On the fairways
Rosslare - The winter league came to a conclusion with a full turn-out. The winners on 225.5 points were Liam Duggan (6), Colm Waldron (13), John Howard (14), Vandra Deacon (14), Stephen Conway (23) and Gemma Campion (26).
In second position on 220.3 points were Paud O'Brien (4), Joe Moran (8), John Hanrick (14), Vinnie O'Connor (16), John McNicholas (23) and Máire Farrell (18).
Third on 219.8 points were Derek Wickham (5), Micheál O'Brien (10), Pat Wright (20), Cathy Atkinson (11), Liam Hayes (20) and Siobhán Redmond (18).
The leading gent was Robin Gardner (21) on 32 points, with Alannah Duggan (18) taking the ladies' prize on 25 points.
The best threeball was Colman Doyle (19), Joan Bowe (14) and Declan Curran (26).
The first 18-hole competition of the year produced some great scores from the leading three teams. The winners on 66 were Gary Collins (+4) and Ger MacNamara (4). They had birdies at the third, sixth, ninth, tenth, 15th, 16th and 18th in a six under par round of 66.
In second position on 67.1 were Paud O'Brien (4) and Paul Murphy (1) who were five over par after six holes but played the remaining holes in eight under par for a 69 gross. Third on 69.6 were Niall Ellard (4) and Derek Wickham (5) who had a 73 gross.
Sixteen-hole singles: 1, Mark Fitzpatrick (7), 29 points; 2, Jonathan Leader (1), 29 points; 3, Joe Scott (27), 29 points.
Team of four: 1, Pat Rossiter (8), Niall Ellard (4), Michael Rossiter (16), John Murphy (25), 91 points; 2, Billy Davis (10), Clodagh Davis (17), Derek Evans (10), Susan Evans (14), 90 points; 3, Pádraig Dempsey (11), Eugene Daly (24), Boyd Scott (19), Seán Benton (9), 90 points.
Burrow: 1, J.J. Walsh, 23 points; 2, John Sinnott, 23 points.
Ladies: 1, Anna Kelly, 24 points; 2, Deirdre Redmond, 24 points.
Our first two inter-club marches take place in the next week. On Friday in Enniscorthy the Fred Daly team play in the qualifying round, and on Sunday at 2 p.m. the mixed foursomes team plays Wexford.
For the first time in many years, the club in conjunction with Kelly's Resort Hotel will run a Pro-Am. The date is Saturday, September 10.
Fixtures: Saturday, April 2, ladies' fourball and gents' fourball; Sunday, April 3, gents' singles.
Both competition above are open to visitors paying green fees.
The Society played Enniscorthy Golf Club on March 19, and 36 players participated; well, 35½ actually, but that is another story!
It's surely the number one course in the region for Society bookings as we were so well looked after yet again. The course was in great condition and is just coming into its best right now once the next sand treatment is completed.
Where does one even begin to tell this story? Momentous just doesn't cover it, revolutionary maybe, ground-breaking definitely, but the best description is probably just shock and awe.
On hearing the winner, some in the clubhouse said that they were giving up golf. A re-count was even asked for - you would think it was the general election all over again.
Evidence was demanded to show who marked the card, but luckily enough the marker was above reproach and the third player was the Handicap Secretary.
Others said that the winner was an inspiration to them to try even harder themselves in the future. Either way this was so newsworthy that it made the national 6 p.m. news broadcast.
The distinguished accolades went to Tom Furlong after a three-way countback when the top three all finished on 38. The last nine removed McLoughlin from the count by one point, the last six were even, and so to the last three holes where Captain Eamon Roche unfortunately scratched the last allowed Furlong to sneak over the line with seven points on the last three holes. Nail-biting stuff.
It was unlucky for Eamon as a win on his first outing as Captain would have been a nice touch. The way Furlong played there was no stopping him, with two holes scratched with out of bounds, two putts of less than 2' missed, and he even found time to go 'digging for potatoes' in an adjacent field in his Jackie Healy-Rae flat cap!
