On the fairways
Published 13/08/2016 | 00:00
New Ross Seniors: It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed by since Kevin Treacy, Luke Power, John Delaney and a few others got the idea of having a competition for Senior golfers every Thursday.
From a small beginning with only three or four teams playing, the venture has blossomed and now we have 60 to 70 veterans in action every week. Everyone looks forward to their game on Thursday even though of late other interests seem to be upsetting our schedule.
Twelve teams went into action last week in almost perfect golfing weather where high scores were expected. Combining perfectly, there was one team which created a scoring record, bringing a hitherto unachieved total of one hundred points.
Patsy Farrell (15), Willie Whitty (18), Larry Shannon (21) and Tony Wallace (21) laid the foundations for ultimate victory by clocking up 54 points on the outward nine, and when they added another 46 points on the inward nine they were well and truly declared decisive winners.
Any other outing and the excellent 90 points garnered by Tony Harford (12), Willie Byrne (13), Peter Goggin (16) and Dan Quigley (20) would have been good enough to take first prize.
Third spot went to John Hosey (14), Steve Travis (17), Paul Laffan (20) and Jamesie Murphy (23) with 87 points.
All players are reminded that the draw is at 10.40 a.m. sharp each week and no latecomers will be accommodated as they should be in house by 10.30 p.m.
Out on the course all are reminded to repair pitch marks on the greens, rake the bunkers, and replace divots in order to keep the course in pristine condition.
The teams and tee-times for our outing to Faithlegg G.C. on Tuesday, August 16, are as follows: 10.40 a.m., Tony Harford, Aidan O'Connor, John F. Roche, Tony Wallace; 10.48 a.m., John Murphy, Michael Lee, John Joe Murray, Jamesie Murphy; 10.56 a.m., Patsy Farrell, Frank Boyle, Larry Shannon, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan; 11.04 a.m., Mick McCarthy, John Joe Cullen, Michael Long, Tommy Grennan; 11.12 a.m., John Shalloe, Paddy Bennett, Donie Cody, Tony Sexton; 11.20 a.m., John Kennedy, Bob Dwyer, Jim Kehoe, Tom Kent; 11.28 a.m., John Browne, Willie Naddy, Billy Redmond.
The numbers for our overnight outing to Ballykisteen in September when New Ross is closed are filling up nicely for what should be a very enjoyable way to celebrate the Seniors' 20th anniversary.
Congratulations to Noel Kehoe (15) who won Owen Conway's President's prize last weekend with a fine total of 77 points for the two rounds, and in the process completed a remarkable double.
Noel won the Captain's prize back in 1994 when playing right-handed. After coming back from injury, Noel had to switch to a ciotóg to continue playing - there can't be too many golfers out there who have won a major playing right- and left-handed, so well done Noel!
Brian Conway (13), son of President Owen, finished in the runners-up spot with a brilliant total of 80 points but was not eligible to win first prize.
Andy Lawlor (13), leader after the first day, didn't quite do enough to see off the chasing pack, but his 77 points was good enough for third place, one ahead of fourth-placed Cormac Farrell (13).
Michael Ryan Jnr. won the gross with a very impressive 73 points, and the categories went to Michael Kelleher (6, 73 points), Seán Furlong (11, 75 points), John Aylward (16, 73 points) and Paddy Bennett (20, 74 points).
Kevin Treacy (18) won the veteran's prize and John Murphy the past President's, with the 18s going to Jimmy Furlong (12, 41 points) and Hugh Byrne (14, 37 points).
Congratulations to Owen Conway on a very successful and enjoyable edition of the President's prize. Congratulations also to J.J. Hoyne who was announced as next year's President!
Last week's Tuesday fourball was won with a brilliant total of 39 points by Murth Hogan and Seán Furlong.
The category prizes went to Junior Cashin and Robert O'Dwyer on 38 points, and Bill Hurley and Harry Reinhardt on 37 points.
