Golf club notes
NEW ROSS LADIES
Storm Rachel ensured that no ladies' golf was played on Wednesday so there is nothing to report!
The 14-hole stableford competition continues this Wednesday with the usual draws at 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m. The nine-hole re-entry competition also continues.
The draw has now been done for the winter league which commences this Wednesday. Please check out the locker room to find out your team. You have until February 10 to get your first round played.
Don't forget the club table quiz on Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. Teams of four cost €20 per team, and all are welcome.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. So it was on Thursday when 34 hardy veterans making up seven four-person and two three-person teams ventured out in dry but stormy conditions.
But like the words of that great poem, 'Sam McGee', by Robert Service, 'Talk of the cold in a parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail'. It sure did but nevertheless we were well covered up for the biting south-westerly gale which swept the course and thankfully we saw no rain until we were finished. The piping hot coffee or tea was most welcome afterwards to put the heat back in the creaking bones - thank you Anthony.
As usual the competition was razor-keen with the teams battling it out for the prizes sponsored by Larry Shannon. With the prevailing conditions against high scoring it was evident that a team achieving the 90-point target would be in the winners' enclosure.
That was the way it turned out with the three-man team consisting of John Shalloe (6), John F. Roche (19) and Willie Naddy (20) taking the honours with 90 points courtesy of a better back nine (43/42).
In second place on the same score were John Murphy (18), Dan Quigley (19), Tony Wallace (21) and Martin Burke (24). The third spot went to Willie Byrne (13), Tom Murphy (16), John Kennedy (16) and Michael Logue (17) with 85 points.
A point behind on 84 points and in fourth position came Steve Travis (16), Martin Forristal (20), Jamesie Murphy (23) and Tony Sexton (26). Nearest the pin prizes went to Seán O hUginn on the ninth hole and Michael Logue on the eleventh.
Some slow play was evident on Thursday which is something not associated with the Seniors group, and it is well to remember the unwritten rule of golf: 'your place on the course is behind the team in front, not in front of the team behind', so mark that down for future reference.
The draw for teams will be at 10.40 a.m. on Thursday, January 22.
There was no midweek nine-hole due to the weather. Last weekend's singles stableford competition was won by Eugene O'Brien (11) on countback from Christy Dodson (22) with 39 points. James Byrne (13) was third with 37 points.
Saturday saw no play until 1 p.m. because of bad frost, but Sunday saw the course open at 10.45 a.m. and the conclusion of the winter league group games.
The singles stableford over weekend was played over 16 holes and was won by Pat Madsen (18) with 35 points. Eugene O'Brien (11) was second with 31 points and Paul O'Brien (13) was third, also with 31 points.
Winter league - Group 1: winners, Sammy Walker and Nicky Murphy; runners-up, Ed O'Brien and Anthony Fortune.
Group 2: Shane Fox and Greg Gilbert w.o., Donal and Owen Byrne scr.; Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne beat Derek Kavanagh and Tony Aherne; winners, Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne; runners-up, Derek Kavanagh and Tony Aherne.
Group 3: Brian Delaney and David Fitzgerald beat John Farrell and Andrew Byrne (substitute for Jennifer Mahon); Mick Kenny and Peter Byrne (substitute for Damien Maher) drew with Ger O'Brien and Marty Lawler; winners, Brian Delaney and David Fitzgerald; runners-up, Richard Temple and Steve Sharman.
Group 4: Ron Breen and Anthony P. Doyle (substitute for John Fitzgerald) beat Pat Miskella and Paul Swinburn; winners, Ron Breen and John Fitzgerald; runners-up, Eugene and Paul O'Brien.
The draw for the knockout stages of the winter league trophy and the plate competition was made on Sunday. Check at the club for details. Matches are to be played in a fortnight's time.
The first singles competition of 2015 took place last weekend with a 120-strong field going to post in testing winter conditions. The winner was Ray Shannon (15) with a fine score of 34 points, a short head in front of second-placed Paul Goff (12) on 33 points.
John O'Connor (8) took third place with 31 points, with Derek Ronan winning the gross on 27 points. The category prizes went to Ronán Whelan (3, 29 points), Joe Morrissey (14, 30 points) and P.J. McGrath (19, 31 points).
Next weekend New Ross welcomes the South East Alliance to the club, with a 14-hole singles competition also taking place for members.
A table quiz will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m., with all funds raised going towards supporting our Junior section. This year the club intend to offer weekly coaching sessions for the Juniors, in addition to the normal programme of weekly competitions and the three inter-club competitions that are entered.
