On the fairways
New Ross Seniors: It's our 21st birthday this year having being founded in 1996, increasing in popularity and membership down the intervening years. One of our founder members, John Delaney, passed away recently and we remembered him with a minute's silence prior to playing the weekly competition.
We had perfect golfing weather for our first outing of 2017 last Thursday, with an unusually mild day and little or no wind. A big turn-out of 15 teams took part, all eager to shake off the after Christmas blues and get some exercise into the bargain.
It was expected that the participants might be a bit rusty golfing-wise, but at least some of them were razor sharp after the long lay-off over the festive season.
As per the agreement at the A.G.M., the format this time was a four-person champagne scramble with two best scores counting on each hole. For some time now the record score for this type of competition stood at 108 points and, like the Chelsea soccer team, looked well-nigh unbeatable.
But records are there to be broken and broken they were when the team of Andy Ronan (14), Larry Shannon (18), Dan Quigley (20) and Tony Sexton (24) brought in an incredible score of 110 points to emerge winners by a considerable margin. Consistency was the keynote here as the quartet put together two halves of 55 points on the outward nine and the same on the inward nine.
In second place with 102 points were Eddie Keher (9), John F. Roche (16), Michael Long (19) and Jim Kehoe (24). The 100 points tally of Willie Byrne (14), Tommy Ryan (15), Martin Burke (25) and Ollie Brennan (27) was good enough for third place.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Jim 'Dublin' Ryan and Ollie Brennan on the ninth hole, with both shots finishing 31 inches from the pin. Tony Sexton was the winner on the eleventh hole.
A nice little ceremony was held after golf when Tony Harford and Jamesie Murphy on behalf of the Seniors group presented a cheque for €300 to the New Ross Community Hospital. It was accepted on their behalf by Frances Ryan who said they were delighted with support they get from the Seniors group, not alone this year but every other year as well.
Their financial assistance was much appreciated in helping to maintain vital services at the hospital.
All of our group are once again asked to be in good time for the draw at 10.40 a.m. each Thursday, as latecomers upset the formation of teams.
We had a magnificent response to our Christmas classic which was well supported and which ran from December 22 to January 2. In that period a grand total of 312 two-person teams participated in very favourable weather conditions for the time of year.
The format was a champagne scramble with one score counting on holes one to 17, two on the par threes playing your own ball, and two scores on the 18th.
This all added up to real test of combination play, and in the end Harry Doran (10) and P.J. McGrath (18) edged it with 63 points, albeit only with a better score over the last nine holes.
The club Captain, Peter Goggin (16), and Willie Whitty (18) took second place, again with 63 points. Third were James Morrissey (7) and Les Walsh (18) the pair clocking up 62 points, whilst Eamon Delaney (16) and Noel Devine (18) scored 61 points and were placed fourth.
The best Seniors pair were Seán Murphy (15) and Joe O'Farrell (15) with 60 points, and the ladies' prize went to Margaret Murphy (21) and Mary Rose Ryan (24) with 54 points.
The presentation of the Christmas classic prizes takes place on Sunday, January 22, at 5 p.m. when all prize winners are expected to attend.
Ladies' and gents' singles, Wednesday, December 28 - gents: 1, Tommy Kinsella (18), 34 points; 2, Pat Carthy (16), 31 points (last nine); 3, Paddy D'Eathe (8), 31 points (last nine); gross, Paul Kavanagh (5), 27 points; ladies: 1, Maria Dwyer (27), 33 points.
Two-person team event, Saturday, December 31, 2016, and Sunday, January 1, 2017: 1, Colin Sunderland (7) and Paddy Donohoe (6), 53 points (back nine); 2, Eugene Hogan (18) and Jack Kinsella (22), 53 points; 3, Paddy D'Eathe (8) and Ray McGrath (10), 51 points; 4, Dean Justice (16) and John Fitzgerald (10), 50 points.
Wednesday, January 4, single sweep: 1, Harry Poole (24), 30 points; 2, Noel O'Brien (27), 28 points (last six); 3, Frank Cullen (14), 28 points; 4, Eric Noonan (19), 27 points.
Seniors, Thursday, January 5: 1, John Maher (13), 36 points; Category 1, Peter McAteer (22), 33 points (last six); Category 2, Dennis Howell (21), 33 points (last nine); Category 3, Paddy Hughes (18), 30 points.
