Golf club notes
The winter league concluded in Rosslare when the third and final round was completed. The final round format was a champagne scramble with a shotgun start and some great golf was played.
Going into the final round the runaway leaders were struck a hard blow when Tom Connon had to withdraw due to injury.
However, the remaining members of the team - Mark Murphy, Anne Redmond, Micheál O'Brien, Stan Jackson and Liam Hayes - came up trumps and in the end had a four-shot victory over Graham Donohoe's team of Dermot Walsh, Catherine Howard, Betty O'Brien, Colm Waldron and Declan Curran.
In third position a further four shots away were Pat Rossiter, James Goggin, John Murphy, Carol O'Brien, Pat Wright and Francis Kavanagh.
Other prizewinners - day one, singles, 18 holes: best gent, Nick O'Connor , 27 points; best lady, Valerie Doyle , 26 points; day two, fourball, 14 holes: Paud O'Brien and Ray Kelly, 38 points; day three, champagne scramble, best threeball, Paul Boggan, Dorcas Maher and Colman Doyle, 39 points; best team of six, Johnny Young, Liz Callery, Hugh Byrne, Pádraig Kenny, John Forde and Siobhán Redmond, 73 points (41 and 32).
The Captain, Paud O'Brien, and lady Captain, Joan Wallace, presented the prizes. They thanked Johnny, Graham and Mark who organised the league.
After the presentation a very enjoyable sing-song took place.
Saturday, February 21, fourball: 1, Pat Goff (13) and Jim Hennessy (16), 38 points; 2, Syl Farrell (13) and Paul McDonnell (18), 36 points.
Saturday, February 28, fourball, 16 holes: 1, Anthony Duggan and Joey Leacy.
Don't forget to get your team in for the open inter-team league on the Burrow course (twelve holes). Teams of four - ladies and gents - open to G.U.I. and non-G.U.I. golfers. It commences March 30 and final will be on Friday, May 1.
For €50 per player you play one practice round, four competitive rounds, and if you are one of the four qualifiers a place in the final round is guaranteed. Contact Seán Sinnott at 05391-32203 (extension 7).
The lamb competitions continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Rathaspeck Manor golfing society held their A.G.M. on Saturday morning in the clubhouse following a preliminary fourball competition.
The meeting was very well attended and the outgoing Captain , Kevin Sheil, handed over the captaincy, following a unanimous vote, to Mick Farrell.
This year's programme kicks off with the free sub singles competition next weekend, March 14-15, with a competition every second weekend thereafter.
There will also be the annual matchplay completion run during the season, golfer of the year prize and four away outings to be arranged.
New members are very welcome and if you're interested, you can contact Mick Cuddihy, the Secretary, on 086-3847609, or our Captain, Mick Farrell, or committee members Mick Murphy, Ray Nolan and Jim Larkin.
Wishing you all a great golfing year.
Saturday, February 28, 16-hole fourball: 1, Máire Farrell (20/13 - 2) and Betty O'Brien (30/20), 35 points; 2, Angela Murphy (11/7) and Pauline Cafferkey (23/15), 33 points; 3, Moira Fortune (14/9) and Pauline Breen (25/17), 32 points.
Tuesday, March 3, 16 holes stableford: 1, Vandra Deacon (15/13 - 4), 33 points; 2, Mairéad Esmonde (26/23), 31 points; 3, Eileen Doyle (21/19 - 2), 30 points; 4, Joan Wallace (18/16), 28 points; 5, Pauline Breen (25/22), 27 points (back eight); 6, Jane O'Shea (21/19), 27 points (back eight).
This coming Bank holiday weekend there is plenty of golf on offer with a ladies' and gents' fourball on Saturday, March 14, and on Tuesday (St. Patrick's Day) there is a team of four 16-hole competition, any combination.
Why not celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a meal in the golf club and enjoy traditional Irish fare with music to follow in the evening from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m? The caterers are taking bookings for Mother's Day too which is Sunday, March 15.
Monday, March 2, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Martina Dempsey (22), 23 points; 2, Delia Brosnan (33), 22 points (back seven); 3, Barbara Mantripp (25), 22 points. Well done ladies.
Thursday, March 5, 16-hole stableford competition sponsored by ladies of the club - Theresa Kehoe, Anna Sullivan, Therese Glasheen and Maisie Purcell: 1, Leonie Furlong (11), 36 points; 2, Marie Connell (28), 34 points; 3, Elaine Mullen (25), 32 points; 4, Una Doherty (36), 30 points (back eight); nearest the pin, Leonie Furlong, 1.8m.
