On the fairways
Close-fought contests were witnessed on Saturday, February 27, and Thursday, March 3, for the beautiful prizes sponsored by Ruth Kennedy, Helen Lacey, Margaret Hearne and Colette Furlong.
Results: 1, Catherine Carmody (23), 31 points (back eight); 2, Louise Boshoff (19), 31 points; 3, Mary Walsh (35), 29 points (back five); 4, Theresa Kehoe (15), 29 points (back eight); nearest the pin, Tara Dunne, 14 cm. A total of 55 played.
Well done to all of the prize-winners. The presentation of prizes will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 7.30 p.m.
The Bridge morning on Wednesday was well supported by ladies and gents, and well done to all the winners.
Results, Wednesday, March 2: 1, Mary Lynch and Wendy Tiernan; 2, Monica Shiggins and Myra Goggin; 3, Mary Howlin and Delia Brosnan.
Many thanks to Catherine Carmody and her committee for organising the Bridge mornings.
Next week's competition is sponsored by Viking Glass, an 18-hole singles stableford.
Lamb competition, Saturday, 16-hole fourball: 1, Tom Connon (21) and Declan Curran (26), 42 points; 2, Dermot Hall (11) and Johnny Kelly (4), 38 points; 3, Derek Evans (10) and Boyd Scott (19), 37 points.
Singles, Sunday, 16 holes: 1, Ned Kinsella (18), 40 points; 2, Donal O'Keeffe (13), 39 points; 3, John Forde (20), 39 points; 4, Conor Brett (11), 37 points; 5, Colm Callery (6), 36 points; 6, Joe Scott (27), 36 points; 7, Paddy Cummings (19), 35 points; 8, Ted Tierney (6), 34 points; 9, Paul Murphy (+1), 34 points; 10, Peter Cafferkey (17), 34 points.
Burrow, twelve holes - gents: 1, Tony Dorazie; 2, Davy Rowe; ladies: 1, Alma Roche; 2, Anna Kelly.
Congratulations to Jack McGarry who has been selected on the Irish Under-18 team to play Wales on March 30-31.
Congratulations also to John Brady who is on the Irish Under-16 team for the Home Nations in Templepatrick on March 30.
Don't forget our meal deal on Mondays and Fridays - main course, round of golf and meal, €30; Burrow course (twelve holes), round of golf and meal, €20.
The season is getting into swing now as we prepare for welcoming any new ladies who might like to try golf. We will be running an eight-week beginner programme - four lessons with our new P.G.A. professional, Jamie O'Sullivan, and four weeks playing on course with a lady member to guide you around.
Sign up for €50 on Tuesday, April 5, from 6.30-7.30 p.m. at the clubhouse or phone Doreen McGovern (086-8653318).
The sheets have been posted up for all members to enter the Nancy Todd singles and fourball matchplay in house competitions. We would encourage as many people as possible to enter and there will be a draw for partners to play the fourball competition on April 5 with a closing date of April 2.
There are envelopes in the locker room to enter the ring competition which starts on Tuesday, March 22. Entry to the competition must be done before entering scores earned on that day.
St. Patrick's Day should be a fun day with a four-person team event, any combination. There will be traditional music from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m., traditional food served all day by the caterers, and the presentation of prizes in the evening. All are most welcome!
Saturday, March 19, will be the final of the winter league - a three-person scramble. There will be a presentation and craic that night if all teams haven't fallen out while playing on the course.
Tuesday, March 15, is another fun day - a three-person team event sponsored by Selskar Bookshop. It will be the start of 18 holes so remember your energy bars.
Saturday, February 27, open fourball: 1, Vandra Deacon (14/9-2) and Mairéad Esmonde (24/16-2), 32 points.
Tuesday, March 1, foursomes stableford: 1, Trish Devereux (21/13) and Anne Gaynor (23/9), 22, 30 points; 2, Eileen Doyle (20/12) and Pauline Breen (25/10), 22, 27 points (back four).
The winter league is reaching its climax with qualifier one and two played over the weekend and qualifier three scheduled for next Saturday
Qualifier one resulted in Rosslare Harbour (64) defeating Killinick (58) which means the Harbour qualifies for the final, with Killinick contesting qualifier three next Saturday.
Qualifier two saw Murrintown (73) winning, followed by Kilrane (70) and Tagoat (65).
Tagoat are eliminated and the line-up for qualifier three, which takes place on March 12, is: teams from Murrintown, Kilrane and Killinick.
