On the fairways
New Ross: Last weekend saw an 18-hole open fourball take place in New Ross, with home golfers to the fore. The seasoned pairing of Leo Booth (18) and Harry Doran (11) romped home with a highly-impressive total of 48 points.
Andy Ronan (14) and Kenneth Irwin (21) finished in second place with 44 points, with Tony Wallace (21) and Richard O'Grady taking third position on 43 points.
There is plenty of action upcoming for members and visitors alike over the next few weeks, with the popular St. Patrick's fourball running from Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20.
The Easter classic takes place the following weekend, running from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Both competitions are open to open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination. Tee-times can be booked online or by ringing the club on 051-421433.
Entries are now being taken for the first matchplay competition of the year, the men's foursomes, where Mossy Connell and Declan Breen will set out to defend their title. To enter, place your entry fee of €15 per pair in an envelope with your names and contract numbers on it, and place it in the men's competition box.
The first of our inter-club teams will also be in action soon, with the Barton Cup team taking on Waterford on Sunday, March 27.
A table quiz takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. sharp. A team of four cost €20 and all are welcome.
Elsewhere in the clubhouse, the restaurant is taking bookings for all occasions - birthdays, christenings, communions, anniversaries and funerals - and the bar and catering team are happy to meet a wide range of requirements. If you have any queries on bookings, please contact the club on 051-421433. The very popular Sunday lunch special (four courses for €15) continues, and booking is advised.
Well, all at Rosslare are now cheering...from Friday, March 11 we threw away our mats while any beautifully hit balls landing on the fairway don't have to be dropped into the rough. Also fourballs are now calculated at 9/10 of normal handicap, so what excuses for all now?
Angela Murphy, who is co-ordinating all the upcoming teams, certainly won't be listening to any excuses, rather telling the team managers to crack the whip. Those cracking the whip are Eileen Doyle (Minor), Dorcas Maher (Junior), Niamh Byrne (Inter Cup), Sheila Doyle (Junior foursomes), Angela Murphy (Senior foursomes), (Catherine Howard (Mixed foursomes). Best of luck ladies.
For all your golfing friends, 'play plus meal' until Friday: €30 (main course) and €20 (Burrow course). A reminder that St. Patrick's Day is a team of four with a music session in the bar at 5.30 p.m.
Fixtures: Friday, March 18, fourball competition; Saturday, March 19, winter league final and a 16-hole singles competition with presentation/craic that night; Tuesday, March 22, is an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by Trendz Hair Salon, and the start of the competition for 2016 for most improved golfer sponsored by Kitty Roche.
Easter: Good Friday, March 25, fun team of four; Saturday, March 26, fourball; Monday, March 28, fun team of four, any combination.
Also starting are the ring competition, Nancy Todd singles and surprise partner fourball, so get your entry in early!
Take note that a battle royale happened on the back eight on Tuesday, March 8. The lesson learned was: no thinking of coffee when nearing the last 18 holes.
Tuesday, March 8, singles stableford, 16 holes: 1, Kit Codd (16/14), 35 points; 2, Joan Bowe (14/12), 34 points (back eight); 3, Barbara McDonnell (28/25), 34 points (back eight); 4, Ann Lennon (33/29), 34 points (back eight).
Saturday, March 15, fourball stableford: 1, Moira Fortune (15/9) and Liz Murphy (23/13), 30 points.
Sunday, March 6, kicked off the season for Wexford Golf Club with a four-person team event and the drive-in, and a lovely evening was had by all. Well done to all.
Monday, March 7, saw the Senior ladies out on the course.
Results: 1, Theresa Morris (26), 25 points; 2, Sally O'Neill (20), 24 points; 3, Theresa Kehoe (15), 20 points (back six); 4, Eileen Kent (25), 20 points.
Saturday, March 5, and Thursday, March 10, saw an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by Wexford Viking Glass. We had beautiful weather and 55 ladies played. Well done to all the winners. The presentation of prizes will take place March 24.
Results: 1, Tara Dunne (5), 36 points; 2, Beppi O'Connor (17), 34 points (back nine); gross, Margaret Atkinson (9), 26 points; 3, Josephine Brennan (17), 33 points; Senior, Phil Flood (28), 32 points (back nine); nearest the pin, Helen Lacey, 6m, 32cm.
For the month of February a ten-hole competition was held on Sundays. Ruth Kennedy (5) with 21 points (back five) was the winner.
Thanks to all the ladies who participated in all the competitions. Well done to all the prize-winners.
There will be no ladies' competition this week as Thursday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day, with an open four-person team event taking place instead with live music in the bar from 5-7 p.m.
The final day of the winter league promises great excitement. After the second round, a fourball, only three points separate the top three teams.
