On the fairways
New Ross Seniors - With the weather forecast for Thursday predicting heavy rain, a smaller number than usual turned up for our game. Those who did were pleasantly surprised as the morning rain disappeared to leave a dry day, leading to good scoring in the competition.
With the greens drying out as the day progressed, some fine tallies were recorded, especially on the second hole where one team recorded a massive nine points which set them up for a winning 18-hole total of 91 points. They were Willie Byrne (13), Andy Ronan (14), John F. Roche (16) and Tony Sexton (26).
As a result of a better back nine (43 v. 42), Bob Doyle (9), Tony Harford (13), Dick Cahill (19) and Larry Shannon (21) finished runners-up with 88 points. On the same score and placed third were Peter Goggin (16), John Murphy (17), Michael Long (20) and Martin Forristal (21).
Only one tape was returned, that for the ninth hole where nearest the pin (ten inches) won the balls for Denis Kirwan - he sank the putt too.
We have no outing next Thursday, March 31, due to the open singles event taking place, but we are back at the usual time on Thursday, April 7. Manning the board for April are Tony Sexton, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan and Mick Brennan.
The first of the Seniors Alliance outings takes place at the Gold Coast G.C. on Monday, April 11. The ttimesheet is with Jamesie Murphy on 085-1846172, text or call.
The St. Patrick's fourball was sponsored by Four Star Pizza New Ross, with a large field taking part, accompanied by some very impressive scoring.
Jim Byrne (9) and Ned Fenlon (17) finished in top spot with a superb effort of 48 points. Jack Ryan (4) and Declan Doyle (12) came home in second place with 47 points, edging out Tony Wallace (21) and Jamesie Wallace (22) on the last nine.
There were also nearest the pin and long drive prizes on offer. The nearest the pin prizes went to Noel Dunne, Andy Lawlor and Robbie Farrell. The long drive winners were Paul Harrington, Robbie Farrell and Michael Ryan Jnr. Thank you to Thomas and Christina Chapman of Four Star Pizza New Ross for their continued and generous support.
Next weekend the PGA Tankard takes place, with the winner going forward to represent New Ross in the regional finals. The PGA Tankard is sponsored by resident professionals James Roche and Paul Morris.
In the meantime, there is plenty of other action with the Tuesday fourball returning after the winter break, and the first monthly open singles of the year taking place on Thursday, March 31.
The Barton Cup team opened its account with a very hard-fought victory over Waterford last weekend. Three matches took place in Tinneranny, with two in Waterford.
Captain Derek Ronan and partner Seamus Aldridge got the first point on the board for New Ross with a win on the 18th at home. Michael Ryan Jnr. and Pat Whelan followed up with a four and three win at home.
Donal Hosey and Jim Byrne fell to a narrow defeat against a very strong Waterford pair in Waterford, however Paul McGrath and Brian St. Ledger ensured there was no way back for Waterford where they recorded an excellent two and one away win.
Ger Ronan and Ivan Croke were called in at New Ross. Well done to all involved. The team now faces Wexford in the next round.
The All-Ireland fourball team is in first round action next against the same opposition, with three matches in Mulgannon and two in New Ross. Best of luck to all involved.
It's that time of year if you haven't already paid your subscription. Thank you to all those who have paid their membership, but if you have not already paid, you are politely reminded that the deadline for payment is March 31. There are plenty of ways to pay, and payments can be taken in the office or in the bar.
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 contact numbers on it and place it in the men's competition box before Tuesday, April 5.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, March 27, sponsored by Euro Mobil: 1, Anna Murphy (24), 39 points; 2, Annette Byrne (32), 38 points; 3, Denise Bolger (16), 37 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, March 30, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Anna Furlong Hair Salon; Wednesday, April 6, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre.
The third and final round of the winter league is on-going until March 29.
New Ross ladies were on a winning streak at the various Alliances held last Monday. Maria Burford won the Senior Alliance played in The Curragh; Mary Shannon won the Co. Wexford Alliance played in New Ross, and lady Captain Mary Maher won the Minor Alliance played in Cahir Park. Well done ladies!
March 16, Wednesday open singles: 1, Alec Bland (18, The Heath), 46 points; 2, Ray Mullen (6), 41 points; 3, Derek Jenkinson (12, Wicklow), 40 points.
March 17 and 18, open fourball: 1, Pat Moore (11), Johnny Murray (19), 46 points; 2, Andrew Harte (16, Mannon Castle), Brendan Brady (14, Mannon Castle), 46 points; 3, Martin Geraghty (16, Blessington Lakes), David Geraghty (16, Blessington Lakes), 46 points.
March 19 and 20, open scramble: 1, Clive Murphy (4), James Doyle (7), David Nolan (12), Colm Haughney (18), 58.9; 2, Seán Gleeson (6, Lisheen), Ryan Gleeson (16), Gary Masterson (6, Druids Hall), Declan Moriarty (5, Glen of the Downs), 59.7; 3, John Ger Murphy (27), Ray Moore (16), Paul Healy (13), Ian St. Ledger (5), 59.9.
