Golf club notes
Monday, January 19, Senior ten-hole stableford competition: 1, Beppi O'Connor (19), 20 points. Well done Beppi.
Thursday, January 22, twelve-hole stableford lamb competition: 1, Delia Brosnan (33), 28 points (back six); 2, Madge Murphy (25), 28 points; 3, Rachel O'Connor (10), 27 points; 4, Ber Power (34), 26 points (back six); nearest the pin, Maisie Purcell, 1.6m.
A total of 46 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all in the prizes.
Thursday, January 29, is a twelve-hole stableford lamb competition.
Wednesday, February 4, will mark the showing of the Christmas video in the clubhouse at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.
The triathlon (pool, darts and golf) takes place on Thursday, February 12, in the clubhouse. This is a fun competition enjoyed by all.
Golf will be played on Thursday morning with pool and darts being played in the evening. In the meantime the pool table and dart board will be in great demand as ladies of all levels bring their skills up to date for this annual event!
Don't be disappointed; places are limited to the first 32 entries. To enter put €12 in an envelope with your name and date on it and pop it into the scorecard collect box in the ladies' locker room before Monday, February 2.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
January 24, singles sweep: 1, Eileen Brosnan (14), 21 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (14), 20 points (countback).
After a frosty start, it was lovely sunshine and calm conditions out on the course. It was great to see so many ladies playing, and well done to our two 14 handicappers, Eileen and Nora, who took first and second place respectively.
January 25, singles stableford eleven-hole competition: 1, Kelley Holt (22), 21 points; 2, Janet Slattery (18), 20 points (countback); 3, Susan Evans (14), 20 points (countback).
Well done ladies on some good scores, and coming out on top was Kelley with 21 points. Very closely behind her were Janet and Susan, both on 20 points, but Janet won out this time. Well done to all.
Ladies, please don't forget to come for the winter league round nine on Saturday, January 31. Things are hotting up, very much so, and please don't forget that we are holding a presentation to all the winners in January at 3.30 p.m. in the clubhouse as our sponsor will be here to present his prizes for the singles competition.
The first round of the winter league was played on Sunday. The format was a 12-hole singles competition with the best three scores to count from each team.
Top of the leader board is team 10 on 87 points. Team 8 is in second place with 77 points and Team 7 is in third place on 74 points.
Last Tuesday's singles competition was called off due to bad weather.
Saturday, January 17, 14-hole fourball: 1, Molly Cash (17/10) and Ann Kelly (15/9 - 1), 32 points; 2, Trish Devereux (20/12 - 1) and Gemma Campion (29/17), 31 points (back seven); 3, Theresa Conway (20/12-1) and A. Sherlock (27/6), 31 points.
Wednesday, January 21, open fourball over 14 holes: 1, Ted Mangan (16), Pascal Whitmore (25), 36 points; 2, Tom Connon (20), Declan Curran (28), 35 points.
Friday, January 23, open three-person team event played over 14 holes: 1, Darren Delaney (12), Paul Kavanagh (16), Nicky O'Brien (11), 61 points.
Saturday, January 24, club fourball played over 14 holes: 1, Ken Jordan (16), Paul Carty (9), 36 points; 2, Joe Cashe (9), Tom Morrissey (8), 35 points (back seven); 3, Cian mMartin (5), Colin Edwards (11), 35 points (back seven).
Sunday, January 25, club fourball 13 holes v. par: 1, Mick Goggin (7), Andy Lehane (13), 35 points; 2, Liam Sinnott (9), James Nolan (12), 33 points; 3, Colm Cosgrave (13), Derek Cullen (8), 32 points (back seven).
Congratulations to Martin Scallan (45) for winning the jackpot in the Find the Joker draw. With only seven numbers left the lucky envelope was drawn and it held the magic Joker which helped Martin win €9,384.
The club now starts the next Joker draw with €1,000 in the Jackpot and all 52 cards on the board. The Joker draw is open to members and visitors and takes place every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse.
Please contact the Pro-Shop for any local rules regarding play and the condition of the course. Golf Buggies are now confined to the buggy paths.
Monday madness continues with a special 'golf and meal' deal on selected Mondays, details of which can be found on the club website at www.wexfordgolfclub.ie.
