On the fairways
Rosslare: Sunday, February 14, twelve-hole singles: 1, Jim Goggin (9), 28 points; 2, Jim Hennessy (17), 28 points; 3, Bob Quilty (9), 27 points; 4, Pat Goff (12), 26 points; 5, Dave McCabe (18), 26 points.
Burrow, twelve holes: 1, Joe Moran Snr.; 2, Gerry Haugh.
Sunday, February 21, 14-hole singles: 1, S. Lynch (11), 32 points; 2, C. Doyle (19), 32 points; 3, J. Walsh (10), 32 points; 4, L. MacNamara (3), 31 points; 5, P. Wright (20), 31 points; 6, P. O'Brien (4), 29 points.
The winter league has started and will continue on March 5 (fourball), with the final on March 19 (team of three).
Some vacancies still exist for membership to both courses. Entry to the main course is €950 (including all levies). This offer closes on February 29. Get your name into the office by ringing 05391-32203.
Don't forget our special golf and meal offers on Mondays and Fridays. Main course, golf and meal, €30; Burrow course, golf and meal, €20. This offer continues until Monday, May 30.
Last week saw a full complement of competitions being played. The winners of Wednesday's twelve-hole fourball were Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh with a score of 30 points.
Friday's three-person team event was won by Alan Keeling, David O'Sullivan and Pádraig Gannon with a score of 40 points (back five).
Saturday's twelve-hole fourball was won by the habitual victors, Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh, with a score of 30 points. Second place went to Nicky O'Brien and Garry Martin with a score of 29 points (back three).
The top players at the moment, Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh, are showing great form and must at this early stage of the season be assured of their places on the J.B. Carr team. The handicap Chairman has also taken note.
All members along with their families are invited to the club for the drive-in of Captains Paddy Cleary and Denise Dunne which takes place on Sunday, March 6. There will be children's entertainment from 3.30 p.m. and finger food will be served. The drive-in will be at 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, is also Mother's Day and Masters Restaurant has created a special Mother's Day menu, with a four-course dinner for €20 and a special three-course children's menu for €10. It should be a great family day in the club and booking is advised. Contact the restaurant at Wexford Golf Club on 05391-42238, ext.3. or ext. 6.
Our Seniors section had a big turn-out for the weekly Tuesday competition which was won by Seamus Byrne with a score of 32 points. In second place was Mr. golf ball himself, Ollie Dempsey Snr., on a score of 31 points, and in third place was Niall MacGuigan on a score of 29 points. Apologies to Seamus Sills who was omitted from last week's results after finishing a creditable second in Tuesday's competition.
The next Seniors outing will take place on May 23 to Woodenbridge Golf Club. Attendance sheets for same will be displayed in the gents' locker room in the coming days.
Last week's winner of €50 in the Joker draw was Bridget O'Neill who followed in the footsteps of husband Tony who won the previous week. This week's jackpot is heading towards €2,000.
Memberships and green fee deals are available at the moment and details can be found on our website: www.wexfordgolfclub.ie
Well done to all those who have entered the winter league which started on Saturday, February 20, and best of luck to the teams in the event which will run over two more Saturdays - March 5 and 19.
Tuesday's competition on March 1 will be a foursome over 16 holes.
Tuesday, February 16, 14 holes singles stableford: 1, Máire Farrell (18/14), 24 points (back seven).
Week two, race to St. Patrick's Day: 1, Dan Byrne (14), 33 points; 2, Derek Kavanagh (10), 31 points; gross, James Morrissey (6), 28 points; 3, Rory Kinsella (15), 29 points.
February 13 and 14, twelve-hole singles: 1, Dan Byrne (14), 33 points; 2, Michael O'Brien (15), 28 points; 3, Adrian Dunne (8), 28 points.
Marty Lawlor beat Charlie Logan on countback, with both on 21 points, in the nine-hole competition from the previous week.
Last weekend also saw a well-attended nine-hole competition played on the back nine. Even though there was a near gale-force wind on Sunday, all the best scores were posted then.
