On the fairways
Rosslare Ladies: One of our star lady golfers, Niamh Byrne, put in a star performance on Tuesday. Playing off 9, she came first with 36 points.
Also still on a winning streak was Mary Frances Codd who, having won the week before, came in second. Well done ladies!
On Monday, June 5, our Intermediate Cup team went out to play against New Ross in Faithlegg in the torrents of rain. The weather was so bad that the match had to be called off after about an hour as the course was unplayable.
The players, caddies and managers, clubs and clothes, all soaking wet, had to head home, dry out and play again the next day. One can only admire all for such valiant and determined performances.
Unfortunately, they were beaten on the second day, but well done ladies. The tie was in the third round.
Best of luck to the Junior Cup team which is playing against Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 18, at 3.50 p.m. in Wexford, managed by Mary O'Shaughnessy and Dorcas Maher. This is a third round match so if anyone is around to support this close-by venue it would be appreciated.
Our Links Pro-Am with Kelly's Resort Hotel has been launched for September 9 in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare and St. Patrick's Special School. Teams can now book slots to play.
The ladies' committee are sponsoring a team to enter. The qualifying team will be picked from the best scores on June 27, July 4 and July 25.
Tuesday, June 20, is a ladies' singles stableford sponsored by Pamela Scott and Marie Therese Swan.
Saturday, June 3, ladies' open singles, 16-hole non-qualifier: 1, Susan Evans (13/12), 30 points; 2, Kathleen Cullimore (18/16), 28 points; 3, Louise Wilson (17/15), 27 points (back six).
Tuesday, June 6, singles stableford (C.S.S. 34 points), sponsored by Rosslare Pharmacy: 1, Niamh Byrne (9), 36 points; 2, Mary Frances Codd (20), 35 points; gross, Doreen McGovern (12), 22 points; 3, Pat Kinsella (26), 35 points; 4, Catherine Howard (15), 34 points; Seniors, Ann Kelly (18), 33 points.
Wednesday, June 7, open singles stableford: 1, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), 34 points.
A total of 229 people competed in the Captain's (Paddy Lonergan) prize in Rosslare last week.
Played over two days, Friday and Saturday, the weather was sunny but with a strong wind blowing, stronger on Saturday when scoring was difficult. The course is in pristine condition but it is important to keep the ball on the fairways.
The winner with a fine score of 68 was one of our young guns, Conor Kelly (4). Conor, who was on the Fred Daly-winning teams back some years ago, took some time out but is now playing seriously again.
On Friday he played the first nine in 37, eight pars and a bogey at the eighth. Into the wind he really played well. He had two eagles at the 13th and 18th and a birdie at the 12th, and despite dropping shots at the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, he won on the breakdown from Dave McCabe (17).
Dave is playing very well at the moment and has reduced his handicap considerably. In his round he had eight pars and a birdie three at the fourth, but three double bogeys and a treble bogey cost him outright victory.
Mark Mullen (scr.) won the gross with 77 and another man in form, Vinny O'Reilly (14), won the veterans with 69.
Other results: 3, Bill Joyce (11), 70; 4, Shay Downer (13), 70; 5, Mark Fitzpatrick (7), 71; 6, Claude Howlin (11), 71; front nine, Eamonn Garrigan (11), 33; back nine, Ultan Quirke (8), 33; longest drive, Paud O'Brien; nearest the pin, Pat Kinsella.
Tommy Boyce (18) won the Captain's prize to the Burrow members with 44, one shot ahead of Frank Byrne (18).
The Captain, Paddy, presented all the prizes at a very enjoyable Captain's dinner on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Kelly's Resort Hotel sponsored the singles and the winner was Paul Cummings (17) with 40 points. Despite a blow at the 16th, he had halves of 20 points and a clearcut win over his nearest rival, Paud O'Brien (3).
Paud had birdies at the fourth and 13th for 37 points. Ger MacNamara (4) had birdies at the first, third, twelfth and 18th to win the gross, while Denis Asple (7) won the veterans.