Ladies' and gents' singles, Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8: 1, David Kennedy (13), 38 points (back nine); 2, Colin Browne (20), 38 points; 3, Ray McGrath (10), 36 points (last nine); gross, Brendan Breen (2), 32 points; ladies: 1, Clare Kinsella (32), 33 points; 2, Denise Kavanagh (12), 30 points (back nine).
December 26 and 27, open four-person scramble: 1, Pat Comerford (13), Adam Comerford (14), Ken Holender (17), Michael Daly (14, all Castlecomer), 55.2; 2, Ray Moore (16), Seán Earley (6), Adrian Dunne (8), Declan Byrne (16), 56.4; 3, Austin Brownrigg (12), Damian Maher (17), Mick Kenny (15), John Murphy (11), 56.5.
December 28 and 29, open singles: 1, Willie Kearney (21), 42 points; 2, Michael O'Brien (16), 39 points; gross, Rory McCarthy (0), 38 points; 3, Dan Stallard (8, Gowran), 39 points; 4, Ger Treacy (7, Gowran), 39 points; best lady, Lucy Healy (13), 35 points.
December 30 and 31, open four-person team event: 1, James Morrissey (6, Enniscorthy), Frankie Morrissey (9, Enniscorthy), Eugene Doyle (10, Enniscorthy), Michael Walsh (18, Ballymoney), 96 points; 2, William Maher (14, Thurles), Billy Maher (20, Thurles), P.J. Sullivan (16, Thurles), Frank Spillane (19, Tipperary), 95 points; 3, Pádhraic Byrne (3), John Finn (9), Eddie Black (10), Simon Black (5), 93 points.
January 4, open singles: 1, Willie Harte (10), 38 points; 2, Ben McLellan (11), 35 points.
Winter league final results 2016: 1, team two, Captain, Willie Doyle; 2, team eleven, Captain, Pat St. Ledger; 3, team 21, Captain, Noel Frazer.
Bank holiday nine-hole: 1, James Byrne (12), 20 points; 2, Andrew Byrne (18), 19 points; 3, Ron Breen (21), 19 points.
Bank holiday singles stableford: 1, Charlie Logan (12), 39 points; 2, Billy Larkin (13), 38 points; 3, Stephen Greene (19), 37 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Derek Robinson (8), 18 points.
Weekend 13-hole singles: 1, Mark Read, 31 points; 2, Robbie Kehoe, 30 points; 3, Charlie Logan, 30 points.
In perfect weather conditions, a large number of members turned out to welcome our new Captains, Paddy Lonergan and Doreen McGovern, to the annual drive-in, together with the Junior Captains, John Brady and Emma Fenlon, who split the fairway to tumultuous cheer.
Also welcomed were our new Presidents, John Furlong and Fionnuala Kielthy. After the drive-in a very enjoyable function was held in the clubhouse.
In conjunction with the drive-in, well over 150 players took part in a four-person scramble. The winners with 28.7 were Stephen Healy (10), Willie Ennis (14), Mick Healy (14) and Frank Hogan (15).
In second position on 29.8 were Bob Quilty (9), David Hemmingway (12), Philip Quigley (18) and Matt Grogan (23).
Other results around Christmas and new year were - December 26, singles: 1, Daragh Cullimore (19), 29 points; 2, Eugene Daly (25), 28 points; 3, Dermot Walsh (6), 27 points; 4, Nick O'Connor (4), 26 points.
December 27, team of four: 1, Ian Lynch (0), Pádraig Rossiter (2), Pat Rossiter (9) and Nick Rossiter (15); 2, Pádraig Dempsey (10), David Hemmingway (12), Matt Grogan (23) and Eugene Daly (25).
December 28, singles: 1, Stephen Casey (19), 30 points; 2, Nick O'Connor (4), 29 points; 3, Michael Cronin (15), 28 points.
December 31, fourball: 1, Dermot Kelly (7), John Roche (15), 32 points; 2, Aedon Jameson (7), John McDonald (21), 35 points.
January 2, fourball: 1, Derek Wickham (6), Dermot Walsh (6), 35 points.
Winter league (new format): six members per team (including members of the Burrow course).
Three singles scoring weekends: January 21 and 22, January 28 and 29, and February 4 and 5. The Pro Shop will hold your three winter league singles cards and will give it to you on your chosen day, i.e. Saturday/Sunday/any of three weekends. Each player can play up to three times in singles. After the third weekend the best card of each individual player will be totalled and half this team total will count for the team score.