Tommy Dunne was first with 22 points, Charlie Logan was second with 21 points, and Bartie Kehoe held off Ger O'Brien for third spot on countback.
All going well and if the improving weather holds, the stalled winter league will recommence next Sunday. More will be known before the weekend.
The 2016 golfing season kicks off officially next Sunday with our Captains' drive-in. We wish our Captains, Liam Dunbar and Stellah Sinnott, the best of luck for the coming year. It should be a very enjoyable day as following the golf there will be food, music agus craic.
The draws for the 2017 sub for fully paid-up members and our Joker draw worth €1,675 will also take place. We hope as many members as possible will come along to support our Captains.
We have a great new discount scheme now in operation for our members. The scheme gives 10% off all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, teas or coffees purchased in the bar with your membership card.
There are only a few days left to get your name in the draw for 2017 subscription. Simply pay your subscription in full by 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 28. See our website for terms and conditions.
Today (Tuesday) our ladies' competition is a scramble. Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, is our first gents' completion of the year. The competition will be a singles stableford format.
As the season commences we would like to thank our many sponsors. A full list is available on our competition page. As always check out our Facebook page and website - www.enniscorthygc.ie - for special offers and news.
The final of our winter league sponsored by Colman Doyle EBS is on Sunday, February 28. Please check the online BRS system for your time.
The winter league dinner and prize-giving is on the following Saturday, March 5.
The Captains' drive-in will be held on March 12. The timesheet is up in the clubhouse and it will be a fantastic official start to our 80th year.
As it is our 80th year, Pat and Eileen have asked that everyone participating will be in plus fours.
Singles, February 20 and 21: 1, Pat Carthy (16), 34 points; 2, Michael O'Shaughnessy (24), 33 points (back nine); 3, Jim Furlong (23), 33 points; gross, Malachy Travers (2), 27 points; ladies, Eileen Cullen L.C. (18), 26 points.
New Ross Ladies
Wednesday, February 17: 1, Margaret Furlong (17), 23 - 1 = 22 points; 2, Ann Conway (12), 22 points (last seven); 3, Margaret Murphy (22), 21 - 1 = 20 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, February 24, 14-hole stableford; Wednesday, March 2, 14-hole stableford.
The second round of the winter league has commenced. The date for completion of the second round has been extended until Tuesday, March 8.
If you are playing your winter league as part of the Wednesday competition, don't forget to enter both competition books and put in two cards.
The Valentine's Classic came to a conclusion last weekend and despite mixed weather over the week, there was a very good entry with the course holding up very well despite the wet weather.
The format was a four-person team with two to score on all holes. The winning team was an all-star combination of Charlie Collins (18), Ger Freyne (19), Eddie Keher (10) and Richie Aylward (18), and they posted a superb score of 97 points, finishing five clear of the field.
John Shalloe (4), Jimmy St. Ledger (7), Billy Redmond (23) and Paul Duggan (18, Wexford) finished second, holding off the third-placed team of Eamon Murphy (17), Harry Doran (11), Leo Booth (17) and Jimmy Furlong (12) on the countback.
Fourth place went to Paul Harrington (8), Eddie Morrissey (19), John Joe Cullen (18) and Andy Lawlor (12). Thank you to all who supported this event.
Next weekend (February 28) a club singles takes place, and the golfing year starts in earnest on the following weekend when Captains Derek Ronan and Mary J. Maher drive-in. The drive-in takes place on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. sharp, with a nine-hole mixed team event taking place.
A presentation of prizes for all competitions since Christmas will take place next Sunday (February 28) at 6 p.m. sharp. All prize-winners must attend or be represented at the presentation in order to receive their prize.
With placing in operation for the next few weeks at least, it's no harm in reminding ourselves of the local rule concerning placing. A ball can be placed within six inches of its original position, but not nearer the hole and not into a hazard or onto a green.
When lifting the ball, its position must be marked, ideally by placing a tee or a ball marker immediately behind it. Once the ball has been lifted it can be cleaned. You cannot improve the area in which you are going to place the ball by pressing a club on the ground; moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed; creating or eliminating irregularities of surface; removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position, or removing dew, frost or water.