A total of 64 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all in the prizes and many thanks to our ladies who sponsored the competition.
Hard luck to Helen Lacey and Ruth Kennedy who took St. Helen's Bay to the 17th hole on Saturday in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail foursomes.
There was great support for the Captains' drive-in which took place on Sunday.
The morning started off wet for the early birds but as the day went on there was brilliant sunshine with very little wind, a perfect day for golf.
This year saw a change from tradition where our four Captains were served tea and cakes on the first tee before a large crowd of fellow golfers, family and friends.
Captain Clem Daly, lady Captain Yvonne MacSweeney, Junior Captains Caoimhe O'Sullivan and Andre O'Brien got the 2015 season off to a great start with fantastic drives up the first fairway amidst great cheers from family and friends.
We wish the Captains and fellow golfers the very best for the 2015 season.
Thursday, March 12, is an 18-hole stableford singles competition (N.B.R.I.) sponsored by ladies of the club - Rachel O'Connor, Louise Boshoff, Catherine Carmody and Rita Douglas.
It is also the start of our nine-hole qualifying competition. The entry fee is €3, the format is always stableford, and allocated times are available on the timesheet.
To enter sign in the separate competition book and swipe in on the computer in the Pro Shop. Please note there are specific scorecards for this competition and the final score is entered in the computer in the ladies' locker room.
A reminder, if you know any ladies interested in the women in golf programme, please contact Geraldine Broaders as soon as possible.
The first presentation of prizes for the ladies will take place in the clubhouse on Thursday, March 19, at 7.30 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, March 3, open singles stableford over 14 holes: 1, Paul Hynes (12), 33 points; 2, Edward Cousins Snr. (19), 32 points (back seven); Seniors' prize, Seamus Byrne (26), 32 points.
Wednesday, March 4, open fourball over 14 holes: 1, Tony O'Neill (24), Tom Bolger (16), 36 points (back seven); 2, Mick Fortune (16), Seán Hurley (13), 36 points.
Friday, March 6, three-person team event over 14 holes: 1, Enda Lambert (12), Ken Jordan (16), Billy Moore (16), 57 points.
Saturday, March 7, open singles played over 16 holes: 1, Seán Crosbie (26), 34 points; 2, Derek Walshe (15), 33 points; 3, Edward Cousins Snr. (19), 31 points.
Sunday, March 8, champagne scramble over 14 holes: 1, Ed Mooney (18), John Lacey (14), Declan Furlong (8), Derek Casey (20), 70 points; 2, Marty Walshe (7), Tony O'Neill (24), Lar Rossiter (12), Tom Bolger (21), 68 points (back seven); 3, Jane Duignan (29), Leonie Furlong (11), Roy Sexton (12), Cathríona Walshe (14), 68 points; committee prize, Ian Thomas (18), Ruth Kennedy (5), Geraldine Broaders (24), Pat Harnett (14), 67 points.
Sunday was our Captains' drive-in. The day started being wet and overcast but by mid-morning the sun came out and the day was completed in pleasant sunshine.
Fifty-one four-person teams of ladies and gentlemen went out onto a magnificent course ably prepared by Jake and his greenkeeping staff. We wish all our members a good year's golf for the coming year.
At 5.30 p.m. our Captains for this year, Clem Daly, Yvonne MacSweeney, Andre O'Brien and Caoimhe O'Sullivan, completed their inaugural tee-off, commencing with tea and cakes compliments of Tee's Restaurant. We wish them the best for the coming year.
Congratulations to Joe J. Ryan (35) for winning the weekly € 50 in the Find the Joker draw. The jackpot for next week stands at €1,558.00. The Joker draw is open to members and visitors and t
akes place every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse.
It's all systems go down St. Helen's way. The course is in fine fettle and our clubhouse is fully operational. The new Bay View Bar and Restaurant is serving delicious food and creamy pints.
Captain Aidan and lady Captain Bernie have their traditional drive-in next Saturday, March 14, at 1.30 p.m.
Wednesday club eleven holes, March 4: 1, Gerry Byrne (12), 27 points; 2, Nick McBride (12), 22 points; 3, Pádraig Tiernan (12), 20 points.
