points; 2, Niall Murray (13) and Dylan Murray (18), 45 points; 3, Peter Finn (12) and Ed O'Brien (8), 44 points.
Saturday, January 30, and Thursday, February 4, three-person reverse waltz: 1, Theresa Kehoe (11), Breda Devoy (16), Carmel Murphy (6), 39 points; nearest the pin, Carmel Murphy, 27 ft., ten inches.
Sunday ten-hole competition, January winner: Tara Dunne (5), 19 points.
Bridge morning, Wednesday, February 3: 1, Anne Dundon and Etta Quirke; 2, Marie Walker and Mary O'Sullivan; 3, Mary Cotter and Mary Nelligan; 4, Mary Winters and Til Kennedy.
Many thanks to all who supported the Bridge morning and to Tom Bolger who collated the results.
Thursday, February 11, nine holes singles stableford: 1, Carmel Murphy (9), 17 points; 2, Phil Flood (28), 16 points; 3, Eileen Kent (25), 15 points (back six); nearest the pin, Ann Conway, 13 ft. A total of 46 played.
This week's competition is singles stableford and 32 golfers are partaking in the triathlon of golf, pool and darts, so a great night's entertainment is promised on Thursday for the pool and darts. A lot of practicing has been done over the last few weeks!
Ruth and her committee are very busy these days making sure that all the inter-club teams are entered in their various categories. It will not be long now until these competitions will be under way so here's hoping there will be a few more pennants coming our way in 2016.
Last week saw a full complement of competitions played for the first time this year.
Wednesday's nine-hole fourball was won by Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh with a score of 30 points.
Friday's 13-hole singles was won by John Ffrench on a score of 30 points (back four), with Ollie Dempsey Jnr. in second place also on 30 points. The evergreen John Foley came in third place on a score 29 points (back five).
Saturday's nine-hole fourball saw Tom Butler and Paul Hammond in the winners' enclosure with a score of 23 points.
Sunday's nine-hole fourball was won by John Hammond and Seán Healy with a score of 23 points. In second place were Denis Lehane and Liam Sinnott with a score of 22 points (back six), with Declan Furlong and Paul Carty in third position also on 22 points (back three).
Our Seniors section had their best turn-out of the year so far for their weekly Tuesday competition. The nine-hole competition was won by Eddie Cousins Snr. on a score of 20 points, with Ollie Dempsey Snr. in second place on a score of 19 points (back four), and John Lacey in third place also on 19 points.
The Senior section is a very active group and organise many events throughout the year.
One does not have to be ancient to join the Seniors, but if you are over 60 and interested contact Tony O' Neill or James Thomas any Tuesday morning in the club.
The winner of last week's Joker prize of €50 was Vice-Captain Tony O'Neill. The Joker jackpot is heading towards €2,000 and all proceeds go to course improvements.
For further details on Wexford Golf Club go to our website: wexfordgolfclub.ie
The winter league commences on Saturday, February 20. Please give your name to Jamie in the Pro Shop as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.
There will be a social night in the club on Friday, February 19, to welcome our new members, our new professional, Jamie, and his assistant, Dale. We will also be launching the new iPhone and Android App, and the draw for the winter league will take place.
Tuesday, February 23, is a singles 14-hole competition.
Tuesday, February 9, singles 14-hole competition: 1, Sheila Hendrick 25 (17), 23 points (back six); 2, Valerie Doyle 10 (7), 23 points (back six); 3, Pauline Cafferkey 24 (16), 23 points.
Results (gents) - February 10, Wednesday club, eleven holes: 1, Nick McBride (14), 22 points; 2, Mike Concannon (22), 20 points.
Saturday, February 13, winter league round five: 1, Mark Tully (24/15), 25 points.
Sweep: 1, Mark Tully (24/15), 25 points; 2, Frank O'Kennedy (13/8), 24 points (countback); 3, Paul Phillips (10/6), 24 points.
Sunday, February 14, winter league round six: 1, Paul Phillips (10/6), 26 points.
Sweep: 1, Paul Phillips (10/6), 26 points (countback); 2, 'Buzzer' O'Brien (10/6), 26 points; 3, Paddy Dunne (18/11), 24 points.
Results (ladies) - Saturday, February 13, winter league round five: 1, Mary O'Riordan (29/18), 18 points.
Sunday, February 14, winter league round six: 1, Eileen Walsh (33/20), 17 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, February 17, Wednesday club; Saturday, February 20, winter league round seven; Sunday, February 21, sweep.