Full results: 1, Tom Furlong (definitely not a misprint), 38; 2, Eamon Roche, 38; 3, Jason McLoughlin, 38; Cat. 1, Seán Sexton, 36; Cat. 2, Ted Mangan, 35; Cat. 3, Leo Murphy, 33; front nine, George Dee, 23; back nine, Tom McGrath (Trinity), 19; nearest the pin, Eddie Cousins (12th), 28' 8"; visitor, Liam Walsh, 31.
There were six winners of the twos club, and €12 each goes to Declan Clarke, Eddie Cousins, Shane Cummins, Leo Murphy, Pat Murphy and Anthony Wadding.
Back in the home base of Alice Brady's pub in Taghmon later that night, the prize-giving was carried out. Furlong gave a speech that he had been dreaming about and rehearsing for nine years.
He reminisced as to how he started in golf by beating the Pieman by one point in Abbey View, Fethard, in a game with their two sons, and that his first society score was a mighty eight in Gowran when his new buggy fell apart and the bag had to be carried around the course.
He also thanked those who gave of their time to teach him the finer points of the game as it was desperately needed at the time, namely Tommy Morrissey, Walter Kennedy and Joe Kelly. He went on to say that if you cannot win on your own home course then you shouldn't be playing at all (thanks for that one Noel), even though it had taken 80+ outings to finally be a winner.
It transpires that he has three balls that he is very fond of but you had to be present for the explanation of that one! Finally, he thanked all the society members, past and present, for all the enjoyment, entertainment and craic that they had had over the years and hoped for many more to come.
On a serious note I would like to thank everybody for their heartfelt genuine congratulations, numerous handshakes and backslaps. I think you all know what this victory finally meant to this former maximum handicapper with the hurler's grip. You moved me.
A special welcome to new members Shane Cummins, Daragh Kelly and Dave Rossiter. Enjoy the long haul lads and we hope to see you in the winners' enclosure soon enough.
Also welcome back to a few returning former members who are making a re-appearance, namely Derek Kent, the McLoughlin brothers, Jason and Seamie, and a special mention to two former Captains making their return after a few years, Michael O'Connor and Noel Wall.
We want to wish a speedy recovery to Johnny Waters from everybody in Taghmon Golf Society. Get well soon Johnny, we are all thinking of you.
The next outing is in St. Helen's Bay Golf Resort on April 23 at 11.40 a.m. so be early please. Please respond to your text messages ASAP once received as it makes it that much easier for the committee.
Bring along a friend or a lapsed member as a visitor. We hope to see all last year's members who didn't turn up for Enniscorthy to maybe witness another shock in St. Helen's.
The weather was bad on Thursday so only a sweepstake took place. The prizes sponsor by Royston Palmer will be played for on another date to be decided. Keep an eye on the timesheet as the prizes are beautiful, with some lovely photography by Royston.
Next week's competition is sponsored by Wexford Volkswagen, so good luck everyone.
Next Saturday the first of the inter-club matches start with Wexford ladies against Coollattin. Best of luck ladies, and your support would be appreciated for two matches at home and three away.
The first tee-off is at 2.32 p.m., and Sunday the mixed match is against Rosslare.
Saturday and Thursday, March 19 and 24, 18-hole singles sweepstake: 1, Carmel Murphy (9), 36 points; 2, Susan Kelly (30), 35 points (back nine); 3, Margaret Atkinson (9), 35 points; nearest the pin, Margaret Atkinson, seven metres.
A total of 30 played. Well done to all the prize-winners.
The 'Women In Golf' programme will be starting back shortly. There is a list available in the locker room for those who would like to volunteer.
We had a good start to our first 18 holes singles competition on March 22 with 66 ladies entering, but it was especially good for Carmel Lonergan who had a hole in one on the 14th hole! Enjoy the moment Carmel, they don't come too often.
Best of luck to Joan Bowe, Carmel Quinlivan, Susan Evans, Kit Codd and Angela Murphy who are playing on the mixed foursomes versus Wexford on April 3.
Best of luck to Mary Barry, Liz Callaghan, Pauline Cafferkey, Mairéad Esmonde, Pauline Breen and substitutes Carmel Lonergan and Carmel Morrissey, playing on the Minor Cup team versus New Ross on April 4.
Our first presentation of prizes will be on Tuesday, March 29, at 8 p.m.