Saturday, March 7, winter league final: 1, Team Bradshaw; 2, Team McIlroy; 3, Team Daly.
W/L eleven-hole sweep: 1, Terry O'Toole (21), 25 points; two club, Aidan Colgan on eleventh.
Singles sweep eleven holes: 1, Tom Cleary (21), 22 points.
Sunday, March 8, eleven-hole singles: 1, Ciarán Furlong (13), 22 points; 2, Gerry Byrne (12), 20 points; two club, no winner.
Fixtures: Wednesday, March 11, Wednesday club; Saturday, March 14, four-person team scramble, nine holes, draw at 10.30 a.m. with shotgun start at 11 a.m.; Captains' drive-in at 1.30 p.m.; Sunday, March 15, open singles stableford; Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, open four-person team scramble.
The weather again hampered the playing schedule in New Ross last weekend as only 55 golfers braved the conditions in the first 18-hole singles of the year. James O'Brien (19) is proving a man for the tough conditions as, having secured his place in the Pro-Am a couple of weeks back, he kept the good run going by shooting a great score of 39 points to win the competition.
Second place went to Paul Cleary (11) with 38 points, two ahead of Andrew Ryan (5) in third place. Mark O'Mahony turned in a steady 30 points to claim the gross prize.
Next weekend, the St. Patrick's fourball, once again sponsored by Dermot Kehoe DIY, takes place. It is an 18-hole better ball competition open to men, women and visitors in any combination.
The competition runs from Saturday, March 14, to Tuesday, March 17, and tee-times can be booked online through the website or by phoning the club on 051-421433.
The first monthly open singles of the year takes place on March 19. The monthly opens have a Senior-friendly set-up, with category prizes for the Over-60s and Over-70s, but are open to all age groups.
The presentations for competitions held in February and at the start of March will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. All prize-winners must either attend or be represented in order to receive their prize.
The draw for the Sunday timesheet for March 22 (March medal) will take place following the presentation, as indeed will the Find the Joker draw.
With just a few weeks left before the hour goes on the clock, entries are now being taken for the men's foursomes matchplay. The entry fee is €15 per pair and the closing date for entries is Tuesday, March 30.
To enter, put your entry fee in an envelope with your names and a contact number on it and place it in the men's competition box. The winners of this competition will go forward to represent New Ross in the national Irish Mail tournament in 2016.
The month of March will also see the first of our teams swing in to action, with a very busy month ahead in April.
If you are interested in getting involved with one of our teams, now is the time to get in touch with the team manager.
A full list of team managers has been posted on the noticeboards in the clubhouse and on the website.
There are full details of all the competitions entered in the teams sections of the website. Please get involved if you can - team golf is a very enjoyable form of the game and a great way to get more involved with your club.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
The spring-like conditions last Thursday brought out a big contingent of players for our weekly competition.
Seventeen teams started out and as usual the battle for the prizes on offer was ultra-keen and in the end there was a three-way tie for first place.
With the greens getting faster and the underfoot conditions perfect, the 90-point team target was surpassed.
After a break down a better back nine (45/44) saw the team of Paddy Shannon (10), Willie Byrne (13), Liam Glasheen (19) and Michael Somers (23) declared the winners with a final total of 92 points.
On the same score and in second place were Ger Freyne (17), Dan Quigley (18), Richie Byrne (21) and Jamesie Wallace (21).
Third place also on 92 points (86 + 6) went to the three-man team composed of Paddy Bennett (13), Patsy Farrell (17) and Tom Kent (25), but only by virtue of their better score over the last six holes.
A feature of the day was a hole-in-one by Jimmy Furlong on the second for which he was presented with a dozen golf balls.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Paddy Bennett on the ninth hole and Joe Malone on the eleventh.
There is a normal outing next Thursday with the club open singles on March 19.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, March 4: 1, Eileen Cullinan (18), 29 points; 2, Eileen Wallace (30), 26 points (last three); 3, Mary Finn (29), 26 points (last seven).
Wednesday, March 11, is the start of the 18-hole competitions. This will be a stableford competition. Draw times are 10-10.15 a.m. and 1-1.15 p.m. A timesheet will be in operation as usual.
Tuesday, March 10, is the last date for completion of the second round of the winter league.
The nine-hole re-entry competition continues.
There will be a presentation of prizes for all competitions to date on Wednesday, March 11, at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. Your attendance would be much appreciated.