Third on 37 was John Hearne (15), and Rory Deane (6) was fourth with 36 points. Cormac Quigley (16) won the sponsor's prize with 35 points. Bill Kelly presented the prizes.
Singles: 1, Philip Quigley (19), 35 points; 2, Davy Noonan (8), 35 points.
Last year Rosslare ran a Pro-Am for the first time in many years and it proved a great success, so much so that the club is organising another one this year. It takes place on Saturday, September 9, and will once again be sponsored by Kelly's Resort Hotel.
Benefiting from the proceeds will be St. Patrick's Special Needs School and Wexford Hospice Homecare. More details later.
Well done to Gary Collins who finished tied sixth in the recent East of Ireland championship in County Louth. Gary had rounds of 72, 76, 71 and 71 (level par) to finish seven shots behind the winner.
Ian Lynch, John Brady and Paul Murphy also competed. All made the two-round cut but failed to make the final round.
Fixtures: Saturday, June 17, ladies' and gents' fourball; Sunday, June 18, gents' singles; open ladies' and gents' singles every Wednesday.
Our Captain's prize proved to be an emotional event given that our late Captain, Tony O'Neill, had only passed away a few short weeks previously. However, the competition went ahead and as Tony himself would say: 'the show must go on'.
The show did go on and the leading qualifier, the Wee Man himself, Tom Connon, was the winner of the Captain's prize for 2017. It was a fitting win for Tom who was a friend and often team-mate of Tony's on many a team that represented Wexford Golf Club over the years.
The O'Neill family were present for the play-off and the subsequent presentation of prizes. Tony's wife, Bridget, presented Tom with the Captain's prize for 2017.
Results: 1, Tom Connon; 2, Roy Sexton; 3, Richard Browne; gross, Mark Mullen; 4, Seán Flood; 5, John O'Neill; vets., John Lynn; Cat. 1, Peter Byrne; Cat. 2, Joe Sinnott; Cat. 3, Derek Casey. Qualifiers' prizes were won by Laurence Carley, Pascal Kavanagh and Pat 'Kenny' Walsh.
A unique prize was given to a former Leinster fourball team-mate of Tony's. This prize was won by Paul Bridges.
The winners in the ladies' ten-hole competition were Beppi O'Connor and Trina Walsh. The under-age winners were Ben McAleese, Cathal Dowd and Ryan Cashin.
Wexford Golf Club would like to thank Bridget O'Neill and family for their generous sponsorship of Tony's Captain's prize. We would also like to thank Paul Harrington, physical therapist, for his continued sponsorship of the Captain's prize winner's jacket.
Heavy rain put paid to last weekend's competitions. A number of players were very disappointed at the postponements, but none more so than Alan Keeling who spent the week perfecting his short game under the watchful eye of his new coach.
Competitions did go ahead however on Tuesday, and the winner of the 18-hole singles was John Cotter with 35 points (back nine). Second place went to Philip Murphy with 35 points, and third on 33 points was George 'Four Hips' Roche. The over-70s' prize was won by Brian Trench.
Wednesday's 14-hole fourball was won by Andrew O'Brien and Laurence Carley with 38 points.
Friday's four-person team event was won by David Fenlon, Keith Rossiter, Liam Flood and Paul Carthy with 77 points (back six).
Congratulations to John Ffrench who was the last winner of the Joker draw. Next weekend's prize is over €2,700. For just €2, give yourself a chance to win the jackpot. The weekly draw is held at 8 p.m. every Sunday in the clubhouse bar.
Last Thursday, June 8, we had our late Captain Tony O'Neill's prize to the ladies competition. Sixty-six ladies played and there was some very good scoring.
Results: 1, Mary Walsh (26), 66; 2, Susan Kelly (26), 68; 3, Deirdre Colfer (24), 71; 4, Mary Cashe (27), 72; 5, Patricia Boyd (21), 73.
The gross winner with 84 was Leonie Furlong, who also won nearest the pin, landing five feet five inches from the flag. The Category A winner was Irene Bolger (10) with 75. The Category B winner was Eileen Kent (27) with 75, and Category C was won by Pat Flanagan (30) with 80.
