On the fairways

Published 23/07/2016 | 00:00

New Ross lady Captain Mary Maher (right) presenting her prize to Ann Banville
New Ross lady Captain Mary Maher (right) presenting her prize to Ann Banville
The lady Captain's prize presentation in Rosslare. Back (from left): Kitty Hartnett, Angela McGuinness, Kitty Roche, Vandra Deacon, Siobhán Redmond, Mary Kelleher, Anne Cullimore, Mary Roche, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Anne Brennan. Front (from left): Valerie Doyle (gross), Catherine Howard (lady Captain), Caroline Archer (winner), Emma Fenlon (second), Marie Byrne (lady President)
The Captain's prize presentation in St. Helen's. Back (from left): Paddy Dunne, Noel D'Orey, Jim Egan, A.J. Noonan, Micheál Delaney, Nick Conlan (Vice-Captain). Front (from left): Cathy Dalton (lady winner), Paul Monks (second), John O'Keeffe (Captain), Nick Hayes (winner), Andrew Murphy (gross)
The Enniscorthy lady Captain's prize presentation. Back (from left): Kay Ryan, Eileen McHugh, Margaret Mangan, Carmel Considine, Dorothy Kenny, Annette Cullen, Margaret Frayne, Helen Cosgrave, Mary Breen, Ursula Cousins, Christine Clarke, Maeve McCauley, Nicola Dunphy. Front (from left): Pauline Murphy, Stellah Sinnott (lady Captain), Paula Creedon (lady President), Ciara Sharkey, Laura Dempsey, Triona Hogan

New Ross Seniors: We are on the road again on Monday, July 25, when we go on our annual visit to the beautiful Dungarvan Golf Club in County Waterford.

There we will play in their open singles competition but having our own four-person team event as well with all four scores to count for a final result. Here are the tee-times and teams which must be strictly adhered to, so all players be in good time.

10 a.m., Patsy Farrell, Paddy Bennett, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan, Tony Sexton; 10.08 a.m., Tony Harford, Martin Forristal, Liam Glasheen, J.J. Murray; 10.16 a.m., Andy Ronan, Steve Travis, Willie Naddy, Jamesie Murphy; 10.24 a.m., Willie Byrne, Luke Power, Bryan Hennessy, Tom O'Shea; 10.32 a.m., John Browne, Eamon Delaney, Michael Brennan, Tom Kent; 10.40 a.m., John Shalloe, Tommy Kehoe, Pat Traynor, Les Jastrebski; 10.48 a.m., J.J. Cullen, Donie Cody, Larry Shannon, Jim Kehoe; 10.56 a.m., Tommy Ryan, Jim 'Ross' Ryan, Dick Cahill, Billy Redmond; 11.04 a.m., Michael Lee, Michael Gannon, Frank Boyle, Martin Burke.

Our next away outing is to Faithlegg on Tuesday, August 16, and we will collect the €20 fee for that on Thursday, July 28. Also on that day we will take names for our two-night overnight visit to Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Tipperary, in September, celebrating 20 years since the Seniors group was formed way back in 1996.

This is the week where the New Ross course is closed for coring and sanding. All in cost for two nights' B&B plus one dinner plus two rounds of golf is surely a bargain at a mere €149.

NEW ROSS LADIES

Wednesday, July 13, sponsored by Sid's Diner: 1, Joanne Hartley (25), 41 points; 2, Pat Purcell (18), 36 points; gross, Geraldine Mackey, 21 points; 3, Patricia Quinn (26), 36 points; 4, Margaret Furlong (17), 34 points.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, July 20, President's prize to the ladies - timesheet and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. draws as normal; Wednesday, July 27, Countess of Granard foursomes, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Coghlan Kelly Solicitors; Wednesday, August 3, 18-hole v. par (Senior) sponsored by Joyces Homecare.

The Kathleen Pyne singles matchplay second round deadline is extended to Friday, July 22.

The club mixed foursomes matchplay qualifying round (18 holes) is to be played on August 4, 7, 13 or 14 - full details are in the locker room.

ST. HELEN'S

Junior open day is taking place on Thursday, July 28, and 18 holes singles stableford competition for boys and girls. Call the Pro Shop for bookings on 05391-33234.

The fees for visitors is €10, and for members it's €5 (includes competition and green fees plus snack). The event is sponsored by Rita Brazil. Call Larry or Cormac at 05391-33234 for booking.

Results (gents) - Sunday, July 10, open singles: 1, Danny Kenny (10), 40 points; 2, Harry Masterson (7, Kileen), 38 points; 3, Mick Conlan (14), 37 points (countback).

