On the fairways
Rosslare Ladies: What a busy week it was, with the Saturday fourball, Captain's prize to the ladies, Burrow course competition and Wednesday open stableford competition.
Our second major of the year was held on Tuesday, June 27 - the Captain's (Paddy Lonergan) prize to the ladies. It was a wonderful success.
The weather was kind and 95 ladies played - testament to our very popular and hard-working Captain. The format was 18 holes singles strokes - a challenging format, as the rough grass is getting longer, the hard dry fairways bouncier and the ever-present wind strong as always.
The weather improved as the day continued and a very enjoyable day's golf was had by all. In the clubhouse that evening 17 prizes were presented by the Captain.
The first prize - a double canteen of Newbridge Cutlery - was won by Jeanne Hamill (20) with a score of 69. Well done and a big congratulations to Jeanne - a very popular and much-loved winner. The Burrow course competition (for the Captain's prize) was very well supported also. Seventeen ladies played and first prize went to Mary Fowler. Pat Byrne (mother of gross winner Niamh Byrne) was best of the super Seniors.
Preparations are under way for our main major of the year - the lady Captain's (Doreen McGovern) special day. This year a two-day event is being organised - Tuesday, July 11, and Saturday, July 15, with an aggregate scoring system in place (Tuesday is not a qualifier).
This year there will be nearest the pin and longest drive competitions both days and a special first and second prize both days as well.
The Burrow course will have a special one-day only twelve-hole competition on the Saturday. All we can do now is put in the Child of Prague!
Next weekend (July 7 to 9) is our annual Links festival in Rosslare - a fun activity weekend of golf and entertainment. Our very own Singing Pubs competition is being held in the Golf Club on Friday, July 7, with many of our members revealing their off-the-fairways talents! Come along and join in the fun - 9 p.m. Friday.
Next week's competition is now an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by our friends and neighbours, Paul and Val Boggan, Londis Supermarket, Grange Road, Rosslare Strand.
We thank them most sincerely for their annual sponsorship and support and look forward to seeing them on the night at the presentation in the clubhouse. Please support our sponsors.
Saturday, June 24, fourball: 1, Bena Hall (14/13) and Molly Cash (19/17), 44 points; 2, Cathy Atkinson (12/11) and Eleanor Wardlaw (22/20), 43 points.
Tuesday, June 27, 18-hole singles strokes, Captain Paddy Lonergan's prize to the ladies: 1, Jeanne Hamill (20), 69 (back nine); 2, Pauline Cafferkey (25), 69; gross, Niamh Byrne (9), 87; 3, Kathleen Cullimore (18), 70; 4, Joan Wallace (18), 71; Seniors, Anne Gaynor (23), 74; 5, Chris White (15), 73; 6, Vandra Deacon (15), 74; Cat. 1, Joan Bowe (13), 76; Cat. 2, Eleanor O'Connor (18), 75; Cat. 3, Mary Barry (26), 76; front nine, Mary McDonald (15), 33.5; back nine, Caroline Archer (14), 36 points; Burrow, Mary Fowler (33/22), 31 points; super Seniors, Pat Byrne (32/21), 19 points.
Burrow course, Captain's prize to the ladies: 1, Mary Fowler (33/22), 31 points; super Seniors, Pat Byrne (32/21), 19 points.
Wednesday, June 28, open singles stableford (C.S.S. 35 points): 1, Ann Kelly (19), 35 points (back nine); 2, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), 35 points.
Getting into the business part of the golfing season, we can see that the serious competitive golfers are starting to come to the forefront.
However, our Jimmy Bruen team are still in the shake-up for national honours and next weekend they play Woodbrook in the Leinster quarter-finals at Woodenbridge at 4.45 p.m. on Saturday, July 8.
Your support would be greatly appreciated and the best of luck to Nicky Murphy, Pierce Frawley and their team for a successful outcome.
New winners came to the front in the Intermediate and Junior Scratch Cups. The winner of the Junior Scratch Cup for 2017 is Derek Campion who had a narrow win over Mark Goodision with a 75 (back nine).
In third place was the director of golf himself, Nicky Reville, on 75. The popular Kevin Murphy came third with a 76 and Seán Flood finished in fifth place with 77 gross.
In the Intermediate Scratch Cup the winner was the exile from Clare, David Durack, who finished on 79 (back nine) from John Hammond, also on 79. Third was Paul Carthy on 81. Lar Rossiter won the vets' with 89.
Last weekend saw an open competition for the Seamus Quaid Memorial Trophy. This competition, which is sponsored by the Wexford Garda Golf Society, is in memory of Detective Garda Seamus Quaid who was a member of Wexford Golf Club.
Seamus unfortunately died while serving his country as a member of An Garda Síochana on October 13, 1980. The winner of the Seamus Quaid Memorial Trophy for 2017 is Darren Malone on 41 points.
In second place was Marty Walsh, also with 41 points, and third place went to Wexford-based Garda John Cleary on 40 points. Tommy Hynes was fourth on 39 points and the vets' prize was won by John Pitt on 39 points.
The latest winner of the Joker draw amid many cries of fix, fix etc. was the draw master himself, Pat 'Kenny' Walsh. Next week's jackpot is over €3,000.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
Sunday, June 25, P.G.A. Tankard (standard scratch: 72): 1, Bernadette Tully (27), 29 points; 2, Kate Masterson (11), 36 points; 3, Aine O'Connell (9), 35 points.
Friday, June 30, members' nine-hole and summer league: 1, Bernie Furlong (10), 16 points; 2, Trina Cooney (18), 15 points; 3, Suzanne Glynn (18), 14 points.