Leading the way on 148 points is Liam Duggan's team of Colm Waldron, John Howard, Vandra Deacon, Stephen Conway and Gemma Campion, one point ahead of Bob Quilty, Syl Farrell, Ann Kelly, Robin Gardner, Stan Jackson and Rita Hayes.
In third position on 145 points is Paud O'Brien's team of Joe Moran, John Hanrick, Vonnie O'Connor, John McNicholas and Máire Farrell. The final round, a three-person scramble, is on Saturday, March 19.
On Sunday the 16-hole singles produced a great score of 38 points by veteran Dave Noonan (8).
Other results: 2, Donal Brohan (27), 37 points; 3, Tom Walsh (22), 36 points; 4, Pat Boyle (18), 36 points; 5, Philip Breen (17), 34 points; 6, Michael Stafford (21), 34 points; 7, Dermot Walsh (5), 33 points.
Burrow: 1, John Sinnott, 28 points; 2, Fergus Carey, 28 points; 3, Davy Rowe, 27 points.
Ladies: 1, Mary Fowler, 25 points; 2, Phil O'Mahony, 24 points.
On Thursday, St. Patrick's Day, the golf season officially begins when the first 18-hole competition of the year takes place.
Fixtures: Thursday, March 17, team of four, any combination; Friday, March 18, ladies' fourball and gents' fourball ; Saturday, March 14, final of the winter league and also ladies' and gents' singles; Sunday, March 20, men's Scotch foursomes.
All the above competitions with the exception of the winter league are open to green fees.
Last weekend saw the first real test of golf with the first 18-hole singles competition. The lady Captain's prize to the men was played out over two days, Saturday and Sunday.
Our lady Captain, Denise Dunne, sponsored this competition and she must be in touch with the powers above as the weather could not have been better for this time of the year. Our thanks to Denise for her sponsorship.
The winner was John Simpson with a fantastic score of 45 points. In second place was Joe Cashe with 41 points, and Neil Roche claimed third spot with 40 points. Derek Campion was the winner of the gross prize with 31 points, while the evergreen Billy Roche claimed the vets' prize with a fine score of 39 points. Well done to all prize-winners who all had very impressive scores.
Wednesday's 14-hole fourball was won by Tom Connon and Declan Curran with a very impressive score of 37 points.
Friday's 15-hole team scramble was won by the team comprising Mark O'Leary, Thomas Bent and Terry Murphy with 78 points.
Tuesday's Seniors singles stableford 13-hole competition was won by the recently-inducted hall of fame man, Jim Roice, with 32 points. Ronnie Bent was runner-up with 30 points (back five), with ex-pro Terry Lyons in third spot also with 30 points.
This week's Joker draw was won by lady Vice-Captain Una Doherty who took away the sum of €50. Next week's jackpot stands at almost €2,300.
There will be a Ping fitting day in the club on Wednesday, March 30.
Members can test drive the new G-clubs and for bookings contact the Pro Shop at 9142238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the first major of the year, the U.S. Masters which takes place in less than a month's time, Liam in the Pro Shop is running a draw for anybody who purchases goods to the value of €20.
If you can pick the leading European, leading American and leading rest of the world player and the predicted winning score, you could win prizes to the value of €500.
Members interested in playing on the various teams which represent the club are asked to place their names on the sheets in the men's locker rooms.
The final of the winter league takes place on Saturday, March 19, when teams Broadway, Rosslare Harbour and Kilrane compete for the grand prize.
Best of luck to all involved, and don't forget the presentation of prizes takes place in the clubhouse at 5 p.m. Complimentary finger food and wine will be served, so we look forward to meeting you all for a bit of craic.
Results (gents) - Sunday, March 6, stableford: 1, Paul Conlon (9), 26 points (countback); 2, Frank O'Kennedy (13), 26 points; 3, Pádraig Bail (16), 25 points.
Wednesday, March 9, Wednesday club: 1, Jimmy McMahon (22), 23 points (countback); 2, Michael Vaughan (21), 23 points; 3, Brian Buttimer (13), 22 points.
Saturday, March 12, winter league Q3: 1, Team Kilrane, 78 points; 2, Team Killinick, 77 points; 3, Team Murrintown, 68 points.
Winter sweep: 1, Declan Murphy (14), 28 points; 2, Seán Moore (11), 27 points; 3, Jim Murphy (12), 26 points (countback).
Results (ladies) - Saturday, March 5, sweep: 1, Mari Byrne (27), 22 points.
Saturday, March 12, sweep: 1, Janet Slattery (19), 21 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, March 16, Wednesday club; Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, open four-person team scramble; Saturday, March 19, winter league final and sweep; Sunday, March 20, singles stableford.