On the fairways
Golf Club notes
Courtown - As we know by now, the draws for the club matchplay competitions have been made. Just in case some people are still not aware of the dates by which matches must be played, here is a quick reminder: the first round for singles matches must be completed by April 26, with the second round to be played by May 15.
The first round for fourball must be completed by May 8, with the second round by June 6. The first round of the mixed competition must be completed by May 8.
There will be no extensions, no exceptions and no excuses, so make your arrangements as time stands still for no man.
The Wednesday sweep had a very interesting conclusion this year. On the last Wednesday in March two players at the top of the leaderboard could not be separated and it was decided that a play-off would be the only way to decide who would collect Paschal's Trophy.
And so it was that these two warriors set out to do battle early on Saturday morning, April 8.
Now, it was not quite pistols at dawn, more putters at morn to decide the winner.
In an 18-hole matchplay format, Pat Carthy overcame Tom Kitt by three and two.
Congratulations to both on a very successful campaign, although Tom might have had a little too much sun having just returned from Spain the previous day.
Your diary for this week: Tuesday, April 18, brings the first ladies' open of the year sponsored by Wade's Pharmacy; Wednesday, April 19, 18-hole open singles; Thursday, April 20, G.U.I./I.L.G.U. nine-hole championship qualifier; Friday, April 21, visiting Captains; Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, open four-person team event in aid of Friends of Gorey Hospital and St. Aidan's Services.
Easter weekend was exceptionally busy at Courtown with almost full timesheets for three days running. All members and visitors alike were delighted with the condition of the course, with particular praise for the greens again. Well done to James and his staff for presenting the course in such condition.
Pettitt's SuperValu was the sponsor for our ladies' competition on Tuesday, April 11. Pettitt's have been supporting ladies golf throughout the county for many years now.
This sponsorship is highly valued by all our ladies in Courtown G.C. and the competition is always strongly contested. Last Tuesday was no different, as there was a great turn-out in both the 18-hole and nine-hole competitions.
Results: 1, Caroline Dale (30), 34 points; 2, Pat Walters (21), 33 points; 3, Sarah Donnellan (7), 32 points (countback); Cat. A, Catherine Ledwidge (14), 32 points; Cat. B, Mary Kilbride (21), 31 points; Cat. C, Terry O'Reilly (29), 31 points.
Nine holes competition: 1, Pauline Murphy (32), 17 points; 2, Patty Flynn (25), 16 points.
Open singles, Wednesday, April 12: 1, Danny Whitty (16), 38 points; 2, George Horan (7), 37 points; 3, Keith Reid (12), 36 points; eleven holes, Eamonn Byrne (15), 21 points.
Saturday, April 15, invitation four-person team event sponsored by Gorey Print: 1, Jim Peppard (21), Vincent Lumsden (15), Gerard Lumsden (22), Joe Kavanagh (28), 84 points; 2, Denis Howell (22), Paddy Bernie (22), Cathal O'Donohoe (17), Larry D'Arcy (9), 80 points (last nine); 3, Jim O'Shea (7), Gay Dunne (11), Donal Sheehan (12), Matt Power (13), 80 points.
Sunday, April 16, invitation any combination fourball sponsored by Sanrose: 1, John Ebb (19), Karl Keenan (13, Ballymoney), 40 points (back nine); 2, Seamus Kennelly (7), Colm Kennelly (14), 40 points (back nine); 3, Vinny Kavanagh (12), Denise Kavanagh (12), 40 points (back nine).
Congratulations to our J.B. Carr team which progressed to the next round over the weekend.
Good luck to our Duggan Cup team and the ladies' Intermediate team, with both playing next weekend.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Robbie Kehoe (12), 22 points; 2, Anthony Fortune (15), 20 points; 3, Stephen Greene (19), 20 points, holding off Martin Conroy, Michael Murphy and Marty Lawlor on countback.
Good Friday Captain's drive-in three-person scramble (open): 1, Pat Miskella, Paul and Eugene O'Brien with nett 61.4 strokes.
The three-person team competition played over the weekend was won by Sammy Walker, James Byrne and Anthony Fortune with 89 points.
The singles stableford played over the weekend was won by Frank Layton (18) with 40 points, with Andrew Webb (12) second with 37 points, and Liam Redmond (10) third with 36 points.
Winter league semi-final: Paul Swinburne and Liam Morris beat Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe.
The Abbey ladies' golf society held their first outing of the season in Rathaspeck recently.
Results: 1, Bridget Murphy; 2, Ann Banville; 3, Martina Reidy; Category 1, Carole Murphy; Category 2, Esther Finn; nearest the pin, Ann Crosbie; longest drive, Anne Power; birdies: Bridget Murphy, Carole Murphy, Marie T. Wall.
The next outing is in the Abbey par three on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. New members are always welcome.
