Golf club notes
Rosslare Ladies: Saturday, November 7, open fourball (14 holes): 1, Pauline Cafferkey (24/14) and Karen O'Keeffe (26/15), 25 points (back seven).
Tuesday, November 10, 14-hole singles stableford: 1, Máire Farrell (18/14), 27 points; 2, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16/12), 25 points.
The annual memorial Mass for our deceased members and friends of Rosslare Golf Club takes place this Friday at 7.30 p.m. in St. Brigid's Church, Rosslare. After the service, refreshments will be served in the clubhouse.
It's Christmas party time again. The date is Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m., with the presentation of prizes on the night.
The ladies' A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday, December 1, at 7.30 p.m., and all lady members are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to Doreen McGovern who has been announced as the incoming lady Vice-Captain. The lady President for the incoming year is Marie Byrne.
Some thrilling golf was played in the Intervarsity Championship in Rosslare, with six internationals competing. At the end of the 54-hole event, two golfers - Stewart Grehan (Maynooth) and the holder, Alec Gleeson (U.C.D.) - tied on seven under par.
Grehan shot 63, 73, 73 and Gleeson shot 67, 70, 72. In a three-hole play-off, Gleeson retained his title.
Stewart Grehan's 63 was a course record for the blue tees. He had birdies at the fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, eleventh, 13th and 18th, and an eagle three at the 12th, in halves of 32 and 31.
In the ladies' section, Shannon Burke also set a course record of 70 (three under par). She had birdies at the fifth, sixth, seventh, eleventh, 13th and 18th in halves of 36 and 34.
Turkey competitions, Saturday fourball: 1, P.J. McMahon (19) and John McNicholas (23), 31 points; 2, Michael (19) and Kieran Brennan (7), 30 points.
The weather is playing havoc with our fixtures at the moment. Rain and, especially, the gale-force wind has rendered golf unplayable for most of the week.
However, a special mention to some hardy annuals who braved the elements on Wednesday...and lived to tell the tale! An intrepid bunch, those Wednesday clubbers.
Results (gents) - Wednesday, November 11, Wednesday club, eleven holes: 1, Terry O'Toole, 22 points; 2, Pádraig Tiernan, 20 points.
Sunday, November 15, sweep, eleven holes: 1, Nick Hayes (20), 25 points (countback); 2, Pádraig Tiernan (13), 25 points.
Results (ladies) - Saturday, November 7, winter league round two, eleven holes: 1, Jo Devitt (22/13), 19 points (countback).
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, November 18, Wednesday club; Saturday, November 21, winter league round three; Sunday, November 22, fourball (any combination), turkeys; Wednesday, November 25, Wednesday club; Saturday, November 28, Christmas hams; Sunday, November 29, Christmas hampers.
Congratulations to Larry O'Neill who scooped the jackpot, card number 36 drawn, in the joker draw on Sunday, November 8. Stella Doyle won €50 in the new joker draw on Sunday, November 15, with card drawn 9. The jackpot next week is €1,031.
Despite the inclement weather, lots of hardy golfers braved the elements over the last week.
Tuesday, November 3, 14-hole open singles: 1, John Meyler (17), three up; 2, Aidan Cogley (25), two up on back three; veterans, Tom O'Donnell (22), two up.
Wednesday, November 4, 14-hole open fourball: 1, Pat Duggan (12) and Pat Ennis (11), 34 points (back seven); 2, Billy Hanton (18) and Peter Murphy (23), 34 points.
Saturday, November 7, 14-hole fourball: 1, Tony Kelly (12) and Nicky Reville (5), 32 points.
Friday, November 13, open three-person team event: 1, Pádraig Gannon (20), Anthony Corish (8), Niall McGuigan (10), 67 points (back seven).
Sunday, November 15, 14-hole fourball: 1, Barry Malone (9) and Jim Keane (17), four up; 2, Pat M. Murphy (9) and Kevin Bradley (17), two up (back seven).
Don't forget the Captain's dinner takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, November 20. Tickets are available behind the bar at a very reasonable €25.
The A.G.M. takes place in the clubhouse on Monday, November30, and all members are encouraged to attend. Please note that all motions and proposals must be lodged with the Hon. Secretary by 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.