There's plenty to look forward to in the forthcoming weeks. The lady President's mixed (Marie O'Connor) takes place on Friday, August 12, with a draw for partners from 3.30 p.m.
The August medal, sponsored by Brooks Jewellers, takes place next Sunday with some Saturday afternoon tee-times also available.
It was a case of hard luck for the All-Ireland fourball team which lost its Leinster semi final against Greystones last weekend in some very tough conditions.
New Ross had two matches at home, which were shared.
Three matches took place in Greystones, where New Ross managed one victory and just came up short in the decider which went all the way to the 18th.
Congratulations to the team on a wonderful run to the last four in Leinster - no mean feat!
The last team standing is the Brennan Cup which faces a difficult semi-final away to Wicklow next Saturday. Best of luck to all involved.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, August 3, sponsored by Joyces Homecare: 1, Carmel Fenlon (28), +5 (last three); 2, Denise Bolger (17), +5; 3, Pat Purcell (18), +3; Senior, Liz Roberts (22), +3.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, August 10, 18-hole stroke (medal) sponsored by Brooks Jewellers; Friday, August 12, lady President's nine-hole mixed team event; Wednesday, August 17, Centenary Cup 18-hole stableford sponsored by New Ross and Bunclody Credit Union; Saturday, August 20, lady President's prize, 18-hole stableford.
The next presentation of prizes will be on Wednesday, August 10, at 8 p.m.
Qualifiers for the mixed matchplay are ongoing; see the noticeboard for full details.
THE GATE SOCIETY
The Gate Golf Society held its President's prize on Saturday, August 6, at Mountain View Golf Club.
We wish to thank the staff of the golf club, and the course was in excellent condition.
The sponsors were The Gate Golf Society, John Holden, Dick Merrigan, Wayne Russell and Harry Dooley's.
Results: 1, John Kehoe, Mount Garrett (23), 39 points; 2, Michael Power (26), 38 points (countback); 3, Wayne Russell (20), 38 points (countback); 4, Mick Walsh (16), 37 points (countback); 5, Anthony Purcell (20), 37 points (countback); 6, Ronan Carroll (19), 36 points (countback); 7, John Holden (10), 36 points (countback); 8, Walter Holden (26), 36 points (countback); 9, Bob O'Riordan (16), 35 points (countback); 10, Fintan Walsh (20), 35 points; longest drive, John Holden; nearest the pin, Tom O'Connor; past President's prize ,Wayne Russell; Seniors' prize, Patrick Kehoe; visitors' prize, Eamonn Sutton.
Our next outing will be the Captain's prize which will be held at New Ross Golf Club on Saturday, August 27, with tee-times from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. We expect all members to play.
A very successful ladies' open week concluded on Saturday. The weather was kind to us; cloudy, sunny spells but little rain...oh, I forgot to mention the wind, but then, that's sent to test our golfing prowess!
We had a great five days with over 500 taking part, including over 200 visitors from clubs as far afield as Wimbledon Park, Rafeen Creek, Royal Dublin, Portmarnock and Laytown & Bettystown to mention but a few.
The fairways and clubhouse were buzzing all week and the visiting players thoroughly enjoyed the course which was in splendid condition.
Our thanks to all the sponsors for their continued support and great generosity.
We opened on Tuesday with Alan and Des of SuperValu Rosslare Harbour sponsoring the competition. On Wednesday Home Instead Wexford provided the prizes.
Thursday's singles was sponsored by Bing Bay Holdings. Our member, Mark Tully (PKF O'Connor, Leddy & Holmes Accountants) looked after the singles stableford on Friday, and Elavon Financial Services closed the week with their sponsorship of Saturday's mixed fourball.
Sunday, August 7, saw the start of men's open week with Sord Data Systems (John O'Keeffe) sponsoring the singles. Monday's singles was once again sponsored by Lenovo Ireland (Brian Dalton).