It is time to get all the gear dusted off and ready for the season when you see the Spring Cup up for grabs. The weather too was benign over the weekend and made playing golf very enjoyable for everyone. Maybe it's farewell to the rain gear for a while as it is not comfortable playing golf in that attire.
A big field went out in search of the elusive and much-coveted silverware that is the Spring Cup. In the end the ultra-consistent Noel Kendrick (15) took the trophy with a nett score of 66.
He was closely followed in second place on 67 by Declan Clark (15). The veteran, Martin Forristal (20), was placed third with a nett 68 by virtue of a better back nine.
Michael Ryan Jnr. played some great golf to take the gross with a sparkling 66. Rory Hussey (8) won Category 1 with a nett 72, whilst George Foley (13) scored 71 to take the Category 2 prize and Brian Teague (15), also with a 71, won Category 3.
In the Thursday open singles where 66 players took part, Willie Kelly (19) defied all-comers by registering a great score of 41 points to emerge a clear winner. Second place went to Joe Doyle (8) with 38 points, and Tommy Ryan (15) finished third on the same score.
The Tuesday evening fourball last week was sponsored by the Ross Inn (John Hosey) and attracted a good field of both men and women. Played over nine holes, the two low handicappers, Michael Kelleher (5) and Rory Hussey (8), took the honours, scoring 23 points.
It was a tight finish for second place before Lily English (36) and Mary Furlong (35) claimed that spot by virtue of a better score over the last three holes, finishing with a 22-point final score. Third were Michael Cullen (9) and Eamon Walsh (19), also on 22 points.
This Tuesday evening (April 18) sees the competition extended to 14 holes where the sponsors of the prizes will be Willie Whitty and Denis Kirwan. You can play any time during the day but booking is advisable after 2 p.m.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
A perfect day for golfing and high scoring one would have thought, but it didn't turn out that way. With summer rules in vogue and placing gone, this was a whole new ball game.
True, there was a great run on the ball but lightning-fast greens proved the undoing of many players, with the result that the target figure of 90 points was not reached on this occasion.
In the end the 87 points scored by Patsy Farrell (15), Dan Quigley (20), Jamesie Wallace (22) and Donie Cody (23) proved good enough to claim first prize.
One point behind in second place with 86 points were Tony Harford (13), Eamon Delaney (16), Willie Naddy (19) and Mick Wade (22). The 83 points tally of John Hosey (14), Peter Goggin (16), Seán O hUginn (20) and Martin Burke (25) proved good enough to take the third position. Denis Kirwan won the nearest the pin prize on the ninth hole.
For the summer season with the blessing of head greenkeeper Seamus Power, all Senior competitions will be played off the yellow plate markers which are that bit further forward than normal at this time of year. Many thanks goes to Seamus who has always been very helpful to the Seniors group.
We have our friends from Faithlegg visiting us on this Thursday where we will play an 18-hole champagne scramble with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., sanctioned by our club Captain, Peter Goggin. It is envisaged that as far as possible we will match two New Ross and two Faithlegg players on the one team.
All our lads should be in the clubhouse no later than 9.30 a.m. in order to give us a chance to finalise teams and their starting tee-boxes. Your kind co-operation in this regard would be very much appreciated for the smooth running of the event.
THE GATE SOCIETY
The Gate Golf Society held its first outing of 2017 at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Saturday, March 11, sponsored by James Ryan of New Ross Glass for which we are very grateful. We want to thank Enniscorthy Golf Club for all their help.
Results: 1, David Purcell (20), 38 points (countback); 2, Michael Gannon (17) 38 points; 3, Kenneth Irwan (21), 37 points; Cat. 1, Colm Kehoe (11), 36 points; Cat. 2, Bob O' Riordan (16), 30 points; Cat. 3, Jim Kehoe (23), 33 points; Seniors, Declan Merrigan; nearest the pin, Colm Kehoe; longest drive, John Purcell.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Last Wednesday there was great interest in the greensomes which was a qualifier for the Australian Spoons. The competition was sponsored by Brandon House Hotel, New Ross.
Results: 1, Maria Burford (12) and Margaret Murphy (21), 37 points (last six); 2, Pat Purcell (18) and Marguerite Sutton (22), 37 points; gross, Mary Kavanagh and Margaret Furlong, 18 points.
Many thanks to all involved in Wednesday evening's gathering, especially to Margaret O'Hanlon for showcasing her fashions and also to the willing models. An enjoyable evening was had by all.
Next week's competition an 18-hole stroke sponsored by '3' Store, New Ross. Included will be a gross prize as well as prizes for nearest the pin and longest drive for extra interest.
The Katie Bailey Trophy will be awarded to the winner for best stroke score.
The competition is also a medal competition. Book online or avail of draws at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Members, you are reminded to return sandbags after your round. It is essential for the good upkeep of our course that we are all conscious of divots and repairing them whenever we come across them, but be sure to put back the bags on the frame.
Best of luck to our Junior Cup team, out to do battle against our neighbours Kilkenny in Waterford at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Support is welcome.