Once a ball that has been placed it may not be lifted again once it has come to rest after placing, because it is in play. The general penalty for breach of this local rule is two strokes.
The membership year in New Ross runs from April to March, and the club is currently accepting applications for 2016.
New entrants can join with full playing rights for just €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
The Taghmon Golf Society A.G.M. was held recently in the scout hall in Taghmon with twelve attendees.
Outgoing Captain, Eddie Cousins, welcomed everyone and declared that he was delighted and honoured to have been Captain and that he had thoroughly enjoyed the year. He wished Eamon Roche, the incoming Captain, all the best for his tenure.
The following were elected to the top table: Secretary/P.R.O., Tom Furlong; Treasurer, Joe Cashin; Assistant Treasurer, Tom McGrath (F); Handicap Secretary, Joe Kelly. Seamus McLoughlin, Eddie Cousins and Pat Murphy made up the rest of the places on the committee.
Finances were found to be significantly better than at this time last year thanks to the success of the Christmas draw, and membership was set at €30 once again.
Various ideas were discussed for fundraising. A new category three was introduced by the Captain to give those with the more generous handicaps a better chance of a prize.
Everyone is looking forward to a great year's golf once again and a bit of craic along the way. There will be nine outings in the coming year.
Sponsors are being sought for our upcoming outings, so if you know of somebody don't be afraid to ask them. New members are welcome as always, as are lapsed former members. Contact any of the committee members for further assistance.
Our most recent game was the three times organised and deferred outing in Wexford Golf Club from early December due to the weather conditions, which was held on Saturday, February 13.
A total of 18 brave souls that managed to play faced into the poor weather of wind and rain on a sodden course from the previous night's heavy rain, which makes the winning score all the more remarkable.
The honours went to Wexford club member Pat Murphy who showed everyone the way to play in such conditions. Congratulations to Pat on a deserved victory, winning by a clear three points.
The full results after playing nine holes were: 1, Pat Murphy, 22; 2, Seán Sexton, 19; 3, Leo Murphy, 18; gross, Edward Cousins, 17 (playing off 1); Cat. 1: 1, Nicky Cousins, 17; 2, Philip Wadding, 16; 3, Mark Waters, 14; Cat. 2: 1, Ger Kelly, 16; 2, Seamus McLoughlin, 15; 3, Eamon Roche, 14; visitor, Wesley Ruttle. The twos club had one winner of €34 and that was Pat Murphy.
After the game the prize-giving was conducted by outgoing Captain Eddie Cousins, carrying out the last official duties of his 14-month reign (a society record).
The Christmas wrapping paper and bows brought a surreal feeling to the occasion, all carried over from the called off Christmas outing. There were hampers of festive goodies, Christmas puddings, boxes of chocolates, spirit bottles, biscuits and mince pies, but more about the latter later. There was a random draw then for those not in the prizes so everyone present went home with something.
Eddie then handed over the mantle of captaincy to Eamon Roche and both made short speeches. Captain Eamon informed us that his first outing will be in Enniscorthy on March 19, starting at 10 a.m., so polish your shoes and clean out your grooves in readiness for another great year of society golfing.
Bring along a friend as a visitor or contact a lapsed member to reinvigorate them. When you get your text messages from a committee member, would you all please answer swiftly as it helps the committee to organise the day more efficiently for you?
We couldn't let the occasion go by without commenting on a record that was set in Wexford G.C. that day, a distinction that nobody would ever want. After trawling through the society records I can confirm that the lowest-ever score in 21 years was returned.
How the man didn't tear up the card is beyond us, but fair play to him for handing it in with a mighty score of six. Yes, you read that right, six points and on his home course too which makes it even worse.
Good manners prevents me from naming him in public but we all know who you are. There is photographic evidence of your presentation of six mince pies that may be published in a future report. A pie a point, so from now on you will simply be referred to as 'The Pieman'.
To describe how badly (oops, almost) you played, the following random words were used to describe you in the clubhouse by your peers in your absence: bloodcurdling, appalling, loathsome, dreadful, yecchy. Sure, you can only get better!