Wednesday 13 December 2017

Golf notes

Linda Byrne, lady golfer of the year in Bunclody, receiving her prize from lady Captain Marita Byrne
Linda Byrne, lady golfer of the year in Bunclody, receiving her prize from lady Captain Marita Byrne
Aidan Colgan (outgoing Captain), John O'Keeffe (incoming Captain), Aine O'Connell (incoming lady Captain) and Bernie Farrell (outgoing lady Captain) at the change-over in St. Helen's Bay on Saturday

Wexford: The club A.G.M. was held on Monday of last week. Paddy Cleary was elected Captain for the coming year, and Vice-Captain is Tony O'Neill. Ger Cashman continues as President for the coming year.

The new lady Captain is Denise Dunne with Una Doherty as lady Vice-Captain. Bernie Galvin takes over as lady President. Best wishes to all for the coming year.

Golf was very limited during the week due to the atrocious weather conditions. However, Tuesday's competition went ahead and was won by new Vice-Captain Tony O'Neill with a score of 30 points. The Over-60s prize was won by Seamus Byrne on 29 points (back nine).

Santa is due to arrive at the clubhouse for the children's Christmas party at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 20. All members are invited to bring along their children and grandchildren under the age of 12 years to meet Santa. Please give names and the number of children attending to any member of the bar staff.

Membership offers for new members, distant members and our special offer for Junior and Juvenile membership can be viewed on our website:

Contact the club on 05391-42238 for fantastic Christmas party offers from Masters Restaurant.


The ladies of Wexford Golf Club have been busier off the fairways these last few weeks. We held our A.G.M. on Monday, November 23, and, with a very good attendance, our outgoing lady Captain, Yvonne, presided over the meeting.

Reports and discussions were held on another very successful and enjoyable season in the club. Tributes were paid to our Finn Trophy winners and all other competitors who played for Wexford Golf Club in 2015.

The officers and committee elected for 2016 were: lady President, Bernie Galvin; lady Captain, Denise Dunne; lady Vice-Captain, Una Doherty; Hon. Secretary, Rita Douglas; Hon. Treasurer, Helen Lacey; Handicap Secretary, Beppi O'Connor; Ex-Officio, Yvonne Mc Sweeney; Committee: Tara Dunne, Ruth Kennedy, Kathleen Rossiter, Patricia Boyd, Louise Boshoff, Ann Conway, Mary Fallon.

Our Christmas party was held on Friday night. We all enjoyed a lovely meal prepared by Tommy and his staff and afterwards, as usual, all the stops were pulled out to put on a very entertaining show, ably produced by the award-winning Theresa Kehoe.

Lady Captain Denise and her guests were entertained by a host of singers, dancers and comediennes! A raffle was held and all proceeds went to lady Captain Denise's choice of charity, namely the W.S.P.C.A.

On the fairways, the November monthly ten-hole competition winner was Rachel O'Connor.

The Saturday, November 28, three-person team event was Ruth Kennedy, Rachel O'Connor and Mary B. O'Leary. Nearest the pin was Ruth Kennedy.

A successful and enjoyable Bridge morning was held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, December 2.

Results: 1, Mary Lynch, Wendy Tiernan; 2, Marie Walker, Mary O'Sullivan; 3, Kitty Murphy, Pat Flanagan; 4, Mary Fielding, Seamus O'Beirne.

The next Bridge morning will be on January 6 at 10.30 a.m.


The weather is playing havoc with our fixtures, the wind and rain has made golf unplayable. We have, however, had plenty of action off the course.

The Wednesday club held their Christmas dinner during the week. A delicious meal, expertly prepared by John and Noel, was enjoyed by over 40 happy golfers, following which we celebrated with an evening of music and craic.

Our traditional Captains' drinks was held on Saturday in a packed clubhouse, during which our ever-popular outgoing Captain, Aidan, handed over the reins of office to the man in the hot seat for 2016, John O'Keeffe.

Lady Captain Bernie also completed her busy year by handing over the Captain's jacket to her successor, Aine O'Connell. We thank both Aidan and Bernie for all their efforts during a very successful year and wish Aine and John the best of luck in the coming year.

The winter league teams have been selected and are published in the clubhouse. The action begins in earnest on next Saturday, December 12, when round four tees off.

We extend our condolences to Seamus McCormack on the death of his sister, Lucy (Dillon). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Results - Saturday, November 28, Christmas hams: 1, Niall Ellard (4), 24 points; 2, Pat 'Buzzer' O'Brien (10), 24 points.

Fixtures: Wednesday, December 9, Wednesday club; Saturday, December 12, winter league round four; Sunday, December 13, singles, Christmas goodies.


A storm named Desmond put paid to the plans of the society to play their Christmas outing in New Ross Golf Club on Saturday.

Weather permitting, the re-arranged outing should be played on Saturday, December 12, in Enniscorthy Golf Club.

The same teams of three, which were selected in an open draw, will play a better ball scramble. This system was decided upon to encourage members and visitors alike to socialise together on a team, and enjoy each other's company this festive season.

Here's hoping for a break in the weather conditions that will allow us to take to the fairways, as we have been unfortunate with our last two attempts to do so.

A very happy Christmas to all those who have supported our society for the past year.


We were forced to re-schedule our Christmas outing and dinner last week due to the torrential rainfall on Thursday which led to localised flooding, making the course unplayable.

But thanks to the sterling work of the course staff led by head greenkeeper, Seamus Power, and against the odds we got out on Friday. There was hardly a course in the south-east playable except New Ross where the yearly maintenance of coring and sanding is paying rich dividends.