Wednesday, July 13, open singles (sponsored by Golf South East): 1, William Brady (21, Athlone), 40 points; 2, Michael Grant (22), 38 points; 3, Declan Murphy (13), 37 points.

Saturday, July 16, Captain's prize: 1, Nicky Hayes (21), 40 points; 2, Paul Monks (23), 38 points (countback); gross, Andrew Murphy (6), 78; 3, Ben Radford (17), 38 points; 4, A.J. Noonan (18), 37 points; veteran, Noel D'Orey (17), 36 points; past Captain, Micheál Delaney (16), 35 points; committee, Mick Conlan (14), 33 points; front nine, Paddy Dunne (18), 21 points (countback); back nine, Jim Egan (24), 21 points (countback); nearest the pin (17th), John Sinnott (7), 25'9"; longest drive (second), Ben Maddock (11); lady nine: 1, Cathy Dalton, 24 points; 2, Ann Parkinson, 19 points.

Results (ladies) - Sunday, July 10, open singles: 1, Belinda Ennis (19, Sutton), 38 points; 2, Georgina Darling (22), 33 points.

Wednesday, July 13, open singles, Golf South East: 1, Margie O'Connor (19), 37 points; 2, Joyce Brennan (24), 31 points; 3, Eileen Walsh (32), 29 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, July 20, open singles; Thursday, July 21, open Seniors; Friday, July 22, nine and dine at 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, Captain's prize to the ladies (G.O.Y.)/lady Captain's prize to the gents (G.O.Y.).

ROSSLARE

The President, Jim Hennessy, presented his prize to the members of Rosslare. In strong south-westerly winds scoring was difficult, with 37 points taking the honours.

The winner, who is better known for his exploits in squash having represented Ireland on numerous occasions, was Dave McCabe (17). Dave was not in a great position after nine holes, recording only 17 points, but against the wind he played a great back nine.

Despite a blow out at the 12th, he had 20 points and won on the breakdown from Mark Mullen (scr.). Mark had five birdies and two double bogeys for a great one under par round.

Paud O'Brien (4) won the gross with 33 points, and Phil Callery (6) won the veterans with 32 points.

Other results: 3, Ray Roche (7), 36 points; 4, Ciarán Cuddihy (10), 36 points; 5, Claude Howlin (11), 35 points; front nine, John Garahy (17), 20 points; back nine, Ted Tierney (7), 21 points; longest drive, Mark Mullen; nearest the pin, Paud O'Brien.

Open singles: 1, Dermot Lee (11), 39 points; 2, Martin Roche (6), 39 points; gross, Mark Mullen (+1), 32 points; vet., Richard Devereux (15), 38 points; 3, Rory Deane (7), 38 points; 4, Seán Benton (19), 38 points.

The team of four event sponsored by Colm and Ger Menton was called off on Saturday due to rain and will be played on Saturday, August 20.

Well done to all concerned on winning the Singing Pubs for the club on Saturday. A great night was had by all.

Fixtures: Saturday, July 23, Country Members' Cup, ladies' and gents' open singles; Sunday, July 24, gents' open singles.

Don't forget to enter your team for our Pro-Am on Saturday, September 10. Ring 05391-32032.

In the semi-finals of the golfer of the year, Joe Moran Jnr. beat Colm Waldron and Dan Cash beat Paul Murphy. In the final, Cash had a very convincing win.

Gary Collins was leading qualifier in the North of Ireland Championships last week. Unfortunately, he was beaten 2/1 in the first round. Paul Murphy won his first round but was beaten on the 19th in round two.

WEXFORD

Our mixed foursomes team has reached the All-Ireland finals which are due to be played at the Curragh Golf Club on August 7. Support for the team would be greatly appreciated.

Last week's winner of Split the Pot was Cian Whelan. Entry to this draw is only €2 and all funds go to course improvement. All members' support would be greatly appreciated.

Last Sunday's competition was an 18-hole fourball sponsored by Sanrose Ltd. In first place were John Byrne and Davy Farrell on 47 points. Second were Pearse Frawley and Damien O'Reilly on 46 points.

Third place went to Des Farrell and Mick Leniston with 44 points (back nine), pipping the brothers, Nicky and Mick Doyle, who finished in fourth place on 44 points. Our thanks to Sanrose Ltd. for their sponsorship of this event.

Wednesday's competition was an 18-hole singles. In first place was Con Dowdall on 39 points (back nine), and second was Paul Carthy on 39 points.

