On the fairways
New Ross Seniors: The good people at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort at Limerick Junction in Co. Tipperary graciously gave our group who travelled up there in September a 'welcome back-thank you' offer last week.
It was such an excellent deal we could not refuse both for accommodation and golf, showing how much they appreciated our custom. We will certainly keep this outstanding venue in our curriculum for next year.
Out on the course on day one in almost perfect golfing conditions with little or no breeze, a champagne scramble format saw the three-person team of Jimmy 'Ross' Ryan (18), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Tony Sexton (24) romp away to victory, scoring a terrific team total of 101 points (95 plus the six-point bonus) to finish clear winners and scoop the jackpot.
Second place on 94 points came John Murphy (17), Pat Traynor (17), Dick Cahill (19) and Tom Kent (26). Third place went to Denis Kirwan (11), Willie Whitty (18) and Tom O'Shea (24) with 93 points.
Day two again in a champagne scramble saw a change in personnel in the make-up of the teams and with a change in the weather also. More winter-like conditions accompanied by a strong wind sweeping in from the Galtee Mountains meant that the scoring was way down this time.
The four-person team of John Murphy (17), Dick Cahill (19), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Tom Kent (26) took the spoils and the bragging rights plus the pool with a finishing total of 89 points.
A point behind in second place on 88 points were Pat Traynor (17), Jimmy 'Ross' Ryan (18), Willie Whitty (18) and Tony Sexton (24), while Denis Kirwan (11), John Joe Murray (20) and Tom O'Shea (24) took third spot a further point behind on 87 points.
Back on home territory last Thursday, 13 teams faced out into a howling north-west wind coming down from the Arctic regions.
It was obvious that scoring was going to be low as the wind was of no assistance on any of the 18 holes. Any team bringing in an 80-point plus score would surely be in the shake-up as the points were hard to come by.
John Shalloe (5), Michael Gannon (16), Martin Burke (25) and Ollie Brennan (27) were declared the winners with a total of 82 points. By virtue of a better back nine (38/37) and a score of 79 points, Andy Ronan (14), Aidan O'Connor (19), Martin Forristal (20) and Tom O'Neill (20) were placed second.
On the same total (79 points), John Kennedy (16), John Joe Murray (20), Kenny Irwin (21) and Tony Sexton (24) took third place.
Would all players please note that for the winter months we will play off the forward (green stakes) each week in order to make our game more enjoyable.
Our very best wishes go to George Peters who was recently hospitalised and we hope to see him back very soon.
Our A.G.M. is fixed for Thursday, December 1, at 9.30 a.m. sharp, and our Christmas outing and dinner is on the following Thursday, December 8. We will collect the fee (€20) for that on December 1.
Your kind co-operation on this is requested as the restaurant will need to quantify in advance the numbers dining on the day of the Christmas outing.
The end of the golfing year has rolled around once again at New Ross and there are congratulations and thanks to pass on to a number of people. Firstly congratulations to Derek Ronan on a highly-successful year as Captain, both on and off the golf course.
Best wishes to Peter Goggin, who takes over the mantle and will be a very popular and committed Captain. Congratulations also to Martin Carroll who was announced as Vice-Captain at the men's A.G.M.
The remainder of the men's committee are Davy Doran (Honorary Secretary), Donal Hosey (Competition Secretary), John Howlin (Handicap Secretary), John Murphy, Jamesie Murphy, Junior Cashin, Donal O'Callaghan, J.J. Hoyne (President) and Derek Ronan (ex-officio). We wish them well for 2017.
Congratulations also to Jimmy Furlong and Michael Ryan Jnr. who are this year's winners of the golfer of the year and Culcita Trophy respectively. Jimmy's consistent play capped by a win in the October medal saw him finish on top of the table ahead of President, and Captain's prize winner, Owen Conway. Murth Hogan, Paul Cashin and James O'Keeffe completed the top five in the rankings.
Michael Ryan Jnr. comfortably retained the Culcita Trophy in a year which he maintained his +2 handicap with impressive and consistent play. Robbie Farrell finished in the runners-up spot with Derek Ronan, Andrew Ryan and Donal Hosey completing the top five.
A special mention to Cyril Stafford who picked up a very special award at the end of year presentations for his highly-impressive feat earlier in the year - a pair of holes-in-one in the same round!
Some people go a lifetime without having a hole-in-one, however Cyril managed two within two hours - a 68 million to one shot!
The winter league kicked off last week, and in benign conditions the scoring was out of the top drawer. John Joe Cullen (19) came home in first place with 37 points for the 14 holes, edging out Noel Kendrick (18) on the countback.
Jamesie Wallace (23) was back in third place with 35 points, and John Shalloe continued a rich vein of form by picking up the gross with 37 points.
The categories went to Tommy Liston (7, 30 points), Joe O'Farrell (15, 33 points) and Noel Devine (18, 32 points). Rounds two and three are scheduled to take place on the weekends of November 26/27 and December 3/4.