Tuesday sees Mervyn Cooney of Cooney's Bakery looking after the competition. Our Wednesday singles sponsor, off the blue tees, is A.J. Noonan (Rhonellan Group).
Bobby McHugh of the Wishing Well Pub in Blackrock sponsors the mixed fourball on Thursday.
Friday sees John and Jonathan Leader (Rosslare Port Lodge) looking after the day, while John Codd of Codd's Decorators closes the week on Saturday with his usual stern test, the gents' fourball off the Blues.
We look forward to a great week's golf and camaraderie. Come down to play...you'll want to stay!
Results (gents) - Thursday, July 28, Junior open, sponsored by Rita Brazil: 1, Harvey Gallagher (11, Rosslare), 42 points; 2, Harry Masterson (7, Killeen), 41 points; 3, Robert Pryce (12, Woodbrook), 38 points (countback).
Saturday, July 30, open singles: 1, Kevin Digan (24, Portmarnock), 42 points; 2, Dermot Foster (12, Powerscourt), 41 points (countback); 3, Myles Walsh (26, Foxrock), 41 points.
Sunday, July 31, high handicaps 18+, sponsored by Peter and Anne Marie Ryan, Ryan's Beggars Bush: 1, Richard Dunne (18, Millicent), 41 points; 2, Michael Grant (21), 37 points (countback); 3, Paddy Dunne (18), 37 points; 4, Morgan Walsh (18, Royal Dublin), 36 points (countback).
Sunday, July 31, open singles, under 18 handicap: 1, Pat O'Connor (6, Enniscorthy), 40 points; 2, Stuart O'Kennedy (10), 38 points (countback); 3, Seán Moore (11), 38 points.
Monday, August 1, four-person team scramble: 1, Declan Lynch, Anne O'Mahoney (Grange), Rachel Lynch (Grange), Thomas Sexton (Castlewarden), 57.8; 2, Kevin Masterson (Killeen), Harry Masterson (Killeen), Tony Nason (Millicent), Kate Masterson (Naas), 58.0.
Tuesday, August 2, gents' nine-hole, sponsored by SuperValu Rosslare Harbour: 1, Kevin Digan (22/11, Portmarnock), 25 points; 2, A.J. Noonan (18/9, Dun Laoghaire), 20 points.
Wednesday, August 3, gents' nine-hole, sponsored by Home Instead Wexford: 1, Kevin Digan (22/11, Portmarnock), 21 points; 2, Eric Byrne (12/6), 19 points (countback).
Thursday, August 4, gents' nine-hole, sponsored by Bing Bay Holdings: 1, Bill Goode (21/11, Edmondstown), 21 points (countback); 2, Jake Russell-Carroll (12/6, Glen of the Downs), 21 points.
Friday, August 5, gents' nine-hole, sponsored by PKF: 1, Frank O'Kennedy (13), 20 points; 2, Pat Murphy (18), 19 points.
Results (ladies) - Thursday, July 28, Junior open, sponsored by Rita Brazil: 1, Chloe McCarthy (36, Rosslare), 46 points; 2, Laura Fleming (15, Elm Park), 43 points; 3, Caroline McGrath (27, Elm Park), 42 points.
Saturday, July 30, open singles: 1, Rachel Lynch (20, Grange), 43 points; 2, Margaret Penny (25, Dun Laoghaire), 42 points; 3, Ciara Dunne (32, Naas), 39 points.
Sunday, July 31, handicap 18 and under: 1, Nora Kavanagh (15), 37 points; 2, Fiona O'Neill (15, Stackstown), 34 points (countback); 3, Lesley O'Sullivan (14, Milltown), 34 points.
Sunday, July 31, handicap 19 to 35, sponsored by Peter and Anne Marie Ryan, Ryan's Beggars Bush: overall best score of the day winner, Sarah Dunne (34, Naas), 42 points; 1, Paula Cronin (28, Rafeen Creek), 41 points; 2, Kate Bambrick (26, Greystones), 37 points; 3, Mary McCormack (29), 35 points; 4, Eileen Dunne (31, Millicent), 34 points (countback).