Membership offers for new members, distant members and our special offer for Junior and Juvenile membership can be viewed on our website, www.wexfordgolfclub.ie. Also contact the club (05391-42238) for fantastic Christmas party offers from Masters Restaurant.
Saturday, October 31, 16-hole stableford two-person team event: 1, Jane Duignan and Leonie Furlong, 48 points. Well done ladies.
Monday, November 2, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Mary Fallon (31), 33 points; 2, Wendy Tiernan (21), 32 points; 3, Patricia Boyd (21), 28 points (back three); 4, Anna Sullivan (20), 28 points (back seven); 5, Catherine Carmody (23), 28 points (back seven). Well done ladies.
Saturday, November 7, three-person Champagne scramble: 1, Trish Hanton, Leonie Furlong, Cathríona Walsh, 66 points,; nearest the pin, Martina Gately, 15 ft., two inches. Well done ladies.
Unfortunately, we are at that time of year when the weather interrupted golf for the Thursday ladies for the past two weeks. Even the Senior ladies did not get out on Mondays, so fingers crossed it will improve!
A new ten-hole stableford competition has been organised for ladies on Sunday afternoons (excluding five-day members) for the winter. At the end of each month the best scorecard of that month is the winner.
Sign-in on the nine-hole competition book in the ladies' locker room. Entry of €2.50 is to be placed in a brown envelope and deposited in the ladies' cards box, with the scorecard also in the same box; please do not put them in Monday's Senior box. This new fun competition should appeal to all our new members also, so we hope to see you all there.
Thursday, November 19, is a 14-hole three-person waltz event.
A reminder of the Captain's dinner on Friday, November 20, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets (€25) are available from the bar, with ladies' tables available. Your support for our Captain would be very much appreciated.
A reminder also that on Monday, November 23, the A.G.M. of the ladies' section will take place in the clubhouse at 7.30 p.m. Please come along and support. The club A.G.M. is on Monday, November 30, in the clubhouse.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
The gathering clouds over Tinneranny on Thursday morning were a bad omen as far as the weather was concerned.
Nine teams ventured out in worsening conditions with a gale-force wind to contend with. Thankfully the rain held off for a couple of hours before the heavens opened, sending players scurrying for the comfort of the clubhouse and a little something to warm up the creaking bones.
The general agreement made beforehand was that the first team out had the right to call a halt, whether it be after nine holes or 14. In the end only two teams made it to the 14th and they were deemed to be the overall first and second prize winners.
The remainder of the five prizes on offer went to the three teams with the best scores over the nine holes which they had played.
Taking first prize was the three-person team of John Kennedy (16), John Joe Cullen (17) and Michael Somers (24), scoring 64 points (58+6) over the 14 holes. Second in that event were Willie Whitty (17), Seán O hUginn (18), Willie Naddy (19) and Larry Shannon (21) with 61 points.
Over the nine holes the winners, captained by Dick Cuddihy (13) and backed up by Jim 'Ross' Ryan (18), Robert O'Dwyer (19) and Frank Boyle (22), had a steady 45 points in difficult conditions.
Second here on 44 points were John Shalloe (4), Johnny Watson (15), John Joe Murray (20) and Les Jasztrebski(25). A three-person team composed of Denis Kirwan (11), Noel Kehoe (19) and Dick Cahill (19) on 43 points (40+3) picked up the last prize.
John Joe Cullen won the nearest to the pin prize on the ninth hole. All players are reminded to repair divots and also to repair pitch marks on the greens in our present wet and damp conditions.
With the darkening evenings, the draw for teams is at 10.40 a.m. sharp next Thursday. Please note that the Seniors A.G.M. takes place on Thursday, November 26, at 9.30 a.m.
All players should be booked in for the team draw no later than 9.15 a.m. Your co-operation in this regard would be very much appreciated.
The 14-hole singles competition on Sunday, November 7, was won by Helen Mundow (29) with 20 points.
On Tuesday, November 10, we held a two-person team event. Great fun was had by all who played this event and the winners were Catherine Quinn (17) and Doris Doyle (22) with a score of 35 points. The nine-hole competition was won by Elizabeth Kiernan (36) with ten points.