Therese Glasheen (22) won the Senior category with 77, and the Super Senior category was won by Mary Maguire (27) with 91.
The nine-hole competition was won by Noreen Power (17) with 16. The best front nine went to Barbara Mantripp (26) with 33, and the back nine went to Patricia Hanton (22) with 36.
Unfortunately, it was a bad weekend for our inter-club teams. The Mixed Foursomes team lost to Mount Juliet on Saturday, and the Finn Trophy team lost to New Ross on Sunday. Hard luck to all the players and selectors.
This coming week sees the Boyne Trophy team playing Waterford on Wednesday, June 14, at 3.28 p.m., with three home matches and two away. Support for the ladies playing would be greatly appreciated.
This Thursday's competition is an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by Keville Hairdressing.
The ladies who played early on Tuesday, June 6, escaped the showers that the afternoon brought.
Despite the weather, the course is in immaculate condition and the course staff are to be commended for their efforts.
The competition was sponsored by our own professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick, and was a stroke/medal for the P.G.A. Tankard.
Results: 1, Jacinta Kenny (21), 71 nett; 2, Kay Ryan (27), 74 nett; gross, Ciara Sharkey (4), 76 nett; 3, Lori Whitney (16), 75 nett; 4, Vera Garry (22), 76 nett (back nine); Senior, Julie McCarthy (17), 79 nett; 36 handicap, Sheila McGrath (36), 84 nett; nine-hole qualifier, Betty O'Leary, 15 points.
Next week's competition is our President's prize to the ladies and is a stroke/medal.
Our ladies' Seniors' competition is on Thursday, June 15, and is sponsored by Coppen's Pharmacy.
The Junior Cup team play Rosslare in Wexford on June 18. We wish the team, manager and caddies the best of luck!
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June 3 and 4, open four-person team event: 1, D. Moylan (12), P. Buckley (10), O. Maher (19), P. Dunne (17), 91; 2, Pat Morrissey (13), M. O'Driscoll (13), Noel McNamara (12), Pat Curley (16), 88; 3, James Murphy (13), Liz Murphy (21), Barry Ward (21), Siobhán Ward (18), 88.
June 5, open singles: 1, Clive Murphy (5), 39 points; 2, Wesley Ruttle (25), 35 points; 3, Seamus O'Neill (7, Woodenbridge), 35 points.
June 7, Wednesday open singles: 1, Jack Kelly (10, Slievenamon), 37 points; 2, Bradley Lander (12, Enniscorthy), 37 points; 3, Gordon Radloff (16, Enniscorthy), 37 points; best lady, Theresa Prendergast (28, Beech Park), 30 points.
Bank holiday Monday nine-hole: 1, Peter Byrne (22), 19 points; 2, Cillian Molloy (17), 17 points; 3, Ed Lysaght (16), 17 points, holding off Liam Redmond (10) on countback.
Wednesday nine-hole competition: 1, Richard McDonald (12), 19 points; 2, Troy Kenny (19), 17 points; 3, Philip Moore (16), 15 points.
The weekend singles stableford results will be in next week's report.
The draw for the matchplay was made on Sunday, with the first round to be completed by July 2 (first names out to contact their opponent).
Tuesday, June 6, saw the pink/blue open day arrive. The amount of planning and coercion that had gone into this day was not for the faint-hearted. The object of the exercise, apart from golf, was a fundraiser for the North Wexford Nursing Trust.
Blue and pink details were visible everywhere on the course, in the car park and clubhouse courtesy of Bronagh Stafford. Thank you for Bronagh for all your hard work.
Outfits, both sedate and outrageous, were seen teeing off, the most outrageous coming in the men's nine-hole in the evening. Pink wigs, tights and varying degrees of ensemble were seen parading around the course and clubhouse, all adding to the atmosphere of the day.
Denis Howell was master of ceremonies in the clubhouse on Tuesday evening, and to say it was boisterous is an understatement.
Raffle tickets were sold, prizes both useful and useless were won.
Beards and moustaches were shaved thanks to Maeve Halford of Halford Hair Studio who was the sponsor of the day. Courtown ladies must again thank Halford Hair Studios for this and their continued sponsorship.