Two fourball scoring weekends: February 11 and 12, and February 18 and 19, i.e., three fourballs per team. Fourball partnerships can play twice, and must play with the same partner on both weekends. The two best scores to count for team score. The two counting scores cannot be from the same fourball partnership.
Scramble on March 5, i.e. two three-person teams. Both groups' scores to count for the team score. This final competition will be followed by the presentation of prizes.
It's €20 per person (e-mail and telephone number required on registration).
The final date for entry is Saturday, January 14, with the draw to take place on Sunday, January 15, at 7.30 p.m.
The new format is designed to allow flexibility and retention of interest up to the final day. For example, any individual can miss two singles weekends and still contribute two cards.
Also fourball weekends with just two fourballs to count from a possible six rounds.
Interest in the outcome is retained by structuring the scoring in such a way that many teams will still be in a position to win on the final weekend.
All members are asked to participate in order to make the competition a success.
A total of 43 ladies played in the fourball competition held on Saturday, December 31, and Thursday, January 5.
Results: 1, Deirdre Colfer (26/18) and Margaret Hearne (15/11), 32 points; 2, Tara Dunne (3/2) and Trish Boyd (21/15), 30 points; 3, Cathríona Walsh (13/9) and Leonie Furlong (12/8), 27 points (back seven).
Nearest the pin was Tara Dunne, 2m 30cm. Congratulations to all the winners.
Coaching sessions are starting on January 29. Sessions will be held on various Sunday afternoons throughout January and February. If interested please leave your name on the list in the ladies' locker room or contact Tara Dunne.
The new ladies' club colours have been selected, so check them out in the Pro Shop.
Next Thursday's competition is a 14-hole singles stableford.
We got off to a flying start on New Year's Day as all our Captains were ready at the first tee box for our drive-in.
Our lady Captain, Doreen McGovern, and Junior lady Captain, Emma Fenlon, both hit wonderful drives with not a nerve in sight. It was attended by a great number of members who then proceeded back in to the clubhouse for refreshments.
On Tuesday, January 3, unfortunately weather was very frosty so we had to play off temporary greens. However, scoring was very high over twelve holes, and well done to Betty O'Brien coming first with a fabulous 32 points.
Please note January 14 is the closing date for entries to the winter league. There is a new format this year which allows greater flexibility for those who can only play an odd weekend or those who wish to play every weekend. All are welcome to enter this fun competition.
Sheets are also up in the ladies' locker room for those wanting to participate in teams either as players or caddies.
There are special packages available for any new members wishing to join the club for the new year both on the main course and in the Burrow course.
Tuesday, January 17, is a ladies' team of three (two scores to count) over twelve holes.
Saturday, December 31, fourball, 14 holes: 1, Doreen McGovern (12/8) and Catherine Howard (15/11), 34 points (back seven).
Tuesday, January 3, twelve-hole lamb competition: 1, Betty O'Brien (29/19), 32 points; 2, Susan Evans (13/9), 29 points; 3, Cathy Bryce (9/6), 28 points; 4, Anne Lennon (33/22), 27 points (back six).
Monday, January 2, four-person team event: 1, Larry Forrestal, Allen O'Donnell, Pat Harnett, Ray Heffernan, 96 points; 2, Jan Jenkins, Tony Kelly, John Cleary, Declan Byrne, 91 points.
Tuesday, January 3, 14 holes open singles with Senior section: 1, Ben MacAleese, 39 points; 2, Brendan Long, 32 points (back seven); Over-70s, Aiden Cogley, 32 points (back six).
Wednesday, January 4, 14-hole fourball: 1, Paul Harrington, Billy Dodd, 34 points (back seven); 2, Tom Butler, Declan Furlong, 34 points.
Saturday, January 7, 14-hole fourball: 1, John Meyler, John Denton, 38 points; 2, Paddy Cleary, Patrick Moorehouse, 37 points.
Sunday, January 8, 14-hole fourball better ball: 1, Tom Foran, Billy Roche, 39 points; 2, Andrew O'Brien, Laurence Carley, 37 points; 3, John O'Neill, Nicky Reville, 36 points (back seven).
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
Saturday, January 7, eleven holes, winter league: 1, Janet Slattery (12), 21 points; 2, Cathy Dalton (20), 19 points; 3, Georgina Darling (13), 19 points.