Third was Fred Boyd on 38 points (back nine). The gross winner was Peter Byrne with 33 points, and John McGarrigle won the vets.' prize with 34 points.

ROSSLARE LADIES

Well, we are now in the height of our golfing season and on Saturday we had our lady Captain's (Catherine Howard) prize to the ladies. The weather may have been a little dull but nothing else was about the day.

It started off with Catherine, and her handsome husband, John, greeting us on our way out to play. He took photos of us all with Catherine. We all thought this was going to be a lovely momento for Catherine to have of her day, but a photo was waiting for each of us by the time we went to dinner that night! How nice, and the photo was dated also!

So the golf was windy and the wild flowers in the rough were as colourful and beautiful as Catherine herself. She beamed all day and radiated her friendly personality to all. The cards and presents were stacked high in the clubhouse for her which shows how popular she is with everyone.

Then we had a very tasty dinner followed by presentation of prizes. Caroline Archer (15) came first with a great 70 points. She was thrilled with the beautiful jewellery presented to her and said how this was third time lucky as she had come second twice before. Well done Caroline. There were lots of other happy winners (please see the results below).

After dinner there was more entertainment...and this was hilarious. Catherine herself is a retired midwife so some of the members did a skit on three pregnant women in the hospital waiting room and then giving birth.

The babies and their mothers weren't fit to be photographed for all you readers, so I will have to leave it all to your imagination. We all rolled around laughing.

After that Emma Hore sang beautifully accompanied by Cian McGovern. This was followed by our lady Captain, Catherine, and then winner, Caroline, singing. With that, we couldn't stop the rest of the audience grabbing the mic for their go, so all in all it was a fab day and night.

Also we have to wish Joan Breen a happy 90th birthday on the same day, Saturday. Joan drives herself down from Enniscorthy every Tuesday and plays with her pals, Nora Fleming and Yvonne Barnes.

There is no stopping them, and if the main course is too booked up around 2 p.m. they go to The Burrow. But at 90 Joan is still pulling her trolley around the fairways. There was no electric when she started out, so why give in now?

On Tuesday there was an invitational fourball sponsored by Kerlogue Nursing Home, and €1,678 was raised and presented to Windmill Therapeutic Centre.

There was a great crowd at the club in the evening, and Joan from the centre spoke of the wonderful work they do in our community. These local charities really need our support.

Monday, July 25, is start of ladies' open week. French Connection, Caterhire Ltd., Murphy's SuperValu, Club House Caterers and Barkers are all sponsoring days. Please see the website for details.

Tuesday, July 12, ladies' invitational fourball sponsored by Kerlogue Nursing Home, with proceeds in aid of Windmill Therapeutic Centre: 1, Bernadette Cuddihy (23/21) and Margaret Frayne (Enniscorthy, 12/11), 42 points; 2, Karen O'Keeffe (26/23) and Martina Dempsey (Wexford, 19/17), 41 points (back six); 3, Máire Downer (24/22) and Marie Tevlin (St. Helen's, 24/22), 41 points (back nine); 4, Carol O'Brien (16/14) and Mari Byrne (St. Helen's, 27/24), 41 points (back nine); 5, Phyllis O'Farrell (31/28) and Rita Douglas (Wexford, 28/25), 41 points; Burrow course, Phyl Walker (31/21), 21 points.

Wednesday, July 13, open singles stableford: 1, Lorna Callanan (30, Rathfarnham), 33 points.

Lady Captain's prize to the ladies, Saturday, July 16 (125 played; C.S.S. 75): 1, Caroline Archer (15), 70; 2, Emma Fenlon (15), 69; gross, Valerie Doyle (11), 85; 3, Siobhán Redmond (18), 72 (back nine); 4, Anne Cullimore (25), 72; Seniors, Kitty Roche (18), 73; 5, Mary Kelleher (17), 74; 6, Esther Broderick (22), 75; front nine, Fionnuala Callery (30), 34; back nine, Mary O'Shaughnessy (15), 34.5 (back six); Cat. A, Vandra Deacon (15), 75; Cat. B, Ilo Pasdzior (21), 76 (back nine); Cat. C. Mary Roche (29), 77; committee, Joan Wallace (17), 76.

Burrow course, Saturday, July 16: 1, Anne Brennan (36/24), 26 points; 2, Angela McGuinness (29/19), 22 points; Super Senior, Kitty Hartnett (29/19), 20 points.

