On the fairways
New Ross Seniors - Some 60 players comprising 15 teams went out on Thursday in glorious golfing weather. With temperatures hovering around 24/25 degrees, it certainly was a day for the suncream and time to show off some bare legs.
Shorts were the popular dress of the morning and Andy suggested we should have had a competition for the best pair of knobbly knees on show out on the course. It certainly would be hard to pick a winner of that such was the multiplicity of various shapes, colours and sizes on show.
If the weather was hot, the scoring was certainly scorching with the winners carding a terrific total of 98 points. They set up their ultimate victory with a great front nine of 51 points and, adding 47 points on the homeward run, they were out of sight from the rest of the field.
Captained by Paddy Shannon (10), and backed up by John Joe Cullen (18), Michael Long (20) and Tony Sexton (27), they were two points clear of the runners-up.
On 96 points came Tony Harford (13), Willie Byrne (13), Michael Lee (16) and Denis Murphy (21) to claim the second prize. John Kennedy (16), Willie Whitty (18), Johnny Watson (18) and Michael Somers (24) were placed third with 95 points.
We welcomed two newcomers last week in the persons of Denis Murphy and Paddy O'Mahony, both of whom joined us for the first time.
We have no game next Thursday as it is open week, so for anyone wishing to play, organise your own three-person team for the day's event.
It was a case of the President reigning in Derek Ronan's Captain's prize over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Club President Owen Conway (12) completed an emphatic victory in the 36-hole strokeplay event.
The foundations for the win were laid with a scorching opening round of 62, which gave him a four-shot lead over the field. Any doubts about the destiny of the main prize were settled when Owen holed out for an eagle two on the fifth hole in his final round.
He signed off for a 68, giving a total of 130 and a seven-shot cushion over the rest of the field. Some golf! Well done Owen!
James O'Keeffe (18) posted a total of 137, good enough to win the competition on many years, but had to settle for second place this time. Murth Hogan (24) finished in third place on 138, with Colm Kehoe (13) a further shot back in fourth.
The gross went to Alan Furness with a very good total of 147. The category prizes were won by Lorcan O'Brien (5, 142), Ivan Croke (13, 140), Ger Freyne (18, 144) and Bill Hurley (19, 144).
The past Captain's prize went to Davy Doran (12, 141), with Eddie Keher (10, 141) taking the veteran's prize. The first and second 18 prizes went to Harry Reinhardt (16, 66) and Michael Long (20, 68) respectively.
Bob Doyle had the distinction of recording a hole-in-one on the eleventh in the first 18! In the Captain's mixed the team of John Murphy, J.J. Hoyne and Frances O'Brien were clear winners with a brilliant score of 48 points.
Donal Hosey, Michael Kelleher and Rita Furlong finished in second place on 44 points, just ahead of the third-placed trio of John Moran, Teresa Foley and Joanne Hartley on the countback. Well done to Captain Derek Ronan on a very successful weekend.
There were two teams in action last weekend, with the Cullen Trophy team advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition with a good win over the Curragh.
Davy Doran and Ger Mackey, Eamon Dungan and Margaret Furlong, and Alan Furness and Eleanor Roche provided the wins that saw New Ross through.
The Pierce Purcell team was out of luck in their regional qualifier at St. Helen's where Wexford won through to the Leinster finals.
Next weekend, two more teams are in action with quarter-final spots up for grabs. The All-Ireland fourball team meet Coollattin on Saturday afternoon, with the Barton Cup team meeting Druid's Heath on Sunday afternoon. Best of luck to all involved.
It's a busy week ahead on the competitions front as open week continues until Sunday, June 19. An open fourball takes place on Tuesday and Saturday.
Singles competitions take place on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and a three-person scramble will be held on Thursday. The entry fee is €15 for visitors, and tee-times can be booked online or by calling the club on 051-421433.
New Ross Ladies
Wednesday, June 8, three-person team sponsored by Vale Oil: 1, Mary Maher (15), Eleanor Roche (19), Marie Therese Wall (21), 84 points; 2, Ann Fenlon (23), Mary J. Maher (29), Mary Dungan (34), 83 points (last nine); 3, Liz Bennett (9), Teresa Foley (20), Margaret Rossiter (29), 83 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, June 15, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Caroline's Hair Creation; Wednesday, June 22, lady Captain's prize (Mary J. Maher), first 18-hole stroke. Timesheet only, which is now open. Draw on the day; Thursday, June 23, lady Captain's nine-hole mixed team event; Saturday, June 25, lady Captain's prize, second 18-hole stroke. Timesheet only, which is now open. Draw on the day; Wednesday, June 29, 18-hole stableford, Pro-Am qualifier.
The lady Captain's dinner will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending please put your name on the sheet in the ladies' locker room.
The dinner will be followed by the presentation of prizes at 9 p.m.
A presentation of all prizes to date will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at the later time of 9 p.m. All prize-winners are kindly asked to attend.
Hard luck to our Finn Trophy team which was beaten by Wexford in Wexford on Sunday evening having put up a strong battle.
Best of luck to our Senior foursomes team which plays Wexford in Mount Wolseley on Wednesday, June 15, starting at 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, four-person team (mixed): 1, Stan Jackson (15), Colman Doyle (19), Mairéad Esmonde (24), Eileen Jackson (29), 96 points; 2, Colm Menton (16), Geraldine Menton (16), Oliver Egan (17), Lynda Egan (30), 94 points; 3, Liam Marnane (8), John Sherlock (21), Rosemary Marnane (25), Andrea Sherlock (29), 93 points.