The Christmas classic will not be too long in coming around either, taking place over the extended Christmas break. Keep an eye out for details.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, November 16, 14-hole stableford: 1, Mary Maher (16), 27 points; 2, Liz Roberts (22), 26 points (last three); 3, Teresa Foley (19), 26 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, November 23 and 30, and December 7, 14-hole stableford (club).
A total of 59 ladies played on Tuesday, and well done to Moira Fortune who came first with 32 points.
On Wednesday night there was a special general meeting in the club, and it was proposed by Vincent O'Reilly and seconded by Mairéad Browne to amalgamate our A and B members. There was a huge turn-out and the motion was carried unanimously.
Tuesday, November 29, is a three-person waltzing rumble.
Saturday, November 12, 16-hole fourball: 1, Norrie Goff (20/16) and Teresa Conway (21/17), 37 points; 2, Joan Wallace (18/14) and Gemma Campion (27/22), 36 points.
Saturday and Tuesday, November 12 and 15, ladies in golf Burrow competition: 1, Julie O'Brien (36/24), 21 points.
Sunday and Tuesday, November 13 and 15, ladies' 14-hole singles: 1, Moira Fortune (16/12), 32 points; 2, Kit Codd (13/10), 29 points (back nine); 3, Sheila Crosbie (13/10), 29 points; 4, Mary O'Shaughnessy (15/12), 28 points (back four); 5, Eleanor Wardlaw (22/17), 28 points; 6, Jane O'Shea (21/16), 27 points.
As the end of a very successful year is in sight for our outgoing lady Captain Denise, the weather is being very obliging, providing cold, but sunny, days for our 'fun' team competitions and hard-fought turkey singles competitions!
November 7, Monday Seniors: 1, Mary Fallon (28), 30 points; 2, Catherine Carmody (24), 30 points; 3, Anna Sullivan (21), 26 points.
Thursday, November 10, 14-hole singles stableford: 1, Leonie Furlong (13), 30 points; 2, Wendy Tiernan (22), 27 points (back seven); 3, Sally O'Neill (20), 27 points (back four); 4, Tara Dunne (4), 27 points (back seven); 5, Mary Fallon (28), 27 points; nearest the pin, Tara Dunne, 2 ft. 4 inches.
November 14, Monday Seniors: 1, Wendy Tiernan (22), 28 points; 2, Eileen Kent (26), 26 points; 3, Martina Dempsey (20), 24 points (back four).
Thursday, November 17, three-person scramble, 14 holes: 1, Marie O' Loughlin (26), Cathríona Walsh (14), Leonie Furlong (13), 48.7; 2, Marie Connell (22), Deirdre Greer (31), Breda Devoy (24), 50.3; 3, Mary Fallon (28), Ena O'Donoghue (31), Margaret Hearne (15), 50.6; ten holes, Helen Kinsella (19), 14 points; nearest the pin, Mary Cashe, 3 m 56 cm.
Our A.G.M. is being held in the clubhouse on Monday, November 21, at 7.30 p.m.
Theresa Kehoe is at present very busy putting a show together for our Christmas party for Friday, December 2. No doubt it will be of the usual high standard and a great night is promised.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
Sunday, November 13, singles stableford: 1, Eileen Brosnan (14), 29 points; 2, Frances Reid (21), 28 points; 3, Bernadette Tully (30), 27 points.
Wednesday, November 16, singles stableford: 1, Jo Devitt (14), 19 points; 2, Mari Byrne (20), 18 points; 3, Susan Stewart, 16 points.
Saturday, November 19, winter league: 1, Ann Parkinson (14), 28 points; 2, Bernadette Tully (18), 23 points; 3, Jo Devitt (14), 23 points.
Saturday, November 19, winter sweep singles: 1, Bernadette Tully (18), 23 points; 2, Jo Devitt (14), 23 points; 3, Georgina Darling (13), 23 points.
Sunday, November 20, winter league singles stableford: 1, Jo Devitt (14), 26 points; 2, Mari Byrne (17), 22 points; 3, Cathy Dalton (20), 21 points.
It was a busy week in the club with competitions run off on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to the father and son combination of Brian and Ben Morris who won Sunday's fourball competition.
Wednesday's fourball was won by the deadly duo of Tommy Hynes and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh with 34 points. In second place were Billy Hanton and George Hillis on 33 points (back seven).
Friday's three-person team event was won by a seasoned vets' team of P.C. Browne, Lar Rossiter and Terry Lyons with 63 points.
Saturday's fourball was won by Kevin Murphy and Mick Creane with a great score of 39 points, with Tommy Morrissey and David O'Sullivan in second place with a good score of 38 points.