Sunday, July 31, handicap 36 plus, sponsored by Peter and Anne Marie Ryan, Ryan's Beggars Bush: 1, Cathy Dalton (36), 31 points; 2, Anna Marie Murphy (36), 28 points; 3, Hilda Cooper (36), 27 points; 4, Susan Connolly (36), 18 points.
Tuesday, August 2, open singles, sponsored by SuperValu Rosslare Harbour (C.S.S.: home 36 points, visitors 35 points): 1, Kathryn Crowley (36, Beech Park), 38 points; 2, Bernadette Tully (31), 37 points (countback); 3, Susan Fitzgerald (26), 37 points; 4, Cathy Dalton (36), 36 points; gross, Honoria Fogarty (10, Castlecomer), 24 points; front nine, Ann Byrne (24), 22 points; back nine, Anna Dignam (24, Elm Park), 22 points.
Wednesday, August 3, open fourball better ball, sponsored by Home Instead Wexford: 1, Joan Levins (36) and Susan Fitzgerald (26), 40 points (countback); 2, Sheila Connolly (23, Borris) and Valerie Gallagher (17, Borris), 40 points (countback); 3, Georgina Darling (22) and Susan Evans (14, Rosslare), 40 points (countback); nearest pin eleventh, Verona McConalogue; nearest pin 17th, Fiona Neill (Stackstown).
Thursday, August 4, open singles, sponsored by Bing Bay Holdings: 1, Emer Farrell (18), 40 points; 2, Paula Cronin (27, Rafeen Creek), 39 points; gross, Deirdre Walsh (2, Milltown), 33 points; 3, Catríona Carney (28, Beech Park), 38 points; front nine, Helena O'Connor (23, Ashbourne), 20 points; back nine, Mary Phelan (20, Ashbourne), 21 points; nearest pin eleventh, Mary Cuffe (15, Ashbourne); nearest Pin 18th (two shots), Emer Farrell (18).
Friday, August 5, open singles, sponsored by PKF Accountants: 1, Susan Fitzgerald (26), 43 points; 2, Cathy Dalton (36), 42 points; gross, Avril Downey (8, Delgany), 27 points; 3, Marian Byrne (35, Beech Park), 37 points; front nine, Catríona Carney (27, Beech Park), 22 points; back nine, Bernie Crosbie (22, Dun Laoghaire), 20 points; nearest pinthird, Rionach Donlon (20, Rathfarnham); nearest pin 17th, Fiona Neill (15, Stackstown); Juniors, Anna Dignam (24, Elm Park), 32 points.
Saturday, August 6, mixed fourball, sponsored by Elavon Financial Services: 1, Cathy Dalton (33/30) and Brian Dalton (23/21), 44 points; 2, Mary O'Riordan (30/27) and Eric Byrne (12/11), 43 points (countback); 3, Margie O'Connor (18/16) and Tommy Duggan (13/12), 43 points (countback); nearest pin (ladies), Deirdre Walsh (2, Milltown); longest drive (gents), Kevin Masterson (7, Killeen).
The Bank Holiday Monday open fourball was won by Peter and Andrew Byrne with 45 points.
Wednesday mixed nine-hole competition: 1, Anthony P. Doyle (14), 20 points; 2, John Sinnott (22), 20 points; 3, Mick Kenny (15), 20 points.
Matchplay third round: Leighton Gleeson beat Anthony D. Doyle; Paul Doyle beat John Farrell.
Weekend ladies' stableford: 1, Christine O Connor (Newlands, 27), 31 points; 2, Bernie McGowan (27), 31; 3, Margaret Tyrell (36), 30, holding off Eilish Leavy.
The August medal (off back tees, strokeplay) was played in strong wind over the weekend.