The co-operation of all was much appreciated in making the outing one of the highlights of our golfing year. The 'money man', Tony Harford, procured a great selection of prizes, while the dinner was absolutely top class, with plaudits to Catherine and the kitchen staff who served it up piping hot on a cold December day. Many thanks also to our ever-reliable Anthony behind the bar who is always a great help to the Seniors group.

In the windy but dry conditions, prevailing competition was mustard keen between the 14 teams battling it out for a share of the ten prizes on offer. In the end two teams ended deadlocked on 90 points and it took a countback over the last nine holes to find an ultimate winner.

Even here the scoring was tight and a 44/43 points total decided the issue. Getting the bragging rights and the 'Hennessy' were John Kennedy (16), Willie Whitty (17), Aidan O'Connor (19) and Billy Redmond (23) with the aforementioned 90 points.

On their heels in second place on the same score came Hughie O'Connor (17), Liam Glasheen (19), John Joe Murray (20) and Seán Maher (21). The 85 points carded by John Murphy (17), Luke Power (19), Donie Cody (21) and Jim Kehoe (23) were good enough to claim third prize again after a countback (40/39). Fourth place went to Jimmy Furlong (12), Jim 'Ross' Ryan (18), Frank Boyle (22) and George Peters (24), with that team also registering 85 points.

Fifth on 83 points were Tony Harford (13), Robert O'Dwyer (19), Noel Kehoe (19) and Tony Sexton (26), while sixth on 82 points were John Browne (12), Steve Travis (17) Jamesie Wallace (22) and Jamesie Murphy (23).

Seventh on 81 points were Paddy Shannon (10), Kevin Treacy (18), Michael Somers (24) and Les Jastrebski (25), while eighth on 78 points were Dick Cuddihy (13), Peter Goggin (16), Larry Shannon (21) and Seamus Bradley (21).

Ninth on 77 points were John Shalloe (4), Richie Aylward (18), Colin Casey (21) and Oliver Brennan (26), and tenth on the same score were Denis Kirwan (11), John Hanrahan (17), John Watson (18) and Brian Dolan (21).

Nearest the pin prizes were won by John Kennedy, Michael Somers, Kieran O'Grady and Andy Ronan.

We are back to our usual outing next Thursday with the draw for teams at 10.40 a.m. sharp. Many thanks go to Dick Cuddihy, John Murphy and John Shalloe for their excellent work in updating the board and attaching the names which now can be more easily read than heretofore.

The sincere sympathy of the Seniors group goes to Willie Kelly on the death of his sister last Thursday.


The second round of the winter league took place in very challenging conditions last weekend, as stormy conditions took hold.

The conditions did not defy Joe O'Farrell (15) however as he returned an excellent 31 points for the win. He finished one ahead of Patrick Bennett (14), and Seán Murphy (15) came home in third place on 29 points.

Declan Harford continued his strong return after injury, taking the gross on 23 points. Jimmy Furlong (12) is another man in great form, and he recorded 27 points to win Category 2. The other category prizes went to Tommy Liston (7, 25 points) and Ger Freyne (19, 28 points).

The third round takes place next weekend, and the final two rounds will take place after Christmas. The Christmas Classic runs from December 12 until January 3.

The Christmas turkey competitions continue. There is a turkey on offer for every 30 entrants. Entries, which cost €3, are taken in the Pro Shop and the competition is a nine-hole stableford.

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Crosbie family on the sad passing of Tom Crosbie. Tom, who was club President in 1996, was a loyal supporter and great character of the club.

A keen golfer, Tom made a great contribution to the club both on and off the fairways over the years and will be dearly missed by his fellow members. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

If you are planning a Christmas party, it's still not too late to make a booking with the Golf Club. There is a very tasty menu in place, and some great value on offer.

If you're looking for a gift for that someone special, vouchers are available from the restaurant. The very popular Sunday lunch special (four courses for €15) continues. For further information please contact a member of the bar and catering team on 051-421433.


October 31 to November 6, twelve-hole weekly competition: 1, Ethel Deacon (11), 31 points; 2, Margaret Moore (11), 24 points; 3, Anne Cowman (36), 21 points.

November 7 to 10, twelve-hole weekly competition: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 26 points; 2, Ann Redmond (24), 24 points; 3, Fiona Bodels (21), 22 points.

November 11 to 17, twelve-hole weekly competition: 1, Helen Redmond (24), 23 points; 2, Fiona Bodels (21), 21 points; 3, Ethel Deacon (31), 21 points.

November 18 to 24, twelve-hole weekly competition: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 21 points (two penalties); 2, Helen Redmond (24), 20 points (two penalties); 3, Louise Galligan (24), 19 points.

November 25 to December 1, twelve-hole weekly competition: 1, Margaret Moore (11), 24 points (one penalty); 2, Joanne Kenny (17), 22 points; 3, Helen Redmond (24), 19 points (three penalties).

Congratulations to the following ladies for their achievements throughout the year of 2015: lady golfer of the year 2015, Linda Byrne (12); lady matchplayer of the year 2015, Ann Steemers (25); gold medal winner, Margaret Moore (11).


Wednesday sweep, December 2: 1, Harry Poole (23), 28 points; 2, John Dixon (21), 27 points; 3, George Kilbride (12), 26 points; 4, Seamus Kennelly (8), 25 points (back nine).

Ladies' day, singles stableford, December 1, eleven holes: 1, Sorcha Howell (4), 23 points.

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