The nine-hole running turkey for the period October 21 to November 11 has now been completed and the winners were: 1, Helen Mundow (29), 35 points on countback; 2, Catherine Quinn (17), 35 points; 3, Eileen Wheeler (34), 32 points.
The nine-hole Christmas Fare competition began on November 12 and continues until December 14. Ladies, this is a great chance to avail of any nice dry day that appears on the horizon over the next few weeks to get out and play nine holes.
Our end-of-year presentation of prizes will take place on Friday, November 27, with a nine-hole competition to begin with and buffet to follow. The caterers need to know numbers for the evening so please get your name on the list in the clubhouse. We would love to see you all there.
The 64 Golf Society outing to New Ross Golf Club was on Saturday, November 14. Nineteen members played on a day that started out miserable but turned out quite pleasant in the end.
The course was quite wet but the greens were very good for the time of the year.
Results: 1, Paddy D'eathe (6), 36 points (last nine); 2, John Grannells (8), 36 points (last nine); 3, Noel McCarton (10), 36 points; gross, Noel Ivanoff (7), 29 points; 4, Jim French (15), 33 points; 5, Colin Sunderland (7), 31 points; 6, Pat Walsh (7), 30 points (last nine); first nine, George Kilbride (12), 18 points; second nine, Ray McGrath (10), 16 points (last six).
Following the outing at the presentation in the '64' (Nel Sweeney's), our Captain, John Kinsella, thanked all those who played and braved the conditions. He also thanked all those who helped in any way to make the day a success.
Our next outing will be on Saturday, December 12. All members will be informed in the usual manner.
The weather was definitely not conducive to golf for the past couple of weeks. We did, however, manage to complete one of our nine-hole Christmas competitions.
Davy Murphy (10) with 22 points was first and in second place was Mick Wickham (17) with 21 points.
On the first Sunday of November we also completed a gents' 14-hole stableford event.
Results: 1, Jim Holden (14), 34 points (last six); 2, James Morrissey (6), 34 points; gross, Dean Grannell (4), 29 points; 3, Brian Hogan (15), 34 points. A total of 150 played.
The Martin Doyle gents' Seniors on Thursday fell foul to the elements. Next weekend we continue the 14-hole P.G.A. winter series. There is still time to get involved in our gents' nine-hole Christmas competition. It's only €3 to enter and every 30 entries constitutes a competition.
New rules of golf will come into effect on January 1, 2016. Copies may be collected in the Pro Shop or office so get yours now.
As always, check out our Facebook page and website (www.enniscorthygc.ie) for special offers and news.
The Wednesday nine-hole was called off due to the weather.
Saturday saw no play due to heavy rain in the morning and, with the winter league starting on Sunday, only a small number of players took part in the singles stableford. Kevin Byrne (20) won with a score of 40 points.
Winter league fourball better ball - Group 1: Peter Byrne and Andrew Byrne beat Pádraig Grainger and Christy Dodson; Donal Byrne and Mark Read beat Pat Madsen and Peter Brolly; Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe beat James Byrne and Stephen Kennedy.
Group 2: Stephen Greene and Dermot Noctor beat Anthony Fortune and Philip Moore; Marty Lawlor and Eugene O'Brien Snr. beat Jon Williams and Brendan Whyte; Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne beat Paul Swinburne and Anthony P. Doyle.
Group 3: John Fitzgerald and Pat Miskella beat John Farrell and Tony Aherne.
The later matches will be included in next week's report in this newspaper.
Turkey fourball any combination, Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15: 1, Pat McCrea (13), Ian Crimmons (14), 37 points (last nine); 2, Geoff Masterson (13), Jason Kinsella (19), 38 -1 = 37 points; 3, Martin Griffiths (11), David Kennedy (14), 35 points (last nine).
Weekly turkeys: 1st Cat. 1, Jim McDonald (10), 22 points; 1st Cat. 2, Tom Ryan (21), 20 points.
Wednesday sweep, November 11: 1, Noel Hayden; 2, Cathal O'Donohoe; 3, Seamus Kennelly; 4, Jerry O'Riordan.