Monday 23 October 2017

Golf club notes


Winners of the golf competition sponsored, by Stafford Fuels, at a presentation in New Ross Golf Club last Tuesday night, front left to right: Michael Ryan (gross), Peter Ryan (winner) and Seamus Power (representing the sponsor). Back left to right Pat Phelan (cat 2), John Murphy (cat 3) and Rory Hussey (club captain)
Winners of the golf competition sponsored, by Stafford Fuels, at a presentation in New Ross Golf Club last Tuesday night, front left to right: Michael Ryan (gross), Peter Ryan (winner) and Seamus Power (representing the sponsor). Back left to right Pat Phelan (cat 2), John Murphy (cat 3) and Rory Hussey (club captain)
Prize-winners in the lady President’s prize in Wexford. Back (from left): Margaret Atkinson, Wendy Tiernan, Josephine Brennan, Mary Roche, Marguerite McGrath, Mary Lambert. Front (from left): Carmel Murphy, Mary O’Leary (lady President), Louise Boshoff (winner), Yvonne MacSweeney (lady Captain), Richella MacCarvill

The past week was a roller-coaster of mixed emotions when our Senior foursomes and Junior Cup teams did battle for national titles in the A.I.G. Ladies' Cup and Shield, the venue being Knightsbrook Golf Club in Co. Meath.

Thursday saw our Senior foursomes, under the management of Lucy Healy, take on Castle in a fiercely fought contest, with the win going to Castle after a long day of brilliant golf. Ladies, we are so proud of you.

However, in what is fast becoming known as the Miracle of Knightsbrook, our Junior foursomes, managed by Jenny King, came back from the jaws of defeat to the gateway of success.

A win on the 15th was the catalyst to galvanise a tiring team who went on from five down and four down to clinch the final victory. A 25-foot putt on the 19th, pulled off by lady President, Connie Doyle, had spectators reeling and when lady Vice-Captain, Stellah Sinnott, sank her final putt on the 17th, the victory was clinched for Enniscorthy.

Many congratulations to team members Stellah Sinnott, Connie Doyle, Triona Hogan, Eimear McGrath and Margaret Mooney. Thanks also to their caddies and to all their loyal supporters who showed the purple on such a great day.

Our presentation on this Tuesday, September 29, will be an opportunity to thank both teams and managers for all their hard work and dedication.

Tuesday, September 22, the first day of the National Ploughing Championships, saw a good turn-out of ladies for the singles stableford competition sponsored by James Donnelly Catering. The weather was cool and bright, favouring both ploughmen/women and golfers.

Results: 1, Margaret Mangan (27), 34 points (back six); 2, Teresa Bailey (15), 34 points; 3, Kay Ryan (32), 34 points; gross, Ciara Sharkey (5), 27 points; 4 and Senior, Marie Duggan (17), 33 points (back nine); 36 handicap, Ann Wall (36), 31 points; nine-hole, Avril Gainfort, 17 points.

Ongoing nine-hole competition No. 14: 1, Marie O'Leary (36), 17 points; 2, Vera Swan (34), 16 points; 3, Catherine Ryan (36), 16 points.

No. 15: 1, Jacinta Kenny (23), 20 points (back six); 2, Joan Millar (20), 20 points; 3, Deirdre Kavanagh (21), 18 points (back two).

Tuesday, September 29, is another singles stableford event, sponsored by Beechdale Garden Centre. Tuesday, October 6, is a singles stableford competition, sponsored by local hairdresser Karl Martin. Presentation for the above competitions is at 8.30 p.m.

The following Tuesday, October 13, is the first of the turkey competitions, there being no presentation on the same night. Many thanks to our recent flower ladies who have provided beautiful splashes of colour and form throughout the clubhouse.


We're sorry to say that the summer golfing season is winding down. The competition on September 22 was the committee bottle prize.

We had a three-person team event and the format was a waltz. These team events always prove popular and great fun was had throughout the day.

The winners were: 1, Stella Kehoe (17), Clare Kinsella (36) and Rosie Maher (31), 77 points; 2, Sorcha Howell (4), Kate Sheehan (18), Mary Osborne (21), 76 points (back nine); 3, Pat Walters (20), Mona Moynihan (20) and Mary Halford (24), 76 points.

The nine-hole competition was won by Anne Smyth (24-12) with 20 points, and second was Norma Casey (29-14) with 14 points. Congratulations to all our winners.