BUNCLODY

July 9 and 10, monthly medal: 1, David Nolan (13), 69 nett; 2, Tony Gleeson (7), 70 nett; gross, Ian St. Ledger (5), 76; 3, Pat Nolan (Myshall, 14), 70 nett; 4, Malachy Quinn (22), 71 nett.

July 10 and 12, ladies' 18-hole v. par: 1, Marita Byrne (15), two up; 2, Fiona Bodels (22), one up; 3, Doreen Hogg (22), all flat.

July 13, Wednesday open singles - gents: 1, Johnny Ryan (20), 40 points; 2, Willie Doyle (8), 38 points; 3, Rory Kinsella (15), 38 points. Ladies: 1, Kay Doyle (29, Ashbourne), 41 points; 2, Rita O'Shea (29, New Forest), 38 points.

COURTOWN LADIES

Tuesday's open singles competition was sponsored by La Creme Boutique, Gorey. First was Norma Casey (30) with 43 points, and second was Muriel Coveney-Greene (23) with 42 points.

The gross went to Sorcha Howell (4) with 35 points. Third was Mary Halford (21) on 41 points on countback, and fourth was Mary Kilbride (21) on 41 points.

Nine-hole competition: 1, Noreen Ryan (36) (18), 19 points; 2, Christiane Deller (36) (18), 18 points.

The Saturday, July 16, singles competition was sponsored by French's, Gorey.

Results: 1, Sorcha Howell (4), 35 points; 2, Caroline Dale (29), 34 points; 3, Julie McCartan (22), 33 points.

Congratulations to the Boyne Trophy team managed by Marcella Jones which beat Waterford and is now meeting Delgany in the semi-finals.

ENNISCORTHY LADIES

On a lovely summer's day in Enniscorthy, Pauline Murphy brought in a great score of 69 to win the lady Captain's prize. Coincidentally, Pauline and lady Captain Stellah attended school together in FCJ Bunclody, and Pauline is also a member of the ladies' golf committee.

The gross prize was won by Ciara Sharkey who was two over par for her round, and the Junior prize was won by Aoibhe Donohoe with a score of 46 points. Aoibhe is another one of the club's Junior members who has a great future ahead of her in ladies' golf. There was a great turn-out with 115 ladies participating in the various competitions.

Results: 1, Pauline Murphy (36), 69 nett; 2, Catríona Hogan (10), 71 nett; gross, Ciara Sharkey (4), 76; 3, Laura Dempsey (6), 71 nett; 4, Kay Ryan (27), 71 nett; 5, Ursula Cousins (13), 71 nett; 6, Mary Breen (28), 72 nett; 7, Maeve McCauley (18), 72 nett; Senior, Margaret Mangan (27), 74 nett; 36 handicap, Carmel Considine (36), 74 nett; committee, Margaret Frayne (13), 75 nett; past Captains, Helen Cosgrave (12), 74 nett; nine holes, Eileen McHugh, 13 points; putting competition, Helen Kenny; Junior winner, Aoibhe Donohoe (27), 46 points; front nine, Annette Cullen (12), 31 nett; back nine, Lori Whitney (17), 36.5 nett; five-day member, Christine Clarke; longest drive, Nicola Dunphy; nearest the pin, Maeve McCauley.

Members and friends are invited to the official opening of the new 'Brooklyn' restaurant at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Wednesday, July 20, at 9 p.m. Greg and his wife, Joanna, are looking forward to meeting everybody and providing tasty treats. Music will be provided by Jimmy Hogan and friends.

Sam McCauley is the sponsor of Tuesday's competition this week, and open week also gets under way, commencing with an open Seniors on Thursday.

The schedule for open week is: Thursday, July 21, ladies' and gents' open Seniors (Jennings Opticians); Friday, July 22, open ladies' team of three (Wheelock Fruits), and open nine holes sprint; Saturday, July 23, ladies' and gents' open fourball, any combination (Mace/Maxol); Sunday, July 24, ladies' and gents' open fourball, any combination (Mace/Maxol); Monday, July 25, ladies' and gents' open singles (Calor Gas); Tuesday, July 26, ladies' and gents' open singles (Tyre World/Tracey's Hotel); Wednesday, July 27, open team of two (Ballyhuskard Conservatories); Thursday, July 28, open gents' singles (H Murphy & Co.); Friday, July 29, open four-person scramble (Greenville Stores); Saturday, July 30, ladies' and gents' open fourball, any combination (Martin's Londis); Sunday, July 31, ladies' and gents' open fourball, any combination (Martin's Londis); Monday, August 1, open three-person team (any combination).