Results: gold, John Kennedy (19), 84; silver, Darren Delaney (8), 74; bronze, Donal Byrne (5), 73 (lowest gross score), holding off Billy Larkin (16) with 84 on countback.
A reminder that Captain Anthony Doyle will have his prize played for on August 20, followed by a prize-giving night in the Taravie Hotel (tickets €10).
Deepest sympathies to the O'Brien family of Courtown on the recent passing of their dear mother, Nellie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
July 30, open fourball: 1, Jim Scott (19, Old Conna), Gerry O'Doherty (12, Old Conna), 43 points; 2, Pat Moore (12), Derek Kavanagh (9), 42 points; 3, Shem Clarke (20), Willie Harte (10), 42 points.
July 31, Captain's prize (Nick Byrne): 1, Ray Furlong (10), 109; 2, Liam O'Leary (13), 109.5; gross, Aidan Lyons (5), 121; 3, Pat Hanrick (12), 110; 4, Derek Kavanagh (9), 110.5; 5, James Doyle (7), 110.5; 6, John Masterson (12), 111; best qualifier, Ray Mullen (6), 69; 19+, Shemmy Kelly (21), 113.5; past Captain, Pat St. Ledger (11), 79; front nine, Malo Roban (15), 33.5; back nine, Philip Galligan (13), 32.5.
August 1, open singles: 1, Colin Doran (14), 43 points; 2, Laureano Pinnotti (8), 40 points.
August 3, ladies' weekly: 1, Ethel Deacon (28), 37 points.
Last Tuesday's open was sponsored by Glen Fuels. First was Sorcha Howell (4) with 41 points on countback, and second was Olive Montaine (30) on 41 points.
Third was Catherine Lysaght (35) with 39 points on countback, and fourth was Ingrid Ashmore-Butler (36) with 39 points on countback. Fifth place was filled by Pat Kinsella (20) with 39 points.
Nine-hole competition: 1, Jill Forsyth (28), 19 points; 2, Margaret Jones (36), 15 points.
Long-standing sponsors Byrne's Bookstore, represented by Damian Byrne, were in attendance on Tuesday to present the prizes to the winners who took part in the competition on August 2. Over 80 ladies participated.
Results: 1, Anne Bernie (28), 40 points; 2, Laura Dempsey (6), 40 points; 3, Paula Creedon (22), 38 points; 4, Helene Daly (26), 37 points; 5, Monica Murphy (36), 37 points; 6, Marie Dunphy (20), 36 points; 7, Joan Dunbar (20), 36 points. The nine holes competition was won by Betty O'Leary.
On Friday, August 5, Neville Conroy Architects sponsored the boys' and girls' Junior open. The girls' section was won by Aisling Walsh (11) from Milltown Golf Club with a score of 37 points, closely followed by Chloe McCarthy (10) from Rosslare Golf Club, also with a score of 37 points.
Next Tuesday's competition will be sponsored by Burke O'Leary's. The lady President's prize will be held on Tuesday, August 16, which will be followed by the very popular social event, the Lady President's Tea.
The ladies' open Seniors which will be held on Thursday, August 18, will be sponsored by Mary Elizabeth's Boutique.
Keep up to date with activities and results by checking out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Enniscorthy.Golf.Club/), follow us on Twitter @enniscorthygolf or Instagram (enniscorthygolfclub).
Nine-hole midweek, August 3, sponsored by A.M.P.M. (81 played): overall, Nicky Murphy (9), 23 points; Category 1, Denis Dunbar (8), 20 points; Category 2, Seamus Murphy (14), 20 points (last six); Category 3, Billy Sinnott (15), 20 points (last six); Category 4, Gerry Fuller (19, Black Bush), 22 points.
The presentation for all the August midweeks will be on August 31 at 9.30 p.m. Next week's sponsors are the Bank officials.