Sunday, July 2, open singles stableford (standard scratch: 71): 1, Rachel Lynch (Grange, 19, 39 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (15), 34 points; 3, Janet Slattery (19), 33 points.
Our annual club fundraiser, Independence Day team waltz, on Saturday, July 1, once again attracted a bumper field.
Forty-four teams with players from over 30 different clubs teed off from early morning to evening. The sponsor Invesco, represented by Brian McGarry, produced a fantastic array of prizes for which we are grateful.
To all our own members and businesses from near and far who sponsored tees and greens and to all who entered teams, a huge thank you. The course and surrounds of St. Helen's Bay was resplendent in the sunshine and the clubhouse was alive with merriment and craic late into the night.
Wednesday, June 28, open singles (C.S.S. 73, 35 points): 1, Paddy Dunne (19), 34 points; 2, Shay Thornton (17), 33 points (countback).
Friday, June 30, open nine-hole summer league round eight: 1, Liam Mullen (8), 19 points; 2, Nick Hayes (9), 17 points (countback).
Saturday, July 1, Invesco team waltz: 1, Donal Buckley (Miltown), Suzanne Kelleher (Elm Park), Daniel Buckley, John Buckley, 90 points; 2, Noel Patten, John Carr, John O'Connor (Wexford), Conor Morris (Wexford), 89 points; 3, Brian Buttimer, Ben Maddock, Chris Dowling, Jack Duggan, 88 points; front nine, Damien Driver, Mick Devlin (Baltinglass), Kevin Driver (Rosslare), Eoin Stafford (Baltinglass), 47 points; back nine, John Codd, Martin Codd (Wexford), Mick Flynn (Woodbrook), P.J. Holden (Corrstown), 45 points; nearest the pin (gents), John Hanrick (Rosslare); longest drive (gents), John Sinnott; nearest the pin (ladies), Mari Byrne; longest drive (ladies), Maggie Hearne (Wexford).
Sunday, July 2, open singles (C.S.S. 72, 36 points): 1, Gerry Byrne (13), 40 points; 2, Brian Dalton (26), 36 points (countback).
Fixtures: Wednesday, July 5, open singles; Friday, July 7, open nine-hole summer league round nine; Saturday, July 8, open singles; Sunday, July 9, monthly medal.
The Senior Cup team, the last team remaining on the inter-club scene, made its exit on Saturday when losing to Baltinglass which was quite a surprise.
Played in Kilkenny, they went down 3-2 to a very young Baltinglass team. John Brady, playing at number one, won 4-3. Gary Collins was going nicely at two up but then ran into a birdie blitz, losing five holes in a row to lose 3-2.
Paul Murphy made it 2-1 for Rosslare and in the fourth match Philip Balfe lost. In the deciding match Ian Lynch was all flat after 13 holes but three putts at both the 14th and 15th proved costly. The managers were Liam MacNamara and John Morris.
Congratulations to John Brady who has been selected on the six-man Irish team to compete in the European Boys' championship from July 11 to 16. This is another great honour for this fine young golfer who is a credit to his family and club.
Derek Wickham (7), Thomas Rowe (11) and Dermot Walsh (6) produced a great score of 92 points to win the team of three event on Sunday and will represent the club in the Pro-Am in September. In second position on 90 points were Joe Moran Jnr. (6), Dixie Devereux (16) and Ned Kinsella (19).
Saturday fourball sponsored by Scania Finance: 1, John Barron (8) and Bill Underwood (19), 46 points; 2, Greg (9) and John Kelleher (22), 44 points; 3, Aidan Hanratty (11) and Vincent McArdle (22), 44 points.
Wednesday open singles: 1, Mark Mullen (scr.), 38 points; 2, Frank McGee (14), 37 points; 3, John F. Scott (20), 36 points.
Next Sunday John Furlong will present his President's prize to the members. There are some spaces left on the timesheet still so get your names down.
One of our Burrow course members, John Walker, sadly passed away during the week. John, whose wife Phyl is also a member, died after a short illness. To Phyl and his family, sincere sympathy is extended. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The winners of the Monday Seniors competition were: 1, Phil Flood (28), 30 points (back four); 2, Pat Flanagan (30), 30 points; 3, Una Seaver (32), 30 points (back seven).
Last Thursday 64 ladies played in a competition sponsored by Pettitt's SuperValu and the winners were: 1, Ruth Kennedy (6), 39 points; 2, Helen Kinsella (19), 38 points; 3, Anna Sullivan (19), 37 points (back six).
The gross winner was Margaret Atkinson (10) with 24 points. Eileen Kent (27) won the Senior prize with 35 points and Rose Morris (15) won the nine-hole competition with 15 points. Nearest the pin was Geraldine Broaders with 5 ft. 11 ins.
This Friday (July 7) we reach the midway point in the mixed summer league. The leaders at the moment are Deirdre Colfer and Neil Murphy with 77 points.
The second and third place teams of Geraldine Broaders and Terry Dempsey (63 points), and Jane Duignan and Ted Hynes (60 points), have a game in hand, so there is all to play for and the friendly competitive spirit is very evident each week!
Congratulations to the Junior Cup team members who won against Carlow on Saturday, June 24. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing week for our other teams.
The Challenge Cup, Senior Cup and Senior foursomes teams all saw their winning runs come to an end. A big thank you to all the players, team managers, selectors and supporters who gave us so much pleasure and brought so much pride to the club over the past few weeks.
This is open week in the club. On Thursday, July 6, there is an 18-hole singles stableford competition sponsored by Shoe Style International. There will be a presentation on Thursday night.
On Saturday, July 8, there is an open two-person team event. This competition is open to gents, ladies and mixed teams, so make sure to get your name down on the timesheet.