BALLYMONEY

Wednesday mixed nine-hole: 1, John Murphy (11), 20 points; 2, Anthony Fortune (16), 19 point; 3, Mark Miskella (7), 19 points, holding off Karl Chapple (13) on countback.

The July medal (stableford from back tees) played over Saturday and Sunday saw a very big field and perfect conditions on an immaculate course.

Results: 1, Andrew Webb (17), 40 points; silver went to Aidan Gahan (21) on 39 points, and Ed O'Brien (Courtown, 6) was third with 38 points. Ed had an eagle one on the long par three 15th hole.

Ladies' singles: 1, Emer Kohlmann (8), 34 points; 2, Hilary McCutcheon (36), 31 points; 3, Sinéad Johnson (24), 29 points.

Matchplay round two: James Mooney beat Paul Hayden; Ron Breen beat Cormac Foley; Eamonn Whelan beat John Doyle; Mike O'Grady beat Greg Gilbert; John Farrell beat Donal Byrne; Seán Furlong beat Ken McGauran; Anthony D. Doyle beat Peter Brolly; Eugene O'Brien Snr. beat Kevin Byrne; Martin Conroy beat Anthony P. Doyle; Liam Redmond beat Andrew Byrne.

COURTOWN

The Tom Funge Memorial Cups boys' and girls' open will be held in Courtown Golf Club on Thursday, August 11, sponsored by Funge's of Gorey.

It will be a stableford competition for anyone under 18 on January 1. The handicap limit is boys 10-18 and girls 36. Please contact the club on 05394-25166 for timesheet availability.

Well done to our Duggan Cup team on a great win. They are into the semi-final on August 14.

Open two-person team event in aid of Cheshire Homes: 1, Joe Turner (12), Eamon Mahony (15), 56 points; 2, Jim Peppard (22), Joe Kavanagh (28), 55 points (last nine); 3, Les Masterson (20), Brian Spencer (27), 55 points; 4, Eileen Cullen (19), Mary Osborne (21), 53 points.

Gents' singles medal, Sunday, July 17: 1, Damien Grannell (12), 70; 2, Kieran O'Brien (10), 72; 3, Barry Symes (3), 72; gross, Ross Steedman (-1), 73.

ENNISCORTHY

A big congratulations from all at men's golf to Pauline Murphy, winner of the lady Captain's prize last weekend, and to all the other numerous prize-winners too. The day went well for all competitors as the weather just about stayed fine for the duration of play.

The ladies' section had a great day on Captain Stellah Sinnott's big day of the year and it went without a hitch and they partied away until the small hours.

The Monday ladies' and gents' open singles stableford, July 11, sponsored by E.G.C. (46 played: S.S.: ladies 37 points, men 36 points): 1, Daithí Medcalf (12), 38 points (back nine); 2, Mary Halligan (29), 38 points; gross, Brian Balfe (5), 33 points.

All prize vouchers for this competition are available for collection in the Pro Shop.

Nine-hole midweek, July 13, sponsored by the Garda members (90 played): overall, Jason Chawke (14), 21 points (last six); Category 1, Brian Sinnott (9), 20 points; Category 2, Dan Byrne (14), 20 points; Category 3, Mick Wickham (17), 20 points; Category 4, Seán Hamilton (23), 21 points.

Presentation for all the July midweeks will be on July 20 at 9.30 p.m. (same night as the new restaurant official opening). Next week's sponsor is Donnelly Coaches.

Gents' open Seniors, July 14, sponsored by Caulfield's SuperValu: overall winner, Michael Rigley (21), 41 points; Over-50s: 1, William Newe (16), 37 points; 2, Stephen Casey (19), 36 points (last three); Over-60s: 1, Paddy Mooney (13), 38 points (back nine); 2, Tom Clince (16), 38 points; Over-70s: 1, Tony Kelly (Naas, 15), 37 points; 2, George Leech (12), 36 points; Over-80s: 1, Denis Coughlan (20), 36 points; 2, Michael Dee (18), 34 points.

Next month's sponsor is club professional Stephen Fitzpatrick and the competition date is August 11.

Nine-hole stableford, July 16, sponsored by the lady Captain (64 played): 1, Brian Balfe (4), 23 points (last six); 2, Shane Fortune (10), 23 points; gross, Eddie Doyle (8), 16 points.