The Brittles were back with a bang after a two-week lay-off due to our open week. There was a 15-hole scramble on Thursday and the winners were Willy Dunne, Gerry McMahon and Paddy Murphy with 51.4. It's easy know that Paddy Kelly wasn't playing as nobody won the twos club; you all had your chance when he wasn't around!
Plans are being put together for a new and exciting Ryder Cup-style competition to be played on the same weekend as the cup itself. Competition format and team selection are still being thrashed out. Watch this space.
This 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, and you are never too old to learn and get rid of those bad habits. Ask Tommy Cooper!
Our Monday ladies' and gents' open singles is well established by now and is proving very popular. The competition is scheduled to be on almost every Monday until the end of September.
The entry fee is €5 for members and €10 for visitors, 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? The next competition is on August 15.
The club singles/club fourball competitions are well under way by now and the finish date for the quarter-finals is August 21. 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.
For the full report please look at the club website in the news section.
Open week for the men was on last week, however on Friday, August 5, there was an open foursomes competition for ladies and gents.
This was a very social and busy day for the club with 260 people playing, of which 116 were ladies. It was sponsored by Lexus in Blackrock, Dublin, and they had a fabulous display of cars on show which added to the glitz. In the evening there was music played by the talented Cian McGovern.
Results: 1, Susan Evans (14) and Florence Garrigan (26), 66.2; 2, Sheila Crosbie (13) and Molly Cash (19), 68.6; 3, Jean Holland (Cork, 17) and Doris Murphy (Mahon, 24), 69.2; 4, Mary O'Shaughnessy (15) and Kit Codd (15), 70.
While the men were busy on the course the ladies decided to get going and do their own thing. Patrick and his bus were waiting for us in the club at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, and then on to Wexford to collect the remainder of the ladies.
A total of 29 of us then headed off to the Glen of the Downs Golf Club. It was gale-force winds that day but nothing deterred us on our outing. We were blown around the mountain with gorgeous views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains and the Irish Sea.
Then it was into the friendly clubhouse for food, drinks and prizes. The spirit of the outing was depicted by Bernie Wright, who in her 80s won a prize and is always game for anything.
Results: 1, Paula Stafford; 2, Mary Frances Codd; 3, Deirdre Delaney; 4, Bernie Wright; front six, Pauline Breen; middle six, Bernadette Cuddihy; back six, Catherine Howard, and two club prizes for Ruth Deeny and Bernadette Cuddihy.
Then it was back home on the bus with Pat, clubs and all our trollies exhausted but delighted, as we had been on a club outing.
On the same day Mary O'Shaughnessy, Bernie Riordan and Siobhán Redmond headed to Carlow to play in the Valerie Doyle competition. They met ladies from all over Leinster and had a lovely day out too.
The ladies' committee are sponsoring a team for the Pro-Am tournament on September 10. The places on the team will be awarded to the three ladies with the most points from the singles competitions on July 19 and August 9, 16 and 23. Points will be awarded in the same way as G.O.Y. points, and the winning trio will play as a team.
Tuesday, August 16, is another major, the President's prize to the ladies, singles strokes, G.O.Y. and medal. Our President is Jim Hennessy and we look forward to the day.
A total of 1,255 players from all over the country took part in the first seven days of the 'open' in Rosslare. This is a great entry considering one of the days was almost washed out.
Friday, mixed Scotch foursomes (194 played), sponsored by Barker's of Wexford: 1, Pat Goff (10) and Norrie Goff (21), 65.6; 2, Alan Cuddihy (17) and Bernadette Cuddihy (23), 65.6; gross, Derek Wickham (6) and Angela Murphy (9), 74; 3, Shay Lynch (20) and Teresa Lynch (33), 65.9.
Saturday, fourball (178), sponsored by Scania Finance: 1, Denis Asple (10) and Noel Hedigan (20), 48 points; 2, Conor Brett (12) and Colm Callery (7), 46 points (back nine); 3, Dermot Downer (9) and Tom McGrath (17), 46 points; 4, Syl Farrell (13) and Stephen Rossiter (14), 45 points (back nine).