Race to Paddy's Day 2016: 1, Martin Bennett (15), 40 points; 2, Martin Roberts (12), 40 points; gross, Ray Mullen (6), 34 points; 3, Derek Kavanagh (10), 40 points.
March 23, Wednesday open singles: 1, Dick Manogue (14, Mount Juliet), 41 points; 2, Jason Lawlor (6, Kilkenny), 40 points; 3, Derek Kavanagh (10), 40 points.
Tuesday, March 29, sees the first 18 holes singles competition of the year which is sponsored by Liam Spratt's Logo Centre. It's also the first day played with the new ladies' indices.
The ladies looked resplendent in pink for the breast cancer fundraiser on March 22, with 24 teams of three participating. The team of Bernie Whelan, Julie McCarthy and Eimear McGrath won the spoils with a score of 52.2.
Second were Margaret Mooney, Marie Dunphy and Joan Dunbar with a score of 53.2, followed by Joan Kavanagh, Helen Warren and Ann McGibney with 54.2.
Junior members Aileen Brophy and Aoibhe Donohoe from Coláiste Bhríde (Enniscorthy) played in the I.L.G.U. Schools' Senior Cup Mid Leinster qualifier in Athy recently. Lily Mahon played in the Schools' Junior Plate.
All three girls played really well and the club was delighted that Aileen won the Senior Cup individual nett prize with a fabulous 42 points (and lost three shots). Very well done to all three girls and we look forward to following their progress, and the progress of our other Junior girls, in 2016.
Don't forget that if you have any special event coming up, e.g. birthday, christening, confirmation, retirement etc., our clubhouse provides a wonderful facility with full bar and catering provided.
New research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.) has found that regular walking is more effective at keeping weight down than vigorous activities such as going to the gym.
The walking needs to be brisk and the research applies to men over the age of 50 and women of all ages. The research showed that one of the most effective ways for people to regularly walk briskly is via playing golf several times a month.
Now is a great time to join the club, get walking and meet new people. There are a range of categories for ladies as follows: full membership is €709; Senior Intermediate membership, if you are aged between 26 to 35, is €583; Intermediate membership, if you are aged between 19 to 25, is €383; distance membership is €439; five-day membership is €515; overseas membership is €260; student membership is €176; Junior membership is €100; Juvenile membership is €53.
The final day of the 2015-2016 Wednesday Sweep and Paschal Storan Cup takes place at Courtown Golf Club on April 30.
It has been very successful due to a very well-organised competition by Pat McCarthy, Chairman and Treasurer. The cup will be presented on April 30, followed by a sit-down meal and a sing-song. With two rounds left for the cup, we have three to four golfers in contention.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Tommy Dunne (11), 17 points; 2, Peter Byrne (21), 16 points.
Due to heavy rain on Saturday, the weekend singles stableford was played on Sunday in extremely windy conditions.
Stephen Kennedy (16) had 38 points, a fine score for the conditions, and won first prize. James Byrne (12) was second with 36 points, and Mick Brennan (21) was third with 35 points.
The open three-person scramble on Good Friday was won by Donal Byrne with Conor Sweeney and Mark Synott. The second prize went to Tommy Dunne, Robbie Kehoe and Martin Conroy.
The results of the Easter Monday nine-hole competition will be in next week's report.
It was a big weekend of golf over Easter in the club with an open four-person team event on Saturday. Sunday hosted an invitational fourball sponsored by Sanrose and our Junior Captains' drive-in.
A great crowd showed up to support our Junior Captains, Hannah Morrissey and Jack O'Sullivan. Congratulations to Claire McGarry who won the girls' section and to John Bolger who won the boys' event. Thank you to all the committee members and parents who attended.
Wednesday sweep, March 23: 1, Harry Poole (23), 33 points; 2, Dean Davis (8), 31 - 1 = 30 points; 3, Jim McDonald (10), 30 points; 4, Michael Wall (25), 29 points.
Four-person team event, Saturday, March 26: 1, Vinnie Kavanagh (13), Denise Kavanagh (13), Tony Kinsella (16), Pat Kinsella (20), 88 points; 2, Jim McDonald (10), Eamon Byrne (14), John Maher (13), John G. Kinsella (17), 85 points; 3, Bernard Byrne (14), Tom Foster (12), Richie Barnwell (13), J. Byrne (19), 83 points.
Fourball any combination sponsored by Sanrose, Sunday, March 27: 1, Tony Kinsella (16), Pat Kinsella (20), 47 points; 2, Christy White (14), Ben Martin (15), 45 points; 3, Brian Horgan (11), Damian Grannell (15), 44 points (last nine).