Our Juniors are key to the continuing health of the club and we hope you agree are a worthy cause. A table of four will cost €20, with some great prizes on offer for the quiz winners and in a raffle. All are welcome, so why not bring along family, friends or work colleagues?
There are incentives being offered again this year for members who pay their subscriptions early (either by Friday, February 6, or Friday, February 27). Those who do will be entered into a prize draw(s) to win some great prizes, including 50% off your subscription for 2016.
Paying your subscription early helps the club during the quiet winter period, so why not pay early, help the club and hopefully help yourself to a great prize?! Members who topped up their bar cards by more than €225 in the period from April to December will be awarded their bonus credit next week. Check with Anthony in the bar for more details.
Once again New Ross Golf Club is offering great value to those interested in joining the club or taking up golf. The club has built up a well-deserved reputation for having some of the best greens in the region and the fair challenge it presents for all right the year round.
Introductory membership with full playing rights is available for just €454 for men and €463 for ladies, inclusive of all levies and including €75 of spending money in the bar/restaurant. The Under-30s subscription, which also comes with full playing rights, is €365 inclusive of all levies.
Spouses/civil partners of full members can join the club for just €200 plus levies. The Junior and student membership subscriptions are €100/€150 respectively. If you are interested in joining the club, please ring us on 051-421433 for more details.
Monday, January 12, Senior ten-hole stableford competition: 1, Maisie Purcell (14), 18 points (back five); 2, Sally O'Neill (20), 18 points. Well done ladies.
Thursday, January 15, twelve-hole stableford lamb competition: 1, Ruth Kennedy (5), 23 points; 2, Geraldine Broaders (24), 22 points; nearest the pin, Martina Gately, 4.45m.
A total of 21 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all in the prizes.
Thursday, January 22, is a twelve-hole stableford lamb competition.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
January 17, winter league round eight and singles stableford - winter league: 1, Ann Parkinson (22), 21 points; singles stableford: 1, Kelley Holt (22), 22 points; 2, Ann Parkinson (22), 21 points; 3, Jean O'Kennedy (18), 19 points.
Well done ladies for braving the frosty weather which faced us. Well done Ann on winning this leg of the winter league with a great score of 21 points, beating Kelley who had to lose shots from being a winner in the winter league legs previously.
Singles stableford winner was Kelley with a great score also of 22 points. Ann was in second place with 21 points and also Jean came in third with 19 points.
Don't forget we have a weekend free of winter league next week, and the next round nine is on January 31. Well done to all our winners and don't forget in future play well and uppermost enjoy.
The club office would be delighted to take membership enquiries (special rates now available for new joiners) and bookings for green fees and society outings, and is contactable at 05391-33234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The club website is www.sthelensbay.ie
Saturday, January 17, winter league round eight, eleven holes singles stableford, sponsored by winter league committee: 1, Brian Buttimer, 28 points; 2, John Newport, 27; 3, Niall Ellard, 26.
With two qualifying rounds to go the team standings are - top six: Bradshaw, 628 points; McIlroy, 628; McDowell, 618; Darcy, 607; Feherty, 607; McGinley, 604; also: Daly, 603; Walton, 598; Clarke, 595; Harrington, 594; O'Connor, 592; Smyth, 572.
It is all still to play for and any team can make the top six who, after round ten, will advance to the play-off stages. The penultimate qualifying round is on Saturday, January 31.
Fixtures: Wednesday, January 21, Wednesday club (12 holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 24, singles stableford (men and ladies); Sunday, January 25, singles stableford (men and ladies); Wednesday, January 28, Wednesday club (twelve holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 31, winter league round nine; Sunday, February 1, singles stableford (men and ladies).
From Tuesday, January 20, a new ladies' competition has been introduced to the Burrow course.
This will take place each Tuesday in conjunction with competitions taking place on the main course, so we hope to see a lot of interest.
The first round of the winter league will be played on Sunday, January 25.
Congratulations Catherine Young who had a hole-in-one on the 14th.
Saturday, January 10, 14-hole fourball: 1, Niamh Byrne (11/6 - 1) and Carol O'Brien (17/10), 30 points; 2, Cathy Atkinson (9/5 - 1) and Siobhán Redmond (19/11), 27 points.
Tuesday, January 13, 14 holes singles: 1, Mary Quigley (22/17), 27 points; 2, Anne Lennon (34/26 - 2), 25 points (back seven); 3, Niamh Byrne (11/9), 25 points; 4, Joan Walsh (21/16), 24 points.