The 2015 A.G.M. was held in the Scout Hall, Taghmon on January 23. Outgoing Captain, Steve Wiggins, welcomed everyone and declared that he was delighted and honoured to have been Captain and that he had thoroughly enjoyed the year. He wished Eddie Cousins, the incoming Captain, all the best for his tenure.
The following were elected: Secretary/P.R.O., Tom Furlong; Treasurer, Joe Cashin; Assistant Treasurer, Tom McGrath (F); Handicap Secretary, Joe Kelly; Assistant Handicap Secretary, Pat Murphy.
Everyone is looking forward to a great year's golf once again and a bit of craic along the way. There will be eight outings in the coming year and our home base will be shifting across the road to Alice Brady's public house.
Sponsors are being sought for our upcoming outings. New members are welcome as always, as are lapsed former members. Contact any of the committee members for further assistance.
January 10 and 11, open singles: 1, Ken Banville (14), 32 points; 2, Dan Byrne (15), 27 points; 3, Fr. Joe Kavanagh (13), 27 points.
January 17 and 18, open singles: 1, Malachy Quinn (21), 29 points; 2, Seamus Walker (16), 25 points; 3, Ian McLoughlin (16), 25 points.
The 64 Golf Society outing to the European Golf Club in Brittas was held on Saturday, January 24.
A total of 40 members played on a day that was ideal for golf.
Results: 1, Seamus O'Donohoe (15), 36 points; 2, John Grannell (8), 36 points (-1); 3, Bryan Hughes (14), 33 points (last nine); gross, Brendan Sheehan (7), 27 points; 4, Frank Lillis (8), 33 points; 5, Paddy D'Eathe (6), 31 points; 6, Ollie Quigley (12), 30 points; first nine, Jimmy Woods (17). 18 points (last six); second nine, Martin Hempenstall (17), 17 points.
Golfer of the year after four outings is being led by John Grannell (8) with 73 points, followed by Ray McGrath (9) on 59 points. In third with 56 points is Jerry O'Riordan.
Jerry O'Riordan's team is leading the team competition on 374 points, followed by John Grannell's team on 362.
Following the outing at the presentation of prizes in Nel Sweeney's (64), our Captain David O'Connor thanked all those that played. He thanked our sponsor, Robert O'Connor, for the beautiful prizes, all of which Robert turned himself at his studio on the Arklow Road.
Our next outing is to Arklow Golf Club on Saturday, February 21. All members will be informed in the usual manner. Deposits for our weekend away to Kells (Headford Golf Club) will also be taken.
The A.G.M. of Enniscorthy Golf Club took place on Sunday, January 4, and as usual the meeting was well attended.
Treasurer John Casey gave a detailed report of the club's finances. He outlined to the meeting that Enniscorthy Golf club is in a healthy financial position.
Outgoing Captain Ciarán Tobin thanked everyone that assisted him in the past year, before handing over to the incoming Captain, Tommy Cooper.
The 2014 lady Captain, Mary Halligan, also thanked everyone who assisted her in what she described as a very enjoyable year. Mary then introduced Helen Cosgrave our lady Captain for 2015.
The officers elected by the A.G.M. for 2015 were: President, John Cullen; Vice-President, Eugene Doyle; Captain, Tommy Cooper; Vice-Captain, Liam Dunbar; Lady President, Connie Doyle; Lady Vice-President, Paula Creedon; Lady Captain, Helen Cosgrave; Lady Vice-Captain, Stellah Sinnott; Hon. Treasurer, John Casey; Hon. Secretary, Paul Leacy; Management committee: Stephen Casey, Billy Crosbie, Eddie Doyle, Jimmy Hogan, Jack Murphy, P.J. Murphy.
Men's committee: Secretary, Christy O'Connor; Hon. Competition Secretary, Pat Webster; Hon. Handicap Secretary, James Mackey; Joseph Murphy, Billy Whelan, John Maguire, Jim Hogan, Patrick Mulvey.