The forecast for next week is very good so get your name down for good days' golf.


Singles hamper, Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27: 1, Noel Ivanoff (9), 41 points; 2, Colin Sunderland (9), 41 points; 3, Cillian Hughes (4), 40 points; gross, John Bolger (1), 37 points; day one, David Maher (13), 37 points; day two, Lee Bodger (3), 39 points; ladies: 1, Eileen Wheeler (32), 38 points; 2, Denise Kavanagh (14), 37 points.

Open singles, Wednesday, September 23: 1, Tommy Dixon (5), 42 points; 2, Leslie Masterson (22), 39 points; 3, Jim French (16), 38 points (last nine); 4, Jamie Howard (14), 38 points; eleven holes, John O'Connor (9), 22 points.


The penultimate midweek competition was held last week. The overall winner was Bill Whelan (15) with 23 points.

Category 1, Joe Delaney (7), 19 points (last six); Category 2, Fintan O'Sullivan (10), 17 points (last six); Category 3, David McCafferty (16), 21 points (last six); Category 4, Terry Nagle (20), 22 points.

It's your last chance on Wednesday to qualify for our midweek nine-hole finals. Cooper Training is the sponsor for the nine-hole finals which will be held on Saturday, October 3. If you were a winner or category winner of midweek please check the timesheet.

Last weekend we held an open fourball competition sponsored by Daire Turner. The winners were John Bail (10) and John Healy (5) with 44 points (back nine). The second-placed team were John Buckley (8) and Joe Delaney (7) with 44 points, and in third place were Jason Rackard (1) and Adam Jordan (9) with 43 points. Congratulations to the prize-winners.

It was the ladies' turn this week to bring home silverware. They had a fantastic win over Limerick in the final of the Junior Cup on Saturday. Congratulations' ladies on our fifth All-Ireland victory in nine years.

The Bourke O'Leary's gents' singles medal has been re-scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4. Sunday, October 4 will also have our past Captains' and past Presidents' competition. Thursday, October 8, is an open gents' Seniors sponsored by Jim Hogan.

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Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Pat Madsen (17), 20 points; 2, Ron Breen (22), 18 points; 3, Dermot Noctor (18), 18 points.

The weekend saw the September medal (strokeplay from back tees) played for in beautiful weather and perfect conditions. It turned out to be a good weekend for committee members.

Past Captain Pat Miskella (13) won gold with 82 strokes. Another past Captain, Ger O'Brien (7), won silver with 77 strokes (lowest gross score).

Frank Hayes (18) recovered from a nine on the first hole to take bronze with 89 strokes. Club Secretary Charlie Logan (13) was fourth with 84 strokes.

Shane Fox won the front nine prize and club President Ron Breen won the back nine prize, recovering from a less than brilliant front nine!


Monday, September 21, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Una Seaver (31), 29 points; 2, Maureen Rossiter (26), 28 points (back seven); 3, Pat Flanagan (30), 28 points. Well done ladies.

Thursday, September 24, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Carrig Donn: 1, Tara Dunne (6), 41 points; 2, Jane Duignan (30), 40 points; gross, Ruth Kennedy (6), 33 points; 3, Rachel O'Connor (9), 39 points; Senior, Phil Flood (27), 31 points (back nine); best 36, Eileen Byrne (36), 32 points; nearest the pin, Denise Dunne, 39 cms.

A total of 59 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners. A special word of thanks to Carrig Donn for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and, remember, where possible please support our sponsors.

Congratulations to Breda Devoy who is the 2015 winner of the J.J. Devereux matchplay which was played on Wednesday. It was a very competitive match played against Anna Sullivan, going all the way to the 17th hole. Well done to Anna on reaching the final and to everyone who took part in the competition.

Thursday, October 1, is an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by The Silver Fox Restaurant. The presentation of the Eleanor Conway trophy, Irene Dowdall Memorial Cup, golfer of the year, J.J. Devereux matchplay cup, medals and spoons, birdie tree and Finn Trophy will take place on Thursday, October 8, in the clubhouse.

Dates for your diary: Friday, November 20, Captain's dinner; Monday, November 23, ladies' A.G.M.; Monday, November 30, club A.G.M.; Friday, December 4, ladies' Christmas party.