P.G.A. Tankard stokes competition, July 16-17, sponsored by club professional Stephen Fitzpatrick (137 played; S.S. 73): 1, Jason Rackard (0), 68; 2, Kevin Frayne (13), 69; gross, John Healy (5), 76; 3, Brendan Brophy (14), 70; 4, John Ryan (19), 71 (back nine); 5, Des Jacob (13), 71 (back nine); Senior, Shay Guinan (16), 72.

The Brittle Bones Society played last Monday and the winners with 53.2 points were Denis Coughlan, Tom Crotty and John Leacy.

Congratulations to each and every one of our winners and a big thank you to all our sponsors.

Enniscorthy went to Woodenbridge last Saturday to take on Elm Park in the quarter-final of the Jimmy Bruen Cup and unfortunately lost on a score of 4-1. Our congratulations to Elm Park and we hope they progress well in the competition.

Commiserations to team manager Shane Dunphy and his assistants, Nigel Cullen and Maurice Nolan, and the players were Eunan Doyle, Shane Fortune, Seán Hegarty, Adam Jordan, David Mernagh, Davy Murphy, Nicky Murphy, Frankie Morrissey, Maurice Nolan and Lee Quigley. Well done on getting this far lads.

Our Junior Cup team is playing next Saturday in Tullamore against Kilkenny in the Leinster quarter-finals at 10 a.m., with the winners advancing to the Leinster semi-finals on Saturday afternoon and hopefully to the Leinster final on Sunday morning.

The managers are Denis Dunbar and P.J. Murphy. Best of luck to all concerned. As always, any support would be appreciated by the players.

The Junior section is going from strength to strength with a significant number of youngsters having joined up lately. Is the next Leona or Rory amongst them? If you know of a youngster who might be interested then please let either Vice-President Jim Hogan or Vice-Captain Jack Murphy know.

The clubhouse function room can be hired for private functions, christenings, communions, confirmation, birthdays, quizzes, weddings, conferences, retirements and funerals or any other function for that matter, with bar facilities and catering available. Just ring the office on 05392-33191 or bar manager Adrian on 083-3004021.

There is a fantastic new offer available to anyone thinking of starting to play golf available at Enniscorthy. We call it 'give golf a try'. It is a 'learn to play' membership for just €150.

For this you get three months' membership which is available Monday to Friday, a group clinic with our resident professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick, on-course mentoring with some of our 'seasoned' members, free use of golf clubs if you don't have any for the clinic, and special 'learn to play' competitions.

There is a limited availability on numbers for this so act fast if you wish to avail of this new and innovative idea over the summer months. If you should then decide that you would like to join as a full member, then there is no joining fee and we will deduct the €150 that you have already paid from your annual subscription. Now that is what you call a deal!

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this offer then please encourage them to take it up, a great way to spend the summer months. Utilise it as a treat for the Leaving Cert. students before they start third level.

The official opening of the Brooklyn Restaurant takes place this Wednesday, July 20, at 9 p.m. All are welcome and food will be served as a taster as to what our new chef, Greg, has to offer. Rave reviews have been coming in about the quality and value of the food on offer in recent weeks. Music will be provided by Jimmy Hogan and friends.

Our open week starts on Thursday, July 21, and runs through to Sunday, July 31, with competitions every day with many formats and variations to suit all categories, and the booking sheets have opened. Booking early is highly recommended to avoid disappointment as we expect to be very busy for the week.

We have set our prices at a maximum of €15 for non-members and it is easily the cheapest open week in the region. So come along and enjoy the golf and the craic, you never know who you might meet up with in the bar and restaurant.

Our new competition to the calendar recently started and is gaining in popularity judging by the number of players rising every week, the ladies' and gents' open singles, and is scheduled to be on almost every Monday until the end of September. The entry fee is €5 for members and €10 for visitors, and it is open to all membership categories.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this competition, then please bring them along. Where else would you get such great golfing facilities for €10?

Next month's sponsor of the gents' monthly Seniors on August 11 is our very own Stephen Fitzpatrick, our club professional, purveyor of the leading brands in golf equipment and apparel for all ages, sizes and abilities. Lessons and tuition can be booked with Stephen himself; you are never too old to learn and get rid of those bad habits.

The club singles/club fourball competitions are well under way by now and the finish date for the third round of the singles has to be completed by July 31. The second round fourball is well under way. There will be no extensions to the completion dates.

The only rule change this year is in the club fourball where the 3/4 handicap difference has been replaced by 9/10. All matches are off the blue pins.

How is your golfing knowledge? We will be running a golfing quiz on Friday, August 5, at 8 p.m. (please note change of date). All questions will be on golf. It will be a fun quiz and not too hard.

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