The amount raised has yet to be totalled and will be presented to the North Wexford Nursing Trust at a later date. A really great night was had by all who attended.
Results: 1, Doris Doyle (23), 35 points; 2, Frances Sinnott (27), 34 points (countback); gross, Sorcha Howell, 26 points; 3, Denise Kavanagh (12), 34 points; Cat. A, Sarah Donnellan (8), 30 points; Cat. B, Ann Duggan (26), 34 points; Cat. C, Croine Ferguson (31), 30 points.
Nine-hole: 1, Holly Mulvey (21), 20 points; 2, Anne Kearney (36), 14 points.
Gents' nine-hole (off the red tees): 1, Ollie Quigley (13), 25 points; 2, Pádraic Flood (15), 24 points.
Congratulations to all our winners. Thank you to our sponsor and everyone who helped to make the day such a success.
Sunday, June 4, invitation men's fourball and ladies' invitation nine-hole competitions sponsored by Whitmore Jewellers - men's fourball: 1, Mark Woods (6) and Niall Murray (11), 43 points; 2, Jimmy Flynn (22) and Peter Sheehan (18), 41 points (back nine); 3, Fergal Noonan (12) and Pat Byrne (16), 41 points.
Ladies' nine-hole: 1, Maria Dwyer (26), 19 points; 2, Carol Barnwell (17), 18 points.
Wednesday, June 7, gents' singles, 18 holes: 1, Seán Halford (19), 41 points; 2, John Furlong (Ballymoney, 7), 40 points; 3, Michael Henderson (23), 38 points (back nine); eleven holes: 1, Eamonn Byrne (15), 25 points.
Open week starts Saturday, June 17.
Monday ladies' and gents' open, singles stableford, May 29, sponsored by E.G.C. (25 played; S.S. 71 - 37 points): 1, Alan Jacob (7), 44 points; 2, Liam Sheridan (9), 40 points.
The Monday ladies' and gents' open for June 5 was not played due to inclement weather.
Nine-hole midweek singles, stableford, May 31, sponsored by E.G.C. (81 played): overall, Michael Walsh (16), 21 points (last six); Category A, Paddy Hore (9), 20 points; Category B, Tom Hogan (14), 21 points (last six); Category C, Gareth O'Gorman (18), 21 points; Category D, Nicholas Walsh (21), 20 points (last two). Next week's sponsor is Jim Delaney.
Nine-hole midweek singles, stableford, June 7, sponsored by E.G.C.: overall, Nick Casey (17), 20 points.
There was only one prize as there was only 20 players due to inclement weather. Next week's sponsor is the Post Office staff.
The presentation for all the June midweeks will be on June 28.
Gents' singles stableford, June 3 and 4, sponsored by Martin's Jewellers (116 played; S.S. 36 points both days): 1, Patsy Kavanagh (7), 43 points; 2, Bradley Landers (14), 41 points; gross, Cormac Martin (2), 31 points; 3, Des Kehoe (11), 40 points; 4, Jim Gahan (20), 38 points; 5, Alan Franklin (7), 38 points.
Next week's sponsor is Mr Oil.
Four-person scramble, June 2, sponsored by E.G.C.: 1, David Boland (17), Graham Donohoe (+2), Adam Jordan (7), Jason Rackard (scr.), 55.8 points.
Two-person team, June 11 and 12, sponsored by Mr Oil: 1, Jack Sheridan (21), James Sheridan (11), 49 points; 2, Jim Mackey (10), Mick Wickham (17), 47 points; 3, Pat Jordan (14), Jim Rigley (11), 46 points.
Our Provincial Towns team won through to the quarter-final by beating Ballymoney on Sunday. There were five matches at home and four in Ballymoney.
Seán Hegarty, Jim Mackey and Davy Murphy won their home matches with the last two players, Willie Dobbs and Eddie Doyle, called in.
The away team was Declan Byrne, Eunan Doyle and Denis Dunne who all won, and James Foley was called in. Tim Morrissey and John Byrne were the managers. Their next game is at home against the winners of Borris and Kilkenny.