The welcome night for the ladies' golf taster session is on April 5 at 6.30 p.m. Anyone with spare golf clubs to donate for new players, please leave them in the ladies' Locker room.
April 2 is the closing date for entering in-house singles and matchplay competitions.
Tuesday, April 5, will be singles strokes, G.O.Y. and medal, T.T.T. (also a qualifier for the competition on the 2016 Curtis Cup Course), sponsored by Lloyd's Pharmacy.
Saturday, March 19, singles stableford, 16 holes: 1, Liz Murphy (20), 28 points; 2, Moira Fortune (13), 25 points.
Tuesday, March 22, 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by Trendz Hair Salon: 1, Marianne Brennan (20), 38 points; 2, Irene Fortune (27), 36 points; gross, Vandra Deacon (14), 21 points; 3, Jane O'Shea (22), 35 points (back nine); 4, Paula Stafford (17), 35 points (back nine); Senior, Máire Farrell (18), 35 points; 5, Sheila Hendrick (25), 34 points. Congratulations again to Carmel Lonergan who had a hole-in-one on the 14th!
Tuesday, March 22, singles, Burrow course, twelve holes: 1, Kathleen Goggin (33/22), 27 points.
Despite the poor weather conditions that prevailed last week, all scheduled competitions were played.
Wednesday's 14-hole fourball was won by Chris Grant and Paul Carty with 38 points.
Friday's 14-hole three-person team event was won by Pat Kavanagh, Ed Mooney and Martin Frehill with 61 points (back seven), with Roy Sexton, Tommy Morrissey and Chris Grant in second place, also on 61 points.
The weekend 18 holes singles competition sponsored by Wexford Credit Union was won on a great score of 40 points by David O'Sullivan. Second place went to Paul Lambert on 39 points, with David Durack in third place on 38 points.
The gross prize went to Rhys Clarke with 32 points. Declan Roche claimed fourth place on 36 points, with Billy Moore in fifth place on the same score. A new vet. in the person of Roy Doyle claimed the vet's prize on 32 points.
Well done to all who played in terrible conditions, and thank you to Wexford Credit Union for their continued generous sponsorship.
In the Seniors' Tuesday competition, Mick Nolan was the winner on a great score of 39 points for 15 holes. The evergreen Paul Lauhoff was in second place with 37 points.
In third place and making a great comeback from his recent surgery was Liam Ruttledge on 34 points. Liam's played the back seven holes on level par. However, the highlight of the competition was Tommy Byrne's hole-in-one on the 13th hole.
Best of luck to the All-Ireland fourball team which takes on New Ross Golf Club this Saturday.
Congratulations to Declan Roche who won €50 in this week's Joker draw. Next week's jackpot is almost €2,500.
It was a captivating day down in St. Helen's on Easter Saturday. Captain John landed the catch of the day as he arrived with a glamorous convict in tow. Lady Captain Aine was nabbed!
On her release Aine joined with her captor John to deliver two drives straight down the tenth fairway - and into the water. A fun nine-hole scramble followed, with over 90 teeing off.
The weather broke, unfortunately, with the later finishers getting drenched. All was soon forgotten, however, once the warmth of the clubhouse was reached, where a hot meal awaited.
A great night ensued and we all look forward to a successful season with old and new friends.
Wednesday, March 23, Wednesday club: 1, Tom Devitt (26), 27 points; 2, Brian Cawley (16), 25 points; 3, Tom Doyle (13), 24 points.
Saturday, March 26, Captains' drive-in, nine-hole team scramble: 1, Maurice Cooper (17), 'Buzzer' O'Brien (10), Anne Marie Murphy (36), Bernie Furlong (20), 25.7; 2, Jimmy McMahon (22), Stephen Southam (23), John Carr (26), Kathy Dalton (36), 26.3; 3, Mick Conlan (14), Donal O'Keeffe (21), Seamus McCormack (15), Eimear Farrell (19), 27.1.
Easter Sunday, March 27, open singles: 1, 'Buzzer' O'Brien (10), 37 points; 2, John Codd (16), 36 points; 3, Stuart O'Kennedy (10), 35 points.