Saturday, March 5, winter league qualifier one: 1, Rosslare Harbour (Maurice Cooper), 64 points; 2, Killinick (Hilda Cooper), 58 points.
Winter league qualifier two: 1, Murrintown (Jim Brauneisen), 73 points; 2, Kilrane (Russell Burke), 70 points; 3, Tagoat (Fran Anderson), 65 points.
Sweep: 1, Derrick Sinnott (12/7), 26 points (countback); 2, Pat Murphy (17/10), 26 points (countback); 3, Noel Patten (14/9), 26 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, March 9, Wednesday club; Saturday, March 12, winter league Q3 and sweep; Sunday, March 13, stableford sweep; Wednesday, March 16, Wednesday club.
The past week was a very busy one in the club. On Sunday we had our Captains' drive-in and, watched by a big crowd of admirers and supporters, our four Captains for the incoming golf year all managed to hit great straight drives up the middle of the first fairway.
First up was our girls' Captain, Eimear Thomas, who hit a lovely straight drive. This put pressure on the boys' Captain, Lee Whelan, who was next up to drive. In what can only be described as an absolute peach, Lee drove into his Captain's year in great style with a 200 metre-plus drive up the middle of the fairway.
Next up was our lady Captain, Denise Dunne, who hit a lovely drive up the middle of the fairway. Club Captain Paddy Cleary was next up and drove as he has driven for many years, right up the middle of the fairway. We wish our four Captains all the best for the coming golf year and we hope they enjoy it.
A great crowd turned up in the club on Sunday for the Captains' drive-in and we would like to thank everybody who came and supported the event.
This week's Joker draw was won by Michael Dempsey who picked up €100. Next week's jackpot will be almost €2,200.
Last week the Senior section held a scramble and the winners were Peter Roche, Phil Murphy and the evergreen Jim Roice on 35 points.
In second place were Seamus Sills, Brendan Long, Pat Kavanagh and Pascal Whitmore on 36 points, and in third place were Paddy O'Reilly, Seán Ormonde, Aiden Cogley and Seán O'Keefe on 36.5 points.
Great credit is due to these prize-winners, all of whom are in the veteran Senior category, over 80s.
Tuesday's nine-hole singles was won by another veteran Senior, Martin Frehill, on a score of 20 points. In second place and after a long absence from the winners' podium was Des Croke, also on a score of 20 points.
Friday's 16-hole, three-person team event was won by David Durack, Anthony Durack and Neil Roche on a fabulous score of 71 points.
Saturday's 14-hole fourball stableford was won by the father and son combination of Edward Cousins and Eddie Cousins on 37 points.
Sunday's four-person champagne scramble saw a full sheet for the first time this year. The winners on a marvellous score of 88 points were John Ffrench, Trish Hanton, Trevor Healy and John O'Brien. In runners-spot were Marie Connell, Breda Devoy, John S. Nolan and Davy Byrne on a score of 86 points (back seven).
Third place was the team of ex-hurlers comprising Con Dowdall, Pascal Kavanagh, John Lacey and Edward Mooney on a score of 86 points.
The committee prize was won by the team of Ruth Kennedy, Sally O'Neill, Trish Boyd and the odd one out, Jim Turner (20).
For details of all offers from Wexford Golf Club, please see our website: www.wexfordgolfclub.ie.
February 21 to 27, ladies' weekly competition: 1, Fiona Bodels (21), 21 points; 2, Ann Redmond (24), 18 points; 3, Ann Cowman (36), 19 points (-2 penalty shots), 17 points.
Race to Paddy's Day, week four: 1, Pat Bolger (19), 31 points; 2, Dan Byrne (14), 30 points; gross, Clive Murphy (4), 25 points; 3, Ian McLoughlin (17), 29 points.
February 27 and 28, twelve-hole singles: 1, Pat Bolger (19), 31 points; 2, Ian McLoughlin (17), 29 points; 3, Barry Murphy (13), 29 points.
Our season kicks off on Saturday, March 12, in Kilkenny Golf Club. We always welcome new members to our society regardless of skill level, so if you have an interest in golf feel free to come along or contact us if you have any enquires.
Contact Val (after 6 p.m.) for tee-times (086-8947388).
This year's courses include Borris, Carrick-on-Suir, Callan, St. Helen's, Mount Wolseley, New Ross, Tramore and West Waterford.
It promises to be a great year of golf with everyone trying to topple our reigning golfer of the year, Eamon Wall.