Sunday, June 5, singles: 1, Dermot Kelly (7), 39 points; 2, Billy Davis (10), 39 points; gross, John Brady (+1), 39 points; vet., Robin Gardner (18), 38 points; 3, Peter Gallagher (16), 39 points; 4, Derek Evans (10), 39 points.
Monday, June 6, fourball: 1, Ger Hogan (5), Bill Hutchinson (13), 44 points; 2, Paul Kavanagh (7), Clinton McGuire (14), 44 points; 3, Pat Goff (13), Jim Hennessy (17), 44 points.
Wednesday, June 8, open singles: 1, Ian Lynch (1), 40 points; 2, Michael Geraghty (11), 40 points; 3, Joe Moran Jnr., 40 points.
You never know when you are going into a good patch with golf, but Teresa Conway is certainly on that patch, having won the lady President's prize on Saturday, May 28, and coming third on Tuesday.
Doreen McGovern, our lady-Vice-Captain, seems to also have landed on the patch. She had a fabulous result of 41 points and won first prize on Tuesday, having won the fourball on Monday, June 6, with Mary Quigley; and in case you have forgotton, she came first too on Wednesday, June 1. Enjoy it all ladies and well done!
My next bit of news is to all you mammies: Jamie O'Sullivan, our professional, with his (as my daughter would describe them) 'hot' and trendy young assistants will be running summer camps from Monday, July 4, to the end of August.
They are open to lads and girls, primary and secondary school age, beginners or experienced, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. So, if you are just down for a few weeks on holidays or wanting to fill up those long summer months, this is ideal, and surely your children will have got out of the scratcher by that time of the day.
Then there is the Burrow course for them to play. All are welcome, and for more information call 05391-32032.
Well, we are all smiles this week, as the Intermediate Cup team had a great win over Baltinglass on Sunday, June 6. Congratulations to team managers Niamh Byrne and Vandra Deacon, and team members Paula Stafford, Kit Codd, Marianne Brennan, Anne Redmond and Máire Farrell plus their caddies.
The Finn team also had a fantastic win over Waterford Castle on Saturday, June 11. Congratulations to team manager Mary O'Shaughnessy, and team members Cathy Atkinson and Siobhán Redmond, Sheila Crosbie and Ann Kelly, Niamh Byrne and Mairéad Esmonde, Angela Murphy and Elizabeth Callaghan, Joan Bowe and Mary Quigley.
Best of luck to our Junior Cup team, managed by Dorcas Maher, which is playing against Wexford in Bunclody on June 26.
We would like to urge any members who are free to go and support any of our teams playing. Both Junior and Intermediate Cup teams are now at the quarter-final stage, which is fantastic. Times and details of matches are posted up in the locker room.
Tuesday, June 21, is a ladies' foursomes competition, a charity event for the National Council of the Blind Ireland and Countess of Granard, sponsored by Wallace's of Wellingtonbridge.
Monday, June 6, fourball stableford: 1, Doreen McGovern (13/12) and Mary Frances Quigley (23/21), 42 points; 2, D. Walsh (32/29) and Caroline Archer (14/13), 41 points.
Tuesday, June 7, singles stableford, 18 holes, sponsored by Liam Riordan, Sherwood's Pharmacy (77 played, C.S.S. 35 points): 1, Doreen McGovern (13), 41 points; 2, Máire Farrell (19), 38 points; gross, Niamh Byrne (10), 24 points; 3, Teresa Conway (20), 37 points (back nine); 4, Joan Bowe (14), 37 points; Senior, Carol O'Brien (16), 36 points; 5, Anne Redmond (20), 36 points; 6, Liz Murphy (22), 35 points (back nine).
It was another good week of weather and good golf as our Captain's (Paddy Cleary) prize was played for on Thursday and 83 ladies competed for his lovely prize. Trina Walsh continued her good form and pipped Carmel Murphy on the back six to take the prize.
Results: 1, Trina Walsh (19), 71 (back six); 2, Carmel Murphy (9), 71 (back nine); gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 78 (back nine); 3, Wendy Tiernan (22), 71; 4, Susan Kelly (30), 72 (back nine); 5, Josephine Brennan (17), 72; Cat. A, Helen Lacey (6), 73 (back nine); Cat. B, Sally O'Neill (20), 72; Cat. C, Rose Morris (32), 74; Senior, Maureen Rossiter (26), 73; nine-hole stableford, Colette Furlong (15), 16 points; front nine, Lily Rowe (15), 31.5; back nine, Rachel O'Connor (8), 37.0; nearest the pin (third hole), Osnat Manning, 2m 72cm; nearest the pin (ninth hole), Linda Friel, 2m 85cm.
On Tuesday eleven pairs took part in the mixed and the results were: 1, Billy Hanton and Kathleen Rossiter (17), 55; 2, John French and Trish Hanton (10 1/3), 56 2/3.
Our Minor Cup team had a great win against Callan last Sunday and are now through to the third round.
The team comprised Osnat Manning, Breda Devoy, Geraldine O'Brien, Theresa Morris and Eileen Kent. Well done ladies.
The first round of the J.J. Devereux matchplay is well under way with a few of the matches played during the last week, and all matches to be played by June 21.
On Tuesday a taster day was held with this year's 'women in golf' and it was enjoyed by all. This will continue right into August so good luck and happy golfing to all who take part.
This would not be possible without our many lady members who volunteer each week to make this project such a success, so great credit is due to them.