Sunday, fourball (198), sponsored by Sanrose: 1, Barry Gleeson (10) and David Banahan (24), 47 points (back nine); 2, Pat Goff (10) and Jim Hennessy (17), 47 points, with Jim hitting a hole-in-one at the eighth; 3, Oscar O'Herlihy (2) and Stephen O'Herlihy (14), 45 points; 4, James Sherwin (7) and Brendan Menton (17), 43 points (back nine).
Monday, singles (78), sponsored by Seán O'Leary Commercials: 1, Shane Downer (15), 37 points; 2, Niall Ellard (5), 36 points; gross, Tony O'Leary (scr.), 35 points; vets., Seamus Cullimore (18), 28 points; 3, Derek Evans (10), 33 points; Under-18, Jack Small (4), 44 points; front nine, Paul Kavanagh (7), 17 points; back nine, C. Dowling (1), 17 points.
Tuesday, singles (193), sponsored by a member: 1, Boyd Scott (19), 43 points; 2, Richard Duggan Jnr. (5), 40 points; gross, Gary Collins (+3), 41 points; vets., Michael Healy (15), 37 points; 3, Ronan Cowhey (4), 40 points; 4, Michael Stanley (7), 38 points (back nine); 5, David Twomey (5), 38 points (back nine).
Wednesday, singles (158), sponsored by Kelly's Resort Hotel: 1, Keith Deacon (12), 37 points; 2, Ian Lynch (1), 36 points (back nine); gross, Gary Collins (+4), 34 points; vets., Ken Maher (11), 36 points; visitor, S. O'Herlihy (Hermitage, 14), 36 points; nearest the pin, Eddie Breen (19).
Thursday, team of four (212), sponsored by Rochefreight: 1, Liam MacNamara (4), Des Rogers (9), Joe Hyland (12), Jim Kielty (18), 93 points (back nine); 2, Gary Collins (+3), Dale O'Sullivan (4), Greg Kelleher (10), Shane Jackson (13), 93 points; 3, Anthony Duggan (5), Bob Quilty (9), Stan Jackson (15), Colman Doyle (19), 92 points.
Congratulations to the President, Jim Hennessy, who holed in one during the week.
Congratulations to Juvenile player Thomas Rowland who won the Enniscorthy open Under-14 Juvenile championship in Enniscorthy on Friday with a great score of 42 points. Thomas obviously is in great form at the moment as he also placed second in last Wednesday's open singles in Wexford. Well done Thomas.
Well done and hard luck to our squad who were narrowly beaten by Greystones in the semi-finals of the Irish mixed foursomes at the Curragh on Sunday. Team managers Nicky Leacy and John Pitt deserve credit for their dedication and efforts in reaching this stage of the competition .Well done also to Director of Golf Nicky Reville on his efforts this year; there is always next year.
Last week saw our second international open week with almost full timesheets and many visitors competing. The course was in fabulous condition, thanks to Jake and his dedicated team.
Many of the visitors commented that our greens were in all probability the best in the country. Monday, August 1, four-person team event: 1, Pat 'Kenny' Walsh, Tommy Hynes, Jackie Molloy and John Bolger with a great score of 89 points (Handicap Secretary please take note); 2, David Sherlock, Andrew Roche, Derek Murphy and super-vet. Pat Roche with 73 points.
Tuesday, August 2, 18 holes singles sponsored by Wexford Golf Club Senior golfers: 1, Gary Lynch, 40 points; 2, Peter Byrne, 39 points; 3, Thomas Bent, 38 points; gross, Mark Mullen; vets., Joe Hall, 36 points.