Saturday, September 19, open fourball: 1, Dermot Walsh (5) and Tom Kennedy (9), 42 points (back six); 2, Nicky Mernagh (6) and Mark Fitzpatrick (8), 42 points (back nine).

Sunday, September 20, open singles stableford, C.S.S. 34 points: 1, Colm Waldron (15), 40 points; 2, James Goggin (10), 39 points; gross, Ian Lynch (1), 35 points; vet., Stan Jackson (16), 35 points; 3, Paul Dunphy (16), 38 points.

Wednesday, September 23, open singles stableford, C.S.S. 36 points: 1, Ken O'Neill (8), 38 points (back nine); 2, John Fortune (11), 38 points (back nine).


We hosted our friends from Foxrock on Saturday to compete for the Clare Redmond Trophy. Over one hundred gents and ladies teed off on a beautiful, balmy, autumnal day.

St. Helen's looked her best and the scores matched the conditions. Overall winner was Paddy Dunne, who returned his best score of the year with halves of 20 and 21. Aaron just came up short.

Golf over, food and World Cup rugby taken care of, it was time for music and craic. One of our guests, John Lowe, entertained the large attendance with brilliant guitar playing and singing. As the evening turned into night the contributions from the floor filled the clubhouse with laughter and song. Well done again to Gay Redmond on his generous sponsorship for this, the twelfth renewal of a great event.

Congratulations to John Carr on his first big win. He played some great shots, which augurs well for the future. Those lessons were really worth it!

Results (gents) - Wednesday, September 23, open singles: 1, Jimmy McMahon (24), 41 points; 2, Tom O'Riordan (13), 37 points; 3, Pádraig Tiernan (12), 36 points.

Saturday, September 26, Clare Redmond Trophy: 1, Paddy Dunne (19), 41 points; 2, Aaron Devereux (17), 38 points; front nine, Michael Kearney (17), 21 points (countback); back nine, John Lowe (14, Foxrock), 19 points (countback).

Sunday, September 27, open singles: 1, John Carr (27), 40 points; 2, John Butler (13), 39 points (countback); 3, Seán Moore (11), 39 points (countback).

Results (ladies) - Wednesday, September 23, open singles: 1, Aine O'Connell (10), 34 points; 2, Frances Reid (21), 33 points; 3, Susan Stewart (19), 30 points.

Saturday, September 26, Clare Redmond Trophy: 1, Nora Kavanagh.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, September 30, open singles; Saturday, October 3, sweep (club outing to New Ross); Sunday, October 4, fourball any combination.


Results from the last Tuesday mixed of the season: 1, Peter Firman and Mary B. O' Leary, 31 2/3; 2, Dermot and Deirdre Greer, 33 2/3; 3, Kieran Purcell and Bernie Power, 36 (back five).

There was a great turn-out in the clubhouse, and many thanks to Paddy for providing the music, Tommy for the finger food and a huge thanks to Kathleen Rossiter for all her hard work in running the mixed competitions over the season.

Open fourball, Wednesday, September 23: 1, Larry Murphy (20), Kathleen Rossiter (33), 35 points; 2, P.M. Murphy (9), Conor Morris (8), 34 points.

Men's singles, Friday, September 25: winner, Fred Boyd (14), 68; Category 1, Seán Kinsella (5), 70; Category 2, Fran Thomas (11), 69; Category 3, Tom Bolger (20), 72 (back nine); gross, Alex Decorde (1), 75.

The prize-giving will take place after the final monthly medal event in September.


The club matchplay competitions have now reached the final matches. Cathy Atkinson and Phyllis O'Farrell will play in the Nancy Todd singles final.

In the fourball matchplay, Doreen McGovern and Kit Codd will play Joan Walsh and Marie Garahy in the final. Best of luck to all involved in what promises to be two keenly-contested encounters.

Saturday, September 19, open fourball: 1, Carol O'Brien (16/12) and Joan Walsh (22/17), 43 points; 2, Carol Forrest (Cobh, 12/9) and Mary Boland (Cobh, 22/17), 37 points.

Tuesday, September 22, singles strokes, C.S.S. 74 (sponsor: Stafford Fuel), monthly medal and G.O.Y.: 1, Paula Stafford (17), 71; 2, Eileen Jackson (32), 72 (back nine); 3, Máire Farrell (19), 72; 4, Joan Bowe (14), 74 (back nine); 5, Anne Kelly (17), 74 (back nine).

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