Our Junior Cup team members were in action in a wet and windy Courtown in our regional qualifier last weekend. We were leading qualifiers in Saturday's strokeplay and qualified to play Rosslare in Sunday morning's matchplay semi-final.
After a tough battle we won through on a scoreline of three games to two. We then faced a very good Woodenbridge team in Sunday afternoon's final.
Paul Conroy made the winning birdie putt in a tight game on the 18th after David Mernagh and James Morrissey had earlier put points on the board. Joe Delaney had come out on the wrong end of a tough battle while Murty Dempsey was three up playing the 15th when called in.
Adam Jordan was also an integral part of the team, having played his part on Saturday. Congratulations to all players and to managers P.J. Murphy and Denis Dunbar.
This is the second year in a row where we have qualified for the Leinster quarter-finals by winning our regional qualifier. Well done on some great performances in some very testing conditions by all of our players.
We now have two teams at the quarter-final stage with the Junior Cup team now joining the Provincial Towns team. Hopefully now our Barton Cup team will join them on Thursday evening when they will be up against Callan. If you can at all please come along and offer your support to our teams chasing provincial honours.
The ladies' open Seniors is on Thursday, June 15, starting at 9 a.m., sponsored by Coppen's Pharmacy.
The Ballagh Boxing Club Classic is on Friday, June 16, starting at 9 a.m.
All week long players were restless thinking about the coming event, the Captain's prize (Peter Goggin) - the Holy Grail of our golfing calendar.
Some were sleeping well knowing their game was in good shape, while others were wondering could they get it together in time to make an impression or at least qualify for the play-off on Sunday. In time all would be revealed as some fell by the wayside and others did rather well, but in the end there could only be one winner.
The weather was kind for the big entry and, while some started rather well, they failed to fulfil their potential and faded as the qualifying rounds progressed. Others brought in good opening scores in the qualifying round but the question was could they maintain their momentum on Super Sunday? In fact, quite a few players were there with a shout as the final round got under way and some excellent tallies were recorded.
In the end the consistent play of Luke Power (20) brought rich dividends as he carded two rounds of a nett 68 to emerge the popular winner of the Captain's prize 2017 with a final total of 136.
Second just one shot behind (137) was Martin Kehoe (10), third came Andrew Ryan (4) with 141, and the evergreen Jack Murphy (16) took fourth with 142 by virtue of a better back nine. The gross was won by Michael Ryan Jnr. with a terrific two-round total of 144.
The Category 1 prize went to Ger Ronan (6) with a 142, Category 2 was won by Owen Conway (11) with 144, whilst Category 3 went to Hughie O'Connor (18) with 143.
Aidan Kent (19) was the winners of the past Captains' prize with 146 whilst Jimmy 'Ross' Ryan took the veterans' prize, shooting a nett total of 143 in the process. The prize for the first 18 was won by Declan Clarke (14) with a great score of 64, and Mark Murphy (15) won it for the second 18 with a nett 68.
At the presentations, our popular Captain, Peter Goggin, in an eloquent bilingual speech combining the 'cúpla focail' with fluent English, thanked all who had helped to make his weekend the outstanding success it undoubtedly was.
Congratulating all the winners, he said it was gratifying to see so many taking part in the Captain's and he was extremely grateful to them all. He gave a special mention to Competition Secretary, Donal Hosey, who did tremendous work in organising the timesheet and getting everyone away on time.
He also praised his incoming Captain, Martin Carroll, for his great help, lady Captain Marie Therese Wall for her help, and Seamus Power and the course staff for the magnificent condition they had the course in.
Without them the competition could not have gone like clockwork, and even the Gods were smiling with good weather in this unpredictable summer we're having. So, once again congratulations go to the deserving winner of the Captain's prize for 2017, Luke Power.
Squally and frequent heavy showers were a hindrance to the participants in the Tuesday evening fourball sponsored by Aldridge Lodge Restaurant, Duncannon, on June 6 (summer weather how are you?).