Wednesday, August 3, gents' 18 holes open singles sponsored by Musgrave's Cash and Carry: 1, Roy Sexton, 42 points; 2, Thomas Rowland, 38 points (back nine); 3, Tadgh Foran, 38 points; 4, Paul Lambert, 37 points (back six); vets., Seán Kenny, 35 points; visitor's prize, John Comerford, 34 points. Thank you to Matt Lee and Musgraves Cash and Carry for their generous and continued sponsorship throughout the years.
Friday, August 5, 18-hole open singles sponsored by Fehily's Chemists: 1, Anthony Corish, 42 points; 2, Ted Mangan, 41 points; 3, Ray Heffernan, 40 points (back six); gross, Mark Goodison, 30 points; 4, Doyne MacNally, 40 points; 5, Tony Pierce, 40 points. The vets.' prize was won by Barry Lynch and the visitor's prize went to Cormac Geraghty. Thank you to John Fehily and Fehily's Chemists for their kind and continued sponsorship.
Saturday's competition was a two-man team event sponsored by Energia.
Results: 1, Paddy Fitzpatrick and James Morrissey, 53 points; 2, the odd couple, Maurice Delaney and Jim Turner, 51 points (back six); 3, brothers Jimmy and Roy Doyle, 51 points (back nine); 4, Pat Birney and Ray Murphy, 51 points.
A big thank you to all our sponsors and helpers who made our open week a big success.
Lady Captain Denise hosted the second round of strokeplay for her magnificent first prize. The competition was very tight with Rachel O'Connor playing two magnificent rounds of 69 nett both on Thursday and Sunday, so she was a very popular winner on Sunday night!
She not only is a very good golfer but a great after dinner speaker as well!
Results: 1, Rachel O'Connor (9), 138; 2, Theresa Morris (27), 140; gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 160; 3, Una Doherty (33), 141; Cat. A, Lily Rowe (15), 142; Cat. B, Sally O'Neill (21), 144; Cat. C, Kay Brady (34), 153 (back 18); Senior, Carmel Murphy (8), 147; super Senior, Róisín Leahy (34), 156; committee, Beppi O'Connor (18), 146; past Captains, Margaret Atkinson (10), 149.
On Thursday, July 28, Nikara Hair Salon sponsored a three-person team event with the infamous 'pink' ball. Great fun was had by all trying to hold on to the pink ball for all 18 holes, and again scoring was pretty close.
Results: 1, Mary Rice (20), Patricia Hillis (20), Sheila Richardson (9), 114 points; 2, Ruth Kennedy (5), Rachel O'Connor (7), Marie O'Loughlin (26), 113 points; 3, Anna Sullivan (21), Sally O'Neill (20), Bridget O'Neill (28), 111 points; nearest the pin on the ninth hole, Elaine Mullen, 1m 38 cm. Winner of the nine-hole singles competition was Mary Rackard (17), nine points.
Last Thursday, August 4, Wright Insurance sponsored our open singles competition and it was a good day for our visitors as they featured quite well but couldn't catch our Mary Cashe who is no stranger now to the winner's enclosure. A total of 87 ladies played with 15 visiting clubs: Westmanstown, Castlecomer, Rathfarnham, Dun Laoghaire, Lisheen Springs, Mullingar, Ballymoney, Rosslare, Knightsbrook, Tramore, Mount Juliet, Athy, Carlow, Kilkenny and Citywest Resort.
Results: 1, Mary Cashe (35), 39 points; 2, Helen McDermott (Dun Laoghaire, 17), 38 points; gross, Emer Kohlmann (Ballymoney, 8), 26 points; 3, Osnat Manning (22), 36 points; nearest the pin, Emer Kohlmann, 4m 10cm.
On the inter-club scene it was a great week for Greystones as they beat us in two semi-finals, namely the Finn Trophy and the mixed foursomes. Hard luck to both teams but congratulations on doing so well to reach the semi-finals!
Next Sunday, August 14, we are all looking forward to the Advance Cleaners annual club scramble comprising three men and a lady. Next Thursday our competition is singles stableford sponsored by Peter Mark.
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