Ladies' committee: Secretary, Louise Doyle; Treasurer, Margaret Frayne; Handicap Secretary, Maeve McCauley; Competition Secretary, Marie Duggan; Laura Dempsey, Eimear McGrath, Terri Talbot, Meta Cummins, Sheelagh Farrell.
The club will launch the 2015 golf year on Sunday, February 22, at 12 noon with the Captains' drive-in. New members are welcome and we have great membership offers this year. Details are available on our website: www.enniscorthygc.ie/.
Finally, we would like to wish the new committees and our golfers all the best in 2015.
Wednesday sweep, January 21: 1, Bryan Hughes (14), 34 points; 2, Tommy Kinsella (18), 32 points (last nine); 3, Tom Lynch (10), 32 points.
Any combination fourball, Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25: 1, Seamus Kennelly (8) and Alan Lawlor (19), 36 points (last nine); 2, Eamonn O'Rourke (13) and Martin Byrne (18), 36 points; 3, Tommy Kinsella (18) and Joey O'Brien (14), 35 points.
NEW ROSS LADIES
The weather was kind to us on Wednesday so there was a good turn-out for the 14-hole competition.
Results: 1, Bridget Murphy (26), 27 points; 2, Maria Burford (15), 24 points (27 - 3 penalty points, last seven); 3, Geraldine Mackey (13), 24 points (25 - 1 penalty point).
The first round of the winter league also commenced on Wednesday. All first round games must be played by February 10.
A reminder that our table quiz takes place on Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse. Teams of four, €20 entry fee. All are welcome. Proceeds will go towards coaching for both Junior sections.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We needed the fog lights turned on last Thursday for our weekly competition. From what was a light enough blanket of fog as we started out, it became much more dense as the day progressed, and did not clear until we were finished.
It certainly made scoring much more difficult with the greens barely visible from within shooting distance, and it was an achievement to be on the green not alone to be near the pin. Local knowledge of the green location was a big help in this regard.
Thankfully the day remained fine and it was pleasant enough despite the fog and considering it is only the back end of January. As usual, despite the conditions, scoring was tight but as always one team out of the twelve that started performed that little bit better than the rest.
They were Paddy Shannon (11), Andy Ronan (14), Michael Logue (17) and Seán O hUginn (20) who brought in the winning score of 86 points. There was a six-way tie for second place and John Murphy (18), John Fitzpatrick (19), Donal Kavanagh (22) and Jamesie Murphy (23) took it by virtue of great back nine (45 points) despite losing Donal on the 14th hole.
A back nine of 43 points and a total of 83 gave third prize to Jimmy Furlong (10), Pat Traynor (19), Jim Kehoe (22) and Les Jastrebski (24).
The prizes for nearest the pin on the ninth and eleventh holes brought a unique result in that Denis Kirwan won both. Nice shooting in the conditions D.
Despite all the appeals we still have people arriving late for the draw and as result they either upset the arrangement of teams or worse still they do not get a game. The draw is at 10.40 a.m. each Thursday so a memo to all players: please be in good time for it.
New Ross succumbed for once to the weather conditions last weekend as the hard frost on Saturday night prevented the Sunday competition going ahead. The course did open at 11 a.m. and around 50 members got to take part in a nine-hole competition organised by the Pro Shop - thanks to James and Paul for their efforts.
The course is in great condition for the time of year, with the greens in exceptional shape, and indeed the greens came in for great praise from the golfers of the South East Alliance who visited the club last weekend.
Next weekend the first Pro-Am qualifier of the year takes place over Saturday and Sunday. Members are welcome to enter on both Saturday and Sunday with their better score counting if they enter twice. The Pro Am takes place on Friday, July 17, with Culcita Garden Furniture and Outdoor Living once again sponsoring the event.
Don't forget a table quiz will be held in the clubhouse this 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 - 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 - why not pay early, help the club and hopefully help yourself to a great prize?!
Once again New Ross Golf Club is offering great value to those interested in joining 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.
The first outing of Pauline's Golf Society for the new year will take place on Saturday, February 7. It will be held in Wexford Golf Club, and will take the form of a three- or four-man team competition depending on the numbers that will sign up.
The draw will be made on Tuesday, February 3, in Pauline's Bar, and all members are encouraged to have their names on the sheet before 8 p.m. on that night.