Nevertheless, the scoring was quite good with Liam Wall (15) and Frank Cullen (19) taking first place with 36 points over the 14 holes played. Second position went to Paul Brennan (15) and David Morris (18) with 35 points, and a point behind on 34 points and in third place were John Aylward (15) and Murt Hogan (20).
Open week is now in full swing and today (Tuesday, June 13) we have an open fourball. Wednesday is an open singles and Thursday, June 15, is a three-person team event. We finish off on Friday with an open singles.
There was no luck for our Cullen Cup team which was beaten by Bunclody, and the Duggan Cup squad went down to Castlecomer. Best of luck goes to the South Leinster team, pitted against Rosslare in the last 16 of the competition, and also to the All-Ireland fourball side which takes on Coolattin again in the last 16 of the teams remaining in Leinster.
THE GATE SOCIETY
The Gate Golf Society held its fourth outing of 2017 at Castlecomer Golf Club on Saturday, June 3.
The outing was sponsored by Heineken Lager to whom we are very grateful. We also want to thank the Castlecomer Golf Club staff for all their help.
Results: 1, Jason Murphy (19), 37 points; 2, Declan Merrigan (10), 33 points (countback) 3, Colm Kehoe (11), 33 points (countback); Cat. 1, John Holden (11), 31 points; Cat. 2, 'Cookie' Mernagh (17), 32 points; Cat. 3, David Purcell (19), 33 points; Seniors, Jim Kehoe; longest drive, Jason Murphy; nearest the pin, John Holden; visitor's prize, Damien Barry (7), 38 points.
Our next outing will be at Dungarvan Golf Club on Saturday, July 1. We will be playing for the Phyllis O'Riordan Perpetual Trophy. Tee-times are 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Last Wednesday, June 7, the ladies played an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Jimmy Hanrahan.
Results: 1, Anne O'Grady (32), 40 points; 2, Teresa Byrne (20), 35 points (last nine); 3, Liz Roberts (23), 35 points (last nine).
Next Wednesday will find us in the middle of open week. The competition is sponsored by Caroline's Hair Creation, North Street, New Ross, and is an 18-hole stableford open to ladies and men. Play will be in threeball as opposed to what is online.
There are lots of competitions open to ladies this week, including three-person scramble on Thursday, June 15, and singles on Friday, June 16. Booking is online and support for the club is greatly appreciated.
The course is in splendid condition thanks to the skill of Seamus Power and his team of greenkeepers. The rain, of course, is adding to the lush conditions but hopefully the weather is set improve this week.
We have had a great run of luck with the Minor team's victory over Tramore. Marguerite Sutton had a comprehensive win over her opponent, six and five. Ann Banville's match went down to the wire, with Ann recording a victory eventually on the 20th hole!
The Minor team is now in the quarter-final stage which is great tribute to the team. We are very proud of this success and look forward to its continuance.
The next match has been set for July 2 at 2.30 p.m. in Enniscorthy against Wexford - the same day as another very important match takes place!
The other success of the week was the Intermediate team's triumph over Rosslare last Tuesday in Faithlegg. Monday was the original day but the matches were called in due to very heavy rain to be resumed on Tuesday.
Teresa Byrne's early victory gave the impetus to the rest of the field to secure a positive outcome. Like the Minors, the Intermediate team is at the quarter-final stage. Both teams are a credit to the club and we wish both teams continued success in the next stages of the competition.
The Boyne Trophy team will face Thurles on Tuesday, June 20, in a home and away contest. Two matches will be played at home and three matches in Thurles, starting at 11.30 a.m. Good luck girls with the trip To Tipp!
Volunteers are needed for Junior supervision on Saturdays from 1.30 to 3 p.m. It would help a lot if people would offer to do one Saturday, and no tuition is involved apart from etiquette on the course. Please give your name to Mary Kavanagh, either Captain, or to Joe in the office.
Ladies are reminded that eligibility for winning the lady Captain's prize is fully paid-up membership and three completed 18-hole competition cards in 2017.
Marie Theresa's event is fast approaching, with the first day on Wednesday, June 21, and second day on Saturday, June 24. More detail is in the fixture diary.