Sunday's 14-hole fourball better ball resulted in a win for Damien Dempsey and Kieran Carroll with 36 points. In second place were Nicky Reville and Richie Buggy on 35 points, with Graham Robinson and John Fenlon in third place with 34 points.
The Seniors section ran a scramble on Tuesday and the winners were Ger Cashman, Tom Lyons and Des Croke. Second place went to Seamus Sills, Brendan Long and Seán O'Keeffe.
A very experienced crew of Aiden Cogley, Pascal Whitmore, Seán Ormonde and Hugh Tunney came in third place.
The Seniors' Christmas competition will take place in the club on Tuesday, November 29, and the Seniors' Christmas party will be held on Tuesday, December 6, starting at 4.30 p.m.
Our best wishes this week go to Micheál Doyle who had major surgery on his troublesome ankle and will be out of action for the foreseeable future.
A service of remembrance for deceased members will take place in the club this Thursday at 8 p.m. All members and relatives of deceased members are invited to attend.
Wednesday, November 16, Wednesday club (twelve holes): 1, Mark O'Donoghue (15), 28 points; 2, Tommy Duggan (14), 27 points (countback); 3, Paddy Kearns (12), 27 points.
Saturday, November 19, winter league round three and sweep (eleven holes): 1, Vincent Murphy (20/12), 28 points; 2, Pádraig Bail (15/9), 27 points (countback); 3, Jim Brauneisen (16/10), 27 points (countback).
Sunday, November 20, winter league round four and sweep (eleven holes): 1, Eamon Masterson (20/12), 28 points (countback); 2, Mark O'Donoghue (15/9), 28 points; 3, Ciarán Furlong (12/7), 27 points (countback).
Fixtures: Wednesday, November 23, Wednesday club; Saturday, November 26, turkeys; Sunday, November 27, Christmas hampers; Wednesday, November 30, Wednesday club; Saturday, December 3, Captain's drinks and annual prize-giving; Sunday, December 4, winter league round five and sweep.
November 12 and 13, men's singles: 1, Michael O'Brien, 30 points; 2, Charlie Meyler, 27 points; 3, Pat Bolger, 26 points.
Week two, winter league 2016: 1, Michael O'Brien, 30 points; 2, Barry Walker, 28 points; 3, Charlie Meyler, 27 points; best lady, Margaret Moore, 24 points.
Wednesday nine-hole (mixed): 1, Peter Byrne (21), 21 points; 2, Michael Murphy (12), 21 points; 3, Richard Temple (16), 18 points.
The Saturday stableford singles saw a late start due to morning frost, and with a lot of players on Sunday concentrating on the winter league, there was a slighter smaller field for the Sunday singles.
Saturday singles: 1, Liam Redmond (10), 40 points; 2, Tommy Dunne (9), 40 points; 3, Peter Byrne (21), 38 points.
Sunday singles: 1, John Doyle (21), 41 points; 2, Thomas Keogh (19), 40 points; 3, Philip Moore (19), 39 points, holding off Donal Byrne (4) and Ken Layton (14) on countback.
Winter league results - Group 1: Ken and Frank Layton drew with Mike O'Grady and Peter Byrne; Stephen Greene and Dermot Noctor beat Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe.
Group 2: Paul Swinburne and Liam Morris beat Liam Redmond and Andrew Byrne; Tommy Dunne and Martin Conroy beat Joe Breen and Brendan Whyte; Pat Miskella and Anthony P. Doyle beat Sammy Walker and Anthony Fortune.
Group 3: Richard Temple and Tom Keogh beat John Fitzgerald and Marty Lawlor.
Group 4: all matches off.
We are holding a fundraising concert in the clubhouse, featuring Ireland's finest tenor, Anthony Kearns, accompanied by pianist Patrick Healy, on Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m.
Ticket numbers are limited and available to members and non-members alike and will cost €30 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be bought in the bar and office.
There will be a mulled wine reception on arrival. Anthony will also sing a number of songs with the Enniscorthy G.C. choir.
Après concert our own Keith and Dougie will provide the musical entertainment.
We are providing a free shuttle bus into Enniscorthy town centre after the concert.
The next Monday ladies' and gents' open singles competitions are on November 28 and December 5, 12 and 19, and the booking sheets are open.
The next gents' open Seniors will be on Thursday, December 15, followed by Christmas dinner and will be sponsored by Morgan Dunne and Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh.
This will be a nine-hole shotgun start at noon. The booking sheet is open and filling fast.
The Brittle Bones Christmas dinner will take place on Thursday, December 1.
The first five after the second round of the P.G.A. winter series are Keith Whelan (61), Frankie Morrissey (60), Philip Browne (60), Dan Byrne (58) and Seán Hegarty (54).
Winners for the last round were: 1, Ted Morrissey Jnr., 30 points (back seven); 2, David Bradley, 30 points; gross, Frankie Morrissey, 22 points.
The next competition is on December 3 and 4, and the booking sheets are opening on November 25.