Many thanks to team members, caddies and team managers for giving your time for the sake of the club.
It was good to see ladies entering the Easter scramble sponsored by Nolan's. We hope this trend will continue at the year progresses.
Remember, the Tuesday fourball nine holes is open to all so avail of this opportunity to play in another competition during the week. Book online entry for €4.
Players from clubs throughout Leinster and Munster took part in the Top Golfer Junior Scratch Cup in Rosslare on Sunday.
For the first time ever, the competition was over 18 holes and it proved a great success.
Played from the championship tees, the scoring was very good. The winner on 73 was Senan Kavanagh (5, Borris). Senan started with a double bogey and was fiveover par after seven holes.
He birdied the eighth to turn in 40. However, his back nine was superb, with seven pars, a birdie at the 13th, and a great eagle three on the 18th to win on the breakdown ahead of Richard Duggan (5, Kilkenny).
He had birdies on the tenth, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th, but six and five on the 15th and 16th cost him the title.
Third on 74 was William Jarrett (4, Woodenbridge), with Paul Reilly (4, Co. Louth) fourth on 75 and Conor Kelly (4) fifth on 76. The overall nett was won by Rory Murphy (9) with a 67.
On Saturday another singles was played. The winner with a great score of 41 points was Cian Martin (3). He played a very steady round which was made up of four threes, twelve fours and two fives.
In second position, beaten on the breakdown, was Derek Evans (10) who had a great front nine of 24 points. Third on 39 points was Jason Walsh (10), while Philip Balfe (1) won the gross with a two under par round of 70. Anthony Wright (10) won the veterans with 36 points.
On the inter-club scene the Barton Cup team had a great first round win over New Ross.
Brian Hall-O'Mahony and Geoff Coman, and Paud O'Brien and Kevin Foran, won at home.
In New Ross John Barron and Mark O'Connor had a great win. Also playing away were Ken Maher and Gavin Smith, and Denis Asple and Jim Cullimore. The managers were Vinnie O'Reilly and Dan Cash.
Fixtures: Saturday, April 22, ladies' and gents' foursomes; Sunday, April 23, gents' singles, PGA tankard, player of the year.
Nine-hole midweek, April 12, sponsored by Eddie Watchorn (73 played): overall, Shane Fortune (10), 24 points; Category A, Seán Hegarty (9), 21 points; Category B, Jim Mackey (10), 21 points; Category C, Pat Creane (18), 22 points; Category D, John Tobin (20), 20 points (last three).
The presentation for all the April midweeks will be on April 26. Next week's sponsor is Paddy O'Connor Car Sales, Blackwater.
Gents' monthly Seniors, April 13, sponsored by David Garahy (102 played): overall, Jack Sheridan (21), 42 points (last nine); Over-50s: 1, Michael O'Connor (21), 42 points; 2, Joe Newe (14), 40 points (last nine); Over-65s: 1, John Conville (25), 38 points (last six); 2, John O'Neill (17), 38 points; Over-75s: 1, A. Cogley (26, Wexford), 42 points; 2, Dave Conroy (28, Courtown), 38 points (last nine).
Next month's sponsor is Charlie Kavanagh.
Singles strokes medal, April 15-15, sponsored by Crimewatch (130 played): 1, Gerard Byrne (17), 67; 2, Shane Fortune (10), 70; gross, Jason Rackard (+1), 75; 3, Brian O'Connor (11), 70; 4, Richard O'Connor (9), 71; 5, Liam Sheridan (10), 71; Seniors, Jim Mackey (10), 75.
Next week's sponsor is Garry Flood Landscaping.
We ran a little side competition in conjunction with the Augusta Masters recently in tandem with one of our own competitions, and the results are in.
The winner was Michael Walsh (Cloughbawn) who was paired with Justin Rose (98 points).
Second, on a countback on the last six, was John Mernagh who was paired with Russell Henley (96 points), and third was Joe Delaney who was paired with Matt Kuchar (96 points).
Prizes will be presented on the same night as the April midweeks presentation which will be on April 26.
The first of the seasons classics is for Ballymurn Church on Friday, April 28, starting at 9 a.m.
The May 1 Bank holiday has an open two-person team starting at 7.30 p.m., sponsored by The Logo Centre.
The next of the monthly quizzes will be on April 21 and May 25, both at 9 p.m. sharp.
For the full report please look at the club website in the news section.
April 8 and 9, Pro-Am qualifier: 1, Ger Tobin (15), 40 points; 2, Noel Frazer (13), 36 points; 3, Alan Harrington (5), 36 points.
April 10, Senior open: 1, John Burke (11, Mountrath), 37 points; 2, Paul Murphy (13, Mountrath), 37 points; 3, Willie Doyle (8), 37 points.
April 12, Wednesday open singles: 1, Liam Moran (15, Carlow), 38 points; 2, Joseph Doyle (8, New Ross), 38 points; 3, Ger Bolger (13), 36 points.